Battle of Crete 1941

Dates to be defined upon request.
Proposal: Arrival on Sunday,
Departure on next Saturday

(6 Nights/7 Days)

Total Price (Per Person)*: 1550€ (sharing 2 persons)
200€ (plus for single supplement)

*Special Prices for Groups

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Battle of Crete


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After the Nazi occupation of Greece in April 1941, some 27,000 British and Commonwealth troops were evacuated to Crete to reinforce the garrison of three infantry battalions. Ill-equipped Greek forces were also brought in. After the Nazis blitzed the airfields May 19, the few remaining serviceable RAF aircraft were flown out, giving the Nazis almost total command of the air. On May 20, German parachutists and glider-borne troops, commanded by Generalleutnant Kurt Student, landed in large numbers, established a foothold against fierce resistance and captured Maleme airfield by May 21, the turning point of the battle.

German aircraft streamed in with reinforcements, while fighters pounded the defenders from the air. By May 28 the battle was lost. The Royal Navy took off 14,900 men, leaving behind another 18,000. Some 11,000 Germans were killed in the bitter fighting or when their convoys were sunk by the Navy. Although the first large-scale invasion by airborne forces in history was a stunning success for the Germans, they never attempted to repeat it in the course of the war.

Day 1 – Sunday 26 April – Arrival
  • Arrival at Chania Airport
  • Travel to Hotel (Chania)
  • Ice breaking drink
Day 2 – Monday 27 April – Study Day
  • Study period
  • Souda Cemetery
  • Free afternoon
Day 3 – Tuesday 28 April – Maleme
  • Maleme airfield
  • 2 stands, battle development
  • Galatas
  • 2 stands, battle development
  • Return to Chania
Day 4 – Wed. 29 April – Souda
  • Souda Bay
  • Chania
  • Battle development
  • Travel to Retymnon
  • Overnight in Rethymnon
Day 5 – Thursday 30 April – Rethymno
  • Battle for Rethymno
  • 3 stands, battle development
  • Travel to Heraklio
  • Overnight in Heraklio
Day 6 – Friday 01 May – Heraklio
  • Battle for Heraklio
  • Knossos archaeological site
  • Return to Heraklio
  • Farewell dinner
Day 7 – Saturday 02 May – Departure
  • Travel to the Airport
  • Departure
What is Included
  • 3*/4* hotel accommodation (basic) including breakfast
  • Information pack
  • Evening presentations (where appropriate)
  • All transportation costs
  • All entrance fees
  • All presentations in battlefields
  • Tour manager available day and night
  • All dinners
  • Bottled water each day
  • One Farewell dinner
What is NOT Included
  • Flights costs
  • Pick Up Transport from/to Airport