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16-day World War II Memorial Tour of Europe

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NORMANDY, FRANCE

NORMANDY, FRANCE

The Higgins boat monument at Utah Beach

Colleville-sur-mer, france.

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, FRANCE

The American Cemetery near Omaha Beach honors over 9000 fallen soldiers

Paris, france.

PARIS, FRANCE

The Arc de Triomphe stands at the end of the famous Champs-Élysées Avenue

Amsterdam, the netherlands.

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Quaint row houses line the canals of this influential city

Antwerp, belgium.

ANTWERP, BELGIUM

The main city square is lined with 16th-century Flemish Guildhouses

Dachau, germany.

DACHAU, GERMANY

The memorial at Dachau Concentration Camp was designed by Holocaust survivor Nandor Glid

Munich, germany.

MUNICH, GERMANY

Get a taste of Oktoberfest all year round at the Hofbräuhaus beer hall

Caen, france.

CAEN, FRANCE

The Caen Peace Memorial & Museum

Nuremberg, germany.

NUREMBERG, GERMANY

The colossal Congress Hall was built to seat the Nazi Party congress

Rhine river, germany.

RHINE RIVER, GERMANY

This legendary waterway is lined with castle ruins, vineyards, and romantic villages

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  16-day tour featuring Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and France. Revisit the dramatic history of World War II at famous battle sites, war museums and memorials. Many scenic and cultural highlights are also included, providing an enjoyable combination of learning and leisure.

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DAY 1 - Overnight flight to Europe.

The Trip Documents will provide guidance for airport check-in and for your arrival in Europe. Relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that Image Tours has taken care of all the details.

DAY 2 - GERMANY . . Arrival at Frankfurt Airport – Bavaria.

Upon arrival, clear passport control and collect your luggage. Refer to the “Arrival Instructions” in the Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager. Settle into your comfortable motor coach on the way to your hotel in the scenic and festive state of Bavaria. Get acquainted with your fellow tour members during the “Welcome to Europe” dinner. (Dinner)

DAY 3 - GERMANY . . Nuremberg - Bavaria.

Your bus transfer into the city center introduces you to the history of Nuremberg. Hitler staged his propaganda rallies here and, after his fall, it was chosen as the location for the War Trials. You will have an opportunity to see the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, Congress Hall, and Palace of Justice where the War Trials were held. Consider the causes and consequences of Nazi Germany during a visit to the Documentation Center (visit the temporary exhibit during the 2023 renovations).  Discover the Old Town’s half-timbered buildings and gingerbread shops before returning to your Bavaria hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 - GERMANY . . Dachau - Munich - Tyrolean Village.

Travel to Dachau for a somber visit to the Concentration Camp Memorial. At the entrance, you are prompted to reflect on the incomprehensible as your tour manager translates the German phrase on the iron gate: ARBEIT MACHT FREI (Work Makes One Free). Study the exhibit recounting the “path of the prisoners” and see the site of the former barracks. Your tour continues to Munich, the elegant capital of Bavaria. Pass points of interest, such as the Hitler Building, on your way to the Marienplatz, a pedestrian-only zone where historic buildings are cleverly interspersed with modern store fronts. The centerpiece of the square is the Rathaus (Town Hall) with its captivating Glockenspiel (clock tower). Following your visit to Munich, head south into the mountain range along the German/Austrian border, where you will spend the next two nights in a Tyrolean Village. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5 - GERMANY/AUSTRIA . . Tyrolean Village.

Enjoy a relaxing day in the surroundings of your hotel. Your Alpine Village offers a variety of options for leisure activities amid the spectacular mountain scenery. Another choice is to join the full day optional Salzburg & Eagle’s Nest with Dinner  excursion (see Optional Excursions), which includes a guided visit to the Kehlsteinhaus, Hitler’s mountain hideaway, followed by an afternoon in Salzburg, known as Mozart’s birthplace and the setting for “The Sound of Music.” Spend a second night at your peaceful Tyrolean Village hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 6 - GERMANY . . Ulm – Bad Herrenalb.

After breakfast, travel to Ulm to view the imposing Ulm Minster with the tallest church steeple in the world. This afternoon, make a stop at the grave of Erwin Rommel, the German general who was forced to commit suicide when Hitler suspected him of treason. End the day with a buffet dinner at your hotel in Bad Herrenalb, on the northern edge of Germany’s Black Forest. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7 - FRANCE . . St. Avold – Fort Hackenberg & GERMANY . . Trier.

Follow a scenic route through the Alsace Region and the Vosges Mountains. This area was the site of heavy fighting in the fall of 1944. You will make a stop at Lorraine’s American Cemetery in St. Avold, the largest American World War II cemetery in Europe. The afternoon is reserved for a tour of Fort Hackenberg, part of the Maginot Line, which was constructed between the world wars as a defense against any future German invasions. Your hotel for the next two nights will be in Trier, the oldest city in Germany, located near the three-country border of France, Luxembourg and Germany. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8 - LUXEMBOURG . . American Cemetery - Diekirch, BELGIUM . . Ardennes – Bastogne & GERMANY . . Trier.

The morning stop is at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg where General George Patton is buried. Continue into the Belgian Ardennes Region and arrive in Bastogne to view the star-shaped Mardasson Monument, a tribute to the soldiers who died in the Battle of Ardennes. You will also see the fox holes used by Easy Company, whose stories inspired the TV mini-series “Band of Brothers.” Your travels this afternoon take you to the Luxembourg National Museum of Military History in Diekirch. Trier's famous Porta Nigra provides an intriguing backdrop for your independent dinner before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast)

DAY 9 - GERMANY . . Rhine River – Remagen – Rhine-Ruhr Region.

Motor to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Rhine River where you will board a river steamer for a boat ride past endearing villages, medieval fortresses, and hillside vineyards known for producing the distinctive Rhine wines. Continue through the Rhine River Valley to Remagen to view the remains of the Ludendorff Bridge, the last standing bridge on the Rhine, which was captured by U.S. soldiers on March 7, 1945. By mid-afternoon, continue to your Rhine-Ruhr region hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 10 - HOLLAND . . Groesbeek – Nijmegen – South Holland.

Crossing the border, focus on sites significant to World War II liberation efforts in The Netherlands (Holland), including locations associated with Operation Market Garden. The bridge over the Waal River at Nijmegen was a strategic asset reclaimed after the historical crossing of American paratroopers. Travel Hell’s Highway and stop at the memorial in Overasselt, commemorating the site of the largest airborne operation of all time. This day will also feature a visit to one of the local museums documenting the World War II resistance in The Netherlands. Continue to your South Holland hotel for check-in and dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 11 - HOLLAND . . Amsterdam – South Holland.

Travel through Holland's countryside, characterized by canals, dikes and windmills, as you make your way to the dynamic city of Amsterdam. Your visit begins with a ride aboard a glass-topped boat through Amsterdam’s harbor and canals where you will see numerous bridges, boathouses and bicycles while gliding past 17th-century gabled houses. During an independent lunch, try a pannekoek (Dutch pancake) or other local specialties. This afternoon, walk to the main square, an ideal focal point for your individual exploration. Return to your South Holland hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 12 - BELGIUM . . Antwerp & FRANCE . . Caen.

Today consists of a full day of travel from Holland to Caen, France, with a stop in the port city of Antwerp, Belgium. Explore the central market square with its irresistible chocolate shops and convivial outdoor cafés serving Belgian Waffles. Continue the drive into France for an early evening check-in at your Caen hotel where dinner is served shortly after your arrival. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 13 - FRANCE . . Normandy Landing Beaches – Caen.

The entire day is spent touring the famous Normandy Landing Beaches. From Caen, drive to the coast and stop at Pointe du Hoc to view the German fortifications. You’ll also travel to Utah Beach and Sainte-Mère-Église, the site where paratroopers landed during World War II as portrayed in the movie “The Longest Day.” Visit Sainte-Mère-Église Airborne Museum before continuing to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery. Proceed to the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer. At today’s final stop in the village of Arromanches, view remnants of the artificial harbor and reflect on the sights of the day over an independent dinner. (Breakfast)

DAY 14 - FRANCE . . Caen – Paris.

Spend the morning touring the Caen Peace Memorial and Museum, established to honor the liberators, victims, and all those who continue to fight for peace. As you depart Caen, pause at the Pegasus Bridge to understand how its capture by the British 6th Airborne division was instrumental in deterring a German counterattack. Arrive in Paris by early evening and join your travel companions for a festive “Farewell Dinner” of enticing French dishes at an authentic Parisian bistro with roving musicians. The return transfer provides additional impressions of the city at dusk. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 15 - FRANCE . . Paris.

The day is devoted to Paris, La Ville Lumìere ("City of Light"). On your way into the center, see the Arc de Triomphe which has been the staging area for victory parades throughout history including those following World War II. Your tour manager will also direct you to the location of other principal sights, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, and Louvre Museum (open every day except Tuesday). Before beginning your free time, we suggest joining the optional Seine River Cruise excursion (see Optional Excursions). Spend the evening exploring the Montmartre District, where Paris looks as it does in old paintings and artists still display their works. An uphill walk to the Sacré-Coeur Basilica rewards you with expansive views of the cityscape. Montmartre boasts excellent restaurants and characteristic sidewalk cafés perfect for an independent dinner in the French capital. (Breakfast)

DAY 16 - Daytime flight back to U.S.A.

Transfer to the Paris Airport for your return flight home. (Breakfast)

Travel Time

Overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Frankfurt.

Arrival at Frankfurt Airport . Meet your tour manager, board your deluxe motor coach and travel (1¾ hrs) through the Franconian Wine Region . After a rest stop, continue (1½ hrs) to your hotel located in the festive state of Bavaria for a "Welcome to Europe" dinner. ( Dinner )

During an introductory sightseeing (1 hr), experience the history of Nuremberg and view the site of the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, the Congress Hall, and the Palace of Justice where the War Trials were held. Return (½ hr) to your hotel in Bavaria  for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 4 - GERMANY . . Dachau - Munich - Alpine Village.

Depart Nuremburg (1¼ hrs) and after a morning stop travel (1¼ hrs) to Dachau Concentration Camp . In the afternoon continue (½ hr) to the elegant Bavarian capital of Munich . Depart Munich in the late afternoon and head south (2 hrs) to an Alpine Village hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 5 - GERMANY/AUSTRIA . . Alpine Village.

Enjoy a day of leisure or join your tour manager for the full day optional Salzburg & Eagle's Nest with Dinner  excursion, including a guided visit to Hitler's mountain hide-a-way (1 hr), sightseeing in Salzburg (½ hr) and an authentic Austrian dinner (1 hr) before returning (1 hr) to your Alpine Village hotel. (Breakfast)

Return to Germany (2 hrs) and after a morning stop proceed (1½ hrs) to Ulm for an independent lunch and views of the imposing Ulm Minster. Next, travel (1 hr) to the Rommel Memorial. Continue (2¼ hrs) to Bad Herrenalb , on the northern edge of Germany's Black Forest. (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 7 - FRANCE . . St. Avold – Fort Hackenberg & GERMANY . . Igel.

Follow a scenic route (1¾ hrs) through the Alsace Region and Vosges Mountains. On to (1 hr) Lorraine's American Cemetery, the largest American World War II cemetery in Europe. From here continue (1 hr) to Fort Hackenberg , part of the Maginot Line. After a visit, continue (1½ hrs) to your hotel in Igel . (Breakfast, Dinner)

DAY 8 - LUXEMBOURG . . American Cemetery - Diekirch, BELGIUM . . Ardennes – Bastogne & GERMANY . . Trier – Igel.

It's a short ride (¾ hr) to the American Cemetery in Luxembourg . Drive (1½ hrs) through the Belgian Ardennes Region and arrive in Bastogne . In the afternoon travel (¾ hr) to the Luxembourg National Museum of Military History in Diekirch . Transfer (1 hr) to Trier , the oldest city in Germany, for an independent dinner before returning (¼ hr) to your hotel in Igel . (Breakfast)

In the morning, travel (2 hrs) to the legendary Rhine for a boat ride along one of the most beautiful stretches of the river. After disembarkation, proceed to Remagen (1 hr) to view the Ludendorff Bridge. Continue (1¼ hrs) to your hotel in the Rhine-Ruhr Region . (Breakfast, Dinner)

Cross the border (2¼ hrs) on the way to Nijmegen to focus on the sites significant to WWII liberation efforts in the Netherlands. Visit (½ hr) one of the local museums before traveling (1½ hrs) through the Dutch countryside to your South Holland hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Transfer (1½ hrs) to Amsterdam where a boat ride through the canals is followed by ample free time. In the evening, return (1½ hrs) to your South Holland hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

A full day of travel. Head south (1¾ hrs) into Belgium to visit the historic town of Antwerp . After free time in Antwerp, drive (2 hrs) to a lunch break near the French/Belgian border. Continue (2¼ hrs) to an afternoon stop in northwestern France. Just before dinner time, arrive (2 hrs) at your hotel in Caen . (Breakfast, Dinner)

The entire day is spent touring the famous Normandy Landing Beaches , including a visit to Pointe du Hoc, Utah Beach, Sainte-Mère-Église Airborne Museum and stops at Omaha Beach, the artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer and Arromanches (travel time between stops varies from ¼ hr to ¾ hr). Short transfer (½ hr) back to Caen . (Breakfast)

Transfer (¼ hr) to the Caen Peace Memorial and Museum for a visit and then continue (½ hr) onto the Pegasus Bridge. Stop for lunch (1¾ hrs) in the French countryside on the way (1¾ hrs) to Paris . Spend the evening in the Montmartre District, an ideal place for your independent dinner (¼ hr). (Breakfast)

A full day for individual exploration (¾ hr transfer in each direction) of Paris , during which you may wish to join the optional Seine River Cruise excursion. This evening, join your travel companions for a festive “Farewell Dinner” at an authentic Parisian bistro. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Transfer (1 hr) to Paris Charles de Gualle Airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)

Favorite Traveler Experiences

  •   View Hitler’s Nuremberg Rally Grounds with solemn contemplation
  •   Examine the eye-opening exhibits at Dachau Concentration Camp
  •   Listen to the chiming of the Glockenspiel on Munich’s main square
  •   Tour part of the Maginot Line defense structure at Fort Hackenberg
  •   Explore Bastogne, synonymous with the “Battle of the Bulge”
  •   Glide past castles and vineyards on a scenic Rhine River boat ride
  •   See first hand the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  •   Take a serene boat tour through the famed canals of Amsterdam
  •   Tour the Normandy Landing Beaches and Military Cemetery
  •   Accommodations in Superior Tourist Class or First Class hotels
  •   14 Breakfasts and 10 Dinners in addition to any in-flight meals
  •   Tour Manager for the full European duration of the tour
  •   Land Transportation in Europe by deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach
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OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS DETAILS

Our tours are carefully planned to offer a comfortable balance of sightseeing, entertainment and leisure time. Optional Excursions provide the flexibility to choose between leisure time or additional guided sightseeing activities. Unless otherwise noted, optional excursions must be booked with and paid to your tour manager during the tour. Prices are in U.S. Dollars. MASTERCARD®, VISA®, or DISCOVER® (no other credit cards are accepted) are recommended to avoid carrying excessive cash and exchange rate fluctuations. You must be able to present the actual card to your tour manager. If you bring a DISCOVER® card, also bring a VISA® or MASTERCARD®, as DISCOVER® is not widely accepted in Europe. Cash payments during the tour must be in Euros. Personal checks and traveler’s checks are not accepted. The operation of all excursions is subject to sufficient participation, and some excursions are subject to favorable weather conditions. Your tour manager reserves the right to make changes or cancel excursions at their sole discretion.

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SALZBURG & EAGLE'S NEST WITH DINNER

Upon arrival in Berchtesgaden, Germany, you will take a bus and elevator up to the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountain hide-away. In the case of halted bus operation, we will substitute a visit to the Obersalzburg Documentation Center. After an independent lunch, become acquainted with nearby Salzburg, famous home of the “Sound of Music” and Mozart. This excursion includes a traditional Austrian dinner at an alpine village restaurant.

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SEINE RIVER CRUISE

Glide along the Seine River by boat, while viewing the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and several other impressive sights in Paris. This excursion provides for excellent photo opportunities.

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England, Belgium, France

London, Brussels, Dunkirk, Lens, Ypres, Amiens, Rouen, Caen, Arromanches-les-Bains, Normandy Beaches, Paris

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Embark on a journey to pay respects at revered World War I and II battlegrounds. Encounter the weighty significance of legendary places while uncovering the compelling chronicles and enduring impacts of war. Discover insights into these monumental and historical moments exploring the sites with an expert Travel Director.

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Travel to the front lines of Europe, where brave soldiers once fought for freedom. On this epic battlefield tour through the countryside of Britain, Belgium and France, you’ll explore the tragedy and triumph of two World Wars.

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From tragic battles to tales of triumph, this special-interest exploration of two World Wars kicks off in the vibrant British capital of London. Meet your Travel Director and fellow companions this evening for a traditional English pub Welcome Reception.

Tower Bridge in London, England

Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey feature on this half-day introductory sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist, which includes views of Buckingham Palace. This afternoon, we visit the Imperial War Museum, which tells the story of those whose lives were shaped by war from World War I to today. See extensive archives and recordings, as well as a Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Maybe enjoy London after dark, spending your evening at leisure meandering along the Thames, riding the London Eye or visiting a traditional English pub.

Imperial War Museum in London, England

See London's iconic sites with a Local Specialist. 

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Big Ben in London, England

London City Tour with a Local Specialist

We journey by Eurostar to Brussels today. Your Travel Director will show you the city's highlights. See the Atomium, designed for the 1958 Brussels World's Fair, Mannekin Pis and the exquisite Grand Place with its opulent and ornate guildhalls. 

The Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium

In 1815 Napoleon fought his famous last battle here against the Duke of Wellington. You’ll visit the battlefields and monuments and discover how th ...

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Visit Waterloo, Belgium

Waterloo Explored

In 1815 Napoleon fought his famous last battle here against the Duke of Wellington. You’ll visit the battlefields and monuments and discover how the face of Europe was changed forever. You’ll also see the famous iron lion monument on top of the hill, which you can climb if you wish. The monument was built by the widows of veterans and you'll hear their story as you gaze at the spectacular panoramic view.

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A rainbow over the public garden in the Mont des Arts in Brussels, Belgium

Embrace Brussels this evening enjoying its laid back cosmopolitan air and excellent Belgian cuisine. This is a capital city with layers of history ...

A rainbow over the public garden in the Mont des Arts in Brussels, Belgium

Brussels by Night & Dinner

Embrace Brussels this evening enjoying its laid back cosmopolitan air and excellent Belgian cuisine. This is a capital city with layers of history and a flare for traditional freshness, clearly displayed in its food. Bon appetit!

Today we journey to Dunkirk, where Operation Dynamo miraculously saw over 330,000 Allied troops evacuated to Britain. We stop in Fromelles, where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force, described as the "worst 24 hours in Australia's military history". After we visit the memorial at Vimy Ridge dedicated to the Canadian soldiers, who fought a battle here in 1917. This horrific battle, and the bravery of the men who fought in it, came to symbolise Canada's coming of age as a nation.

Vimy Ridge in Somme, France

Visit Vimy Ridge Memorial and see the place that is dedicated to the Canadian soldiers who fought in battle during 1917. 

Preserved trenches at The Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge, Arras, France.

Vimy Ridge Memorial Visit

Explore Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo, France

Explore Operation Dynamo, the place that saw 330,000 Allied troops evacuated to Britain when you visit Dunkirk. 

Explore Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo, France

Dunkirk Visit

Visit Fromelles Discover History British Troops Australian Imperial Force Great War

Discover the rich history of the British troops and the Australian Imperial Force when you visit Fromelles.

Visit Fromelles Discover History British Troops Australian Imperial Force Great War

Fromelles Visit

Some of the biggest battles of World War I are explored at Ypres Salient in Belgium, where we will see such sites as Tyne Cot, Langemark and Vancouver Corner. Stop in Zonnebeke for an included visit to the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917, where you can see a replica trench. See Essex Farm Cemetery where over 1,200 brave servicemen are buried and where Lt. Col. John McCrae wrote his immortal poem, ‘In Flanders Fields'. Spend the rest of the afternoon on your own, before making your way to Menin Gate to witness the moving Last Post Ceremony to pay tribute to over 100,000 soldiers who laid down their lives more than a century ago.

Ypres Memorial and Battlefields in Ypres, France

The bloody battlefields of the Somme take center stage today. Stop at the Villers-Bretonneux memorial to the Australian soldiers who lost their lives in WWI. Carry on to Thiepval to see the poignant memorial which honours the 72,337 missing British and South African men who died with no known graves. We journey to Amiens for an evening at leisure.

Houses on the river in Amiens, France

See the site of the Australian soldiers who lost their lives in WWI when you visit Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

Australian military cemetery of the first world war at Villers Bretonneux, France

Villers-Bretonneux Memorial Visit

Visit the Somme memorial in France

Visit the memorial that honours the 72,337 unknown graves of the British and South African men who fought valiantly.

Visit the Somme memorial in France

Thiepval Memorial Visit

Travel South through Normandy today, stop in the City of Rouen for a tour of this City which was captured by the French in 1204 from English possession. Next stop is Caen where you will stay for two nights. 

Shops and street cafes in Caen, France

Visit a confectionary factory, where you will taste sweets originally invented in the 16th century. The old industrial factory is full of life and ...

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Visit a confectionary factory in Notre-Dame-de-Bonville, France at Les Confiseurs where you will taste sweets originally invented in the 16th century.

Visit a confectionary factory - Les Confiseurs

Visit a confectionary factory, where you will taste sweets originally invented in the 16th century. The old industrial factory is full of life and works especially to employ people with disabilities. Let the sweet smell of caramelised sugar welcome you in on to your guided tour!

Take yourself back to June 6, 1944. Imagine the terror and bravery of thousands of soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy to free Europe from the Nazis. This morning, we visit the Memorial de Caen to learn about the significance of Normandy and the day that changed World War II.  Then journey to the historic D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches, including Juno Beach, Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. Visit the American Cemetery and Memorial to learn about the Canadian, American, and Commonwealth involvement in this unbelievable battle for supremacy.

Poppy Field in Normandy, France

Discover the significance of Normandy and how it changed World War II when you visit Memorial de Caen. 

Visit Memorial de Caen, France

Memorial de Caen Visit

Arromanches Gold Beach in Normandy, France

Join an emotive journey tracing the story of the D-Day landings and visit Omaha Beach. 

Arromanches Gold Beach in Normandy, France

Visit the Normandy D-Day Beaches

Journey inland through Normandy today, bound for the grand boulevards of Paris. Perhaps join us for an optional visit to the glittering Palace of Versailles before arriving in the French capital.

Café Bistro in Paris, France

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler, but loathed by the French commoners, which lead t ...

Visit Versailles Palace and gardens in Paris, France

Versailles Palace and Gardens

Built for the Sun King, Louis XIV, the Palace of Versailles was the envy of every European ruler, but loathed by the French commoners, which lead to the French Revolution. Step inside the opulent world of Versailles and our Local Specialist will take you through the palace’s Hall of Mirrors and State apartments. Then, enjoy free time to wander the symmetrical, tree-lined gardens.**

Cruise River Seine in Paris, France

To truly see Paris in all its glory, you need to see it from the Seine. Enjoy a cruise along this famous river and take in unmatched views of the N ...

Cruise River Seine in Paris, France

Seine Cruise and Paris Illuminations

To truly see Paris in all its glory, you need to see it from the Seine. Enjoy a cruise along this famous river and take in unmatched views of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards, we’ll drive through the City of Lights to see some of the fascinating sights this beautiful city has to offer.

Cabaret and dinner in Paris, France

It’s world famous for a reason, and this is your chance to see the real-life inspiration behind the award-winning movie. This Parisian institution ...

Cabaret and dinner in Paris, France

Moulin Rouge Cabaret and Dinner

It’s world famous for a reason, and this is your chance to see the real-life inspiration behind the award-winning movie. This Parisian institution features 60 dancers and entertainers with over 1,000 costumes to create a dazzling spectacle. You'll enjoy wine, dinner and Champagne during this unforgettable soirée at the original Parisian Cabaret! 

Join your Local Specialist to visit the remarkable church of Saint-Sulpice, then delve into the lives of Parisians, wandering through the enchanting hidden squares and secret passages of one of Paris's oldest neighborhoods. Our walking tour concludes in one of the city's loveliest squares which is a real favorite among the locals. Spend the rest of the day on your own to see the sights. On our last evening together in Paris, we join our travel companions and Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner in the city.

Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France

Join a Local Specialist to discover the hidden squares and secret lanes of Paris.

Arc De Triomphe in Paris, France

Paris City Tour

Visit Napoleons Tomb in Paris, France

Take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck for unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and all of the city’s iconic monumen ...

Visit Napoleons Tomb in Paris, France

Montparnasse and Napoleon's Tomb

Take the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramic Observation Deck for unbeatable views of the Eiffel Tower and all of the city’s iconic monuments. We’ll also visit the Dôme des Invalides with our Local Specialist to see Napoleon’s final resting place.

After breakfast, we bid our newfound friends a fond farewell as our memorable holiday comes to a close.

Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language(s) across England, France, Belgium, Netherlands: English is the dominant language in England; French is the official language of France; Dutch, French, and German are the official languages in Belgium; Dutch is the official language of the Netherlands.
  • Currency used in England, France, Belgium, Netherlands: British Pound Sterling (£) is used in England and the Euro (€) is used in France, Belgium, Netherlands.
  • Capital Cities: London (England), Paris (France), Brussels (Belgium), and Amsterdam (Netherlands).
  • Time Zone(s) in Great Britain, France, Switzerland, Italy: England uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time and France, Belgium and the Netherlands use Central European Time Zone (CET), Central European Summer Time (CEST)

Passport, visa, and entry requirements for England, France, Belgium, Netherlands for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter England, France, Belgium, Netherlands
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions .

The climate in England is generally classified as temperate maritime, characterized by mild winters and cool summers. The weather is known for its variability and can change frequently throughout the day. Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with showers being common. The western parts of the UK, particularly areas like Wales and Scotland, tend to experience higher rainfall compared to the eastern regions. The UK is influenced by the warm Gulf Stream, which helps to moderate temperatures and prevent extreme heat or cold.

France has a varied climate due to its size and geographical diversity. The northern regions, including Paris, have a temperate climate with mild summers and cool winters. Coastal areas along the Mediterranean, such as Nice and Marseille, have a Mediterranean climate characterized by hot summers and mild winters. The mountainous regions, like the French Alps, experience alpine climate conditions with cold winters and heavy snowfall, making them popular for winter sports. Western France, including cities like Bordeaux and Nantes, has an oceanic climate with mild, damp winters and mild summers. Overall, France experiences regional variations in temperature, precipitation, and sunshine hours throughout the year.

Belgium has a temperate maritime climate characterized by mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and relatively high humidity. Winters are typically cool with average temperatures ranging from 0°C to 6°C (32°F to 43°F), while summers are mild with average temperatures between 12°C and 23°C (54°F to 73°F). Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly drier months in spring and early autumn. The country is influenced by the North Sea, which helps moderate temperature extremes. Cloud cover is common, and fog can occur, particularly in the colder months.

The weather in the Netherlands is influenced by its maritime location and prevailing westerly winds. It experiences mild, wet winters with temperatures averaging around 2-6°C (36-43°F) and cool summers with temperatures averaging around 17-20°C (63-68°F). Rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the year, with slightly drier months in spring and early autumn. The coastal areas are often slightly milder than inland regions due to the moderating effect of the North Sea. The country occasionally experiences strong winds and storms during the winter months, with the possibility of snowfall, particularly in the eastern regions.

Luggage on Tour

Traveling with GET entitles each guest to travel with one suitcase not exceeding 50 lbs in weight, and no larger than 30” x 18” x 10.” Carry-on/hand luggage is restricted to one piece per person, not exceeding 12”x11”x6” to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment.

For safety reasons, small rolling suitcases are not permitted inside the coach. As our coaches have large windows, there is minimal space to store them securely overhead or under the seat. The suggested carry-on is a soft-sided bag similar to a backpack, tote bag, etc.

So your driver and the hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances.

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

When packing for a guided tour, it's essential to consider the local climate, cultural norms, and the activities you'll be engaging in. Here's a suggested packing list:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: The UK and Europe’s cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. We also suggest packing a portable umbrella or light rain jacket to prepare you for unexpected rain showers.
  • Modest attire: In some religious sites, modest clothing is required, so we suggest carrying a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders or legs when necessary.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable attire for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.

Accessories

  • Sun protection: It’s always recommended to carry sun protection, including a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
  • Daypack or tote bag: A small backpack or tote bag will be handy for carrying essentials during your explorations.
  • Travel adapter, voltage converter, and charger: Ensure you have the appropriate adapters for power outlets and a charger for your electronic devices. (See Electricity, Adapters & Air Conditioning

Miscellaneous Items

  • A camera: There is an abundance of stunning scenery and historic sites you’ll want to capture. To ensure that you don't miss a single moment, it's important to have a trustworthy camera at your disposal. You can also use the camera on your phone , but you might want to zoom in or capture moving objects. A camera is your best bet for this.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here !
  • A small travel alarm
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed
  • A washcloth and carry bag
  • A travel pillow

Electricity

  • American appliances run on 110 volts, while European, UK, and Ireland appliances run on 220-230 volts.
  • All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C) except for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland , which operate three flat rectangle-pronged outlets (Type G).
  • Adapters allow American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into British or Irish outlets, which take three rectangular prongs, or continental European outlets, which take two round prongs.
  • If your devices use a different voltage or plug type, you will need a plug adapter and/or voltage converter to use them in Europe. You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you specifically need a hair dryer during your trip, but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and UK hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights for your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications .

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of €1-2 (Euro) or £1-2 (Pounds) per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

Tipping hotel staff for room service delivery is customary if a charge needs to be added to the bill.

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World war ii tours, choose from three exciting world war ii tours.

Our WWII guided tours include Normandy, Berlin and Battle of the Bulge. Click on the name of a tour below to reveal more information about each tour.

On June 6, 1944, the picturesque coast of Normandy became the scene of the largest and most complex military operation in world history. On that day alone over 130,000 Allied soldiers, supported by over 6,000 ships and 12,000 aircraft, attacked beaches whose names have become legendary; while 24,000 more troops entered the battle by glider and parachute.

Over the next eleven weeks, fierce combat raged across a once-bucolic Normandy landscape. By the end of the battle in August, the Allies had won a key success that would put them on the road to eventual victory over Nazi Germany.

Come with us and visit the places where brave men fought for freedom, and where the history of the world was changed forever.

Click here for Normandy tour details to learn whats included, travel information, and to get a glimpse of some of the many places we will visit during our tour. 

We are pleased to announce that we are again offering a tour of ‘Battlefield Berlin.’ Our weeklong visit will primarily focus on three crucial aspects of the city’s recent past. You will walk the same streets as some of the most detestable villains of the modern age as we discuss Berlin’s role as capital of the Third Reich and witness the legacy of their crimes at places like Sachsenhausen concentration camp. As that regime collapsed, the city became a battlefield. There, in the last days of April 1945, teenage boys and old men fought the Red Army street by street while their Führer issued orders to long-destroyed units from his underground bunker just off Wilhelmstrasse and a terrified civilian populace merely tried to survive.

Click here for tour details to learn whats included, travel information, and to get a glimpse of some of the many places we will visit during our tour. 

The Battle of the Bulge was the largest engagement ever fought by the United States Army, and it resulted in the defeat of Germany’s last reserves. The war in Europe would end less than four months later.

Our most recent tour concluded on October 24th 2015. Visit our Battle of the Bulge page here for a recap and slideshow of our recent tour. Please  Contact us for upcoming tour dates.

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WWII Battlefields

Join our WWII Veterans in celebration of the 80th anniversary of D-Day on the Normandy Beaches. Witness how, to this day, Normandy’s citizens honor and cherish our Veterans’ sacrifices. Retrace the steps our brave soldiers traveled during the twelve weeks of desperate fighting following June 6 th , 1944. See all the landing beaches, walk on Omaha and Utah Beach, and visit museums, memorials and cemeteries. Continue to Reims, France and see the very place where General Eisenhower received the unconditional surrender of German Wehrmacht on May 8, 1945. Hear the bell Carillion play our National Anthem at General Patton’s gravesite in Luxembourg, and visit Belgium’s battlefields so prominently known as the Battle of the Bulge. Walk among the “Dragon’s Teeth,” the anti-tank defense of the Siegfried Line and jump into one of the foxholes in the Ardennes Forest. See the remains of the Remagen Bridge on the banks of the Rhine River and tour the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds outside of Nuremberg, Germany. Walk up the “Path of Arrival” and visit the rebuilt barracks and the crematory at the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial site. Ride up to the lofty Eagle’s Nest for beautiful mountain views of the Austrian Alps and conclude the tour with a visit to Munich’s city center. Enjoy other famous sites in Paris such as the Eiffel Tower, a relaxing Seine River cruise, and Les Invalides, a wonderful museum which contains many artifacts, including Napoleon’s Tomb. A truly great way to honor our brave Veterans and a wonderful experience for all ages and all walks of life. 

See an interview of one of our tour participants while in Normandy: Fox News WWII Veteran Interview - Rupiper Tours

  • June 1 - 13, 2024

What's Included

Special events and sights, testimonials.

Day 1:  Saturday, June 1        Depart the USA Meet your Rupiper Tour Manager and your fellow travelers at the International Airport in Newark, NJ for your transatlantic flight to Paris, France. Meals: In-flight Meal Service

Day 2:  Sunday, June 2           Arrive in Paris, France Welcome to the City of Lights!  Transfer into the heart of Paris where you begin a unique sightseeing experience onboard a luxurious glass encased boat.  Cruise along the Seine River and appreciate sights of Paris’ world-famous monuments through unobstructed floor-to-ceiling windows while savoring delicious French cuisine.  By midafternoon we are checking into our hotel, located near the Arc de Triomphe.  The balance of the day is yours to spend as you wish, but if you desire to explore the city on your own and need help with your plans, our European our guide will gladly assist you. Meals: In-flight Meal Service, Welcome Luncheon Cruise incl. Beverages

Day 3:  Monday, June 3         Paris / Normandy This morning’s excursion includes a drive along Champs-Élysée and past famous sights, such as the Place du Trocadéro, the Eiffel Tower, the Place de la Concorde, the Opera House, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Palais du Louvre, and the Pont Alexandre III, which is considered the most beautiful bridge in Paris.  We also walk under the prominent Arc de Triomphe and visit the Basilique du Sacré Coeur on top of Montmartre.  Along the way to Normandy, we briefly stop outside the Chateau de la Roche-Guyon, which was German Field Marshal Rommel’s headquarters during the Normandy Invasion.  Late afternoon we arrive in Deauville-Touques, our home for the next four nights. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner incl. Beverages

Day 4-6:  Tuesday, June 4 through Thursday, June 6           Normandy

This week, everyone in Normandy will be out celebrating the Anniversary of June 6th 1944, which was the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime eighty years ago!  The schedule of events is not published at this time but we strive to include as many of the popular activities as possible.  The following description is a guideline for guaranteed included sites and visits.

The Caen-Normandy Memorial Centre for History and Peace dedicated to the Battle of Normandy. The exhibitions at the museum chronicle the twelve weeks of desperate fighting following June 6th of 1944.  This exposé helps you to better understand the important role the Battle of Normandy played in Europe’s liberation. Conclude with a delicious buffet lunch at the restaurant on site. 

The Pegasus Bridge Memorial , which is dedicated to the British 6th Airborne Division.  The original Bénouville Bridge, renamed Pegasus Bridge after the liberation, is on display in the park of the museum along with a Bailey bridge and a full-size replica of a wartime Horsa glider .

We see the shoreline of Sword, Juno, and Gold Beaches and from above the town of Arromanches-les-Bains we overlook the bay with the remaining Phoenixes of the Mulberry “B” Harbour , a portable temporary harbor developed by the British to facilitate rapid offloading of cargo onto the beaches.

View a film, shown at the Arromanche 360° Circular Cinema, which vividly recounts the story of the landings on Normandy . Exceptional archive footages collected from around the world tells the story of the 100 days of the Battle of Normandy as a tribute to the men of all nations who fell and to the 20,000 civilians killed during the liberation of Western Europe.

Near Longues-sur-Mer you see the only German battery in Normandy with the guns still in place .

Enjoy a guided tour of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial near Colleville-sur-Mer, situated on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel.  The cemetery contains the graves of 9,387 of our military dead, and on the Wall of the Missing, in a semicircular garden on the east side of the memorial, are inscribed the 1,557 names of our missing soldiers.

Walk on Omaha Beach , the spot where many of our troops first stepped foot on Normandy. Stop at the Signal Monument and enjoy a hot lunch in a café in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer .

Visit Pointe-du-Hoc where Col. James Rudder’s 2nd Ranger Battalion climbed the treacherous cliffs that infamous day of June 6th 1944.  The area has remained unchanged for 76 years – you still see the huge craters and the bombed out bunkers where the German gun positions were placed.  This site really tells a story!

On Utah Beach , the westernmost of the landing beaches, we visit the Utah Beach Landing Museum .

Sainte-Mère-Église, the first village liberated by the 82nd Airborne on June 6, 1944 . Step into the church where the famous paratrooper John Steele’s parachute was hung-up on the steeple, and visit the Airborne Museum , which is dedicated to American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions.  For the 70th anniversary of D-Day a new museum wing named “Operation Neptune” was inaugurated in the presence of 19 of our participating WWII veterans. Meals: Daily Breakfast, 2 Hot Luncheons and 1 Dinner including Beverages

Day 7:  Friday, June 7             Normandy / Reims We say farewell to Normandy and journey to Reims, which was greatly damaged by German bombardment and a subsequent fire in 1914 during World War I.  Visit the magnificently restored cathedral, Notre-Dame de Reims, where the kings of France were once crowned, and also visit the school building which acted as Eisenhower’s Headquarters during the latter part of WWII.  See the map room still furnished as it was on May 8, 1945, when General Eisenhower and the Allies received the unconditional surrender of the German Wehrmacht.  Tonight you are free to explore the beautiful city of Reims. Meals: Breakfast

Day 8:  Saturday, June 8        Reims, France / Luxembourg The Battle of the Bulge is commonly associated with Bastogne and Belgium, but much of the action also took place in Luxembourg.  Luxembourg City was Omar Bradley’s 21st Army Group Headquarters, as well as General Patton’s 3rd Army Headquarters.  During our visit at the Luxembourg American Military you hear the bell carillon playing our National Anthem as we gather at General Patton’s grave who is buried there along with over 5,000 of his fallen troops. This afternoon we visit a museum which features countless pieces of war memorabilia and life-size dioramas, staging the field life and harsh conditions the soldiers faced during the Battle of the Bulge in winter 1944.  The displays let you vividly imagine the chill and fatigue our men endured.  We overnight in Luxembourg City. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner incl. Beverage

Day 9:  Sunday, June 9           Luxembourg / Battle of the Bulge Sites / Aachen, Germany Our special step-on guide will lead us along the roads and through the villages, showing us the battlefields so prominently known as the Battle of the Bulge .  Included sites are McAuliffe Square in Bastogne with its M4 Sherman tank that belonged to the 11 th Armored “Thunderbolt” Division, the star-shaped Mardasson Monument , and the monument erected by Tom Hanks, Producer of the epic mini-series “Band of Brothers,” in tribute to “Easy Company” of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment assigned to the 101st Airborne Division.  We will walk among the “Dragon’s Teeth,” the anti-tank defense on the Siegfried Line and see the remnants of the foxholes dug by the “Band of Brothers . ” Near Malmedy we visit the sites of the massacres on Belgian civilians and 84 American POW’s committed by members of Peiper’s Kampfgruppe.  Also on the agenda is Hoffalize with its German Panther tank , La Gleize and the spot where a bridge was blasted by the United States Army Corps of Engineers on December 18, 1944, trapping Peiper and his men in the deep valley of the Amblève , and Stavelot with the only King Tiger tank left in Belgium. Our day ends in Aachen, Germany. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner incl. Beverages

Day 10:  Monday, June 10     Aachen / Remagen Bridge / Nuremberg, Germany This morning, we visit the site of the Ludendorf Bridge, frequently called the Bridge at Remagen during World War II.  The U.S. 9 th Armored Division seized the bridge on March 7-8, 1945, establishing a bridgehead on the Rhine River.  In an ensuing battle, the bridge was severely damaged and collapsed into the Rhine on March 17, 1945.  See the remaining bridge abutments and walk around the back of the abutment and on the remaining portion of the original railroad track that traversed the Rhine.  Sit back and enjoy the scenic drive along the Rhine River via Koblenz and Bacharach to Nuremberg. Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner incl. Beverage

Day 11:  Tuesday, June 11      Nuremberg / Dachau / Munich, Germany A local guide joins us this morning for a short city orientation tour including a stop at the Palace of Justice where the Nuremberg Trials, a series of military tribunals, were held by the Allied forces after World War II.  Just outside Nuremberg our guide will show us the unfinished Congress Hall, the Great Road, and the Zeppelin Field, all while explaining the functions and intended effect of National Socialist architecture and the stage-management of the Party Rally events.  We continue on to Dachau for a visit of the Concentration Camp Memorial.  The Dachau concentration camp was opened in 1933 and was liberated by American Forces on April 29, 1945.  We walk up the “Path of Arrival”, and visit the rebuilt barracks and the remains of the crematory.  After this sobering visit we make our way to our hotel just a few miles south of Munich. Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner incl. Beverages

Day 12:  Wednesday, June 12            Eagle’s Nest / Munich, Germany Today’s journey takes us to Berchtesgaden, located in the southern-most part of Germany, where we ascend to the Eagle’s Nest .  The chalet type building, which sits literally on top of the Kehlstein Mountain, was part of the sprawling Obersalzberg complex built by the Nazis.  The premises, except for the Kehlsteinhaus on the summit, were heavily damaged by an Allied air raid in April 1945.  The remains were set on fire by retreating SS troops and later eradicated by the Bavarian government.  There is time to walk up to the mountain top or relax on the restaurant’s terrace, relishing the spectacular view.  Late afternoon we make our way into Munich.  During WWII the city suffered heavy damage from 71 air raids, and almost half of its residents evacuated into the countryside.  Munich’s city center was completely rebuilt preserving its pre-war appearance and its population grew to almost 1.5 million.  We conclude our day with a typical Bavarian dinner at the famous Hofbräuhaus. Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner incl. Beverage

Day 13:  Thursday, June 13    Munich, Germany /Return to the USA A local guide joins us this morning for a short city orientation tour with a stop at the Palace of Justice where the Nuremberg Trials, a series of military tribunals, were held by the Allied forces after World War II.  Just outside Nuremberg our guide will show us the unfinished Congress Hall, the Great Road, and the Zeppelin Field, all while explaining the functions and intended effect of National Socialist architecture and the stage-management of the Party Rally events.  We continue on to Dachau for a visit of the Concentration Camp Memorial.  The Dachau concentration camp was opened in 1933 and was liberated by American Forces on April 29, 1945.  We walk up the “Path of Arrival”, and visit the rebuilt barracks and the remains of the crematory.  After this sobering visit we make our way to our hotel just a few miles south of Munich. Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner, Beverages

Day 12:                              Eagle’s Nest / Munich, Germany Today’s journey takes us to Berchtesgaden, located in the southern-most part of Germany, where we ascend to the Eagle’s Nest .  The chalet type building, which sits literally on top of the Kehlstein Mountain, was part of the sprawling Obersalzberg complex built by the Nazis.  The premises, except for the Kehlsteinhaus on the summit, were heavily damaged by an Allied air raid in April 1945.  The remains were set on fire by retreating SS troops and later eradicated by the Bavarian government.  There is time to walk up to the mountain top or relax on the restaurant’s terrace, relishing the spectacular view.  Late afternoon we make our way into Munich.  During WWII the city suffered heavy damage from 71 air raids, and almost half of its residents evacuated into the countryside.  Munich’s city center was completely rebuilt preserving its pre-war appearance and its population grew to almost 1.5 million.  We conclude our day with a typical Bavarian dinner at the famous Hofbräuhaus. Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner, Beverage

Day 13:                          Munich, Germany /Return to the USA Early morning transfer to the Munich Franz-Josef-Strauss International Airport for our direct flight back to the U.S.  Our early afternoon arrival time in Newark, NJ gives you ample time to connect to your flight home. Meals:  Breakfast, In-flight Meal Service 

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International round-trip airfare from Newark, NJ Airline Taxes and Fees Ground transportation by deluxe motorcoach Superior 3-star hotel on Normandy with private bath All other accommodations are 4-star hotels with private bath Most Meals Included: as indicated (some include wine) All Daily Tours & Admissions One piece of baggage handling per person Experienced Rupiper Tours manager throughout Professional English speaking international tour director/historian Local step-on guides

Testimonials from Previous WWII Battlefield Tour Participants

"I'm a college graduate, a former teacher....I never, in all my studies, learned anything like we learned on this trip about American history and participation in WWII!!!  I just cannot say enough about our Tour Guide Hans...he has patience, knowledge, kindness, organization...so many skills!! I took extensive notes on what I learned and heard from the various tour guides and Hans' running commentary and was able to transcribe them into 23 typewritten pages of memories!!!   Every time I read them, it reminds me of what an interesting trip it was and how much I learned.  So much so, that some of us from that trip are meeting this winter down in New Orleans to go to the big WWII Museum there...a real testament to your excellent skills in sharing the history of that memorable time." - Sarah N. (Kansas)

"Everyone seemed very knowledgeable about their part of the trip.  I was always kept up to date about what was happening. I appreciated the acceptance of my grandson and his age difference." - Bruce S. (Minnesota)

"We were well pleased with everything and have received some letters from folks we met in Normandy. They were so appreciative of the Allies coming to help save their country. They'd like to meet us again. We appreciate all the honors the WWII Veterans received, and we were proud of all of our Veterans. We enjoy history and war stories, so pleased to see everything we could. We feel this was the best trip we've taken, and we've traveled quite a lot since Vern retired. Thanks!" - Vern & Helen S. (Kansas)

“We were very pleased with the quality of our tour in every way. We felt everyone was very knowledgeable and friendly and accommodating. The rooms and food were all excellent. Great Tour. - Ron & Ann S. (Iowa)

“The tour manager was great! So caring to each person! She was very knowledgeable and so fun to be around. If she didn’t know the answer, she found it out! Loved her! So kind & big heart! The driver and guide were full of information. The staff were always great to work with!” - Chuck & Sherri S. (Iowa)

“THE BEST VACATION I EVER HAD!  Annie did a great job. Everything was excellent. I plan on taking your tour again on the 75 th anniversary.” - Captain Carl P. (Florida)

“Having five WWII Veterans on the trip really enhanced the tour. It was heartwarming to witness the appreciation of the French and Belgium people for the Veterans who liberated them. “ - Bob & Marilyn O. (Illinois)

“Expert tour guide & wonderful driver. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Everyone at Rupipers was excellent to work with.” - Rob M. (South Dakota)

“Had a great time with great people and great staff. Keep up the good work. High on the list of multiple tours/cruises. Thank you for the tour list and DVD.” -Bill H. (California)

“This was by far the most meaningful trip of any tour I have taken. I have visited all 50 states and travel overseas. My hope and plans are to visit this area again! We owe a debt of gratitude to our brave Veterans. Annie was wonderful from the moment she met me at the Newark airport until we said goodbye at the Newark airport. She was so nice and thoughtful to everyone. She is now my dear friend and I hope to go on other tours with her.” - Mary C. (Alabama)

“Each tour guide answered all questions with a smile and added more information. Everything went very well. Even when I got lost from the group once, the tour manager kept me in her eye sight. This made my children very, very happy. I had originally planned to go with another company, but your itinerary visited more places that were of interest to me.  Thank you.” - Benjamin B. (Pennsylvania)

“Very excellent service! Annie was most helpful!  This was my third WWII Battlefield tour with Rupipers, and they have all met and exceeded my expectations.  I am very thankful for their help in bringing me back to Europe, and I still can’t believe the attention we Vets receive while overseas.  This will unfortunately be my last trip, but I thank you for all your help through the years and making my journeys possible.” - WWII Veteran, Hartley B. (Pennsylvania)

“It exceeded our expectation – overall outstanding information, exceptional experience due to the presence of WWII Veterans and the interesting environments they were put in. Preparation for our experience was outstanding. So many special inclusions made this trip unlike any other – being at the chateau cookout, lunch with the mayor of Collville, reception at Normandy Cemetery & Patton’s grave, and Luxembourg Museum owner’s comments and discussion was exceptionally interesting and meaningful.” - Robert & Barbara H. (Minnesota)

“This was my first experience with a trip overseas. It was very excellent.  The guide and tour manager were all very good. They were very helping in every way.” - Anonymous

  "We have traveled in Europe before, but this was our first time at the WW2 sites. The tour was everything we expected . For the first time in Normandy, your tour was the way to go. The tour manager was professional, gave good information and friendly. The guide was a fountain of knowledge. Dates, figures, specific info! He was quick to point out important things for us and give us additional facts. The driver was great - personable and safe!" - Tony & Anne H. (Minnesota)

"Enjoyed it all. Normandy Beaches, cemeteries, and Saint Lo were our favorite sites. Hotels and food were excellent!" - George & Jeannine B. (North Carolina)

"The tour guide and our driver were excellent. He was so knowledgeable and humorous and patient. Told us so much history concerning our destinations and about past history of people and places. We liked the hearing devices while outside the coach. Your staff were always very pleasant on the phone when we called in with questions before the trip." - Maralyn & Dale R. (Nebraska)

"Loved the walk into the woods at Hollrath and the Dragon's Teeth. The food and motels were good, and we were filled by the tour." - Lloyd & Jan S. (South Dakota)

"The tour guide provided a vast amount of info with us. Having a WWII Veteran and two "children" who saw their father's graves for the first time was a humbling experience." - Al & Mary K. (Wisconsin)

"We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide! He made the tour light up with his knowledge of the history of WWII. As far as our bus driver, well, you could have made a tour just on watching him drive that bus! Truly awesome! The highlight for us was when the tour manager went out of their way to take one of the travelers to a town to visit his dad's grave site. Just driving through the countryside was wonderful! It really was a wonderful and great experience to see those places. Never thought we would get to see these sites." - Stephen & Annette C. (Hawaii)

"The tour guide was excellent! Extremely knowledgeable! The driver was very helpful, courteous, and friendly. The tour covered everything that we wanted to see and all time was sufficient. It was well planned." - JoAnn & Ken A. (Wisconsin)

“Just a few lines to thank you very much for all you did to help me be part of this great tour to Normandy.  I thoroughly enjoyed it… and the others that were part of the group.  Thanks Annie, and thanks Brent… I hope to be a part of one of your groups again in the future!” - Frank V. (California)

“We remembered the tour with all of you and the great memories we had from that trip.  We knew at the time we were fortunate to be on the tour together (three generations) but in retrospect, it was the best thing we could have done and a wonderful experience filled with so many great memories.  To be in Normandy on D-Day and witness, first hand, the gratitude of the French people was a blessing for my dad and the other vets, and a priceless memory for Drew (my son) and me.  I think the Normandy experience was truly a surprise for my father and added new meaning and depth to his memories of the war. And, he was thrilled to see the aircraft he flew in restored and on display at Utah Beach, another honest surprise.” - Bill T. (California)

“Now that we have returned to our routines, Mike and I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed the trip!  It was even more than expected, and the fact that we were there on D-Day was priceless.  The people on the trip made it that much more enjoyable.  We had the time of our lives, seeing so many historical places in the time we had while making new friends along the way.  You showed such patience and knowledge and did a wonderful job with all the coordination you had to do.  The guides and driver were great to have with us.  You all work well together. Rupiper Tours did a very thorough job also with all the information sent before the trip, along with all the travel plans.  We appreciate all you did and know you will have another successful tour in August." – Mike & Susan W. (Florida)

“Thank you so much for the slides of our WWII Battlefields Tour. You made me feel special when I saw my picture and my hometown. It was truly my pleasure to meet you and travel with you. I enjoyed our chats when we were having a dark German Beer. The tour was an experience that I shall not forget. Thank you Brent.” - Wayne L. (Pennsylvania)

“We spent this evening watching the videos that Brent sent to us.  They brought tears to my eyes at the wonderful memories that we have of our trip. We will never forget the time we spent with our father.  You will always have a place in my heart.  We hope that our paths will cross again in the future.” - Sincerely, The Kentucky girls: Patty, Carla & Belinda

“Hi Brent, Just received and reviewed the DVD's you sent.  Great job!  First class all the way.  Thanks so much.” - Pete & Marlene V (Delaware)

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"This tour was very personal as we were retracing the steps of my uncle who ultimately died in the Battle of the Bulge. Rudy was glad I mentioned Steve was wounded near Vire and he said we would go there. Long story short, it was dark as we drove through the village to find the monument that Rudy knew was there. He parked so the car lights lit up the Memorial. The stars were brilliant and the connection I felt to my Uncle in that place will be with me always."

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Our D-Day Tour was designed by Stephen E. Ambrose, who first led this WWII tour in the late 1970s, and further developed by our historians. The itinerary is based on thousands of hours of interviews with D-Day veterans, studying of the battlefields, and other World War II research. Thanks to their experience with the terrain and its history, we are able to present a D-Day Tour that is unmatched in its authenticity.

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Operation Overlord

The Operation Overlord Tour covers the planning and launch of the D-Day Invasion. It is a great choice for people who want to visit England and the Normandy beaches on a shorter tour than D-Day to the Rhine.

Ghost Army of WWII: Secret War Tour

Follow along the path of the 23rd Headquarters Special Troops, the extraordinary deception soldiers better known as the Ghost Army. Led by the producer of the award-winning PBS documentary, The Ghost Army , you will visit many World War II sites on a route that closely follows our D-Day to the Rhine Tour (two tours in one!), to offer a wider context for the story of these heroes.

In Patton’s Footsteps Tour

Led by the author of Patton’s Photographs: War as He Saw It , we visit the sites and battlefields significant to Patton’s Third Army, including Normandy, Brittany, Mont-St-Michel, the battlegrounds of Falaise Pocket, the German border, and the Battle of the Bulge, to understand how this maverick general helped win the war in Europe.

Italian Campaign Tour: Sicily to Rome

Sometimes referred to as “the Forgotten Campaign,” the Allied effort in Italy was actually of terrific significance. The campaign became a proving ground for Allied capabilities on sea, land, and in the air. Amphibious landings with Higgins crafts on the beaches of Italy provided crucial training for the Normandy invasion. Proceeding to fight and push the Germans north, the Allied forces in Italy created another front for Hitler, dividing his defense of the Reich. Bonus? The food and scenery are bellissimo!

Iwo Jima: War in the Pacific Tour

Our Iwo Jima: War in the Pacific Tour is a transformative experience! Travel with our historians to the islands where the battles raged during the War in the Pacific, where “Uncommon valor was a common virtue.”

WWII: Poland & Germany Tour

We begin in Gdansk, Poland, where the first shots of WWII rang out. We then wind our way on to Ketrzyn, Warsaw, Krakow, Oswiecim, and Zagan, where some of the fiercest battles of the war were fought, before finishing at the site of the war’s end, Berlin, Germany. Guests who have traveled on this tour rave about the charm of these historic cities and towns, the warmth of the people, and the many outstanding restaurants.

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World War II solidiers fought along countless battlefields around the globe. We visit quite a few, including:

  • Operation Torch in Morocco and Algeria
  • The Battle of the Atlantic on the Atlantic Ocean
  • The Battle of Normandy in France
  • The Battle of the Bulge in The Ardennes, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany
  • The Battle of Nuremberg in Germany
  • The Attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, U.S.
  • The Battle of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands
  • The Battle of Okinawa in Japan

Here are the memorials you can visit on our World War II tours:

  • Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation on tour in France
  • The Hollandsche Schouwburg War Memorial on tour in the Netherlands
  • The Vimy Ridge Memorial on tour in France
  • The Kazerne Dossin on tour in Belgium
  • The Canadian Hill 62 Memorial in Belgium
  • The Memorial Museum Passchendaele in Belgium
  • The Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in Newfoundland
  • Caen Memorial Museum in France

The majority of our battlefield tours visit destinations in Europe, where many world war battles took place. That includes:

  • Juno Beach in France , where the invasion took place during World War II
  • The town of Remagen in Germany , which played a vital role in helping Allied forces cross the Rhine River and defeat the German forces
  • The Vimy battlefields in France , which was significant to Canada’s development as a country

If you’re from the United States and interested in American history, we’d recommend  American WWII History: London to Berlin .

If you're from Canada, you might enjoy any of these war history tours:

  • Canadian WWII History: The Netherlands & Germany
  • Canadian World War History: Vimy to Juno Beach
  • Vimy Ridge 105th Anniversary: London to Brussels
  • Vimy Ridge 105th Anniversary: Amsterdam to Paris

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1. you’re always with an expert, 2. learn about history where it happened, 3. feel closer to your ancestors, 4. see the powerful impact these battles had, more types of tours, see the latest from our travelers @goaheadtours.

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D-DAY and the BATTLE OF NORMANDY 1944 – BATTLE OF THE BULGE 1944 – MUNICH – BERCHTESGADEN

For the discerning Military History enthusiast this tour is the journey of a lifetime…

This tour covers D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, the Battle of The Bulge and the Nazi period 1928-1945 around Munich and the Obersalzburg, including Dachau Concentration Camp, National Socialist architecture and sites in Munich and the Berchtesgaden area including The Eagle’s Nest. We can add the UK, Operation Market Garden, Nuremberg and Berlin (among other locations) to this tour to adapt accordingly.

Start point and pick up is generally in the UK or Normandy and drop off is in Munich, Frankfurt or back to the UK. (other locations can easily be arranged).

DAY 1 – Part I – D-Day & The Battle of Normandy

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DAY 2 – Part I – D-Day & The Battle of Normandy

DAY 3 – Part I – D-Day & The Battle of Normandy

DAY 4 – Part II – Travel to the Ardennes

Travel from Normandy to the Ardennes in Belgium.

DAY 5 – Part II – The Battle of The Bulge

Follows the route of SS Panzer Commander Jochen Peiper during the early stages of the Battle of The Bulge.

DAY 6 – Part II – The Battle of The Bulge

Bastogne, Foy and St Vith areas of the Battle of The Bulge.

DAY 7 – Part III – Travel to Munich

AM: Luxembourg US Military Cemetery – General Patton is buried with many of his men in this cemetery.

Travel to Munich in Germany.

DAY 8 – Part III – Dachau & Munich

AM: An in-depth guided tour of Nazi Germany’s first concentration camp.

PM: A tour of Munich focusing on the rise of National Socialism and the Nazi era architecture. Many of the buildings remain.

DAY 9 – Part III – Berchtesgaden & Obersalzburg

AM: The Eagle’s Nest – Kehlsteinhaus. Overlooking the Obersalzburg.

PM: Berchtesgaden sites including the tunnels of the former barracks of Hitler’s personal SS Guards.

This tour can and will be highly personalised, particularly Part I in Normandy. The option is also there to extend into other areas or spend more time in the Ardennes for example.

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WWI and WWII Battlefields Guided Tour

11 Day Battlefield Tour of UK, Belgium and France

11 days, 3 countries and 11 cities

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Travel to the front lines of Europe, where brave soldiers once fought for freedom. On this epic battlefield tour through the countryside of Britain, Belgium and France, you’ll explore the tragedy and triumph of two World Wars.

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Explore London and Paris with a Local Specialist

Discover Normandy, Amiens, the Somme Region, Ypres, Brussels and Rouen

Visit the Imperial War Museum in London, the D-Day Landing Beaches, Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, Amiens Cathedral, military cemeteries throughout northern France and Belgium, the Australian National Memorial, the Caen Memorial, WWI & WWII Battlefields, the Dunkirk War Museum and evacuation beaches, and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele

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WWI Tour: War to End All Wars

There were many words that you could not stand to hear and finally only the names of places had dignity. Abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow were obscene.

– Ernest Hemingway, Great American writer and WWI veteran

Our World War I: War to End All Wars Tour will explore the most significant sites along the old Western Front, seeing where history was made and discussing the Great War’s terrible consequences.

From 1914-1918 millions of men fought each other across a brutal 475-mile long “No Man’s Land,” that stretched from the North Sea to the Swiss border. When the guns finally fell silent, 10 million soldiers were dead, century’s old monarchies were overthrown, the map of the Middle-East was redrawn, the United States had become a world power and an angry and embittered Corporal Adolf Hitler returned to Bavaria determined to avenge the humiliation of defeat and return Germany to greatness.

Chris Anderson leads our World War I Tour. He is a senior historian at Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours and has spent considerable time researching and studying the First World War. After college, he moved to the UK for a year to interview British veterans of the Great War. Later as assistant curator at the Historical Society of the Militia and National Guard, he was able to interview many surviving American Doughboys. As the former associate editor of MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History and WWII Magazine , he edited and wrote about all areas of American involvement in both WWI and WWII. You can read his full bio here .

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  • Waterloo (Belgium):  Battle of Waterloo redrew the map of Europe
  • Ypres/Salient Battlefields (Belgium): Site of some of the first clashes between the Germans and the British Expeditionary Forces
  • Arras Battlefields (France): One of the bloodiest encounters of the war
  • Cambrai (France):  Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge; Trescault, one of the Western Front’s most incredible archaeological discoveries
  • Battle of the Somme (France): Explore the battlefields of the darkest day in the history of the British Army
  • The Meuse-Argonne (France): America's greatest offensive
  • Verdun (France): America's first offensive
  • Montfaucon (France): American Memorial, largest battle in American history; Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery at Romagnes

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1   travel day.

Guests travel independently to Brussels, Belgium.

DAY 2   Brussels

Arrive in Brussels. First activity is an evening Welcome Reception and Dinner at the hotel. 

DAY 3   Ypres

A defining moment in European History, the June 18, 1815, Battle of Waterloo redrew the map of Europe and altered the balance of power on the Continent. In the Allied victory over the French, however, lay the seeds of a conflict far more terrible than anything Napoleon or Wellington could have imagined. After meeting in Brussels, we travel to the Wellington Museum, located in the “Iron Duke’s” former headquarters, to see its amazing collection of artifacts related to the battle and the commander of the Allied army. Our first stop on the battlefield will be the recently renovated museum and visitor’s center, the famous cyclorama painting of the battle and Lion’s Mound, then a tour of the battlefield itself. We continue to Ypres in the heart of the British sector.

DAY 4   Tour of Ypres/ Salient battlefields

In 1914 some of the first clashes between the Germans and the British Expeditionary Forces occurred around the town, which would remain a battlefield for the rest of the war. We begin with the Ypres Salient at Essex Farm Cemetery, where Canadian writer John MacRae wrote the famous poem “In Flanders Fields.” Then it’s on to Hooge to visit remains of trenches and sites associated with the very first battles fought around Ypres. Nearby Langemark was the site of the first use of gas on the Western Front as well as the German cemetery. We then tour sites around the Salient including the battlefields of Passchendaele and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 and its unsurpassed collection of uniforms, weapons and other artifacts. We also explore the huge British underground bunker complexes used by the British as well as preserved German and British trenches. We finish the day with the incredibly moving Last Post Ceremony, which honors the 250,000 soldiers of the British Empire who died in and around Ypres and have no known grave.

DAY 5  Tour of Arras battlefields

Begun by the British in April 1917, the Battle of Arras was intended to be a diversionary assault on a larger French offensive launched along the Chemin Des Dames further south. Events, however, meant that the battle grew in size and scope into one of the bloodiest encounters of the war. We view the remains of a German bunker used by Corporal Adolf Hitler while a runner in the Bavarian List Regiment. We continue on to Ploegsteert (Plugstreet to the British), where a young Winston S. Churchill commanded a battalion in 1915 and experienced horrors that would remain with him until he became prime minister at the start of World War II. From Ploegsteert we will stop outside the village of St. Yvon to see the spot where German and English soldiers ceased fighting to celebrate Christmas 1914 together. The Island of Ireland Peace Park and New Zealand memorial, with its preserved German bunkers, will be our next stop. Our first day in Arras will be at the Wellington Quarries Museum where the group will travel 70 feet underground to see the 12 miles of tunnels that 20,000 men called home.

DAY 6   Cambrai and the Birth of Modern Warfare

We exit Arras by the old Roman road at the heart of the battlefield. En route we will make stops at each of the three defensive lines that the Germans held in such strength in June 1917. Next we see the Canadian National Memorial at Vimy Ridge to visit the preserved battlefield and then go on a private tour of the trenches that Canadian engineers dug under the German lines prior to the battle. Trescault is next where November 20, 1917 nearly 400 British tanks on crashed through the German front line and drove toward Cambrai.

DAY 7   The Battle of the Somme: The British Army’s Darkest Day

The Battle of the Somme began July 1, 1916 and was the darkest day in the history of the British Army. Nearly 60,000 men would become casualties by sunset. For the next 141 days the soldiers of the British Empire hurled themselves against German positions along the Somme River. Our study of this five-month battle will begin at the Hawthorne Ridge Crater.   We then explore the preserved trenches at the Newfoundland Memorial Park before making our way to the Ulster Tower and Schwaben Redoubt. After seeing the spot of the furthest British advance on July 1st, we will go to the Thiepval Memorial, which lists the names of 72,104 men killed on the Somme who have no known grave. The group finishes at the Butte de Warlincourt where the terrible fighting along the Somme finally came to an end.

DAY 8   The Breaking of Armies and the Doughboys Enter the Fray

Leaving the British sector of the front, we visit the site of the airfield at Cappy where Manfred von Richtofen took off on his final flight. Moving on, we will enter the region of the Somme fought over by two untried American infantry divisions in 1918. We will follow the attack made by Doughboys from the 107th Infantry Regiment on September 29, 1918, as they broke through the “impenetrable” Hindenburg Line and suffered the highest casualties of any American Regiment on a single day of the war. Our day will conclude along the Chemin des Dames, the 25-mile long road where General Robert Nivelle launched the disastrous offensive that cost France 188,000 casualties and precipitated the mutinies of 1917. The group will tour the underground Caverne du Dragon where French and German soldiers fought a bitter underground war as well as the Point California where vestiges of some of the bitterest fighting along the Chemin Des Dames remain.

DAY 9   “Hell, We Just Got Here”

With Russia’s exit from the war, the Germans were able to move some 50 fresh divisions to the Western Front to make one last great effort to win the war before millions of American soldiers could enter the fray. Launched in the spring of 1918, “Operation Michael,” crashed through Allied positions all along the Western Front and soon the Kaisers soldiers were within 50 miles of Paris. Desperate, Ferdinand Foch pleaded with American Expeditionary Force commander John Pershing to release untried American troops to plug holes in the line. Pershing agreed and in a series of engagements at Chateau Thierry in May and Belleau Wood in June 1918 stopped the Germans once and for all. We begin the early American battlefields at Fere-en-Tardenois and AEF commander Pershing’s headquarters. Here he and future Army chief of staff George C. Marshall planned the great American offensives at St. Mihiel and the Meuse Argonne. Next is Pershing’s headquarters, where according to Douglas MacArthur, Doughboys, “stormed and captured the Croix Rouge Farm in a manner which for its gallantry I do not believe has been surpassed in military history.” We move on to the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery to pay our respects to the 6,012 men buried there and the grave of poet Joyce Kilmer, the author of the famous poems Trees and Rouge Bouquet. Our visit will take us to the bridges held by elements of the 3rd Infantry Division against incredible odds in May, the impressive American memorial that sits on the heights overlooking Chateau Thierry and then to Belleau Wood where, over the course of 25 immortal days, U.S. Marines fought a battle that is rightly remembered as one of the Corps finest hours.

DAY 10   The AEF on the Attack

Throughout the summer of 1918 American forces were part of the Allied effort to retake ground lost during Operation Michael. The Doughboys demonstrated that they were a competent and professional army ready to take on the best the Germans had. Next is the tiny village of Chamery where, on July 14, 1918, President Theodore Roosevelt’s son Quentin had his last dog fight. We conclude in the ancient city of Reims . Here in the the Champagne region, guests may have an opportunity to sample some of the products from celebrated local wineries.

DAY 11   Verdun

No visit to the Western Front would be complete without a visit to the fortress city of Verdun and the surrounding battlefields. During this nearly year-long battle, France would endure greater losses than America has in all of its wars since the American Revolution until Desert Storm. Our first stop is the recently refurbished Memorial de Verdun Museum. We continue to the ghost village of Fleury then include the Ossuary, which contains the remains of 130,000 unknown soldiers as well as the famous Trench of the Bayonet, where a protruding line of bayonets reminds us of the French soldiers still on duty. Lastly at Verdun is Fort Douamont, the most important of the 19 forts and site of some of the heaviest fighting in the 10-month long battle.

DAY 12   America’s First Offensive

Involving more than 1.2 million men, the Meuse Argonne offensive is the largest land battle in American history and where the war was finally won. German warlord Paul von Hindenburg remarked after the war, “that the British food blockade and the American blow in the Argonne Forrest decided the war for the Allies.” Despite this, most Americans know very little about this climactic 47-day battle. Our day begins at one of the largest sections of preserved trenches along the whole of the Western Front, the archaeological site at Massiges. Next we go to the Valley of Moreau, where a dedicated team of volunteers has preserved one of the large German rest areas used by the Germans in the Argonne. We discuss the battles fought near here by a young Erwin Rommel in 1918. At day’s end we stop at Essay to see where George S. Patton led American tanks into combat for the first time. 

DAY 13   Conquering Hell

Revisiting the American offensive of autumn 1918, we go to the steeply wooded valley outside of Apremont where the “Lost Battalion,” gained immortality for its epic six-day defense. We then go to Chatel Chéhéry where we walk in the very footsteps of Sergeant Alvin C. York, a former conscientious objector, who single handedly killed 20 Germans and captured 132 others. Our time in the Argonne concludes at the Musée de Romagne 14-18, a collection of artifacts discovered on the battlefields. Following lunch at the museum we will take a short driving tour, visiting sites associated with future president Harry S. Truman and George S. Patton.

DAY 14   When the Guns Fell Silent

We begin at the American Memorial at Montfaucon, explore the remains of the village destroyed in the fighting, and ascend to the top of the memorial. Guests will see the ground fought over during the largest battle in American history. From the memorial we go to the Meuse Argonne American Cemetery at Romagnes. The largest American cemetery in Europe, we will pay our respects to the 14,246 Americans buried there before heading to Paris. On the way we stop in the Forest of Compiegne, where we visit the clearing where, on November 11, 1918, the armistice that brought an end to the fighting was signed.

DAY 15   Transfer to Paris Airport

Morning transfer to Charles de Gaulle airport. Extra nights available at the group rate in both Brussells and Paris. Call us for more details.

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  • October 3 - 17, 2025

Recommended Reading

  • All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Tour Includes

  • Full time professional American historian and logistical escort
  • Educational road book full of maps and historical information
  • 3 or 4 star hotels accommodations
  • Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage (where available) and service charges
  • Touring by private first class air-conditioned motor coach
  • Breakfast daily, 11 Dinners and a Welcome Reception
  • All entrance fees to museums and attractions
  • Flights are not included in tour costs
  • We are happy to help you book your flights
  • If you purchase your own airline ticket, please know that Day 1 is the day that you fly, Day 2 is the day you arrive
  • Before you purchase your airline tickets please call us to confirm the recommended time of arrival

Activity Level

Since we have always had Veterans traveling with us, there is nothing that is overly taxing.

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TRIP COST $7,190

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. For a single room add $1,800.

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I have enjoyed many tours and this may be my favorite. Absolutely amazing and emotional. Too many highlights to mention. Tour historian Chris Anderson, and the entire team, was beyond excellent.

Highly recommended!

I enjoyed a terrific tour of the WWI battlefields in Belgium & France last fall with historian Chris Anderson! It was the 100th anniversary of the US entering the war and it was an amazing 2-wk trip that began in Brussels then on to the Battle of Waterloo that re-drew the map of Europe in the early 19th century and set the stage for events leading up to WWI. My good friend and travel companion, Jim Hutson convinced me to go and I’m so glad that I did. Highly recommended!

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