Roger A. Freeman - 80th Anniversary Commemoration of "Black Week" Tour

      London, UK

      NM
      9 reviews
      Oct 6 - 17, 2023
      Group size: 18 - 40
      Roger A. Freeman - 80th Anniversary Commemoration of "Black Week" Tour
      London, UK

      9 reviews

      Oct 6 - 17, 2023
      Group size: 18 - 40

      About this trip

       

      The Roger A. Freeman Heritage Tour - 80th Anniversary Commemoration of "Black Week" is a one-of-a-kind trip offering that has been crafted to offer a unique historical experience focusing on this critical time in WWII Eighth Air Force history.  


      Between October 8th and October 14th, 1943, the United States Army Air Corps - Eighth Air Force lost 138 heavy bombers, 24 fighters, and over 1400 airmen to enemy action.  It will be forever known in the annals of Eighth Air Force history as "Black Week."


      This special tour itinerary has been meticulously planned to take our guests on a historical journey like no other offering of its kind.  Join us as we honor and remember the courage and sacrifice of those brave Eighth Air Force airmen who fought and died during this critical period, some 80 years ago.  
       

      Our guests will visit air bases that played a key role in this pivotal period in WWII Eighth Air Force history and museums and sites chronicling this historic period in October of 1943.   We will walk in the footsteps of our "Mighty Eighth" heroes as we journey and explore these amazing locations.

      In addition to visiting six heavy bomber bases, our guests will also visit three key fighter group airfields along with selected sites that are "off the beaten path."   This tour has been planned to not only allow our guests a wonderful historical experience but also to appreciate the charm and beauty of England.  Our guests will enjoy plenty of free time to explore the countryside, villages and towns, and the bustle of London on their own.   


      Our deluxe four and five-star hotel accommodations are all first-class properties giving you the finest in comfort and luxury. We have selected fabulous restaurants that will provide you with unique dining experiences that range from the charm of a simple English country pub to the opulence, grandeur, and character of the Royal Air Force Club in Central London.


      Transportation will be aboard a safe, reliable, and luxurious 53-seat Mercedes motorcoach

      with bathroom facilities and a dedicated driver throughout the journey.  


      A knowledgeable Tour Leader and Tour Manager will accompany the journey and will be available 24/7 should you need assistance. Your Tour Leader and Tour Manager are both experienced authorities on the history of the Eighth Air Force and Royal Air Force Bomber Command during WWII. They will always be available to answer any questions you might have during the tour. Additional experts on the Eighth Air Force will be joining us as guest speakers along our journey.

      Tour Inclusions

        

      Tour Inclusions:

      Round trip private transfers to and from Heathrow Airport - London.


      All hotel tariffs, gratuities and luggage accommodation.


      First class transportation on a luxurious, air-conditioned, 53-seat Mercedes motor coach with a dedicated, experienced, safe and reliable driver.


      All morning breakfasts (11 days), lunches and dinners (9 days) with the exception of two lunches and two dinners.


      Beer, wine, and soft drinks with provided lunches and dinners.


      Full-time Eighth Air Force authoritative guide, logistical Tour Leader and Tour Manager and expert WWII-focused local guides and guest speakers.


      VIP access to WWII sites and cultural attractions.


      Professional hotel concierge guides to assist you in London to help you see the sites of this spectacular city.


      Gratuities for guides, drivers, porters and servers.


      Personalized luggage tags and customized name badge.


      Exclusive participation in special commemorative ceremonies and tributes at the appropriate sites.

      Roger A. Freeman Heritage Tour Reviews

      Here are some guest reviews from previous tours:


      "I knew this trip would be emotional, but I had no idea those emotions would come wave upon wave.  The experience of that trip will stay with me forever.  I highly recommend it and would go again in a heartbeat."  


      C.C. Culpepper, son of a 100th Bomb Group veteran and current President of the 100th Bomb Group Foundation.


      "After almost 20 years of Eighth Air Force history exploration, we had the experience of a lifetime during our recent tour.  The historical content, itinerary, pace and cost were superior to any other tour we've experienced. "


      Albert Pela, son of a 100th Bomb Group veteran and POW.


      "The Roger Freeman Tour sponsored by the Museum is like no other of it's kind.  They bent over backwards to make this a special experience for my family by taking us to my father's air base.  It was there that I walked in his footsteps and saw the place where he spent his youth during WWII.  It was something that I will never forget and I am so proud that my Dad served in the "Mighty Eighth."


      John O'Neil III - son of a veteran of the Fourth Fighter Group and the 482nd Bomb Group.




      What’s included

      • Accommodations
        MacDonald Windsor Hotel (2-nights) The Angel Hotel - Bury St. Edmunds (4 nights) - University Arms - Cambridge (2 nights) - The Clermont - Charing Cross - London (3 nights)
      • Meals
        All meals will be provided, with the exception of two dinners and two lunches on free days.
      • VIP Museum Admissions
        All Museum admissions and tariffs will be paid to include a special "Behind the Glass" tour of the Churchill War Rooms.
      • Tour Guide Fees
        All guide fees are included in the tour package.
      • Custom Luggage Tags
        Exclusive Roger A. Freeman Heritage Tour luggage tags will be sent to you prior to your departure.

      What’s not included

      • Airfare
        Airfare is not included with the tour package price to allow our guests more opportunites for trip extensions, the use of airline miles and better personal time flexibility.

      Available Packages

      Single Occupancy

      Single occupancy is for one (1) participant in a private room with a King-size bed.

      $7,475
      Deposit: $1,000
      Double Occupancy

      This package is for anyone wishing to stay in a double occupancy room with 2 people and 2 beds or a single King-size bed.

      $11,980
      Deposit: $2,000


      Itinerary

      Day 1 - Arrival Day
      MacDonald Windsor Hotel

      Guests will arrive at Heathrow Airport – London where they will be met personally by the Tour Leader or the Tour Manager with a custom greeting sign displaying our specific guest’s surname.
       

      Once our guests have collected their luggage and personal items, they will board our designated motor coach and be taken to the fabulous MacDonald Windsor Hotel in the village of Windsor.
       

      When we reach the hotel, our guests will check in and have the chance to enjoy a free afternoon touring Windsor Castle (directly across the street from the hotel-not included in the tour package), do some local shopping on the Windsor High Street, enjoy a nice lunch at a local pub or simply relax and refresh in the privacy of their room.
       

      Our evening will feature a cocktail reception & welcome dinner, we will review the tour program and answer any questions the group might have about the itinerary. 

      Your Organizer


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      National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
      9 reviews
      The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located in Pooler, Georgia, USA. It is a world-class facility that tells the story of the "Mighty Eighth" from World War II to the present day. The museum's Educational Travel Program is widely recognized for its immersive experience and comprehensive coverage of the Eighth Air Force history, making it a highly sought-after offering. The Museum's international and domestic tour programs are constantly being improved to deliver top-quality experiences.

      Reviews

      Very interesting and well-run tour. Really enjoyed it.
      By Hart O for "Rosie" Takes Flight on Jun 25, 2024
      Had a great time...informative, and fascinating!
      By TOM E for "Rosie" Takes Flight on Jun 25, 2024
      The trip was absolutely 5 Star. I was hoping to have lunch at the Blueberry Mansion but things don't always go as planned. The Hardware House was a great alternative. I absolutely loved the exhibits and the added extras such as the Peach Ice Cream and riding in a Biplane. I loved exploring with some of my coworkers and i look forward to joining the historical society. My only complaint if any and this is not the fault of the museum or staff was our bus transportation. There was no soap or hand sanitizer in the on board lavatory. The ceiling of the bus had water leaking constantly onto the floors and step area of the motor coach including where the lights and wiring were located. A major electrical and safety hazard. Also, the emergency exit labeling was missing or torn off on one side of the bus. As someone who has worked in the Safety field that bus was a major liability especially with senior citizens on board and should never have been used for transport. A major liability for sure. Kelly Tours should have known better. Outside of this, I would go anywhere the museum can take me and I look forward to going on more adventures and possibly traveling to Europe with you all next year. Thank you for such an amazing adventure.
      By Stephen G for "Rosie" Takes Flight on Jun 24, 2024
      It was a great day trip, I think we all enjoyed it very much. It was a great value for the cost and I think everyone is hoping that there will be others similar to this in the future. I thanks to all the organizers of this great tour.
      By Carleen L for "Rosie" Takes Flight on Jun 24, 2024
      Wonderful trip. It exceeded my expectations. The tour leaders went out of their way to accommodate wishes of the participants. Great choice of hotels and places to eat. Highly recommended.
      By David N for Roger A. Freeman Heritage Tour - "The Mighty Eighth" - Spring 2024 on Apr 21, 2024
      David and Lorraine, It was indeed and honor and pleasure to have you both on the trip!! It was especially meaningful to take you both the Grafton Underwood to see the air base where Lorraine's father served. I will never forget the tears I shed during the playing of "Taps" at the barracks site!! What an amazing day and a special experience for both of you!! It was our pleasure!! Mark Copeland Director of Educational Tours National Museum of the mighty Eighth Air Force
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