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.
- Travel in the company of cast members from the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers
- Full-time logistical tour manager
- Expert local battlefield guides
- Roundtrip airport transfers (when arriving and departing on scheduled group tour dates)
- Boutique hotel accommodations in prime locations
- 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
- Personal listening devices on all included touring
- Gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, and servers
- Breakfast each morning, 7 lunches, and 8 dinners
- Beer, wine, and soft drinks with included lunches and dinners
- Informative map book with useful battlefield maps and archival images to be used throughout the journey
- Personalized luggage tags and name badge
- Keepsake journal and pen to document your journey
- 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.
Full Tour Itinerary
Extension - Optional Two-Night Pre-Tour
September 2 - 4, 2019
Prior to the commencement of the main tour, guests enjoy two nights at the luxurious Rubens at the Palace Hotel, an historic 5-star property that dates back to the 1700s and has served royalty throughout the centuries. One and a half days of touring include 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 each morning, and lunch during the full day of touring is included at a traditional British pub.
Rubens at the Palace Hotel
September 4, 2019 - Day 1
London Arrivals / Aldbourne, England
After individual arrivals into London-Heathrow (LHR) proceed west of London to the training areas of Easy Company. After lunch in Aldbourne, enjoy a walking tour with local villagers and members of the Aldbourne Historical Society, who recount what it was like to welcome Easy Company and other American troops more than 75 years ago. This evening, get to know your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception and Dinner at the hotel.
Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa (L, R, D)
September 5, 2019 - Day 2
Portsmouth / Cross the English Channel
After breakfast at the hotel, head south to Portsmouth to visit The D-Day Story museum. Refurbished in the spring of 2018, this museum tells the story of D-Day through the personal accounts of people who were there. The galleries bring the story to life through stunning audio-visual presentations alongside iconic artifacts from the museum’s collection. The legacy gallery features the magnificent Overlord Embroidery commissioned to remember those who took part in D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. For lunch, enjoy classic English pub fare in the picturesque village of Southwick, renowned for the planning of the D-Day landings and the historic location where Eisenhower and Montgomery met. This afternoon, cross the English Channel by ferry, landing in Normandy late in the evening.
Le Manoir De Mathan (B, L, D)
September 6, 2019 - Day 3
Utah Beach / US Airborne
After breakfast, depart for the Utah Beach area to tour the landing beach and visit the Utah Beach Museum. View and original B26 bomber in the museum’s hangar and listen to the oral history of Dick Winters on the 2nd floor of this magnificent museum. Next, take an exclusive tour of Brécourt Manor, made famous by Easy Company’s action here on June 6, 1944. In the small town of Sainte-MèreÉglise, enjoy lunch independently then visit the Airborne Museum and the church made famous by the film The Longest Day. En route to the hotel, the coach makes a photo stop at Marmion Farm, the makeshift rendezvous point for paratroopers during the D-Day invasion. Enjoy dinner with the group this evening.
Le Manoir De Mathan (B, D)
September 7, 2019 - Day 4
La Fière, Easy Company in Normandy
Today, travel along rural lanes, past hedgerows, and over causeways to La Fière bridge, where elements of the 82nd Airborne fought off four days of attacks from German troops trying to retake this strategic bridge. Next, visit the historic Château de Bernaville, where a little-known event involving US paratroopers factored heavily into the Allies’ D-Day success. Next, travel to Beuzeville-au-Plain to view the monument to Lt. Thomas Meehan’s downed C-47, and hear his story. After an included lunch during your visit to the Normandy Victory Museum, learn the story of Easy Company at the important town of Carentan, which linked the Utah and Omaha Beach forces. End the day’s touring at the Dead Man’s Corner Museum and with a visit to the church at Angoville au Plain. A shuttle to Bayeux is provided this evening for guests enjoy dining independently at one if this town’s many quaint cafés.
Le Manoir De Mathan (B, L)
September 8, 2019 - Day 5
Pointe du Hoc / Omaha Beach / Normandy American Cemetery
On the final day in Normandy, touring is devoted to the ground troops who came ashore in the Omaha Beach area. First, visit to Pointe du Hoc, where Army Rangers faced tough odds coming ashore and scaling the imposing 100-foot cliff. Next, visit Dog Green Sector of Omaha Beach. A Company, 1st Battalion, 116th Infantry of the 29th “Blue and Gray” Division landed at “H- Hour” on D-Day. A 250-meter stretch of beach untouched by preliminary bombardments lay in front of them, and they could clearly see German bunkers in the distance. Within 15 minutes A Company was reduced from an assault company to a small rescue party. These events inspired the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan. After an included lunch overlooking Omaha Beach, spend the afternoon at the Normandy American Cemetery, where more than 9,000 Americans are laid to rest in the ground they helped liberate. Guests will be given time to walk the grounds, visit the small museum and remember the sacrifices made here. Reflect on the day’s touring during dinner with the group this evening.
Le Manoir De Mathan (B, L, D)
September 9, 2019 - Day 6
Normandy to the Netherlands
Bid farewell to Normandy and head to The Netherlands. Along the way, view episodes from the Band of Brothers miniseries. Stop in picturesque Amiens, France, a city along the Somme River. Enjoy lunch and independent exploration, with time to visit the Amiens Cathedrals, the tallest complete cathedral in France, and a UNESCO world heritage site. Relax on the coach this afternoon. An included dinner at the hotel greets you upon arrival in Eindhoven.
Hotel Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne (B, D)
September 10, 2019 - Day 7
Eindhoven / Arnhem / Nijmegen
In September 1944, the Allies launched Operation Market Garden, a daring airborne operation meant to secure crucial Rhine River crossings and advance into northern Germany. Although it ultimately failed to achieve its objectives, the determination and courage shown by the airborne troops and the units that assisted them made Market Garden one of World War II’s most famous battles. During today’s tour, visit the actual battle sites where Easy Company fought and learn how the 101st Airborne fit into Operation Market Garden at Nuenen, Zon Bridge, and Logtenburg. After lunch, visit Schoonderlogt Farm to see where Dick Winters led the attack at “The Crossroads,” the subject of Episode 5 of Band of Brothers. Near Arnhem, members of the company helped rescue more than 100 British airborne troops who were stuck behind enemy lines across the Rhine during Operation Pegasus in October 1944. The touring day ends in Nijmegen and “A Bridge Too Far” before returning to Eindhoven where guests enjoy an evening at leisure.
Hotel Pullman Eindhoven Cocagne (B, L)
September 11, 2019 - Day 8
Netherlands American Cemetery / Journey to the Ardennes
This morning, guests may choose to take a guided walking tour of Eindhoven, explore the area independently, or relax at the hotel. The optional morning tour includes details on the actions that occurred around Eindhoven, with visits to the Joe Mann Memorial and the Robert Cole Memorial. After lunch at leisure, visit the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten – the only American military cemetery in The Netherlands. A unique aspect of this cemetery is its connection with the Dutch people. Since 1945 members of the local community have adopted the grave sites of the American fallen. They bring flowers to the cemetery and research the life of the service member they adopt as a way to honor their sacrifice. After paying respects to members of Easy Company who are buried there, continue to the medieval market town of Clervaux, Luxembourg, in the heart of the Ardennes. Along the way, the tour guide 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 (B, D)
September 12, 2019 - Day 9
Battle of the Bulge / Bastogne / Bois Jacques
This day is dedicated to the heroic defense of the besieged crossroads town of Bastogne. Band of Brothers Episode 6: ”Bastogne,” along with today’s visits to the Mardasson Memorial, a monument honoring the memory of the American soldiers wounded or killed during the Battle of the Bulge. Next, a visit to the Bastogne War Museum provides insight into the experiences of the troops during the harsh, cold winter of 1944 - 45. In the Bois Jacques forest guests may choose to climb in the foxholes of that provided some shelter to Easy Company. Tour Bastogne Barracks, where on December 22, 1944, Gen. Tony McAuliffe of the 101st gave his famous reply of “NUTS!” to the Germans’ request that Americans surrender the encircled town of Bastogne. Free time in Bastogne is also provided during the day for lunch – and perhaps some shopping for Belgian chocolates. The evening is at leisure.
Hotel International (B)
September 13, 2019 - Day 10
Luxembourg American Cemetery / Haguenau
Before departing the Ardennes, the final stop is at the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, where guests visit the graves of Easy Company members and of Gen. George S. Patton. Continue to Haguenau for lunch and then walk the “Last Patrol” of Easy Company, where they held fast against Operation Nordwind, the last major German offensive of the war in the west, for more than a month. Visit the MM Park (Musee Militaire), a new museum with an impressive collection of tanks and other large artifacts of the era. Arrive in Stuttgart this evening and enjoy dinner and exploration on your own.
Maritim Stuttgart (B, L)
September 14, 2019 - Day 11
Dachau / Zell Am See
Located ten miles northwest of Munich, the Dachau Concentration Camp was established in 1933 to hold political prisoners. Throughout the rest of the 1930s, the camp grew to hold Jews, Roma, Slavs, and more groups deemed unworthy by the Nazis. In 1943, as war raged across the continent, the Nazis constructed more than 150 subsidiary camps near Dachau where prisoners were often worked to death. The terrible conditions in Dachau and throughout the subsidiary camps led to a widespread typhus epidemic by the end of 1944, as the Allied armies were preparing to enter Germany. When the first American troops approached the camp in April 1945, the sight of the prisoners and the living conditions tested even the most battle-hardened soldiers. Episode 9 of the miniseries portrays Easy Company discovering one of Dachau’s subsidiary camps at Landsberg. After discussing why World War II was fought, the group heads to the Bavarian Alps, as Easy Company did, for the final chapter of the journey.
Grand Hotel Zell am See (B, D)
September 15, 2019 - Day 12
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. A gift to Adolf Hitler for his 50th birthday in 1939, Eagle’s Nest was funded by Hitler’s inner circle. Legend says that Mussolini gifted the fireplace to the project. Although a fortune was spent to build the perch, Hitler only made 14 official visits. Return to Zell Am See and reflect on the journey during a farewell dinner at the hotel, overlooking the lake featured in the final scenes of Band of Brothers.
Grand Hotel Zell Am See (B, L, D)
September 16, 2019 - Day 13
Zell Am See / Munich
Early this morning the entire group transfers together to the Munich Airport (MUC) for individual flights home.*
*Please note that flights should be scheduled to depart no earlier than 12:00 noon. Weather and/or local government and venue conditions may change the final schedule. Each evening you will receive a detailed schedule for the following day, including the timing of meals and tours. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Travel Team.
Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, James “Jimmy” Madio is one of seven children. At the age of thirteen, on his very first audition, James landed a role in the Steven Spielberg family adventure, Hook, and never looked back. Madio's big break as a young actor then came when he costarred with Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Wahlberg in the highly acclaimed film, The Basketball Diaries. After a number of independent roles, Madio found himself once again, on another Spielberg set, this time as a lead cast member in the Emmy Award-winning HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers, portraying WWII hero Sergeant Frank Perconte. This would become a turning point in Madio’s career, putting him in the national and international spotlight in a timeless piece that continues to air today. Moreover, Madio continues to support troops by speaking at WWII veteran engagements around the world. Currently, Madio's career has extended to behind the camera, having acted, produced and written several award-winning independent projects (both features and shorts). His voice can also be heard in the DreamWorks animated movie, Shark Tale, and on the Call of Duty video game franchise.
Rubens at the Palace
Red Carnation Hotels’ newest 5-star hotel, the Rubens overlooks Buckingham Palace and lies within easy walking distance to Victoria Station, this historic hotel has been fully renovated and offers a host of new restaurants and bars. Guests can enjoy live music in The New York Bar, a Royal Afternoon Tea in the Palace Lounge, delicious cuisine in the newly opened English Grill, and authentic flavors in The Curry Room.
Each of the beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites is elegantly furnished with meticulous attention to detail and personal thoughtful touches. Traditional style blends seamlessly with the latest modern amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, an entertainment system with interactive TV, a huge selection of on-demand movies, and a music library.
Situated in the heart of the Berkshire countryside just outside of Newbury, Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa is a privately owned country hotel. Designed for work, relaxation, and play, the hotel boasts a 2 AA Rosette restaurant, state-of-theart spa and health club, and a stunning 18-hole golf course. All of the 111 bedrooms and suites are elegantly designed with marble bathrooms, flat screen TVs, a selection of films to choose from, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Bedrooms include Egyptian cotton duvets, laptop-sized safes, and complimentary bottled water.
Manoir de Mathan
This boutique hotel is 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 its beautiful gardens and rich historical heritage, the hotel combines comfort, charm, and romanticism.
This beautiful 4-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 their Vestdijk 47 restaurant & bar. Rooms are spacious and include complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar, high-definition television, in-room safe, and room service.
Hotel International, Clervaux, Luxembourg
The 4-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, a spa, an indoor swimming pool, and a fitness center will ensure you enjoy your stay.
This beautiful hotel located right next to Hoppenlau Park showcases three restaurants, a café, piano bar, and an exclusive wellness area with swimming pool, fitness area, and beauty lounge. Guests will enjoy seasonal and regional delicacies at the Reuchlin Restaurant, discover the popular Swabian “Maultaschen” (filled pasta) at Café Espresso, and drink from a generous selection of cocktails in the Piano Bar. Recently renovated in 2016, each room boasts a modern bathroom design including a rain shower with digital temperature settings.
Grand Hotel—Zell Am See, Austria
At the end of the war, Grand Hotel Zell am See was occupied by US forces for ten years, and is best known as the hotel where the Band of Brothers spent time.
Today, it is the perfect end to a pilgrimage honoring Easy Company. This superior 4-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. A farewell dinner at this breathtaking property provides an excellent end to your tour.
"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."
"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
Price per person based on Double Occupancy
Price per person based on Single Occupancy
$329 per person taxes and fees will be included on final invoice
Pre-Tour Extension Options
Price per person based on Double Occupancy
Optional three-day pre-tour extension program
Price per person based on Single Occupancy
Optional three-day pre-tour extension program
$129 per person taxes and fees are included in the prices listed above