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WWII European Battlefield Tour
Normandy, Arnhem, Bastogne, Remagen and Eagle's Nest
April 7 - 18, 2014 (12 day Escorted Tour)
$3,850.00 twin/dbl room (land package only)


Operated by: Custom Euro Tours

 


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This tour combines something for everyone, covering 5 European Countries, WW II and WW I Battlefields and the cities of Reims, Luxembourg, Frankfurt, Nurnberg & Munich where we take in the history and architecture as well as the tourist sights of these vibrant cities. Come join us for this unforgettable experience of a lifetime.

Day # 1 - Monday, April 7th

Individual arrival into Paris Charles De Gaulle’s International Airport clear customs & Immigration. In arrivals hall, a Custom Euro Tour’s Group Escort will meet group. Transfer by motor coach to your hotel in Paris for 1 night.

Group has free time to relax and adjust to the time difference + 6 hours EST.

Welcome dinner in the hotel. (D)

Hotel in Paris (1 Night)

Day # 2 - Tuesday, April 8th

Breakfast in the hotel.

After breakfast our tour will take a tour of this vibrant city. Our local city guide will show us all the famous sights. Eiffel Tower. Champs des Ellyses, Triumphal Arch, Louvres, Sacre Coeur, and many more.

On completion of the city tour free time for lunch before we depart for Normandy which lies 3 hours north of Paris. On arrival in the Operation Overlord area the group will check into the hotel for the next 3 nights.

Dinner in the hotel. (B, D)


Hotel in Normandy (3 Nights)

Day # 3 - Wednesday, April 9th

Breakfast in the hotel.

After breakfast, a tour of the Normandy landing beaches, starting with Ouistreham, where the British & French Commandos and Canadian 1st Airborne units secured the eastern flank of the landing beaches early in the morning of June 6, 1944. Here we will visit “Pegasus Bridge” and the museum, which is dedicated to this daring feat of bravery. Continuing west we drive the coastal route making various stops along the way through the British and Canadian landing zones on June 6, 1944 Sword, Juno & Gold Beaches. A longer stop in Arromanches is planned for a visit to the D-Day Museum and viewing the Mulberry Harbor, which was specially built in England and towed across the channel to be put in place for the landing of supplies after the main landings.

A late afternoon return to our hotel is planned.

Dinner in the hotel (B, D)

Day # 4 - Thursday, April 10th

Breakfast in the hotel.

After breakfast we continue our tour of the “Operation Overlord” area, taking us into the American theatre of operations. Driving west our first stop of the day will be in St. Mere Eglise. It was here that the west flank of the landing beaches had to be secured early in the morning of June 6, 1944. Here we will visit the Airborne Museum dedicated to the 101st Division “Screaming Eagles” and the 82nd Division “All American” We will also visit the church to view the beautiful stained glass windows also dedicated to these 2 divisions. A parachute still dangles precariously from the steeple with an effigy of an 82nd airborne trooper, John Steele, who was entangled there after the drop.

On leaving St. Mere Eglise our tour will continue into S. Marie du Mont and drop down onto Utah Beach. Here we will have time to view the memorial before continuing over to Omaha Beach & Pointe du Hoc. On arrival at Omaha beach we have time to reflect on the bloody slaughter of many young Americans that took place here. On visiting Omaha beach we will climb the bluffs to overlook the beachhead area and visit St .Laurent-sur-Mer American Military Cemetery.

We continue on to visit Point Du Hoc and the Ranger Monument. Point du Hoc has been left much as it was in June of 1944, a standing monument to the sacrifices and heroism of the 2nd Rangers.

Returning to our hotel by late afternoon.

Dinner in the hotel  (B, D)

Day # 5 - Friday, April 11th

Breakfast in the hotel.

This morning we depart from the Normandy area we drive Northeast along the coast of France into Belgium and Holland to visit the area made famous in the movie “A Bridge too Far”.

Operation “Market Garden” This was the earliest and only attempt by the Allied forces to strike directly for Berlin. Control of the bridges at Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem would enable British armored forces to reach the far side of the Rhine and then have an open road to Berlin.
Transfer to your hotel and check in for 1 Night

Dinner in a local Restaurant (B, D)

Hotel in Arnhem / Nijmegen area

Day # 6 - Saturday, April 12th

Breakfast in the hotel

This morning we visit the museum at the bridge “Too Far” (Frost Bridge) in Arnhem where we take a look at the logistical problems and the fatal three days that cost British 1st Airborne dearly.

Our travels continue south along Hell’s Highway, the route followed by the British XXX Corps as it attempted to reach its embattled 1st Airborne Division in Arnhem. Our next stop will be at the famous bridge over the Rhine which was the objective of Operation Market Garden, the Bridge at Nijmegen.
We then visit the Airborne Museum at Oosterbeek, which focuses on the Battle of Arnhem, and the British Cemetery also located in this area.

Continuing south into Belgium we continue to the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery and Memorial, covering 57 acres, resting place for 7,992 of our military dead, most of whom lost their lives during the advance of the U.S. armed forces into Germany.

After paying our respects we continue into the Ardennes area, known in WWII history as the Ardennes offensive, (Battle of the Bulge) or “The Von Rundstedt offensive” and check into our hotel for the next 2 nights.

Dinner in hotel. (B, D)

Hotel in Bastogne (2 Nights)

Day # 7 - Sunday, April 13th

Breakfast in the hotel.

A full day touring 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, Malmedy 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.

Not forgetting Malmedy where the infamous massacre of GI’s took place on the orders of S.S. Standartenfuhrer Joachim Peiper.

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.

Late afternoon we arrive back in our hotel.

Dinner in the hotel. (B, D)

Day # 8 - Monday, April 14th

Breakfast in the hotel.

Departing the Bastogne area, our tour continues East through the Eifel mountains, following the advance of the US 1st Army through to Remagen. It is here that we make a short stop to visit the museum and the remains of the 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 follow the course of the River Rhine south to Koblenz and Bopard where we board our boat for a 1 hour scenic cruise on the River Rhine to St. Goar.  From here we transfer to Frankfurt where we check into our hotel for 1 night.

Dinner in hotel. (B, D)

Hotel in Frankfurt (1 Night)

Day # 9 - Tuesday, April 15th

Breakfast in the hotel.

Breakfast in the hotel.

After breakfast, depart for Nuremberg and a visit to the Zeppelin Field on the immense Nazi Party Rally Grounds. After touring the Luitpold Parade Ground and the superb Documentation Center, we will visit the Palace of Justice, site of the 1946 War Crimes Trials. Then on to our Munich hotel where we check into our hotel late afternoon for 3 nights.

Dinner in the hotel.

Hotel in Munich area/Lengries (3 Nights)

Day # 10 - Wednesday, April 16th

Breakfast in the hotel.

A full day excursion to Berchtesgaden is planned. Driving up to the Obersalzberg area we transfer to the public shuttle buses which run up to the Kehlstein Haus (Eagle’s Nest).

The Eagle’s nest was a gift from the Nazi Party for Adolf Hitler’s 50th birthday and used by him to entertain friends, high ranking Politicians and members of the Nazi party. After various bombing raids by the allied air forces the house was captured by the American 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles. After WW II the building was repaired by the Bavarian Government. From here we have spectacular views overlooking the city of Salzburg in Austria and the Salzkammergut.

Later this afternoon we have free time to visit Hitler’s Bunker and remains of his residence the “Berghof” before we return to the Munich area.

Dinner in hotel. (B, D)

Day # 11 - Thursday, April 17th

Breakfast in the hotel.

Morning orientation tour of Munich finishing at the Marienplatz 11:00am for the world famous Glockenspiel.

Munich is the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria. It is also Germany's third largest city and one of Europe’s most prosperous. The city has a population of about 1.3 million and the Munich metropolitan area is home to around 2.7 million people. The city is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps.

The city's motto was The World City with a heart for a long time and has been recently replaced by Munich likes you. The figure on Munich's coat-of-arms is a monk referred to as the Münchner Kindl, the child of Munich. Black and gold - the colors of the Holy Roman Empire - have been the city's official colors since the time of Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor.

Free time for an independent lunch before our afternoon excursion to Dachau on the outskirts of Munich.

Dachau, once a pretty little painter and artist village on the outskirts of Munich, was transformed into Hitler’s first concentration camp. Here we have time to reflect and remember those unfortunate souls who perished at the hands of the Nazi regime.

On return to Munich, we will have some free time in the city center before we transfer to the Hofbrauhaus to enjoy a typical 3-course Bavarian dinner in a beer hall setting with Bavarian Folk Music and singing.

Dinner in the Hofbrauhaus. (B, D)

Day # 12 - Friday, April 18th

Breakfast in the hotel

Group transfer to Munich’s Franz Josef Strauss International Airport.
Check in for the flight back to USA.
End of Custom Euro Tours Services

End of Custom Euro Tours Services
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Tour Highlights
  • City Tour of Paris
  • Visit Pegasus Bridge
  • Visit Pegasus Bridge Museum
  • Visit Arromanches
  • View the Mulberry Harbor
  • Visit the D-Day Museum
  • Visit Ste Mere Eglise on June 6th
  • Walk on Omaha and Utah Beaches June 6th
  • Visit new visitor’s center at Omaha Beach
  • American Military Cemetery
  • Visit Omaha Beach American Military Cemetery
  • Visit Pointe du Hoc Rangers Memorial
  • Drive along Hell's Highway
  • Visit Arnhem
  • Visit Nijmegn
  • Visit Arnhem Airborne Museum
  • Visit Osterbeek British Cemetery
  • Visit the Henri Chappelle American
    Military Cemetery
  • Visit Operation Market Garden area
  • Full day tour of the Battle of the Bulge area
  • Visit sights made famous by the “Band of Brothers”
  • Visit Bastogne, Belgium
  • Visit the Mardasson Memorial
  • Visit Gen. McAuliffe's Headquarters
  • Visit Malmedy Massacre site
  • Orientation Tour of Nurnberg
  • Visit the Documentation Center
  • Visit the Nurnberg Trial Courtrooms
  • Visit the Zeppelinwiese
  • Visit remains of Hilter's Berghof house
  • Visit the “Eagle’s Nest”
  • City tour of Munich Germany
  • Visit the Dachau Concentration Camp
  • Guided tour of Dachau Concentration Camp
  • Dinner and show in the Hofbrauhaus Munich

What is included

  • Meet and greet at Paris Charles de Gaulle’s International airport

  • All land transportation by modern touring motor coach

  • All road tolls and applicable taxes

  • Services of a professional Tour Manager / Ex Military throughout

  • 11 Nights in good quality 3 & 4 star 1st class tourist category hotels

  • 11 continental breakfasts

  • 10 Dinners (3 courses) as per the itinerary (beverages not included)

  • 1 Farewell Dinner (beverages not included)

  • All excursions as specified in the Itinerary

  • All entrance fees as specified in the itinerary

  • Luggage handling at hotels (1 Piece per person)

  • Transfer to Munich’s International Airport

  • Full day tour of the Bulge area with local expert

What is not included

  • All items of a personal nature i.e. Telephone calls, laundry, pay TV. Hotel mini-bars in room.

  • 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

  • Travel Insurance (can be purchased through Marsha Marsett AAA Chicago
    (1-815-744-6941 ex: 192) or privately.

  • Gratuities for Local Guides, Maitre’d, Tour Coach Driver, Tour Escort.

  • Flights from home area to European gateway

(B) = Breakfast
(D) = Dinner
 
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