WW2: Berlin & The Cold War

Escorted Tour

WW2: Berlin & The Cold War

Price from €697 pps

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Prices are per person and based on two people sharing.

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Berlin, Sachsenhausen & Postdam

Visit key WW2 sites including Hitler’s Bunker and also discover life behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin. A truly remarkable tour.

Day 1 – Berlin

Fly from Dublin to Berlin. Meet your Tour Manager on arrival and transfer by executive coach to your hotel for check-in. This afternoon enjoy a walking tour of Berlin covering key WW2 and Soviet places including the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, the site of Hitler’s Bunker, Plotzensee Memorial Complex, Stauffenberg Museum and execution place at the Bendlerblock, the site of Gestapo Headquarters, Checkpoint Charlie, Alexanderplatz, and the remains of the Berlin Wall. Continue to your hotel for check-in and overnight.

Day 2 – Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp & Potsdam

Breakfast at your hotel. Visit the evocative Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial and Museum in morning. Sachsenhausen was one of the main concentration camps in Nazi Germany, purposely built in 1936 by the SS. It was the second major camp to be built after Dachau and was intended to set a standard for other concentration camps, both in its design and the treatment of prisoners. In the afternoon we continue onto beautiful Potsdam via Glienick Bridge, known as the Bridge of Spies during the height of the Cold War. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 3 – STASI Headquarters & the Wall Memorial Bernauer Straße

Breakfast at your hotel. Today visit the former STASI Headquarters. Learn first-hand of the harsh regime those in East Germany lived under and discover the massive surveillance apparatus of the GDR’s secret police. Walking along the bare, red-carpeted corridors and looking at the busts of Lenin and Felix Dzerzhinsky, models for both the KGB and Stasi, it all seems part of a distant past, not an era which ended only in 1990. You will also visit the Wall Memorial Bernauer Straße, where you learn all about the former death strip which separated Berlin and we have a close look at the Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park. Overnight at your hotel.

Day 4 – Departure

Breakfast at your hotel and check-out. Today enjoy free time in Berlin for sightseeing, shopping and exploring at leisure before your evening flight to Dublin.

  • Return flights from Dublin to Berlin including taxes & charges
  • Tour manager, professional historian guide & executive coach transfers
  • 3 nights accommodation in the Park Inn Hotel located in the centre of Berlin. Includes bed and breakfast. Based on twin share.
  • Guided tour of Berlin covering key WW2 and Soviet sites including Hitler’s Bunker, the SS and Gestapo Topography of Terror, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall Documentation Centre
  • Visit to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial including a guided tour
  • Visit to the notorious STASI Headquarters
  • Visit to the beautiful city of Potsdam, stopping at the famous Bridge of Spies en route
  • Free time for sightseeing and shopping of your own choice.

Booking Remarks 

  1. Price based on 2 sharing including all airport taxes & charges
  2. Single room supplement €110pp. If you are travelling alone and are willing to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex, we will do our best to accommodate this request although it cannot be guaranteed
  3. Non-refundable / non-transferable deposit of €250pp required at time of booking
  4. Balance due 10 weeks before departure
  5. Price includes 1 standard piece of hand luggage. Checked-in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel – prices may vary
  6. Optional insurance available from €19pp (terms & conditions apply)
  7. City taxes may apply, payable locally at your hotel
  8. Flights, hotels, taxes, prices & itinerary subject to change
  9. Booking terms & conditions apply 

Flight Details

Airline From / To Flt. No. Depart / Land Approx. Flt. Time
TBA Dublin / Berlin TBA 06:50 / 09:40 2h 15m
TBA Berlin / Dublin TBA 21:40 / 22:20 2h 15m

All flight times are local and subject to change

 

Local Time

GMT is never adjusted backwards or forwards. Ireland is on GMT between mid-autumn & the beginning of spring. Daylight saving time (BST) is GMT+1.


GMT+2

BST+1

Why Book with us?

  • Irish owned & operated and have been in business for 16 years
  • Experienced and professional staff
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Professional guides
  • Licenced by the Commission for Aviation Regulation, TA 0533

Send us an enquiry

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Led by Captain Donal Buckley

Follow in the footsteps of the Irish soldier and discover the story of the 16th Irish and 36th Ulster Divisions. Learn about the Act of Union, the Home Rule Question, the 1916 Rising and how the independence struggle and revolution in Ireland totally interweaves with the story of the Irish soldier in Mons, Flanders, Ypres and the Somme.

Guided by Captain Donal Buckley, this tour will explore the history, the politics, the attitudes and the reconciliation that WW1 was and is in Irish and world history.

This tour is to remember and honour our fallen soldiers especially those related to us.

If you have a particular grave or memorial that you want to visit please let us know and if it is possible we will do our best to facilitate you.

Please note that the programme may be adjusted before and during the tour to facilitate situations.

Day 1 

Fly from Dublin to Brussels and transfer by executive coach to the location of the opening and closing Allied shots of WW1 near SHAPE, Mons. Visit Nimy Bridge where the first VC’s of the War were earned by Lt Dease and Sgt Godley. Stop for lunch. Visit St Symphorien Cemetery and then continue to your hotel for check-in. This evening go for a tour of Ypres. This includes St. Georges Church, Munster Memorial etc. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 2

Breakfast at your hotel. Depart for the battlefield sites of Messines. First visit the 16th Irish Division Memorial at Wytschaete, commemorating the 16th Division’s capture of Wytschaete on 07 June 1917, the opening day of the Battle of Messines. Then visit Peace Pool Crater at Spanbrokmolen and Lone Tree Cemetery. Next on the itinerary is the Island of Ireland Peace Park & the Irish Round Tower at its centre. This memorial is dedicated to the soldiers of the 16th Irish Division and the 36th Ulster Division who were in action together on Messines Ridge. Your final stop today is Willie Redmond’s Grave in Locre. Willie Redmond was the brother of John Redmond, leader of the Irish parliamentary party. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 3

Breakfast at your hotel. Today visit the Somme starting with the Loughnagar Crater, blown on the morning of 01 July 1916 as a two-minute precursor to the start of the Battle of the Somme. The crater measured 300ft across and 90ft deep while debris from the explosion rose some 4,000ft into the air. Continue to the 16th Irish Division Memorial at Guillemont marking some of the bloodiest fighting of the whole Somme campaign. Continue to Thiepval Memorial. Standing in an isolated windswept position on the Somme, Thiepval is the largest and one of the most emotive “Memorials to the Missing” from any war. Next visit The Ulster Tower, a memorial to the men of the 36th Ulster Division and see at the entrance to the tower the plaque commemorating the names of the nine men of the division who were awarded the Victoria Cross during the Battle of the Somme. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 4 

Breakfast at your hotel. Today visit sites in Flanders starting with the museum at Sanctuary Wood. Then visit Tyne Cott cemetery, the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world, the sheer number of graves making it difficult to take in. Inside the cemetery two mourning angels kneel on top of dome-covered pavilions at either end of the memorial wall, highlighting the harrowing nature of the conflict in the surrounding area of Passchendaele. This will be followed by a visit to the German cemetery at Langemark. Then we will visit the memorial to Francis Ledwidge and his grave at Artillery Wood cemetery. The last visit of the afternoon will be to Essex Farm where Lt Col John McCrae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’. That evening we will participate in the Last Post ceremony at Menen Gate. Anybody who wishes to lay a wreath please let us know in advance and we will organise it for you. Return to your hotel for overnight.

Day 5

Breakfast at your hotel and check-out. After some time for last minute shopping in Ypres we will visit the Waterloo Battlefield before returning by executive coach to Brussels for your return flight to Dublin.

 

 

  • Return flights from Dublin to Brussels including taxes & charges

  • Professional historian tour manager & executive coach transfers

  • 4 nights accommodation in Hotel New Regina located in the heart of Ypres with breakfast

  • Full day guided visit to the Flanders Battlefields including Francis Ledwidge Memorial & Artillery Wood Cemetery, Langemarc German cemetery, Tyne Cott cemetery, the Island of Ireland Peace Park, the 16th Irish Division Memorial at Wytschaete and Willie Redmond’s Grave in Locre

  • Full day guided visit to the Somme Battlefields including Lochingar Crater, Pipers Memorial at Longueval, the 16th Irish Division Memorial at Guillemont, Ginchy, the 36th Ulster Divisions Ulster Tower and Thiepval Memorial

  • Participation in Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial

  • Waterloo Battlefield

*Please note: Entrance fees to museums on the programme such as Sanctuary Wood and Waterloo to be paid by clients

Booking Remarks

  1. Price based on 2 sharing including all airport taxes & charges
  2. Single room supplement €129pp. If you are travelling alone and are willing to share a twin room with another group member of the same sex, we will do our best to accommodate this request although it cannot be guaranteed
  3. Non-refundable / non-transferable deposit of €250pp required at time of booking
  4. Balance due 10 weeks before departure
  5. Price includes 1 standard piece of hand luggage. Checked-in luggage is available to purchase prior to travel - prices may vary
  6. Optional insurance available from €25pp (terms & conditions apply)
  7. City taxes may apply, payable locally at your hotel
  8. Flights, taxes, prices & itinerary subject to change
  9. Booking terms & conditions apply
Airline From / To Flt. No. Depart / Land Approx. Flt. Time
TBA Dublin / Brussels TBA 06:40 / 09:25 1h 40m
TBA Brussels / Dublin TBA

19:45 /20:30

1h 40m

All flight times are local and subject to change

Local Time

GMT is never adjusted backwards or forwards. Ireland is on GMT between mid-autumn & the beginning of spring. Daylight saving time (BST) is GMT+1.


GMT+2

BST+1

Why Book with us?

  • Irish owned & operated and have been in business for 16 years
  • Experienced and professional staff
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Professional guides
  • Licenced by the Commission for Aviation Regulation, TA 0533

Send us an enquiry

10 + 5 =

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