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|End the War in '44 Tour
We overnight in an 18th Century Chateau
We overnight in an 800-year-old Castle
We include a visit to the underground V2
rocket museum in France; other Tours don't
Experience counts! We have operated World
War II Tours in Normandy for over 15 years
9 Nights in 3 and 4 Star Hotels
6 Dinners and daily Breakfasts
All transfers by deluxe Motor Coach
V2 rocket site at St. Omer, France
World War II Museum in Calais, France
Visit Fort Breendonk Camp Memorial Site
Lommel War Cemetery and Joe's Bridge
Market-Garden sites along Hell's Highway
Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem
Wings of Liberation Museum Park
St. Oedenrode and Henkenshage Castle
Groesbeek Heights and Grave Museum
Airborne Museum at Hartenstein Castle
Battle of the Bulge Battlefield Tour
National Liberation Museum in Overloon
Battlefield Tour of the Hürtgen Forest
Remagen Bridge Memorial Museum
Farewell Evening in a Rhine River Castle
Pre-trip Travel Packets with helpful details
USD $3695 ppdo
USD $3995 ppso
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10 Day WWII Tour
Belgium and Holland, Market-Garden Sites
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|Visit Market Garden sites in Holland, Battle of the Bulge sites in the Ardennes, and the Hürtgen Forest Battlefield in Germany|
The Allies breached Hitler's "Atlantic Wall" on the beaches of France on June 6, 1944. After the Battle for Normandy, American and British tanks pushed German troops back across France with great momentum; by September, they stood at the door to the West Wall. As Allied Leaders planned exactly how and when to cross the Rhine, G.I.s comforted each other with the words: "End the War in '44." After the Allies' failure to capture the bridge at Arnhem in Operation Market Garden, American forces pinned their hopes on winning the Battle of the Hürtgen Forest near Aachen. The Hürtgen Forest became an American bloodbath. By December 1944, G.I.'s settled into their foxholes in the Ardennes and hoped to recuperate as Christmas approached. On December 16th, three German Armies unleashed a storm of artillery on the American "Ghost Front"... the Battle of the Bulge had begun. American soldiers now changed their greeting to simply, "Stay alive in '45!"
Operation Market Garden and the Hürtgen Forest.
Alpventures® End the War in '44 Tour focuses on the Airborne Memorials, drop zones and museums in Holland dealing with Operation Market-Garden during World War II. The Tour starts at Paris CDG Airport and continues to Calais, France, Belgium, Holland and finishes on the Rhine River in Germany. We include a Battlefield Tour of the Hürtgen Forest in Germany, and a full-day excursion in the Ardennes to visit Battle of the Bulge sites. We finish off the Tour with a visit to the ruins of the Bridge at Remagen and the memorial museum there. After our Farewell Evening in an 800-year-old castle overlooking the Rhine River, the Tour concludes at Frankfurt Airport.
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End the War in '44 Tour
DAY 1 IN FLIGHT to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG)
DAY 2: The Atlantic Wall
Arrival this morning at Paris CDG Airport, France. We start with a detailed explanation of the D-Day landings in Normandy on the bus ride from the airport to the Second World War Museum in Calais. The impressive museum is located in the enormous German communications bunker for the Pas-de-Calais, in the middle of the city. Late afternoon transfer to our hotel, the 18th Century Chateau. Welcome Dinner. Overnight St. Omer.
DAY 3: Hitler's Secret Weapons
Breakfast. Short transfer from our hotel to the former German V2 Rocket Base at La Couple. The La Couple bunker complex was the Third Reich's response to the Allied bombing destruction of Peenemünde. Visit the underground bunker and museum. Transfer with lunch en route to Lommel, Belgium. Overnight Lommel.
On Tour at Nijmegen Bridge in Holland
DAY 4: Market Garden - The Plan
Breakfast. Today we visit the Lommel German War Cemetery. The Lommel Cemetery is the largest outside Germany. Next we head to Holland and see Joe's Bridge at the Dutch border, the first bridge captured for Market Garden on September 10, 1944 and launch pad for all ground forces in the Operation. Continue to Eindhoven town center for town orientation and lunch. Afternoon transfer to Best and visit the Wings of Liberation Museum Park. Dinner and Overnight in Best.
DAY 5: Market Garden - Airborne Operations
Breakfast. This morning we tour the area of the 101st Airborne Division paratroopers. We will see drop zones of the 101st at Son before continuing north along "Hell's Highway" to Henkenshage Castle (General Maxwell Taylor's Headquarters) in St. Oedenrode. Lunch. Afternoon transfer via Veghel / Grave to Groesbeek Heights. In this area we focus on 82nd Airborne Division drop zones and operations in and around Nijmegen. A highlight is a visit to the National Liberation Museum this afternoon and finishing at Nijmegen Bridge near the town center. Overnight Nijmegen.
DAY 6: Market Garden - Arnhem Bridge
Breakfast. This morning after breakfast we continue up to Oosterbeek to visit the Airborne Museum at Hartenstein Castle. Transfer to Arnhem for lunch. Afternoon walk via John Frost's command post to the Arnhem Bridge. Afternoon transfer back to Nijmegen for free time. Continue south to Limburg for hotel check-in and dinner. Overnight Limburg.
DAY 7: Southern Holland - Margraten Cemetery
Breakfast. Transfer to the nearby American Cemetery at Margraten in the Limburg Region of Holland. Lunch. Afternoon transfer to Maastricht for free time. Return to our hotel in Limburg and dinner. Overnight Limburg.
DAY 8: Battle of the Ardennes
Breakfast. Today we have a full day excursion into the northern Ardennes. We will visit Battle of the Bulge sites, including the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupre, and the infamous "Malmedy Crossroads" at Baugnez, Belgium. This afternoon we have lunch and on the Battlefield and visit the Ardennes '44 Museum. Transfer back to our hotel in Limburg. Dinner. Overnight Limburg.
Exploring Dragon's Teeth on the German Border
DAY 9: Battle of the Hürtgen Forest
Breakfast. Hotel check out. Transfer over the border into Germany to the town of Schmidt in the Hürtgen Forest. Full day Tour of the Hürtgen Forest, including American Memorials, Battlefields (foxholes, bunkers) and cemeteries. Sites will include the areas of Vossenack and Schmidt / Dueren. Late afternoon transfer to Vossenack / Hürtgenwald for Hotel check in and dinner. Overnight Vossenack / Hürtgenwald.
DAY 10: The Bridge at Remagen
Breakfast and hotel check out. Morning conclusion of Hürtgen Forest sites. Transfer east to the Rhine River with lunch en route. Visit the Remagen Bridge Museum and see the ruins of the bridge as we discuss the history of the battle. Late afternoon transfer to St. Goar on the Rhine River. Hotel check in at Rhinefels Castle. Farewell Dinner and overnight at Rhinefels Castle.
DAY 11: IN FLIGHT from Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Rheinfels Castle: Our 800-year-old Hotel on the Rhine River
"Thank you so much for another great Tour - yet again... I had put the End the War in '44 Tour as a 'maybe someday' Tour, but you have managed to make it one of my favorites..."
End the War in '44 Tour
Tour prices are per person, based on double occupancy.
The Tour price does not include roundtrip airfare to Europe.
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