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The Rise & Fall of the Third Reich

9 & 12 Day Tours from £869.00

This tour examines the ‘dark charisma' of Adolf Hitler, the Rise of National Socialism in the 1920s and Hitler’s move to take power in the 1930s with the Nazis, visiting some of the iconic and infamous locations connected with the Third Reich. Among the lo

Itinerary

9-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.
  • Day 2 – To Bad Aibling, near Munich, for a three-night stay. Breakfast
  • Day 3 – We start with the rise of National Socialism in Munich in the 1920s and Hitler’s involvement in the November 1923 Putsch. We see the Ludwig’s Bridge and Isartor, then visit the Hofbrau House where Hitler gave many of his early speeches. At the Odenplatz we see where Hitler was when war was declared in 1914. We then move on to other Third Reich sites in Munich, including the Ehrenhalle and site of the Brown House. After lunch we travel to Dachau, to look at the ‘final solution’ and one of the first Concentration Camps. Breakfast
  • Day 4 – Today we travel through Austria to the Eagle’s Nest (weather permitting), built for Hitler’s fiftieth birthday. We also take time to see the visitors’ centre and tunnels in Berchtesgaden, we look at the story of Hitler’s sister, Paula, and see the stunning war memorial murals in the main square. Breakfast
  • Day 5 – We head to Nuremberg, which Hitler considered to be the ‘Capital of the Party’. Here we look at the sites connected with the many rallies of the Third Reich. We then walk to the nearby Luitpold seeing the ground where more than 150,000 National Socialists gathered for rallies in the 1920s and 30s. Overnight in Nuremburg/Bayreuth area. Breakfast
  • Day 6 – We look at the story of the post-war Nuremberg Trials, visiting the court where they took place and the new exhibition. The original courtroom 600 is still in use and, subject to modern-day demands, we also go into the courtroom itself. Continue to Berlin for two nights. Breakfast
  • Day 7 – In Berlin we look at the heart of the Third Reich regime starting at the Reichstag area, walking to the nearby Brandenburg Gate and go to the site of Hitler’s Bunker before visiting the ‘Topography of Terror’ exhibition. After lunch we travel to the 1936 Olympic Stadium where Jessie Owens destroyed the myth of Aryan invisibility in 1936. In the Grunewald area of West Berlin we see where decisions were made about the ‘Final Solution’ at Wansee and visit ‘Gleis 17’ the memorial site to Berlin’s Jews who were deported to the death camps in the East. Breakfast
  • Day 8 – Leaving Berlin we head to Holland for an overnight stay, stopping en-route at Möhne Dam where the Dambusters carried out their successful raid in May 1943. Breakfast
  • Day 9 – Return home. Breakfast

12-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.
  • Day 2 – To Bad Aibling, near Munich, for a three-night stay. Breakfast
  • Day 3 – We start with the rise of National Socialism in Munich in the 1920s and Hitler’s involvement in the November 1923 Putsch. We see the Ludwig’s Bridge and Isartor, then visit the Hofbrau House where Hitler gave many of his early speeches. At the Odenplatz we see where Hitler was when war was declared in 1914. We then move on to other Third Reich sites in Munich, including the Ehrenhalle and site of the Brown House. After lunch we travel to Dachau, to look at the ‘final solution’ and one of the first Concentration Camps. Breakfast
  • Day 4 – Today we travel through Austria to the Eagle’s Nest (weather permitting), built for Hitler’s fiftieth birthday. We also take time to see the visitors’ centre and tunnels in Berchtesgarden, we look at the story of Hitler’s sister, Paula, and see the stunning war memorial murals in the main square. Breakfast
  • Day 5 – We head to Nuremberg, which Hitler considered to be the ‘Capital of the Party’. Here we look at the sites connected with the many rallies of the Third Reich. We then walk to the nearby Luitpold seeing the ground where more than 150,000 National Socliasts gathered for rallies in the 1920s and 30s. Overnight in Nuremberg/Erlangen or Bayreuth area. Breakfast
  • Day 6 – We look at the story of the post-war Nuremberg Trials, visiting the court where they took place and the new exhibition. The original courtroom 600 is still in use and, subject to modern-day demands, we also go into the courtroom itself. Continue to Berlin for four nights. Breakfast
  • Day 7 – In Berlin we look at the heart of the Third Reich regime starting at the Reichstag area, walking to the nearby Brandenburg Gate and go to the site of Hitler’s Bunker before visiting the ‘Topography of Terror’ exhibition. After lunch we travel to the 1936 Olympic Stadium where Jessie Owens destroyed the myth of Aryan invisibility in 1936. In the Grunewald area of West Berlin we see where decisions were made about the ‘Final Solution’ at Wansee and visit ‘Gleis 17’ the memorial site to Berlin’s Jews who were deported to the death camps in the East. Breakfast
  • Day 8 – Whilst in Berlin, we head to the Peenemunde Army Research Centre which served as the Nazi secret weapons research establishment during the Second World War. It was here that the V1 ‘Doodlebug’ and V2 rockets were developed. Breakfast
  • Day 9 – The end of the Third Reich came in April 1945 with the Allied advance from the West and the final Soviet attack from the East on Berlin. Today, we look at the Battle for Berlin, starting on the Seelow Heights. We then look at some of the Russian memorials and burial grounds around Berlin and see the Karlshorst Museum. Breakfast
  • Day 10 – Leaving Berlin we travel to Munster to visit the superb German Panzer Museum with its impressive collection of German tanks and armoured fighting vehicles. We stay overnight in the Bucholz area, near Hamburg. Breakfast
  • Day 11 – We travel to Luneberg Heath where the British took the surrender of German forces in May 1945. We also visit Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau. Continue to our overnight hotel in Holland. Breakfast
  • Day 12 – Return home. Breakfast

12-Day Tour

  • Day 1 – Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then to Belgium for an overnight stay.
  • Day 2 – To Bad Aibling, near Munich, for a three-night stay. Breakfast
  • Day 3 – We start with the rise of National Socialism in Munich in the 1920s and Hitler’s involvement in the November 1923 Putsch. We see the Ludwig’s Bridge and Isartor, then visit the Hofbrau House where Hitler gave many of his early speeches. At the Odenplatz we see where Hitler was when war was declared in 1914. We then move on to other Third Reich sites in Munich, including the Ehrenhalle and site of the Brown House. After lunch we travel to Dachau, to look at the ‘final solution’ and one of the first Concentration Camps. Breakfast
  • Day 4 – Today we travel through Austria to the Eagle’s Nest (weather permitting), built for Hitler’s fiftieth birthday. We also take time to see the visitors’ centre and tunnels in Berchtesgarden, we look at the story of Hitler’s sister, Paula, and see the stunning war memorial murals in the main square. Breakfast
  • Day 5 – We head to Nuremberg, which Hitler considered to be the ‘Capital of the Party’. Here we look at the sites connected with the many rallies of the Third Reich. We then walk to the nearby Luitpold seeing the ground where more than 150,000 National Socliasts gathered for rallies in the 1920s and 30s. Overnight in Nuremberg/Erlangen or Bayreuth area. Breakfast
  • Day 6 – We look at the story of the post-war Nuremberg Trials, visiting the court where they took place and the new exhibition. The original courtroom 600 is still in use and, subject to modern-day demands, we also go into the courtroom itself. Continue to Berlin for four nights. Breakfast
  • Day 7 – In Berlin we look at the heart of the Third Reich regime starting at the Reichstag area, walking to the nearby Brandenburg Gate and go to the site of Hitler’s Bunker before visiting the ‘Topography of Terror’ exhibition. After lunch we travel to the 1936 Olympic Stadium where Jessie Owens destroyed the myth of Aryan invisibility in 1936. In the Grunewald area of West Berlin we see where decisions were made about the ‘Final Solution’ at Wansee and visit ‘Gleis 17’ the memorial site to Berlin’s Jews who were deported to the death camps in the East. Breakfast
  • Day 8 – Today we look at the establishment of Concentration Camps in Germany with a visit to Sachsenhausen just outside Berlin. This was used to detain mainly political prisoners and was used again in the Cold War. Later we travel to Ravensbrück Concentraion Camp. This was a women’s camp and a number of SOE agents were killed here, including Violette Szabo GC immortalised in the film Carve Her Name With Pride. We see the Visitor’s Centre and many memorials at the site of the camp. Breakfast
  • Day 9 – The end of the Third Reich came in April 1945 with the Allied advance from the West and the final Soviet attack from the East on Berlin. Today, we look at the Battle for Berlin, starting on the Seelow Heights. We then look at some of the Russian memorials and burial grounds around Berlin and see the Karlshorst Museum. Breakfast
  • Day 10 – Leaving Berlin we travel to Munster to visit the superb German Panzer Museum with its impressive collection of German tanks and armoured fighting vehicles. We stay overnight in the Bucholz area, near Hamburg. Breakfast
  • Day 11 – We travel to Luneberg Heath where the British took the surrender of German forces in May 1945. We also visit Becklingen War Cemetery, Soltau. Continue to our overnight hotel in Holland. Breakfast
  • Day 12 – Return home. Breakfast

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