February 27th, 2015

On Friday, January 30, HBO announced plans for a miniseries, Lewis & Clark, which like the network's acclaimed miniseries, Band of Brothers will be based on a best-selling book by Stephen E. Ambrose. Executive producers Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt and Edward Norton are using Dr. Ambrose's book, Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West, as source material for the project.

While no airdate has been set, fans of the book, who don't want to wait for the miniseries to experience the explorers' historic journey, can travel this summer with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours on the Lewis & Clark Undaunted Courage Tour.

"My dad decided that our family would celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial by retracing the Lewis and Clark expedition," says Dr. Ambrose's son, Andy Ambrose. "We started in Kentucky like Lewis and Clark and did the entire route to the Pacific. Around the campfire, dad would read from original first volumes of their journals. He had invited his classes from the University of New Orleans to join us along any part. And when we got to Lemhi Pass on the Continental Divide, which was a major disappointment for the explorers because they found endless more mountains to cross instead of a river, it was exciting for the family because there were 20 students waiting."

Through its Lewis & Clark Undaunted Courage Tour, Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours carries on Dr. Ambrose's legacy by continuing to preserve and expand his carefully conceived and executed historical itinerary. Like Dr. Ambrose, who did a portion of the journey every summer, the company offers this tour every summer. This year, the tour is June 17-28 and begins in Great Falls, Montana, following their path through Idaho, Washington and Oregon, finishing on the Pacific Coast.

"People who join us learn about sites like the Missouri River breaks, a very scenic part of the river with white cliffs called the scenes of enchantment by Meriwether," says Andy Ambrose. "We go to their campsites, and like my dad, we read from the expedition journals on the very places where the explorers made their entries."

Amenities on the Lewis & Clark Undaunted Courage Tour are luxurious in comparison to the original expedition. Guests travel by air-conditioned motor coach and enjoy staying in comfortable hotels and outstanding meals with the full-time historian, Hal Stearns, an historian-storyteller-educator, who served on the Nebraska and Montana Lewis and Clark Commissions and the National Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation Board. People seeking a taste of how Lewis and Clark traveled can book the three-day camping and canoeing pre-tour.

Click here to read all about this amazing tour!

January 14th, 2015

Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours is delighted to announce that Matterhorn Travel has joined our family. After 48 years of offering upscale leisure and cultural travel to their guests, we will now be offering and operating Matterhorn’s Civil War: This Hallowed Ground and WWII in Europe tours, according to this year’s published schedule. Our guests will enjoy a new group of historians who are experts in their field and can relate history with the passion and knowledge you have come to expect.

We would like to welcome everyone from the Matterhorn family to Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours. We want you to know that you will find the same level of superb history and customer service available to you that you have experienced with Matterhorn.

We look forward helping everyone experience living history through our tours in 2015.

Civil War: This Hallowed Ground Tour
A Patriotic Journey Through the Civil War in Virginia and at Gettysburg
May 24-31, June 21-28, Sept. 27-Oct. 4, Oct. 18-25, 2015

On our Civil War: This Hallowed Ground Tour, we study the military campaigns and strategy in Virginia and at Gettysburg and delve into the causes as well as the people who were willing to sacrifice their lives and property for their country, whether north or south. Who were those soldiers whose hearts were, in the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, “touched by fire?” How were they trained? Until the turning point at Gettysburg, why did the Confederate generals in the East think harder, fight harder, and campaign better than the Union generals? And, finally, why did the North win?

Our professional historian will lead the group. We will learn from, and be inspired by, the skill, the courage, and the endurance displayed by the generation that brought us through the Civil War. In addition to retracing battles we include education sessions to enhance our understanding of the war and people.

Our trip promises to be among our most memorable and we hope that you will join us.

Special Features

  • Experienced historian as education host
  • Seven education sessions
  • Visits to Civil War battlefields: Manassas, Shenandoah Valley, Antietam, Gettysburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Petersburg, Appomattox

Click here to read the full itinerary.