The Maginot Line With the exception of the Great Wall of China, the Maginot Line was the greatest system of permanent fortifications ever built. Day 1 Local departure by coach, then to Liège and our overnight hotel. Day 2 Eben Emael & Fort d’Aubin-Neufchâteau We begin this fortifications tour in Belgium and see the 1930s Liège 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 in Yutz on the outskirts of Thionville for a three-night stay. B Day 3 Ouvrage Fermont & Villy la Ferté We start our look at the Maginot Line at Ouvrage Fermont. 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. In the afternoon we see Villy la Ferté, a smaller Maginot Line complex which saw heavy fighting in May 1940. We have a fully-guided tour around one of the few Maginot sites that saw very heavy fighting. B Day 4 Ouvrage Immerhof & Ouvrage Hackenberg We continue with our look at the classic Maginot Line locations with a visit to Ouvrage Immerhof. We spend the morning visiting the whole site, with a 90-minute guided tour, also seeing the museum. Next 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. We continue with a visit to the cemetery at Luttange, where the first British soldier killed in WWII is buried. B Day 5 Return home. B Included Meals: B=Breakfast For full hotel and itinerary details, visit www.leger.co.uk/tours/fml Includes... • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast • Specialist Battlefield Guide • Battlefield visits as described Plus... • Local joining points (see page 55 for your nearest) • Entrance to museums and places of interest (extra cost) Silver Service Tour Code: 5FMLV Apr 17 2017 £399 Jun 26 2017 £419 Aug 28 2017 £419 Oct 23 2017 £369 36 Call one of our helpful travel advisers now on 01709 385 615 WORLD WAR II 1939-1945 5 days from £369 Villy la Ferte 1940 Villy la Ferté, a smaller Maginot Line complex Fermont Fort Eben Emael Your Hotels You will stay for three nights at the 3-star Ibis Thionville Porte de Luxembourg in Yutz, near Thionville. The hotel has a bar and restaurant. Your overnight stay in Liège will be in a city-style hotel. Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; travel insurance essential, call or see website for details; single room supplement £109.
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