Visit awesome castles from bygone centuries – walk the trails of the winter 1944/45 battle (Ardennes’ offensive or “Bulge” in the Luxembourg Ardennes.
The 3-day thematic discovery program “Castles and their meaning during the course of history and conflicts” will lead you to some of the most important medieval castles and defensive structures where you will also learn about their role in the history of Luxembourg as well as during the tough fighting in winter 1944/45 in the Luxembourg Ardennes. You will also come to appreciate typical local cuisine and festivals.
The first day is reserved for your transfer and room occupancy in your 3-star hotel, where you will stay during the entire program. In the evening, you will meet your guide/escort Roland Gaul and other tour participants during our “Icebreaker Apéro” drink. Depending on the composition of the group, the tour will be given in either English or/and German language.
The actual program begins on day 2 after breakfast with a walking tour thru the center of Clervaux, where you will already be familiarized with the history of Luxembourg. We continue by bus to Bourscheid, where you will learn about the history of the castle and the events that took place in the area during the “Bulge”. Lunch in a rural restaurant and environment. Free evening schedule upon return to your Hotel.
Day three has a special highlight! After breakfast, you will visit Beaufort to explore some WWII memorials and discover the Beaufort castle ruins which will conclude with a sampling of the genuine “Cassero” liquor (black current sweet wine), which is produced on-site. Continuation to Vianden, which French novelist Victor Hugo had chosen as his place of living during his exile.
Become enchanted with the Medieval ages while visiting the medieval festival at Vianden castle, where you will have lunch in a vaulted, carved-in-the rock cellar. Enjoy looking at various crafts-people’s activities, observe demonstrations by re-enactors and jesters, before returning to your hotel. Free evening after another short stopover on the way, where you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the castle (we call it the “million dollar view”)!
The last program day begins with a visit of Brandenbourg castle and its history after breakfast.After lunch you will explore the “bock” casemates in the Grand-Duchy’s capital (Luxembourg) with their multifold history. To wind up the entire program a true closing highlight will consist in the visit of the Grand-Ducal Palace (in English). Finally, the day tour will be concluded with a visit of the Luxembourg-American cemetery at Hamm, where General George S. Patton, Jr, is buried.
The bus will take you back for your last night before your departure to your hotel where we will say “Thank You and good-bye” during a farewell dinner.
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Optionally, an additional day (on August 4, 2017) may be combined with the present program for more in-depth exposure to the “Battle of the Ardennes/Bulge”:
This excursion can also be booked independently from the preceding program as a day tour with or without overnight stay.
Almost 73 years ago, the last major offensive in the West by the German armed forces took place in the Luxembourg and Belgian Ardennes, whereas the German border area was equally affected.
This one day overall program designed by GAUL’s Legacy Tours is meant to address participants of the “Castles and “Bulge” tour in Luxembourg” to provide a general historical overview of the Ardennes’ offensive as well as for other participants.
Wiltz - well known ”Schumann’s Eck” crossroads with US- and German foxhole terrain walk in the woods nearby
Ettelbrück - Gen. Patton statue, US Shermantank and Memorial
National Museum of Military History (MNHM) Diekirch
“Dragon’s Teeth” (tank obstacles) of the former German “Westwall”
Bastogne Barracks – – former headquarters of the 101st US Airborne Division, “Nuts” vault
Both tours will have expert guidance by well-kown “Bulge” field guide and historian, Roland Gaul, founder of the MNHM museum.
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