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zEchoes of D-Day... Normandy to Berlin

14 days

Our Singular Event to France, Belgium & Germany for the 70th Anniversary of Operation Overlord

Exclusive Discoveries for our World Travelers

  • Discover all the sites of Operation Overlord including the Landing Beaches in the British, Canadian and American Zones and visit the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mere-Eglise to learn more about the momentous events of 1944.
  • Our private ceremony at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer affords an opportunity to commemorate and reflect upon the heroic events that occurred 70 years ago.
  • Honor the memory of the 76,890 Americans who were wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge at the Mardasson Memorial that stands on a hilltop near Bastogne, Belgium.
  • Learn about Germany’s most iconic export at the Mercedes-Benz Museum including the company’s history during the war years.
  • An unforgettable day in the spectacular Bavarian Alps includes the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s private mountaintop retreat, and a private cruise on picturesque Lake Koenigssee.
  • Visit Cecilienhof, a handsome Tudor-style manor that was the site of the historic 1945 Potsdam Conference that finalized the division of post-war Europe.

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Day
1

Welcome to Paris

We’ll be warmly greeted upon our arrival at Charles de Gaulle airport and escorted to our lovely hotel in the heart of town. After time to refresh and relax, we’ll gather for a congenial welcome dinner including a glass of wine to toast the start of this special journey.  Meals D
Overnight at the Concorde Opera Paris Hotel
Our October 2 departure overnights at the Sofitel La Defense Hotel

Day
2

From Paris to Normandy

We’ll depart the city after breakfast, traveling through the historic Ile-de-France region that surrounds Paris and onward into Normandy. Our first stop this morning is in the town of Caen where we’ll tour the Peace Museum and have lunch. In the afternoon, we begin our exploration of some of the sites of Operation Overlord, the 1944 Allied invasion of German-occupied western Europe. In Colleville-sur-Mer, a specially-arranged private ceremony at the American Military Cemetery offers us the opportunity to commemorate and reflect upon the events that happened in the region 70 years ago. We return to Caen and settle in to our comfortable hotel, wonderfully situated in the heart of town on the Orne River overlooking the Caen marina.  Meals B,L
Overnight at the Ibis Styles Rives de L’Orne Hotel

Day
3

Normandy Landing Beaches

Our full-day excursion along the coast of Normandy begins with Juno Beach and Sword Beach in the British and Canadian Landing Zones. We’ll also visit the Juno Beach Center which offers a moving presentation of Canada’s war effort by both civilians and the military. We’ll sit down to lunch in the charming seaside town of Arromanches-les-Bains before a guided tour of the D-Day Museum. Officially opened on June 5, 1954, just 10 years after the Allied Invasion, this was the first museum built to commemorate the Normandy Campaign and it overlooks the remains of one of the Mulberry Harbors that were constructed by the British and towed across the Channel 70 years ago to this spot just a few hundred yards offshore.  Meals B,L
Overnight at the Ibis Styles Rives de L’Orne Hotel

Day
4

The American Sector of Normandy

Today we’ll concentrate on the sectors of Operation Overlord where American soldiers played an integral part. We begin in Sainte-Mere-Eglise at the church where the parachute of John Steele is symbolically dangling from the steeple. Mr. Steele was an American paratrooper who was part of the unit that parachuted into the region to prevent a German counterattack against the Allied forces arriving by sea. We’ll also tour the Airborne Museum to learn more about the strategically vital role played by these American paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Our journey along the road to liberation continues through the afternoon as we visit Utah Beach in the American sector and Pointe du Hoc to see the formidable German fortifications which still stand on a cliff overlooking the English Channel between the two beaches where American forces came ashore in 1944. We’ll also tour the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum. Located directly on Omaha Beach just 300 yards from the sea, this museum utilizes its unique collection of uniforms, weapons, archival photographs, personal objects and dioramas to guide visitors through the dramatic events that occurred here on June 6, 1944. We return to Caen with time to refresh before dining this evening at our hotel.  Meals B,D
Overnight at the Ibis Styles Rives de L’Orne Hotel

Day
5

From Normandy to the Ardennes

Our day starts after an early breakfast as we travel from Normandy to Reims for a city tour including the 800-year-old Notre Dame Cathedral. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, this Gothic masterpiece was the coronation site of French kings. After lunch, we’ll continue to Luxembourg for dinner and a 2-night stay at our deluxe hotel.  Meals B,L,D
Overnight at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Luxembourg

Day
6

Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge

Our discovery of the World War II events that occurred here in the Ardennes begins this morning in the Belgian town of Bastogne. Situated at the convergence of the roads that lead to the strategically important harbor in Antwerp, this was the site of the Siege of Bastogne, a weeklong engagement between American and German forces in December 1944. At the American memorial at Mardasson Hill, dedicated to the 76,890 Americans who were wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge, we’ll have a chance to reflect upon one of the costliest battles of World War II. Delving further into the events that occurred here in the winter of 1944/1945, we’ll visit Bizory, Recogne, Villers la-Bonne-Eau, Senonchamps and other villages that were featured in HBO’s Band of Brothers, the television mini-series that dramatized the history of the 101st Airborne Division and their mission from Operation Overlord through V-J Day. We’ll return to our deluxe hotel with time to relax before dinner.  Meals B,D
Overnight at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Luxembourg

Day
7

Onward to Stuttgart

A scenic drive this morning takes us across the border into Germany, arriving in Stuttgart in time for lunch. In the afternoon, our guided tour through the Mercedes-Benz Museum offers a presentation on Germany’s most iconic automobile including the company’s history during World War II. This evening is at leisure to enjoy as you wish.  Meals B,L
Overnight at the Holiday Inn Stuttgart
Our July 15 departure overnights at the Hilton Garden Inn
Our October 2 departure overnights at the Maritim Hotel

Day
8

The Black Forest and Bavarian Alps

After breakfast, we’ll continue through Germany’s fabled Black Forest to Ulm, a charming town on the banks of the Danube renowned as the birthplace of Albert Einstein and home to Germany’s tallest church spire. We’ll tour Ulm, filled with traces of Einstein’s life and work, and sit down to a congenial lunch before continuing our journey into the magnificent Bavarian Alps to our 5-star hotel in the lovely resort town of Berchtesgaden.  Meals B,L
Overnight at the Intercontinental Berchtesgaden

Day
9

The Eagle’s Nest and Lake Koenigssee

Our exploration of this beautiful mountain region begins this morning at the Berchtesgaden Documentation Center where we’ll learn about the area’s importance to Nazi leaders before and during the War and the never-used Bunkers which they envisioned as a final redoubt. Then we’ll board a coach specially built for the steep mountain roads and make our final ascent by elevator to emerge at the Eagle’s Nest, the spectacular mountaintop retreat built for Hitler’s 50th birthday. We’ll have ample time to take in the unforgettable views over the Alpine landscapes of Bavaria before descending for an afternoon cruise on Lake Koenigssee. Traveling in our privately chartered boat across the lake’s emerald-hued waters is the best way to appreciate the towering granite peaks and magnificent fjord-like landscapes that surround us. We’ll see the onion-domed St. Bartholomew Church, set on an island in Koenigssee against a dramatic Alpine backdrop, and enjoy a horn demonstration to hear the mountains’ amazing echoes. We dine this evening in a charming local restaurant before returning to our resort hotel. Meals B,D
Overnight at the Intercontinental Berchtesgaden

Day
10

Travel to Nuremberg

We depart Berchtesgaden this morning and drive to the handsome medieval city of Nuremberg, founded 1,000 years ago and closely associated with the rise and fall of the Nazis. Upon arrival, our guided tour will include the Documentation Center Museum at the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, a collection of imposing buildings and monumental spaces that were designed to demonstrate National Socialist power to the world. We’ll also visit the Justice Palace Memorial where the Nuremberg War Crimes Trials took place in Room 600. Our sightseeing finishes with a guided walking tour through Old Town and dinner in one of the city’s oldest restaurants, famous for its Nuremberger Sausages.  Meals B,D
Overnight at the Congress Hotel Mercure Nuremberg

Day
11

Nuremberg to Berlin

Our morning drive northward brings us to one of Europe’s most captivating and vibrant cities, the  sophisticated capital of Germany. In the afternoon, our guided sightseeing here in Berlin showcases the highlights of the city center including the Brandenburg Gate, a neoclassical triumphal arch commissioned in 1788 as a symbol of peace by King Frederick Wilhelm II of Prussia. At the Reichstag, the German Parliament, we’ll ascend into the striking glass dome designed by British architect Sir Norman Foster after the reunification of Germany. Walking along the gently-sloped ramp that encircles the dome’s interior, we’ll have striking 360° views over the surrounding cityscape. After sightseeing, we’ll drive down the elegant Unter den Linden, a grand boulevard shaded by Linden trees, to our comfortable hotel in the heart of town.  Meals B
Overnight at the Leonardo Hotel Berlin
Our October 2 departure overnights at the ABBA Hotel

Day
12

Berlin Then and Now

After breakfast, we’ll set out on a guided sightseeing tour to explore more of the city’s tumultuous history and present-day vitality. We’ll drive down the bustling Kurfurstendamm, home to some of Berlin’s most popular shopping and dining venues, and see the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. With its old 19th-century bell tower, heavily damaged in 1943, and modern octagonal church built in 1961, the church stands as a reminder of the destruction of war and Berlin’s post-war resolve to rebuild. We’ll continue past the striking contemporary architecture of Potsdamer Platz, one of Berlin’s busiest public squares, and down Friedrichstrasse to see the location of Checkpoint Charlie, the famous Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Our city tour ends at the Jewish Museum, designed by Daniel Libeskind, the famous architect commissioned for New York’s new World Trade Center. Our Audio Guided Tour of the Museum provides a sobering and inspiring examination of two millennia of German Jewish history. The balance of this afternoon and evening are free for you to explore and enjoy this remarkable city at your own pace.  Meals B
Overnight at the Leonardo Hotel Berlin
Our October 2 departure overnights at the ABBA Hotel

Day
13

Excursion to Potsdam

Today’s guided excursion to nearby Potsdam explores the echoes of  history, including of course World War II. From 1945 until the fall of the Berlin Wall, Potsdam was very much under Soviet control but the Russian influence here dates back to the early 1800’s and the construction of the Russian Village, a handsome collection of traditional wooden houses which can still be seen today.

Our excursion to Potsdam is highlighted by a guided tour through Cecilienhof, a magnificent Tudor-style palace that has been kept much as it was during the Potsdam Conference. It was in these rooms where President Harry Truman, Prime Minster Winston Churchill (and later Clement Attlee) and Communist Party General Secretary Joseph Stalin gathered in the summer of 1945 to negotiate terms for the end of World War II and determine the postwar borders of Europe. We’ll return to Berlin where you’ll have some free time before this evening’s farewell dinner, featuring fine German cuisine and wine.  Meals B,D
Overnight at the Leonardo Hotel Berlin
Our October 2 departure overnights at the ABBA Hotel

Day
14

Depart Germany

Our commemorative World War II journey through France, Belgium and Germany ends this morning. After breakfast, we’ll be escorted to the airport for our homeward flights.  Meals B

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