The Eagle's Nest, former home of Hitler

Easy Company: England to the Eagle's Nest

AN EPIC JOURNEY ACROSS EUROPE
May 20 - June 1, 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 18 – 20, 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

May 20, 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)

May 21, 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.

Manoir de Mathan (B, L, D)

May 22, 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.

Manoir de Mathan (B, L, D)

May 23, 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.”

Manoir de Mathan (B, L)

May 24, 2018 - Day 5

Normandy, France


On the group’s final day in Normandy, 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.

Manoir de Mathan (B, L, D)

May 25, 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)

May 26, 2017 - 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)

May 27, 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)

May 28, 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)

May 29, 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)

May 30, 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)

May 31, 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 1, 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

Special Guest

Featured Guest

Rick Warden

Rick Warden is an English television, theater, and radio actor, probably best known for his role as 1st Lt. Harry Welsh in the HBO Golden Globe-winning miniseries Band of Brothers.

But since receiving his M.A. Honors in History at Churchill College Cambridge University, where he specialized in War and Modern Memory, history has continually followed him into his career. Many of his most high-profile roles are as real men from the past brought to life in award winning television drama. He played Major Phillip Newman in the BAFTA winning BBC docudrama Dunkirk, and Bosun John Vincent in the BAFTA winning Shackleton, as well as Trooper Bob Consiglio in the BBC’s Bravo Two Zero and Quintus Valerius Pompey in HBO’s Rome

More recently he’s been seen as Ronnie Keane in Indian Summers and Inspector Mike Taylor in the BBC’s highly acclaimed crime drama Happy Valley

On stage, he’s worked for the Royal National Theatre as well as at the Royal Court and Globe Theatres in London. And in 2009-11, after two sellout runs at London’s Tricycle Theatre, he toured a seven-and-a-half hour, 12-play cycle called The Great Game: Afghanistan to some of the most prestigious theaters in the United States—the Berkeley Rep, the Guthrie Theater Minneapolis, and the Public Theater in New York. This epic three year journey culminated in private performances for the Pentagon in Washington, DC.

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

Manoir de Mathan

This boutique hotel is located in an ideal location to explore the beaches of Normandy and the surrounding area. Nestled between Bayeux and Arromanches, and once home to the king, the hotel will leave you with a lasting impression of your stay. With it's beautiful gardens and rich historical heritage, the hotel combines calm, charm and romanticism.

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

Testimonials

"This trip was the most memorable, moving experience I have ever had. Our tour operator and battlefield guide were both exceptional and the entire trip ran smoothly and without incident. Our time spent following Easy Company was powerful."

Patricia K.

Blaine, Washington


"Extremely well organized; locations visited follow the book very closely."

—James M., Arnold, Massachusetts


"Great value, no way you could do something like this on your own for comparable money."

—Greg E., Lexington, Kentucky


“I taught history for 35 years and was amazed at how much I learned on this trip. I felt that the bottom line was that I received excellent value for the money spent.”

—Stan W., Pamona, New York


“The program was well organized and run very well. We were treated excellently by all concerned. From the outset everyone involved was courteous, helpful and interested in seeing that we got maximum attention and value. We were extremely pleased.” 

—Andrew S., Fredricksburg, Virginia


“It was the trip of a lifetime. Very well planned and executed. All aspects were five star.”

—Constance S., Chelsea, Alabama


“This was an excellent tour. As usual for the WWII Museum everything was first rate. The guides,bus drivers and the tour director were great. Enjoyed every aspect of the trip.” 

—Chester M., Houma, Louisiana

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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