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Join a small group of like-minded travelers exploring some of the most historic battlefields in Europe. Over the course of ten days, you'll visit battle sites, memorials, historic towns and villages and museums and cemeteries related to battles in France and Belgium.  This tour is designed for a focused group of 6-18 people interested in the history of Europe and its ever-changing boundaries shaped by war.  

We believe in small groups, an unhurried pace, immersion in local surroundings, and, most importantly, not over-emphasizing any one aspect of the tour.  There are many companies offering "military history" tours where you can spend a week seeing Normandy, or days visiting every foxhole around Bastogne, but in doing so you miss so much of what is around you. On the other hand, we know there are tour companies that only scratch the surface of the battlefields events. 

Our philosophy is to offer in-depth visits to premier sites from numerous periods and wars while experiencing other elements of European culture as well.  You'll learn how champagne is made and even get to taste it.  You'll spend time exploring fabulous cities like Bruges, Brussels and Paris, and smaller places like Bastogne and Bayeux and still get your picture taken with a King Tiger tank.  Overall you will get a good mix of military history, cultural history, and plain old-fashioned sightseeing!  

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TOUR DESTINATIONS

Champagne – 1 night

Bastogne – 2 nights

Brussels - 2 nights

Bruges - 1 night

Normandy - 3 nights

Paris - 1 night (3 with the optional tour extension)


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Optional Single Supplement: $600


 

PRICETOUR DATES 
TBDSpring 2023

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Exploring Europe – 4036 Hidden Acre Rd. – Middleburg, FL 32068     FAX 800-570-1351

DAY 1: Welcome to France - Meet your Exploring Europe guide at the Charles De Gaulle Airport to begin your Battlefields of Belgium and France Tour. Plan to arrive at the airport by 11:00 a.m. for our rendezvous at the CDG Gare SNCF.  Enjoy a scenic journey through the beautiful French countryside. Our stops will include Château Thierry, the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, Northern France. Reims, is located in the heart of the Champagne region. We’ll take an orientation walk through town followed by a visit to a local vintner’s cave for a lesson on making champagne… you’ll get to sample some as well! Sleep 1 night in Reims.  Driving: 2.5 hours. Walking: light. Dinner.

DAY 2: Lorraine and Ardennes – Today we travel from Reims to Sedan, where we cross the Meuse River and head into Belgium. We will make stops in Sedan and the medieval town of Bouillon where we visit the Chateau de Bouillon. We will end our day in Bastogne, a bustling town of 15,000 loaded with a rich history and plenty of local flavor. Sleep 2 nights in Bastogne. Driving: 3 hours.  Walking: moderate. Dinner.

DAY 3: Sights near Bastogne – Today, enjoy a visit to the Bastogne Barracks where the Belgium Army maintains a large number of military vehicles and also performs restoration work.  After lunch, visit the Bastogne War Museum, newly completed in 2014 for the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge. Later, visit the Mardasson Memorial, a large structure in the shape of a five-pointed American Star, which honored the 77,000 American soldiers who gave their lives fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.  Enjoy a free evening in town. Driving: 1 hour. Walking: moderate.

DAY 4: Ardennes American Cemetery and Brussels –Today we will travel to Clervaux and Marnach in Luxembourg.  Then, we will drive the “Skyline Drive” to St. Vith, Belgium, and to Baugnez Crossroads, the site of the Malmedy Massacre.  Later, we’ll arrive in Brussels for the evening. Driving: 5 hours. Sleep 2 nights in Brussels. Walking: light. Dinner.

DAY 5: Brussels, Waterloo, and nearby battle areas:  This morning, we will have an intensive visit to the Battle of Waterloo site. Later, back in Brussels, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the Royal Military Museum or return to the hotel.  Enjoy a free evening to explore Brussels on your own. Driving: 2 hours. Walking: light to strenuous, your choice.

DAY 6:  Brussels to Bruges –   Enjoy a visit to Ypres and the “In Flanders Fields” Museum, or Passchendaele (Museum with reconstructed trenches) or another preeminent WWI site for an overview of World War I.  Then, onward to Bruges for sightseeing and an evening in this town known to be the “Venice of the north.” Driving: 4 hours. Walking: moderate. Sleep 1 night in Bruges.

DAY 7: Bruges to Bayeux – Today, we will trace the coast of the English Channel on our drive to Normandy.  Once in Normandy, we will visit Pegasus Bridge and Sword Beach before arriving in Bayeux. Driving: 6 hours. Walking: light. Sleep 3 nights in Bayeux.

DAY 8: Normandy Battlefields – Today, we begin with a visit to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and an option to visit the Airborne Museum. Later, spend some time exploring Utah Beach and Brecourt Manor, the site of Easy Company’s assault on a German artillery position.  We’ll finish the day at Pont-du-Hoc, famous for the Ranger’s ascent up steep cliffs to take out long-range artillery.  Driving: 6 hours with sightseeing stops. Walking: moderate.

DAY 9: Normandy Battlefields – Enjoy a visit to Omaha Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. Later, travel to Longues-sur-Mer where German guns are still in place.  Enjoy a stop for lunch in Arromanches-les-Bains and a visit to Gold Beach and the remains of Mulberry Harbor.  You’ll have the late afternoon in Bayeux to visit the famous “tapestry” depicting another long-ago battle.  Driving 6 hours with sightseeing stops. Walking: strenuous. 

DAY 10: Paris - We will get an early start on our journey to Paris.  After setting up in our city-center hotel, we will head out on a walking tour in our hotel neighborhood and the Latin Quarter.  Enjoy a visit around the Notre Dame Cathedral and Latin Quarter, a sightseeing cruise on the Seine, and a bistro dinner.  Driving: 3 hours. Sleep 1 night in Paris. Walking: moderate. Dinner.

DAY 11: Your tour ends after breakfast – Breakfast is included this morning at our hotel but there are no planned group activities. The Paris airports are easily connected by public transportation and your Exploring Europe guide is always available to help with plans.

Or enjoy 2 more days exploring Paris (see more of Paris TAB below).

DAY 11: la Tour Eiffel is the first item on the agenda this morning.  Enjoy the views of Paris from the tower! The afternoon and evening are free for you to exploring more of Paris. The Champs Élysées is nearby, so this would be a good time to visit it as well. If the weather is nice, let's meet tonight for a picnic on the Champs du Mars with wonderful views of la Tour Eiffel.   

DAY 12:  Paris - Enjoy a visit to the Louvre Museum this morning.  The remainder of the day is event-free to allow additional sightseeing on your own.  We will cap your tour with a grand farewell dinner tonight to recall your tour experiences in Europe.  Dinner.

DAY 13: Your tour ends after breakfast – Breakfast is included this morning at our hotel but there are no planned group activities. The Paris airports are easily connected by public transportation and your Exploring Europe guide is always available to help with plans. 

Itinerary subject to change.

Transportation provided by coach and/or minivan from Charles de Gaulle Airport to your final hotel in Paris.

10 nights accommodation in well-appointed hotels and guesthouses.  All with en-suite bathrooms. 

All tips and gratuities to guides, drivers and restaurant staff.

Guaranteed Small Group consisting of 6-18 travelers.

All breakfasts and at least four of your dinners or lunches. 

Traditional dining experiences at some of David's personal favorite restaurants. Eating well is a priority on David’s tours and you’ll enjoy fine regional cuisine featuring the best the locale has to offer.

Water is included with all group meals.  Sodas, beer, and other drinks are your responsibility.

Tours and admissions to the attractions, experiences, and sights mentioned in the itinerary.

A full-time Exploring Europe guide and battlefield experts dedicated to bringing to life the art, history and culture of the tour destinations.

David’s printed tour handouts detailing each day’s historical and cultural experiences.

And much more!

Why not enjoy a couple more days in the City of Light to decompress from the battlefields? We have put together a simple package to help you see the sight, sample the cuisine and experience Paris!

Friday, October 25: la Tour Eiffel is the first item on the agenda this morning.  Enjoy the views of Paris from the tower! The afternoon and evening are free for you to exploring more of Paris. The Champs Élysées is nearby, so this would be a good time to visit it as well. If the weather is nice, let's meet tonight for a picnic on the Champs du Mars with wonderful views of la Tour Eiffel.   

Saturday, October 26:  Paris - Enjoy a visit to the Louvre Museum this morning.  The remainder of the day is event-free to allow additional sightseeing on your own.  We will cap your tour with a grand farewell dinner tonight to recall your tour experiences in Europe.  Dinner.

Sunday, October 27: Your tour ends after breakfast – Breakfast is included this morning at our hotel but there are no planned group activities. The Paris airports are easily connected by public transportation and your Exploring Europe guide is always available at help with plans.

Itinerary subject to change.

INCLUDED ITEMS

- 2 nights lodging (twin occupancy) in a centrally located 4**** hotel.

- 2 breakfasts

- 1 authentic Parisian multi-course dinner

- Guided sightseeing and entrances to the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum.

- Guided and easy paced walking tours covering historic Parisian neighborhoods.

 

COST: $560 per person sharing a twin room

(single rooms are available for   $240). 

Same price for check or credit payments.

Oct 25-27, 2018$560 + air

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Oct 17-19, 2019$560 + air

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Walking and Physical Activity: We have planned this trip to provide maximum tour experiences. The basic nature of Europe does require some degree of physical activity to get out and see the sights, especially in the big cities. To help you plan, we’ve included a daily projection of physical activity. Here is our key for our walking activity ratings:

Light – Walking done on level surfaces with some hills and elevation gains. Two miles or less of required walking during the day.

Moderate – Walking done on paved and gravel paths and city cobbled sidewalks. To enjoy the full tour experience, some up and down hill walking is to be expected as is standing while viewing sights or museums. Four to six miles of walking per day.

Strenuous – Walking done on rugged and rocky paths and city cobbled sidewalks.  There will be steps and stairs. Up to three hours standing in museums or experience sites. Up to eight miles of walking per day.

Your Choice – No matter what your walking ability, we will help you find alternative ways to enjoy and experience all Europe has to offer. To get the most out of our tours you should be able to operate at the light level everyday with spurts of moderate and strenuous.

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 10 reviews
Hit all the high points

LONDON AND PARIS, November 2017 - We ended up with a very small group (only 5 of us) and therefore were able to make friends with everyone. David made sure to help us in every way in our free time, and the places where we ate were terrific. We managed to hit all the high points. The wow moment in London was St. Paul’s Cathedral and in Paris was Sacre Coeur. David is absolutely the best-knowledgeable and fun!!

 by Jim and Valerie on David McGuffin's Battlefield Tours
David puts together exceptional tours!

LONDON AND PARIS, November 2017 - We had a great time from start to finish. David picks nice hotels close to many places you want to be near. He also has very good tour guides. The guide for London was exceptional. We enjoyed the pace, which is quite busy from morning until night if desired. Also, we enjoyed the other people on the tour with us. There was enough flex for all to do what they really wanted to do. We had several wow moments. First, we were in London during Remembrance Day which is a special day. As a military retiree, it was quite touching to see the way the Brits remember those who died during the world wars. The first time in Paris was special. It is a beautiful city. Our hotel was ten minutes from Norte Dame Cathedral which enabled us to go to daily mass several times. We sat next to the main altar participating in the mass in French. The history and beauty were quite special. The Louvre and Orsay museums are spectacular. We became quite familiar with both cities' mass transit systems. David definitely takes good care of you from start to finish. London was outstanding. The Bath trip was quite average, more or less the same as a tour book reading. The hotel locations were great; London Doubletree was very nice but undergoing renovations and a bit of a maze. Select hotel in Paris was very good. Both were comfortable and clean, with friendly staffs. I tried my first duck liver pate thanks to David as well as duck confit. Both were wonderful. We definitely enjoyed all our meals. David provided two well-written and comprehensive guides to enjoying the highlights of both cities. He puts together exceptional tours! We were delighted. The timing of this tour in November was a bit different due to shorter days and cooler temps. The delight was no lines anywhere...and short lines at the Louvre. We were able to maximize our time in the museums. Lovely!

You always eat and drink well!

LONDON AND PARIS, November 2017 - The tour was amazing! David was very knowledgeable and flexible on things we wanted to do. He was always suggesting things and providing us with tidbits of knowledge. Everything flowed smoothly. David was fantastic! He was ready and willing to do whatever we needed. Loved the dinner place we had in Paris that first night by the river cruise. You always eat and drink well!

 by Thomas - Dallas, Texas on David McGuffin's Battlefield Tours
a great time with my tour buddies

LONDON AND PARIS, September 2016 - Had a great time with my tour buddies, and David was the tour guide. By chance, it was a McGuffin family group and three who became family. I would have to say the Eiffel Tower and night boat ride were my favorite. I've been to Paris several times with friends and they consider these events to be too costly. Locals sometimes (myself in Dallas) say "been there done that" and will leave the visitor to their own, so I joined this tour because tour groups will get the event done and sometimes at a better price. When you have David McGuffin as a tour guide there is no comparison. My objective in visiting large cities is also to master the metro. In London, it was a nice introduction and in Paris, I am getting there. London local guide was very entertaining. Our bus driver was very capable and a very experienced driver on the trip to Stonehenge and to Bath. The bus driver to the train station was very capable on the drive; however, it just seemed to be such a long ride. Then again I am not familiar with the city of London. Hotels were well chosen, and the staff at each facility were very experienced. David's favorite places to eat were no letdown. Meals were most delicious and the service was great. I hope we all had a mutual benefit from each other as friends should. I know I did.

Absolutely incredible!

BATTLEFIELDS OF BELGIUM & FRANCE, October 2016 – The perfect mix of seeing major sites, enjoying leisurely walks through historic towns and grand cities, drives through villages frozen in time and some of the most beautiful countryside in the world. Our hotels were each a separate and unique experience, from staying in a chateau in Normandy, a 900-year-old inn on Mont Saint Michel, or modern hotels in the hearts of Brussels and Paris! And the food! David’s personal concern for having a dining “experience” made a huge impression on my friends who had not previously toured with him.  Our guide was “the” David McGuffin, and he lived up to my high expectations. He actually caused me to enjoy myself more than I had expected by submersing us in the local culture. His acceptance of other’s ideas and flexibility in program planning, allowing us to go our separate ways, and arranging fantastic local meals gave us the confidence to do the same when we were on our own! All in all, David provided us a fantastic time.

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