“Operation Judgement”: Verdun – Date TBC

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Price starts from £852 pp for 2 people sharing

 

An exclusive 5 day First World War battlefield holiday, exploring the lesser known sites of Verdun.

Numbers are limited to 13 double/twin rooms accommodating a maximum of 25 guests.

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“Operation Judgement”Verdun

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Pricing

From £852 per person – all inclusive
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Duration

5 Days

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Max. Walking Distance

4 miles on woodland paths

The Plan of Operations

This Tour is the perfect mixture of battlefield exploration and holiday – allowing you to enjoy the landscape, wine and delicous food of the Lorraine. As the Battle of Verdun was the longest battle of the First World War, there are more than enough stories to tell and a vast number of things to see. You will get the full picture, from rearward positions and German infrastructure to the heavy artillery sectors and the central battlefield with the iconic French forts that were fought over so hard. ‘OP Judgement’ is a walking tour, so we will walk up to 4 miles on woodland paths and in the actual trenches of the battlefield. There will be some dense undergrowth to negotiate and in wet conditions the ground might be challenging to walk, so we strongly recommend proper Goretex lined walking shoes or boots.  As we might have the opportunity to enter shelters of the battle, a little torch will be necessary. Taking the magnitude of the battle in consideration, the central battlefield itself is relatively small. You will learn about the protagonists and their actions in a battle which became a defining moment for the nations of France and Germany.

Itinerary

 
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Day One

After boarding the Tour Bus in Maidstone, we will enter Europe by the Eurotunnel and drive on to our destination. On the first evening, a nice glass of wine and an evening meal will be waiting for us.
 
 
 
 
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Day Two

We will start our day two with the Memorial Museum in Fleury. The Museum offers a perfect overview on the battle, topography, equipment and the chronology of events. After moving into the German rear area you will see a hidden German forest camp set up by 5th Army to develop and test pillboxes, bunkers and other frontline installations. We will continue to the artillery deployment areas from where the very first shot into Verdun was fired and learn about the importance of long range, heavy artillery. After lunch we will enter the central battlefield in the footsteps of the 87th Infantry Regiment during early days of the battle. We finish the day in iconic Fort Douaumont, which German soldiers called the “Sargdeckel” – the coffin lid.
 
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Day Three

We will return to the central battlefield and visit Haumont-pres-Sagomneux. There we will meet the 87ers again, looking at their capture of the village in 1916. Our way then leads us to the Ossuare, the House of Bones, and the National Cemetery, where it is time to follow another regiment, the Royal Bavarian Infantry Regiment No. 10 and the large offensive of 21st-25th of June 1916. We will be walking along Froideterre ridge and exploring the bunkers and forts along the way. After lunch on the battlefield we shift sides and visit the destroyed village of Bexonvaux, initial position for the later attack on Fort Vaux. We will follow the German attack to the Vaux Pond and finally reach Fort Vaux – the place of unspeakable human bravery and tragedy. We end the day with a stroll and dinner in Verdun.
 
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Day Four

After seeing the east bank yesterday, today we will visit the other side of the meuse; Hill 304 and Mort Homme being the first places we will encounter. We will then drive on to the west and visit the Hill of Vauquois. If you think Lochnagar is something – wait and see… After lunch we’ll be visiting Hill 285, another site of mine warfare; continuing to Ravin du Genie, we will explore a French Engineer camp, finishing the day in Montfaucon de Argonne. On top of the American memorial you will have a spectacular overview of the whole battlefield of Verdun and the Argonne.
 
 
 
 
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Day Five

After a hearty breakfast we will travel back to the UK.

 
 
 
 

Expert Guide

 

Christoph Höpfer

Christoph HoepferChristoph is a former combat medic in a ‘Gebirgsjäger’ (elite mountain/alpine hunters) unit of the German Bundeswehr. After basic infantry training, Christoph specialized in ABC decontamination with the forward dressing station of his battalion. During his studies of ABC warfare he became fascinated by the development and use of chemical agents on the battlefields of the First World War. After being introduced to the “Grünkreuz” offensive of June 21 1916 during his German Army training, he visited the Verdun battlefield for the first time. He has returned many times since and he continues to study the battle both on the ground and in German archives. He is a member of his hometown regimental association, the Royal Bavarian Infantry Regiment No.20. He also studies the other places of engagement of the regiment all along the Western Front.

What's Included and How to Book

 

Included in the Operation Judgement tour package:

  • Return Channel crossing.
  • Four days touring the Verdun battlefields via coach and on foot.
  • Four nights full board accommodation in a 3- or 4-star hotel (accommodation excludes drinks.
  • The services of an expert guide who will join the coach on arrival at the hotel on the evening of Day One.
  • All tips, taxes and admission charges.
  • A detailed TourPal – an extensive booklet that will help you to understand the battle, the events and men who fought in Verdun.
  • The services of a tour manager who will accompany the coach for the duration of the tour.

Transport:

  • The fully equipped executive coach features air conditioning, seat belts, ample leg room, WC, tea and coffee making facilities, over seat reading lights, a USB charging point for every seat, alternative entry via right hand side for safety when alighting on the continent, and the ability to lower the front of the coach to make access easier when boarding or exiting the coach.
  • The coach departs from Bedford with a second pick up at Maidstone. Alternatively, passengers may choose to meet the coach at the Folkestone Eurotunnel terminal.

Accommodation:

The full board accommodation provided will be of a 3-star standard or higher.
Breakfast and dinner will be taken in the hotel, while the midday meal will consist of a quality packed lunch taken at a suitably chosen location along the day’s route.

Prices and Booking Procedure:

  • Double/Twin Room, 2 people sharing – £852 per person (total price £1,704)
  • Double/Twin Room, single occupancy – £996

When booking this tour select your room choice from the drop down “Room Type” menu at the top of the page, then click “Add to Basket”.
If booking a combination of shared and single occupancy rooms please add to basket separately. The “Continue Shopping” button in your basket will return you to this page.

A deposit of 30% of the total amount is required on booking, with the remainder due no later than 8 weeks prior to the departure date.
Please see the Terms & Conditions page for further details.

The number of people in your party is governed by rooms booked:
1 shared double/twin = 2 people
1 single occupancy = 1 person

Please have to hand the names and contact details of all members of your party when making your booking as these will need to be entered on the checkout page.

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