14-Day: Normandy to Germany Battlefield Tour

Upcoming Dates

2021: September 13-26

2022: March 17-29

2022: March 31 – April 12

2022:  June 2-14

2022:  July 14-26

2022: October 6-18

2022:  November 16 – December 1

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Price: $5,950 Per Person – No Extra Fees Involved!

Description:
This 14-day battlefield tour will take you to a wide range of famous World War II locations. You will experience a delightful trip through four different countries led by four experienced battle tour guides. We have added some really nice extras for you. Besides the battlefield tour, you will visit the country’s specialties in food and drink. Each footstep of the tour will end at a unique restaurant. This will be an experience you will never forget.

Itinerary

PART 1: NORMANDY AND BRITTANY

Day 1: Paris
On landing in Paris you will be welcomed by our host who will connect you with the luxurious bus that will bring you the hotel in Paris. There you can have a rest and a stroll in this marvelous city.

Bayeux Cathedral

Day 2: Bayeux
Today you will be driven to Bayeux/ Normandy, where you will check-in at the Hotel Le Bayeux. You can take a rest or explore this beautiful location. You also will meet your second host Jenny Post, who lives in Bayeux. She can take you on a short city trip.

Day 3: Utah Beach and Cherbourg
Airborne! With Normandy Tour Guide, Florent Plana, the group will travel from Utah Beach to Cherbourg to learn about Operation Overlord and the capture of the Cotentin Peninsula. We will discover the Airborne Landings by the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division and talk about the crucial part played by airborne troops in the Normandy Invasion.

Day 4: Omaha Beach and St. Lo
This day will focus on the actions of the U.S. Army from Omaha Beach to St Lo. Sites include Point du Hoc where we explore the traces of war and the actions of the 2nd Ranger Battalion that assaulted this cliff. We will then move to Omaha Beach to see where the liberation of Europe began on June 6, 1944. Subsequently, we pay our respects to the fallen soldiers buried at Colleville Normandy Cemetery. From there we focus on the fight for St Lo.

Day 5: Mont St. Michel and St. James Cemetery

Battlefield Tour Mont St. Michel

PART 2: THE BELGIAN ARDENNES

This road is outposted and guarded by men with Bazookas as well as other weapons. Manhay, Belgium. The photograph was taken just around the corner from FBT Tour Guide Bob Konings’ house.

 

 

Day 8: Bastogne
We will leave the guesthouse promptly for another exciting day in the Ardennes. Bastogne is world-famous for its battles, and so is a must see! Bob will take you on a trip that traces the first days of the battles. We will visit the villages of Neffe, Magaret, Noville, and Foy where we will explore the famous foxholes of Easy Company. We will also visit the temporary cemetery of Foy and the German cemetery.

Day 9: Manhay, Battle of the Crossroads
Today we delve further into the battles. We travel from Baraque de Fraiture to Manhay and Grandmenil. Outside of Grandmenil, we will visit the spot where the 2nd SS Das Reich finally was blocked with one bazooka shot. Our lunch will be very special: we will visit the chocolate factory of Defroidmont. From here we will visit the hamlets of Sadzot, Lamormenil, and Freyneux. In Grandmenil we will end the tour at the famous panther tank, and we will visit the MHM44 museum. We will end the Ardennes chapter in a fantastic Chateau in the Spa area, Manoir de Lébioles, where we will have an exclusive dinner.

PART 3: THE HURTGEN FOREST AND AACHEN

Day 10: Travel Day to Netherlands American Cemetery to Aachen, Germany

Day 11: The 28th Infantry Division and Siegfried Line
The Hürtgen Forest is infamous in the history of World War II. For more than six months, the battles raged through this area with heavy losses for both American and German troops. Tour Guide David Martin will take you on a journey to explore the battles of the Hürtgen Forest. You will walk in the footsteps of the 28th Infantry Division, a unit that suffered heavy casualties in this area. You will be able to visit the traces of war as we explore the former concrete bunkers of the Siegfried Line near Aachen

Hurtgen Sherman Tracks

Day 12: Hurtgenwald and Hill 400
During the second day of our Hürtgen Forest tour we pick up the story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion that fought at Pointe du Hoc. The group of rangers was sent to the Hürtgen Forest to assault Hill 400. We will visit the hill, including the command post of the Ranger’s commander, James Rudder. You will go on a long hike to view four superb and intact German bunkers, deep in the forest. Subject to the time available, we will visit American foxholes along the route, a German water cistern, and impact craters. In the town of Kleinhau, you will visit three very nice memorials, plus the location where an American M.G. squad was ambushed and tragically killed. In the area of Gey, you will visit the edge of the Forest where the 83rd Infantry Division fought so hard to finally eject the Germans from the forest.

Day 13: Brussels
Time to say goodbye to the beautiful Hürtgen Forest. Our bus driver will take us to the main capital of Brussels where we will check into our hotel. You will have free time to visit several famous spots in this city.

Day 14: Back to the U.S.
A bus will take you to Zaventem Airport to check in and travel back to the U.S.