From Brussels: The Battle of the Bulge Remembrance Tour
- Small group
- Pickup available
- Duration: 13 hours
Christmastime 1944. The Battle of the Bulge was the last major Nazi offensive. Hitler hoped to split the Allied forces by launching a surprise attack. 140,000 soldiers and infantry forces were killed or captured. During the 100 miles drive to the battle area your guide introduces the events that led to the battle. Your tour starts at one of the American Cemeteries where thousands of US military lay rest. Then visit the McAuliffe Square in Bastogne, known for its significant role in the Battle of the Bulge. See the bronze statue of General Anthony McAuliffe alongside an M3 Sherman Battle Tank. Visit the Bastogne War Museum, followed by a leisurely stroll through the old city of Luxembourg. See the city's cathedral, and the Palace of the Grand Duke. In the lower part of the city you will see the Abbey of Neunmünster, the city walls, and the picturesque sites along the river Alzette.
Take a walk through Bastogne's World War II history on this small group, full-day tour. Explore the region's most famous landmarks, memorials, and museums to better understand its importance during the war.
Meet your guide bright and early at your hotel in Lille, and head straight to the Ardennes American Cemetery in Neupré on a 2.15-hour scenic drive. Take your time to pay respect to the fallen American soldiers buried here, and learn about the 463 soldiers whose remains were never recovered. Make sure to look for the insignia of the major U.S. units that operated in northwest Europe during the war on the north facade of the cemetery.
Next, make your way to Bastogne where you'll see a World War II tank still standing in the square. Enjoy lunch at your own pace in the historical city before heading to the famous Mardasson Memorial — the principal memorial d...
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