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80th Anniversary of D-Day: American WWII History

12 days |  15 days with Netherlands extension
12 days |  15 days with Netherlands extension
Group size1535 travelers
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Remember, reflect, and pay your respects during a major milestone year.

Whether you’re a WWII history buff or you’re celebrating family members who served, you’ll feel moved by the memorials and museums you visit on this tour, and by the battlefields and beaches of Normandy and Bastogne, where brave soldiers fought the Battle of the Bulge. Explore pivotal battle sites, take time to honor the sacrifices made by the Allied soldiers, and bond with your fellow travelers while experiencing exclusive anniversary events. For even more history, extend your stay and explore important sites in the Netherlands.

Your tour package includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Special 80th anniversary celebration of D-Day
  • Imperial War Museum
  • Dover Castle
  • Ferry ride across the English Channel
  • American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer
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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.

London2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in London
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to England! Gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner served with beer or wine.

Day 3: World War II sightseeing tour of London
Included meal: Breakfast

Meet up with your local guide and take in the historical sights, buildings, and landmarks of England’s vibrant capital.

  • Step inside the Imperial War Museums to see moving exhibits focusing on people’s experiences during times of war.
  • See Westminster Abbey, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built in the 13th century not only as a great monastery and place of worship, but also as a site for royal coronations, weddings, and burials.
  • Pass by Wellington Barracks, headquarters for the British Army’s Foot Guards.

Spend a free afternoon in London or add an excursion.

Tower of London

From $149 per person

Normandy Region3 nights
Day 4: Ferry to Normandy Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer to Dover and step inside Dover Castle, the largest castle in England. Learn about the evacuation of Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo.

Then, board a ferry and cross the English Channel to Normandy. Sail along the same waters that the Allied soldiers did prior to the Normandy landings. You’ll dock in the Calais before heading to your hotel in the Normandy region.

Day 5: D-Day 80th anniversary ceremonies
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Join your fellow travelers at a special event arranged by Go Ahead Tours to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day invasion.

Tonight, gather together with your group for an included dinner served with your choice of beer or wine.

Please note: Details will be announced closer to the tour departure date. Travelers should allow for flexibility of the inclusions and order of events. Only water is allowed to be brought in during the ceremony, boxed breakfast and lunch will be provided before and after the ceremony.

Day 6: World War II sightseeing tour of Normandy Region
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • 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.

This evening, join your group for an included dinner served with beer or wine.

Please note: The activities are subject to change due to closures surrounding D-Day anniversary ceremonies.

Paris2 nights
Day 7: Transfer to Paris & World War II sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way to Paris this morning. Upon arrival, meet up with your local guide for a history-focused tour. Get to know the architecture, scenery, and history of the city’s many neighborhoods, or arrondissements.

  • Stop to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower.
  • See Le Meurice hotel, which served as the Nazis’ headquarters during the Occupation.
  • Walk through Le Palais Royal and past the Louvre to Île de la Cité, an island in the Seine River where you’ll see Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Paris Police Prefecture, and the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation.
  • As you view these historic sites, hear from your guide about the Occupation, Resistance, and history of French heroes.
  • End in Le Marais, the city’s Jewish Quarter.
Day 8: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Paris or add excursions.

Historic Versailles

From $185 per person

Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise

From $175 per person

Luxembourg 2 nights
Day 9: Luxembourg via Reims
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, make your way to Luxembourg. On the way, stop in Reims, the ancient city whose red-brick school served as the headquarters of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.

  • Enter the Musée de la Reddition—the very room in the school where three high officers of the German armed forces signed their unconditional declaration of surrender in 1945, ending WWII in Europe.
  • Enjoy free time for lunch and to explore the area.

Later, cross into the tiny principality of Luxembourg, where you’ll join your group for an included dinner served with beer or wine.

Day 10: World War II sightseeing tour of Luxembourg City
Included meal: Breakfast

Today, join your local guide for a tour of the City of Luxembourg, the country’s deeply historic capital.

  • Enter the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, a serene 17-acre site where 5,070 service members—including General George Patton and thousands who died during the Battle of the Bulge and in the advance to the Rhine River—are buried.
  • View the WWII Monument to National Unity in the New Town.
  • See the Citadel of the Holy Spirit, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Grand Ducal Palace.
  • Travel through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site whose location on a steep, rocky outcrop at the confluence of the Alzette and Pétrusse Rivers made for an exceptional strategic position throughout various periods of European history.

Spend a free afternoon in Luxembourg City or add an excursion.

Maginot Line

From $119 per person

Brussels1 night
Day 11: Brussels via Bastogne & battlefields
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Travel by coach to Bastogne, where you’ll visit the battlegrounds and museums related to the Battle of the Bulge.

  • Visit the Bastogne War Museum and pay tribute to the American soldiers who defended Belgium in WWII during the Battle of the Bulge.
  • See the Mardasson Memorial, a monument dedicated to the Americans who lost their lives during the Battle of the Bulge.
  • Visit the site of the Bois Jacques Foxholes manned by the Easy Company Band of Brothers—the elite team of U.S. paratroopers whose harrowing journey from Normandy to the Eagle’s Nest inspired the hit HBO miniseries of the same name.
  • Explore Bois de la Paix, the grove of 4,000 trees that were planted for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.
  • Stop at the German military cemetery in Recogne.

Continue to Brussels and celebrate your trip alongside your fellow travelers at tonight’s farewell dinner served with beer or wine.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore the Netherlands.

Extension to Netherlands
Continue retracing WWII history in the Netherlands, and deepen your appreciation for service members’ harrowing experiences there. In Arnhem, see where the Allied forces’ Operation Market Garden unfolded—and failed—in 1944. In Amsterdam, stroll along scenic bridges and canals, and take in historical highlights, such as the Holocaust Name Monument and the Anne Frank House.
Nijmegen Region1 night
Day 12: Nijmegen Region via Mechelen & Antwerp
Included meal: Breakfast

Set off for the Nijmegen region, stopping en route in the historic cities of Mechelen and Antwerp.

  • Enter the Kazerne Dossin in Mechelen, a memorial, museum, and research center on the Holocaust and human rights.
  • Pay a visit to Antwerp, where you’ll enjoy free time for lunch and to wander its medieval streets.

Continue to the Nijmegen region, where you’ll have the option to join the daily Sunset March across the Oversteek Bridge in tribute to the 48 Allied soldiers who lost their lives crossing the river during Operation Market Garden in 1944.

Amsterdam2 nights
Day 13: Amsterdam via Arnhem
Included meal: Breakfast

As you travel to the Netherlands, visit the city of Arnhem to explore sites integral to 1944’s Operation Market Garden—the Allies’ ambitious and ultimately doomed plan to cross the River Rhine and advance deep into northern Germany in part by seizing key bridges in the Netherlands.

  • Visit the Airborne Museum, dedicated to the Battle of Arnhem, and learn about the British, Polish, and German soldiers on a guided tour.
  • Travel through the central part of the city, where you’ll hear more about how Operation Market Garden failed.
  • Enjoy free time in the city to relax, have lunch, and explore.

Then, continue to Amsterdam and enjoy a free evening or add an excursion.

Canal Cruise & Dinner

From $179 per person

Day 14: Sightseeing tour of Amsterdam
Included meal: Breakfast

Today’s sightseeing tour introduces you to Amsterdam’s iconic canals and unique character.

  • Begin with a walk through Jodenbuurt, the city's old Jewish Quarter and view the Holocaust Name Monument and the Auschwitz Monument in Wertheimpark across the canal.
  • Continue past the 17th century Portuguese Synagogue, Hollandsche Schouwburg—a theater which was converted to a deportation center for thousands of Jews, and the Shadow Canal monument dedicated to the 200 some Jews who lived along the Nieuwe Keizersgracht canal.
  • End near the Anne Frank House, where the young, Jewish diarist and her family hid from Nazis during World War II.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport in Amsterdam for your flight home.

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Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Overall rating 4.7 out of 5

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    3 out of 5 stars

    Not what I expected!
    6/2/24 by 2nd-time traveler Justin

    The Tour started great until the day of D-Day, which after the ceremony we had to wait a very long time for are bus, and dinner was included that night at the hotel. We didn’t get back to the hotel until after 11:30pm for that dinner. A lot is included in this tour, but your not provided enough time...

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    EF Go Ahead Tours replied on 6/20/24

    Thank you for your honest review of your time on t...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    Informative, Wonderful Trip!
    11/8/19 by 1st-time traveler Silvia

    This was a college graduation gift for my son who was a History/Poli-Sci Major. This was also our first trip 'over the pond,' and it couldn't have turned out more fantastic! We visited London, the Normandy region in France, as well as Paris, Luxembourg and Brussels. Tour was a bit fast paced, but ...

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    5 out of 5 stars

    nice tour to remember WW2
    11/7/19 by 4th-time traveler Richard

    We recently returned from our tour which started in London and continued to Normandy, Paris then on to Luxembourg and Brussels. It was a wonderful and well organized tour. We have been to Paris and London before but some of the other sites, including the American cemetery, Omaha beaches and other W...

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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.
    Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington
    Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington

    This relaxing hotel is located in the residential area of Kensington in London. Guests enjoy views of the city, spacious rooms, and many on-site dinin...

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    Novotel Suites Rouen Normandie
    Novotel Suites Rouen Normandie

    This riverside hotel is located just outside of downtown Rouen in the Normandy region. Guests enjoy suite-style rooms, the fitness center, and the pea...

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    Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel
    Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel

    This modern hotel is located in Montparnasse. Guests enjoy a fitness center, restaurant, and free Wi-Fi in the lobby. Nearby, you’ll find Luxembourg G...

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    Meliá Luxembourg
    Meliá Luxembourg

    This luxurious hotel is located in the Kirchberg area of Luxembourg. Guests enjoy the GOYA Restaurant, AQUA Lounge, and spa area. Nearby, you’ll find ...

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    Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie
    Thon Hotel Bristol Stephanie

    This colorful hotel is located in the Châtelain neighborhood of Brussels. Guests enjoy a French cuisine restaurant, a spacious gym, and an infrared sa...

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    Mercure Hotel Nijmegen Center
    Mercure Hotel Nijmegen Center

    This modern hotel is located in Nijmegen’s city center in the Netherlands. Guests enjoy the fitness center, sauna, and extensive breakfast buffet. Nea...

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    Hampshire Hotel - Rembrandt Square Amsterdam
    Hampshire Hotel - Rembrandt Square Amsterdam

    This modern hotel is located in the Canal Ring. Guests enjoy room service, free Wi-Fi, and a bar. Nearby, you’ll find the Amstel river, Willet-Holthuy...

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