Secret Army: Belgium in World War 2
5 days from £699pp
On this fascinating tour, led by Head Battlefield Guide Paul Reed and WW2 author Dr Victoria Humphreys, we look at the story of Belgium in the Second World War and the so-called ‘Secret Army’, the Belgian Resistance, which was immortalised in the 1970s BBC Drama of the same name. With readings and history at all the main sights we bring this period of the Second World War to life.
- 4 nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast
- 2 evening meals
- Two Specialist Battlefield Guides
- Travel Door-to-Door or Convenient local joining points
- Travel by Silver Service luxury coach with extra legroom
(Deposits from £150pp)
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Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium where we stay for four nights.
Day 2 - Battle of Belgium 1940
We begin our tour by looking at the Battle of Belgium in May 1940 leading up to the Belgian surrender, seeing the 1940-45 Museum close to the battlefields near Charleroi. We then visit the impressive Fortress of Huy, now a museum of Resistance and the Holocaust in Belgium during WW2. Here we examine how Belgium stood up to the German occupation and its population suffered. At Bruly we visit the unique chapel and memorial to the local Resistance Group, and see the ‘Hitler Bunker’ where Adolf Hitler sheltered during the Battle of France and which is now a museum to the Belgian Resistance and Escape Lines.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Holocaust in Belgium
Today we look at the occupation of Belgium by Nazi Germany and how the Holocaust affected the population in Belgium, and we travel to Fort Breendonk for an included visit. A nineteenth-century defensive fort, it was used by the Germans as a detention and later Concentration Camp, with over 3,500 prisoners passing through it. We have plenty of time to explore the site and hear the moving stories of those held here. In the afternoon we visit Kaserne Dossin. A former army barracks, thousands of Jews were deported to Death Camps from here during the war. It is now a national memorial and museum site to the Holocaust in Belgium.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - Belgian Resistance
We travel to Leuven this morning to see the National Memorial to the Belgian Resistance, with some impressive statues depicting the Belgian resistance in WW2. Later we continue to Brussels and after lunchtime we have a walking tour of central Brussels looking at locations connected to the BBC ‘Secret Army’ series. Starring Bernard Hepton, the series told the story of a Brussels café at the heart of the local resistance cell. We visit the actual café used in the series and walk to some of the key sites which feature in the series, linking the fiction with the real stories of WW2. We will also visit the ‘Secret Army’ Memorial in Brussels, and Brussels Town Cemetery. We end the day with free-time in Brussels in the evening, where we have time for an evening meal, before returning to our hotel.
Included meals: Breakfast
Included meals: Breakfast
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.
If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.
No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.
All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines+ View more
About the hotel
Providing modern guest rooms, the Horizon Ath-Lessines is situated in the area of Ghislenghien, close to the towns of Ath and Lessines.
- English Speaking Staff
- Guest Lounge
- WiFi Available
- Bath and/or Shower
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
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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...
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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.