The World War II generation saved Western civilization from Nazi terror.
Among the very greatest were the soldiers who landed at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944, in the largest military invasion from the sea in the history of the world.
Image Tours is one of only a few tour operators offering this WWII specific itinerary. This is a 15-day tour beginning in Amsterdam and ending in Paris.
The tour takes travelers to famous battle sites, war museums and memorials. Scenic and cultural highlights are also included, making this tour an enjoyable combination of learning, sightseeing and reflection.
The tour in Amsterdam features the neatly kept pastures and canals of the Dutch lowlands. While in downtown Amsterdam, you might want to visit the Anne Frank house, where the teenager hid with her family and wrote her poignant diary.
Then stop at the Wings of Liberation Museum, which focuses on the landing of the 101st Airborne Division, the Screaming Eagles.
From there you will travel to Remagen to view the remains of the strategic bridge that collapsed under heavy use and bombing during the Allied advance over the Rhine in March 1945.
A few miles south is Boppard, where travelers will board a pleasure boat for an upstream ride on the enchanting Rhine River.
Then it's on to Nuremberg, where Hitler staged his huge propaganda rallies.
In Munich, you can visit the hidden enclave chosen by Hitler and his aides as a mountain retreat, and pay a thought-provoking visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp.
Other highlights are the town of Saverne and Lorraine's American Cemetery, the largest American World War II cemetery in Europe.
From there travelers continue to Luxembourg, where Gen. George S. Patton is buried. While there, visit the Luxembourg National Museum of Military History. Also there will be a tour of the World War I battlefields near Verdun.
At Clairiere de L'Armistice, you will find a replica of the railroad car in which the Armistice of World War I was signed and where the French were made to sign a declaration of surrender to the Nazis on June 22, 1940.
An entire day will be spent touring the famous Normandy landing beaches. You will drive to the coast and stop at Pointe du Hoc to view the German fortifications, travel along to Utah Beach and Ste.-Mere-Englise, then onto Omaha Beach and the American cemetery.
The scenic and cultural highlights of this tour make it an enjoyable combination of learning, sightseeing and reflection.
The journey ends in Paris, the "City of Lights," where you may wish to take a Seine River cruise and tour the Eiffel Tower.
Departure dates are limited. Contact Gadabout Travel to begin this journey in American history. Image Tours offers discounts for early bookings. Call today for reservations and information.
Ronnie Robertson is a travel consultant with Gadabout Travel. You can contact her at (321) 253-3674 or www.cruisetraveltours.com.