Britain's bestselling and most widely respected military historian, Sir Antony Beevor's previous books include Stalingrad (winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for History and Hawthornden Prize for Literature), Berlin - The Downfall and D-Day - The Battle for Normandy.
Celebrate VE Day’s 75th anniversary with Sir Antony Beevor
Next year marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day, when the defeated Nazis finally surrendered, bringing to an end one of the bloodiest conflicts the world has ever known. There are countless tales of heroism and sacrifice from the period, some of which you will hear during this exclusive tour to Northern Europe.
To make your trip even more special, you will be joined by three renowned historians in the shape of Sir Antony Beevor, The Telegraph columnist Simon Heffer and Professor Peter Caddick-Adams. Sir Antony, author of Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944, will deliver a private talk and field your questions during an evening in the Dutch town, whose road bridge was the site of fierce fighting during the Battle of Arnhem. Simon will join you for a special dinner in Dunkirk on board the paddle steamer Princess Elizabeth, which played a crucial role in the evacuations. He will also give a private talk and Q&A. Peter will be with you throughout your trip to provide insight into the places you're visiting and give two evening lectures.
In addition to visiting Arnhem, you will tour the Dunkirk beaches and the Dunkirk War Museum in France, as well as Hartenstein Airborne Museum and Ginkel Heath in the Netherlands. Other highlights include a visit to Pegasus Bridge - one of the first targets in the small hours of Operation Overlord - and trips to Sword and Omaha beaches, including a tour of the German defences. You will see the 11th-century Château de Creully that served as Field Marshal Montgomery's tactical headquarters during the summer of 1944.
On visits to the US military cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Bayeux and the Arnhem Oosterbeek British Cemetery, you will have the opportunity to pay your respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
"I hope you can join me in the city in the week of VE Day's 75th anniversary to hear about researching this dramatic episode in Second World War history." Antony Beevor
Reasons to book
Visit Second World War sites
Visit to the Dutch town of Arnhem
Hear military expertise
Lecture by Sir Antony Beevor
Talk and Q&A with Simon Heffer
Your expert guides
In a 35-year career in Fleet Street in senior editorial positions, Simon Heffer is now a Telegraph columnist. He read English at Cambridge and took a PhD in Modern History at that university, and has written history books on a wide range of subjects, including the Victorian era and the First World War.
Professor Caddick-Adams was educated at Shrewsbury and Sandhurst. He spent 35 years in the regular and reserve forces and lectured for 20 years at the UK Defence Academy, Shrivenham. He is the author of bestselling volumes about the battles of Monte Cassino, the Ardennes, and Field Marshal Montgomery.
- Exclusive talk and Q&A session with Sir Anthony Beevor
- Dinner on Princess Elizabeth in Dunkirk with welcome drink, wine and exclusive talk and Q&A session with Simon Heffer
- Return standard-class Eurostar and TGV/local train from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Caen via Paris, returning from Breda via Brussels
- Two nights' dinner, bed and breakfast at the Ferme de la Ranconniere, Crepon
- One night's bed-and-breakfast accommodation at Hotel Borel, Dunkirk
- Two nights' dinner, bed and breakfast at Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem
- Transfers, full touring itinerary, entrance fees
- Paperback copy of The Second World War by Sir Antony Beevor (one per booking)
- Signed paperback copy of Sand and Steel: A New History of D-Day by Peter Caddick-Adams (one per booking)
- Services of Peter Caddick-Adams and tour manager
Day1Arrive in CreponCrépon, France
Travelling by Eurostar and TGV from London or Ebbsfleet, you'll arrive in Caen via Paris. From there you'll be transferred by coach to Ferme de la Rançonniere, Crépon. The village was the site of the exploits of Sergeant-Major Stanley Hollis, who won the only Victoria Cross on D-Day. Tonight you'll enjoy a welcome drink, dinner and an evening talk from military historian Peter Caddick-Adams.
Day2D-Day sitesBayeux, France
Today you will make visits to many of the places associated with June 6, 1944, better known as D-Day. This morning, you will head to Ranville and the scene of the British airborne attacks, Pegasus Bridge, and its museum. There you will learn of the glider mission to capture the bridge intact in the early hours of June 6, 1944, commanded by Major John Howard. You will move on to the 'Hillman' German position before seeing the Sword beach landing site. After lunch, you will journey to Bayeux to pay your respects at Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest British Cemetery on French territory. The German gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer is your next stop before you visit Omaha beach, where the US force was focused. You will follow that with the US military cemetary at Colleville-sur-mer before you return via General Montgomery's headquarters at Creully.
You will spend the morning in Arromanches-les-Baines, where you will learn about the enormous Mulberry artificial harbour and pay a visit to the Musée du Débarquement. You will then transfer by coach to Dunkirk for dinner on board the paddle steamer Princess Elizabeth, which helped evacuate 1,673 Allied soldiers in Operation Dynamo. Enjoy a welcome drink, wine and a talk and Q&A with Simon Heffer.
Today, you will tour the poignant beach at Dunkirk where hundreds of civilian boats joined the 1940 evacuation of 198,000 British and 140,000 French and Belgian troops. You will learn more about this incredible story of valour at the Dunkirk War Museum. You will later transfer to Arnhem, with an opportunity to visit the Menin Gate First World War memorial in Ypres on the way. This evening, you will enjoy dinner with a talk from Peter.
Day5VE DayArnhem, Netherlands
Day 5 VE Day You start the day with a visit to Ginkel Heath, which was the site of the main landings by the British 1st Airborne Division on September 17, 1944. Then it's on to the excellent Hartenstein Airborne Museum. Situated in the building that was used as the headquarters for the British 1st Airborne Division, the museum offers a fascinating overview of Operation Market Garden.
You will also focus on the evacuation of the British 1st Airborne Division across the Rhine. Of over 10,600 men in the Division, 2,071 would end up evacuated. You will also stop at the Lonsdale Church where many of those evacuated took shelter. Nearby is the famous house of Kate ter Horst. Used as a Regimental Aid Post to treat the wounded, it featured in the film A Bridge Too Far. Your VE Day tour will conclude at the Arnhem Oosterbeek British Cemetery. Return to the hotel for dinner and an evening talk from acclaimed historian Sir Antony Beevor.
Day6Return homeBreda, Netherlands
Today, you'll return to London by local train and Eurostar from Breda via Brussels.
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