Local departure by coach, then to our hotel in Vianden in Luxembourg, where we stay for four nights.
Day 2 Diekirch
Today, we visit the Diekirch area seeing the American memorials and also visiting the superb War Museum. After lunch we see a Sherman tank in Wiltz and the excellent Clervaux War Museum, before looking at a mighty 88mm gun at Troisvierges.
Day 3 Westwall & General Patton
Location: Westwall & General Patton
This morning we cross the border into Germany and look at the Westwall; the German border defences similar to the Maginot Line, constructed by the Nazis in the 1930s. We see the Westwall Museum in one preserved part of this defence network before returning to Luxembourg to look at the story of one of the most famous commanders of WW2: General George S. Patton. We see the Patton Memorial, visit the Patton Museum and see his grave in the Luxembourg American Cemetery which also contains the graves of US soldiers who died here in 1944-45.
Day 4 Battle of the Bulge
Location: Battle of the Bulge
Today we travel into Belgium to examine the fighting around Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, seeing the woods near Foy where American Airborne troops defended the town, as well as the Patton Memorial, and spot where his tanks relieved the Airborne forces. In the afternoon we travel across to Vielsam, and later see the Baugnez 44 Historical Centre, ending the day around the battlefield at St. Vith.
You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Grand Vianden Hotel.
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