The Lancaster Bomber Experience
7 days from £1,349pp
The Avro Lancaster bomber is an iconic aircraft of WW2, used on many bombing raids in Germany, including Operation Chastise, better known as the Dambusters Raid. Join us on a unique tour where we follow the Lancaster story from training to bombing the Dams in Germany. We begin our tour in Sheffield, visiting Derwent Dam, used by pilots of the 617 squadron for practicing low-level flights, before moving on to the Lincoln area where we visit the International Bomber Command Memorial. Whilst in Lincolnshire we take a runway taxy ride in a real WW2 Lancaster, Just Jane, the only chance in Europe to be inside a Lancaster Bomber with all four Merlins running!
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- 2 nights hotel with English breakfast
- 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield Guide
- Battlefield visits as described
- FREE parking at the Leger offices in Rotherham and return drop off service
(Deposits from £50pp)
Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -
Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.
For customers living outside of the UK, if you want to make a booking you will need to provide a UK postcode on our online booking system. If you are not able to provide a relevant UK postcode then you can enter the postcode for London Victoria Coach Station – SW1W 9TP. You should then be able to proceed to complete your booking.
If you do encounter a problem then you can speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be happy to help.
Please Note : After completing your booking, a member of our Customer Service team will be in touch to make sure everything is okay.
Either e-mail our Reservations Department or call on 01709 830 333 and they will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.
This tour begins at our hotel in Rotherham where you will be staying for the night. Free car parking is available at the Leger offices in Rotherham together with a free transfer service to your hotel.
Day 2 - Derwent Dam & the International Bomber Command MemorialToday, we visit the Derwent Dams where 617 Squadron RAF practised attacking the dam towers, which resembled their target in Germany.
We then travel across to the Lincoln area and visit the new International Bomber Command Memorial. This commemorates the thousands of men who died serving in Bomber Command and we take time to see this and see the Visitor’s Centre.
We stay overnight in the Retford area.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Lancaster Bomber Taxy RideToday we visit the Lincolnshire Aviation Centre to see the museum and displays, and in groups of ten people take runway taxy rides in an original WW2 Lancaster Bomber, 'Just Jane'.
Restored to almost flying condition, the aircraft will power up and taxy along the runway: a totally unique experience!
Later we depart for Hull and an overnight crossing to Holland.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Bergen op Zoom War CemeteryAfter arrival in Rotterdam we visit the grave of Guy Gibson VC, who commanded 617 Squadron, and died in a Mosquito crash in 1944.
We then visit Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery to see the RAF Bomber Command crews, including Dambusters crewmembers.
We then travel to the Dortmund area for a two-night stay.
Day 5 - Mohne and Eder DamsToday we have a full day visiting the Möhne and Eder Dams, attacked in Operation Chastise in May 1943 by 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron.
We discover the story of the raid and look at the dams which were attacked, seeing the local museum.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 6 - Rheinberg War CemeteryOn our final day we visit the graves of men who died in Operation Chastise at Rheinberg War Cemetery and then visit Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, the largest British WW2 Cemetery in Europe, where half of the burials are RAF crews, many from Bomber Command.
We then travel for an overnight stay in Belgium or Holland.
Included meals: Breakfast
We return to the UK today. You can choose to be dropped off at one of our regional joining points or at the Leger offices in Rotherham to collect your parked car.
Included meals: Breakfast
IMPORTANT - Information regarding the Lancaster Bomber Experience
Lancaster Taxy ride Terms and conditions
Taxy riders must be able to board the Lancaster without any assistance and be able to exit the aircraft quickly, should there be an emergency, without any assistance.
Access to the Lancaster is by five steps with a hand rail. Riders have to be able to climb over the main spar, which is 30 inches high and 14 inches deep. There is a step up to this of 12 inches. The head space to climb over the spar in is 30 inches high and 32 inches wide. This area is an arc and the measurements are to the widest and highest points.
Without being able to cross the main spar, the rider would not be able to access the W/OP, Navigator, cockpit or nose areas of the aircraft. One of our 2 emergency exits is in the front of the aircraft and so it is important that the riders can cross the main spar in case the other exit cannot be used. The emergency escape route from the front and rear of the aircraft is by ladder and so riders must be able to use a ladder without assistance.
Anyone undertaking the Lancaster taxy ride experience must be able to hear and follow verbal and visual instructions in noisy surroundings. This experience may not be suitable for anyone who has disabilities affecting mobility, concentration, dexterity and co-ordination.
If we deem the rider unable to move around the aircraft with enough ease and sufficient speed to such an extent that they may put themselves and others at risk during an emergency, then sadly, it would not be possible for them to take part in the taxy ride. If this decision is made by the Centre upon the customers’ arrival, then no refund will be given.
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.
You will stay for one night at the 3-star Holiday Inn Express Rotherham North and one night at the 3-star Best Western Retford.
You will then spend two nights at the 4-star NH Dortmund Hotel.
Overnight crossing from Hull to Rotterdam on board ship with P&O Ferries.
Overnight stay in Belgium/ Holland will be in a city-style hotel.
Holiday Inn Express Rotherham North+ View more
- English Speaking Staff
- Fully Health and Safety Compliant
- Guest Lounge
- WiFi Available
- Bath and/or Shower
- Smoke Detectors in Every Room
- Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
Luxuria Coach+ View more
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+ Find out more
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+ Find out more
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+ Find out more
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.