The U-Boat War: The Real Das Boot

7 days from £729pp

About the tour: The U-Boat War: The Real Das Boot

Tour Introduction

German U-Boats were active from the very beginning of WW2 but took on a vital role during the Battle of the Atlantic when fleets of them were used to try and destroy Allied shipping: their story has been retold in the classic war film Das Boot. The cost of war for both crews and boats was high, with more than 28,000 German submariners being killed. Visiting Wilhelmshaven, Cuxhaven, Kiel and Bremerhaven, this new tour looks at the original U-Boat bases around Bremen, giving you the opportunity you to go inside two U-Boats.

Tour Includes

  • 6 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Entrances to museums and places of interest (extra cost)
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  4. Call us and make a card payment, either a small amount or as lump sum until your final due date.

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Day 2

Continue to Bremen for four nights.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 3 - Wilhelmshaven

We start the tour in the Wilhelmshaven area and visit the German Naval Museum which tells the story of the war at sea from bases here in two World Wars.

We also look at the Allied bombing, seeing the Bunker Museum. Mines were a great part of the war at sea, and clearing them up after WW2 was a big problem.

We look at this story during our visit to Cuxhaven where we see the memorial to the deminers who cleared the seas and paid a high price. We also visit Fort Kugelbake which was part of the defences of this region and has Flak guns on display.

Included meals: Breakfast

Fort Kugelbake

Fort Kugelbake (2)

Key Visits

  • Bunker Museum
  • German Naval Museum
  • Memorial to the Deminers
  • Fort Kugelbake

Day 4 - Kiel

Today we travel to Kiel, from where the famous Kiel Canal was constructed before WW1 to take German shipping into the North Sea in the Naval Arms Race of that period.

Here we see the massive U-Boat Memorial, the U-Boat Museum where you can go inside an original WW2 period U-Boat that has been brought onto dry land, getting an insight into how the crews lived.

We also see the remains of a German battleship in Kiel Harbour and visit the British graves in Kiel War Cemetery, which includes a Dambusters crew.

Included meals: Breakfast

U995 U Boat at Kiel

U995 U Boat at Kiel (3)

Key Visits

  • Kiel Canal
  • U-Boat Memorial, Kiel
  • U995 U Boat at Kiel

Day 5 - Bremen

In Bremen we look at the U-Boat bases and a massive concrete bunker, which was built to act as a factory building German U-Boats. Allied bombing stopped this and now it is open as a visitors centre.

Later we travel to Bremerhaven and see the Wilhelm Bauer U-Boat Museum. Here we see a salvaged 1944 U-Boat which was later restored for training purposes and serves as a superb example of what life in a WW2 U-Boat was like.

Included meals: Breakfast

Key Visits

  • Bremen U-Boat Bases
  • Wilhelm Bauer U-Boat Museum

Day 6

We return to Belgium for an overnight stay.

Day 7

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 4-star standard Swissotel Bremen, which is located in the heart of the city. Within walking distance of the charming market square, the hotel’s central location also offers a magnificent view over Bremen’s former city wall. Enjoy the excellent buffet breakfast served in the hotel and all guests have complimentary access to the Pürovel Sport fitness centre, with sauna and steam bath. 
Overnight stays in Belgium will be in city-style hotels.

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


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...

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.

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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Call our friendly advisors on: 01709 385 624