Experience the History of WWII by Joining SUU’s Fortress Europe Final Victory Tour

Published: June 16, 2022 | Author: Susie Knudsen | Read Time: 3 minutes

Experience the History of WWII by Joining SUU’s Fortress Europe Final Victory TourAdults who love to travel and enjoy history are invited to join Southern Utah University Community On The Go global travel program for the Fortress Europe - The Final
Victory tour. With expert trip leaders former Southern Utah University (SUU) President Scott Wyatt, former SUU Board of Trustees Chair Gayle Pollock and SUU Professor of Library & Information Science Richard Saunders, you can visit Europe and follow in the footsteps of history by tracing the Allied advance through Austria and Germany and the conclusion of WWII September 11-20, 2022.

“During our visit, we’ll complete the storied service of the 101st Airborne - 506th P.I.R., Easy Company “Band of Brothers” and the capture of the Eagle’s Nest, Hitler’s mountain top fortress,” said Pollock.

The Fortress Europe - The Final Victory trip leaders have both educational backgrounds and extensive historic travel experience in Europe. You will also have the added benefit of exploring with a local guide to avoid the stress of planning itineraries or negotiating travel logistics.

After meeting up with trip leaders and other community members in Salzburg, Germany, you’ll continue on to Munich, the capital of Bavaria and location of Adolph Hitler’s first concentration camp, the infamous Dachau.

Next, you’ll travel to Nuremberg, a city that for centuries was considered the undeclared capital of the Holy Roman Empire and the preferred residence of most German kings. It was here the Nazi Party saw the perfect stage for their fanatical party rallies, and after WWII, was chosen as the site of the war crimes tribunal, now known as the Nuremberg Trials. While in Nuremberg, you will visit the infamous Nazi propaganda stadium location and other WWII-related locations.

Board a high-speed train for an exhilarating ride and transfer to Potsdam where the Allies chose Schloss Cecilienhof to host the Potsdam Conference of 1945. It was in this location that Stalin,

Truman and Churchill hammered out Europe’s post-war fate and unfortunately laid the foundation for the Cold War.

Our intrepid group will complete this once-in-a-lifetime trip with an in-depth tour of Berlin and walk along remnants of the Berlin Wall, visit Checkpoint Charlie, marvel at Brandenburg Gate and stroll along Unter Den Linden, Berlin's most famous Boulevard. We will then conclude our Berlin tour as we contemplate the site of Hitler’s Bunker followed by a visit to Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer – Berlin Wall Monument at Bernauer Strasse, and the Wall Documentation Center.

For a special treat, the group will take a day trip from Nuremberg and travel to Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany's best-preserved walled town. During the Middle Ages, when Berlin and Munich were just wide spots in the road, Rothenburg was Germany’s second-largest city.

The Fortress Europe - The Final Victory tour cost: $3,640 per person, based on double occupancy. Trip costs include all lodging, in-country transportation, guides, entrance fees and some meals. SUU Community on the Go has partnered with travel operator, Custom Travel Network (CTN), to offer this trip package. CTN is available to help in booking airfare and trip extensions to your tour package. 

SUU Community on the Go offers culturally immersive, international travel experiences for adults who love to learn and is presented by SUU Community and Professional Development. SUU faculty experts curate and lead exploration groups of approximately 20-30 travelers to various parts of the world offering fun, cultural and educational experiences. Previous Community on the Go trips destinations include London, China, Peru, Paris and Transylvania.

For more information about SUU’s Community on the Go adult travel program, please visit suu.edu/onthego, or call (435) 865-8259.

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