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25-Day Normandy to the Wolf's Lair Tour - 2017

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Introduction

Beyond Band of Brothers + Central Europe Remembrance + War in Poland Combined Tour

Experience the history of both Western and Eastern Europe on a 25-day Combined tour. Arriving in Paris, passengers make their way through Normandy and the Ardennes forest to Munich, Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, and Warsaw. We honor the tenacity of those who endured the bitter hardships at the Battle of the Bulge. Passengers explore sites of the infamous Third Reich such as the Eagle’s Nest and Wolf’s Lair and honor those who lost their lives in the Holocaust. Through tours of Krakow and Warsaw’s Jewish districts and the infamous concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka we recognize the indomitable spirit of the Polish people under German occupation.

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  • May 27, 2017 - Jun 20, 2017
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    Aug 26, 2017 - Sep 19, 2017
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Single supplement : $1,400

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

  • 24 nights’ accommodation at 4-star hotels
  • 24 breakfasts 23 lunches 24 dinners
  • Unlimited non-alcoholic beverages
  • 1 glass of beer/wine at lunch and dinner
  • Welcome drink and tour orientation
  • Airport transfers on first and last day of tour
  • Luxury coach transportation
  • Local expert guiding
  • 24/7 tour manager
  • All museum admissions
  • Free Wi-Fi on bus and at hotels
  • Tour-assist headsets
  • Online access to personalized My Trip account
  • All taxes and credit card fees
  • All departures guaranteed

Itinerary

  • Passengers are greeted at Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and transferred by coach to Normandy. In the evening there is an introduction to the tour and a chance for the passengers to introduce themselves over a welcome drink.

  • We begin the day with a visit to Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. The day continues with a trip to Pointe du Hoc, where Rudder’s Rangers ascended the steep cliffs to take out the long-range artillery firing on the landing beaches.

  • We spend the day exploring Utah Beach. We stop at the monument near Brecourt Manor, site of Easy Company’s famous assault on a German artillery position. The afternoon features visits to Utah Beach itself and Sainte-Mere-Eglise. The day ends with a visit to Dead Man’s Corner Museum in St-Come-du-Mont with an opportunity to buy authentic and replica WWII items.

  • The day begins with a trip to Longues-sur-Mer, the only German battery in Normandy with the guns still in place. We then travel to the town of Arromanches-les-Bains where we visit the Circular Cinema and Gold Beach with its remnant Mulberry Harbor. In the afternoon we stop at Juno and Sword beaches and we cross Pegasus Bridge.

  • After breakfast in Normandy we travel to Belgium in our state-of-the-art motor coach with regular stops along the way.

  • In the morning we tour the sites of the Battle of the Bulge. We stop at the Mardasson Monument, which pays tribute to the Allied resolve during this critical period. The foxholes of Bois Jacques highlight the morning itinerary. After lunch we visit the Bastogne War Museum.

  • We spend the day exploring the northern arc of the Bulge. We travel to Malmedy, La Gleize and Stavelot, where we follow the advance and demise of Colonel Jochen Peiper’s Kampfgruppe and pay witness to the atrocities committed by SS troops.

  • We pay a visit to the Luxembourg American Cemetery, the final resting place of many 101st paratroopers as well as General George S. Patton, on our way to the city of Munich.

  • In the morning we visit the infamous Dachau camp, which features a full-scale museum detailing Nazi atrocities. In the afternoon a local guide leads us on a Third Reich Tour of Munich.

  • The day involves a trip to Berchtesgaden, site of Hitler’s Bavarian retreat and the Eagle’s Nest. We start with a scenic drive up to the Eagle’s Nest itself. We then pay a visit to Dokumentation Obersalzberg, an exhibit set atop the bunker complex that was to serve as the Nazis’ last stand.

  • In the morning we leave Munich for Austria and have lunch on the road. In the afternoon we visit the Mauthausen memorial at the site of the former Nazi concentration camp. We spend the night in Vienna.

  • The day begins with a walking tour of Vienna in the footsteps of the Habsburgs. After lunch we visit one of the three flak towers of Vienna and walk along the Mariahilfer Strasse to get a taste of downtown Vienna.

  • We travel through the Austrian and Hungarian countryside to the beautiful city of Budapest, capital of Hungary and the heart of Central Europe. We visit the castle district in the afternoon and then we make our way up Gellert Hill to the city’s Citadel for a beautiful view of Budapest by night.

  • We start the day with a walking tour of the Jewish district, including a visit to the Dohany Synagogue, the largest synagogue in Europe and second largest in the world. We spend the afternoon exploring the rich cultural sights of the city and taking a river cruise on the Danube.

  • The day features travel to Krakow, one of Poland’s most historic and scenic towns. The journey takes us through the majestic Tatra Mountains of Slovakia. The evening is free to explore the city or rest up for the next day’s busy schedule.

  • We start the day with a walking tour of the Jewish ghetto and the castle district. After taking in Krakow’s historic sites and seeing where Schindler’s List was filmed, we visit Schindler’s actual factory and the museum that is now adjoined to it.

  • We travel to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp. Birkenau, Auschwitz’s notorious extermination camp, accounted for the death of more than a million Jews, Roma, POWs and political opponents from across Europe, and stands as a testament to the greatest atrocity of the 20th century. The day’s events include a visit to Auschwitz I and its piles of personal possessions stripped from the camp’s prisoners, followed by a trip to Birkenau itself.

  • We begin the day with a walking tour of the city that was the Polish capital for more than 500 years. Among the sites on our tour are the beautiful Royal Castle and the Renaissance Cloth Hall. We then take in the breathtaking Wieliczka Salt Mines, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  • The morning is spent traveling to Warsaw on our state-of-the art motor coach. We then take a guided tour of historic Warsaw, visiting the former Ghetto, the Ghetto Wall, the Uprising Memorial and many other World War II sites and monuments. We visit the new Museum of History of Polish Jews on the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto.

  • We start the day with a visit to the newly opened Warsaw Uprising Museum. In the afternoon we explore the medieval Old Town, followed by some free time in the city.

  • We travel to Treblinka, site of the notorious Nazi extermination camp. In the evening we travel on to Masuria in northern Poland.

  • We enjoy a guided Tour of Hitler's former Wolfsschanze or Wolf's Lair Headquarters complex. Here the unsuccessful assassination attempt on Hitler’s life took place in July 1944. After lunch we observe a plethora of still intact German bunkers some 10 miles from the Wolf’s Lair, which for a period of time was the home of the German High Command. In total there are 30 fortified buildings.

  • In the morning we travel to Westerplatte, where we visit the scene of the first military action of WWII. We then take in the medieval fortress of Wisloujscie. In the afternoon we visit Gdansk Shipyard and the museum that documents the Solidarity Movement.

  • In the morning we visit the historical Gdansk and its world-famous marketplace and old town hall. After exploring the newly opened Museum of the Second World War, passengers have free time to explore the city in the afternoon.

  • After saying goodbye, our guests are brought to Gdansk’s international airport for their return flights.

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