Depart from your Brussels hotel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and travel to the town of Henri-Chapelle. Listen as your guide sets the historical scene with anecdotes about World War II and the infamous Battle of the Bulge.
On arrival, gaze at interminable rows of graves memorializing more than 8,000 American soldiers. Continue parallel to the site of the battle to the cities of Büllingen and Bütgenbach to witness moving tributes to the 1st Infantry Division.
Next, head to the site of the infamous Melmedy Massacre, a place in which Hitler’s forces brutally murdered 84 kidnapped American soldiers. Revitalize with a flavorsome and fulfilling lunch (own expense) then travel to the traditional town of La Gleize to observe a perfectly preserved German Tiger II tank.
Venture within the dense greenery of the Ardennes woods to see the secreted foxholes, discreet defensive fighting positions that pepper the woods. Take a moment of quiet reflection at the monument to the 101st Airborne Division then admire the moving Mardasson Memorial that commemorates 76,890 American soldiers killed during the Battle of the Bulge.
Peruse the informative exhibitions within the Bastogne War Museum (own expense), admiring artifacts that speak eloquently of the town's turbulent history, and then conclude your tour with a visit to Place McAuliffe, a place that honors the courageous US General Anthony Clement McAuliffe. Relax during the return journey to Brussels and bid your guide farewell on arrival at your hotel.