28 Historical Tours to Book for 2024 and Beyond | Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours

28 Historical Tours to Book for 2024 and Beyond

USO WWII New Year's Eve
WWII soldiers at the USO on New Year’s Eve

Ring in the New Year with a new adventure! From visiting the sacred battlefields of Europe, the Pacific and the Civil War, to following the path of America’s explorers and legendary figures, we have 28 historical tours to choose from in 2024 and beyond.

AMERICAN HISTORY TOURS

Apache Wars of the Southwest

“The Tour was everything I had hoped for. I learned so much about the Apache Culture and history, as well as the Spanish presence in the early Southwest. ” – Jim Price More >

Crazy Horse & Custer Tour: War on the Great Plains

“From the many museums, The Little Bighorn, the Crazy Horse memorial and Mt. Rushmore, to the amazing landscapes, it was a history buff’s fantasy come true.” – Jim Price More >

Lewis and Clark Tour: Undaunted Courage

“Marvelous. Terrific combination of history and nature and cultural background. Our historian was full of information and every day had a mix of hiking, viewing artwork, enjoying great food, on and on.” – Laura and Michael D. More >

Revolutionary War: Boston to Quebec

“This tour of Revolutionary War Northern Theater sites was fascinating and enlightening. There was a lot of history packed into eight days.” – Peter Threadgill More >

Revolutionary War: Road to Yorktown

“Loved this tour! It started in one of my favorite southern cities, Charleston, SC, and ended in Colonial Williamsburg. Along the way we visited many battlefields and historic sites. Our historian made events come alive with his stories, and his explanations of battle tactics were fascinating.” – Helen S. More >

CIVIL WAR TOURS

Civil War: Mississippi River Campaign

“This is to thank you and your team for a great holiday discovering the complexities of the Civil War and of the South. ” – Jack and Nancy More >

Civil War: This Hallowed Ground

“There is no substitute for visiting the sites where history was made. My highlights were standing on Little Round Top, walking Pickett’s charge, and seeing the Union river crossing site at Fredericksburg. If you want to understand how our nation became one from many, this tour is for you.” – Thomas Sutton More >

Civil War: War on the Rivers, Rails and Mountains

“I loved everything about this tour – perhaps a highlight for me was being at the top of Lookout Mountain on a misty morning imagining how it would have been with the two armies clashing at the ‘Battle above the Clouds’. All Museums, Mansions and sites were extremely interesting, our Hotels exceptional!” – Christine Strachan More >

WWII TOURS

Band of Brothers® Tours: The Original!

“This tour is special. There is nothing else like it.” – Major Dick Winters, The Commander of Easy Company More >

Battle of Britain and Dunkirk: Their Finest Hour

The focus of this tour is on the critical months of the summer of 1940 when Britain stood alone against the might of Nazi Germany and dealt Adolf Hitler his first great defeat. Highlights include an exclusive tour of IWM Duxford and VIP seating for Battle of Britain Air Show. More >

Battle of the Bulge

“Chris Anderson’s personal first hand knowledge of events made this tour very special indeed. A highlight for us was being at Dick Winter’s foxhole in the Ardennes.” – George and Cheryl Holt More >

D-Day to the Rhine: The Best!

Stephen E. Ambrose himself designed our D-Day tour. Our itinerary is based on thousands of hours of interviews with D-Day veterans, studying of the battlefields, and other WWII research. It is unmatched in its authenticity. More >

Italian Campaign Tour: Sicily to Rome

“The boot of Italy is a very tough place to get through even with a car. We went to some places where most tours would normally not go. It turned out to be a winner. Everybody was very pleased with it.” – Ford Murray More >

Manhattan Project: Journey through the Manhattan Project National Historic Park System

“It was an honor to walk in these historic places and contemplate how history changing they were. I highly recommend this tour.” – Susan Yu More >

Mighty Eighth Air Force

In honor of the 80th anniversary of the start of the Combined Bomber Offensive, we are excited to offer this new tour in 2024. You will study this important WWII campaign, visit the aircraft, take an exclusive tour of IWM Duxford and have VIP seating for Battle of Britain Air Show. More >

Normandy Campaign: Beaches and Beyond

By the evening of D-Day, more than 150,000 Allied troops had landed on the coast of France and had breached Adolf Hitler’s once impregnable “Atlantic Wall.” For the next 80 days the world fixated its eyes on the battles raging in Normandy. On this tour, you will travel from the D-Day beaches to the inland campaigns in the heart of Normandy to Paris, following the American, British and Canadian armies where they stopped the last great German offensive in Normandy. More >

Operation Overlord Tour: Planning and Launch of D-Day Invasion

“Honestly – everything was so great. I cannot imagine any improvement on the content of the info.” – Judy N More >

Pearl Harbor Anniversary 

This tour features several VIP excursions that visitors rarely have the opportunity to experience: visit the Hickman Air Base with the official base historian; take a private tour of an active duty ship; visit the Schofield Barracks; and take a private boat tour of Pearl Harbor and Ford Island; attend the official commemorative ceremony on December 7. More >

War in the Pacific Tour with Iwo Jima Reunion of Honor

“It so vastly exceeded my expectations on every level. The Crown Jewel Highlight, however, was the Reunion of Honor flight and visit to Iwo Jima. Standing atop Mount Suribachi and walking along the Black Sand Invasion Beaches was a Lifetime Dream come true.” – Ron Huntington More >

WWII: Drive to Victory in Europe

“It is fulfilling in some way to stand in the locations where history was made. The Battle of the Bulge sites, Nuremberg, including the 1930’s rally grounds, Dachau, Berchtesgaden and the Eagle’s Nest were all highlights for us.” – Mark and Linda Lettow More >

WWII Poland and Germany Tour: Beginning and End of the War

“This profoundly moving tour dramatically expanded my understanding of WWII in Europe, particularly the often over-looked (by Americans) heroism and resilience of the Polish people. ” – John Littlefield More >

80th Anniversary of D-Day Tours

All guests on our 80th Anniversary of D-Day tours will attend the official June 6 Commemorative ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery at Colville-sur-Mer where you will honor and pay tribute to our fallen heroes.

80th Anniversary of D-Day: Operation Overlord

This 80th Anniversary of D-Day Tour covers the planning and launch of the D-Day Invasion, Operation Overlord. During the 8-night tour you will visit the invasion beaches of Omaha and Utah and the Normandy American Cemetery, as well as other key sites that will live in your memory. More >

80th Anniversary of D-Day: D-Day to the Rhine

Walk the sands of Omaha Beach stirred by the memories of the young men who came ashore under fire in June of 1944. Visit the town squares, woods, and fields where the paratroopers landed in the predawn hours on 6 June. An optional Berlin extension includes visits to Reichstag, the Topography of Terror Museum, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Karlshorst, and the Soviet War Memorial. More >

80th Anniversary of D-Day: The Airborne

This tour tells the story of this pivotal moment in WWII history from the perspective of the Airborne Divisions. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, paratroopers from the U.S. 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, along with the British 6th Airborne Division, were dropped behind enemy lines in Normandy, and were utilized in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge. Senior Historian Chris Anderson, who is an expert on the Normandy Invasion, Band of Brothers, and 101st Airborne, leads this tour. More >

80th Anniversary of D-Day: Churchill’s England and D-Day to the Rhine

You will begin in London, where Sir Winston Churchill led Great Britain through its “darkest hour,” and then follow Eisenhower’s Army from England to the Rhine. Highlights include the Churchill War Rooms, Normandy beaches, Ste-Mere-Eglise, where the first American Airborne troops landed on D-Day, Arnhem and Bastogne. More >

80th Anniversary of D-Day: Patton’s 3rd Army

The first part of this tour covers the planning and launch of the D-Day Invasion, Operation Overlord. You will visit key sites in London and then ferry to Normandy, where you’ll walk the invasion beaches. As we make our way to Patton’s Headquarters, you will visit the town squares, woods, and fields significant to the Allied victory, before following Patton’s Third Army across France, to its relief of Bastogne and invasion of Germany. Patton expert Kevin Hymel, who has authored three books on the Maverick General, leads this tour. More >

World War I and Military HistoryTours

Scotland: Jacobite Rising of 1745

“This was my third tour with Stephen Ambrose, second with Chris Anderson as Historian. Absolutely the best! Chris brought so much information to the table. He wove the story of Prince Charles into the fabric of the United States.” – Lynn Hargrove More >

WWI Tour: War to End All Wars

“It was an amazing 2-wk trip that began in Brussels then on to the Battle of Waterloo that re-drew the map of Europe in the early 19th century and set the stage for events leading up to WWI. Highly recommended!” – Gary Rohrer More >

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