• Europe during World War 2

    United Kingdom, France, and Germany

    CEPA faculty-led program on Balkan economies
  • Academic Field(s)


  • Destinations

    London, Portsmouth, Caen, Paris, and Berlin

  • Duration

    18 days

  • Accommodation

    youth hotel, 2- and 3-star hotels in London, Portsmouth, Caen, Paris, and Berlin

This history program is designed to provide students with a better understanding of the World War II timeline by visiting three major political powers: England, France, and Germany.

Students will visit museums and selected sites to step back in time and help them fully comprehend what happened and the lasting effects of the war.

Students will also be able to experience European cultures first-hand in capital cities like London, Paris, and Berlin.

  • DAY 1

    • Overnight flight to London, UK (group flight can be booked separately)
  • DAY 2-4: LONDON

    Stay 3 nights at a 3-star hotel in London

    • Arrival at London Heathrow Airport (LHR)
    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Hop-on hop-off bus tour of London to see the highlights of the city: Tower of London, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and many more (public tour)
    • Welcome dinner at a British pub
    • Guided tour of the Imperial War Museum, unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from WWI to the present day
    • Audio-guided tour of the Cabinet War Rooms, which sheltered the people at the heart of Britain’s wartime government during the Blitz
    • Guided tour of the Dockland Museum to see their exhibition “Docklands at War”
    • Admission to the HMS Belfast, which is moored between Tower Bridge and London Bridge

    Stay 2 nights at a 3-star hotel in Portsmouth

    • Admission to the Duxford Imperial War Museums and American Air Museum. Britain’s largest aviation museum houses nearly 200 aircrafts, military vehicles, artillery, and minor naval vessels.
    • Visit the Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial. It covers 30,5 acres and contains the remains of 3,812 American war dead.
    • Free time in Cambridge to explore the city and enjoy an early dinner on your own. Cambridge is known for its prestigious world-class universities, historic buildings, and stunning architecture.
    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Admission to the D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery in Southsea
    • Admission to the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to see famous warships, such as HMS Victory and HMS Warrior

    Stay 3 nights at a 2-star hotel in Normandy

    • Ferry tickets from Portsmouth to Caen
    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Admission to the Arromanches 360 to see “The Price of Freedom”, an outstanding film that shows a mixture of the D-Day Landings in 1944 and of Normandy as it is today
    • Guided tour of the D-Day Museum located right in front of the actual vestiges of the artificial harbor in Arromanches
    • Guided bus tour of historic sites of the Battle of Normandy, such as the Church of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, where the paratrooper’s parachute is still on the church, Omaha D-Day beach, the Normandy American Cemetery, and the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum
  • DAY 10: CAEN - PARIS

    Stay 3 nights at a 3-star hotel in Paris

    • Audio-guided tour of the Caen Memorial Museum – Center for History and Peace to explore the exhibition that deals with the Invasion of Normandy, a key episode in the liberation of Europe
    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Boat tour on the famous Bateaux Parisiens to let yourself be guided through the heart of historic Paris and discover the beautiful banks of the Seine, which are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • DAY 11-12: PARIS

    • Guided tour of the Musée de l’Armée, one of the biggest museums in the world dedicated to military history, which is located at Les Invalides, the burial site of Napoleon Bonaparte
    • Guest lecture on “The Role of the French during WWII (Résistance versus Collaboration)” by a local historian
    • Enjoy a free day in Paris to explore the nearby Palace Versailles, where one of the peace treaties at the end of World War I were signed
  • DAY 13-18: BERLIN

    Stay 5 nights at a youth hotel in Berlin

    • Optional: Group flight from Paris to Berlin
    • Check-in at the hotel and orientation session by your CEPA On-Site Coordinator
    • Guided walking tour of Berlin, focusing on Third Reich sites, such as the bombed out Memorial Church or the site of the former Führerbunker, where Hitler committed suicide
    • Guided tour of the Jewish Museum to explore its exhibitions on Jewish history in Germany and to learn e.g. on “Jewish Life in Germany:
      Past and Present”
    • Admission to the Topography of Terror Memorial and documentation center, a place of remembrance at the former site of the SS central command
    • Guided tour of the German Resistance Memorial Center against National Socialism, which is located at the Bendlerblock and provides information about the German resistance during the war
    • Guided tour of the former concentration camp Sachsenhausen, which was primarily used for political prisoners from 1936 to the end of the war
    • Enjoy a free day in Germany’s capital to explore further sites related to your course
    • Admission to the Anne Frank Zentrum to explore the exhibition dedicated to the memory of Anne Frank and her famous diary
    • Audio-guided tour of the German Historical Museum’s permanent exhibition on “1933-1945 NS Regime and the Second World War” for a journey through Germany’s history
    • Farewell dinner at a German restaurant
    • Departure from Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)
  • Optional:

    Flight tickets from Paris to Berlin can be arranged for your group at additional cost, depending on availability at the time of booking.

  • What’s included in this sample itinerary:

    Academic and professional excursions with special presentations • cultural excursions and field trips with local, bilingual guides • entrance fees and reservations • accommodation in a youth hotel and in 2- and 3-star hotels (twin rooms for students; single room for the faculty) • daily breakfast • welcome and farewell dinner • local transportation by private bus as needed • ferry tickets • public transportation passes in London (zone 1-2), Paris (zone 1-3), and Berlin (zone AB) • on-site coordinator during excursions • orientation sessions • time to study, instruct, and explore

  • Program fee starting at € 2,850 per participant based on a group size of 15
  • All program fees are calculated to include participation of one accompanying faculty or group leader.
  • Prices are based on a minimum number of 15 or 20 paying participants.
  • The actual quote for a tailored program will vary depending on different factors, for example: the actual program dates, the final participant number, the duration of the program, the visits and excursions included, as well as varying exchange rates

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