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WORLD WAR II IN EUROPE

D-Day – Battle of Normandy
Battle of the Bulge – Battle of the HÜrtgen Forest

Follow the Greatest Generation, as described by Tom Brokaw,
from Normandy to Bastogne to Germany.

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“...We will always remember. We will always be proud. We will always be prepared, so we may
always be free.”

President Ronald Reagan
Omaha Beach, June 6, 1984

A Journey in American History by Matterhorn Travel / 2009

Tom Brokaw called the World War II generation "The Greatest Generation." Certainly, this generation saved our western civilization from Nazi terror. As President Roosevelt expressed it, the generation had a "Rendezvous with Destiny."

Among the very greatest were the soldiers who landed at Normandy on D-Day in the largest military invasion from the sea
in the history of the world. These men fought in Normandy during the summer of 1944 and advanced across France to the Siegfried Line. The Battle of the Bulge during the bitter cold winter of 1944-45 was the largest battle ever fought by the
American Army.

Our one week journey will follow the path of our soldiers from the D-Day landings in Normandy to the Crossing of the
Rhine in March, 1945.

Of course the war did not end at the Rhine. Much fighting still remained. Our troops crossed the Rhine in early Marchand advanced across Germany to V-E Day on May 8. Our weekend extension will include Weimar and the concentration camp
at Buchenwald. Enroute to Berlin, we’ll stop at Torgau on the Elbe, where our soldiers linked up with Russian troops
advancing from the East.

The advance from D-Day to Berlin was not without mistakes. In Normandy our army was unprepared for hedgerow
combat. The huge losses in the Hürtgen Forest served no significant purpose. Our army was initially unprepared for
the German offensive of December 16, causing high casualties until the Germans were stopped and pushed back.
These battles will be covered by our historians, and we will visit some of the sites.

The trip is more than a retracing of battles. Education sessions are included to enhance our understanding of World
War II in Europe. Our approach will consider both the “worm’s eye view” of Ernie Pyle, and the high command
environment of General Eisenhower and his staff.

Most of our historians are graduates of West Point or have taught at West Point; all have advanced degrees.

Our journey will be memorable; we hope that you will join us.

Included Features

Round trip transatlantic flights
  • USA to Paris
  • Frankfurt (or Berlin) to USA
Hotel accommodations for seven nights
  • Two nights near Paris (Airport)
  • Two nights in Normandy
  • One night in Metz
  • One night near Spa/Monschau
  • One night near Frankfurt
Breakfast and dinner each day


Special Features

Five Education Sessions

Experienced historian as education host
 

Education Sessions

4th Day D-Day Landings - June 6, 1944
Preparations in England
The Role of the Navy

5th Day The Battle of Normandy
On the Ground in France; St. Lô
The Role of the Air Force

6th Day The American Experience in World War One
7th Day Battle of the Bulge
8th Day Battle of the Hürtgen Forest

Visits

Normandy
Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Bayeux, Ste. Mère Eglise, St. Lô, Pegasus Bridge, Three Museums

Belleau Wood, Argonne Forest, Verdun, Luxembourg, Bastogne, Hürtgen Forest, Siegfried Line Pillbox, Remagen

Travel between cities via deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach with English speaking tour manager

Round trip airport transfers

Hotel porterage

1st Day, Wednesday
USA – Paris
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Fly this afternoon from your departure city to Paris. Beverages, dinner and continental breakfast will be served in flight.
There is also a movie for your in-flight enjoyment.

 

2nd Day, Thursday
Paris
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Arrive Paris in the morning, local time. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

The balance of the morning is at leisure.

This afternoon we have included a panorama tour of the major sights of Paris.

Those who already know Paris may wish to spend the afternoon at the Louvre or another of the city’s world class
museums. Or, you may prefer just to stroll along the Champs Elysees, or while away the afternoon at a sidewalk cafe.

 

3rd Day, Friday
Normandy: Caen – Pegasus Bridge
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This morning we'll follow the Seine west to Normandy, a land of rich pastures and orchards; of castles, cathedrals and medieval towns.

“Good luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.”
General Eisenhower, Order of the Day, June 4, 1944

Two of history’s greatest epics occurred in Normandy. William the Conqueror invaded England from Normandy in 1066. In 1944, green and peaceful Normandy with its picturesque landscape and villages was the setting for the greatest military invasion from the sea in world history. On June 6, 1944 — called the Longest Day — General Eisenhower’s allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy.

This afternoon we’ll visit the Memorial Museum of Caen to introduce us to the events of D-Day and the summer of 1944 .

Next, we will pay homage to our British allies and visit Pegasus Bridge, where British glider troops landed and
captured the span over the River Orne, preventing the Germans from using the bridge to reinforce their defenders
at the landing beaches. Landing at 12:30 AM on June 6, these British airborne troops had the honor of beginning
the Battle of Normandy.

 

4th Day, Saturday
Normandy – Beaches and Battles
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“In this column I want to tell you what the opening of the second front entailed, so that you can know and
appreciate and forever be humbly grateful to those both dead and alive who did it for you.”
- Ernie Pyle, June 12, 1944

Today and tomorrow we will follow the paths of the American infantry, rangers, and paratroopers in Normandy.

The first Americans to land on June 6 were our paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions. We will visit
the Airborne Museum at Ste. Mère Eglise, the first village to be liberated. Today, this village still hangs a parachute
on its church steeple as a reminder of its liberation.

We will visit the bridge at La Fière, where the 82nd Airborne Division sealed the Ste. Mère Eglise - Carentan - Utah
Beach area against German reinforcements from the North. We will see the foxhole of General Gavin, Commander
of the 82nd, still largely intact.

Next, we will proceed to Utah Beach, where our troops landed about a mile from its intended point. Theodore
Roosevelt, Jr., senior officer present, and at age 57 the oldest person to land at D-Day, declared “We’ll begin
our war right here.” We will visit the museum at Utah Beach.

“These are the boys of Pointe Du Hoc. These are the men who took the cliffs. These are the champions who
helped free a continent. These are the the heroes who helped end a war.”
- Ronald Reagan,
  June 6, 1984, Normandy, France

Pointe Du Hoc - Rudder’s Desperate Mission

Among the bravest of brave on D-Day were the Rangers, led by Lt. Col. James E. Rudder, who scaled the vertical cliffs at Pointe Du Hoc in face of opposing enemy fire. As General Omar Bradley wrote, “Never has any commander been given a more desperate mission than that assigned to James Earl Rudder.”

We will visit Pointe du Hoc to see the German fortifications and pock-marked landscape resulting from the massive pre-assault bombardment.

We will walk on the beach at “Bloody Omaha” and visit the cemetery overlooking the beach, where more than 9,000 Americans are buried.

The D-Day book of Cornelius Ryan was called The Longest Day, as was the film staring John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens.
The phrase came from the analysis of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel,
Commander of the German forces in France.

“Believe me...the first 24 hours of the invasion will be decisive...the fate of Germany will depend on it...for the Allies,
as well as for us, this will be the longest day.”

Rommel was correct. D-Day was decisive. Fortunately for us, the beaches were secured. Although terrible fighting
lay ahead, Germany's fate was sealed on this fateful day. General Eisenhower's prayer was answered.

 

5th Day, Sunday
Normandy: St. Lô – Bayeux
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American infantrymen engage the enemy in a thick Norman hedgerow, June 1944. We will walk along a typical hedgerow near St. Lô.


During the ensuing weeks, fierce battles were fought throughout
the Normandy hedgerows. The largest battle was around the town
of St. Lô, which was almost totally destroyed. We will visit the surrounding hedgerow (bocage) country and see the monument
to Major Tom Howie, the “Major of St. Lô,” who was killed on the Martinville Ridge.

The hedgerows in the “bocage” (a French word meaning a mixture
of pasture and wooded land) are small fields ringed by earthen
banks of dirt and roots four to six feet high, with trees and shrubs growing out of them—tight enough to serve as fences that cattle
and other farm animals could not get through.

Our historian will walk with us along a typical hedgerow near
St. Lô, and show us why the Normandy hedgerows were so
extremely difficult for the American troops to attack, and so advantageous for the Germans to defend.

The break-out from Normandy took 75 days.

We will visit the museum of the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux.

The invasion of 1944 was not the first invasion across the English Channel. Nearly 900 years earlier in 1066, William the Conqueror invaded England from Normandy.

Pictures of William’s 1066 expedition can be seen in Bayeux.
Honest! The famous Tapestry of Bayeux, 230 feet long and 900
years old, shows in astonishing detail - via millions of stitches -
the life and customs of the Middle Ages and William’s epic
invasion of England.

This afternoon we will proceed east to the medieval city of Rouen
for dinner at a typical provincial restaurant.

Continue to Paris for overnight.


Technical innovations helped turn the tide in Normandy. A Sherman tank is equipped with a hedgerow cutter constructed of materials from German beach obstacles. Invented by Sgt. Curtis G. Culin of the 2nd Armored Division, the “rhino” device was a huge benefit to our tanks in hedgerow combat.
6th Day, Monday
Belleau Wood – Argonne Forest – Verdun
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What were the causes of World War II? The war can be considered as an extension of the First World War, which destroyed the European civilization that existed in 1914.

Woodrow Wilson called World War I “The war to end all wars.” Although hindsight is always 20-20, this prediction was wildly wrong. In one of the ironies of history, our troops in eastern France in 1944-45 retraced some of the same battlefields where American “doughboys” fought in 1918.

We’ll visit Belleau Wood, where U.S. Army and Marine Corps troops helped to stop the German advance from reaching Paris. In the Meuse-Argonne Region, we’ll see the Pennsylvania State Monument and the American Memorial at Montfaucon. It was
in the Argonne Forest that Sergeant Alvin York showed his extraordinary courage and marksmanship, Battalion,” led by a Wall Street lawyer called up from the reserves, was surrounded by the Germans for five days, refusing to give up. A precursor of Bastogne!

World War I on the Western Front was largely trench warfare - a four year stalemate where millions of soldiers were killed or wounded. Although American troops were not involved, we will also visit Verdun. The Battle of Verdun, lasting from February
to December 1916, was the longest and largest single battle in world history. In planning for the Second World War, senior generals on both sides were determined to avoid the futile slaughter of trench warfare.

Next, we enter Luxembourg and return to World War II. We’ll visit the American Military Cemetery, where General Patton
is buried.

7th Day, Tuesday
Bastogne – Battle of the Bulge
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“They got us surrounded - the poor bastards”
American Army Medic

“Nuts”
General Anthony McAuliffe

The Bitter Woods: Battle of the Bulge, Winter 1944-45, John S.D. Eisenhower, Author

The Battle of the Bulge, as the Ardennes Campaign is widely known, was the largest land battle of World War II. It was also the largest battle ever fought by the American Army.

The last offensive of the German Army, the battle cost 19,000 Americans killed in action. But our troops held the line and the offensive was a disaster for the Germans, who had put their soldiers in a noose to be cut off by reinforcing Americans under General Patton. The above comments during the siege, from an unnamed army medic and General McAuliffe, became the most widely quoted comments of the war in Europe. We’ll visit Bastogne, where our soldiers were surrounded for a week, and see the town’s monuments to this epic battle.

The noose was closed on January 16, 1945, when the 2nd Armored Division of our First Army linked up with the 11th Armored Division of our Third Army at Houfalize, north of Bastogne.

Near Malmedy we will visit the site where Nazi troops massacred 85 American prisoners.

We will visit the Battle of the Bulge Museum at Diekirch, where Colonel
James E. Rudder and his troops fought to prevent Germans from
expanding the southern shoulder of their penetration. By this time,
Rudder was a regimental commander with the 28th Infantry Division.

Greatly assisting General Patton’s 4th Armored Division in its drive north
to relieve Bastogne was the close air support provided by XIX Tactical Air Command under General Otto P. Weyland. The book Air Power and
Ground Armies
from the Air University at Maxwell AFB described the cooperation between Patton’s Third Army and Weyland’s XIX TAC as
“the most spectacular Allied air-ground team of the Second World War
.” Patton himself called the relationship “love at first sight."

Because of its rugged construction, heavy firepower, and ability to haul large bombloads, the P-47 Thunderbolt was ideally suited for close air support missions. General Weyland’s command included six P-47 groups, two P-51 groups, and one reconnaissance group, totalling 400 aircraft.
8th Day, Wednesday
The Hürtgen Forest and Siegfried Line
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“In the [Hürtgen] forest our gains came inch by inch and foot by foot, delivered by men with rifles–bayonets on one
end and grim, resolute courage on the other. There was no battle on the continent of Europe more devastating,
frustrating or gory.”
Maj. Gen. Wiliam G. Weaver
Commanding General
8th Infantry Division

“The Hürtgen’s voracious appetite for casualties was greater than the army’s ability to provide new troops.”
Michael Doubler, author
Closing With the Enemy

“The Hürtgen was a battle that should not have been fought.”
Maj. Gen. James M. Gavin
Commanding General
82nd Airborne Division

Kall Trail, looking toward Vossenack in the Hürtgen Forest. Note thrown tank tracks. We will walk on the Kall Trail.

The battle of the Hürtgen Forest, lasting from September, 1944, to February, 1945, was one of the worst battles ever experienced by the American Army. Negligently planned by senior generals who had no knowledge of forest combat, we could not employ in the dense forest the advantages of air superiority, artillery, and armor, which had been decisive for us since D-Day. The crucial objective of the Roer River dams was ignored for weeks.

The battle of the Hürtgen Forest has been overshadowed in historical memory by the Battle of the Bulge. A textbook example of high command negligence and its disastrous consequences, the Hürtgen Forest battles have been presented as case studies to classes at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Accompanied by our historian, we will walk on the Kall Trail near Vossenack, reflecting back on that horrible time in the autumn of 1944 when thousands of American soldiers became casualties among the firs of the black Hürtgen Forest.

 

“We’re gonna hang out our washing on the Siegfried Line if the Siegfried Line is still there.”

Anti-tank “dragon’s teeth” along the Siegfried Line, still visible today. We will see dragon’s teeth close up.

This humorous song was popular in England and the U.S. during World War II.

But nothing was humorous about the Siegfried Line Campaign. There was enormous, brutal combat, with American soldiers pitting their courage and stamina against extremely cold weather and a fiercely stubborn enemy.

From D-Day on June 6, it took our troops 96 days to reach the border of Nazi Germany and the Siegfried Line (also known as the West Wall), a complex of pillboxes, dragon’s teeth, and strongpoints built during the 1930’s to protect the Reich against invasion from the West.

It took us almost five additional months to advance beyond the Siegfried Line and continue less than 100 miles into Germany to reach the Rhine River.

We will visit a German pillbox along the Siegfried Line, and then drive east to Remagen.


Remagen – The Rhine – Darmstadt

The Ludendorff Bridge at Remagen after capture by American
troops on March 7, 1945. The bridge collapsed on March 17.

By 1945, both the American and German armies assumed that all permanent bridges across the Rhine would soon be destroyed and any crossing by the Allies would be via boat or pontoon bridge. But the retreating Germans failed to bring down the Ludendorff Bridge over the Rhine at Remagen; our Ninth Armored Division captured the structure on March 7.

The capture of the bridge at Remagen enabled thousands of our troops to cross the Rhine “with dry feet.” General Eisenhower called the bridge “worth its weight in gold.”

The enormous benefit of the bridge to the Allied advance was recognized by Hitler, who ordered an all-out assault against the bridge by aircraft bombing, rockets (the V-2 had just become operational), frog men, and artillery.

At Remagen, we will visit the site of Ludendorff Bridge and see
the imposing towers that still stand today. We will visit the small museum inside the towers on the West Bank.

This afternoon enjoy a delightful drive along the Rhine. See the vineyards of the famous Rhine wines, the many barges on
the busy waterway and perhaps best of all, the fairy tale castles around almost every bend in the River. Of particular note
are the famous Lorelei rocks, immortalized in the classic poem of Heinrich Heine. Set to music, the poem tells the story of
the boatmen lured to their death by a beautiful maiden sitting on the rocks, combing her long blonde hair while singing her fateful song.

Dinner this evening, with German entertainment, will be at a popular Rhineland restaurant.

 

9th Day, Thursday
Frankfurt – USA
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This morning we will be transferred to Frankfurt airport to board our return flight to the U.S. Cocktails and meals will
be served in flight, and a movie will also be available. Arrive back in the U.S. this afternoon.

Education Hosts
Kenneth Hamburger, Ph.D. During two tours of combat in Vietnam, Ken Hamburger was awarded the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and thirty Air Medals. He holds a Master's Degree and Ph.D. from Duke University, and
has taught courses at West Point on the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Grand Strategy, and Leadership. His recent book is a study of combat leadership
in the Korean War.
Harold Winton, Ph.D.

A graduate of West Point, Hal Winton received his M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Stanford. He is also an honors graduate of the Infantry Officer's Advanced Course and the Army Command and General Staff College. On active duty he served as a platoon leader, company commander, and battalion commander. Hal has taught history at West Point and Auburn University, and is currently Professor of Military History and Theory, School of Advanced Airpower Studies, at the Air University. He has published numerous books, articles and essays on air power, World War II, and the Battle of the Bulge.

Heath Twichell, Ph.D.

A graduate of West Point, Heath Twichell served 24 years as an infantry officer and led troops in the U.S., Germany and Vietnam. He taught history at West Point, as well as policy and strategy at the U.S. Naval War College.

Heath has written books on military history. His biography of General Henry
T. Allen won the Allen Nevins Prize for the best doctoral dissertation in American history for 1972.

Alexander P. Shine, M.A.

Colonel, U.S. Army (retired) Al Shine graduated from West Point in 1963.
His 27 years active duty as an infantry officer included a tour of Korea and
two in Vietnam. Al is the son and grandson of WWII and WWI veterans. All of Al's siblings served in Vietnam; both of his brothers were killed in action.

Al has a masters degree in history from Harvard and taught at West Point, Wheaton College (IL), and the Army War College. His articles on a variety of topics have appeared in the Airpower Journal, and Command. His awards
and decorations include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, the Silver Star,
and Purple Heart.

Williamson Murray, Ph.D.

Williamson (Wick) Murray received his B.A. and Ph.D from Yale and taught history at Yale. He moved to Ohio State University and received the Alumni Distinguished Teaching Award. He retired from Ohio State as Professor Emeritus of History.

Wick has taught at West Point, the Army War College, the Naval War
College, and the Air War College.

Wick has written numerous books and articles. A War to Be Won -
Fighting the Second World War
, written by Wick Murray and Allan
Millett, is the leading operational history of World War II.Pacific.

Kenneth E. Block, M.A.

A graduate of Princeton, Ken Block has studied at the University of Berlin
and holds a Masters Degree in history from Columbia University in New
York. He has served as a Naval Officer and as a Foreign Service Officer
with the Department of State in Europe and Asia.

Ken founded Matterhorn Travel and has 42 years experience designing
and operating history travel programs. In addition to World War II in Europe, Ken has put together history programs covering Colonial America and the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the Western Expansion, and World War II
in the Pacific.

* Other highly qualified education hosts may also participate.


Left to right: Vonnie Block,
Kathy McCary, Ken Block, JoAnn West

Our holiday is operated by Matterhorn Travel.

Established in 1986, Matterhorn Travel has carried over 50,000 passengers to Europe. Matterhorn officers have a combined experience of 102 years with the company.

Please note the all-inclusive nature of our trips. There are no hidden operational costs. We include all features for a complete holiday - breakfasts, dinners every evening, and full sightseeing.



 

Prices
Prices Per Person, Double Occupancy
From the East Boston, New York, Newark $4095
From the Mid-Atlantic Washington, Philadelphia $4195
From Chicago and the Mid-West Chicago, Detroit $4245
From the Carolinas Charlotte $4345
From Atlanta Atlanta $4295
From Florida Miami, Orlando $4345
From Texas Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston $4385
From the West Denver, Phoenix $4445
From the Pacific Coast Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland $4495

Inquire about prices from cities not listed above.
Land Only Price: $3295 per person, double occupancy.

Single Room Supplement $394. Triple Room Reduction $20 per person.
Add $292 U.S. and foreign airport and security taxes

 
Weekend Extension

Stay Longer

You're already over there, so it's easy - and inexpensive -
to follow the advance of our troops across Germany to
the end of the war in Berlin.

 

Included Features

Hotel accommodations for four nights

  • One night in Weimar
  • Three nights in Berlin

Breakfast and dinner each day

Special Features

Four Education Sessions

Experienced historian as education host

Education Sessions

9th Day The Nazis and the Holocaust
10th Day The Russian Front
11th Day The Air War
Strategic Bombing
The Example of Dresden

12th Day The Potsdam Conference
Berlin and the Cold War

Visits

Weimar, Buchenwald, Torgau, Berlin, Potsdam

Travel between cities via deluxe motorcoach with English speaking tour manager

Airport transfer

Hotel porterage

9th Day, Thursday
Weimar – Buchenwald
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This morning we will drive into eastern Germany to visit Weimar, home of the best and worst of German history.

The cultural history of Weimar is awesome. Goethe, Germany’s greatest writer, lived here; Schiller, who wrote the words to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony “Ode to Joy,” lived in Weimar. Johann Sebastian Bach stayed ten years in Weimar, composing his immortal music.

The former concentration camp of Buchenwald is near Weimar.

"I pray you to believe what I have said about Buchenwald. I reported what I saw and heard, but only part of it.
For most of it, I have no words."
Edward R. Murrow
April 16, 1945

 

10th Day, Friday
Torgau – Berlin
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U.S. and Russian troops meeting at the Elbe by Torgau,
April 25, 1945
In 1945 General Eisenhower decided not to direct our troops against
Berlin. Instead, he elected to leave the capture of Berlin to the Russian Army, advancing from the East. The American and Russian forces
therefore linked up near Torgau, a city on the Elbe east of Leipzig,
on April 25.

Enroute to Berlin, we’ll stop at Torgau and visit the meeting site
and small museum commemorating the Russian - American
link-up of armies.

 

 

 

 

 

11th Day, Saturday
Berlin
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Berlin was the political, spiritual, and cultural center of the Nazi regime. As Hitler said, “Who controls Berlin controls Prussia,
and who controls Prussia controls Germany.”

Sightseeing this morning includes the Wilhelmstrasse from Unter den Linden to Niederkirchnerstrasse (Prince Albrecht
Strasse during the Third Reich.) These four blocks were the nerve center of Nazi rule - including Hitler’s Chancellery and
Bunker, Goebbels’ Propaganda Ministry, Goering’s Luftwaffe Headquarters, (still standing today) Ribbentrop’s Foreign Office,
and Himmler’s Gestapo Headquarters.

The evil emanating from this neighborhood was unsurpassed in human history.

See Potsdam Square, the Brandenburg Gate, and a remnant of the infamous wall. See the Russian War Memorial, Alexander Square, and drive along Unter den Linden, the main avenue of pre-war Berlin. See the recently dedicated Holocaust Memorial
near the Brandenburg Gate. Our tour ends at the top of the Kurfurstendam (Ku’damm), dominated by the bombed out shell of
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and its new, starkly modern replacement. These buildings have become symbols of the
Old and New Germany. They are among the most impressive sights in Europe.

This afternoon is at leisure.

Berlin is Germany’s largest and most fascinating city.

Berlin has 85 museums. Among the most impressive is the Pergamon on Museum Island housing some of the world’s most precious artifacts and classical antiquity. The famous Pergamon Altar, dating from 160 B.C., is a masterpiece of Greek art. Nearby is the magnificent Berlin Cathedral, the largest Lutheran church in Germany.

Stroll along Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate. Visit the Reichstag, again the site of the German Parliament.
Enjoy a drink at the Gendarmen Platz.

For a closer look at the Nazi period, visit the Topography of Terror exhibit, offering a riveting pictorial of Berlin from
1933 to 1945.

The Jewish Museum traces the history of German Jewry from the Middle Ages to the present.


Berlin in the 20th century, as shown by the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Left, the Church before World War II; right, the bombed out remains enveloped by two modern buildings of the rebuilt post war church.

 

12th Day, Sunday
Berlin – Potsdam
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Potsdam was the site of the momentous “Big Three” conference of Truman, Churchill and Stalin in 1945, where the partition
of Germany was determined. The Conference also showed early signs of the Cold War to come, as the Soviet Union changed
from ally to adversary.

We’ll also see Sans Souci, the beautiful palace of Frederick the Great of Prussia, the political and military leader who started
Prussia on the road to dominance among the German states.

We will visit the House of the Wannsee Conference, where the decision was made to exterminate the Jews (the “Final Solution”).
The house is now a museum of the Holocaust.

From evil to redemption to renaissance, Berlin has seen it all.

 

13th Day, Monday
Berlin – USA
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This morning we will be transferred to Berlin Airport to board our return flight to the U.S. Cocktails and meals will be served
inflight, and a movie will also be available. Arrive back in the U.S. this afternoon.

 

Hotels
Paris (Airport) Marriott, Holiday Inn, Millennium
Normandy Mercure, Holiday Inn, Novotel
Metz Holiday Inn, Mercure, Novotel
Ardennes Region Kallbach, Paulushof, Forsthaus
Frankfurt Area Maritim, Marriott, Dorint
Weimar Dorint, Elephant, Leonardo
Berlin Steigenberger, Marriott, Kempinski

 

Inclusive Cost for Berlin Weekend

$1995 Per Person, Double Occupancy
Single Room Supplement $352

 

Six Departures / 2009
Depart Return
(from Frankfurt)
Return
(from Berlin)
May 20 May 28 June 1
June 24 July 2 July 6
July 1 July 9 July 13
July 8 July 16 July 20
September 16 September 24 September 28
September 30 October 8 October 12

If you can get away for only a long weekend, you may wish to consider our Normandy Weekend, covering the D-Day landings and the
Battle of Normandy. Departures are in March and November, 2009. Please contact us for a detailed brochure.

 
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Deposits and Final Payments
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such services and accommodations cannot be supplied due to delays or other causes beyond its control, in which case the operator will use
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sequence or alter any part of the itinerary or hotel accommodations, without prior notice for any reason; but in the event of substantial
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All cancellations and requests for refunds must be submitted in writing to the Tour Operator. If cancellation in writing is received by the Tour
Operator more than two months before tour departure, an administration charge of $90 per person will be retained. For cancellations received
within two months of departure, the following cancellation charges apply:

Two months to one month before departure: 25% of the tour price
One month to one week before departure: 60% of the tour price
Less than one week before departure: No refund

Insurance
Trip accident, health and baggage insurance is recommended. Cancellation insurance is also available and is particularly recommended.
Details will be furnished upon request.

Baggage
One suitcase per person (50 pounds) may be taken on the trip. The liability of the carrier for loss or damage to personal baggage shall
be limited to the actual value of such baggage but not more than approximately $9.07 per pound in the case of checked baggage and
approximately $400 per person in the case of unchecked baggage or other property. (Domestic-actual value not to exceed $500.)

Airport Transfers
Airport transfers are provided only for passengers arriving and departing Europe via flights reserved by the Tour Operator. Passengers
using different flights are responsible for their own airport transfers.

Special Note
Prices quoted are based on air fares, taxes, European supplier costs, and rates of foreign currency as of September 15, 2008. Prices are
subject to change prior to departure. Participants will be notified in writing at least two months before departure if there is any increase in
tour price required by such cost increases. There is no credit for unused services. Forwarding of participants' deposit(s) indicates
acceptance of these terms and conditions.

THE AIRLINES participating on this tour are not responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time the passengers are not on board
their airplanes or conveyances. The issuance of the passage contract by the airline concerned shall constitute the sole contract between
the airline and the purchaser of this tour and/or the passengers. In addition to the participating airlines, the services of any IATA and ARC
carrier may be used in connection with these tours.

This program is valid from May 1 to October 31, 2009.

 

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