Alumni Tours



World War II Tour 2018

'Operation Overlord' + 'Operation Market Garden'
London | Normandy | Amsterdam


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photo of Eisenhower and soldiers around D-Day

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You have read about Churchill's War Rooms, the beaches of Normandy, and the horrors of the Holocaust. Won't you join us on a remarkable journey to experience history as never before? The brave men and women who valiantly fought for democracy have been called "The Greatest Generation." Now you have a chance to follow in their footsteps.


DAY ONE | June 23, 2018 | London

Depart your gateway city for London, England. Upon arrival, transfer from the airport and check-in to the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge Hotel. Later that evening, discover the stories hidden beneath the streets of Westminster during a guided tour of Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms. After the tour, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception and Dinner in the infamous Switch Room.

DAY TWO | June 24, 2018 | London

Take the London Underground (Tube) to the Imperial War Museum, London. The IWM collections stretch from the everyday to the exceptional. They contain some of the most important technical, social, economic, political, personal and cultural artifacts relating to Britain and its role in twentieth-century conflict.

DAY THREE | June 25, 2018 | London & Bayeux

Our air-conditioned motor coach will transfer you from London to Portsmouth, where you will board a ferry to Cherbourg, France. Upon arrival in Cherbourg, you will transfer to the Churchill Hotel in Bayeux, the heart of Normandy. Later that evening, you will have the chance to relax and unwind as the group dines at the charming La Taverne des Ducs.

DAY FOUR | June 26, 2018 | Bayeux

Today you will receive an introduction to Operation Overlord (the Battle of Normandy). We'll visit the Pegasus Bridge, Arromanches 360º Cinema, D-Day museum, and Commonwealth War Cemetery.

DAY FIVE | June 27, 2018 | Bayeux

Your journey continues with excursions to Musée du Débarquement Utah Beach, Angoville-au-Plain Church, Airborne Museum Sainte-Mère-Eglise, and the German War Cemetery (La Cambe).

DAY SIX | June 28, 2018 | Bayeux

Our tour of Normandy concludes with a look at Point du Hoc, the 100-ft. cliff overlooking the English Channel that was captured by the U.S. Army Ranger Assault Group on D-Day, followed by an outing to Omaha Beach, the beach depicted in the film Saving Private Ryan, and an emotional visit to the Normandy American Military Cemetery. We will have a group lunch at D-Day House.

DAY SEVEN | June 29, 2018 | Bayeux & Amsterdam

Fast forward from June 1944 to September 1944, following in the footsteps of Allied ground forces as they attempt to bypass the main enemy defenses along the Siegfried Line in a two-part operation code-named 'Market Garden'. Our deluxe motor coach will transfer you to Amsterdam via three pivotal 'Market Garden' battle sites - Eindhoven, Nijmegen, and Arnhem. The day includes admission to the Airborne Museum Hartenstein (Arnhem) and ends at the Hotel Arena, your overnight accommodations while in Amsterdam.

DAY EIGHT | June 30,  2018 | Amsterdam

On your final day of this amazing tour, we visit locations in Amsterdam that played an important role during the Nazi occupation and see sites specific to the persecution of the Jews. The guided WWII and Holocaust Walk will begin and end at the Anne Frank House. (Entrance to the Anne Frank house is not included.) After ample time for reflection, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and Dinner at the legendary Restaurant D'Vijff Vlieghen.

DAY NINE | July 1, 2018 | Amsterdam & Home

After breakfast, transfer to the Amsterdam airport for your return flight home.


Accommodations: Four-star hotels with proximity to historic attractions.

Meals: Eight breakfasts, one lunch and three dinners.

Professional Program Manager: Throughout your journey, you will be in the care of a seasoned travel professional who will manage all the logistics, allowing you to relax and simply soak up the ambience. Resourceful, knowledgeable and attentive, Christian Mauer helps to ensure you enjoy an unforgettable travel experience.

Expert Guides: Who better to show you around than experts in the fields of diplomatic and military history? Ohio State Department of History Professors Peter Mansoor, David Steigerwald, and Peter Hahn understand the needs of educated and curious travelers. Warm and genuine, they're ready to share their passion for World War II history with you.


Double occupancy price (per person) - $4,900
Single accommodations - $5,400

Price includes a $1,000 tax-deductible contribution per traveler to the Department of History's Study Abroad program; the expertise of Ohio State Department of History Professors Peter Mansoor, David Steigerwald, and Peter Hahn; a professional program manager, Christian Mauer; accommodations; transfers; tours and services per itinerary; meals and drinks listed on itinerary; gratuities for guides and drivers; and, all city taxes.

Not included: airfare; airline baggage fees; passport and visa expenses; meals or drinks with meals if not listed in itinerary; personal expenses; itemized services; and, any government imposed entry/exit fees and taxes (subject to change without notice).

A 50% deposit is due at booking; final payment is due February 1, 2018.


Using the words of Dwight D. Eisenhower, tell us, "Okay, let's go." Show us your interest in booking this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Email Rhonda Maynard at or call us at 614 292-3001.