Battle of the Bulge

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Battle of the Bulge

Early on the misty winter morning of 16 December 1944, over 200,000 German troops and nearly 1,000 tanks launched Adolf Hitler’s last bid to reverse the ebb in his fortunes that had begun when Allied troops landed in France on D-day.

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Depart on an overseas International flight, with dinner and breakfast on board.
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Paris – Arrive at London Airport.

We depart Paris on a leisurely drive to Bastogne with a sight-seeing stop in the Champagne Region at Reims with its magnificent cathedral. We arrive in Bastogne in mid-afternoon and check into our hotel near McAuliffe Square in the center of the city. Lunch on your own along the way.

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Bastogne

We are most fortunate to have as your local guide, Henri Mignon, a retired artillery officer of the Belgian Army. His family used to live in a small village north of Bastogne, in an area reoccupied by the German SS during the Battle of the Bulge.

Though only 8 years old, he clearly recalls the hardships of the fighting and especially the day when his father was killed by an artillery round while getting the family water from the farm well. We start at the McAuliffe Square with its famous Sherman tank.

From there we visit important sites in and around Bastogne: the Bastogne Historical Center, the “foxholes” of the “Easy Company” (made famous in “Band of Brothers”), the German Cemetery in Recogne, Fort Boguess where the encirclement was broken by the 4th Armored Division and much more.

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Bastogne

Today, Henri will have special access to the Belgium military base from where B/G McAuliffe sent his famous reply, “NUTS!” to the German surrender demand. We have a long trip across the battlefield and visit many of the sites made famous in the battle: including the 82d Airborne Division sector, the withdrawal of the 7th Armored Division and the”Siegfried Line” with its signature “Dragon Teeth.”

From the German border we follow the attack route of “Kampfgruppe Peiper”, spearhead of the entire German attack plan, including the site of the infamous “Malmedy Massacre”. We continue through Trois-Ponts, scene of a valiant stand by the U.S. Engineer troops in their attempts to stop Peiper.

In La Gleize you will be able to examine one of only 11 German “King” Tiger II tanks remaining in the world as well as a German Panther tank. On our way back to Bastogne, we stop in Houffalize, junction point of the 1st and 3d U.S. Armies in the counter-attack, on 16 January 1945. Lunch on your own in Malmedy.

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Return Paris

Today we depart the Ardennes and make our way back to Paris. That evening you have at leisure to enjoy Paris. Lunch on your own along the way. Dinner on your own in Paris.

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Paris- Breakfast

Transfer departure to the Airport. End of services after registration of passengers and baggage.