Dates: 12 – 18 May 2019
(6 Nights/7 Days)

Total Price (Per Person)*: 1850€ (sharing 2 persons)
200€ (plus for single supplement)

*Special Prices for Groups

Battle of Crete 1941

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 12 May – Arrival
  • Arrival at Chania Airport
  • Travel to Hotel (Chania)
  • Ice breaking drink
Day 2 – Monday 13 May – Study Day
  • Study period
  • Souda Cemetery
  • Free afternoon
Day 3 – Tuesday 14 May – Maleme
  • Maleme airfield
  • 2 stands, battle development
  • Galatas
  • 2 stands, battle development
  • Return to Chania
Day 4 – Wed. 15 May – Souda
  • Souda Bay
  • Chania
  • Battle development
  • Travel to Retymnon
  • Overnight in Rethymnon
Day 5 – Thursday 16 May – Rethymno
  • Battle for Rethymno
  • 3 stands, battle development
  • Travel to Heraklio
  • Overnight in Heraklio
Day 6 – Friday 17 May – Heraklio
  • Battle for Heraklio
  • Knossos archaeological site
  • Return to Heraklio
  • Group dinner
Day 7 – Saturday 18 May – Departure
  • Travel to the Airport
  • Departure
What is Included
  • 3*/4* hotel accommodation (basic) including breakfast
  • Information pack
  • Evening presentations (where appropriate)
  • All travel costs
  • All entrance fees
  • All presentations in battlefields
  • Tour manager available day and night
  • Pack meals
  • Tea and coffee?
  • Light snack and bottled water each day
  • One group dinner
  • Memorabilia gift
What is NOT Included
  • Flights costs
  • Pick Up Transport from/to Airport
  • Evening dinners (except last night)

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