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Tour Itinerary

"Churchill's London": Optional Three-Day Pre-Tour Extension

August 31 - September 2, 2017

We’re pleased to offer "Churchill’s London,” a three-day optional pre-tour extension program. Guests will enjoy two nights at the five-star JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel. World War II brought dramatic changes to this hotel as its Great Room became home to the Officers’ Sunday Club Entertainment for 300,000 officers in 1939. The hotel was also used as an annex to the Immigration Section of the US Embassy. In 1943, the hotel became the largest US Officers’ mess, serving 5.5 million meals in two years. This program includes expert-led tours of Churchill’s War Rooms, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the Imperial War Museum.

JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London St. Paul’s Cathedral, London, Shutterstock

Day 1: ALDBOURNE, ENGLAND

After individual arrivals into London-Heathrow, the group proceeds west of the city toward the training areas of Easy Company. The tour begins in the small towns and villages of Wiltshire to gain a better understanding of where Easy Company prepared for the invasion, while they lived among the locals. A walking tour of Aldbourne and a visit to Littlecote House (506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Headquarters) is followed by a festive welcome banquet attended by some of the same villagers who would have welcomed Easy Company over 70 years ago.

The Vineyard Hotel (D)

Winston Churchill, with “Ike” behind him, meets with American troops Winston Churchill, with “Ike” behind him, meets with American troops

Day 2: PORTSMOUTH / NORMANDY

Visit Southwick House, where Eisenhower set D-Day into motion with three short words—“OK, let’s go.” The group lunches at the Golden Lion Pub, which served as an unofficial officers’ mess leading up to the invasion. The tour then crosses the English Channel, landing in Normandy.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B, L, D)

Southwick House, England Southwick House, England, Alamy Stock

Day 3: NORMANDY, FRANCE

In the small town of Sainte-Mère-Église, members of the Renaud family recount what it was like to see paratroopers dropping from the night sky. Stops at the Airborne Memorial and the Airborne Museum precede an exclusive tour of Brécourt Manor and picnic lunch with Charles de Vallavielle, whose family lived at the estate at the time of the invasion and continues to reside there today. A busy afternoon continues with tours of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Marmion Farm, Utah Beach, the Utah Beach Museum, and the church at Angoville au Plain, where US medics treated troops from both sides of fighting.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B, L, D)

D-Day Parachute Memorial at the Church in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Normandy D-Day Parachute Memorial at the Church in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Normandy, Shutterstock

Day 4: NORMANDY, FRANCE

Today, the group first visits the historic Château de Bernaville, where a little-known event involving US paratroopers factored heavily into the Allies’ D-Day success: German General Wilhelm Falley, who was using the château as his headquarters and was visited there by Rommel just prior to D-Day, was killed by American paratroopers at 4:00 a.m. on D-Day. The group then follows the story of Easy Company at the important town of Carentan, which linked the Utah and Omaha Beach forces. Stops will include the Dead Man’s Corner Museum and “Bloody Gulch.”

Hôtel D’Argouges (B, L)

Château de Bernaville, Normandy Château de Bernaville, Normandy

Day 5: NORMANDY, FRANCE

On the group’s final day in Normandy, touring is devoted to the ground troops who came ashore in the Omaha Beach area. A morning visit to Pointe du Hoc highlights the Army Rangers who faced tough odds coming ashore and scaling the imposing 100-foot cliff. Visits along Omaha Beach take place in the afternoon, and the day closes with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B, L, D) American Cemetery in Normandy Normandy American Cemetery, Colleville-Sur-Mer, France

Day 6: NORMANDY TO THE NETHERLANDS

After bidding farewell to France, the group heads to The Netherlands. Along the way, guests view exclusive oral history showcases of Easy Company men featured in the Museum’s collection.

Pullman Cocagne—Eindhoven (B, L, D)

Dutch civilians show members of the 101st Airborne Division the lay of the land Dutch civilians show members of the 101st Airborne Division the lay of the land

Day 7: EINDHOVEN / NIJMEGEN

Today the tour covers the American areas of Operation Market-Garden, the failed yet heroic Allied attempt to cross the Rhine River in September 1944. Visiting Easy Company’s drop zone and following its path of liberation, guests see where Dick Winters led the attack at “The Crossroads,” the subject of Episode 5 of Band of Brothers, as well as members of the company helped in the rescue of over 100 British airborne troops who were stuck behind enemy lines across the Rhine in Operation Pegasus.

Pullman Cocagne—Eindhoven (B, L)

Sint-Antonius Windmill Sint-Antonius Windmill

Day 8: ARNHEIM / THE ARDENNES

The day brings a tour of Arnhem and the “Bridge Too Far” before an independent lunch in town. Guests then head to the Netherlands American Cemetery to visit gravesites of select members of Easy Company and pay respects to all buried there. Next, the group travels on to the medieval market town of Clervaux, Luxembourg, in the heart of the Ardennes. Along the way, the tour historian presents an overview of the Battle of the Bulge—Hitler’s last-ditch effort to defeat the Allies in the west and the largest land battle fought by the US Army in World War II.

Hotel International—Clervaux (B, D)

The “Bridge Too Far,” Arnhem, The Netherlands, Getty The “Bridge Too Far,” Arnhem, The Netherlands, Getty

Day 9: BASTOGNE

This day is dedicated to the heroic defense of the besieged crossroads town of Bastogne. This includes visiting Easy Company’s foxholes in the Bois Jacques and a tour of the Bastogne Barracks, where Gen. Tony McAuliffe of the 101st gave his famous reply of “NUTS!” to the Germans’ request that the Americans surrender.

Hotel International—Clervaux (B, L, D)

Mardasson Memorial, Bastogne, Belgium, Shutterstock Mardasson Memorial, Bastogne, Belgium, Shutterstock

Day 10: LUXEMBOURG CITY / HAGUENAU

As the group departs the Ardennes, the final stop will be to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, where guests visit the graves of Easy Company members and Gen. George S. Patton. In Haguenau, guests walk the “Last Patrol” of Easy Company where they held fast against Operation Nordwind for more than a month.

Erbprinz Hotel & Spa—Ettlingen (B, L)

Luxembourg Cemetery Tour Members reflect at Luxembourg American Cemetery

Day 11: LANDSBERG / ZELL AM SEE

Landsberg is the site of the prison where Hitler was incarcerated after the failed Beer Hall Putsch of November 1923 and where he wrote his manifesto, Mein Kampf. Landsberg is also the site of the concentration camp that Easy Company encountered in the closing weeks of the war. Guests will visit the remains of the campsite, which includes the European Holocaust Memorial. Then, as Easy Company did in 1945, the group will head to the Bavarian Alps for the final chapter of the journey.

Grand Hotel—Zell am See (B, L, D)

Hitler leaving Landsberg Fortress, 1924. Hitler leaving Landsberg Fortress, 1924. Hulton Archive/Getty

Day 12: BERCHTESGADEN

On the final day of touring, guests take in the spectacular views from Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, captured by Allied forces in May 1945. The group also tours the former headquarters and bunkers of the SS at Hotel Zum Turken and surveys the ruins of Berghof, Hitler’s mountain residence. Returning to Zell am See, guests view sites where Easy Company was stationed after V-E Day, and end the day with a farewell dinner.

Grand Hotel—Zell am See (B, L, D)

Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany, Alamy Stock

Day 13: ZELL AM SEE / MUNICH

An early morning group departure sees guests off at the Munich airport for individual return flights to the United States.

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101st Airborne at Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest 101st Airborne at Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest

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What Is Included In The Tour?

Tour Inclusions

  • Full-time logistical tour manager
  • Expert local battlefield guides
  • Roundtrip airport transfers (when arriving and departing on scheduled group tour dates)
  • Four and five-star accommodations
  • Private, first-class air conditioned motor coach transportation
  • VIP access to sites not offered on other tours
  • Entrance fees to all sites, museums, and historic attractions in itinerary
  • Video oral-history presentations from the Museum collection
  • Personal listening devices on all included touring
  • Included gratuities to guides, drivers, porters and servers
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • Free-flow beer, wine, and soft drinks included with lunches and dinners
  • Welcome and farewell receptions
  • Informative map book including useful battlefield maps and archival images to be used throughout the journey
  • Document wallet, personalized luggage tags, and customized name badge
  • Personal journal and pen to document your journey

What Isn't Included In The Tour?

Tour Exclusions

  • International and/or domestic airfare, unless noted otherwise within the program brochure
  • Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas, entry/departure fees
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Meals and beverages not outlined in the program brochure under included features
  • Travel insurance
  • All items of a strictly personal nature
  • Airport/hotel transfers outside of official program dates
  • Excursions not included in program itinerary

Additional Services

Please contact us regarding:

  • Additional pre and/or post-hotel nights
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight assistance
  • Private transfers

We’re pleased to assist you with additional services you may require, ensuring you a worry-free journey with The National WWII Museum.


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Tour Price

Optional Three-Day Pre-Tour Extension - (August 31 - September 2; $1,599 per person) Double Occupancy

Optional Three-Day Pre-Tour Extension - (August 31 - September 2; $2,198 per person) Single Occupancy

$5,895 Per Person Double Occupancy

$7,890 Single Room Occupancy

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Featured Guest

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Ross McCall

The Scottish actor became known in the United States after his work as Corporal Joseph Liebgott in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Band of Brothers for producer Steven Spielberg and executive producer Tom Hanks. McCall just completed independent films A Walk to Vegas, Hex, The Beautiful Ones, and A New York Christmas. He has also starred in the feature films It's Not You, It's Me, Willed to kill, A Country Christmas Story, Auto-Motive, In Embryo, Green Street Hooligans, Green Street Hooligans 2, Serving up Richard, Alpha Males, Trade Routes,Autopsy, LD 50 Lethal Dose, and Waterland, among others. He also played opposite Tom Hanks in Robert Zemeckis’s The Polar Express. McCall has worked on many television series including, CSI: NY, The Man, Bones, Ghost Whisperer, Lucifer, two seasons of the critically acclaimed Crash for Paul Haggis and Glen Mazzara, Luther, Castle, recurred on 24 and on White Collar as Matthew Keller, and recently completed Fear The Walking Dead for AMC. As a writer, he’s sold four pilot scripts to ABC, Warner Horizon, Indomina and Lantica, and has producer credits on The Beautiful Ones and A New York Christmas. Currently, he has two feature films in development: Us and Ire, which are looking to begin production this year. Born in Scotland, McCall moved to England with his family at an early age. He played the young Freddie Mercury in the music video The Miracle for Queen, then quickly began performing in London’s West End theatre district in the stage productions of Oliver!, The King and I, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Les Miserables, and Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers. In his younger years, he appeared on many British television series which should probably never be Googled. McCall currently lives in Los Angeles.


Accommodations

JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel

JW Marriott Grosvenor House Hotel (Pre Tour Extension Program Hotel)

Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott Hotel, raises the bar for luxury accommodation. Perfectly placed on world-famous Park Lane, this historic hotel allows for unparalleled access to a range of destinations in London's vibrant Mayfair district, while our newly renovated guest suites and 5-star amenities will ensure that you have everything you need for a one-of-a-kind experience.

The Vineyard Hotel, Stockcross, UK

The Vineyard Hotel, Stockcross, UK

Located a short distance from Marlborough, we embark on our journey with a comfortable and luxurious stay at the acclaimed Relais & Château property, The Vineyard. This five-star hotel features rooms that offer light and spacious bathrooms equipped with bathrobes, RED skin care products and heated towel bars, gourmet minibar, and a large flat-screen TV.

Hotel d’Argourges

Hotel d’Argouges

This centrally located, exquisite four-star boutique hotel offers a breathtaking view of the Cathédrale de Bayeux, while placing guests within a short stroll of the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and the Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie. The elegant rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi, flats-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Buffet breakfast is served daily.

The Pullman Hotel

Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne

This beautiful four-star hotel is located in the charming heart of Eindhoven, just opposite the luxury De Heuvel shopping center. The Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne is well-known for its Vestdijk 47 restaurant and bar. Rooms are spacious and include complimentary Wi-Fi, minbar, high-definition television, in-room safe, and room service.

Hotel International, Clervaux, Luxembourg

Hotel International, Clervaux, Luxembourg

The four-star Hotel International is located in the center of the charming city of Clervaux, at the heart of the Luxembourg Ardennes. Two restaurants, a lounge, spa, indoor swimming pool, and fitness center will ensure you enjoy your stay.

Erbprinz Hotel & Spa, Ettlingen, Germany

Erbprinz Hotel & Spa, Ettlingen, Germany

In existence for more than 200 years, the Erbprinz Hotel & Spa is a five-star property embracing the warmth and charm of the region. With only 122 rooms, this boutique hotel property is the ideal location, providing a number of dining and lounge venues, making guests feel at home.

Featured Property

Grand Hotel, Zell Am See, Austria

Grand Hotel—Zell Am See, Austria

At the end of the war, Grand Hotel Zell am See was occupied by US forces for 10 years, and is best known as the hotel where the Band of Brothers spent time—and is a rewarding finish to your pilgrimage honoring Easy Company. This superior four-star hotel is located in a unique location on a private peninsula directly on the shore of Lake Zell. In existence for more than 120 years, it provides the highest level of Gemütlichkeit, or regional hospitality, to our guests. Here we’ve specially arranged for all of our guests to receive lake-view rooms with balcony. A farewell reception and dinner at this breathtaking property provides an excellent end to your tour.

Testimonials

  • “Extremely well organized; locations visited follow the book very closely.” —James M., Arnold, MD

  • “This trip was the most memorable, moving experience I have ever had. Our tour operator and battlefield guide were both exceptional and the entire trip ran smoothly and without incident. Our time spent following Easy Company was powerful.” —Patricia K., Blaine, WA

  • "Great value, no way you could do something like this on your own for comparable money.” —Greg E., Lexington, KY

  • “I taught history for 35 years and was amazed at how much I learned on this trip. I felt that the bottom line was that I received excellent value for the money spent.” — Stan W., Pamona, NY

  • “The program was well organized and run very well. We were treated excellently by all concerned. From the outset everyone involved was courteous, helpful and interested in seeing that we got maximum attention and value. We were extremely pleased.” —Andrew S., Fredricksburg, VA

  • “It was the trip of a lifetime. Very well planned and executed. All aspects were five star.” —Constance S., Chelsea, Alabama

  • “This was an excellent tour. As usual for the WWII Museum everything was first rate. The guides,bus drivers and the tour director were great. Enjoyed every aspect of the trip.” —Chester M, Houma, LA