World War II Memorial Tour of Europe
This tour is 16 days and will take us to famous World War 2 sites throughout Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and France. Explore the history of Europe during World War 2 as we visit battlefields, memorial, and museums which demonstrate the war. The tour also includes visits to popular scenic and cultural destinations, as well.
Roundtrip air transportation provided
3 - Moderate
16 days, 15 nights
14 breakfasts, 10 dinners
Livery Services Provided
Roundtrip door to door transportation included
- 16 day tour narrated by local guides and your Pleasurebent Tour Director
- 24 meals provided with opportunities to dine on your own throughout the tour
- Explore famous sites throughout Germany including Nuremburg and Munich
- Take in cultural and scenic sites on river boat tours and vineyard visits
- Visit memorials to soldiers and civilians alike through Europe’s beaches, mountains, and towns
- Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Roundtrip door to door livery service
- 14 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
- Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
- 24 meals
- Admission to all listed attractions
- All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
Day 1 - Tucson to Europe
We fly to Europe to start the tour.
Day 2 - Arrival Frankfurt and Bavaria
Settle into your comfortable motor coach on the way to your hotel in the scenic and festive state of Bavaria. Get acquainted with your fellow tour members during the “Welcome to Europe” dinner. (D)
Day 3 - Nuremburg
Your bus transfer into the city center introduces you to the history of Nuremberg. Discover the Old Town’s half-timbered buildings and gingerbread shops before returning to your Bavaria hotel for dinner. (B, D)
Day 4 - Dachau and Munich
Leave Nuremberg for a somber visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp. Study the exhibit recounting the “path of the prisoners” and see the site of the former barracks. Your tour continues to Munich, the elegant capital of Bavaria. Following your visit to Munich, head south into the mountain range along the German/Austrian border, where you will spend the next two nights in an Alpine Village. (B, D)
Day 5 - Alpine Village
Enjoy a relaxing day in the surroundings of your hotel. Your Alpine Village offers a variety of options for leisure activities amid the spectacular mountain scenery. Spend a second night at your peaceful Alpine Village hotel. (B)
Day 6 - Ulm
After breakfast, travel to Ulm to view the imposing Ulm Minster with the tallest church steeple in the world. End the day with a buffet dinner at your hotel in Bad Herrenalb, on the northern edge of Germany’s Black Forest. (B, D)
Day 7 - St. Avold and Igel
Follow a scenic route through the Alsace Region and the Vosges Mountains. This area was the site of heavy fighting in the fall of 1944. You will make a stop at Lorraine’s American Cemetery in St. Avold, the largest American World War II cemetery in Europe. Your hotel for the next two nights will be in Igel, a town near the three-country border of France, Luxembourg and Germany. (B, D)
Day 8 - Luxembourg, Bastogne, and the Ardennes
The morning stop is at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg where General George Patton is buried. Your travels this afternoon take you to the Luxembourg National Museum of Military History in Diekirch. Trier, the oldest city in Germany, provides an intriguing backdrop for your independent dinner, before returning to your hotel in Igel. (B)
Day 9 - Remagen and the Rhine
Motor to one of the most beautiful stretches of the Rhine River where you will board a river steamer for a boat ride past endearing villages, medieval fortresses, and hillside vineyards known for producing the distinctive Rhine wines. By mid-afternoon, continue to your Rhine-Ruhr region hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening. (B, D)
Day 10 - Holland
Crossing the border, focus on sites significant to World War II liberation efforts in The Netherlands (Holland), including locations associated with Operation Market Garden. This day will also feature a visit to one of the local museums documenting the World War II resistance in The Netherlands. Continue to your South Holland hotel for check-in and dinner. (B, D)
Day 11 - Amsterdam
Travel through Holland’s countryside, characterized by canals, dikes and windmills, as you make your way to the dynamic city of Amsterdam. This afternoon, walk to the main square, an ideal focal point for your individual exploration. Return to your South Holland hotel for dinner. (B, D)
Day 12 - Belgium and France
Today consists of a full day of travel from Holland to Caen, France, with a stop in the port city of Antwerp, Belgium. Explore the central market square with its irresistible chocolate shops and convivial outdoor cafés serving Belgian Waffles. Continue the drive into France for an early evening check-in at your Caen hotel where dinner is served shortly after your arrival. (B, D)
Day 13 - Normandy Landing Beaches
The entire day is spent touring the famous Normandy Landing Beaches. From Caen, drive to the coast and stop at Pointe du Hoc to view the German fortifications. At today’s final stop in the village of Arromanches, view remnants of the artificial harbor and reflect on the sights of the day over an independent dinner. (B)
Day 14 - Caen and Paris
Spend the morning touring the Caen Peace Memorial and Museum, established to honor the liberators, victims, and all those who continue to fight for peace. By late afternoon, arrive in Paris and spend the evening exploring the Montmartre District, where Paris looks as it does in old paintings and artists still display their works. Montmartre boasts many restaurants and characteristic sidewalk cafés perfect for an independent dinner in the French capital. (B)
Day 15 - Paris
The day is devoted to Paris. On your way into the center, see the Arc de Triomphe which has been the staging area for victory parades throughout history including those following World War II. This evening, join your travel companions for a festive “Farewell Dinner” with roving musicians and enticing French dishes at an authentic Parisian bistro. (B, D)
Day 16 - Flight back to Tucson
Transfer to the Paris airport for your flight home to Tucson. (B)
Itinerary is subject to change.
DEPARTS: multiple departures
$6,020 per person
Deposit: $250 NOW holds your place
$7,715 per person
Deposit: $250 NOW holds your place
Final Payment Due:
95 days prior to departure
Roundtrip air transportation from Tucson (not including airline baggage and in-flight charges)
Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
Roundtrip door to door livery service
14 nights’ lodging at excellent hotels
Baggage handling at hotel (for one piece)
Admission to all listed attractions
All taxes and tips for included items (except hotel housekeeping)
1) More than 80 days prior to scheduled departure date,
a. Prior to final payment, $250 per person.
b. After final payment, $250 per person plus all costs associated with the air transportation.
2) From 79 days to 1 day prior to participant’s scheduled departure date,
a. Without a medical statement, 50% of the tour price plus all costs associated with the air transportation.
b. With a valid medical statement (see “Medical Statement Requirements”), 30% of the tour price plus all costs associated with the air transportation.
In today’s changing travel environment, it’s important to protect your travel investment so you can relax and enjoy your trip. Unforeseen events such as flight delays, baggage loss or even a sudden sickness or injury could impact your travel plans. For your convenience, we offer the following Travelex Insurance Services protection plan for this tour:
360° GROUP CHOICE
360° Adult Group Choice Flyer – Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits
360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations
$435 covers trip costs up to $7,000 or $498 covers trip costs up to $8,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase at booking, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment. Contact us to purchase. For questions regarding benefits or coverages, please contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888-574-7026 and reference plan number GCB-0521.
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ACTIVITY LEVEL RATING
Level 3: Moderate
Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.
Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.
Visit our Activity Level Ratings page under Plan Your Tour for full information on the ratings system.
For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.
The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.
It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.
You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have a frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.
If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.
Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.
We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES
On our scheduled airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $35 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.
GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE
All hotel baggage handling fees are included. We also include basic gratuities for the Tour Director, Coach Driver, Livery Drivers and local Tour Guides. If someone has truly gone above and beyond additional tipping is permitted, but never required. Hotel housekeeping tips are not included.
For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)
With passenger health in mind, we are not currently offering daily seat rotation. You will have an assigned seat and boarding order to allow for social distancing among passengers. At booking let us know if you prefer Front, Middle or Back of motorcoach. Each section comprises 4 to 5 rows. We will try to accommodate all requests. If we are unable to honor all requests, preference will be given based on date of your tour deposit.
If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.
Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.
We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.
Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.
WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS
Please be sure to bring a sweater and / or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you to on this tour.
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