The Maginot Line Tour

Tour Includes


  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Hundreds of convenient joining points in the UK, or begin/end your tour in Europe
  • Travel by Silver Service coach

5 Days from $891 per person

The Maginot Line Tour

With the exception of the Great Wall of China, the Maginot Line was the greatest system of permanent fortifications ever built. Constructed in the 1930s just before World War 2, it came under attack in 1940. We see heavily fought over bunker systems like Villy la Ferte and Hackenberg, as well as looking at the German glider attack on Fort Eben Emael. These sites combine bunkers and museums, and you get a chance to travel on an ammunition train at two locations. A fascinating insight into the early stages of the Second World War.

5-Day Tour – The Maginot Line

Day 1

Depart from your chosen UK pick-up point and travel to the port where a coach interchange will take place, you will then join your tour coach for the Channel crossing. On arrival on the Continent we continue to our hotel (passengers joining the tour in Europe will meet the group at the hotel this evening).

Day 2 - Eben Emael & Fort d’Aubin-Neufchâteau

We begin this fortifications tour in Belgium and see the 1930s Liege forts used to defend Belgium against the Blitzkrieg. We start at Eben Emael, assaulted by German Airborne troops in gliders; we have a full tour of the site here. After lunch we see the heavily fought over Fort d’Aubin-Neufchâteau, completely surrounded in May 1940; here we take a guided tour of the fort, seeing the extensive damage caused in 1940. We then travel through the Belgian Ardennes, scene of the Blitzkrieg in May 1940, and into France to our Mainstay hotel were we stay for the next three nights.

*Breakfast Included

HIGHLIGHTS  ★ Fort Eben Emael  ★ Fort d’Aubin-Neufchateau

Day 3 - Ouvrage Fermont & Villy la Ferté

Today we start our look at the Maginot Line at Ouvrage Fermont. This massive system of bunkers and tunnels came under attack in May 1940 and proved how strong the Maginot Line could be. We descend in the original lifts, travel on an old ammunition train and see the fighting bunkers during our morning’s guided tour of the site. Lunch nearby. In the afternoon we see Villy la Ferte, a smaller Maginot Line complex that saw heavy fighting in May 1940. The site has been left as it was, with anti-tank rails, barbed wire and bunkers showing wartime damage. We have a fully guided tour around one of the few Maginot sites that saw heavy fighting.

*Breakfast Included

HIGHLIGHTS  ★ Ouvrage Fermont  ★ Villy La Ferte

Day 4 - Ouvrage Immerhof & Ouvrage Hackenberg

We continue with our look at the classic Maginot Line locations with a visit to Ouvrage Immerhof. Sited in the Thionville sector, it was built in the early 1930s with an extensive system of infantry and combat bunkers. In an excellent state of preservation we spend the morning visiting the whole site, with a 90-minute guided tour and also seeing the museum. Lunch nearby. In the afternoon we travel to Ouvrage Hackenberg. Set on high ground, this is the largest fortification on the whole Maginot Line and was one part of the line actually held by British troops in 1939/40. We spend two hours underground here seeing what a remarkable state of preservation the site is in, and seeing the many objects connected with the defence of this area. We continue our look at British troops in this area with a visit to the cemetery at Luttange, where the first British soldier killed in WW2 was buried.

*Breakfast Included

HIGHLIGHTS  ★ Ouvrage Immerhof  ★ Ouvrage Hackenberg  ★ Luttange

Day 5

We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you join your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.

*Breakfast Included

Departure Dates & Prices





Departure Date Days Travel By Tour ref Price
Mon 13 April 2020 5 Silver Service 5FMLV/1 $929

The Maginot Line Tour

5 Days from $891 per person
Enquire online or call our friendly travel advisers on 844-400-BatteTours (Within the US)

Travel Options

When it comes to getting you to your destination, Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours makes it easy, with a selection of travel options for you to choose from on our Tours. You can join your coach at a convenient joining point in the UK (we have hundreds to choose from throughout England, Scotland and Wales), or join/depart the tour in Europe.

This tour travels on our Silver Service coach.

 

Please note: Coach options can differ between each tour

Accommodation

You will stay for three-nights at the 3-star Ibis Thionville Porte de Luxembourg in Yutz, near Thionville. The hotel has a restaurant and bar.

Your overnight stay in Liège will be in a city-style hotel.

Ibis Thionville Porte De Luxembourg hotel
Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege
Ibis Thionville Porte De Luxembourg hotel

The 3 star Ibis Thionville Porte De Luxembourg hotel is located approx. 1mile away from the train station and it is also close to the Walygator theme park, Amneville zoo and the Luxembourg and Metz city centres. The hotels facilities include lounge, a bar, a restaurant and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature a desk, Wi-Fi/Internet access, T.V with all the main channels and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • TV
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone
Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege

The Globales Post Hotel & Wellness Liege is located near to the highway links and has beautiful views on the Meuse Valley. The hotels facilities include 24hrs reception, lounge, Currency Exchange, gym, swimming pool*, sauna, Jacuzzi, a bar, a restaurant, lift and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature flat screen T.V with major channels, mini fridge, safe, hairdryer, telephone, air conditioning and Wi-Fi/Internet access. *The swimming pool can close without prior notice.

Hotel Features

  • Swimming Pool
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Bar
  • Restuarant
  • Lift
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • TV
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Hairdryer
  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone

How To Book

The Maginot Line Tour

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Tours are operated in conjunction with our UK partner, Leger Holidays.

Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

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