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Ardennes & The Battle of the Bulge

Prices start from:

£369

per person

4 -
5 Days
World War 2
Belgium, France
12 - 200 travellers

Overview

By the 16th December 1944, the once-powerful German army was in retreat from the West. The German ‘Westwall’ defensive line, known to the Allies as the Siegfried Line, had been penetrated in places and some troops even believed the war to be over, whilst in the east, the Soviet Red Army was pressing in equally as hard. American troops in position along the Belgian-German border were looking forward to Christmas.

Suddenly, at 5.30am, the quiet of that early winter’s morning was shattered as 2,000 German guns opened fire to mark the commencement of Hitler’s plan of attack, codenamed ‘Watch on the Rhine’. The artillery bombardment lasted for two hours and threw into confusion many of the American troops, most of which were not experienced in battle. The attack would turn out to be a lost cause for Hitler, using up his last reserves of experienced troops and vital equipment in a wasted effort. The attack also showed to the Allies that although retreating, the German army could not be underestimated.

The plan in itself was audacious and eventually absorbed 500,000 Germans against 655,000 Allied, mainly American troops. The American troops began to fall back under the pressure and this created a salient into their lines which led to the operation being called ‘The Battle of the Bulge’. Bad weather helped to conceal the German manoeuvres and prevented the Allied aircraft from flying. The battle ended in late January 1945, during those critical six weeks heroism was demonstrated, along with great daring.

In the north the British 21st Army Group and the American 12th Army Group, under the command of Montgomery, held the area, leaving the Americans in the south to bear the brunt of the attack. Reinforcements were rushed to the area and General Patton attacked to ease the pressure on the town of Bastogne, which was besieged and totally isolated by the German forces. General McAuliffe issued his famous monosyllable answer ‘Nuts’ in response to the German suggestion that he surrender the town. When news of the response was circulated, it provided more resolve to the American resistance if any were needed.

What’s included

Full services of an executive coach, departing from your chosen area
Return Channel Crossings with Eurotunnel or P&O Ferries
Full services of our Expert Battlefield Guide
Visit to the 101st Airborne Museum
Bed and Breakfast accommodation at a hotel in a suitable location
Tailormade itinerary
Full administration and booking service
24 hours on call Duty Manager whilst tour is operating

Not included

Meals other than those shown
Items not clearly shown as included
Travel Insurance
Single supplement available on request

Itinerary

Below is a sample itinerary for a 4 day tour, all tours are personalised and once your tour is booked your expert guide will get in touch to start working with you to produce an itinerary for your bespoke tour.
Day 1:
Depart from your chosen pick up point and head to Dover or Folkestone for your crossing. On arrival in Calais we head to our accommodation for a three night stay.
Day 2:
Follow Kampfgruppe/Battlegroup ‘Peiper’ from its starting point at Lanzerath to La Gleize. Visiting along the way Malmedy, the scene of the massacre of US Troops (Baugnez Historical Centre). We move on to the bridges at Stavelot, Trois Ponts on the Salm River both defended by engineers who were greatly outnumbered by experienced German combat troops. Moving on to Stoumont and the furthest point reached by ‘Peiper’ then back to La Gleize, the end of the Kampfgruppe, a King Tiger tank remains here as a monument.
Day 3:
Looking at the fighting around Bastogne and the 101st Airborne Division. Starting at Noville which was attacked by elements of the 2nd Panzer Division, then onto Recogne and its German Cemetery. A short circuit of Bastogne will show the positions which were held by the US troops, we then move to Bois Jacques woods where the ‘Easy Company’ of the 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment had defensive positions, there are still trenches and foxholes located in the woods, this is the unit immortalised in the book and mini-series ‘Band of Brothers’. Travel to the memorial at Mardasson, from where we get a good view of the battleground to the North. Returning to Bastogne, we will visit the 101st Airborne Museum, McAuliffe Square and the Patton Monument.
Day 4:
We make our way back to the UK and return you to your original joining point.

All our tours and itineraries are tailormade and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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Price per person

48
4
from £369 pp
48
5
from £449 pp

Our sample prices are per person, based on the number of passengers shown (sharing twin/double rooms) and are provided to show you what a tour of this type could cost with our company. All prices are subject to availability and prices may vary depending on your bespoke package, what is included and the number of people travelling.

Prices start from:

£369

per person

All our tours and itineraries are bespoke and put together to match your requirements, please get in touch to discuss your tour.

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