American battlefields and sites in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Northern France
August 27th – September 1st 2018
World War I and World War II with Antony Beevor
Germany, Battle of the Bulge, Waterloo, Huertgen Forest, Easy Company of the 101st Airborne, Malmedy, Luxembourg, Verdun, Argonne, Reims.
This tour will take you to some of the most famous battlefields in Europe, from Waterloo to those of WW1 and WW 2.
You will see American battlefields in Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany and France.
August 27th – September 1st 2018. $2,750
From the bloody battles in Huertgen Forest to The Battle of the Bulge around Bastogne, the site near Malmedy where 92 American POWs were murdered in the first days of the Ardennes Offensive.
You will visit the battlefield and the American foxholes near the German border in Luxembourg. In France, near Verdun and the Argonne forest you will walk in the footsteps of Sgt. York, one of America’s great heroes from WW 1.
You will experience France, Belgium Germany and Luxembourg and you will be introduced to these countries and experience their culture, food and history. Every day will be packed with visits and unique experiences.
You will see and experience the following:
• The Museum of the Armistice car in Compiègne
• Waterloo battlefield
• Huertgen Forest
• Malmedy Massacre site and museum
• Le Gleize museum
• Battlefields and foxholes of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne at Bastogne, “Band of Brothers”
• American Monument outside Bastogne
• Bastogne Military Museum
• The National Military History Museum in Luxembourg
• Battlefield of 109th Infantry Regiment of the 28th US Infantry Division in Luxembourg
• American War Cemetery in Luxembourg
• General Patton’s grave
• Verdun battlefields from WW 1
• Verdun Memorial Museum
• American Military Cemetery, Meuse-Argonne WW 1
• Sgt. York’s trail
• Reims Cathedral
• General Eisenhower’s headquarter in Reims
"After having traveled with the International Military Institute six times I can only give the company my best recommendations. There is control with everything and everything functions perfectly. The guides are knowledgeable and let their knowledge pass on to the travelers. You know more, when you return home."
– Exceptional service and knowledge (Uffe S.)
"As someone interested in history (especially WWII) it has always been my dream to see and experience key places that have to do with the war. To stand at Omaha Beach where the Allies went ashore in 1944. To stand at Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg, where the Nuremberg Rally took place. Cultours is definitely a tour operator out of the ordinary. If you want to feel the presence of history, Cultours will in no way disappoint."
– Fantastic! Exciting! Incredible! Simply! (Brian)
”A memorable trip. Enjoyable and I learned a lot. Great companionship. Thanks so much.”
– Don Atkinson
"With an old friend from school I participated in a journey to Normandy in the spring of 2012. The theme was the 1944 invasion in Normandy, France. It was a great experience, a good bus, competent and engaged guide. The hotels and the food were good. Everything came together perfectly. I can only say, that I would travel with Cultours again. I got my money's worth."
– The best themed tour operator (Karsten N.)
"… the most enjoyable, informative and detailed tour I have ever been on. The historians/guides, Torsten Granov and Daniel Martinez, were both extremely knowledgeable about the area and history of both Normandy and Paris. A visitor with little knowledge of the D-Day invasion would gain a wealth of information taking this tour."
– John W. Husk
Our expert guides & Pricing
Historian and TV personality
Daniel Martinez is a noted Pacific War and WWII historian. He is a well-known television personality. He hosted 36 episodes of Unsolved History for Discovery Channel. Daniel has also appeared in numerous documentaries for the History Channel, National Geographic, the Military Channel, CBS, NBC, ABC, CSPAN and PBS. Recently, he led our tour retracing the footsteps of John F. Kennedy up to his assassination in 1963. His background in battlefield interpretation is acknowledged internationally. He has led tours to the fields of Gettysburg, Antietam, Little Big Horn, Pearl Harbor, Iwo Jima, Saipan, Tinian and Midway Island. He has written or contributed to several books and writes for leading publications on military history.
Historian and Director of International Military History Institute
Torsten Granov has written several books and has lectured widely about WWII and Nazi Germany in Denmark, Norway and France. His book D-Day – the prelude, the drama, the aftermath is available in English. He is an expert on WWII and the Invasion of Normandy – D-day. He has visited a great number of WWI and WWII battlefields as an expert guide on military history tours.
- Single rooms USD $600 extra
- Quality hotels (French style). All rooms with private bath or shower.
- Nice breakfast all days from August 28th, good 3 course dinners in interesting local restaurants starting August 27th.
- Entrance fees to all museums and sites
- Two expert historians as tour guides giving lectures during the trip.
- Educational materials, maps, etc.
- Private first class motor coach.
- Extra night in Paris hotel: $150 per person sharing a twin room, breakfast included.
- Extra night in single room $250.
The tour day by day
The tour starts August 27th in the morning. You can arrive one day early and meet world famous historian Antony Beevor, best selling author of books on Stalingrad, The downfall of Berlin, D-Day, The Battle of the Bulge and many more sold in millions of copies all over the world. On the 26th in the afternoon Antony Beevor will give an exclusive lecture for our Normandy travellers and the travellers going on The American Battlefields tour.
You can order a room in our hotel from August 26th to August 27th. For those arriving on August 26th we can arrange pick-up at the airport. Participants in the Normandy D-Day tour signing up for this extension will have a free room and dinner in the evening.
The world famous historian, Antony Beevor, will give a lecture to our group about the perspectives of what happened in Normandy in 1944, and about the last Nazi offensive, The Battle of the Bulge in December 1945. You will have the opportunity to ask Antony questions and you will be given a signed copy of Antony Beevor’s book as a present from the International Military History Institute and from the guides.
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 Compiegne, 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 and we tour the battlefield. We will spend the night on our way to Huertgen Forest in Germany at a nice hotel and have a fine dinner typical for the locality.
We begin the day at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery where 7992 American military dead are laid to rest. Most of them lost their lives in the last months of the war while advancing into Germany. Many from the Battles in Huertgen Forest, a hilly area with steep mountains, rivers and valleys and thick forests. The battles lasted from September 19th to December 16th 1944. It cost approximately 33.000 American lives, more than on D-Day and The Normandy campaign combined. These battles were partly forgotten as the last German offensive, The Battle of the Bulge, took most of the attention.
We will be joined by the former director of Luxembourg’s Military History Museum, Roland Gaul, one of the best experts on the Huertgen Forest Battles and The Battle of the Bulge. Roland will with Daniel Martinez and Torsten Granov form an exceptional group of experts that will show you the battlefields, the museums and give you in depth explanations. Roland Gaul will be with us the next two days. We will sleep in one of the picturesque German villages in the middle of the Huertgen landscape.
We leave in the morning for Malmedy. Outside the town we find the site where the Malmedy Massacre took place on December 17th 1944 in the opening stages of The Battle of the Bulge. The killing of 92 unarmed American prisoners of war was a turning point in the warfare in Western Europe. We will see the museum on the site.
From this point on, the fighting on the Western front in Europe, became much more brutal on both sides. We follow the bloody track of the SS Sturmbannfürer Jochen Peiper 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 will visit the museum, in front of which stands one of the few existing King Tiger Tanks. From here we go 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 101st Airborne. And the headquarters of the 101st Airborne.
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 focuses 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 situated in a remote area that very few visitors find.
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.
General Pattons graveFrom 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.
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 Sgt. York trail 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 and visit the famous cathedral. Our last stop on the tour will be General Eisenhower’s headquarters in Reims where we will see the room where the Allies received the unconditional German surrender on May 8th 1945. From here we return to Paris, where the tour ends late in the afternoon.