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Bastogne & The Battle of the Bulge private tour

Culture and History tour in Bastogne, Dinant, Namur

Tour Price : $540-680 Duration : 6-9 hours Languages: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese Discount: 5% if you book more than 1 tour

Bastogne is a little town located south of Belgium in heart of the forest of the Ardens thirty kilometers north of Arlon. Population of Bastogne is about 14,000. It is famous for the part it played in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 during World War II. On December 21, 1944, the German Army surrounded the city, trapping the U.S. 101st Airborne Division and other units. The 101st's defense of Bastogne was credited with slowing up the Germans' push for the port of Antwerp, until the city was reached by General Patton's Third Army on December 26.

When the advancing Germans demanded surrender from the American forces garrisoned there, the response of General Anthony McAuliffe was terse -- "Nuts!"
The ensuing siege leveled the town, but Bastogne never fell, and as a result the Germans were slowed enough for allied reinforcements to arrive and deny them their ultimate objective of Antwerp. A museum commemorates the battle.

Bastogne Museum - Mardasson memorial / Mémorial du Mardasson - This is the most important of all the 'Battle of the Bulge' museums. It is located outside of Bastogne, in the southern part of Belgium. Monument built by the Belgian-American friendship organization to remember the 76.890 American soldiers, killed or missing or wounded. The building forms a star with 5 arms and is 12 m high. The names of 48 US-states in bronze characters encircle the top.

This fascinating museum displays a unique collection of uniforms, vehicles and weapons that belonged to the divisions which were involved in the battle. In the center of the museum is a presentation with slides that show the different movements of the troupes. The showpiece is the 24 minute movie compiled with footage that was shot during the battle.

The museum also has a nice gift shop. 

 

Joyce. The St. Piere church

Additional information

Tour information:
Tour Price: $540-680
Duration: 6-9 hours
Group Size: 1-7 tourists
Languages: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese
Tour package includes:
Airport Transfer :NO
Hotel pick-up:YES
Drop-off :YES
Tour Transportation (car, van, limo, boat, etc…):YES
Food and Drinks :NO
Other services (fees apply):
Attraction tickets (concerts, theater, museum, circus...) :YES
Translation services :YES
Reservations (hotels, restaurants, airline) :YES
Visa support :NO
Additional information:
This tour must be booked at least 7 days in advance of your travel date :NO
Tour groups must include a minimum of 2 passengers :NO
Tour prices are flexible and based on your requirements :YES
This Tour is Kid Friendly :YES

Latest Customer's Opinions:

, Czech Republic, Ostrava, 2009-01-14

The Ardens always attracted me with its valleys and dense forests. For this reason I decided to use the services of guide - Joyce, when I was in Belgium. I liked it so much! Joyce organized everything perfectly - all was very interesting, entertaining. We were in the place of the famous Battle of the Bulge. Also we visited Bastogne Museum - very interesting collections. Excursion was very good one. Especially our guide - clever, intellectual.

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