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Unusual Battlefields

"Forgotten fronts" drag you into the trenches of the First and Second World Wars.

Below are some unknown and largely untouched historical destinations.


WWI: Dark Travel introduces us to the forgotten and relatively unknown fronts of the First World War.


WWII: Secret SOE operations and places of horror behind the Second World War.


This historical and archaeological legacy of forgotten fronts is authentic.


The true history behind 1917

France

In spring 1917 the Germans launch Operation "Alberich" and fall back on the "Hindenburg Line" between Arras and Vailly-sur-Aisne, a "newly built and massively fortified" defence line. The Germans who were consolidating their troops for possible further offensive operations.

When the Germans withdrew, they applied the strategy of burned earth,
Lines of communication, roads, bridges, trees, houses were destroyed to slow down the progress of the Allied troops towards the new front line. "The Germans had destroyed everything, took most of the civilians, and left booby-traps, snipers and a few other unexpected surprises.

Following in the footsteps of.... we discover the real Ecoust Saint Mein, the forest of Croisilles and the Hindenburg line. The battlefields of Arras, Bullecout, Bapaume, Péronne, Cambrai and ....

This program is in progress.

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The Tunnels of Death

France

Rendez-vous with history and death at the gates of hell.

The extraordinary underworld of the soldiers of the Great War.

Between 1914 and 1918 hell lay on the surface of the earth, but death was underground (underground fortifications, quartering places for regiments) Soldiers were confronted with death on a daily basis. Their fate led them to create shelters in the underground quarries.

While the Great War is the first "modern" conflict, many of the warriors with convictions are renewing myths dating back to very ancient times and lurking in spaces that most civilizations have reserved for the dead. While the Great War is the first "modern" conflict, many of the warriors with convictions are renewing myths dating back to very ancient times and hiding in spaces that most civilizations have reserved for the dead.

Undergrounds and Remains of the Oise Front in Aisne.

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14/18 - Meuse & Argonne - Martyred and disfigured war zone

France

Meuse-Argonne was martyred and disfigured during first world war. The battlefields are maintained as authentic battle sites and remains, testimonials to the fighting waged during the Great War.

Today, Meuse-Argonne boasts the richest “Great War“ heritage in the world. This historic, archaeological and commemorative heritage bears the stamp of authenticity. Forts and buildings, artillery batteries and concrete trenches, bunkers and communication trenches, mine craters and shell holes, tunnels, monuments, graves and tombstones combine to create wartime landscapes across tens of thousands of hectares in Meuse.

3d/2n - Guide - Min 6 pers
from € 470.00 pp
3d/2n - Guide - Min 4 pers
from € 640.00 pp

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14/18 - Vosges: Scars of World War I

France

It is not so well-known that heavy fighting took place in the Vosges during the First World War. A visit to the front line 1914-1918 immediately gives a meaningful interpretation of this region, which has an atmosphere as if the trenches had only been abandoned yesterday. Bunkers, tunnels and trenches can still be found here in great diversity. In the woods there are also numerous bunkers and remnants of fortifications to be seen.
The area is dotted with barbed wire barriers that are still completely intact.

4d/3n - Min 4 pax
from € 880.00 pp

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La Grande Guerra

Italy

Italy's involvement in World War I is often neglected with the Western and Eastern Fronts being the focal points of remembrance, but for the Italians, their involvement in WWI caused significant loss and human suffering.

As in the Western Front, it became trench warfare with the Italian army repeatedly attacking Austria, making little or no progress and suffering heavy losses. However, unlike the Western Front, the main difference was the fact that the trenches had to be dug in the Alpine rocks and glaciers instead of in the mud and often up to 3,000 m of altitude.Nearly 750,000 Italian troops were killed in savage, hopeless fighting on the stony hills north of Trieste and in the snows of the Dolomites.

From May 1915 to October 1917 the armies of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian empire were locked into a series of twelve battles along the River Isonzo, a sixty-mile front from the Alps to the Adriatic. The campaign was fought in the most appalling terrain for combat, with horrendous casualties on both sides, often exceeding those of the more famous battles of the Great War. Yet this massive struggle is too often neglected in histories of the war which focus on the fighting on the Western and Eastern Fronts.

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14/18 - Isonzo BattleFields

Italy - Slovenia

The battles of Isonzo represents Italy's greatest offensive efforts against the Austrian-Hungarian Empire during the First World War. The eleven battles took place between 1915 and 1917 along the Isonzo River in north-eastern Italy and the border region with Slovenia. The results were usually high losses on both sides without relevant strategic results.

8d/7n - Min 2 pers / Rental car and guided
from € 1300.00 pp

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The First World War in the Dolomites

Italy

.Walking through trenches, tunnels and everlasting stories of suffering.

A trip through the Dolomites is an emotional, traumatic encounter with a recent past. From 1915-1917 the Dolomites were the scene of heavy fighting between Italian and Austrian troops. Often the enemy positions were barely 10 metres apart. But nature was also an enemy: in the war winter of 1916/1917 avalanches alone killed 10,000 soldiers, alpinists and Tyrolean machine-gunners.

Cinque Torri: The command of the Italian mountain artillery was located at the foot of these 5 towers.

Marmolada (3343m), highest glacier in the Dolomites and the highest museum in Europe.

The Lagazuoi, also known as the "Castle of the rocks".

Passo Pordoi + walk Viel Del Pan

Monte Piana, 3 Cime di Lavaredo and Lago Misurina.

6d/5n - Min 8 pers / Guide
from € 1555.00 pp
6d/5n - Min 4 pers - Guide
from € 1715.00 pp

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The Gallipoli & Salonika Campaigns

Turkey & Macedonia

The Gallipoli Campaign of 1915-16, also known as the Battle of Gallipoli or the Dardanelles Campaign, was an unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Powers to control the sea route from Europe to Russia during World War I. The campaign began with a failed naval attack by British and French ships on the Dardanelles Straits in February-March 1915 and continued with a major land invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula on April 25, involving British and French troops as well as divisions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC)

Salonika campaign

Between 1915 and 1918, British troops were part of a multi-national Allied force fighting against the Bulgarians and their allies in the Balkans. Although disease and the harsh conditions took a heavy toll, they eventually brought the campaign to a successful conclusion.

DID YOU KNOW...?
When the French and British got to Salonika they surrounded themselves in barbed wire for protection, the area became known as the Birdcage!

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14/18 - Gallipoli Battlefields

Turkey

The Gallipoli Campaign of 1915-16, also known as the Battle of Gallipoli or the Dardanelles Campaign, was an unsuccessful attempt by the Allied Powers to control the sea route from Europe to Russia during World War I. The campaign began with a failed naval attack by British and French ships on the Dardanelles Straits in February-March 1915 and continued with a major land invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula on April 25, involving British and French troops as well as divisions of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).

7d/6n - Min 6 / max 10 pers
from € 620.00 pp

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The Salonica front WW I

Macedonia

During the WWI, Thessaloniki and Kilkis became the bloody theatre of the SALONICA FRONT WWI battles.

Several regions in Northern Greece played a vital role in World War 1. The battlefields, the allied military cemeteries, the military museums preserve a significant legacy.

DarkTravel organizes  memorial tours for those who need to reveal the war history.

6d/5n - Min 11 pers
from € 950.00 pp
6d/5n - Min 11 pers
from € 1190.00 pp

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Testimonials from WW 2

Places of horror during WW 2.

A shocking tour full of betrayal, executions and madness in the wake of Nazi barbarism.

La "Résistance" de "Maquis" as a secret army played an important role in destroying the infrastructure of the Germans in the preparation of D-Day.

"Das Reich" SS division in France

France

The massacre of Tulle and Oradour-sur-Glane.

The Tulle massacre is the name for the war crimes committed against the civilian population of the French town of Tulle (department of Corrèze). A total of 99 civilians were killed by hanging and 149 others were deported to the Dachau concentration camp, 101 of whom would not return.

The massacre of Oradour-sur-Glane took place on 10 June 1944 in the French town of Oradour-sur-Glane. The village was enclosed that day by the first regiment 'Der Führer' of the 2. SS-Panzer-Division Das Reich and finally destroyed. In this raid, 642 people were slaughtered. Only six people survived the massacre.

5d/4n - Min 6 pers - Guide ( Nl/Fr/En)
from € 850.00 pp
6d/5n - HW / RC / VL - Cat B - Min 2 pers
from € 615.00 pp
7d/6n - HW / RC / VL - Cat B - Min 2 pers
from € 675.00 pp

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Operation Anthropoid

Czechoslovakia

The most important event of the resistance was Operation Anthropoid, the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, SS leader Heinrich Himmler's deputy and the then Protector of Bohemia and Moravia. Infuriated, Hitler ordered the arrest and execution of 10,000 randomly selected Czechs. Over 10,000 were arrested, and at least 1,300 executed. According to one estimate, 5,000 were killed in reprisals. The assassination resulted in one of the most well-known reprisals of the war. The Nazis completely destroyed the villages of Lidice and Ležáky; all men over 16 years from the village were murdered, and the rest of the population was sent to Nazi concentration camps where many women and nearly all the children were killed.

6d/5n - Gids / Guide
from € 950.00 pp
6d/5n - HW / RC / VL - Cat B - Min 2 pers
from € 690.00 pp
7d/6n - HW / RC / VL - Cat B - Min 2 pers
from € 745.00 pp

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Secret Operations - Second Worldwar

Follow in the footsteps of the "Special Forces" expeditions and experience a unique adventure.

Abduction general Kreipe

Crete

Secret WW2 expeditions - Abduction general Kreipe

In the "Trail of the Kidnappers" is an adventurous expedition that combines history, hiking and culture.

Based on the story of the kidnapping of General Kreipe, we follow the route from Anogia Village to Rodakino beach near Rethminon for 7 days. During this expedition we will climb three large mountains, visit remote Cretan villages and explore the landscape. We immerse ourselves in daily life together with the locals.

6d/5n - Min 8 pers - Guide
from € 1440.00 pp

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The Heroes of Telemark

Norway

Secret WW2 expeditions - The Heroes of Telemark

Operation "Gunnerside" was the second British plan during World War II to destroy the Vemork heavy-water plant of Norsk Hydro at Rjukan in Norway by means of a secret sabotage attack carried out by the Royal Engineer Commands.

After the German invasion of Norway this factory was under the control of the Nazis who started a secret program to design an atomic bomb.

5d/4n - Min 8 pers
from € 1340.00 pp

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