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21-Day London to Berchtesgaden 76 Tour - 2020

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Introduction

The 76th anniversary of D-Day
Enjoy a combination of the Battle of Britain and Beyond Band of Brothers 76 Tours on this 21-day adventure as we celebrate the victory of the Battle of Britain and the careful planning and implementation of D-Day, realize the tenacity of those who endured the bitter hardships at the Battle of the Bulge, and get a glimpse of the Third Reich system at the end of our journey in Munich. We visit sites such as Bletchley Park with the Enigma machine and Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms as well as the Imperial War Museums in London and Duxford, then move to the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy, where we attend a special commemoration ceremony. Adding further flavor to our activities is a vast array of World War II vehicles on display and in motion, parachute jumps, air shows, and much more, which we aim to attend as their timing and our itinerary allows. D-Day is just the start of this tour, as we also explore Falaise and the magnificent abbey of Mont Saint-Michel and the castle of William the Conqueror. We then move on to the foxholes of Bois Jacques in the Ardennes Forest, and finish off in Bavaria with Dachau and the Eagle’s Nest.
Please note that the exact schedule of local D-Day anniversary celebrations has not been announced yet. The order of events on our anniversary tour is liable to change to accommodate the celebrations.

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Arrival requirement (airport and time): London (LHR),no later than 2 PM
Departure requirement (airport and time): Munich (MUC),any time
Tour datesList price Layaway Early-Bird Airfare $1650
Single supplement : $1,400

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE?

  • 20 nights’ accommodations at 4-star hotels
  • 20 breakfasts 19 lunches 20 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
  • High quality motor coach transportation
  • Ferry crossing over the English Channel
  • 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
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*We have multiple hotel partners in each region, due to this your hotel list will not be available until 30 days before your tour.

Itinerary

  • Passengers are greeted at Heathrow Airport in London and transferred to the hotel. In the evening, there is an introduction to the tour and a chance to get acquainted over a welcome drink.

  • We start the day with a visit to the Imperial War Museum in London to take in its impressive exhibits from both world wars. We continue our day with a tour of Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms where the Prime Minister endured the Blitz.

  • In the morning we head south to the White Cliffs of Dover, where we visit the Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne. We continue with a visit to Dover Castle, where the story of the Battle of Britain starts: the planning of Operation Dynamo took place here in the bunkers under the over 800-year-old fortress.

  • In the morning, we honor the fallen at the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial. We spend the afternoon at Imperial War Museum Duxford, an old wartime airfield that hosts an incredible collection of military aircraft from WWII and other periods.

  • We start the day with a visit to the No. 11 Group Operations Room and underground bunker at Uxbridge. In the afternoon, we travel to Bletchley Park, where code breakers greatly contributed to the war effort.

  • In the morning we drive to Southsea to visit the SHAEF HQ at Southwick House, where many famous WWII operations were planned, including the Normandy Invasion. In the afternoon we visit the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth and experience the D-Day Story.

  • We start the day with a tour of Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms in London where the fearless leader endured the Blitz. We spend the afternoon in downtown London with a sightseeing tour on the Thames River and then free time to explore the city.

  • We cross the English Channel to Normandy and join up with guests who are arriving for the Normandy Invasion and Beyond Band of Brothers Tours.

  • The day starts with a visit to Dead Man's Corner Museum in St-Come-du-Mont and an opportunity to buy authentic and replica WWII items. We then 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 and Sainte-Mère-Église, where a paratrooper was famously trapped on the church tower.

  • 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 threatening the landing beaches.

  • The day's highlight is the 76th anniversary celebration of D-Day.

  • We spend the morning in the medieval island abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel, which was a popular tourist destination for occupying German soldiers during the war.

  • We dedicate the day to the Falaise Pocket, where many of the German defenders of Normandy were eventually encircled. The trip includes the castle of William of Normandy, who conquered England in 1066, and the Montormel Memorial at the hill where Polish troops plugged the gap on the Pocket.

  • We explore the German battery at Longues-sur-Mer, then drive on to Arromanches at Gold Beach, where one of the two Mulberry Harbors was constructed. Later in the day we also make stops at Juno and Sword Beaches, and Pegasus Bridge.

  • After breakfast in Normandy we travel to Belgium with regular stops along the way.

  • In the morning we tour the sites of the Battle of the Bulge. The foxholes of Bois Jacques are the highlight of the morning itinerary. After lunch we stop at the Mardasson Monument, which pays tribute to the Allied resolve during Hitler's last major counteroffensive in the West, and we explore the Bastogne War Museum.

  • We spend the day exploring the northern arc of the Bulge. We travel to Malmedy and La Gleize, where we follow the advance and demise of Colonel Joachim Peiper's battlegroup and learn about the atrocities committed by his 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 Concentration 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.

  • After saying goodbye our guests are brought to Munich's airport for their return flights.

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