WW2 Battlefields & Christmas Markets

5 days from £519pp

About the tour: WW2 Battlefields & Christmas Markets

Tour Introduction

Following our popular WW1 Battlefields and Christmas Markets Tours, we are pleased to offer a new WW2-themed tour for 2024, with visits to Christmas Markets in Germany and the Netherlands alongside battlefield sites from the 1944/45 period.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Travel by Executive Coach
  • Convenient local joining points
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(Deposits from £50pp)

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to our hotel in Germany for a four-night stay.

Day 2 - Siegfried Line & Aachen

This morning we begin on the remnants of the Siegfried Line, or the Westwall as the Germans called it. Built before the war to protect the borders of Nazi Germany, it was breached by American soldiers in this sector in September 1944. We see some of the Dragon’s Teeth defences here which stretch across the fields.

We then continue to the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery where the dead from the Battle of the Bulge and the fighting at Aachen are located, and we also visit the memorial to the US 1st Division: The Big Red One. Returning to Aachen, we discuss the fighting for the city and then have time for the Christmas markets in the city around the Cathedral and Market Square area.

Included meals: Breakfast

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery

Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery (4)

Key Visits

  • Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery
  • Siegfried Line
  • Aachen Christmas Market

Day 3 - Band of Brothers & Valkenburg

We begin on the River Maas, where the fighting took place during the winter of 1944/45. See a Buffalo amphibious vehicle, the type used in many amphibious operations in Europe during this period – now a memorial.

We then continue to the Netherlands American Cemetery and visit the graves of men from Easy Company – the ‘Band of Brothers’ – and also discuss the ‘Monuments Men’ who tried to save art stolen and looted by the Nazis, seeing the grave of one of them. In the afternoon, we go to Valkenburg to see the traditional Christmas market.

Included meals: Breakfast

Buffalo LVTP on the Maas

Buffalo LVTP on the Maas (4)

Key Visits

  • Valkenburg Christmas Markets
  • Netherlands American Cemetery
  • Buffalo LVTP on the Maas

Day 4 - Battle of the Bulge & Liège

We travel into Belgium today to discuss the last German Offensive in the West in December 1944, known as The Battle of the Bulge. Here we look at the story of the Malmedy Massacre, seeing the memorial, follow the route of German forces to La Gleize and see the King Tiger Tank there, and at Manhay see an original Panther tank from the fighting there in 1944. Later we go to Liege for the classic Christmas market.

Included meals: Breakfast

La Gleize

La Gleize (5)

Key Visits

  • Liège
  • La Gleize
  • Malmedy Massacre site
  • Panther Tank

Day 5

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 4 nights at the BB Hotel Aachen City.

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

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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