Saturday 12 October 2019
From 08h00 until 21h00
Bastogne and surroundings, Ardennes
4* luxury coach with comfort seats & extra leg space
Many fierce battles took place between the invasion of the Allied Forces on 6 June 1944 on the Normandy Beaches and the German surrender on 7 May 1945 in Reims. D-Day was just the beginning of the end World War II, and many soldiers and civilians died in the months that followed. Although the German forces were slowly pushed back from occupied territories, one counteroffensive was especially difficult to hold back. In an attempt to again control the Antwerp harbour, the German army started a military operation straight through the Belgian Ardennes, which became known as the Battle of the Bulge. The city of Bastogne formed a crucial stepping stone to reach Antwerp. But here they met with the American 101st Airborne Division, who were dropped near St Mère Eglise near the Utah Beach sector in Normandy 6,5 months earlier. During the extremely cold Christmas of 1944 and the weeks that followed, many of them were dug in to “foxholes” in the Bois Jacques at just a few kilometres from Bastogne. The heroic story of this division has been told in the acclaimed TV-Series Band of Brothers by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. This day trip is dedicated to those that fell in Bastogne to defend Europe’s freedom.
UPDATE: Meet Martin King, historian, author and Emmy Award winner for the deeply moving documentary Searching For Augusta, about a nurse who helped the wounded American soldiers during the winter of 1944-45, will be our guide for this trip! On top of that, he arranged entry for us in the Army Barracks.
What is included?
- Transportation by 4* luxury coach
- Bottled water outbound trip
- Entrance fees Bastogne War Museum
- Full afternoon guided bus tour, with a visit to Mardasson Memorial, Schumannseck Luxembourg, Bois Jacques with foxholes, Foy, Noville and Recogne German Cemetery.
- A great group of international people
- A lifetime expat memory
Bus pick-up point
- Place Schuman (bus stop next to KBC bank on roundabout)
- La Chasse (bus stop on Chaussée d’Auderghem, right before intersection)
- Metro Delta (bus stop on Avenue Beaulieu next to Metro exit)
- Metro Hermann-Debroux (long bus stop “under elevated highway” next to Loxam)
Who can join?
Expat Club is known for welcoming a wide variety of international people on its trips. This creates a special, open-minded, safe and friendly environment in which everyone should feel comfortable. You do not have to be a member even, and of course Belgians are more the invited too to join us. We always welcome many solo travellers, couples, retirees, small groups of friends and on this trip certainly also children (12 – 18 years old).
How to add a child ticket?
Expat Club loves welcoming the youngest expats. If you want to bring your child(ren) up until 18 years, please first add the regular adult ticket(s) to the cart and then go to the cart page. On the cart page, there is a child ticket available for €40. If required, you can change the quantity on the cart page. Due to the nature of this specific event we advise a minimum age of 12 years old, but leave it up to the parents.