NEW ORLEANS (March 9, 2017) — The National WWII Museum today announced a new educational travel program—Writing the War: In the Footsteps of WWII Correspondents. From September 25 through October 3, 2017, renowned WWII historian and best-selling author Donald L. Miller, PhD, will lead an extraordinary journey through Europe in the footsteps of World War II’s best-known combat correspondents. Guests will experience an exciting adventure into some of World War II’s most significant battles, accompanied by the words of Ernie Pyle, Ernest Hemingway, Lee Miller, Martha Gellhorn and “Beachhead Don” Whitehead.
The nine-day, eight-night tour will visit some of the most beautiful and historically significant places in Europe, including Normandy, Paris and Saint-Malo, among other noted UNESCO World Heritage sites. Participants will get the unique opportunity to stand on Omaha Beach, while the words of Ernie Pyle and Ernest Hemingway take them back to June 1944. They will be able to contrast the modern serenity of St. Malo with the horrors recorded by Lee Miller during the 1944 siege of the city, and they’ll also experience Martha Gellhorn’s Paris and “Beachhead Don” Whitehead’s Huertgen Forest. Additionally, tour guests will visit the historic cities of Mont Saint-Michel, Chartres and Aachen.
“The Writing the War tour is a perfect blend of history, literature, and World War II’s greatest stories,” says Miller. “For me, it is also an especially meaningful tour because it will serve as research for my next book; as we visit the sites that inspired Hemingway, Gellhorn and Pyle, I'll gather the stories that will make up my own next writing project. As an author, it’s an experience I relish, and one that I look forward to sharing with my fellow travelers on Writing the War.”
Pricing for Writing the War is $5,995 per person based on double occupancy and $7,990 per person for single occupancy. The program features accommodations in historic locations, including a chateau in Normandy that served as a German headquarters between Bayeux and Port-en-Bessin, within the walled city of St. Malo, and steps from the Cathedral of Aix-la-Chapelle in Aachen. Most meals, beverages and all gratuities are also included. For a detailed itinerary and registration information, visit our travel tours page or call 877-813-3329 Ext 257.
The National WWII Museum tells the story of the American experience in the war that changed the world—why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as America's National WWII Museum, it celebrates the American Spirit, teamwork, optimism, courage, and sacrifice of the men and women who served on the battlefront and the Home Front. For more information, call 877-813-3329 or 504-528-1944 or visit nationalww2museum.org. Follow us on Twitter at WWIImuseum or on Facebook.