The Eagle's Nest, former home of Hitler

Easy Company: England to the Eagle's Nest

AN EPIC JOURNEY ACROSS EUROPE
June 2 - 14, 2018

Tour Overview

In 1992, Museum founder and award-winning author Stephen E. Ambrose published the New York Times bestseller Band of Brothers—which became not only a successful HBO miniseries, but also a cultural phenomenon that continues today. Join staff from America's official WWII museum and notable historians for the real-life epic journey across Europe. This exclusive travel opportunity includes tour stops and special guests not featured anywhere else.

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF EASY COMPANY

The National WWII Museum provides vivid insight into the war that changed the world. But nothing can tell the story of that war more dramatically than a visit to the actual places where victory was fought for and won. Our program allows you to experience these journeys in first-class comfort as you go to the beaches, bridges, cities, and villages where crucial battles took place and history-making decisions were made. Guided by top experts in WWII history and the Museum's exclusive guides in Normandy, you’ll hear the personal stories and walk in the footsteps of the Citizen Soldiers who fought for the freedom we enjoy today.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Full-time logistical tour manager
  • Expert local battlefield guides
  • Roundtrip airport transfers (when arriving and departing on scheduled group tour dates)
  • Four and five-star accommodations
  • Private, first-class air conditioned motor coach transportation
  • VIP access to sites not offered on other tours
  • Entrance fees to all sites, museums, and historic attractions in itinerary
  • Video oral-history presentations from the Museum collection
  • Personal listening devices on all included touring
  • Included gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, and servers
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, and 9 dinners
  • Coffee, water, soft drinks, beer, house wines included with lunches and dinners
  • Welcome and farewell receptions
  • Informative map book including useful battlefield maps and archival images to be used throughout the journey
  • Document wallet, personalized luggage tags, and customized name badge
  • Personal journal and pen to document your journey

Additional Services

  • Additional pre and/or post-hotel nights
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight assistance
  • Private transfers

We’re pleased to assist you with additional services you may require, ensuring you a worry-free journey with The National WWII Museum.

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Tour Itinerary & Map

Full Tour Itinerary

Extension - Optional Three-Day Pre-Tour

"Churchill's London"

May 31 to June 2, 2017

We are pleased to offer Churchill’s London, a three-day, optional pre-tour extension program. Guests enjoy two nights at the luxurious Rubens at the Palace Hotel, an historic property that dates back to the 1700s and has served royalty throughout the centuries since. Touring includes St. Paul’s Cathedral, which managed to escape complete ruin during the Blitz of 1940; the storied Churchill War Rooms, hidden beneath the streets of Westminster; and the Imperial War Museum, home of artifacts of British conflicts from the First World War to the present. Breakfast at the hotel is included on each morning, and lunch during the day of touring is included at a traditional British pub frequented by Members of Parliament.

Rubens at the Palace Hotel

June 2, 2018 - Day 1

Aldbourne, England


After individual arrivals into London-Heathrow, the group proceeds west of the city toward the training areas of Easy Company. The tour begins in the small towns and villages of Wiltshire to gain a better understanding of where Easy Company prepared for the invasion, while they lived among the locals. A walking tour of Aldbourne and a visit to Littlecote House (506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Headquarters) is followed by a festive welcome banquet attended by some of the same villagers who would have welcomed Easy Company over 70 years ago.

Donnington Valley (D)

June 3, 2018 - Day 2

Portsmouth / Normandy


Visit Southwick House, where Eisenhower set D-Day into motion with three short words—“OK, let’s go.” The group lunches at the Golden Lion Pub, which served as an unofficial officers’ mess leading up to the invasion. The tour then crosses the English Channel, landing in Normandy.

Ferme de la Raconniere (B, L, D)

June 4, 2018 - Day 3

Normandy, France


In the small town of Sainte-Mère-Église, members of the Renaud family recount what it was like to see paratroopers dropping from the night sky. Stops at the Airborne Memorial and the Airborne Museum precede an exclusive tour of Brécourt Manor and picnic lunch with Charles de Vallavielle, whose family lived at the estate at the time of the invasion and continues to reside there today. A busy afternoon continues with tours of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Marmion Farm, Utah Beach, the Utah Beach Museum, and the church at Angoville au Plain, where US medics treated troops from both sides of fighting.

Ferme de la Raconniere (B, L, D)

June 5, 2018 - Day 4

Normandy, France


Today, the group first visits the historic Château de Bernaville, where a little-known event involving US paratroopers factored heavily into the Allies’ D-Day success: German General Wilhelm Falley, who was using the château as his headquarters and was visited there by Rommel just prior to D-Day, was killed by American paratroopers at 4:00 a.m. on D-Day. The group then follows the story of Easy Company at the important town of Carentan, which linked the Utah and Omaha Beach forces. Stops will include the Dead Man’s Corner Museum and “Bloody Gulch.”

Ferme de la Raconniere (B, L)

June 6, 2018 - Day 5

Normandy, France


On the group’s final day in Normandy, the 74th anniversary of D-Day, touring is devoted to the ground troops who came ashore in the Omaha Beach area. A morning visit to Pointe du Hoc highlights the Army Rangers who faced tough odds coming ashore and scaling the imposing 100-foot cliff. Visits along Omaha Beach take place in the afternoon, and the day closes with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery.

Ferme de la Raconniere (B, L, D)

June 7, 2018 - Day 6

Normandy to the Netherlands


After bidding farewell to France, the group heads to The Netherlands. Along the way, guests view exclusive oral history showcases of Easy Company men featured in the Museum’s collection.

Pullman Cocagne—Eindhoven (B, L, D)

June 8, 2018 - Day 7

Eindhoven / Nijmegen


Today the tour covers the American areas of Operation Market-Garden, the failed yet heroic Allied attempt to cross the Rhine River in September 1944. Visiting Easy Company’s drop zone and following its path of liberation, guests see where Dick Winters led the attack at “The Crossroads,” the subject of Episode 5 of Band of Brothers, as well as members of the company helped in the rescue of over 100 British airborne troops who were stuck behind enemy lines across the Rhine in Operation Pegasus.

Pullman Cocagne—Eindhoven (B, L)

June 9, 2018 - Day 8

Arnheim / The Ardennes


The day brings a tour of Arnhem and the “Bridge Too Far” before an independent lunch in town. Guests then head to the Netherlands American Cemetery to visit gravesites of select members of Easy Company and pay respects to all buried there. Next, the group travels on to the medieval market town of Clervaux, Luxembourg, in the heart of the Ardennes. Along the way, the tour historian presents an overview of the Battle of the Bulge—Hitler’s last-ditch effort to defeat the Allies in the west and the largest land battle fought by the US Army in World War II.

Hotel International—Clervaux (B, D)

June 10, 2018 - Day 9

Bastogne


This day is dedicated to the heroic defense of the besieged crossroads town of Bastogne. This includes visiting Easy Company’s foxholes in the Bois Jacques and a tour of the Bastogne Barracks, where Gen. Tony McAuliffe of the 101st gave his famous reply of “NUTS!” to the Germans’ request that the Americans surrender.

Hotel International—Clervaux (B, L, D)

June 11, 2018 - Day 10

Luxembourg City / Haguenau


As the group departs the Ardennes, the final stop will be to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, where guests visit the graves of Easy Company members and Gen. George S. Patton. In Haguenau, guests walk the “Last Patrol” of Easy Company where they held fast against Operation Nordwind for more than a month.

Erbprinz Hotel & Spa—Ettlingen (B, L)

June 12, 2018 - Day 11

Landsberg / Zell Am See


Landsberg is the site of the prison where Hitler was incarcerated after the failed Beer Hall Putsch of November 1923 and where he wrote his manifesto, Mein Kampf. Landsberg is also the site of the concentration camp that Easy Company encountered in the closing weeks of the war. Guests will visit the remains of the campsite, which includes the European Holocaust Memorial. Then, as Easy Company did in 1945, the group will head to the Bavarian Alps for the final chapter of the journey.

Grand Hotel—Zell am See (B, L, D)

June 13, 2018 - Day 12

Berchtesgarden


On the final day of touring, guests take in the spectacular views from Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest, captured by Allied forces in May 1945. The group also tours the former headquarters and bunkers of the SS at Hotel Zum Turken and surveys the ruins of Berghof, Hitler’s mountain residence. Returning to Zell am See, guests view sites where Easy Company was stationed after V-E Day, and end the day with a farewell dinner.

Grand Hotel—Zell am See (B, L, D)

June 14, 2018 - Day 13

Zell Am See / Munich


An early morning group departure sees guests off at the Munich airport for individual return flights to the United States.

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Easy Company: England to the Eagle's Nest

Featured Guests & Historians

Special Guest

Shane Taylor

Shane Taylor was born on the South Coast of England and attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London, where he won the Cameron Mackintosh Scholarship award. Taylor's first-ever screen experience came as a teenager playing a page boy in Franco Zefferelli's Hamlet, starring Mel Gibson. It was an event that stayed with him and influenced his future course of action. After graduating drama school and working in television and theater, Taylor landed the role of a lifetime playing Eugene "Doc" Roe in Steven Spielberg's Emmy-award winning HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Extensive screen credits followed in television and film, with roles often connected to the military. Taylor is also an active voice-artist with work in a number of well-known video games.

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Easy Company: England to the Eagle's Nest

Tour Accommodations

Featured Hotel

Grand Hotel—Zell Am See, Austria

At the end of the war, Grand Hotel Zell am See was occupied by US forces for 10 years, and is best known as the hotel where the Band of Brothers spent time—and is a rewarding finish to your pilgrimage honoring Easy Company. This superior four-star hotel is located in a unique location on a private peninsula directly on the shore of Lake Zell. In existence for more than 120 years, it provides the highest level of Gemütlichkeit, or regional hospitality, to our guests. Here we’ve specially arranged for all of our guests to receive lake-view rooms with balcony. A farewell reception and dinner at this breathtaking property provides an excellent end to your tour.

Pre-Tour Hotel

Rubens at the Palace

We are pleased to offer Churchill’s London, a three-day, optional pre-tour extension program. Guests enjoy two nights at the luxurious Rubens at the Palace Hotel, a historic property that dates back to the 1700s and has served royalty throughout the centuries since. Touring includes St. Paul’s Cathedral, which managed to escape complete ruin during the Blitz of 1940; the storied Churchill War Rooms, hidden beneath the streets of Westminster; and the Imperial War Museum, home of artifacts of British conflicts from the First World War to the present. Breakfast at the hotel is included on each morning, and lunch during the day of touring is included at a traditional British pub frequented by Members of Parliament.

Tour Hotel

Donnington Valley

Situated in the heart of the Berkshire countryside just outside Newbury, Donnington Valley is a privately owned, four-star country hotel. Designed for work, relaxation, and play, the hotel boasts an award-winning restaurant, state-of-the art spa and health club, and stunning 18-hole golf course.

Tour Hotel

Ferme de la Rançonnière, Crépon, Normandy

This charming inn is located less than 10 kilometers from the coast, an ideal location to explore the beaches of Normandy and the surrounding area. Rooms are decorated in an authentic regional décor and will leave you with a lasting impression of your stay. Traditional French cuisine in a lovely setting, beautiful grounds, and a full-service bar are only a few amenities of this idyllic inn.

Tour Hotel

Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne

This beautiful four-star hotel is located in the charming heart of Eindhoven, just opposite the luxury De Heuvel shopping center. The Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne is well-known for its Vestdijk 47 restaurant and bar. Rooms are spacious and include complimentary Wi-Fi, minbar, high-definition television, in-room safe, and room service.

Tour Hotel

Hotel International, Clervaux, Luxembourg

The four-star Hotel International is located in the center of the charming city of Clervaux, at the heart of the Luxembourg Ardennes. Two restaurants, a lounge, spa, indoor swimming pool, and fitness center will ensure you enjoy your stay.

Tour Hotel

Erbprinz Hotel & Spa, Ettlingen, Germany

In existence for more than 200 years, the Erbprinz Hotel & Spa is a five-star property embracing the warmth and charm of the region. With only 122 rooms, this boutique hotel property is the ideal location, providing a number of dining and lounge venues, making guests feel at home.

Easy Company: England to the Eagle's Nest

Tour Pricing

Program Pricing

Price per person based on Double Occupancy

$5,995 

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Price per person based on Single Occupancy

$7,890

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Pre-Tour Extension Options

"Churchill's London"
Price per person based on Double Occupancy

Optional three-day pre-tour extension program
$1,599 

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"Churchill's London"
Price per person based on Single Occupancy

Optional three-day pre-tour extension program
$2,198

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$129 per person taxes and fees will be included on final invoice

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