WWII was the conflict that shaped the modern world. This unique tour takes you to some of the war’s most iconic locations in the company of an expert historian.

Immerse yourself in Second World War history on this fascinating trip with historian, TV presenter, and journalist Guy Walters.

On this exclusive expert-led tour you'll be visiting locations steeped in wartime history.

Stalag Luft III was a Luftwaffe-run prisoner-of-war camp which held Allied air force personnel. It was made famous by the Great Escape, which was brought to life on screen in the 1963 film starring Steve McQueen. Guy will be telling the true story of the Great Escape, and will show you around the camp as well as the routes taken by many of the escapers.

You will also spend a day at Colditz Castle, the imposing Renaissance stronghold which was converted into a high security prison during WWII. The story of Colditz is a stirring example of the plight and pluck of the prisoners of war, who were famed for their heroic escape plans.

It's hard to think of two more iconic locations associated with Second World War heroism and inventiveness. During the course of this tour Guy will bring to life the incredible stories of the prisoners-of-war who were held in these camps.

"I am REALLY looking forward to returning to Colditz and Stalag Luft III. I cannot wait to see you there, and I promise we'll have a great time. We shall not only immerse ourselves in the history, but also in fine food and drink - and great company!" -Guy Walters

As well as talking about the exciting escape plots, this tour will also provide an opportunity to reflect on just how tough life was for the prisoners, who were trapped behind castle walls and barbed wire for many years.

This trip will also take you to Dresden and its Museum of Military History where you can deepen your knowledge of the defining conflict of the 20th century.

Meet our special guest

Guy Walters is an historian, TV presenter, and journalist, who has written around a dozen books that have been published all over the world. These include The Real Great Escape - a definitive account of the legendary breakout - and the novel The Colditz Legacy.

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Guy Walters
Historian & Broadcaster

Guy Walters is famous for his books and TV series about the Second World War. He is the author of a dozen books, including four wartime thrillers and the acclaimed histories Berlin Games and Hunting Evil, which recounts the postwar hunt for Nazi war criminals and The Real Great Escape. His latest television series, Nazi Victory, has recently aired in the UK, the US and across Europe.

"I am REALLY looking forward to returning to Colditz and Stalag Luft III. I cannot wait to see you there, and I promise we'll have a great time. We shall not only immerse ourselves in the history, but also in fine food and drink - and great company!"

Guy Walters

Price includes

  • Benefit from the services of an expert tour manager throughout the trip
  • Stay for four-nights in a stylish and comfortable hotel
  • Enjoy four breakfasts, four lunches and four evening meals with wine
  • Travel on board a 49-seat executive coach with professional driver
  • Guy Walters will accompany you on the tour
  • Return flights from London

Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Oct 17, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Oct 21, 2022
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£1,699*

* Price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement available on request. Prices shown are subject to availability and change. Includes £100pp discount. For full deposit terms and conditions, go to: tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Arrive in Żagań
    Zagan, Poland

    Today you will meet your tour group at Heathrow Terminal 5, and travel to Berlin Brandenburg Airport.

    Here you will be picked up in your executive coach and travel to Żagań, Poland. The journey takes around two hours and you will stop for lunch on the way. Once in Żagań you'll have a guided tour of the fascinating Stalag Luft III museum before arriving at Willa Park Hotel - the drive takes ten minutes - and checking into your ensuite room.

    This evening Guy will give a talk on The Great Escape in advance of your tour tomorrow, after which you'll enjoy dinner at the hotel.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    Tour of Stalag Luft III
    Zagan, Poland

    After breakfast, you'll depart from the hotel by coach for a ten minute drive to reach Stalag Luft III for your guided tour. You will also visit Żagań railway station - where many of the Great Escapers boarded trains to take them around the Third Reich - before heading back to the hotel for lunch.

    After recharging with lunch you will take a tour of the area surrounding Stalag Luft III, including the impressive Great Escape Memorial in Żagań.

    This evening you will return to the hotel for dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Chemnitz
    Chemnitz, Germany

    After breakfast you'll check out of the hotel and follow the routes many of the Great Escapers took when they were on the run. This part of the trip will take around three hours. By lunch, we will arrive in Gorlitz where you'll visit the Gestapo HQ where many of the recaptured escapers were interrogated.

    After lunch it's on to Chemnitz - a two hour drive - where you'll check in at your hotel.

    Before dinner this evening Guy will give another fascinating talk, this time about Colditz and its history, to prepare you for tomorrow's visit.

    After the talk you will enjoy dinner at the hotel.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Colditz
    Colditz, Germany

    After breakfast you'll head to Colditz, around an hour's drive away, where you shall enjoy an in-depth tour of the iconic castle and the surrounding areas. Another ten minute drive takes you to Podelwitz Castle, where you can enjoy lunch and afterwards look round the fascinating museum of Colditz and East German memorabilia. It's a one hour drive back to the hotel.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Dresden
    Dresden, Germany

    Today you'll travel to Dresden, an hour's drive away, where you'll visit the Museum of Military History and the Frauenkirche, a beautiful Lutheran church which was reconstructed in 1992 after being destroyed in the firebombing of Dresden.

    After your visit to Dresden you'll travel an hour and 30 minutes to Berlin to catch your flight home.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

Willa Park Hotel

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Zagan, Poland

Located in the centre of Żagań, Willa Park offers en-suite rooms with classic design interiors, wooden furniture, free Wi-Fi and flat screen TVs. The hotel provides a spa and wellness centre, a massage parlour and fitness centre. Guests can enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant and relax in the bar in the evenings.

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Availability

From
Mon, Mon, Oct 17, 2022
To
Fri, Fri, Oct 21, 2022
Duration
5 Days
Price per person
£1,699*

* Price based on two sharing a room. Single supplement available on request. Prices shown are subject to availability and change. Includes £100pp discount. For full deposit terms and conditions, go to: tstours.co.uk/assets/tandc.pdf. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, expert(s) may be substituted, and any expert-led events and the overall itinerary may be subject to change. Expert(s) will not join you for your full trip duration unless otherwise stated. Always check the FCDO travel advice, as it includes the very latest information on safety, security, travel warnings and health. For more information, visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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