BATTLEFIELDS OF WWI & WWII
Are you a history buff? Do you enjoy traveling to iconic sites of the past? If so, you’re going to love our new trip that takes you on a tour of World War I and World War II battlefields across Europe. You’ll discover the places that commemorate these world-changing events and honor fallen soldiers. This tour includes a journey through London to visit the Imperial War Museum and Churchill War Rooms. You’ll also visit Normandy Beach, Somme & Ypres Battlefields, Dunkirk, Battle of the Bulge and the Maginot Lines.
Extend Your Trip! Enjoy our 15-day Battlefields of WWI & WWII with Berlin tour visiting highlights from London to Berlin.
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Did you know that you can make this tour private? Find out about pricing and options for groups of 10 or more travelers.
- 2 nights in London
- 2 nights in Caen
- 2 nights in Paris
- 2 nights in Ypres
- 1 night in Luxembourg
- 1 night in Frankfurt
Your Tour Includes
- Round-trip international airfare from New York area (EWR) (passengers may also book this tour without flights)
- Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
- Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
- Accommodations at first-class hotels
- 15 meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
- Comprehensive sightseeing tours
- Whispers for all groups of 10 or more
- Professional, English-speaking Tour Director throughout
Day 1: Depart USA
Your fascinating journey begins as you depart today on your flight to London, England.
*Passengers who did not purchase flights will join the tour in London on Day 2.
Day 2: Welcome to London, England
Arrive in beautiful London, the capital of England and one of the most spectacular cities in the world. You’ll be greeted at the airport by your Tour Director and begin your exploration of London at the Imperial War Museum, which tells the story of those whose lives were shaped by war from World War I to today. Here you’ll see archives and recordings from the era and you won’t want to miss the Spitfire that saw action in the Battle of Britain. Next, enjoy a panoramic bus tour where you will see famous sites such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Tower Bridge, and Trafalgar Square. After stopping for lunch at a local restaurant, continue to your hotel where you will check in and enjoy some leisure time before you meet your group for a welcome dinner and orientation at a nearby restaurant.
Hotel | Meliá White House London
Included Meals | Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: London
This morning, enjoy an English breakfast at the hotel and then depart for a tour of the city. You’ll begin the day with a guided tour of the Tower of London where you will hear tales of intrigue, imprisonment, execution, and torture. You’ll also visit the Royal Crown Jewels, the awe-inspiring symbols of the monarchy that are still in use today. After your visit, you will drive across the Tower Bridge to Borough Market, London’s most renowned food and drink market where you can enjoy some free time for lunch. Next we'll visit the HMS Belfast with a visit to the Churchill War Rooms and see Churchill’s Bunker, the Churchill Museum, and the Cabinet War Rooms. You’ll experience the shelter from the Blitz, the secret history that lives underground, and the life and legacy of Winston Churchill.
Included Meals | Breakfast
Day 4: London/Caen
Today you will visit the D-Day Museum in Portsmouth. After your visit, journey south to Portsmouth and take the ferry across the English Channel to Caen, France. Dinner will be available for purchase on the ferry. Once you arrive in Caen, you’ll be escorted to your hotel where you can retire for the night.
Hotel | Novotel Cote de Nacre or similar
Included Meals | Breakfast
Day 5: Normandy Beaches
Today you will spend a remarkable day experiencing and learning about one of the most famous days in history: D-Day. You’ll visit the Normandy Beaches, including Omaha Beach near the coastal village of Colleville-sur-Mer. Omaha was one of the principal beachheads where the U.S. Army stormed ashore on D-Day, June 6th, 1944. You’ll also explore Pointe du Hoc, located between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, where a group of American Army Rangers defied all odds by scaling a massive cliff at a critical moment during the invasion. Next, continue to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, a spectacular and emotional setting located on a bluff overlooking both Omaha Beach and the English Channel. You’ll also visit Sainte-Mère-Église, where the US 101st Airborne division landed the night before D-Day.
Included Meals | Breakfast
Day 6: Normandy/Paris
After breakfast, enjoy the journey to Paris and relax in a comfortable air-conditioned bus. En route, we'll visit the German Gun Batter at Lounges Sur Mere, see the Mulberry Harbors in Arromanches, and visit Pegasus Bridge. Next, you will travel to Chateau de la Roche Guyon, a frightful castle dominating the bank of the River Seine controlling the route to Normandy. During WWII the castle was German Field Marshall Rommel’s headquarters. After visiting the castle, you’ll arrive at your hotel in Paris to enjoy free time and dinner at your leisure.Accommodations: Hotel
Day 7: Paris
Today you’ll meet with a local guide for a sightseeing tour of the city focusing on World War II and the liberation of Paris. For more than four years, most of France—including Paris—existed under the horrifying and unrelenting rule of Nazi Germany. This tour explores life in the occupied French capital along the city’s Left and Right banks and you’ll learn about various individuals key to the Occupation and the complex narrative of the German and French Gestapo. You’ll hear the harrowing accounts of various inhabitants of the city—from Jewish families to members of the WWII Résistance and you’ll examine the intense lead up to the eventual liberation by the Allies on August 25th, 1944. This evening, you’ll reconnect with the group and venture to Montmartre, a famous section of the Right Bank (“Rive Droite”) in Paris, for a walking tour followed by dinner at an authentic Parisian restaurant. After dinner, you’ll return to your hotel.
Included Meals | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Paris/Somme Region/Ypres
Today you will travel from Paris into the heart of the Somme Region to the village of La Boisselle. Here you will visit the Lochnager Crater, tunnels and trenches that are remnants of the strategic planning of the French and British military to halt the German advances in World War I. A local guide will help recreate the battles as you learn the history of this important part of the war. Next, you’ll visit the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial, a preserved battlefield park, which marks a tragic part of WWI, where many armies fought and died from 1914 to 1918. The Caribou Memorial, the emblem of the Newfoundland Regiment, is located on the high ground on the western side of the park. Here you will see the Danger Tree, the only original tree to survive the 1914-1918 battles. We'll also stop at the Thiepval Memorial. Then you will have free time to roam the park and enjoy lunch. Next, you will visit the memorial at Vimy Ridge dedicated to the Canadian soldiers, who fought a battle here in 1917. This horrific battle, and the bravery of the men who fought it, came to symbolize Canada’s coming of age as a nation. After this visit, you’ll journey to your hotel in Ypres. You’ll enjoy free time in the evening to relax and enjoy dinner at your leisure.
Hotel | Novotel Ieper Centrum, or similar
Included Meals | Breakfast
Day 9: Ypres Battlefield & Dunkirk
You’ll explore some of the biggest battles of World War I & II today. At your first stop, you’ll see a replica trench from World War I at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. Then you’ll visit Essex Farm Cemetery where over 1,200 brave servicemen from World World I are buried and where Lt. Col. John McCrea wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’. In the afternoon, you’ll travel to nearby Dunkirk for a walking tour along the shores where Operation Dynamo miraculously saw over 330,000 Allied troops evacuated to Britain during World World II. Next, you’ll return to Ypres for some leisure time. At 7:00PM, you will attend the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial. This ceremony is held every day and is a tribute to the fallen Belgian soldiers who fought in for Belgium’s freedom.
Included Meals | Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10: Ypres/Battle of the Bulge/Luxembourg
After breakfast, you’ll journey to Bastogne where the Americans rallied and stopped the German attack in World World II. Here you will view the route of the initial American retreat and the place where the 101st Airborne, and elements of the 10th Armored Division, held off fifteen German divisions for six days. You will visit key sites in and around this historic crossroads town. After this visit, you’ll continue to nearby Luxembourg with free time in the evening to explore this charming old-world city.
Hotel | Alvisse Parc Hotel, or similar
Included Meals | Breakfast
Day 11: Luxembourg/Maginot Line Sites/Frankfurt
After breakfast, you’ll drive to nearby Hamm for a brief visit to the American Cemetery and the site of World War II General George S. Patton’s grave. Afterwards, explore sites along the Maginot Line — a system of defensive fortifications built by France in the 1930s that stretched for nearly 200 miles to protect its eastern border. Your first stop will be Ouvrage Hackenberg. Set on high ground, this is the largest fortification on the whole Maginot Line and was one part of the line held by British troops in 1939-40. You’ll explore the underground and see the remarkably preserved historical site. Then, you’ll continue on the final leg of your journey to your hotel in Frankfurt. That evening, you’ll gather with your group, and new friends, for a farewell dinner.
Hotel | Mercure Hotel & Residenz Frankfurt Messe or similar
Included Meals | Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Frankfurt/USA
Today you’ll say “auf wiedersehen” to Europe and the memories of the World Wars as you head to the Frankfurt Airport for your flight home to the USA.Accommodations: *The tour will end for passengers who did not purchase flights today, on Day 12, in Frankfurt. Included Meals
We are working diligently to secure future tour dates and pricing for this itinerary. Please fill out the "Request a Future Date" form linked below and we will notify you once dates are available.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Enhance your trip with our recommended optional tours. Indicated optional tours are available to pre-book when you reserve your trip and can be added to your reservation up to final payment. This is the best option to guarantee your spot on your preferred optional tour! Optional tours require a minimum number of participants. Optional tours are non-refundable unless they do not operate.
Some optional tours can be purchased in-destination and may cost extra. The payment methods and currency information to purchase tours in-destination will be provided on final documentation.
Thames River Cruise
- $78 per person
The River Thames is the perfect vantage point for some of London's most iconic sites. Join at the Tower Bridge and cruise the Thames to the London Eye.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Moulin Rouge Show
- $168 per person
Spend an evening at the unforgettable Moulin Rouge - the world-famous cabaret venue! Enjoy the "Feerie" show with can-can dancers, extravagant costumes, and music.
AVAILABLE TO PRE-BOOK!
Meliá White House London
Albany Street, Regent´s Park
London NW1 3UP
Novotel Caen Côte de Nacre Hotel
155 Rue de la Délivrande
14000, Caen, France
Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacré-Coeur Hotel
3 rue Caulaincourt, 75018 Paris, France
Novotel Ieper Centrum Flanders Fields Hotel
Sint Jacobsstraat 158900, Ieper, Belgium
Alvisse Parc Hotel Luxembourg
120 Route d'Echternach, 1453 Luxembourg
Mercure Hotel & Residenz Frankfurt Messe
60486, Frankfurt Am Main, Germany
Departing the U.S.: For the safety of everyone in the group, smarTours has implemented COVID-19 travel requirements which apply to all tours regardless of destination. To learn more, click here.
Please note destination entry requirements are changing rapidly. smarTours will communicate entry requirements in your Tour Documents 10-14 days prior to departure. For up-to-date information, please click the links below.
- Entry requirements
- State Department Travel Advisory Updates (United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Germany)
- Center for Disease Control Updates & Information (United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Germany)
Your flights from the New York area (Newark) to Europe and back are on the following airlines with the corresponding schedules. We recommend that you arrive at the airport at least 3 ½ hours before the scheduled departure.
|2022: May 13, Sep. 2||United Airlines||7:00 PM||2:00 PM|
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least 3 ½ hours. Please keep in mind that flight schedules are always subject to change.
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
The above airlines do not assign seats in advance. Please note that smarTours is not involved with your seat assignment. It is between you and the airline! Seat assignments can only be arranged upon check-in at the airport.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging the entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at London hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-Only services end after breakfast at Frankfurt hotel on Day 12 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only travelers forfeit the London sightseeing and lunch on Day 2 as it is en route from the airport to the hotel and will meet the rest of the group during check-in at 4 PM at the hotel.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Visa not required for American passport holders. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, final instructions, and additional travel tips will be emailed to you 7-10 days prior to the scheduled departure of your tour.
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you may wish to visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/ travel for current recommendations. As always, we recommend you consult your personal physician or local public health authorities for medical recommendations based on your personal medical history.
May through October enjoy daytime temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s with the evenings typically cooling off to lows in the 40’s and 50’s. You can expect cooler temperatures November through April with daytime highs in the 40’s and 50’s with evening lows in the 30’s and 40’s. Please keep in mind that there is no distinct wet or dry season. We recommend bringing a waterproof or water-resistant outer layer (jacket, etc).
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
The currency in Great Britain is the pound sterling (£) while the currency in the other visited destinations is the Euro. The best exchange rates can typically be found at the ATM. Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Due to the limitations of both the airlines and the tour buses, each passenger may bring one piece of checked luggage (no more than 50 pounds), and one carry-on piece small enough to fit under the seat in front of you. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you plan to layer your clothing with climate and comfort in mind.