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The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich


12 days from £1,099pp

About the tour: The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich

  • Campaign: World War 2 (WW2)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: Jan 1933 - May 1945

This tour will cover the following key events

  • Adolf Hitler becomes Chancellor - 30 January 1933
    Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor by President Paul von Hindenburg, however Franz von Papen was named vice chancellor as a means to keep Hitler in check. However, within weeks Hitler was sole fuhrer of Germany and the build up to WW2 began.
  • German invasion of Poland, start of WWII - 1 September 1939
    The German Army invaded Poland on the 1st of September 1939. The Germans managed to encircle the Polish and within mere weeks their army was defeated. When Warsaw surrended WW2 began, as Britain and France declared war on Germany.
  • Battle of Berlin - 16 April 1945
    Seen as the last major offensive in WW2, the Battle of Berlin saw the Red Army encircle the tired and inexperienced German Army, and take control of the German capital after a week of fighting.
  • Hitler commits suicide - 30 April 1945
    Based in his bunker underneath the German capital, Hitler and his wife, Eva Braun committed suicide by taking cyanide tablets, in response to the Russian army taking control of Berlin. Hitler also is said to have shot himself, incase the cyanide did not kill him.
  • Surrender at Luneberg Heath to British Forces - 4 May 1945
    It was on this day that British Field Marshal, Sir Bernard Law Montgomery accepted Germay’s surrender of its forces in Denmark, northwest Germany and The Netherlands.
  • Surrender at Karlshorst to Soviet Forces - 8 May 1945
    With the signing of this surrender, WW2 officailly came to an end. It was the unconditional surrender of the German forces to the Soviet Union.

Tour Introduction

Choose from a 9 or 12 day tour and join us as we delve into the ‘dark charisma’ of Adolf Hitler. From the Rise of National Socialism in the 1920s and then Hitler’s move to power in the 1930s with the Nazi party, we spend time visiting the infamous locations associated with the Third Reich. In Austria we visit the Eagles Nest, which was built as a gift for Hitler on his 50th birthday. In Berlin we visit the Reichstag area and look at Brandenburg Gate and in Nuremburg-considered the ‘Capital of the Party’- we examine the story of the post-war Nuremberg trials. We also spend time in Munich-where we see where Hitler gave some of his earlier speeches.

Tour Includes


  • 11 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Historical Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich - Feefo Rating

This holiday was very well planned to aid understanding of the events leading up to the second world war and gave a good insight into the Third Reich. Very good guide with wide ranging knowledge and good drivers who looked after the comfort and safety of the passengers.
R Robinson

Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Day 2

To Bad Aibling, near Munich, for a three-night stay.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Munich & Dachau

We start with the rise of National Socialism in Munich in the 1920s and Hitler’s involvement in the November 1923 Putsch. We see the Ludwig’s Bridge and Isartor, then visit the Hofbrau House where Hitler gave many of his early speeches. At the Odenplatz we see where Hitler was when war was declared in 1914. We then move on to other Third Reich sites in Munich, including the Ehrenhalle and site of the Brown House. After lunch we travel to Dachau, to look at the ‘final solution’ and one of the first Concentration Camps.

Included meals: Breakfast

Isartor

Isartor (4)

Key Visits

  • Ludwig's Bridge
  • Isartor
  • Odenplatz
  • Ehrenhalle -Site of Brown House
  • Dachau Conccentration Camp

Day 4 - Berchtesgaden

Today we travel through Austria to the Eagle’s Nest (weather permitting), built for Hitler’s fiftieth birthday. We also take time to see the visitors’ centre and tunnels in Berchtesgarden, we look at the story of Hitler’s sister, Paula, and see the stunning war memorial murals in the main square.

Included meals: Breakfast

Eagle's Nest

Eagle's Nest (3)

Key Visits

  • Eagle's Nest
  • Berchtesgaden

Day 5 - Nuremberg

We head to Nuremberg, which Hitler considered to be the ‘Capital of the Party’. Here we look at the sites connected with the many rallies of the Third Reich. We then walk to the nearby Luitpold seeing the ground where more than 150,000 National Socliasts gathered for rallies in the 1920s and 30s. Overnight in Nuremberg/Erlangen or Bayreuth area.

Included meals: Breakfast

Nuremberg

Nuremberg (2)

Key Visits

  • Nuremberg

Day 6 - Nuremberg Trials

We look at the story of the post-war Nuremberg Trials, visiting the court where they took place and the new exhibition. The original courtroom 600 is still in use and, subject to modern-day demands, we also go into the courtroom itself. Continue to Berlin for four nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

Key Visits

  • Nuremberg Court & Visitor Centre

Day 7 - Berlin

In Berlin we look at the heart of the Third Reich regime starting at the Reichstag area, walking to the nearby Brandenburg Gate and go to the site of Hitler’s Bunker before visiting the ‘Topography of Terror’ exhibition. After lunch we travel to the 1936 Olympic Stadium where Jessie Owens destroyed the myth of Aryan invisibility in 1936. In the Grunewald area of West Berlin we see where decisions were made about the ‘Final Solution’ at Wansee and visit ‘Gleis 17’ the memorial site to Berlin’s Jews who were deported to the death camps in the East.

Included meals: Breakfast

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate (5)

Key Visits

  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Reichstag Building
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Holocaust Memorial
  • Topography of Terror
  • Hitlers Bunker
  • Wansee

Day 8 - Sachsenhausen & Ravensbrück Camps

Today we look at the establishment of Concentration Camps in Germany with a visit to Sachsenhausen just outside Berlin. This was used to detain mainly political prisoners and was used again in the Cold War. Later we travel to Ravensbrück Concentration Camp. This was a women’s camp and a number of SOE agents were killed here, including Violette Szabo GC immortalised in the film Carve Her Name With Pride. We see the Visitors' Centre and many memorials at the site of the camp.

Included meals: Breakfast

Sachsenhausen-Concentration-Camp

Sachsenhausen-Concentration-Camp (3)

Key Visits

  • Sachsenhausen-Concentration-Camp
  • Ravensbruck Concentration Camp

Day 9 - Battle of Berlin

The end of the Third Reich came in April 1945 with the Allied advance from the West and the final Soviet attack from the East on Berlin. Today, we look at the Battle for Berlin, starting on the Seelow Heights. We then look at some of the Russian memorials and burial grounds around Berlin and see the Karlshorst Museum.

Included meals: Breakfast

Seelow Heights

Seelow Heights (2)

Key Visits

  • Seelow Heights
  • Karlshorst Museum

Day 10 - Munster

Leaving Berlin we travel to Munster to visit the superb German Panzer Museum with its impressive collection of German tanks and armoured fighting vehicles. We stay overnight in the Bucholz area, near Hamburg.

Included meals: Breakfast

Key Visits

  • Munster
  • German Panzer Museum

Day 11

We travel to Luneberg Heath where the British took the surrender of German forces in May 1945. We also visit Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau. Continue to our overnight hotel in Holland.

Included meals: Breakfast

Luneberg Heath

Luneberg Heath (3)

Key Visits

  • Luneberg Heath
  • Becklingen War Cemetery

Day 12

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

EVENING MEAL PACKAGE - Available to pre-book: 9 evening meals (days 2-10), £169 per person. 


 

Pre-Tour Reading

A selection of related books for pre or post tour reading.

  • Antill, P.D. Berlin 1945 (Osprey Books 2005)
  • Arnold, J.R. Ardennes 1944 (Osprey Books 1990)
  • Le Tissier, T. Berlin Battlefield Guide (Pen & Sword 2008)
  • Le Tissier, T. The Third Reich Then & Now (After The Battle 2005)
  • Overy, R. The Third Reich: A Chronicle (Quercus 2011)
  • Rees, L. The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler (Ebury Press 2012)
  • Shirer, W.L. The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich (Arrow 1991)

Passenger Information

The Tour


The tour covers some of the main sites connected with the Third Reich from its early days to the end of the Regime in 1945 with the fall of Berlin.

Foreign Currency


The Rise and fall of the Third Reich tour takes place in several European countries but you will only need the Euro. You are advised to get Euros – in cash – in advance of your tour, as most banks do not provided currency exchange services or will not change Travellers Cheques.

What to Bring


As we are travelling across a large country like Germany, it is advisable to bring sensible clothes and always pack a jumper and waterproofs. Good, stout shoes are essential and comfortable walking boots or trainers are ideal. In warm weather always bring a hat and sun cream, and it is advisable to have a supply of water, which is usually on sale on the coach as well.

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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Hotel

You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Hotel Johannisbad in Bad Aibling or the NH Munich Messe, followed by one night at the 3-star NH Erlangen or the Fuerther Mercure Nuernberg West. You will then stay for four nights at the 3-star Vienna House Easy, or similar, on the outskirts of Berlin. You will also stay for one night at a minimum 3-star hotel in Bucholz/Hodenhagen area.

Overnight stays in Belgium and Holland will be in city-style hotels.


 


Johannisbad

About the hotel

The 3 Star family run Johannisbad hotel is located in the town of Bad Aibling which is between Munich and Salzburg and only 20minutes drive away from Chiemsee and other local towns. The hotel is opposite the beautiful spa park called Aiblinger Kurpark for you to enjoy a leisurely walk in your free time. The hotels facilities include a restaurant, a bar, lounge and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature T.V., wake up calls available, hairdryer, telephone, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • TV

Ramada Brussels Woluwe

About the hotel

The Ramada Brussels Woluwe hotel is located between the city of Brussels and the National airport Zaventem. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, a bar, lounge, 24hrs reception, fitness centre and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All modern bedrooms feature air conditioning, flat screen T.V with international channels and radio, desk, double glazed windows, safe, hairdryer and en-suite bathroom. Buffet breakfast.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone
  • TV

Achat Plaza Hamburg/Buchholtz

Achat Plaza Hamburg/Buchholtz

About the hotel

The Achat Plaza Hamburg/Buchholtz hotel is in the Nordheide just outside the area of Hamburg. The town is set in a beautiful green landscape and offers attractions such as Elbe town, 'Salt City' of Luneburg and Buxtehude. The hotel offers a quiet and stylish décor and close to Luneburg heath. The hotel facilities include fitness and wellness area, swimming pool* sauna, steam bath, solarium, relaxation zone, lounge, a restaurant, a bar, lift and Wi-Fi/internet access. All bedrooms feature desk, telephone, hairdryer, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom. *The swimming pool can close without prior notice.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • Swimming Pool
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Telephone

Fuerther Hotel Mercure Nuremberg West

About the hotel

The 4 Star Fuerther Hotel Mercure Nuremberg West is located in the heart of Nuremberg metropolitan region. Just a short walk away from the old town of Furth and then good links to the highway and train station. The hotels facilities include swimming pool*, table tennis, jogging track, tourist information desk, Wi-Fi/Internet access, currency exchange, shoe shine machine, a bar and a restaurant. All bedrooms feature air conditioning, desk, Tea and Coffee making facilities, T.V with satellite channels, safe and en-suite bathroom. *The swimming pool can be closed without prior notice.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • Bureau de Change
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

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.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan

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Travel Extras

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

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

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.

Door-to-Door service

On Battlefield tours of 7 days’ duration or more, you don’t even have to think about getting to your local joining point. If you live within 20 miles of one of our free joining points we’ll pick you up from your home and take you to meet your transfer vehicle, then return you back home at the end of your holiday. The cost is just £30 per booking each way for up to four people per booking.

If you live a little further afield, you can also take advantage of this convenient option for an additional charge – please enquire at the time of booking.

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