Title: Band of Brothers Tour
Design your own history tour!
Here's an over-the-top example, but you could do your own version with a tent, a couple buddies, and a good AAA membership.
Sure, Europe is a stretch, but Washington, DC is only 4-500 miles. And what's in your backyard right here in OH/PA/IN/KY? The French and Indian War? Pontiac's Rebellion, the War of 1812? Have you been to Ft. Necessity National Battlefield? Fort Meigs? Bushy Run? Fort Pitt?
The Band of Brothers tour site. Visit D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, Market Garden, Dachau,Eagle's Nest, Auschwitz,Normandy invasion,Prague,Ardennes forest, Krakow, Theresienstadt, Budapest
Day 2: The group travels to Littlecote House, headquarters of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in England in 1944. You see Colonel Robert Sink’s office and explore the grounds. Local people join the group to share their memories of this period. We then travel to the English Channel and board the ferry that takes us to the Normandy Coast. Dinner is on the ferry. We disembark in Ouistreham and travel to the hotel.
Day 3: The day starts with a visit to the town of Carentan and its Dead Man’s Corner Museum. After lunch in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, we pass by Brecourt Manor, site of Easy Company’s famous assault on German artillery. This is followed by a tour of Utah Beach, its museum and Pointe du Hoc, where Rudder’s Rangers ascended the steep cliffs to take out the long-range cannons.
Day 4: Our second day in Normandy begins with a trip to Omaha Beach and the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. After lunch in view of Gold Beach and the remains of the Mulberry Harbor in the coastal town of Arromanches-les-Bains, we visit the German battery in Longues-sur-Mer. We then tour other sights along the coast as time permits.
Day 5: After breakfast in Normandy, we travel to the Netherlands to the city of Nijmegen. Passengers enjoy onboard entertainment, including videos of the people we meet in Holland who have personal stories to tell about life under Nazi occupation and the famous battles to liberate the country.
Day 6: The sixth day of our tour explores the bold attempt by the Allies to end the war quickly through Operation Market Garden. The morning features a brief drive along the famous dykes that figured in so many battles for control of the region. We then tour the National Liberation Museum. In the afternoon we depart for Belgium’s Ardennes Forest and spend the night in the town of Bastogne.
Day 7: In the morning we travel to the neighboring country of Luxembourg to take in the remarkable collection and displays of the National Military History Museum. We then return to Bastogne, where the 101st Airborne defended the besieged town during the Battle of the Bulge. We visit the Mardasson monument, which pays tribute to the Allied resolve during this critical period. The foxholes of Bois Jacques highlight the afternoon itinerary. We meet WWII witnesses for dinner.
Day 8: The eighth day of our tour involves travel to Bavaria. On the way, we stop in Hamm, Luxemburg for a visit to the American cemetery, the final resting place of many Easy Company soldiers as well as General George S. Patton. The group checks into the hotel outside of Munich.
Day 9: In the morning we visit the infamous Dachau camp, which features a full-scale museum detailing Nazi atrocities. In the afternoon we take a Third Reich sightseeing tour of Munich. You experience the city as the birthplace of the Nazi Party, with visits to the official Nazi Headquarters, and the location of the Beer Hall Putsch street battle.
Day 10: The last full day of the tour involves a trip to Berchtesgaden, site of Hitler’s Bavarian retreat, the Eagle’s Nest, which was captured by Easy Company at the end of World War II. We start with a visit to Dokumentation Obersalzberg, an exhibit set atop Hitler’s bunker complex. We then take a scenic drive up to the Eagle’s Nest itself, where we also have lunch. We travel back to Munich for the farewell dinner.*
Day 11: After saying goodbye, our guests are brought to Munich for their return flights.
*In the case of inclement weather, Day 10 will instead feature a visit to Nuremberg