Experience the 1940’s atmosphere of some of the pivotal locations of the Second World War, familiar from many films and television series, as Alfa driver, Dave Forster, talks us through just what you can expect to experience on our Wartime Britain tour.
On the first day we travel by coach, arriving at our hotel with time to settle in before dinner.
We travel to the Bletchley Park estate (entry included in the tour price) where visitors can explore some of the iconic World War Two codebreaking huts and blocks, as well as marvel at the astonishing achievements of the Codebreakers whose work is said to have helped shorten the war by two years.
The Duchess of Cambridge opened the newly resorted park in June 2014 where she found out more about her paternal grandmother who was a Codebreaker at Bletchley Park during World War Two.
Dave commented: “Bletchley Park is a wonderful experience, the story behind the enigma files and how they were cracked is something really fantastic and people realise this.”
Today’s first stop is at the Cabinet War Rooms (entry included in the tour price), the wartime bunker which sheltered Churchill and his government during the blitz.
Next, we visit the fascinating Churchill Museum (entry included in the tour price) which explores the life and legacy of Sir Winston. Recordings of crucial speeches, along with displays of personal correspondence and belongings, allow a deeper insight into the great wartime leader. Guests then have some free time to explore the sights of central London.
Dave adds: “This is my favourite day as I absolutely adore London. Whilst walking through the War rooms and the Churchill Museum you really get a feel for what life must have been like during the blitz and there is so much to look at on display.
It takes approximately 2 ½ hours to visit the War Rooms and Churchill museum which then leaves guests about 2 hours to explore London. Whitehall, the horse guards, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, Parliament Square and Trafalgar Square are all about 5 minutes walk from the Cabinet War Rooms.”
Our excursion today takes us to Cambridgeshire and the former RAF and USAAF station at Duxford (entry included in the tour price) which now houses a collection of historic military aircraft, ships and land vehicles. The museum is set within a historic site where you can learn about Duxford’s role in the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War.
Dave commented: “Duxford is spread over a mile radius and it can take up to 5 hours to see everything, there are many hangers housing the planes that won the Second World War for us, you can even try going on board the Concord.”
Having experienced a week of fabulous included excursions, we journey home full of happy memories of an exceptional Alfa tour. Passengers enjoy this holiday so much that when Dave asks them what they enjoyed most they are so undecided.
If you love history and finding out more about Wartime Britain then you will not be disappointed with our Wartime Britain tour!
Prices start from just £244 per person. 2015 and 2016 tours are available to book now.
Call 01257 248000 or click here for more information.