Liberation of Belgium - Battle of the bulge 1944-45 - DP

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The young German paratrooper grinned at his platoon commander “Auf wiedersehen, Herr Leutnant, sehe dich in Amerika” In mid-December it looked as if the young paratrooper was almost right. A battle that was a turning point in the war is the focus of this exciting tour. Join us as we visit a battleground spectacular with wooded mountains and ancient buildings. Our tour will examine a battle with both human and historical interest – it was the greatest pitched battle ever fought by the Americans.
The Ardennes that initially appeared to have the makings of a German victory became a costly defeat and by the close of the fighting the Germans had lost about 100,000 men – the Americans 19,000 killed and 47,000 wounded and the British 10,000

 

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DAY ONE 
Midday. Meet Guide and coach at Lille Europe station. Depart for Ypres (Ieper), Belgium. On arrival in Ypres Free time to explore or for chocolate shopping. (*Tour participants can also join tour in Ypres)
19:15 – Walk to Menin Gate
20:00 – Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate
After Last Post ceremony we depart for Ypres hotel and welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Ypres
Meals: D

DAY TWO
Breakfast in hotel and check out. Depart for Brussels. Your guide will talk to you about the 1944 liberation of Brussels en route. Upon arrival in Brussels we will go on a City tour. Lunch at own expense. Visit to Royal Army Museum in Brussels and then drive to the Ardennes area of southern Belgium via Louvain and Namur. Check in to your hotel. Dinner in the hotel included.
Accommodation:  Ardennes area
Meals: B D

DAY THREE
Following breakfast in hotel we drive to the St. Vith area. This is where the initial assault and breakthrough took place. We continue onto St. Vith and learn the story of 106 (US) Inf Div. Visit Poteau Ardennes 44 Museum. Lunch at own expense in St. Vith area. We follow the ‘Peiper’ trail to La Gleize, via Malmédy. Visit Museum in La Gleize. Return to our hotel. Dinner in the hotel.
Accommodation: Ardennes area
Meals: B D

DAY FOUR
Following breakfast we depart hotel for the continuation of Battle of Bulge tour. Operations in the Bastogne area, particularly 101st (US) AB Div. Lunch at own expense in Bastogne. Visit area of British counter attacks in La Roche-en-Ardenne area. Return to our hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Accommodation: Ardennes area
Meals: B D

DAY FIVE
Breakfast in hotel and check out. Load luggage. We visit the locations of the Allied counter attacks, focussing on British involvement. Hotton War Cemetery – where many of those British forces who died in the Battle of the Bulge are buried. Act of Remembrance’. Visit Museum of Battle of Ardennes at La Roche. Lunch at own expense in La Roche-en-Ardenne. This afternoon we depart for Lille and end of tour. (* Tour participants may also leave the tour here at La Roche-en-Ardenne)

Accommodation: None
Meals: B
 

 

Route

  1. Lille