Wartime Paris: Spies, Resistance and the Holocaust

4 days from £449pp

About the tour: Wartime Paris: Spies, Resistance and the Holocaust

Tour Introduction

With the Fall of France in 1940, the city of Paris sat at the heart of occupied France. Resistance began almost at once across the country, later assisted by the Special Operations Executive. Joined by Head Battlefield Guide Paul Reed and SOE researcher and writer Dr Victoria Humphreys, this new tour offers an insight into this fascinating subject. Key visits include the Gestapo Headquarters, Mont Valerian and the Drancy Holocaust Memorial.

Tour Includes

  • 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Two Specialist Battlefield Guides
  • Convenient local joining points
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in the Paris area for a three-night stay.

Day 2 - SOE in Paris - French Resistance

Beginning at the site of former SOE Safe Houses in Paris, we look at the story of Noor Inayat-Khan GC – the ‘Princess Spy’, we then walk to the nearby Gestapo Headquarters in Avenue Foch, where we hear the details of how the occupation was underpinned by their sinister and often deadly hands. Continuing to the Arc de Triomphe, we look at France from Defeat in 1940 to Liberation in 1944. We then look at the French Resistance battle in central Paris at the Hotel de Ville in August 1944, and then examine the darker chapters of Paris’ occupation, discussing the French victims of the Holocaust, and seeing the Memorial to those who were Righteous Among the Nations, as well as those who were deported from France with a visit to the Deportation Memorial. We end the day with a visit to Mont Valerian, seeing the impressive National Resistance Memorial, and the Visitors’ Centre discussing the Resistance fighters who died for a Free France as well as examining the story of their leader, Jean Moulin. In the evening you have some free-time in central Paris close to the Eiffel Tower.

Included meals: Breakfast

Mont Valérien Memorial

Mont Valérien Memorial (9)

Key Visits

  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Eiffel Tower
  • 84 Avenue Foch
  • Noor Inayat-Khan Safe House
  • Hotel de Ville, Paris
  • Righteous Among the Nations Memorial
  • Deportation Memorial
  • Mont Valérien Memorial

Day 3 - Holocaust in Paris - Liberation 1944

This morning we travel to Drancy and continue our look at the Holocaust in France, seeing the memorials and the site of the Detention Camp here. We then see a new Holocaust Memorial site at Bobigny, where the trains took French Jews to the Concentration Camps. Later we visit Pere Lachaise Cemetery for the Holocaust and Resistance Memorials, looking out how those who died were commemorated. We finish with a look at the Allied entry into Paris in 1944 seeing the excellent Paris Liberation Museum.

Included meals: Breakfast

Drancy Holocaust Memorial

Drancy Holocaust Memorial (10)

Key Visits

  • Drancy : Memorial Wagon
  • Drancy Holocaust Memorial
  • Bobigny Railway Sidings
  • Bobigny Railway Sidings Memorials
  • Père Lachaise Cemetery
  • Père Lachaise Cemetery, Holocaust Memorial
  • Père Lachaise Cemetery Auschwitz Memorial
  • Paris Liberation Museum
  • Paris Liberation Museum: Liberty Way Marker

Day 4

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 three-nights at the Originals City Hotel Le Cardinal Rueil Centre.

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.

Executive Coach

Executive Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Drinks machines
  • Onboard toilet
  • Reclining seats

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 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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