Tour Dates:16/22 October 2018
                    *Normandy Extension 22/24 October



Hotel: 4 nights Le Tulipier Hotel, Vienne Le Chateau
           1 night Paris

 
The Truman Presidential Library
Centenary Tour 2018

Tour Itinerary

Tuesday 16 October 2018 - The tour will start at 1100 in the Citizen M Hotel Charles De Gaulle Airport. Our first stop is to visit the impressive Museum of the Great War, Meaux to provide some context for the next few days touring. We then continue onto our hotel. 
Overnight Vienne Le Chateau Evening Meal and Museum Entry Included   
 
Wednesday 17 October 2018 - Making our war to the St Miheil Salient we will walk through the remarkable German trench complex at Flirey before visiting Seicheprey where in April 1918 the 26th ‘Yankee’ Division became embroiled in vicious hand-to-hand fighting during a German trench raid. We will then visit the stunning American Battle Monument atop Montsec which honors the sacrifices of the American 1st. Army here in September 1918. Lunch will be in the railway station at St. Mihiel which was bombarded by American forces in 1918 before following the route of Truman’s grueling 100-mile night time march to the Meuse Argonne. Our visit to this iconic battlefield will commence at the American memorial at Montfaucon and the hardy members of the party will have the chance to ascend its lofty column and survey the battlefield where Harry Truman won his spurs as a leader of men.
Overnight Vienne Le Chateau Breakfast included

Thursday 18 October 2018 - Meuse Argonne Truman’s Footsteps
Our day will start with a visit to the railway where 14” railway guns opened the attack on 25 September and then we will follow the footsteps of Harry S. Truman as he led ‘D’ Company in an eleven kilometer advance through some of the toughest German defences, without losing a single man. No visit by a party from the U.S. NWWI Museum would be complete without a visit to the scene of the Medal of Honor action by that formidable son of Kansas, Pvt. John Barkley and the woods where a 13-year-old boy became the youngest Doughboy to see action. We will end the day by assisting in the ‘Taps’ ceremony at the American cemetery at Romagne-en-Argonne 
Overnight Vienne Le Chateau Breakfast included 
 
Friday 19 October 2018 Meuse Argonne - Verdun
Our visit to Meuse-Argonne will conclude amidst the hill-top chaos of the mine craters of the Butte de Vauquois before following the move by ‘D’ Battery to the battlefield of Verdun. Here the landscape still bears witness to the ferocity of the ten-month battle in 1916 which was a ‘war within a war and we will walk its extraordinary ground to visit the legendary Fort Douaumont. After lunch in a café built immediately after WWI to feed the battlefield pilgrims, we will see the bunker where Truman learnt to ‘sleep with a gas-mask on’ in ‘a very large arched room’.

Overnight Vienne Le Chateau Breakfast and Evening meal included


Saturday 20 October 2018 Paris - Leaving our hotel he head for Paris where will visit both the Museum of the Legion of Honour and the French Army Museum before an late afternoon/evening freetime to explore Paris
Overnight Paris Breakfast included

Sunday 21 October 2018 - Return Paris (or optional extension to Normandy
Today we drop those retiurning home at Charles De Gaulle Airporr for return AM fights to the US, those continuing onto Normandy will visit Pegasus Bridge and pass through the British & Canadian beaches prior to arriving at our hotel. 
Overnight Port En Bassin Breakfast included


Monday 22 October 2018 - A full day studying the US Rangers Action at Pointe du Hoc, the 101st Airborne Division landings at St Mere Eglise and action at Brecourt Manor. We end the day with a visit to Omaha Beach and its nearby War Cemetery and Interpretation Centre 
Overnight Port En Bassin Breakfast Included    

Tuesday 23 october 2018 - A return to Charles de Gaulle Paris for onward flights to the US 
Breakfast Included