1944 - 2014




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Celebrate the American Spirit on a historical tour by Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours, founded by Stephen E. Ambrose, the author of the best-selling books “D-Day, June 6, 1944,” “Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West” and “Band of Brothers” as well as co-executive producer of the epic Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers.”


October 22nd, 2014

WWII Veteran, Dear Friend and Great American Hero Fred Bahlau Passes Away

All of us at Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours are very saddened to report that our dear friend and American hero, WWII veteran Fred Bahlau passed away on October 21, 2014. Our heartfelt prayers go out to his son, Rick, and his family.

Fred was in the 101st Airborne. He was a paratrooper who jumped into Normandy on D-Day June 6th, 1944. Fred was completely surrounded at Bastogne. It was an honor to have Fred travel with us and we will always be thankful that we got to know him.

In honor of Fred, we hope you will watch this incredible video interview of him by Larry Martin’s WWII In Their Own Words – Fred Bahlau.

October 7th, 2014

Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Tour Added for 2015!

This year marks the Bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, a key moment in our nation’s history, making it the perfect time to travel to the always entertaining city of New Orleans. Our 200th Anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans Tour will be led by Ron Drez, who just completed his latest work The War of 1812: Conflict and Deception and who is the official historian for the State of Louisiana for the Battle of New Orleans. His ability to relate history in an engaging way makes him a favorite among our guests who have traveled with him.

Tour Itinerary

We will make our base at the Monteleone, a charming old world hotel in the historic French Quarter, as you travel back to sites of the final monumental battle of the War of 1812 that ensured the preservation of the Louisiana Purchase and enabled America’s westward expansion. With your expert historian and guide Ron Drez, you will experience the culture of the city, canoe the bayous navigated by Andrew Jackson and his troops, and see where he, Jean Lafitte and the soldiers, volunteers, sailors, Choctaw Indians and free people of color staged the defense of New Orleans. We will study the actual battlefield where they thrashed General Pakenham’s army and thwarted British plans to reassert their dominance in America.

Big Fun in the Big Easy!

The first two nights, we will host group dinners at two of New Orleans’ world-class restaurants, where you can choose from a menu of Creole dishes. The following evenings, you will be free to explore the Big Easy on your own. Before you depart, we will cap off the tour with jazz brunch at the Court of Two Sisters, where you will enjoy live music and famous New Orleans dishes like Grits and Grillades and Seafood Omelets.

Tour Highlights

  • Ron Drez, author of The War of 1812: Conflict and Deception and the State of Louisiana official historian for the Battle of New Orleans
  • Ride a riverboat to Chalmette Battlefield to participate in the official 200th Anniversary ceremonies
  • Visit Fort St. John, Fort St. Charles and Jackson Barracks
  • Canoe along the Bayou navigated by Andrew Jackson (or visit City Park or the Pitot House)
  • Watch a reenactment at the Chalmette battlefield
  • Take a walking tour of the historic French Quarter

Read the detailed itinerary here.