Beyond Band Of Brothers Tour

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Beyond Band Of Brothers Tour

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Destination for this trip:

Belgium; France; Germany; Holland, Belgium; London, United Kingdom; Luxembourg

Length of trip:

11 days

Approximate price of this trip per person:

from $ 2670 to $ 4900

Best travel dates to go:

May 16, 2009 to May 26, 2009; Jun 19, 2010 to Jun 29, 2010; Sep 05, 2009 to Sep 15, 2009; Jul 25, 2009 to Aug 04, 2009; Aug 22, 2009 to Sep 01, 2009; Jul 31, 2010 to Aug 10, 2010; Jun 27, 2009 to Jul 07, 2009; May 30, 2009 to Jun 09, 2009; Jul 17, 2010 to Jul 27, 2010; Oct 09, 2010 to Oct 19, 2010; Jul 03, 2010 to Jul 13, 2010; May 08, 2010 to May 18, 2010; Aug 14, 2010 to Aug 24, 2010; Apr 24, 2010 to May 04, 2010; Jun 05, 2010 to Jun 15, 2010; Jul 11, 2009 to Jul 21, 2009; Oct 03, 2009 to Oct 13, 2009; Aug 08, 2009 to Aug 18, 2009; Sep 11, 2010 to Sep 21, 2010; May 22, 2010 to Jun 01, 2010; Sep 25, 2010 to Oct 05, 2010; Aug 28, 2010 to Sep 07, 2010; Jun 13, 2009 to Jun 23, 2009; Sep 19, 2009 to Sep 29, 2009;

Detailed Description of this trip:

Join our unique History Tour as we retrace the Allied advance through Western Europe. Based on the award-winning HBO miniseries that follows the path of the 101st Airborne's Easy Company, our tour takes you Beyond Band of Brothers to meet local people who witnessed these historic events. Our History Tour begins with a visit to the 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment command center in Hungerford, England. We then storm the beaches of Normandy, site of history's greatest amphibious assault. After a trip to Holland to explore Operation Market Garden, we venture into Belgium's Ardennes Forest to relive the siege of Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge. From there we travel into enemy territory to visit the Dachau concentration camp and the Nazi stronghold in Berchtesngaden. The Beyond Band of Brothers team will handle your luggage and hotel check-in, allowing you to focus on the exciting events of the day. We will pick you up at the airport in London and drop you off at the international airport in either Salzburg or Munich. See "Beyond Band Of Brothers Companion Tour" listed elsewhere. Minimum Travelers = 2

Trip Itinerary:

  • Day 1 - London

    London arrival, check in to Swindon Marriott

    Upon arrival in London, you will be picked up at the airport and brought to the Marriott Hotel in Swindon. There will be an introduction to the tour and a video session introducing the witnesses that will meet the group the following day. Dinner at the hotel will follow.

  • Day 2 - France

    Tour of Littlecote House. Ferry travel to France, check in to Hotel Mercure in Caen
    Historical and Educational Tours

    The group will travel to the Littlecote House, headquarters of the 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment in England in 1944. You will see Colonel Robert Sink’s office and explore the historical collection on display. Local people will join the group to share their memories of this period. We then travel by bus to the English Channel and board the ferry that will take us to the Normandy Coast. Dinner will be taken on the ferry. We will disembark in Ouistreham and travel by bus to Hotel Mercure in Caen.

  • Day 3 - France

    Normandy: Carentan, Utah Beach
    Historical and Educational Tours

    The day will start with a visit to the town of Carentan and its Dead Man’s Corner Museum. After lunch in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, we pass by Brecourt Manor, site of Easy Company’s famous assault on German artillery, followed by a tour of Utah Beach and its museum. Dinner will be at the Hotel Mercure in Caen, where we will again spend the night

  • Day 4 - France

    Normandy: American cemetery at Omaha Beach, German Battery
    Historical and Educational Tours

    Our second day in Normandy will begin with a trip to the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. After lunch in the coastal town of Arromanches-les-Bains, we visit the German battery in Longues-sur-Mer. We then tour the Kieffer Commando museum in Ouistreham, which commemorates the French contribution to the D-Day invasion. Dinner will be at the Taverne de Maitre Kanter with decorated French veterans and liberated civilians. After dinner, the group will return to the Hotel Mercure in Caen.

  • Day 5 - Holland

    Travel to Nijmegen, the Netherlands, check in to Golden Tulip hotel
    Historical and Educational Tours

    After breakfast in Normandy, the coach will travel to the Netherlands to the city of Nijmegen. The Band of Brothers video will play on the bus, along with videos of the people to meet in Holland who have personal stories to tell about life under Nazi occupation and the famous battles to liberate the country. The group will spend the night at the Golden Tulip Valmonte hotel in Berg en Dal.

  • Day 6 - Belgium

    Liberation Museum. Travel to Bastogne, Belgium, check in to Best Western Hotel
    Historical and Educational Tours

    The sixth day of our tour explores the bold attempt by the Allies to end the war quickly through Operation Market Garden. The morning features a brief drive along the famous dykes that figured in so many battles for control of the region. We are then given a tour of the Liberation Museum by people who lived under the Nazi occupation and witnessed the battles that led to the country’s liberation. In the evening we depart for Belgium’s Ardennes Forest. We will spend the night in the town of Bastogne at the Melba Hotel.

  • Day 7 - Luxembourg

    Military History Museum in Diekirch, Luxembourg. Battle of the Bulge to
    Historical and Educational Tours

    In the morning we travel to the neighboring country of Luxembourg to take in the remarkable collection and displays of the National Military History Museum. We then return to Bastogne, where the 101st Airborne defended the besieged town during the Battle of the Bulge. We visit the Bastogne Historical Center and the Mardasson monument, which pays tribute to the Allied resolve during this critical period. Visits to Bois Jacques and E Company foxholes highlight the afternoon itinerary. We meet WWII witnesses for dinner at the Brasserie 1900.

  • Day 8 - Germany

    American Cemetery in Luxemburg. Travel to Landsberg, Germany, check in to Hotel Goggl
    Historical and Educational Tours

    The eighth day of our tour involves travel to Bavaria. On the way, we stop in Hamm, Luxemburg for a visit to the American cemetery, the final resting place of many Easy Company soldiers as well as General Patton. In Landsberg the group will check into the Goggl Hotel.

  • Day 9 - Germany

    Dachau concentration camp. Travel to Berchtesgaden, check in to Hotel Bavaria

    In the morning, we will have a guided tour of Landsberg and the remains of the concentration camps liberated by the American army. We will also visit a courthouse where several war criminals were tried for their association with the concentration camps. In the afternoon we will visit the infamous Dachau camp, which now features a full-scale museum detailing Nazi atrocities. We then travel to Berchtesgaden and spend the night at the Hotel Bavaria.

  • Day 10 - Germany

    Berchtesgaden Documentation Center visit. Eagle’s Nest tour
    Historical and Educational Tours

    The last full day of the trip involves a trip to Berchtesgaden, sight of Hitler’s Bavarian retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, which was captured by Easy Company at the end of World War II. We start with a visit to Dokumentation Obersalzberg, an exhibit prepared by the German Institute of Contemporary History set atop Hitler’s bunker complex. The farewell dinner in the evening will be attended by witnesses of the period. We will stay at Hotel Bavaria, where the closing celebration will take place.

  • Day 11 - Germany

    Departure to airport.
    Commercial Flight

    After saying goodbye, our guests will be brought by bus to either Salzburg or Munich for their return flights.

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