School WW2 Battlefield Tour to Dunkirk

Occupied twice by German troops in the 20th century, this school history tour to Dunkirk brings into focus the themes of Hitler's foreign policy, the origins of WW2, Britain at war and the development of tactics and technology. Visiting the area allows students to explore life during the Second World War, from invasion to liberation, and explores the links between science and war. We will also expand on the theme of the German occupation from 1940 to 1945 in the Nord—Pas-de-Calais, one of the hardest hit regions during the "dark years".

Study themes: Britain at war, Hitler’s foreign policy, the development of warfare – tactics and technology in the Second World War, the impact of war and the transformation of British society, the origins of World War 2

Specifications & Topics Supported
KS3: Twentieth Century World
GCSE: AQA ‘B’ Britain at War - controlled assessments
AS / A2: Edexcel ‘A’ War and the Transformation of British Society 1931-1951, The Impact of War on Britain
Edexcel Unit 2C1 - The Experience of Warfare

Visits to La Coupole can be themed to study "An Annihilated Region 1914-1945", "Nazi Concentration Camp and Genocide Systems", "Total War New Weapons" and the "Cold War". Secondary school worksheets are available on "The North of France in the Hands of the Germans" and "Nord Pas de Calais and the Tommies".

Day 1 Depart school and Channel crossing Memorial du Souvenir, Allied Memorial and British War Cemetery Evening meal
Day 2 La Coupole Channel crossing and travel Arrive school

This price includes:

  • Return executive coach travel (TV/video/WC/seatbelts)
  • 1 night's half-board accommodation
  • Return ferry/Eurotunnel crossings
  • Free staff place ratio 1:10
  • Detailed information pack
  • Comprehensive travel & medical insurance
  • Itinerary planning service
  • Motorway tolls & taxes
  • VAT
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.

Day 1 Travel to Dunkirk

Meet guide for Dynamo tour - Evacuation beaches, the port, British

Memorial and cemetery, Zydcoote Maritime Hospital, shipwrecks of Dunkirk


Evening meal

Day 2 Battle of Dunkirk Museum 

Blockhouse Bunker V2 launcher

Evening meal 

Day 3

La Coupole - Museum of

Science and War

Return travel to UK


This price includes:

  • Return executive coach travel (TV/DVD/WC/seatbelts)
  • Return ferry or tunnel crossings (Dover/Folkestone-Calais/Dunkirk)
  • Accommodation for 2 nights half board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • Free staff ratio 1:8
  • Detailed Final Itinerary Pack with relevant maps and visit confirmations
  • Travel and medical insurance including I.P.T.
  • Motorway tolls and taxes
  • VAT at current rates to tour operators 
  • Free itinerary planning service
  • Access to the Vamoos App, to download all tour related travel documents.
N.B. Activities listed in the itinerary are not neccessarily included in the price. Contact us for further information.
School WW2 Battlefield Tour to Dunkirk

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La Coupole

La Coupole

Built in 1943 as a base for Hitler's V2 missile, La Coupole is dedicated to life in Northern France during the second world war from invasion to liberation, and explores the links between science and war. Educational packs explaining the relevance of La Coupole to the modern world and tailored to a range of age groups are available at no additional cost. The Centre also expands on the theme of...

Battle of Dunkirk/Operation Dynamo Museum

Battle of Dunkirk/Operation Dynamo Museum

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Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial

Dunkirk Cemetery and Memorial

Of the 793 Second World War burials, 213 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 58 soldiers known to be buried among them. These graves are in plots 1 and 2 of the section by the Dunkirk Memorial. There are also Czech, Norwegian and Polish war graves within the Commonwealth section, and war graves of other nationalities will be found elsewhere within the cemetery. The Dunkirk Memori...

Dynamo Tour

Dynamo Tour

Your guide joins you on board for a 2 hour tour of the evacuation beaches, the port, British Memorial and cemetery, Zydcoote Maritime Hospital and the shipwrecks of Dunkirk.

Blockhouse Bunker

Blockhouse Bunker

When visiting the Eperlecques bunker, you will discover an authentic launch pad with its V1 ready for takeoff. The site of Eperlecques was chosen to build the 1st completely autonomous V2 rocket launch site.

Hostel Youth l'Escale

This modern centre was built in 2011 and has has eighty-six rooms spread over three floors. L'Escale has 24 rooms special adapted for guests with disabilities.

Students will stay in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. All rooms have a full bathroom, and WiFi is available throughout the building.

Breakfast is served every day and the evening meal can be taken in the hostel's restaurant. Packed lunches are available on request.

On the fourth floor groups have access to a TV room, a library and a lounge. Groups can also request one of the floor's three meeting rooms.

Centre Europeen de Sejour

Centre Europeen de Sejour is a light and modern Youth Hostel in Calais. It offers a total of 162 beds spread between 84 rooms.

Pupils are normally in twin or triple rooms (There is one bathroom for every 2 rooms). Staff will be accommodated in twin bedded rooms, but single rooms are available at a supplement.

Other facilities include a large self-service restaurant, two meeting rooms which can be used for group activities, TV, Video and a games room with billiards and table football.

YH Oostduinkerke 'De Peerdevisser'

YH Oostduinkerke is a modern youth hostel right by the dunes. Students will generally be accommodated in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins. All rooms are ensuite with a shower, sink and toilet. There are several rooms on the ground floor which are specially adapted for wheelchair users.

There are three conference rooms with television, DVD-player and a projection screen available for groups to use. Free WiFi is available in the reception area.

Evening meals are taken in the restaurant which can hold up to 135 people and offers a large variety of meals of excellent quality.

There is a playground in front of the hostel where children can play safely.

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