WWII Allied March: Brussels to Berlin
This tour is a rare combination of history and culture not found anywhere on the planet!
The WWII Allied March: Brussels to Berlin Tour is a journey through WWII history and a delightful taste of European culture.
The tour will not only educate guests on some of the key history of WWII: Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge and the fall of Nazism in Berlin, but will also provide an opportunity to enjoy some unforgettable cultural activities in Luxembourg and Germany, including wine tasting in the Mosel region, a Baroque music recital and visits to ancient Roman ruins and the site of the Potsdam Conference.
This will be a special opportunity to join members of the New England Air Museum, an organization committed to presenting the story of aviation, the human genius that made it possible and the profound effects that it has had on the way in which we live.
Please join us for this outstanding historical and cultural experience!
- Arnhem: Study of Operation Market Garden, drive down “Hell’s Highway,” visit to Nijmegen to see the daring crossing of the Waal River by the 82nd Airborne, a “Bridge Too Far”
- Battle of the Bulge: Two days of study where Hitler put everything he had into his only counter-attack in December 1944; visits to site of the massacre and the American Memorial at Malmedy, St. Vith where the US 7th Armored and 28th Infantry Divisions slowed the German advance
- Bastogne: View the route of the initial American retreat and visit the place where the 101st Airborne and elements of the 10th Armored held off fifteen German divisions for six day and other key sites of the Battle of the Bulge
- Luxembourg: Visits to the American cemetery, General George Patton’s grave and the Siegfried Line to see remnants of the German communication trenches, pillboxes and dragon’s teeth.
- Luxembourg City: A list to the ancient Roman gate, Porta Nigra, the Roman baths and the cathedral followed by lunch and a Mosel wine tasting in Piesport.
- Weimar: History meets culture in Germany’s capital; stops at the Goethe Museum and Nietsche and Schiller residences as well as Leipzig Germany’s music center and a private recital
- Potsdam/Berlin: A study of the Cold War: Potsdam Conference, Brandenburg Gate, Topography of Terror Museum with its depiction of the rise of Nazism, Checkpoint Charlie museum
DAY 1 Flights to Brussels
Depart Bradley International Airport on Aer Lingus with NEAM for an overnight flight to Dublin with a transfer for arrival into Brussels early morning. Alternately, make own flight arrangements from your city or call Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours for assistance with your flights.
DAY 2 Brussels
After an early arrival, we will have a city tour of Brussels.
DAY 3 Arnhem
After an early breakfast, we begin our study of Operation Market Garden, the early attempt by the Allied forces to strike directly for Berlin. Control of the bridges at Eindhoven, Nijmegen and Arnhem was essential for the push into Germany. We drive “Hell’s Highway” where the 101st and 82nd Airborne broke through to connect with the British in Arnhem. We visit Nijmegen to see the daring crossing of the Waal River by the 82nd Airborne. From there we proceed to Arnhem where again we cross the “Bridge Too Far.”
DAY 4 Battle of the Bulge - Part 1
This is where Hitler put everything he had into his only counter-attack in December 1944. The Germans had several breakthroughs and many Americans surrendered near the town of Malmedy. Outside the town, Peiper’s SS lined up about 150 GIs and fired at them point blank. Less than half escaped alive. We will view the site of the massacre and the American Memorial at Malmedy. From there, we visit and study St. Vith where the US 7th Armored and 28th Infantry Divisions slowed the German advance just before Christmas 1944. We have a scenic drive through the Ardennes Mountains to our evening lodging.
DAY 5 Battle of the Bulge - Part 2
We set out for Bastogne where the Americans rallied and stopped the German attack. Here we’ll view the route of the initial American retreat and the place where the 101st Airborne and elements of the 10th Armored held off fifteen German divisions for six days. Our group will visit key sites in and around this historic crossroads town. We’ll also go to General McAuliffe’s HQ where he replied to German surrender demands with one word: “NUTS.” After our visit, it’s a short ride to Luxembourg. This afternoon affords some relaxing free time in the center of this bustling but charming old world city
DAY 6 Luxembourg
We drive to nearby Hamm and the American cemetery and the site of General George Patton’s grave. America’s foremost WWII field general rests here among his men. We’ll drive to the Siegfried Line to see remnants of the German communication trenches, pillboxes and dragon’s teeth that American GI’s fought so hard to take in late 1944.
DAY 7 Mosel Wine and History
We depart Luxembourg City in our coach for Trier. Here in Germany’s oldest city, we will see the ancient Roman gate, Porta Nigra, the Roman baths and the cathedral that dates to the Roman Empire. We continue to Piesport for a wine tasting and lunch. Afterwards we will spend the night in Koblenz.
DAY 8 Music and Arts
After breakfast we have an early departure for Weimar, Germany’s capital between WWI and WWII. We take a brief tour of the city with stops at the Goethe Museum and Nietsche and Schiller residences. After a late lunch we head for Leipzig Germany’s music center where Bach, Schumann, Wagner and Mendelssohn composed. Dinner and a private recital.
DAY 9 Start of the Cold War
We leave after breakfast for Berlin via Potsdam. We stop at Cecilienhof, the site of the Potsdam Conference, where the “big three” (Truman, Stalin, and Churchill) met in 1945. Their sessions laid the groundwork for the Cold War. Afterwards we visit the German Air Museum before going to the city center. Overnight in Berlin.
DAY 10 The Cold War - Berlin
Visit to Brandenburg Gate, Topography of Terror museum with its depiction of the rise of Nazism, and Checkpoint Charlie museum.
DAY 11 Free Day - Berlin
Guests have a free day to explore Berlin on their own.
DAY 12 Depart for Home
Morning transfer to the Berlin Tegel International Airport (TXL) to Dublin for a connection to Bradley Int’l Airport or your home airport.