• Full-time historian
• Three- and four-star accommodations
• Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage and service charges
• Touring by private, first-class, airconditioned motorcoach
• Breakfast daily and 3 dinners
• All entrance fees to museums and attractions
Day 1 - Flights to Brussels
Depart Bradley International Airport on Aer Lingus for an overnight flight to Dublin. Transfer for our arrival into Brussels early morning.
Day 2 – Brussels
After early arrival, we will have a city tour of Brussels.
Day 3 – Arnhem
After an early breakfast, we begin our study of Operation Market Garden, the early attempt by the Allied forces to strike directly for Berlin. Control of the bridges at Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem was essential for the push into Germany. We drive “Hell’s Highway” where the 101st and 82nd Airborne broke through to connect with the British in Arnhem. We visit Nijmegen to see the daring crossing of the Waal River by the 82nd Airborne. From there we proceed to Arnhem where again we cross the “Bridge Too Far.”
Day 4 – Battle of the Bulge, Part 1
This is where Hitler put everything he had into his only counter-attack in December 1944. The Germans had several breakthroughs and many Americans surrendered near the town of Malmedy. Outside the town, Peiper’s SS lined up about 150 GIs and fired at them point blank. Less than half escaped alive. We will view the site of the massacre and the American Memorial at Malmedy. From there, we visit and study St. Vith where the US 7th Armored and 28th Infantry Divisions slowed the German advance just before Christmas 1944. We have a scenic drive through the Ardennes Mountains to our evening lodging.
Day 5 – Battle of the Bulge, Part 2
We set out for Bastogne where the Americans rallied and stopped the German attack. Here we’ll view the route of the initial American retreat and the place where the 101st Airborne and elements of the 10th Armored held off fifteen German divisions for six days. Our group will visit key sites in and around this historic crossroads town. We’ll also go to General McAuliffe’s HQ where he replied to German surrender demands with one word: “NUTS.” After our visit, it’s a short ride to Luxembourg. This afternoon affords some relaxing free time in the center of this bustling but charming old world city.
Day 6 – Luxembourg
We drive to nearby Hamm and the American cemetery and the site of General George Patton’s grave. America’s foremost WWII field general rests here among his men. We’ll drive to the Siegfried Line to see remnants of the German communication trenches, pillboxes and dragon’s teeth that American GI’s fought so hard to take in late 1944.
Day 7 – Mosel Wine and History:
We depart Luxembourg City in our coach for Trier. Here in Germany’s oldest city, we will see the ancient Roman gate, Porta Nigra, the Roman baths and the cathedral that dates to the Roman Empire. We continue to Piesport for a wine tasting and lunch. Afterwards we will spend the night in Koblenz.
Day 8 – Music and Arts
After breakfast we have an early departure for Weimar, Germany’s capital between WWI and WWII. We take a brief tour of the city with stops at the Goethe Museum and Nietsche and Schiller residences. After a late lunch we head for Leipzig Germany’s music center where Bach, Schumann, Wagner and Mendelssohn composed. Dinner and a private recital. TBA
Day 9 – Start of the Cold War
We leave after breakfast for Berlin via Potsdam. We stop at Cecilienhof, the site of the Potsdam Conference, where the “big three” (Truman, Stalin, and Churchill) met in 1945. Their sessions laid the groundwork for the Cold War. Afterwards we visit the German Air Museum before going to the city center. Overnight in Berlin.
Day 10 – Cold War – Berlin
Visit Brandenburg Gate, Topography of Terror museum with its depiction of the rise of Nazism, Checkpoint Charlie museum.
Day 11 – Free Day in Berlin
Guests have a free day to explore Berlin on their own.
Day 12 – Depart for home
Morning transfer to the Berlin Tegel International Airport (TXL) to Dublin for a connection to Bradley Int’l Airport.
• The cost is $5,100 per person, double-occuancy; $650 single-occupncy supplement. There is a $200 surchage for non-Museum members.
• A deposit of $1,000 per person is due to complete your registration and reserve your seat on the tour. It is refundable up to 90 days prior to departure, minus a $50 per person administrative fee.
• This tour is limited to 25 persons. Deposits secure a seat on a first-come, first-served basis.
• Payment schedule is as follows: $1,000 deposit required to reserve your seat $2,000 due by May 25, 2018 balance due by August 1, 2018.
• New England Air Museum and Stephen Ambrose Tours accepts no liability.
• We encourage all guests to consider travel insurance, however we do not sell it. There are several companies out there that are easily found in a google search. Also, several credit card companies offer travel insurance if the tour is purchased on their card.
• Valid passports are required and must not expire within six months of tour return date.
• Extra nights before or after the tour are available. Call for more information.
This is not only an opportunity for you to have another outstanding adventure, but you will also be supporting NEAM to carry its mission. Thank you for your continued support! The deadline is July 31, 2017. You can make your reservation online here, or use the order form on the trip flyer that can be found here.