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re-enactment of the battle of Waterloo

Normandy to the Battle of the Bulge

Travel in history from Bonaparte in Paris to the Second World War Normandy beaches. Then the World War One Somme Battlefields. Onto Belgium and the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 before visiting Bastogne and the last major German offensive of WWII, the Ardennes Offensive, also known as the ‘Battle of the Bulge’.

 

 

 

Day 1 – Paris Arrival

Arrive in Paris, a captivating city with bustling street life, cosmopolitan cafés and the some of the most spectacular buildings and monuments in Europe. Meet with your specialist tour guide at the airport and enjoy a panoramic coach tour of Paris on the way to the hotel, then check-in and relax before enjoying a welcome dinner at a local Paris restaurant. Overnight Paris

 

Day 2 – Paris

This morning take time out to explore the shops, parks and cosmopolitan life near the hotel before an organized afternoon visit to Les Invalides, a hospital founded in the 1670’s by King Louis XIV for his invalid soldiers. See the most notable tomb at Les Invalides, that of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) in the crypt under Mansart's dome, then follow the Esplanade to cour d'honneur which houses the Army Museum in its east and west wings. Overnight Paris

 

Day 3 – Normandy, Etretat to Bayeux

Leave Paris for the coast of Normandy, an area full of military history from William the Conqueror to the Normandy Landings and visit the abbeys, small harbours and half-timbered houses that line the cliffs between Etretat and Deauville. Travel onto Caen and the Memorial and Museum of Peace before reaching Bayeux for dinner at the hotel. Overnight Bayeux

 

Day 4 & 5 – Bayeux – Normandy Beaches

Based in Bayeux over the next two days, visits to the World War II beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword along the Normandy coast will be arranged. There will be reflective time and visits to the American cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer, the Utah Beach Museum, Pointe du Hoc, the Airborne Museum and the D-Day Landings Museum in front of the actual vestiges of the artificial harbour (Mulberry Harbour). In Bayeux see the Museum of the Battle of Normandy and going back in time the Bayeux Tapestry which recounts, simply but with a wealth of detail, how and why William the Conqueror conquered England on 14 October 1066.

Overnight Bayeux

 

Day 6 – Somme Battlefields, Albert

Leaving Bayeux, visit Pegasus Bridge near Ouistreham before heading east to the Somme battlefields near Albert. Albert was at the very heart of the Battle of the Somme in which so many suffered and gave their lives in the trench warfare of World War I and a visit to the Somme Trench Museum will be arranged.

Overnight Albert

 

Day 7 – Dunkirk and Brussels

Depart this morning for Brussels and travel via Amiens to France’s most northerly town and the beaches of Dunkirk. Hundreds of thousands of defeated British and French troops were surrounded in the not-yet-conquered territory around Dunkirk in 1940 before an armada of British boats, many civilian, undertook the major evacuation, under heavy German attack, of the French and British troops back to England. Overnight Brussels

 

Day 8 – Brussels and Waterloo

A full day excursion today to Waterloo and a visit to the Battlefield Museum and the visitors centre built around Lion Mound. Forces of the French Empire under Napoleon Bonaparte were defeated by those of the Seventh Coalition including a Prussian army and an Anglo-Allied army under the command of the Duke of Wellington. The wax museum provides the opportunity to put faces to the names of the characters involved in the Battle of Waterloo. Overnight Brussels

 

Day 9 – Brussels to Spa

Spend the morning in Brussels for a little shopping and sightseeing before heading off to Spa on the Belgian/German border. Check-in to the hotel before a relaxing dinner to end the day. Overnight Spa

 

Day 10 – Spa

Spa is in the lush forests of the Ardennes hills, the countryside around full of rivers, streams and waterfalls. Visit the December 1944 Historical Museum in La Gleize where a German Tiger tank sits outside. Built at the exact place where heavy fighting killed hundreds of men in both camps, it is a place where veterans and their families often come to stand in silence in front of the many monuments that were erected in memory of their sacrifices. Overnight Spa

 

Day 11 – Bastogne

Journey today to the city of Bastogne and the Bastogne Historical Centre, the most significant of all the ‘Battle of the Bulge’ museums, was built to remember the last German offensive and the historical siege of the city of Bastogne. Take time to see the German and American reconstructed scenes which allow visitors to relive, with realism and a lot of detail, moments of the battle and the soldier’s daily life. Overnight Spa

 

Day 12 – Brussels

Return to Brussels today with a visit to Liege on the way to see the 400 steps stairway "Montagne de Bueren", leading from Hors-Château to the Citadel. Check-in to the hotel before time at leisure in Brussels and a farewell dinner in the evening. Overnight Brussels

 

Day 13 – Departure

Transfer by coach to Brussels airport.

paris, france

omaha beach, normandy

American memorial

somme memorial

lion’s mound, waterloo

bastogne, belgium

dunkirk beaches

Some of the tour’s sights.

SAMPLE DAILY ITINERARY

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