Race to Remagen: Aachen to the Rhineland

About the tour: Race to Remagen: Aachen to the Rhineland

  • Campaign: World War 2 (WW2)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: Sep 1944 - Mar 1945

This tour will cover the following key events

  • Battle of Hurtgen Forest - 19 September 1944
    During WW2, the Hurtgen Forest on the Western Front saw a number of battles faught across four months from September to December, during the Battle of Hurtgen. The battle holds the record for the longest engagement in U.S army history.
  • Battle of Aachen - 2 October 1944
    Faught by the Americans and the Germans, the Battle of Aachen saw the Allies fight the Germans for control of the city and so that they could then push forward into the Ruhr area. The battle ended with German surrender and the first capture of a German city by the Allies.
  • Battle of Remagen Bridge - 7 March 1945
    The capture of Ludendorff Bridge over the river Rhine allowed for the Allied invasion of Germany. Although the German’s desperately tried to destroy the bridge, their attpets failed and the Allies were able to cross the river into Ruhr.
  • Operation Plunder: Rhine Crossing - 23 March 1945
    Operation Plunder saw the Allied forces cross the River Rhine at Wessel and Rees, and successfully push the Germans baxk to Hamburg.

Tour Introduction

On this tour, we spend time looking at the final battles of 1944-1945, as we travel through Germany and Holland. We begin at Beek in Holland where we visit the ‘Eyewitness WWII’ museum. We then see the graves of the ‘Band of Brothers’ at the Netherlands American Cemetery. As we travel towards Germany, we see the Dragon’s Teeth defences at the Siegfried Line and then the Hürtgenwald battlefield, following the bloody battle to the Hürtgenwald Museum. Immortalised in the motion picture ‘The Bridge at Remagen’, we follow the final chapter of WW2 and look into the American advance on the river Rhine, known as the ‘Race to Remagen’.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • 2 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Valkenburg in Holland for a three-night stay.

Day 2 - Siegfried Line; Hürtgenwald

We start at the superb ‘Eyewitness WWII’ museum at Beek in Holland, just across the border from Germany and the Siegfried Line. Here we see an unrivalled collection of uniforms and weapons from the Second World War. We then visit the impressive Netherlands American Cemetery where we see the graves of members of Easy Company – the ‘Band of Brothers’ – and the new visitors' centre, as well as the dead from Remagen. On the Siegfried Line we see Dragon’s Teeth defences and then travel into the Hürtgenwald battlefield which one observer called ‘Passchendaele with tree bursts’. Here we follow the bloody battle in the forest visiting the Hürtgenwald Museum, frontline positions in the woods and the German Cemetery at Vossenack including the grave of Field Marshall Walter Model, one of the most senior German officers to die in WWII and often called ‘The Saviour of the Eastern Front’.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Netherlands American Cemetery

Netherlands American Cemetery (4)

Key Visits

  • Beek Eyewitness Museum
  • Netherlands American Cemetery
  • Hürtgenwald Museum
  • Vossenack Cemetery

Day 3 - Race to Remagen

Today we follow the American advance on the River Rhine: the ‘Race to Remagen’. We look at the first clash of Pershing and Tiger tanks at Elsdorf in March 1945, before following the US Armoured advance via Stadt Meckenheim to the outskirts of Remagen where American troops discovered the Rhine bridge was intact: the last one remaining. As part of our visit here we have lunchtime in Remagen then visit the Remagen Bridge Museum, see where the fighting took place and cross the Rhine to view the battlefield from the other side of the river. The remains of this once impressive bridge really help bring the history of this final chapter of WWII alive.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Remains of the Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen

Remains of the Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen (3)

Key Visits

  • Remains of the Ludendorff Bridge in Remagen
  • Elsdorf
  • Remagen
  • Remagen Museum

Day 4

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Entrance fees to museums, places of interest and optional excursions are at extra cost. Museum package available while on tour approx. €30

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Hotel Walram in the centre of Valkenburg. 

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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