The Lancaster Bomber Experience

7 days from £1,669pp

About the tour: The Lancaster Bomber Experience

Tour Introduction

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!

Tour Includes

  • 2 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

This tour begins at our hotel in Rotherham for an overnight stay.

Day 2 - Derwent Dam & the International Bomber Command Memorial

Today, 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

Derwent Dam

Derwent Dam (3)

Key Visits

  • Derwent Dam
  • International Bomber Command Memorial, Lincoln

Day 3 - Lancaster Bomber Taxy Ride

Today 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.

Terms and conditions apply, click here for more information

Included meals: Breakfast

Lancaster Bomber Taxy Ride

Lancaster Bomber Taxy Ride (5)

Key Visits

  • Lancaster Bomber Taxy Ride
  • Lancaster Bomber Taxy Ride
  • Lancaster Bomber Taxy Ride
  • Lancaster Bomber Taxy Ride

Day 4 - Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery

After 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.

Bergen Op Zoom

Bergen op Zoom (2)

Key Visits

  • Bergen op Zoom
  • Guy Gibson Grave

Day 5 - Mohne and Eder Dams

Today 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

Eder Dam

Eder Dam (3)

Key Visits

  • Möhne Dam
  • Eder Dam

Day 6 - Rheinberg War Cemetery

On 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

Rheinberg War Cemetery

Rheinberg War Cemetery (3)

Key Visits

  • Reichswald Forest War Cemetery
  • Rheinberg War Cemetery

Day 7

We return to the UK today.

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.

Lancaster Bomber

Lancaster Bomber Experience - Please read terms and conditions to the left. (2)

Key Visits

  • Lancaster Bomber Experience - Please read terms and conditions to the left.

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 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.

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.

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, 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...

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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