Secret Army: Belgium in World War 2

5 days from £719pp

About the tour: Secret Army: Belgium in World War 2

Tour Introduction

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.

Tour Includes

  • 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
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Belgium where we stay for four nights.

Day 2 - Holocaust in Belgium

We begin our tour with a 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, and we have an included visit to the museum of genocide and remembrance now opposite this site.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Fort Breendonk

Fort Breendonk (7)

Key Visits

  • Fort Breendonk
  • Holocaust Memorial, Fort Breendonk
  • Occupation Memorial, Fort Breendonk
  • Kaserne Dossin
  • Holocaust Memorial, Kaserne Dossin
  • Holocaust Museum, Mechelen

Day 3 - Battle of Belgium 1940

Today we look 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. After lunchtime in Dinant, we travel to Bruly where 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, seeing a reconstructed Resistance post and visiting the church used by the Germans to draw up the terms of the Armistice in France in June 1940.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hitler Bunker, Bruly

Hitler Bunker, Bruly (6)

Key Visits

  • Dinant
  • Hitler Bunker, Bruly
  • Resistance Headquarters, Bruly
  • Resistance Memorial, Bruly
  • Musée Souvenir 40-45

Day 4 - Belgian Resistance

We travel to Liege this morning to see the National Memorial to the Belgian Resistance, with some impressive statues depicting the Belgian resistance in WW2. We have lunchtime in Leuven, seeing the Resistance Memorial there and then continue to Brussels visiting the Brussels Town Cemetery and ‘Secret Army’ Memorial. We then 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 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

Secret Army locations, Brussels

Secret Army locations, Brussels (6)

Key Visits

  • Secret Army locations, Brussels
  • Liege Resistance Memorial
  • Leuven Resistance Memorial
  • Brussels Town Cemetery
  • Secret Army Memorial, Brussels

Day 5

Return home

Included meals: Breakfast

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 four nights at the Horizon Ath Lessines.

Hotel Horizon Ath Lessines

Hotel Horizon
Hotel Horizon
Hotel Horizon

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.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • 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


Luxuria Coach

Luxuria - Charging sockets
Luxuria - TV
Luxruia - Seating

Luxuria Features

  • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests give you a more comfortable journey.
  • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
  • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 7 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
  • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
  • Onboard toilet.

Luxuria Seating Plan

Luxuria Seating Plan

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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