2017 – JULY – 12 Day WWII Independence Tour of Europe
JULY -12 Day – WWII Independence Tour of Europe
6 July 2017 to 17 July 2017
France - Belgium – Luxembourg – Germany – Austria
Paris, Normandy, Sainte Mer-Eglise, Riems, Bastogne, Strausberg,
Hiedelberg, Nuremberg, Munich, Salzburg – Neuschwanstien Castle
* $3,950 per person in double occupancy room (flight not included)
(Additional charge of $675 for Single Room)
1ST Day – Arrive in Paris
Travelers will each arrive individually into Paris Charles De Gaulle (CDG) Airport. Once you clear immigration and customs, please look for the logo and our WW2 ETO Tours representative who will escort you to your transportation to the Paris Hotel. Where you will stay for 1 night.
Travelers will have the remainder of the day to rest, have lunch and explore Paris on their own.
Please join us for the ETO Tours Welcome Dinner at 8:00pm in the Hotel
2nd Day – Tour Paris
Breakfast will be served in the Hotel
Following our Breakfast time , travelers will be treated to a Tour to see the sights of Paris. Join us for a River boat trip down Seines River. See the Eiffel Tower and visit Notre Dame. Stroll down the Champs des Ellyses and see the Arc de Triumph.
Enjoy some free time for lunch.
Depart for Normandy in the afternoon and stop in La Roche-Guyon to visit the Castle where German Field Marshal Irwin Rommel had his Headquarters.
Continue on to Normandy arrive in the evening. We will be staying in Normandy for the next 3 nights.
Dinner will be at the Hotel
3rd Day – Normandy Beaches
For our first Day in Normandy, following breakfast, we will board the tour bus and travel to the City of Caen to see the Museum of Peace and see the Pegasus Bridge and Museum where British commandos and Canadian First Airborne Units secured strategic bridges for the D-Day invasion Forces.
Dinner at the Hotel in the evening.
4th Day – Utah Beach /D-Day Ceremony
After Breakfast we continue our Tour to St. Mere Eglise where we visit the town square and the Church where John Steele the 82nd airborne paratrooper (famously portrayed by Red Buttons in the movie – “The Longest Day”), became caught on the steeple.This Church has beautiful stained glass windows with depictions of American Paratroopers. The town square will be filled with many WWII Jeeps, half tracks, Command Cars and Troup trucks. Enjoy the authentic uniformed reinactors who portray the soldiers from the 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions. We will also visit the 82nd Airborne Museum
Next we will journey to the famous Utah Beach where will explore the area where the Americans, under the command of General Theodore Rosevelt Jr. , son of President Rosevelt, landed with his troops.
Now we will head to Point du Hoc, where Colonial Rudder famously lead the 2nd Ranger division up the cliffs. From there we will go to the American Cemetery located at Omaha Beach where over 9000 America soldiers are buried.
Return to our Hotel for Dinner
5th Day – (travel to Reims)
Following Breakfast we will depart for Compiegne Forest to see the Railroad car where the French accepted the German surrender, ending WWI. This is the same Railroad car used during WWII by Hitler to accept the French surrender in 1940.
We will visit the SHAEF Headquarters (General Eisenhower’s command and Map Room). Also known as the “little red schoolhouse”. This is where General Alfred Yodle, German field marshall, signed the unconditional surrender of Germany, on 7 May, 1945.
Return to Hotel in Reims for Dinner
6th Day – Bastogne / Battle of the Bulge
Next we will travel to Bastogne, Belgium to see General Charles McCauliffe Square and the Bastogne Museum. We will take a tour of the sites where the Battle of the Bulge took place. Also visiting sites like Foy, Malmedy and St. Vith.
Stay the night in a hotel in Bastogne
7th Day – Luxembourg Cemetary
Depart after breakfast travel to Luxembourg, where General Patton is buried. From there we travel to the town of Wingen Sur Moder, France where the “mini bulge and Operation Norwind took place.We will visit a small home where the local town Historian will show us actual battle sites and tell us stories while we have lunch.
**June 3rd Anniversery Tour only (take a trip to the town of Hatten France with WWII Veteran Chic Havey
to hear personal stories of the battles he fought there.)
Leave for Strausburg, France, eat dinner at the Hotel and stay 1 night
8th Day – Strausburg /Heidleberg Castle
After breakfast leave Strausburg – you will travel to beautiful Heidelberg where General Patton passed away in a local Hospital. Tour the Heidleberg Castle where American Officers were quartered after the invasion of Germany.
Leave in the afternoon for Nuremberg, Germany and stay the night
9th Day – Nuremberg / Palace of Justice
After breakfast In Nuremberg we will visit the Nazi Party grounds – where they held Nazi Party rallies. We will then head to the Palace of Justice where the War Crimes trials were held in 1945/1946. From here and travel to the Dachau Concentration Camp where we tour the facility.
From here we will travel to Munich where we will enjoy
Dinner at the famous Hofbrauhaus Bavarian Style Restaurant.
10th Day – Hitlers Eagles Nest
Breakfast in Munich at t he Hotel and now begins our final adventures : Including a trips to Berchtesgaden where we will see Hitlers famous Eagles Nest, where we will lunch. Next travel to the quaint town of Salzburg, Austria for the afternoon
Head back Munich for the night
11th Day – Munich Germany / Neuschwanstien Castle
Breakfast at the Hotel and option of either: a Day exploring the interesting
Explore the City of Munich Germany OR Take a trip to visit the Castle at Neuschwanstien (featured in
movie Monuments Men – where the Germans hid valuable art & treasures
Final Celebration Dinner and at the hotel
12th Day – Munich and leave for home
Breakfast in the Hotel and departure to Franz Josef Strauss Airport in Munich for your trip home