2021 WWII & The Western Front

(Class of 2022 Only)

Day 1: Fly overnight to England

Day 2: London – Meet our Tour Director at the airport in London, where reminders of Great Britain’s military history greet you at every turn. During our stay you’ll see tanks and aircraft utilized by British soldiers at the Imperial War Museum, and gain insight into the everyday challenges presented by modern warfare. Stand in the Cabinet War Rooms, which were used as offices by Winston Churchill and his cabinet during WWII. Large military maps and charts still hang on the walls of these well-preserved underground rooms, where Churchill took refuge when it was too dangerous for him to return home. Admire architectural marvels like the Houses of Parliament and St. Paul’s Cathedral, whose Baroque spires escaped major damage during the Blitz. – Take a walking tour of London

Day 3: London – Guided tour of London 

Day 4: Portsmouth | Normandy – Travel to Portsmouth – Cross the English Channel by ferry to Normandy. Here, on June 6, 1944 (the date now known as D-Day), Allied troops landed on the beaches, launching the campaign that eventually liberated mainland Europe from the Nazis. Witness remnants of the floating roadways and piers built to create an instant port at Arromanches. Visit the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument commemorating the special forces who scaled a 100-foot cliff to seize German artillery. See the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial established—out of necessity—just two days after the invasion. Pay tribute to WWII troops at the Caen Mémorial, one of Europe’s top history museums. Exhibits and films document the events that led up to the war and the Normandy invasion.

Day 5: Normandy – Take an expertly guided tour of the D-Day beaches of Normandy: American Cemetery; Arromanches; Pointe du Hoc – Visit the Caen Memorial

Day 6: Rouen | Paris – Take a tour of Rouen – Visit Rouen Cathedral – Continue on to Paris – Take a walking tour of Paris: Latin Quarter – Visit Notre Dame Cathedral 

Day 7: Paris – Take an expertly guided tour of Paris: Arc de Triomphe; Les Invalides; Eiffel Tower; Champs-Élysées; – Time to see more of Paris or Visit Versailles

Day 8: Bastogne – Take an expertly guided tour of Bastogne: Mardasson Memorial – Visit Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial

Day 9: Cologne | Berlin – Take a tour of Cologne – Visit Cologne Cathedral – Travel by train to Berlin, the vibrant capital of reunified Germany. The city has been transformed since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and now plays a vital role in the European Union. Visit the Topography of Terror Musuem, built on the grounds of the Gestapo and SS headquarters. Here you can revisit Nazi regime and discover this documentation center. Stroll past cafés, restaurants and embassies along Unter den Linden, Berlin’s most elegant boulevard. Continue to the imposing Reichstag building, the historical seat of Germany’s parliament.

Day 10: Berlin – Photo stop at Checkpoint Charlie – Take an expertly guided tour of Berlin: Brandenburg Gate; Kurfürstendamm; Remains of the Berlin Wall – Visit the Topography of Terror Museum

Day 11: Depart for home