2019 D Day & World War II with Author Jerry Borrowman

Dates May 10-20, 2019
Destination London, England; Portsmouth, England; Normandy Beaches; Paris, France; Bastogne, Belgium; Berlin, Germany;
Duration 11 days 10 nights
Price From 2,299
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Religious Focus:

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Activity Level:

The physical activity on this tour (walking distances) is mid level with planned walking on uneven surfaces. Plan on days full from breakfast to dinner with "down-time" only in the evening.


Tour Cash Discount of $65.00 pp 

Join BEST SELLING author Director Jerry Borrowman on this wonderful tour of England, France, Belgium and Germany as we honor those who fought for our freedoms and take this masters course in World War History.

World Wars I and II involved the greatest military conflicts in human history, pitting the Great Democracies against hereditary monarchies and vicious dictatorships. Germany was the common denominator to both wars, and it was just 75 years ago that a defining moment in the great struggle occurred on the beaches of Normandy in Northern France when Allied forces landed on D-Day. Once a beachhead was established, the Allies began a relentless assault against the Nazis to liberate France and other occupied countries in a drive to bring Germany to a full and unconditional surrender. But the price of freedom was costly, with more than 500,000 American military deaths to finally bring peace to Europe and the world. The world lost more than 60 million on all fronts.

In this anniversary year, we wish to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of the "greatest generation" who fought to restore freedom and democracy. To do so we will follow in the footsteps of American G.I.s who traveled first to England, then across the Channel to France, through Belgium, and finally right into the heart of Germany, itself, Berlin. Along the way you will hear from expert local guides who will bring history alive. You will also be accompanied on the trip by award winning author, Jerry Borrowman, whose sixteen published books tell the stories of the heroes, both recognized and ordinary, who made this possible. Jerry has spoken to more than 2,000 groups all around the world, and has immersed himself in the period to write vivid accounts of the places and events celebrated on this trip. Why not learn this fascinating history first hand in the places it occurred. It is your chance to add your voice of gratitude to the men and women who fought for the freedom we cherish today.

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Morris Murdock Escorted Tours,
Tel: (801) 483-6363
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Days 1/2: Fri & Sat, May 10-11, 2019

Home Cities - London

Today we depart the US for London where our tour begins.  Upon arrival we’ll meet our local tour director at the airport and start our journey with a panorama bus tour of the city.  We will get acquainted with many of the iconic sights of this historic city.  Afterwards, we head to our hotel for check in and a welcome reception dinner.

Meals : Dinner
Day 3: Sunday, May 12, 2019

London

Today we start with a visit to superlative Imperial War Museum, founded in 1920 to document the sacrifices of Britain and the Empire in WWI.  Its collections now include unparalleled archives from World War II, as well.  From there we move on to the Churchill Cabinet War Rooms. Closed to the public for more than 35 years, we now have the chance to walk in the footsteps of Churchill himself and to see the maps and communications devices that connected the War Cabinet to their military forces all over the world. See the handgun Churchill carried so he could personally shoot any German invaders, if they made it to London.

This afternoon will be at your leisure to explore the city.  You may choose to take a ride on the famous London Eye or a dinner cruise on the Thames.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 4: Monday, May 13, 2019

London - Portsmounth - Caen

As we leave London you can enjoy the countryside as we head to the southern port of Portsmouth. This is home to Lord Horatio Nelson’s HMS Victory, the world’s most famous sailing ship from which Nelson led England to its greatest victory in the Battle of Trafalgar, only to lose his life to a sniper’s bullet.

On June 6, 1944, Allied forces crossed the English Channel to launch the largest seaborne assault in human history.  We too will cross the Channel by boat, just three weeks shy of the 75th Anniversary of that momentous event.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 5: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Normandy

D-Day was a cacophony of noise and fire in 1944. Today it is a place of reverence, where visitors tend to speak in hushed tones as they experience first-hand the beaches and towns involved during the German artillery and infantry fight to repulse the British and American invaders. Staring down the cliffs from Point du-Hoc where American troops suffered the greatest casualties is a sobering experience and you’ll think you can hear the sounds of battle still echoing across the water and up the formidable bluffs.

The French city of Caen saw some of the most intense fighting of WWII. Today, the Memorial de’ Caen provides outstanding exhibits to show exactly how the Allies successfully prosecuted the invasion of France.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 6: Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Rouen - Paris

 Having just visited some of the German death camps, General Dwight D. Eisenhower insisted that the documents be signed before he entered the room, so that he would not have to salute the German officers whose complicity had caused such great suffering.

This afternoon we’ll visit the Rouen Cathedral which was built on the site of a church that dates back to invasions by the Vikings, and is considered one of the most historic structures in all of Europe. Seven bombs dropped by British aircraft damaged the building in World War II. Today it stands as a testament to the resilience of the French who labored under German occupation.  We will complete our travel today when we arrive into the City of Lights, Paris to check into our hotel.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 7: Thursday, May 16, 2019

Paris

The City of Lights went dark for four years under heavy German occupation.  Today we’ll learn the story of the heroic sacrifice of German General Dietrich von Choltitz, who refused to follow Hitler’s orders to destroy all the significant landmarks of Paris as Allied troops drew near. It’s because of von Choltitz, we can see the sites of the Eiffel Tower & the Sacre Coeur Basilica. You’ll see the Place de la Concorde (plaza of reconciliation) the Louvre Museum in the historic Palace of Tuileries, and the inimitable Arc de’ Triomphe on the most famous boulevard in the world, the Champs-Elysees.

No visit to Paris is complete without a visit to the Notre Dame, “Our Lady of Paris,” sited on an island in the middle of the Seine River. It holds some of the most sacred relics in Catholic history.  This is ground made sacred by the worship of millions since construction in the year 1163.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 8: Friday, May 17, 2019

Paris-Bastogne

Today we bid au revoir to Paris and hello Bastogne, Belgium.  It was at Bastogne in the Ardennes forests that the Nazi’s made their last desperate attempt to slow the Allied Advance in the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. Their goal was to force a negotiated armistice that preserved German independence. But through the heroic fighting of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, which was surrounded, and the almost complete annihilation of the 106th Division, the German thrust was stopped – but only after the American Lines “bulged” out to the west, giving rise to the “Battle of the Bulge.” Today we will learn about the battle at the beautiful Bastogne War Memorial, that features the names of all fifty of the United States in tribute to the sacrifices made here.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 9: Saturday, May 18, 2019

Bastogne - Cologne -Berlin

Our travels continue to Cologne, Germany, one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  It’s situated on the banks of the magnificent Rhine River. Dating back to Roman Times, we will see magnificent Roman tiles from the First Century A.D. It served a prominent role in the Middle Ages as one of the sites of the Hanseatic League. Because of its location on the border between France and Germany, it was a perpetual focus of war from Napoleon through WWII which the residents forced the residents to switch citizenship several times from French to German, and back again.

We’ll enjoy a detailed tour of the city including the Cologne Cathedral. Sitting high on a bluff its twin towers reflect in the turbulent waters of the Rhine. The site of intense fighting between the Allies and German Panzers, the Cathedral suffered severe damage in WWII. Once inside, you will be made privilege to a special memorial dedicated to the American troops who prevented the cathedral’s complete destruction.

As we continue we’ll see the hollowed site where 5,329 American soldiers are interred at the Ardennes American Cemetery – in ground deeded to the US by a grateful French nation. Maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission, you will be standing on U.S. Soil as you pay tribute to the sacrifice of those who fought and died here.  Finally today we complete our travel in the city of Berlin to check into our hotel and rest for the full day.

Meals : Breakfast
Day 10: Sunday, May 19, 2019

Berlin

After breakfast today we’ll start the final leg of our tour in the important city of Berlin.  The “City of Bears”, Berlin is the ancient capital of the German Duchy of Brandenburg-Prussia. Under the leadership of Kaiser Wilhelm I and his prime minister, Otto von Bismarck, Berlin became the capital of the United Germany in 1871. The city was virtually destroyed in the last days of WWII, so many of the buildings are of the post-modern 1950’s style of architecture.  But, not wishing to lose all their history, the industrious Germans built exactly replicas of their most important ancient buildings, including universities and the Reichstag, home of the German Parliament.  We’ll also pass the Charlottenburg Palace, Imperial Germany’s answer to England’s Buckingham Palace and the French Palace of Versailles.

The Brandenburg Gate served as the ancient entrance into the walled city of Berlin and in ‘45 it became the symbol of the divided Germany.  Today, you can stroll through the gate to celebrate the modern reunited Germany that is a leader in Europe and the world. We’ll then see Checkpoint Charlie which was the official place of crossing between East and West.

Finally we’ll visit the famous boulevard where old meet new, east meets west, the Kurfursterdamm mall.   Here is the perfect place to stroll and enjoy our final hours in Europe before we enjoy a farewell meal together to talk about the tour and share stories and laughter with your group.

Meals : Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Monday, May 20, 2019

Berlin - International flight home

This morning we’ll be transferred back to the Berlin airport filled with love and gratitude for our freedoms and those who fought and died for them.  These memories and friendships made will be a treasure and to last a lifetime.

Meals : Breakfast

Highlights of the Tour: #929E10

  • 1 tour-bus experience for the whole tour! Only 50 in our group
  • Best Selling Author Jerry Borrowman on full tour along with Morris Murdock tour Director and other local guides for city
  • All admissions included in tour cost
  • Audio listening available on full tour

Included:

  • Deluxe/Air Conditioned motor coach transportation
  • Licensed Local guides & an experienced LDS Tour Directors
  • 9 nights Hotel accommodations in deluxe class hotels
  • Sightseeing tours as outlined on the itinerary
  • Breakfast daily and 2 group dinner
  • Entrance fees to all noted locations and museums
  • Vox Audio system headsets throughout tour
  • Document package

Not Included:

  • Airfare from your home city to London and return from Berlin
  • Any private sightseeing not included on the itinerary
  • Tour gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. phone calls, room service, internet, etc.)
  • Travel insurance (plans start at $35.00)
  • Meals not included in tour outline

Optional Pricing:

  • Single Supplement for a Private room - $3,298.00
  • ** Ask about our Single/Share Program **

Payment Terms:

  • $500.00 pp deposit at time of booking
  • Final Payment due Feb 8, 2019
  • This tour is based on a minimum/max of 30 passengers