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American WWII History: London to Berlin

with Munich extension
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  • Duration: 13 or 16 days
  • Group size: 15-38
Step into the past, look toward the future.

Victory in Europe marks the surrender of Nazi forces, but this momentous event holds a much deeper meaning. It’s a time for people across the former wartime fronts to reflect on their shared history while honoring the enduring spirit within us all. Travel in 2020, the year of the 75th anniversary, and follow in the footsteps of American soldiers as you trace the events that led to Victory in Europe.

Your tour package includes
  • 11 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • Guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • ferry ride across the English Channel
  • American Cemetery in Colleville
  • Omaha Beach
  • Eiffel Tower photo stop
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Overnight flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London today.

London2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in London
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to England! Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London
Included meal: Breakfast

View the historical buildings and landmarks of England’s vibrant capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

  • Step inside the Imperial War Museums to see exhibits focusing on people’s experiences during times of war
  • See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings, and funerals
  • Pass by Wellington Barracks, headquarters for the British Army’s Foot Guards
  • Visit the Churchill War Rooms and explore the secret underground bunker that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet met in during WWII
Normandy Region2 nights
Day 4: Ferry to Normandy Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Dover, England, where you’ll board a ferry and cross the English Channel to the Normandy region in France. Sail along the same waters that the Allied soldiers did prior to the Normandy landings.

Dock in the Calais before heading to your hotel in the Normandy region. Then, sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Normandy Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore the Normandy region, stopping to uncover historic sites as you go.

  • Travel to the American Cemetery in Colleville, the burial place for more than 9,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy
  • Walk along Omaha Beach, the landing site of American troops on D-Day
  • Visit Pointe du Hoc to view the granite monument that honors the American 2nd Ranger Battalion, which seized German cannons here before they could be used to fire on American troops
  • Stop in the seaside town of Arromanches, home to one of the main Allied landing harbors, and enjoy free time to explore
Paris2 nights
Day 6: Transfer to Paris & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel to Paris, where a guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

  • Stop to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower
  • See Le Meurice hotel, the Nazi headquarters in Paris
  • Pass the Louvre and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River
  • See the Paris Police Prefecture and the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation
  • End in Le Marais, the city’s Jewish Quarter
Day 7: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Paris or add excursions.

Historic Versailles
Excursion (additional cost)
Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Luxembourg 2 nights
Day 8: Luxembourg via Reims
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Stop in the French city of Reims and enter the Musée de la Reddition to see where German forces surrendered, ending WWII. After, continue on to Luxembourg and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 9: Sightseeing tour of Bastogne
Included meal: Breakfast

Cross into Belgium and dive into Bastogne’s WWII history on today’s guided tour.

  • View the General George S. Patton Memorial and the Mardasson Memorial, which was designed to look like the stars on the American flag
  • Visit the Bastogne War Museum and pay tribute to the American soldiers who defended Belgium in WWII during the Battle of the Bulge

Enjoy a free afternoon in Luxembourg or add an excursion.

Belgian Brewery Visit & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Cologne1 night
Day 10: Cologne via Remagen
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Cross into Germany and visit the town of Remagen. You’ll view Ludendorff Bridge, which played a vital role in helping Allied forces cross the Rhine River and defeat the German forces.

Continue on to Cologne to enter Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO-listed Gothic masterpiece, and enjoy free time to explore the city before sitting down for an included dinner this evening.

Berlin2 nights
Day 11: Train to Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Board a high-speed train and travel to Berlin. Spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

Berlin Home-Hosted Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 12: Sightseeing tour of Berlin
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s WWII history as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.

  • Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin
  • Walk past the Reichstag building to see where the Parliament of the German Empire met from 1871 to 1918
  • Pass by the Holocaust Memorial
  • See Hitler’s war bunker as well as the Topography of Terror Museum, which marks where the SS and Gestapo were once based
  • View the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus, former headquarters for the Nazi aviation branch known as the Luftwaffe

Celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner tonight.

Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to Munich.

Extension to Munich

Continue your exploration into Germany’s WWII history in Munich. The capital of Bavaria was tragically bombed during the war, but has since redeveloped and become a cultural hub. Trace this transformation during a walking tour led by a knowledgeable local guide.

Munich3 nights
Day 13: Train to Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Board a high-speed train and travel to Munich today. Spend a free evening in the city or add an excursion.

German Beer Tasting & Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Join a local guide and set off on a walking tour to discover Munich’s WWII history.

  • Pass by Sterneckerbräu to see where members of the Nazi party once gathered
  • View the Führerbau and learn about the Munich Agreement, which was signed by Neville Chamberlain and Adolf Hitler inside the building
  • See the Gestapo Headquarters and the Square of the Victims of National Socialism
Day 15: Free day in Munich
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Munich or add an excursion.

Raise a glass and toast to your trip with a farewell drink this evening.

WWII Tour of Nuremberg
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 16: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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6 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Apr 28–May 10, 2020
Extension available
$4,999CAD
Jun 2–Jun 14, 2020
Extension available
$4,999CAD
Nov 7–Nov 19, 2020
Extension available
$4,999CAD
Apr 28–May 10, 2021
Extension available
$4,999CAD
Jun 2–Jun 14, 2021
Extension available
$4,999CAD
Nov 7–Nov 19, 2021
Extension available
$4,999CAD
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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

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Passport & visa requirements
  • This tour visits England, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany. In order to enter the countries, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for at least 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries and trains.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in London and depart from Berlin (or Munich on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A ferry from Dover to Calais and a train from Cologne to Berlin are included in the price of your tour. The tour extension also includes a train from Berlin to Munich.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal of fish and chips or bangers and mash. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are also worth a try.
  • Modern-day London boasts an array of diverse international restaurants. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek, and West African cuisines. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition.
  • For a picnic with French flair, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, pâtés, cured meats, fresh-baked bread, and fruit. In the cities, sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, while mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from cafes. In restaurants, the prix fixe option is a popular way to enjoy a set three- or four-course menu for a good price.
  • Although lunch is generally served from noon until 2pm in France, dinner is served from 7:30pm onward. Those wishing to eat earlier can stop at a cafe, where light entrées and sandwiches are available throughout the afternoon and evening.
  • Cuisine in the Normandy region of France is known for its fresh flavors. Chicken, rabbit, and duck are staples, and you can find fish and shellfish in its coastal towns. The abundance of dairy farms throughout the region means many dishes are accompanied by cheeses and creams. Normandy is also famous for its apples, which are used to create cider and calvados, or apple brandy.
  • In Luxembourg, the culinary influences are mostly Germanic. Smoked sausages, hams, and hearty stews are popular.
  • In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer, and, of course, Belgian waffles. Please note that Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much higher in alcohol content than other European beers.
  • German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • The United Kingdom operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • The United Kingdom is on Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT) and is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany are one hour ahead of GMT and six hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in the United Kingdom and 6pm in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany.
Currency
  • You will use the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom and the euro in France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany on the tour extension.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.