Easy Company: England to the Eagle’s Nest

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.

Easy Company: England to the Eagle’s Nest
Day 1

May 1, 2019 – Aldbourne, England

After individual arrivals into London-Heathrow, the group proceeds west of the city toward the training areas of Easy Company. The tour begins in the small towns and villages of Wiltshire to gain a better understanding of where Easy Company prepared for the invasion, while they lived among the locals. A walking tour of Aldbourne and a visit to Littlecote House (506th Parachute Infantry Regiment Headquarters) is followed by a festive welcome banquet attended by some of the same villagers who would have welcomed Easy Company over 70 years ago.

Day 2

May 2, 2019 – Portsmouth / Normandy

Visit Southwick House, where Eisenhower set D-Day into motion with three short words—“OK, let’s go.” The group lunches at the Golden Lion Pub, which served as an unofficial officers’ mess leading up to the invasion. The tour then crosses the English Channel, landing in Normandy.

Day 3

May 3, 2019 – Normandy, France

In the small town of Sainte-Mère-Église, members of the Renaud family recount what it was like to see paratroopers dropping from the night sky. Stops at the Airborne Memorial and the Airborne Museum precede an exclusive tour of Brécourt Manor and picnic lunch with Charles de Vallavielle, whose family lived at the estate at the time of the invasion and continues to reside there today. A busy afternoon continues with tours of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Marmion Farm, Utah Beach, the Utah Beach Museum, and the church at Angoville au Plain, where US medics treated troops from both sides of fighting.

Day 4

May 4, 2019 – Normandy, France

Today, the group first visits the historic Château de Bernaville, where a little-known event involving US paratroopers factored heavily into the Allies’ D-Day success: German General Wilhelm Falley, who was using the château as his headquarters and was visited there by Rommel just prior to D-Day, was killed by American paratroopers at 4:00 a.m. on D-Day. The group then follows the story of Easy Company at the important town of Carentan, which linked the Utah and Omaha Beach forces. Stops will include the Dead Man’s Corner Museum and “Bloody Gulch.”

Day 5

May 5, 2019 – Normandy, France

On the group’s final day in Normandy, touring is devoted to the ground troops who came ashore in the Omaha Beach area. A morning visit to Pointe du Hoc highlights the Army Rangers who faced tough odds coming ashore and scaling the imposing 100-foot cliff. Visits along Omaha Beach take place in the afternoon, and the day closes with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery.

Day 6

May 6, 2019 – Normandy to the Netherlands

After bidding farewell to France, the group heads to The Netherlands. Along the way, guests view exclusive oral history showcases of Easy Company men featured in the Museum’s collection.

Day 7

May 7, 2019 – Eindhoven / Nijmegen

Today the tour covers the American areas of Operation Market-Garden, the failed yet heroic Allied attempt to cross the Rhine River in September 1944. Visiting Easy Company’s drop zone and following its path of liberation, guests see where Dick Winters led the attack at “The Crossroads,” the subject of Episode 5 of Band of Brothers, as well as members of the company helped in the rescue of over 100 British airborne troops who were stuck behind enemy lines across the Rhine in Operation Pegasus.

Day 8

May 8, 2019 – Arnheim / The Ardennes

The day brings a tour of Arnhem and the “Bridge Too Far” before an independent lunch in town. Guests then head to the Netherlands American Cemetery to visit gravesites of select members of Easy Company and pay respects to all buried there. Next, the group travels on to the medieval market town of Clervaux, Luxembourg, in the heart of the Ardennes. Along the way, the tour historian 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.

Day 9

May 9, 2019 – Bastogne

This day is dedicated to the heroic defense of the besieged crossroads town of Bastogne. This includes visiting Easy Company’s foxholes in the Bois Jacques and a tour of the Bastogne Barracks, where Gen. Tony McAuliffe of the 101st gave his famous reply of “NUTS!” to the Germans’ request that the Americans surrender.

Day 10

May 10, 2019 – Luxembourg City / Haguenau

As the group departs the Ardennes, the final stop will be to the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial, where guests visit the graves of Easy Company members and Gen. George S. Patton. In Haguenau, guests walk the “Last Patrol” of Easy Company where they held fast against Operation Nordwind for more than a month.

Day 11

May 11, 2019 – 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 total war was waged 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. After reflecting on why World War II was fought, the group will head to the Bavarian Alps for the final chapter of the journey.

Day 12

May 12, 2019 – Berchtesgarden

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. The group also tours the former headquarters and bunkers of the SS at Hotel Zum Turken and surveys the ruins of Berghof, Hitler’s mountain residence. Returning to Zell am See, guests view sites where Easy Company was stationed after V-E Day, and end the day with a farewell dinner.

Day 13

May 13, 2019 – Zell Am See / Munich

An early morning group departure sees guests off at the Munich airport for individual return flights to the United States.

Trip Details

Start Location: Wiltshire, The United Kingdom
End Location: Munich, Germany
Number of days: 13
Number of nights: 12
Countries The United Kingdom, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany
Type of tour: Cruise
Tour Guide Language: English

T.O. information

Tour operated by: The National WWII Museum New Orleans, Educational Travel
Address: 945 Magazine Street, LA 70130-3813, New Orleans, The United States
Phone 504.528.1944 ext. 350
Website: https://www.nationalww2museum.org
Email: info@nationalww2museum.org