World War II Tours
The Battle of Westerplatte and the destruction of
Danzig, marked the start of the Second World War in
Europe on 1st September 1939. This tour visits
the city, accompanied by local historians which is
then followed by visits to the new WWII museum in
Gdansk and a trip to Warsaw covering the Warsaw
Uprising - including a visit to the Museum of the
Warsaw Uprising. There is also a trip to see
Treblinka Death camp.
- Accommodation at a 4*
- Flights from across the
- 4 nights
- Optional: Cold War –
Solidarity and the end of the Soviet Union
4 nights from £345 per person
Our tour takes us to the city of
beginnings: the beginning of the II World War and,
exactly 50 years later, the beginning of the end of
European communism. The Teutonic Knights,
Poles, Germans, Prussians, Swedes and even Napoleon
have fought for the right to declare Gdansk (Danzig
in German) their own.
- The birthplace of two
famous scholars and one movement that forever
changed the face of the world: Daniel
Fahrenheit, Arthur Schopenhauer and the
- After WWI the Treaty of
Versailles granted Danzig ‘free city’ status.
Poland however maintained a military post at Westerplatte and a Postal service – its building
being extraterritorial Polish property.
- However, with a German
majority, Hitler used the issue of the status of
the city as a pretext for attacking Poland
- On the 1st of September
1939, the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein
fired the first shots at Westerplatte, marking
the beginning of World War II.
- Gdansk became the main
shipyard for the production of the German
submarines, the U-Boats, with Poles used as
- When the Red Army arrived
in March 1945, the city was all but destroyed in
the ensuing battle.
Our tour takes us through the
German invasion of 1939, the establishment of the
ghetto and the Warsaw Uprising. We utilise witness
testimonies to learn more of the civil and military
resistance, the horror of life in the ghetto, Polish
soldiers on the Western and Eastern fronts of the
War, and everyday life in the occupied city.
- Phoenix from the ashes –
a description often used about the city of
- German bombs began
falling on the 1st of September 1939. A week
later Warsaw was besieged; despite brave
resistance, Warsaw fell within a month. The
Nazis terrorised the local population with
arrests, executions and deportations, and the
establishment of a Jewish ghetto.
- The city’s residents
rebelled twice against the occupiers twice:
first in April 1943, followed by the general
Warsaw Uprising in August 1944. Both revolts
were brutally crushed.
- Only 15% of the city was
left standing following Hitler’s order to raze
the city after the '44 uprising.
- At the end of the war the
city lay in ruins and 800,000 people (more than
half the pre-war population) had perished.