Leger Holidays has launched a bespoke The Great Escaper tour, based on locations and the story featured in the film, in partnership with film production company Pathé UK.
The film, which premieres on September 20, is based on the true-life story of WWII veteran Bernard Jordan who staged a ‘great escape’ from his care home to attend the 70th anniversary commemorations of the D-Day Landings. The film stars Michael Caine as Bernie, and Glenda Jackson, as Bernie’s wife Irene Jordan. The film goes on general release in cinemas across the UK on October 6.
The Leger Holidays five-day Great Escaper tour, starts in Portsmouth with a visit to the D-Day Story, before moving to France, accompanied by a specialist battlefield tour guide, to visit the historical sites connected to the landings including, the key Sword, Juno, Gold and Omaha beaches. Pegasus Bridge, Mulberry Harbour and the Battlefields around Caen are also on the itinerary. The British Normandy Memorial, as opened by President Macron and HRH King Charles in 2021 is visited, as well as the Bayeux War Cemetery.
The tour is priced from £649pp and includes coach travel from the UK, with regional coach departures, hotels in Portsmouth and Normandy, continental breakfast and all visits as detailed on the itinerary.
To promote the film’s general release, Leger Shearings Group has wrapped one of its coaches in the official The Great Escaper film poster and the front cover of the Leger Holidays Battlefield Tours brochure.
The coach can now be seen on UK roads, operating on a selection of Shearings tours; it is in London throughout August and September for London’s Royal Palaces tours, before travelling the length of the UK to Scotland for a Loch Lomond West Highlands Line tour. In October, the coach will operate tours to the South Coast, the Isle of Wight and to Holy Island and the Northumbrian Coast.