PHOTO: Juno Beach today, a far different look than on June 6, 1944, during the Normandy Invasion. (Courtesy Flickr/Dan Dickinson)
Who says an educational vacation can’t be fun and informational at the same time?
Some exciting tour opportunities are available through Back-Roads Touring Company offer a unique chance to get a close-up look at some of Europe’s most important and well-known battlefields. This isn’t your typical tourist vacation in Europe—but it is definitely a unique getaway that you won’t forget.
Of course, these tours will be very appealing to history buffs, but everyone will enjoy learning about these revered sites and the momentous events that happened there. It would also be a great opportunity for those seeking to explore their family history or learn about the experiences of relatives who may have fought in these locations. All properties are treated as sacred grounds with the utmost respect and consideration, with deference to those who lost their lives there. Tour operators take care to ensure that guests from all countries can have the chance to pay respects to fallen family members, friends, or countrymen.
Back-Roads Touring has been hosting World War I and II tours in Western Europe for more than two decades, and has established itself as the go-to experts in that realm. Tours are led by knowledgeable guides with expertise in this field, and groups are kept small to allow for a personalized experience and plenty of interaction with guides. Agendas are flexible, and allow room for adjustment if there is a particular cemetery or other site that guests would like to visit.
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Consider joining the WWI Battlefield Weekend Summer 2017 tour, which encompasses major areas of British and Commonwealth involvement across the Western Front. The itinerary includes stops at notable locales in France and Belgium. Go on a trench tour at Vimy Ridge or hear the Last Post played at Ypres. You can also visit Newfoundland Memorial Park, where the original trench lines have been preserved. Tour includes accommodations for two nights in boutique hotels, luxury mini-coach transportation, daily European breakfast and entrance to several museums and other attractions.
Or you may opt to join the D-Day Battles for France 2017 tour, which explores the locations of some of the region’s most notorious battles of the 20th Century. Peer up at the Sainte-Mère-église where U.S. Airborne Soldier John Steele was caught on the church steeple, or immerse yourself in history told through needlework by viewing the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry. This tour includes three nights at boutique hotels, plus admission to Pegasus Bridge Museum, Juno Beach Museum, Utah Beach Museum and Bayeux Memorial Museum and Tapestry.
The great team at Back-Roads Touring is dedicated to providing clients with an intriguing and powerful tour experience that will create lasting memories. The tours’ small group size allows access to some of the lesser-known or “off the beaten track” locations, and gives you the ability to explore places you may have only read about in history books or family records. Ideal for family vacations, as the sites will be of interest to those of all ages.