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.
The Second World War with Sir Antony Beevor and Peter Caddick-Adams
From Dunkirk to Arnhem to Normandy, there are countless tales of heroism and sacrifice when we reexamine the key events of the Second World War - many of which you will hear during this exclusive tour to Northern Europe.
To make your trip even more special, you will be joined by renowned historians in the shape of Sir Antony Beevor, author of Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944, and military historian Professor Peter Caddick-Adams. Sir Antony Beevor will deliver a private talk and field your questions during an evening in the Dutch town of Arnhem, whose road bridge was the site of fierce fighting during the Battle of Arnhem. Peter will give commentary throughout, providing insight into the places you visit, and will give evening talks.
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 Arnhem to hear about researching this dramatic episode in Second World War history." Antony Beevor
Reasons to book
Comprehensive 6 June site visits
Lecture by Sir Antony Beevor
Rail travel throughout
Visit to the Dutch town of Arnhem
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Your expert guides
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.
- Return standard class Eurostar and TGV/local train from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Caen via Paris, returning from Breda via Brussels
- Two nights' accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the Ferme de la Ranconniere, Crépon, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
- One night's accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at the Borel Hotel, Dunkirk, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
- Two nights' accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the Van der Valk Hotel, Arnhem, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
- Transfers and full itinerary including entrance fees
- One lunch
- Talk from Sir Antgony Beevor
- Copy of "Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944" by Sir Antony Beevor - (one per booking)
- Signed copy of "Sand and Steel: A New History of D-Day" by Peter Caddick-Adams
- Services of Peter Caddick-Adams throughout
- Tour manager throughout
Day1Arrive in CréponCrépon, France
Travel by Eurostar and TGV from London or Ebbsleet to Caen via Paris. Arrive and transfer by coach to Ferme de la Rançonnière, Crépon. The village was the site of VC-winning exploits of Sgt-Maj. Stanley Hollis, D-Day's only VC. Tonight enjoy a welcome drink, dinner and evening talk by Peter Caddick-Adams.
Day2Normandy landingsBayeux, France
Today visit a comprehensive range of sites associated with 6 June, 1944, with commentary throughout by D-Day author Peter Caddick-Adams. This morning, visit to Ranville and Pegasus Bridge, scene of the British airborne attacks. Then visit "Hillman", the German defensive position. Move to Sword Beach landing site and have lunch at Le Courbet restaurant at Hermanville. This afternoon, visit Commonwealth War Cemetery, Bayeux, Longues-sur-Mer German gun battery, Omaha Beach and US military cemetery at Colleville. Return via Creully (Montgomery's HQ). Enjoy dinner tonight at La Rançonnière.
Day3Arromanches and DunkirkDunkirk, France
Visit Arromanches, site of the Mulberry floating harbour this morning. Take a coach transfer to Dunkirk and enjoy a talk from Peter and a showing of the film 'Dunkirk'. This evening is at your leisure.
Day4Dunkirk War Museum, Arnhem and YpresArnhem, Netherlands
This morning, take a tour of Dunkirk Beach and Mole, scene of the famous May-June 1940 evacuation. You'll also have time to visit the Dunkirk War Museum. Later, transfer to Arnhem, via Ypres with time for lunch (not included). Arnhem was liberated by the Polish Division of Montgomery's 21st Army Group on 6 September 1944. There'll also be an opportunity to visit WW1 memorial, Menin Gate. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening and you'll enjoy a talk from Peter Caddick-Adams.
Day5Ginkel HeathArnhem, Netherlands
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. Stop also 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 in good time to freshen up before an evening talk from acclaimed historian, Sir Antony Beevor, author of Arnhem: The Battle for the Bridges, 1944 and dinner with wine at the hotel.
Day6Return homeBreda, Netherlands
Return to London by rail on a local train, followed by the Eurostar from Breda via Brussels.
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* THIS PRICE IS FOR TELEGRAPH SUBSCRIBERS ONLY. PLEASE NOTE, price is based on two sharing and subject to availability at time of booking. Single supplement £290. Standard Premier/First Class Train supplement: £160. Calls are made at local rates. Travel insurance is not included. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Travel Editions Ltd, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. This trip is ATOL-protected and Travel Editions is ABTA-bonded.
* PRICE FOR NON-TELEGRAPH SUBSCRIBERS. PLEASE NOTE, price is based on two sharing and subject to availability at time of booking. Single supplement £290. Standard Premier/First Class Train supplement: £160. Calls are made at local rates. Travel insurance is not included. Price and itinerary correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, experts may be substituted. Holidays are operated by and subject to the booking conditions of Travel Editions Ltd, a company wholly independent of Telegraph Media Group Ltd. This trip is ATOL-protected and Travel Editions is ABTA-bonded.