The Great Escape Tour

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Visit the site of the most famous escape of World War II from a German prisoner-of-war camp that went down in history as “The Great Escape”.

Stalag Luft III in Sagan (now Żagań in western Poland) was a Luftwaffe run prisoner-of-war camp that held captured Allied airmen. In March 1943 they came up with a plan to prepare and undertake a mass escape of 200 prisoners through a tunnel. In a tiny compound 600 men worked for a year under the strictest secrecy on the tunnels named Tom, Dick, and Harry. They were hundreds of feet long, with underground railways, workshops, air pumping stations and deep enough to avoid German sound detectors. Under the very noses of alert guards the prisoners organized factories for making German uniforms, compasses, maps, documents and even a studio for fake passport photographs. Finally, on the night of 24th of March 1944,  76 prisoners managed to escape from the camp through the Harry tunnel but soon after 73 were recaptured during the chase. Outraged, Hitler ordered to shoot dead fifty of them which was an appalling abrogation of the Geneva Convention.

Find out more about those dramatic events at the Museum of Allied POW Camps in Żagań, visit the grounds of Stalag Luft III and the memorial to the brave airmen who paid the highest price for an escape they considered a soldier's duty.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

DEPARTURE: 08.00-10.00am. Pick up at hotel/convenient meeting place after prior arrangement

DURATION: 7-8 hours (subject to traffic and weather conditions). Time spent in Zagan is approx. 3-4 hours

FOOD AND DRINK: Although we stop for lunch if requested it is not included in the tour price. We provide free snacks and water in the minibus

VEHICLE: 9-seater minibus (A/C, extra room for luggage, armrests)

PRICE[*]:  Normal: [80 EUR / 340 PLN], Reduced: [70 EUR / 300 PLN]

[*] Please note that this tour is a minimum of 3 people otherwise the price is 170 EUR / 720 PLN for a private tour.

Reduced tickets are offered to children under 12 years old and groups of a minimum four people.

WHAT'S INCLUDED: transportation, English speaking guide, entrance fees, refreshments

PAYMENT:

1) credit card online (by clicking on BOOK NOW and following instructions). Please note that a transaction fee of 2.60 EUR applies for this type of payment.

2) cash collected by a guide/member of staff on beginning of the tour

Reservation is required! Please check availability prior to booking.

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Wroclaw - Zagan - Wroclaw

Overall distance: 350 km / 220 miles

Highlights

  • view museum display of original POW's artefacts, letters, photos, posters etc.
  • visit the site of Stalag Luft 3 with the original camp's relics
  • hear the amazing history of the Great Escape come alive
  • see relics of tunnels Dick, Harry and George
  • visit the moving memorial to the 50 executed escapers
  • stop at Zagan railway station that played a crucial role in the escape plan

Route

  1. Wroclaw
  2. Zagan Museum of POW's