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The Maginot Line


5 days from £439pp

About the tour: The Maginot Line

  • Campaign: World War 2 (WW2)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: May 1940 - Jun 1940

This tour will cover the following key events

  • Battle of France begins - 10 May 1940
    Taking only 6 weeks, the Battle of France saw the Germans successfully invade and conquer France, The Netherlands, Luxembourg and Belgium.
  • Armistice at Compiegne - 22 June 1940
    In June 1940, Hitler arranged for an Armistice to be signed between Nazi officials and the French Third Republic. Hitler chose Compiegne Forest to be the location that the Armistace was signed, due to its role in the 1918 Armitice signing at the end of WW1. The Armistice gave Germnay occupation of Nothern and Western France, including all ports on the English Channel & Atlantic ocean.

Tour Introduction

In the 1930s The Maginot Line was built and it was considered one of the greatest systems of permanent fortifications ever built. It wasn’t until 1940, that it came under attack and on this tour we get a fascinating insight into the early stages of WW2. We look at the heavily fought over bunker systems from Overage Fermont to Villy la Ferte and Ouverage Hackenburg. We also combine the visits to these sites with trips to museums, a cemetery, and a chance to travel on an ammunition train.

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach
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Great itinerary and superb knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended.
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

We make our way to the port of departure and coach interchange where you will join your tour coach for the crossing to the Continent. Upon arrival in France we continue to Belgium and our hotel.

Day 2 - Eben Emael & Fort d’Aubin-Neufchâteau

We begin this fortifications tour in Belgium and see the 1930s Liege forts used to defend Belgium against the Blitzkrieg. We start at the famous Eben Emael, assaulted by German Airborne troops in gliders; we have a full tour of the site here. After lunch we see the heavily fought over Fort d’Aubin-Neufchâteau, completely surrounded in May 1940; here we take a guided tour of the fort, seeing the extensive damage caused in 1940. We then travel through the Belgian Ardennes, scene of the Blitzkrieg in May 1940, and into France to our Mainstay hotel were we stay for the next three nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

Fort d’Aubin-Neufchateau

Fort d’Aubin-Neufchateau (2)

Key Visits

  • Fort Eben Emael
  • Fort d’Aubin-Neufchateau

Day 3 - Ouvrage Fermont & Villy la Ferté

Today we start our look at the Maginot Line at Ouvrage Fermont. This massive system of bunkers and tunnels came under attack in May 1940 and proved how strong the Maginot Line could be. We descend in the original lifts, travel on an old ammunition train and see the fighting bunkers during our morning’s guided tour of the site. Lunch nearby. In the afternoon we see Villy la Ferte, a smaller Maginot Line complex that saw heavy fighting in May 1940. The site has been left as it was, with anti-tank rails, barbed wire and bunkers showing wartime damage. We have a fully guided tour around one of the few Maginot sites that saw heavy fighting.

Included meals: Breakfast

Villy La Ferte

Villy La Ferte (2)

Key Visits

  • Ouvrage Fermont
  • Villy La Ferte

Day 4 - Ouvrage Immerhof & Ouvrage Hackenberg

We continue with our look at the classic Maginot Line locations with a visit to Ouvrage Immerhof. Sited in the Thionville sector, it was built in the early 1930s with an extensive system of infantry and combat bunkers. In an excellent state of preservation we spend the morning visiting the whole site, with 90 minute guided tour and also seeing the museum. Lunch nearby. In the afternoon we travel to Ouvrage Hackenberg. Set on high ground, this is the largest fortification on the whole Maginot Line and was one part of the line actually held by British troops in 1939/40. We spend two hours underground here seeing what a remarkable state of preservation the site is in, and seeing the many objects connected with the defence of this area. We continue our look at British troops in this area with a visit to the cemetery at Luttange, where the first British soldier killed in WW2 was buried.

Included meals: Breakfast

Luttange

Luttange (2)

Key Visits

  • Ouvrage Immerhof
  • Ouvrage Hackenberg
  • Luttange

Day 5

We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.

Included meals: Breakfast

Please Note: The Maginot forts we visit on this tour are deep underground, can be cold and there are numerous steps, therefore this tour does involve some walking. Due to the large size of these forts visits typically take 90-120 minutes and are fully guided.

Please Note: that a packed lunch will NOT be provided within the museum package.

Please note: The Ouvrage Hackenberg will be closed during the 28th August 2017 tour and in its place we will now visit the impressive Ouvrage Michelsberg located on the Maginot Line.

Please note: entrance fees to museums and places of interest are at extra cost. Museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €45 (packed lunch will NOT be provided within the museum package).

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 Ibis Thionville Porte de Luxembourg in Yuts, near Thionville. The hotel has a restaurant and bar.

Your overnight stay in Liège will be in a city-style hotel.

Ibis Thionville Porte De Luxembourg

About the hotel

The 3 star Ibis Thionville Porte De Luxembourg hotel is located approx. 1mile away from the train station and it is also close to the Walygator theme park, Amneville zoo and the Luxembourg and Metz city centres. The hotels facilities include lounge, a bar, a restaurant and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature a desk, Wi-Fi/Internet access, T.V with all the main channels and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

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

Room Features

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

Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege

Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege
Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege
Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege

About the hotel

The Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege is located near to the highway links and has beautiful views on the Meuse Valley. The hotels facilities include 24hrs reception, lounge, Currency Exchange, gym, swimming pool*, sauna, Jacuzzi, a bar, a restaurant and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature flat screen T.V with major channels, mini fridge, safe, hairdryer, telephone, air conditioning and Wi-Fi/Internet access. *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
  • 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 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.

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