World War II History: France, Belgium and Germany11 days & 10 nights, Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive in Paris, France
Upon arrival in Paris, you will be met by your private guide and assisted to your hotel in the city. You will be assisted with check-in. The balance of the day will be at your leisure.Auberge de Jeu de Paume
Day 2Paris to Normandy
This morning you are met by your private guide to travel from Paris to Normandy. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel before spending the rest of the morning at relaxing. In the afternoon, stop by the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, the largest World War II-era cemetery in France and see where the brave 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions disembarked under fierce enemy fire, and the German positions on the west end of the beach. Next, make your way towards the town of Caen to visit Le Memorial de Caen (the Museum for Peace). There, take a journey through the stories that led from 1918 onward, exploring the causes of World War II. Embark on a journey through the collective memory of events from 1918 to the present day, the causes and issues leading up to World War II, the years between the wars, and the advance of Fascism. View the spellbinding multimedia projection of film clips from both the Allied and German perspectives. At the end of the day, return to your hotel and enjoy your evening at leisure.Chateau La Cheneviere - 2 Nights (B)
Day 3Normandy / Honfluer / Normandy
This morning, head to the city's iconic Castle, one of the largest medieval enclosures in Europe. It was built of Caen stone around 1060. It stood first and foremost as a place of power, where the Dukes of Normandy and Kings of England regularly held their major assemblies. Continue on to Honfluer with a stop for lunch en-route. Honfleur. Former home of internationally acclaimed composer Erik Satie, visit the town's Old Dock, with its' typical high houses and which was also a tremendous foreground for painters, among them famous impressionists such as Claude Monet and Eugene Boudin. After your visit, return to your hotel and spend the remainder of the evening at leisure.Chateau La Cheneviere (B)
Day 4Normandy to Dunkirk
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your guide and driver to start your trip to Dunkirk, located near the French and Belgium border.Hotel Borel (B)
Upon arrival, you will be assisted with check-in the balance of the day will be your leisure to explore Dunkirk on your own.
Day 5Dunkirk to Bastogne
Early this morning you will be picked up by your guide and driver to start your trip across the Belgium border. Upon arrival in Bulge, you will begin your private tour.Auberge du Moulin Hideux - 2 Nights (B)
Begin with the Dunkirk perimeter where such heroic last stands were made and where German war crimes were committed. In Dunkirk itself, you will visit the moving Dunkirk Memorial and the CWGC Cemetery and also The Mole and Bray Dunes where wrecks can still be viewed on the beach. The tour traces the often overlooked early stages of the Battle of 1940 in eastern Belgium, through the Belgium corridor ending with the subsequent evacuation of the BEF and the other allied forces through Dunkirk in May & June 1940.
The tour begins where it all started with the German paratrooper & glider landings around the Maastricht bridges and Fort Eben Emael. Then you continue to see Monty's British 3rd Infantry Division at the Leuven where there is also some time to explore the famous town itself. After, we head back through the Belgium corridor visiting battlefields, cemeteries and memorials for many different unites.
The tour ends with a transfer to your hotel in Bastogne.
Today, you will get an insight into the dreadful German losses in the Ardennes at the German cemetery in Recogne before following the 'Band of Brothers' in the fighting for the village of Foy. You will see where they attacked Foy and go into the area where their foxholes have been preserved in Bois Jacques, also seeing the Easy Company Memorial nearby. In Bastogne, we visit the new 101st Airborne Museum before having time for lunch. In the afternoon, we see where General Patton's men and tanks linked up with the Airborne troops surrounded at Bastogne before seeing one of the Sherman turrets that now mark the defense perimeter around the town. At Mardasson we see the impressive American Memorial and take time to visit the newly re-opened Bastogne Historical Centre, full of equipment, tanks and memorabilia connected with the fighting here.Auberge du Moulin Hideux (B)
Day 7Bastogne to Nuremberg
After breakfast, you will be assisted to the airport for your flight to Nuremberg, Germany. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to your hotel. The balance of the day will be at your leisure to relax at your hotel or explore the quant town of Nuremberg. There, you will be met by your private driver in the lobby of your hotel and begin your journey to Nuremberg. After a short drive to the beautiful city of Dachau, you will arrive at the former Nazi concentration camp of Dachau. Dachau Concentration Camp was the first of its kind opened in Germany by the Nazi government in 1933, and it served as a model for later concentration camps. Designed to hold Jews, political prisoners, and other "undesirables," the camp is now a memorial to the more than 40,000 people who died and over 200,000 who were imprisoned here during the Nazi regime. This tour includes a visit to the concentration camp, the museum and the viewing of a documentary on the camp.Le Meridian Grand Hotel - 2 Nights (B)
After your visit, continue on your journey to Nuremberg. Upon arrival, pay a visit to Courtroom 600, where the Nazi trials were held. Continue on to your hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.
After breakfast, you will be met by your private guide and begin your visit of Nuremberg. During your sightseeing, you will visit the old part of the city where you will find most attractions. You will also visit the Documentation Center, the striking museum at the site of the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds and the Furth. The Documentation Center is located in the north wing of the unfinished remains of the Congress Hall, designed by the National Socialists to house 50,000 spectators.Le Meridian Grand Hotel (B)
After breakfast, you will be met by your private driver-guide and you will begin your visit of Munich. During your visit, you will learn how Munich saw the rise of Adolf Hitler and the Nazis from World War I until the 1940's. See streets and buildings where Hitler fought his way to power and gave his speeches. Munich was the birthplace of the Nazi Party and the home of its headquarters. View the halls where Nazi fanatics gathered and sites linked to the 1938 anti-Semitic pogrom of Kristallnacht.Hotel Konigshof (B)
Visit memorials to those who died, opposing the hate-filled Nazi ideology, and about the Nazi propaganda machine that lead up to World War II.
Day 10Munich / Berchtesgaden / Munich
Today, embark on an excursion outside of the city to visit the Eagles' Nest. The Berchtesgaden region is located in the southeastern corner of Bavaria. This excursion to the heart of the Bavarian Alps offers beautiful scenery and magnificent panoramic views. Pay a visit to the Eagles' Nest in Obersalzberg. One of the former residences of Hitler, the Eagle's Nest was a gift from the National Socialist Workers Party on the occasion of the Fuhrer's 50th birthday in Berchtesgaden. A little further up you can enjoy beautiful views of the nearby peaks.Hotel Konigshof (B)
Today at a pre-arranged time, you will be picked up by your driver and assisted to the airport for your departure flight.Intercontinental OR Tambo Airport Hotel (B)
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World War Ii History: France, Belgium And Germany
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