| Normandy to the Eagle's Nest Tour
15 Day World War II Tour to France, Belgium and Germany
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14 Nights in 3 and 4 Star Hotels
9 Dinners and daily Breakfasts
All transfers by deluxe Motor Coach
SWORD Beach and Pegasus Bridge
GOLD Beach with Mulberry Harbor ruins
OMAHA Beach and American Cemetery
UTAH Beach with American Memorials
Tour of Longues sur Mer Gun Battery
See the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial
St. Mere Eglise and Airborne Museum
Bastogne Historical Center and Memorial
Battle of the Bulge Tour in the Ardennes
Patton's Grave at Luxembourg Cemetery
Overnight in medieval Rhine River Castle
See the War Crimes Trials Courtroom
Tour of former Nazi Party Rally Grounds
Rally Grounds Documentation Center
Visit medieval, walled-city Rothenburg
Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial
Munich City Tour with Third Reich sites
Guided Tour of Hitler's alpine Eagle's Nest
Visit Obersalzberg Documentation Center
Tour of an underground wartime Bunker
City Tour of beautiful Salzburg, Austria
USD $3,995.00 ppdo
USD $4,795.00 ppso
Sept. 2 - 16, 2014
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The town of Arromanches and Gold Beach in Normandy, France
World War II History, Culture and Scenery in Europe.
This Tour begins at Paris (CDG) Airport in France and finishes at Munich (MUC) Airport in Germany. On our drive from Paris to Normandy, we make a stop at Benouville, where you will hear the incredible story of the four-year preparation and training period for the Allies, which preceded D-Day 1944. Visit Pegasus Bridge, where the British 6th Airborne Division spearheaded the entire assault forces with a commando-style raid on the village. We will also make our way to Arromanches, to witness the ruins of the former artificial 'Mulberry' harbor. See an original German coastal battery with its original cannons still in place. We will spend a full day visiting sites at UTAH Beach, including the town of Ste. Mere Eglise, La Fiere Causeway, Sainte Marie-du-Mont, and more. At OMAHA Beach, we will start by visiting Pointe du Hoc, where the U.S. 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled the 100 foot cliffs against all odds. Next, we continue to Verville-sur-Mer, where the 29th Infantry Division suffered horrible casualties on D-Day. We will also visit Normandy American Cemetery, to pay our respects to more than 9,000 war dead buried there.
Visit Battle of the Bulge sites in the Ardennes Forest.
From Normandy, we head along the northern coast to the Pas-de-Calais to Recques-sur-Hem. Relax in the evening and stay overnight in an 18th Century Chateau hotel, surrounded by a private park. We continue with a visit to La Couple, a former Nazi underground secret weapons factory, before arriving in the Belgian Ardennes, where we will spend the next full day visiting Battle of the Bulge sites. We will overnight in Bastogne, where the 101st Airborne Division and other units held the line under continuous German attacks to take the important city. Our Battlefield Tour of the Ardennes also includes the foxholes of 'Easy Company' paratroopers (from the famous Band of Brothers book and movie) of the 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division and much more. Visit the actual spot where General Patton's 4th Armored Division broke through the encirclement around Bastogne, marking a major turning point in the battle. We will have a scenic drive into nearby Luxembourg, where we visit the Luxembourg American Cemetery and see General Patton's grave. We continue this incredible tour with a visit to the Rhine River in Germany, where we will enjoy the spectacular scenery from our hotel, Schloss Rheinfels, an 800-year-old castle overlooking the Rhine River.
Explore Third Reich Sites in Bavaria and visit the Eagle’s Nest.
The secrets of the Third Reich are revealed as we investigate Hitler's rise to power in Nuremberg and Munich, the birthplace of the Nazi 'Movement'. We will also explain how the Nazi State changed under Hitler's tyrannical Dictatorship, and how propaganda was perfected at the annual Nazi Party Rallies in Nuremberg. At Dachau Memorial we will explain the history of the Jewish Holocaust. During our two full days in Berchtesgaden, we will explore the nearby Obersalzberg Mountain, which was a refuge for Hitler in the early days. The mountain was transformed into the southern headquarters for the Third Reich in the mid-1930's. History comes alive as we tour Hitler's underground bunkers at Obersalzberg and travel to the infamous mountaintop Eagle's Nest, and enjoy the incredible panorama of the surrounding mountains.
Discover World War II, from Normandy to the Eagles Nest.
It's like getting two World War II Tours, for the price of one! Alpventures® Normandy to the Eagle's Nest Tour is very similar to both our D-Day & Battle of the Bulge Tour and our Secrets of the Third Reich Tour, back-to-back. The main difference is that our Normandy to the Eagle's Nest Tour is a condensed version of both tours - it does not include everything. Be sure to compare the tours based on your personal interests. Please contact us for any questions or concerns.
Coastal Gun Battery at Longues-sur-Mer in Normandy, France
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September 2: IN FLIGHT to Paris Airport (CDG)
September 3: NORMANDY – Tour Welcome and Orientation
Join us this morning arriving at Charles De Gaulle Paris Airport. Meet your Tour Guide and Chauffer and transfer with lunch en route to the Normandy Coast in northern France. We will have a stop in Benouville, on the eastern flank of the Allied invasion beaches. Here we will learn how the British 6th Airborne spearheaded the landings at Pegasus Bridge (SWORD Beach). We will also visit the famous Gondree Cafe. Continue west via JUNO Beach to Arromanches (GOLD Beach), for a special film presentation of 'The Price of Freedom'. Free time in town or visit to the D-Day Museum on your own and see the remains of the greatest engineering feat of the invasion: Project Mulberry, the artificial harbor. This afternoon we will tour the only German Coastal Battery in the Atlantic Wall which still has its original guns in place: Longues sur Mer. Transfer to Bayeux for hotel check-in and Welcome Dinner. Overnight Bayeux. (B, D)
September 4: UTAH BEACH - The U.S. Airborne Landings
Breakfast. Today begins with the story of the first American Airborne landings in and around the towns of Ste. Mere Eglise and St. Marie-du-Mont during the night of June 5 - 6, 1944. We will trace the path of the American paratroopers at UTAH Beach and see the 82nd Airborne Division drop zones from the 'Iron Mike' Monument at La Fiere. Hear an explanation of the intense three-day battle for the farm, bridge and causeway. Visit the Airborne Museum in Ste. Mere Eglise and break for lunch in the famous town square, seen in Darryl F. Zanuck's The Longest Day. Afternoon drive through the hedgerows to La Madeline, otherwise known as 'Roosevelt Beach,' for a tour of monuments and memorials on UTAH Beach. Late afternoon return to Bayeux. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Bayeux. (B)
September 5: OMAHA BEACH - The U.S. Sea Landings
Breakfast. The most American casualties suffered during 'The Longest Day' were on the sandy shores of bloody OMAHA Beach, the left flank of the American landing sector. This morning we will start at Pointe du Hoc; where the rocky cliffs bear witness to the courage of Colonel Rudder's 2nd Ranger Battalion. They faced impossible odds in attacking the heavily defended German battery there. Transfer to OMAHA Beach at Vierville–sur-Mer and the Normandy American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer, seen in Steven Spielberg's epic movie Saving Private Ryan. Lunch. We continue back to Bayeux for free time in town. Dinner. Overnight Bayeux. (B, D)
September 6: CALAIS - The Atlantic Wall
Breakfast and hotel check out this morning. Morning at leisure in Bayeux and continue our journey with lunch en route up the French coastline to the Pas-de-Calais area. Visit the TODT Battery (Atlantic Wall Museum) near Calais. Late afternoon arrival at the enchanting 18th Century Chateau de Cocove in Recques-sur-Hem. Hotel check in and dinner in the Chateau. Overnight Recques-sur-Hem. (B, D)
September 7: BASTOGNE - The Battle of the Bulge
Breakfast. Check out of hotel this morning and visit the impressive, underground V2 rocket factory at La Couple. Afternoon transfer (with lunch en route) via Brussels and Liege to Bastogne in the Ardennes Forest. The result of Adolf Hitler's surprise winter 1944 attack in this area became known as the largest battle on the Western Front: 'The Battle of the Bulge.' This afternoon we arrive in Bastogne, where American soldiers in defense of the city met the ultimate test of courage during the Nazis bloody, mid-winter siege. Visit the Mardasson - American Memorial on the outskirts of town. Check-in at our hotel, and dinner on your own tonight in town. Overnight Bastogne. (B)
Rheinfels Castle: Our 800-year-old hotel on the Rhine River
September 8: RHINE RIVER - The Rheinfels Castle
Breakfast and check out of our hotel this morning. Battlefield Tour around Bastogne, including 'Easy' Company's foxholes near Foy (north), and the area of Patton's 4th Armored Division breakthrough at Assenois (south). Continue to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg to pay our respects at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg City – Hamm; and to see the final resting place of General George S. Patton, Jr. Continue to the Luxembourg / Germany border for lunch. Afternoon transfer into Germany through the beautiful Rhineland to St. Goar on the Rhine River. Check-in at our 800-year-old hotel, Rheinfels Castle overlooking a magnificent strip of the Rhine River. Relax before dinner. Overnight Rheinfels Castle. (B, D)
September 9: RHINE RIVER – Free Time on Rhine River
Breakfast. Free time this morning to relax. Mid-day transfer down to the village of St. Goar for a private Wine Tasting at Stephan's Wine Paradise. Afternoon free time in town for lunch, shopping, and / or a short Rhine River cruise. You also might want to enjoy your afternoon at the castle, in the wellness area, having a message, a swim or just relaxing in your room. Rheinfels Castle also offers a labyrinth of fascinating ruins, paths and tunnels to discover. Dinner on your own tonight. Overnight Rheinfels Castle. (B)
Medieval Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany
September 10: ROTHENBURG – The Medieval City
Breakfast and check out of our hotel this morning. Transfer south via the German Romantic Road to Rothenburg ob der Tauber (Rothenburg above the Tauber River). Morning Tour of Rothenburg, including stops along the old, medieval city wall and ramparts, Marktplatz (Market Square), and Herrngasse (Street of Lords). Lunch. Afternoon free time in Rothenburg for optional sightseeing and / or shopping. Optional visit to Käthe Wohlfahrt's Kristkindlmarkt (Christmas Market store), with over 70,000 hand-painted Christmas ornaments. Dinner. Optional Nightwatchman Tour this evening after dinner. Overnight Rothenburg ob der Tauber. (B, D)
September 11: NUREMBERG – Party Rallies and War Trials
Breakfast and hotel check-out. Enjoy a short drive to fascinating medieval city of Nuremberg. We start off with a visit to Courtroom 600 in the East Wing of the Palace of Justice (Nuremberg Courthouse), where the International Military Tribunal was held after the war. Hear about the Nuremberg war crimes trial in the newly opened museum. Transfer to the city center to see the Imperial Fortress and break for lunch in the old town square. Afternoon tour of the former Nazi Party Rally Grounds, where Hitler staged his grand propaganda spectacle in front of millions of devoted followers. Our tour follows the history and development of the Reichsparteigelände, including sites such as the World War I Memorial at Luitpold Grove, the Zeppelin Field and Grandstand, Great Road and Congress Hall where we will visit the Documentation Center (museum). Late afternoon transfer to our hotel for check-in and dinner on your own tonight in town. Overnight Nuremberg. (B)
September 12: DACHAU – The Model Concentration Camp
Breakfast. Transfer south to Dachau and visit the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. Just two months after becoming Chancellor of Germany, Hitler established the Nazis first encampment for the concentration of political undesirables. Dachau evolved into a central camp for most of southern Germany with over 30,000 recorded deaths by the wars end. This morning we will tour the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site before seeing a documentary film and visiting the museum. Lunch. This afternoon we continue to Munich for a driving tour of the city's historical highlights, including stops at Nymphenburg Castle, Haus der (Deutschen) Kunst, the University (home to the White Rose resistance movement), and Königsplatz (site of the 1938 Munich Accords). Hotel check in and relax before dinner. Special Bavarian Dinner tonight in the world-famous Hofbräuhaus beer-hall. Overnight Munich. (B, D)
Entrance Gate to Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site
September 13: MUNICH – Capital of the Movement
Breakfast and check out. Morning walking tour of the old city including the most significant locations of Hitler's unsuccessful 1923 Beer-Hall Putsch. We will also see many historical sites connected with the Nazi Party and the occult Thule Society, the sinister group and benefactor behind the German Workers Party. See the famous Glockenspiel (Bell Tower) in the beautiful Marienplatz town square and lunch. Afternoon transfer south to Lake Chiemsee at the foot of the Alps. Enjoy a boat ride to the Herren Insel and tour the enchanting Herrenchiemsee Castle, built by 'Mad' King Ludwig II. Return to Prien by boat and drivie further into the mountains to Berchtesgaden. Arrive at hotel for check-in and dinner. Overnight Berchtesgaden. (B, D)
September 14: BERCHTESGADEN – The Alpine Headquarters
Breakfast. Morning excursion up Germanys highest alpine mountain road to the infamous Eagle's Nest, formerly Hitler's mountaintop Tea House and conference center. Situated on a high mountain crag 6017 feet above sea level, the building has been a restaurant since 1953 and maintained by the Berchtesgaden Historical Trust since 1960. We will hear details of its engineering and construction, as well as its use during a guided tour of the building. Return to the Eagle's Nest bus station and visit the former Diplomatic Guest House (now a Documentation Center) and guided tour of the air-raid shelters. Lunch. Afternoon driving tour of Obersalzberg, including sites like the former Berghof site (Hitler's home), Nazi Platterhof Hotel, Albert Speer's residence and Architecture Studio, as well as Bormann's Model Farm. Continue with a drive to Ramsau and Lake Hintersee. Return to Berchtesgaden. Dinner on your own. Overnight Berchtesgaden. (B)
September 15: SALZBURG – Tour Conclusion
Breakfast. Today we start with a visit to the Enzian Schnapps Distillery for some free sampling of the local Grassl Schnapps, made from the root of a wild alpine flower. After a visit to the Distillery Shop, we will take a short journey over the border to Salzburg, Austria for a walking orientation of the old town. Highlights today include the Cathedral, Mozart's birth house, the famous medieval Getreidegasse shopping street and St. Peter's Monastery, where we will have the option to eat lunch in the Monastery Restaurant, 'Stiftskeller'. Leisure time for personal sightseeing interests such as visiting the famous High Salt Fortress or Mozart's birth house. Transfer back to Berchtesgaden for afternoon free time. Optional activities could be a tour of the local Salt Mines or a visit to the beautiful Lake Königssee. Farewell Dinner tonight at our hotel. Overnight Berchtesgaden. (B, D)
September 16: IN FLIGHT from Munich Airport (MUC)
Breakfast and check out early this morning. Transfer to Munich Airport for return flights home.
The Eagle's Nest in the Alps above Berchtesgaden, Germany
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Normandy to the Eagle's Nest Tour
September 2 - 16, 2014
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