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American WWII History: London to Berlin

13 days |  16 days with Munich extension
13 days |  16 days with Munich extension
Group size1538 travelers

4.6 star rating

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    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 celebrating the enduring spirit within us all. Follow in the footsteps of the 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
    • 7 sightseeing tours
    • Expert Tour Director & local guides
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    Included highlights

    • Churchill War Rooms
    • Ferry ride across the English Channel
    • American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer
    • Omaha Beach
    • Eiffel Tower photo stop
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    Day-by-day itinerary

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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: Welcome 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 meal: Breakfast

    Transfer to Portsmouth and step inside D Day Story Museum. Learn about preparation and execution of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy.

    Then, 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. You’ll dock in the Caen before heading to your hotel in the Normandy region.

    Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Normandy Region
    Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    Dive into World War II history alongside your Tour Director during a visit to Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June 1944.

    • Travel to the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, 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

    Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

    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

    Please note: On some departures, the Paris sightseeing tour may be offered on day 7.

    Day 7: Free day in Paris
    Included meal: Breakfast

    Spend a free day in Paris or add excursions.

    Please note: On some departures, the Versailles Palace & Gardens excursion may be offered on day 6.

    Historic Versailles

    From $169 per person

    Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise

    From $165 per person

    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.

    Luxembourg Brewery Visit & Dinner

    From $149 per person

    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 to explore the city on your own.

    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.

    Flight Home
    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
    Travel via high-speed train to Munich to continue your exploration into Germany’s WWII history. A local expert will lead you through the region, where you’ll be moved as you discover the ways it’s transformed since wartime.
    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

    From $129 per person

    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

    From $125 per person

    Flight Home
    Day 16: Departure
    Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

    Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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    4.6 star rating

    Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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      6/2/23 by 3rd-time traveler Scott

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      6/2/23 by 2nd-time traveler Dolores

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      6/3/23 by 1st-time traveler Gustavo

      Enjoyed the WW2 part, but the tour guides, separate from the WW2 was irrelevant. It was boring hearing about this building and that building. In Paris and Berlin. Need to stick to WW2. Our tour guide Carole was great!

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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.


      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.
      DoubleTree by Hilton London - West End
      DoubleTree by Hilton London - West End

      This stylish hotel is located in London's historic Bloomsbury District. Guests enjoy the fitness center, on-site restaurant with a perfect afternoon t...

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      Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome
      Hotel Mercure Cabourg Hippodrome

      This contemporary hotel is located in downtown Cabourg. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and bar. Nearby you’ll find the Hippodrome de Cabourg, Pl...

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      Hôtel Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré-Coeur
      Hôtel Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré-Coeur

      This trendy hotel is located in Montmartre. Guests enjoy the garden, a fitness room, and bar. Nearby, you'll find Sacré-Cœur Basilica, Moulin Rouge, a...

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      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Luxembourg
      DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Luxembourg

      This quiet hotel is located bordering the forest just outside of Luxembourg city center. Guests enjoy locally produced sparkling wines at the bar, ind...

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      Cologne Marriott Hotel
      Cologne Marriott Hotel

      This modern hotel is located near the Rhine River. Guests enjoy a fitness center, bar, and restaurant. Nearby you’ll find the Old Market, Museum Ludwi...

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      Abba Berlin Hotel
      Abba Berlin Hotel

      This contemporary hotel is located in Berlin center. Guests enjoy a restaurant, lounge-bar, and fitness room. Nearby, you'll find exclusive boutiques ...

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      NYX Hotel Munich
      NYX Hotel Munich

      This artsy hotel is located in the Obersendling district. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and sauna. Nearby you’ll find the Hellabrunn Zoo, the Theres...

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      Passport, visa & entry requirements
      • This tour visits England, France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Germany. In order to enter these 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.
      • Beginning in 2024, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must register for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to enter many European countries.
      • Passport holders from over 60 visa-exempt countries (including the U.S. and Canada) will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to visit 30 European countries. That means that even if you’ve previously traveled to any of these European countries without a visa, starting in 2024, you’ll need to get ETIAS authorization to visit them again. If you’re traveling to multiple countries with this requirement, you only need to complete the form once. All Go Ahead travelers are responsible for obtaining their own ETIAS travel authorization before departure. For more details, please visit our Help Center.
      • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code VED.
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      Tour pacing & mobility
      • 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.
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      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 ride from Portsmouth to Normandy is 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.
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      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.
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      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).
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      • 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
      • 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.
      • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code VED.
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      • 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.
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      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.
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      • 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.
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      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.
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      • 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.
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      • 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 $8USD 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.
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      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.
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