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Battle of the Bulge 70th Anniversary Tour
Germany - Belgium – Luxembourg

December 10th - 17th 2014 (8 day Escorted Tour)
$2,695.00 per person in twin/dbl room (land package only)

Operated by: Custom Euro Tours

 

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From mid-December 1944 through the end of January 1945, in the heavily forested Ardennes Mountains of Belgium, thousands of American, British, Canadian, Belgian and French forces struggled to turn back the final major German offensive of World War II. While Allied forces ultimately triumphed, it was an absolutely vicious six weeks of fighting, with tens of thousands dead on both sides. Today, the conflict is known as the Battle of the Bulge. We revisit these areas and reflect on the hardships our greatest generation had to endure.

Day # 1 Tuesday, December 9th

In flight from USA Gateway to Frankfurt, Germany

Day # 2  Wednesday, December 10th                                                       D

On arrival into Germany clear immigration and customs. Meet your WWII Battlefield Tour Director in the arrivals hall. Once the group is together you will be led to your motor coach and transferred to your hotel in the Rhineland.

Check into your hotel for 1 night.

Welcome dinner in your hotel.

Hotel in the Rhineland

Day # 3  Thursday, December 11th                                                          B, D

Breakfast in the hotel

This morning sit back and relax and enjoy a River Rhine Cruise through the Romantic Rhine Gorge. It is in this part of the Rhine Valley that you will experience all the medieval castles perched high atop the Rhine Vineyards.

This afternoon we make our way north to the Bridgehead at Remagen. It is here that we stop to visit the museum and the remains of the Ludendorff Bridge that once spanned the River Rhine. This bridge was crucial to the Allied advance into the heart of Germany and had to be taken intact. Units of the 9th US Armored Division under LT. Karl. H. Timmermann reached this bridge and captured it intact on March 7th 1945. On March 17th 1945 the bridge collapsed killing 28 American soldiers.

On leaving Remagen we continue into Bonn, former West German Capital city after WWII, and check into our hotel for 1 night.

Dinner to be taken in our hotel

Hotel in Bonn

Day # 4 Friday, December 12th                                                                B, D

Breakfast in the hotel.

From Bonn we will follow Standartenfuhrer Joachim Peiper’s route after the start of the Ardennes Offensive December 16, 1944.

We will see Malmedy (Baugnez) where the infamous massacre of GI’s took place on the orders of S.S. Standartenfuhrer Joachim Peiper.

A visit to the award winning museum Baugnez’44 is planned.

On December 17, 1944, near the hamlet of Baugnez on the height half-way between the town of Malmedy and Ligneuville in Belgium, the leading element of Waffen-SS Kampfgruppe Peiper, named after its leader SS-Standartenführer Joachim Peiper encountered Jeeps and trucks of the American 285th Field Artillery Observation Battalion (FAOB). The German tanks fired on the U.S. vehicles, which were quickly abandoned by their occupants. With no anti-tank weapons, the Americans surrendered. About 150 of the prisoners of war were disarmed and sent to stand in a field near the crossroads. Some 72-84 of the prisoners were machine gunned and killed, their bodies left on the field where they fell. An American patrol discovered the massacre that night.

Peiper entered Stavelot on December 18 but encountered fierce resistance by the American defenders. Unable to beat the American force in area, he left a smaller support force in town and with the bulk of his forces and headed for the bridge at Trois-Ponts but by the time he reached it, the retreating Allies had already destroyed it. Peiper pulled off and headed for the village of La Gleize and from then on to Stoumont. There, as Peiper approached, the American engineers blew up the bridge and the American troops were entrenched and ready to fight a bitter battle.

His troops were cut off from the main German force and supplies, when the Americans recaptured the poorly defended Stavelot on December 19. As their situation in Stoumont was becoming hopeless, Peiper decided to pull back to La Gleize where he set up his defenses waiting for the German relief force. As no relief force was able to penetrate Allied defenses, on December 23 Peiper decided to break through back to the German lines. The men of the Kampfgruppe were forced to abandon their precious vehicles and heavy equipment.  

Here we visit the massive King Tiger tank in La Gleize. Late afternoon we enter into Bastogne and check into our hotel for the next 4 nights

Dinner to be taken in our hotel

Hotel in Bastogne

Day # 5  Saturday, December 13th                                                           B, D

Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning free at leisure to discover this vibrant city.

independent lunch to be taken in one of the many restaurants on the main street.

Group will attend the Patriotic parade along the main street. Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge will be attending and will be presented medals by the King of Belgium.

After the Patriotic Parade, Re-enactors will come in with their WWII Vehicles for a convoy parade.

Dinner to be taken in our hotel

Day # 6  Sunday, December 14th                                                             B, D

Breakfast in the hotel.

Group will attend a Pyro technic show at Recogne. “Checkpoint DeSobry” WWII Vehicles will drive by on the main street.

Remainder of the day is still awaiting from the Bastogne authorities. TBA

Dinner to be taken in our hotel
 

Day # 7 Monday, December 15th                                                              B, D

Breakfast in the hotel.

A full day touring Bastogne and the Bulge area. Our local Bulge expert will join us today to visit many of the important combat areas.

La Gleize, Parker’s Crossroads, Stavelot, St. Vith, Trois Ponts, Bastogne, McCauliffe Square, and the newly re-opened award winning “Nuts Museum”, Mardasson Memorial, and sites dedicated to covering the areas that were very heavily fought over and defended by the Famous “Band of Brothers” Easy Company of the 101st Screaming Eagles. A visit to peace woods and the village of Foy.

Return to your hotel by late afternoon.

Dinner to be taken in our hotel

Day # 8  Tuesday,  December 16th                                                           B, D

Breakfast in the hotel.

Departing Bastogne we continue south into Diekirch to visit the Patton Memorial and Sherman Tank before continuing to Luxembourg where we will visit the Luxembourg American Military Cemetery.

The Cemetery, which is 50.5 acres in extent and contains the remains of 5,076 American service members. On 22 occasions two brothers rest side-by-side in adjacent graves. Most of the interred died during the Battle of the Bulge. The 5,076 headstones are set in 9 plots of fine grass, lettered A to I. Separating the plots are two malls radiating from the memorial and two transverse paths. Two flagpoles overlook the graves area. Situated between the two flagpoles lies the grave of General George S. Patton Jr.

Five members of Easy Company 506th PIR 101st AB Div. (Band of Brothers) also rest here.

Leaving Luxembourg behind we travel over into Germany and drive along the River Mosel to Trier, the oldest city in Germany for a short stop at the world famous Christmas Market before we continue back to Frankfurt where we check into our hotel for 1 night

Farewell dinner in the hotel

Hotel in Frankfurt

Day # 8  Wednesday, December 17th                                                      B, D

Breakfast in the hotel.

Group transfer to Frankfurt International Airport and individual check in for your flights back to the USA.

B = Buffet Breakfast D = 3 Course Group Dinner

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Tour Highlights
  • River Rhine Cruise

  • Visit the Bridge at Remagen

  • Follow Pfeiffer’s route into the Ardennes

  • Visit the Malmedy Massacre site

  • Visit the award winning Baugn Museum
    (Malmedy Massacre Museum)

  • Visit La Gleize

  • See the famous German King Tiger tank

  • Participate in the 70th Battle of the Bulge ceremonies and Festivities in Bastogne (2 Days)

  • Visit the newly re-opened “Nuts” Museum

  • Visit McCauliffe’s HQ

  • Visit the Village of Foy

  • Visit the Mardasson American Memorial

  • Visit General Parron’s Grave in Luxembourg

  • Visit Trier

  • Visit Trier’s Christmas Market
     


What is included

  • 7 Nights in 4**** Category Hotels

  • 7 Buffet Breakfasts

  • 5 Dinners (3 courses excluding beverages)

  • 1 Welcome Dinner with Cocktail

  • 1 Farewell Dinner with Wine

  • Cruise on the River Rhine

  • All excursions and sightseeing as per the Itinerary

  • All transfers as per the Itinerary

  • All entrances as per the Itinerary

  • Group Transfer from Frankfurt Airport to 1st Hotel

  • Land Transportation Throughout by Luxury Coach with W. C. & A/C

  • Services of a WWII Battlefield Guide Throughout

  • All Road Tolls, Parking Fees & Taxes

  • All Entrance Fees as per the Itinerary

  • All Rooms with En-Suite Facilities

  • Luggage Handling (1 piece of main Luggage on Coach & Hotels)

  • All Gratuities for Group Services. (Drivers, Long Distance & Transfers, Local Guides, Maitre’d and Bellmen etc.)

What is not included

  • All items of a personal nature: i.e., telephone calls, laundry, pay TV, hotel mini bars, etc.

  • All meals not specified in the Itinerary

  • All entrances to museums, art galleries, etc. not specified in the itinerary.

  • All private excursions not specified in the itinerary.

  • Any public transport, taxi, local bus, rail or flights not specified in the itinerary.

  • Luggage handling at the airport.

  • Round trip airfare to and from the US gateway / Frankfurt Germany
     

(B) = Buffet Breakfast
(D) = 3 Course Group Dinner
 
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