Wartime Paris: Spies, Resistance and the Holocaust
4 days from £439pp
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.
- 3 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Two Specialist Battlefield Guides
- Convenient local joining points
(Deposits from £150pp)
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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
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
Included meals: Breakfast
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.
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About the hotel
This hotel is situated in vibrant Rueil Malmaison on the western outskirts of Paris. The hotel is within walking distance of the bustling town centre with its inviting bars, charming restaurants and shops. The hotel is comprised of two buildings, offering a total of 64 bedrooms. All bedrooms are themed in a style – Paris (rooftops, metro, taxi, famous sights) or Africa (giraffe, zebra, leopard design). The hotel has a breakfast room, small bar and lift.
- English Speaking Staff
- Guest Lounge
- WiFi Available
- Bath and/or Shower
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