Have you dreamed of taking a World War II tour that would satisfy your inner history buff, but the price tag always held you back? Come with us on an adventure designed for your bucket list and your pocket book. Feel the sands of the D-Day landing beaches between your toes, stand at the very foxholes where heroes fought for your freedom and breathe the Alpine air at Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. From France to Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, this tour covers all the sites to make an armchair historian’s dream a reality.
Passengers are greeted at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and transferred by coach to Normandy. In the evening there is an introduction to the tour and a chance for the passengers to introduce themselves. After the airport pick-up and transfer to Normandy we spend the next few days exploring the iconic shores of the Landing Beaches. Two days of this leg will focus on the American landing beaches Utah and Omaha, where we will pay our respects to the heroism that contributed to the battle that changed history. We also visit Gold Beach, where our fellow Allied troops fought to secure a foothold in Europe.
The second leg of our journey heads east to Belgium, where we visit the sites of the Battle of the Bulge, the foxholes of Bois Jacques, and the military vehicles at the Bastogne Barracks. You’ll have ample time to explore these quaint areas independently and appreciate the incredible history and awe-inspiring monuments of this vital region. We pay our respects to the fallen soldiers at Luxembourg American Cemetery where General Patton is also buried.
Our journey culminates in Germany, where we will explore the genesis and defeat of Hitler’s Nazi party. We begin by exploring the somber site of the first-built Nazi concentration camp, where we can pay our respects to the victims of Hitler’s genocide. We then head to Munich to learn about the context of the Third Reich before we visit the Eagle’s Nest. The tour ends with a chance for reflection and community with a farewell drink. After saying goodbye our guests are brought to Munich’s Franz Joseph Strauss Airport for their return flights.
Relax after a long flight and ease your mind knowing that your Tour Director will meet you at the airport on the first day of the tour, avoiding extra navigating and expensive taxi fares. Our economic package feature carefully planned and curated itinerary to ensure you get the full historical experience. These tours are designed at a lower cost with the added benefit of more time on your own. These tours still include a 24/7 Tour Director and several local guides. Our dynamic, knowledgeable Tour Directors are with you from your arrival at the airport to departure on the final day. They proactively smooth the way for your entire tour experience. Our handpicked, trusted local guides are fluent in English and expert historians, who deliver their impressive wealth of knowledge, anecdotes, and local insights with skill that shows their years of research and experience. They always address topics onsite so that you get to experience history where it happened as they guide both popular destinations and obscure locations only the locals would know. Most entry fees are not included in the price, so you can choose which programs and sites you would like to visit. You will sleep soundly each night at 3-star hotel accommodations. These rooms a bit smaller than what you are used to in the US, but we do ensure that each hotel room has en-suite bathroom. Each morning begins with a basic breakfast buffet included at the hotel before heading out for the day’s program. Aside from breakfasts at the hotels, meals are not included in our economic package. Your Tour Director will always be available to make suggestions from the local options, ranging from street food to fine dining restaurants. The tours will break for meals in areas that offer multiple options for you to enjoy. On this tour you ride in style in our motorcoaches complete with climate control, video entertainment and extra leg room. Our skilled, professional drivers maximize your tour time by navigating the busiest highways and tightest country lanes, giving you more time at sites and less time subjected to the inflexible scheduling, delays and crowded areas that accompany public transport. For those who want to stay connected, Wi-fi is available at all our hotels and on all of our buses.