The tour day by day
You can order a room in our hotel from August 27th to August 28th. Participants in the Normandy-Day tour signing up for this extension will have a free room and dinner in the evening.
Signing of the armistice after the battle of France in June 1940.
If you are not staying at our hotel, you will be picked up at your hotel at 8 a.m. by us, and brought to our hotel. You can also come to the hotel on your own. Departure from our hotel in Paris at 9 a.m. We go to Compiègne, visiting the museum for the car in which the armistice was signed in November 1918 in WW1 and again in WW 2 after the battle of France in June 1940, with different winners. From here we go to Waterloo just outside Brussels in Belgium. We visit the battlefield, the panorama museum and the visitor’s center. We will spend the night in Brussels and have dinner at a typical Belgian restaurant in the center of town.
Unterscharführer Ochsner from Obersturmbahnführer Jochen Peipers group giving instructions during the advance in the Ardennes.
We leave for Malmedy, and outside the town we will find the site where the Malmedy Massacre took place. The killing of 92 unarmed American prisoners of war was a turning point in the warfare in Western Europe. From this point on, the fighting became much more brutal on both sides. We follow the bloody track of the SS Sturmbannfürer Jochen Peipers from here to the town of Stavelot and to the village of Le Gleize. Here he was stopped by American forces and without petrol had to destroy his tanks and other vehicles and return to Germany on foot through the American lines, hiding by day and walking by night. You will get the story of this infamous SS commander who survived the war but was murdered in 1975, presumably by former French resistance fighters. We visit the museum and go from here to Bastogne, where some of the toughest fighting during the Battle of the Bulge took place. We stay in Bastogne.
In the morning outside Bastogne, we will visit battlefields and foxholes still visible, dug by members of “Band of Brothers” Easy company of the 506th regiment of the 101th Airborne.
One of the fox holes dug by Easy company.
We visit the America monument and the museum before we proceed to nearby Luxembourg and visit the National Military Museum in the town Diekirch. The museum focus on the American forces in Luxembourg during the Battle of the Bulge. The director of the museum will take us to one of the battlefields from the beginning of the operation. Here a small force from the 109th Infantry Regiment of the 28th US ID took the first blow of the German offensive in the Ardennes on the 16th of December 1944. The director will show us the battlefield and we will see numerous foxholes still visible in the forest. During the repeated attacks many German soldiers were killed. We will spend one night in Luxembourg.
We start at the American War Cemetery near Luxembourg city, where we find General Patton’s grave. He was buried as he wished beside many of his men, fallen during the Battle of the Bulge. From here we will go to Verdun and visit the bloodiest battlefield on the Western Front during World War 1. We visit the bone house, Douamont Fortress and The Memorial Museum. We will stay one night in Verdun.
Sgt. Alvin C. York in 1919.
From Verdun we will go to the American Military Cemetery, Meuse-Argonne and to the nearby battlefield where Sgt. York fought in WW 1. We will follow his footsteps on the battlefield and hear the story of a humble man from Tennessee who became the most famous American hero of the First World War. From here we go to Reims. We visit the famous cathedral and our last stop on the tour will be General Eisenhower’s headquarter in Reims where he received the unconditional German surrender on May 8th 1945. From here we return to Paris, where the tour ends late in the afternoon.