THE 77TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE IS GOING...DON’T MISS THIS EPIC WWII EXPERIENCE & GET IT OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST!
For 2021, MHT is offering our legacy comprehensive battlefield experience of the epic struggle at Bastogne for the Battle of the Bulge! Recent D-Day tour participants have expressed their desire to see the Bulge Battlefields and we have answered that call! You can definately pay more and see less with some of our competitors!
Tour Leader: LtCol John Powell, USA(Ret), MHT’s Director of Operations
MHT expanded our traditional World War II Battle of the Bulge Tour in Belgium.
The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945) was the last major German offensive campaign of WWII on the Western Front. It was launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg as a last gamble to halt the Allies advance. The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. United States forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties for any operation during the war but held the German columns and turned the tide in preparation for the invasion of Germany.
Early on the misty winter morning of 16 December 1944, over 200,000 German troops and nearly 1,000 tanks launched Adolf Hitler's last bid to reverse the ebb in his fortunes that had begun when Allied troops landed in France on D-Day. Seeking to drive to the English Channel coast and split the Allied armies as they had done in May 1940, the Germans struck in the Ardennes Forest, a seventy-five-mile stretch of the front characterized by dense woods and few roads, held by four inexperienced and battle-worn American divisions. The courage and fortitude of the American Soldier was tested against great adversity. The battle that ensued is known historically as The Battle of the Bulge. Join MHT as we take you back for the 77th Anniversary of the fierce battles in the Hürtgen Forest & the “Bulge!”
Executed with near-complete surprise against a weakly defended section of the Allied line was achieved during heavy overcast weather, which grounded the Allies' overwhelmingly superior air forces. Fierce resistance, particularly around the key town of Bastogne, and terrain favoring the defenders threw the German timetable behind schedule. Allied reinforcements, including General George Patton's Third Army, and improving weather conditions, which permitted air attacks on German forces and supply lines, sealed the failure of the offensive.
In the wake of the defeat, many experienced German units were left severely depleted of men and equipment as survivors retreated to the defenses of the Siegfried Line. For the Americans, with about 610,000 men committed and some 89,000 casualties, including 19,000 killed, the Battle of the Bulge was the largest and bloodiest battle that they fought in World War II.
Join MHT to walk the Battlefields of the Ardennes from the heroic stand at Lanzerath Ridge, to the senseless atrocity at Malmedy, to the woods above Foy made famous by the “Band of Brothers.” Don’t miss this chance to be at the center of these two epic battle in the Hürtgen & Ardennes Forests.
Military Historical Tours is proud to offer another in our series of signature European Battlefield Tours on this historic Seventy-Seventh Anniversary. Our tours include exclusive MHT events, tour booklet & sites other tours bypass. Information on the events that are offered on your particular expedition will be included in your registration information packet. All of these things, along with the most experienced staff of Program Directors, Battlefield Tour Leaders and Historians will combine to make your trip the most enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining and educational experience possible. We welcome your phone calls, letters or e-mails to discuss your tour with one of our Battlefield Specialists. Call us at 703-590-1295 we look forward to hearing from you!
Tour Price: $ 3,395
(BoDO- Based on Double Occupancy)
Single Supplement: $ 595
Tour Price Includes:
- 4—Star Hotel Accommodations at CDG, Paris; Bastogne & downtown Paris
- Deluxe motorcoach with onboard restroom
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Historical trip information packet, containing maps & other tour information.
- Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed
- Services of experienced Tour Leader and English-speaking local guides.
Airfare not included: Get your own or Book Optional MHT Air-fare: Round-trip economy or business class airfare from your hometown to Paris CDG price quoted upon registration!
Day 1 - Sat 4 Dec - Departure. Overnight flight to Brussels National Airport.
Day 2 Sun 5 Dec - Brussels. Arrival and transfer to our hotel to meet the group. Hotel: Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel
Day 3 - Mon 6 Dec – Hurtgen Forest. This morning, we depart Brussels on a leisurely drive to Aachen. Today we explore the longest and fiercest battle on German soil between U.S. Army & the German Wehrmacht. Over 60,000 combatants fell in this tangled dense forest battlefield. We visit the 1944 Hurtgen Forest Museum. We arrive in Bastogne in late afternoon and check into our hotel near McAuliffe Square in the center of the city. Lunch on your own along the way. Meals: B/-/-; Hotel: Best Western—Melba
Day 4 - Tue 7 Dec– Bastogne. MHT is most fortunate to have as your local guide, Henri Mignon, a retired artillery officer of the Belgian Army. His family used to live in a small village north of Bastogne, in an area reoccupied by the German SS during the Battle of the Bulge. Though only 8 years old, he clearly recalls the hardships of the fighting and especially the day when his father was killed by an artillery round while getting the family water from the farm well. We start at the McAuliffe Square with its famous Sherman tank. From there we visit important sites in and around Bastogne: the Bastogne Historical Center, the "foxholes" of the "Easy Company" 516th P.I.R. of the 101st Airborne in the Bois Jacques (made famous in "Band of Brothers"), the German Cemetery in Recogne, Fort Boguess where the encirclement was broken by the 4th Armored Division and much more. Meals: B/-/-; Hotel: Best Western—Melba
Day 5 - Wed 8 Dec May - Bastogne. Today, Henri will have special access to the Belgium military base from where BGEN McAuliffe sent his famous reply, “NUTS!” to the German surrender demand. We have a long trip across the battlefield and visit many of the sites made famous in the battle: including the 82d Airborne Division sector, the withdrawal of the 7th Armored Division and the "Siegfried Line" with its signature "Dragon Teeth.” From the German border we follow the attack route of "Kampfgruppe Peiper", spearhead of the entire German attack plan, including the site of the infamous "Malmedy Massacre". We continue through Trois-Ponts, scene of a valiant stand by the U.S. Engineer troops in their attempts to stop Peiper. In La Gleize you will be able to examine one of only 11 German “King” Tiger II tanks remaining in the world as well as a German Panther tank. On our way back to Bastogne, we stop in Houffalize, junction point of the 1st and 3d U.S. Armies in the counter-attack, on 16 January 1945. Lunch on your own in Malmedy. Meals : B/-/- Hotel: Best Western—Melba
Day 6 – Thurs 9 Dec - Gen Patton. This morning, we drive to Hamm, Luxembourg, where we pause to pay our respects to the fallen, including the gravesite of General George S. Patton Jr. We continue to Diekirch to visit the National Military History Museum. On our way back we stop in Ettelbruck, Luxemburg to visit the Patton Museum. Lunch on your own in Diekirch. Meals: B/-/-; Hotel: Best Western—Melba
Day 7 – Fri 10 Dec - Skyline Drive. Today, you will see “Skyline Drive,” discuss the 2d Panzer Division’s axis of attack and the defense by the 28th Infantry Division and visit the site of the action of the 10th Armored Division’s Combat Team Cherry. Meals: B/-/-; Hotel: Best Western—Melba
Day 8 & 9 – Sat 11 & Sun 12 Dec – Bastogne Ceremonies. We spend both days attending the ceremonies to honor those who fought in the Bulge. Saturday Night our Bulge Farewell Dinner Meals: B/-/D (Sat); Hotel: Best Western—Melba
Day 10 Mon 13 Dec—Departure. Today we depart the hotel for Brussels Airport for our flight to the USA.
77th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge - Paris (4 - 13 Dec 2021)
- Product Code: 2112-EUR-BULG
- Availability: In Stock