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Land Tour:
Cost: $5599 per person

DATES:
September 10th – 25th, 2025

DESTINATION:
Germany, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and France

Activity Level
2-4

Start / End
Frankfurt, Germany to Paris, France

Duration
16 Days

Price from
$5599 per person

Passport
Required?
Yes!

Average
Weather Temp
69-84°F

     World War II Group Leaders: Michael Pimentel and David Day

 

PRICES:

* $5599 per person including taxes and fees based on double occupancy.    Sorry: No single rooms.

(Group Limit is 40 passengers)

 

 

The Trip Documents will provide guidance for airport check-in and for your arrival in Europe. Relax on your transatlantic flight with the assurance that tour operator has taken care of all the details.

Upon arrival, clear passport control and collect your luggage. Refer to the “Arrival Instructions” in the Trip Documents for directions on where and when to meet your tour manager.  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. (Dinner)

Your bus transfer into the city center introduces you to the history of Nuremberg. Hitler staged his propaganda rallies here and, after his fall, it was chosen as the location for the War Trials.You will have an opportunity to see the Nazi Party Rally Grounds, Congress Hall,
and Palace of Justice where the War Trials were held. Consider the causes and consequences of Nazi Germany during a visit to the Documentation Center (visit the temporary exhibit during the 2023 renovations). Discover the Old Town’s half-timbered buildings and gingerbread shops before returning to your Bavaria hotel for dinner (Breakfast and Dinner)

Travel to Dachau for a somber visit to the Concentration Camp Memorial.
At the entrance, you are prompted to reflect on the incomprehensible as your tour manager translates the German phrase on the iron gate: ARBEIT MACHT FREI (Work Makes One
Free). 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. Pass points of interest, such as the Hitler Building, on your way to the Marienplatz, a pedestrian-only zone where historic buildings are cleverly interspersed with modern store fronts. The centerpiece of the square is the Rathaus (Town Hall) with its captivating Glockenspiel (clock tower). 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 a Tyrolean Village. (Breakfast and Dinner)

A full day Eagle’s Nest with Dinner excursion which includes a guided visit to the Kehlsteinhaus, Hitler’s mountain hideaway, followed by an afternoon in Salzburg, known as Mozart’s birthplace and the setting for “The Sound of Music.” Spend a second night at your peaceful Tyrolean Village hotel. (Breakfast)

After breakfast travel to Ulm to view the imposing Ulm Minster with the tallest church steeple in the world. This afternoon, make a stop at the grave of Erwin Rommel, the German general who was forced to commit suicide when Hitler suspected him of treason. End the day with a buffet dinner at your hotel in Bad Herrenalb, on the northern edge of Germany’s Black Forest. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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. Avoid, the largest American World War II cemetery in Europe. The afternoon is reserved for a tour of Fort Hackenberg, part of the Maginot Line which was constructed between the world wars as a defense against any future German invasions.Your hotel for the next two nights will be in Trier, the oldest city in Germany, located near the three-country border of France, Luxembourg and Germany. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The morning stop is at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg where General George Patton is buried. Continue into the Belgian Ardennes Region and arrive in Bastogne to view the star-shaped Mardasson Monument, a tribute to the soldiers who died in the Battle of Ardennes. You will also see thefox holes used by Easy Company, whose stories inspired the TV mini-series “Band of Brothers.” Your travels this afternoon take you to the Luxembourg National Museum of Military History in Diekirch. Trier’s famous Porta Nigra provides an intriguing backdrop for your independent dinner before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast).

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. Continue through the Rhine River Valley to Remagen to view the remains of the Ludendorff Bridge, the last standing bridge on the Rhine, which was captured by U.S. soldiers on March 7, 1945. By mid-afternoon, continue to your Rhine-Ruhr region hotel. Dinner will be served at the hotel this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Crossing the border, focus on sites significant to World War II liberation efforts in The Netherlands (Holland), including locations associated with Operation Market Garden. The bridge over the Waal River at Nijmegen was a strategic asset reclaimed after the historical crossing of American paratroopers. Travel Hell’s Highway and stop at the memorial in Overasselt, commemorating the site of the largest airborne operation of all time. 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. (Breakfast. Dinner)

Travel through Holland’s countryside, characterized by canals. dikes and windmills, as
you make your way to the dynamic city of Amsterdam. Your visit begins with a ride aboard a glass-topped boat through Amsterdam’s harbor and canals where you will see numerous bridges. boathouses and bicycles while gliding past 17th-century gabled houses. During an independent lunch, try a pannekoek (Dutch pancake) or other local specialties. This afternoon, walk to the main square, an ideal focal point for your individual exploration. Return to your South Holland hotel for dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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 cafes 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. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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. You’ll also travel to Utah Beach and Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the site where paratroopers landed during World War II as portrayed in the movie “The Longest Day.” Visit Sainte-Mere-Airborne Museum before continuing to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery.

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. As you depart Caen, pause at the Pegasus Bridge to understand how its capture by the British 6th Airborne division was instrumental in deterring a German counter-attack. Arrive in Paris by early evening and join your travel companions for a festive”Farewell Dinner” of enticing French dishes at anm authentic Parisian bistro with roving musicians. The return transfer provides additional impressions of the city at dusk. (Breakfast/Dinner)

The day is devoted to Paris. La Ville Lumiere (“City of Light”). 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. Your tour manager will also direct you to the location of other principal sights, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, and Louvre Museum (open every day except Tuesday). Spend the evening exploring the Montmartre District. where Paris looks as it does in old paintings and artists still display their works. An uphill walk to the Sacre-Coeur Basilica rewards you with expansive views of the cityscape. Montmartre boasts excellent restaurants and characteristic sidewalk cafes perfect for an independent dinner in the French capital. (Breakfast)

Transfer to the Paris Airport for your return flight home. (Breakfast)

note.png TOUR EXPERIENCES:
  • View Hitler’s Nuremberg Rally Grounds
  • Examine the eye-opening exhibits at Dachau Concentration Camp
  • Munich’s main Square
  • Maginot Line defense structure at Fort Hackenberg
  • Explore Bastogne “Battle of the Bulge”
  • Rhine River Boat Ride glide pass castles and vineyards
  • Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  • Canals of Amsterdam
  • Normandy Landing Beaches and Military Cemetery

 

note.png NUMBER OF DAYS: ​

16

 

note.png TOUR BEGINS/ENDS:

Frankfurt, Germany to Paris, France

 
note.png GROUP SIZE:

40 Passengers maximum

 

note.png ACTIVITY/WALKING EXPECTATIONS:

Average 3.5 miles per day often uneven surfaces, steps and inclines.   Wheelchairs / scooters are not recommended.

 
note.png DEPOSIT PER PERSON:

$500 non-refundable deposit per person / subject to change without notice.

 

note.png PAYMENTS:
  • 50% balance due on February 2025
  • Credit card payments will require 3.5% fee.   
  • Checks, wire-transfer and money order are acceptable at no charge.
 
note.png FINAL PAYMENT DUE:

June 1st, 2025

 

note.png INTERPRETERS:

Heart Cruises, LLC will provide ASL (American Sign Language) Interpreters for this trip.

 

note.png WHAT’S INCLUDED:
  • ASL Interpreters
  • Accommodations ins Superior Tourist Class
  • 14 Breakfast and 10 Dinners
  • Tour Manager
  • Land Transportatioinn Europe by deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach
  • Trip Documents

 

note.png WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED:
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Gratuities
  • Boutique, casino, spa, photos and bingo
  • Internet access, phone, fax and other incidentals
  • Medical attention
  • Travel insurance
 
note.pngTRAVEL INSURANCE:

Heart Cruises, LLC recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to protect yourself and your trip investment from the unexpected. Now more than ever it’s extremely important to think about the unexpected. It is important to purchase the travel protection within 15 days of your initial invoice date in order to receive the most coverage. Consider travel protection for Trip Cancellation/Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more

 
note.png CANCELLATION SCHEDULE:

120 days or more prior to the first day of the tour: 10% of total price plus loss of non-refundable deposit
119 to 91 days 50% of total price
90 to 61 days 75% of total price
60 to 30 days 100 % of total price (No refund)