Educational TravelTHE NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM TOURS
D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy and the Liberation of France
The National WWII Museum’s most popular tour provides an in-depth itinerary exploring America’s most famous WWII battle. Offering a full week of touring in Normandy at an incredible price, this unforgettable journey offers great value and features top guides, superior accommodations in prime locations, comprehensive dining, and exclusive access to sites unseen on other programs. With stops at the Musée Airborne, Mémorial de Caen, the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, and more, this tour is for both the advanced and amateur historian in search of the most authentic experience of Normandy as it was.
Venture into Italy to examine the beginnings of its liberation and hear the stories of the men of who fought there. Starting in Rome, tour with expert local battlefield guides who paint a compelling picture of the struggles and triumphs the Allies faced in 1944. Continue to the Anzio Beachhead, where the Allies attempted to circumvent the stalemate at the Gustav Line, before heading to the picturesque Tuscany region. Here, guests pay their respects at the Florence American Cemetery and learn of the harrowing challenges the Allies faced at the Gothic Line. Honor the servicemen of the Italian Campaign by walking in their footsteps.
Victory in the Pacific: Japan & OkinawaTokyo • Hiroshima • Kagoshima • Okinawa
Japan’s surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941 thrust the United States into a conflict that would transport young Americans to places they could barely imagine. In April 1942, 16 B-25 bombers bombed Tokyo in the first Allied attack on Japanese soil, the Doolittle Raid. Over the next three and a half years, the United States and her allies fought on land, sea, and air to bring the war to a close. Victory in the Pacific: Japan & Okinawa begins where the war that changed the world ultimately ended—in Japan.
The tour starts in Tokyo, with an emphasis on the Japanese perspective of the end of World War II, and lessons on the rebuilding of the city following the firebombing campaigns. Continue to the port city of Kure to visit the museum dedicated to the largest battleship ever constructed and examine the post-war role of Japan’s navy. Pay a somber visit to Hiroshima, where the Memorial Peace Park, the Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Peace Memorial Museum tell the story of the atomic bomb and its effects on the city. In Kagoshima and Okinawa, investigate part of the rationale for the use of atomic weapons with a visit to Chiran, where many of the kamikaze pilots trained and departed for their suicide missions. Traverse the battlefields of Okinawa, and read the names on the Okinawa Peace Memorial. Led by War in the Pacific expert historian Jonathan Parshall, this comprehensive look at the final months of World War II brings to light the trauma of an empire, still felt nearly 80 years later.