Historic WWII Sites of France & Germany

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Historic WWII Sites of France & Germany Tour Details

Heartbreak and triumph sit side by side at the WWII sites of Western Europe. This tour will take you through the places where history was made. The war devastated capitals including Luxembourg City and Paris, which was occupied from 1940-1944. The City of Light still bears scars and holds secrets from those dark days, and the story of its resistance is told at the Paris Liberation Museum.

Far outside the city, Normandy became a sprawling battleground when Allied forces flooded its beaches on D-Day in 1944. It’s impossible to not be moved by the landing beaches and American cemeteries where so many heroes lie. It is also striking to see the tiny red schoolhouse in Reims where the German forces surrendered—a shockingly humble setting for the Nazi party to formally dissolve.

City tours of Frankfurt and Munich include Frankfurt Cathedral, Nymphenburg Palace and Marienplatz, in addition to WWII sites. At the stop in Dachau, you will see the human toll of Nazi policies and beliefs on a guided tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site.

This powerful tour takes you on a journey through a painful period that must never be forgotten. You have the option to spend 4 additional days on a tour extension to East Germany.

Tour Includes

Sightseeing
  • Paris
  • Paris Liberation Museum
  • Normandy
  • Rouen
  • Reims
  • Luxembourg
  • Bastogne
  • Berlin
  • Ludendorff Bridge
  • Frankfurt
  • Nuremberg
  • Dachau
  • Munich
Hotel Accommodations
  • 11 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • 10 Breakfasts and 4 Dinners
Service
  • A professionally trained local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Activity Level Active


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Tour Highlights

  • Learn about the French Resistance at the Paris Liberation Museum
  • Spend a whole day touring Normandy's most important D-Day sites
  • Visit the Little Red Schoolhouse where the Germans surrendered in 1945
  • Tour the sites of the Battle of the Bulge
  • Walk the grounds of Nuremberg Castle
  • See the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines prior to departure to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures until further notice. For more information visit our Travel Safe page.

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Historic WWII Sites of France & Germany

Tours Starts: Paris, France

Tours Ends: Munich, Germany

Day 1

Depart for Paris

Your journey begins on your overnight flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Paris

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. Meet your fellow guests tonight at a welcome dinner. (D)

B&B Hotel Paris 17 Batignolles

Day 3

Paris City Tour and Paris Liberation Museum

Start your journey with a coach tour of Paris, which was occupied by the Nazis from 1940 until Allied forces and the French Resistance took back the City of Light in 1944. Go past sites including the Eiffel Tower, the Bastille, the Latin Quarter, the Louvre, and the Champs Elysées. After free time for lunch on your own, stop by the moving Paris Liberation Museum. Learn the story of Free France from 1940 to 1945, highlighting the heroes of the French resistance and the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation. (B)

Inspiration by Balladins Caen Memorial Hotel or similar

Day 4

Full Day Normandy Tour

Spend a full day along the chalky cliffs of Normandy. Walk the Utah and Omaha landing beaches. Visit the memorial at Pointe-duHoc, where Allied troops scaled sea cliffs to destroy German artillery. See “100 Days of Normandy” at the 360 Circular Cinema on the cliffs of Arromances overlooking the artificial harbor where Allied forces offloaded weapons, supplies, and hundreds of thousands of men. Finally, pay your respects at the Normandy American Cemetery. 9,387 American graves stretch along the top of a bluff overlooking the beaches where so many perished. (B, D)

Inspiration by Balladins Caen Memorial Hotel or similar

Day 5

Normandy to Reims via Rouen

Depart Normandy in the morning to Reims. Stop for free time and lunch on your own in Rouen, the medieval city where Joan of Arc was executed. Continue to Reims to visit the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Surrender Museum, where the German army unconditionally surrendered on May 7, 1945. Their Fuhrer dead, their cities captured, the Third Reich ended with a whisper in the humble rooms of this quiet French school. (B)

Residhome Reims Centre or similar

Day 6

Reims to Bastogne via Luxembourg

Your day begins in the American Cemetery, where George S. Patton is interred alongside thousands of his men. Next, take a walking tour of Luxembourg City, the ancient city that was occupied from 1940-1945. See the Grand Ducal Palace, the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg that the Nazis used as a tavern. You will also see the 10th century Saint Michael's Church, the Golden Lady war memorial, and more of the city’s unique sites. (B)

Park Plaza Luxembourg or similar

Day 7

Full Day Battle of the Bulge tour

Tour Ardennes, seeing the sites where a desperate Hitler waged one final attack during the Battle of the Bulge from December 16, 1944, through January 25, 1945. Hundreds of thousands of troops clashed in frigid weather through out the dense Belgian forest, with both sides sustaining huge losses. By the time German troops retreated, Allied victory was so complete that the Battle of the Bulge tolled as a death knell for the failed Nazi war effort. (B, D)

Park Plaza Luxembourg or similar

Day 8

Bastogne to Frankfurt via Ludendorff Bridge

Cross from Belgium into Germany, where your f irst stop is Remagen’s Peace Museum and Ludendorff Bridge. The bridge was the last surviving crossing point over the Rhine, and a crucial Nazi line of defense in the last days of WWII. After it was captured on March 7, 1945, Nazi troops made several attempts to destroy the structure. Instead, Allied forces used it to transport countless troops and supplies across the river—speeding up the end of the war in the process. Spend the evening in Frankfurt. (B, D)

Intercity Hotel Frankfurt Airport or similar

Day 9

Frankfurt to Nuremberg

Much of Frankfurt was bombed during the war, and most of the city was rebuilt in a modern style, save for a few landmark historical buildings. Amongst the sights you’ll see on today’s panoramic tour are the reconstructed Gothic Frankfurt Cathedral and the Römer, a medieval building that served as Frankfurt’s city hall for over 600 years. Following free time and lunch on your own in Frankfurt’s city center, continue to the historic village of Nuremberg. Take a city tour, where you will see the formidable Nuremberg castle, the 13th century St. Sebald Church, the elaborate 14th century Schöner Brunnen fountain, and WWII sites. (B)

Intercity Hotel Nuremberg or similar

Day 10

Nuremberg to Munich via Dachau

Visit the crumbling Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Documentation Center, where Adolf Hitler ignited his followers with his famously bombastic speeches throughout the 1930s. The mass Nazi party rallies and parades that took place in this once mighty complex helped whip Germany into a fascist frenzy.Next, you will see the human toll of Nazi policies and beliefs on a guided tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, the first Nazi concentration camp. Over 12 years, 200,000 people from more than 30 countries were confined in Dachau. It was only the second concentration camp to be liberated, and its conditions shocked the world. (B)

Achat Hotel Munich or similar

Day 11

Munich

As the birthplace and former headquarters of the Nazi Party, Munich played a key role in the rise and fall of the Third Reich. The city was destroyed in Allied bombings, but the people chose to reconstruct many of its historical buildings. Tour the rebuilt city, where you will the see beautiful Baroque Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz in the heart of Old Town, the lavishly animated Rathaus-Glockenspiel clock tower, the idyllic court garden of Hofgarten, the towering Gothic Frauenkirche church, and the Residenz, the largest palace in Munich. (B)

Achat Hotel Munich or similar

Day 12

Depart for Home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.

(Click the map to enlarge)

Historic WWII Sites of France & Germany

Tours Starts: Paris, France

Tours Ends: Berlin, Germany

Day 1

Depart for Paris

Your journey begins on your overnight flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Paris

If you purchased airline tickets from YMT, a representative will welcome you at the airport and transport you to the hotel. Meet your fellow guests tonight at a welcome dinner. (D)

B&B Hotel Paris 17 Batignolles

Day 3

Paris City Tour and Paris Liberation Museum

Start your journey with a coach tour of Paris, which was occupied by the Nazis from 1940 until Allied forces and the French Resistance took back the City of Light in 1944. Go past sites including the Eiffel Tower, the Bastille, the Latin Quarter, the Louvre, and the Champs Elysées. After free time for lunch on your own, stop by the moving Paris Liberation Museum. Learn the story of Free France from 1940 to 1945, highlighting the heroes of the French resistance and the liberation of the city from Nazi occupation. (B)

Inspiration by Balladins Caen Memorial Hotel or similar

Day 4

Full Day Normandy Tour

Spend a full day along the chalky cliffs of Normandy. Walk the Utah and Omaha landing beaches. Visit the memorial at Pointe-duHoc, where Allied troops scaled sea cliffs to destroy German artillery. See “100 Days of Normandy” at the 360 Circular Cinema on the cliffs of Arromances overlooking the artificial harbor where Allied forces offloaded weapons, supplies, and hundreds of thousands of men. Finally, pay your respects at the Normandy American Cemetery. 9,387 American graves stretch along the top of a bluff overlooking the beaches where so many perished. (B, D)

Inspiration by Balladins Caen Memorial Hotel or similar

Day 5

Normandy to Reims via Rouen

Depart Normandy in the morning to Reims. Stop for free time and lunch on your own in Rouen, the medieval city where Joan of Arc was executed. Continue to Reims to visit the Little Red Schoolhouse and the Surrender Museum, where the German army unconditionally surrendered on May 7, 1945. Their Fuhrer dead, their cities captured, the Third Reich ended with a whisper in the humble rooms of this quiet French school. (B)

Residhome Reims Centre or similar

Day 6

Reims to Bastogne via Luxembourg

Your day begins in the American Cemetery, where George S. Patton is interred alongside thousands of his men. Next, take a walking tour of Luxembourg City, the ancient city that was occupied from 1940-1945. See the Grand Ducal Palace, the official residence of the Grand Duke of Luxembourg that the Nazis used as a tavern. You will also see the 10th century Saint Michael's Church, the Golden Lady war memorial, and more of the city’s unique sites. (B)

Park Plaza Luxembourg or similar

Day 7

Full Day Battle of the Bulge tour

Tour Ardennes, seeing the sites where a desperate Hitler waged one final attack during the Battle of the Bulge from December 16, 1944, through January 25, 1945. Hundreds of thousands of troops clashed in frigid weather through out the dense Belgian forest, with both sides sustaining huge losses. By the time German troops retreated, Allied victory was so complete that the Battle of the Bulge tolled as a death knell for the failed Nazi war effort. (B, D)

Park Plaza Luxembourg or similar

Day 8

Bastogne to Frankfurt via Ludendorff Bridge

Cross from Belgium into Germany, where your f irst stop is Remagen’s Peace Museum and Ludendorff Bridge. The bridge was the last surviving crossing point over the Rhine, and a crucial Nazi line of defense in the last days of WWII. After it was captured on March 7, 1945, Nazi troops made several attempts to destroy the structure. Instead, Allied forces used it to transport countless troops and supplies across the river—speeding up the end of the war in the process. Spend the evening in Frankfurt. (B, D)

Intercity Hotel Frankfurt Airport or similar

Day 9

Frankfurt to Nuremberg

Much of Frankfurt was bombed during the war, and most of the city was rebuilt in a modern style, save for a few landmark historical buildings. Amongst the sights you’ll see on today’s panoramic tour are the reconstructed Gothic Frankfurt Cathedral and the Römer, a medieval building that served as Frankfurt’s city hall for over 600 years. Following free time and lunch on your own in Frankfurt’s city center, continue to the historic village of Nuremberg. Take a city tour, where you will see the formidable Nuremberg castle, the 13th century St. Sebald Church, the elaborate 14th century Schöner Brunnen fountain, and WWII sites. (B)

Intercity Hotel Nuremberg or similar

Day 10

Nuremberg to Munich via Dachau

Visit the crumbling Nazi Party Rally Grounds and Documentation Center, where Adolf Hitler ignited his followers with his famously bombastic speeches throughout the 1930s. The mass Nazi party rallies and parades that took place in this once mighty complex helped whip Germany into a fascist frenzy.Next, you will see the human toll of Nazi policies and beliefs on a guided tour of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, the first Nazi concentration camp. Over 12 years, 200,000 people from more than 30 countries were confined in Dachau. It was only the second concentration camp to be liberated, and its conditions shocked the world. (B)

Achat Hotel Munich or similar

Day 11

Munich

As the birthplace and former headquarters of the Nazi Party, Munich played a key role in the rise and fall of the Third Reich. The city was destroyed in Allied bombings, but the people chose to reconstruct many of its historical buildings. Tour the rebuilt city, where you will the see beautiful Baroque Nymphenburg Palace, Marienplatz in the heart of Old Town, the lavishly animated Rathaus-Glockenspiel clock tower, the idyllic court garden of Hofgarten, the towering Gothic Frauenkirche church, and the Residenz, the largest palace in Munich. (B)

Achat Hotel Munich or similar

Day 12

Dresden

Arrive to Dresden by train. Enjoy lunch on your own before taking a guided walking tour of Dresden to see the Zwinger Palace Courtyard, Frauenkirche, and the opera house. (B, D)

Radisson Blu Dresden Radebul or similar

Day 13

Berlin via Torgau

Travel to Torgau to see the Monument to the Meeting of Allied Forces, which commemorates the meeting of American and Soviet soldiers in April 1945. Spend the evening in Berlin. (B)

Abba Berlin Hotel or similar

Day 14

Berlin Sightseeing

On a panoramic tour of Berlin, pass sites including the Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, remnants of the Berlin Wall, and Checkpoint Charlie. (B)

Abba Berlin Hotel or similar

Day 15

Potsdam and Sachsenhausen

Tour the thousand-year-old city of Potsdam, famous for 1945's Potsdam Conference. In the afternoon, visit Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. (B, D)

Abba Berlin Hotel or similar

Day 16

Depart for Home (B)


Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



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