TRUMAN TRAVEL June 2020

The Truman Library Institute is pleased to offer unique travel opportunities as a benefit for members of The Buck Stops Here Society, the Truman Library Institute’s premier membership program. With an annual donation of $1,000 or higher, Society members receive exclusive access to privileges and benefits, including VIP tours, invitations to private events with speakers and visiting dignitaries, and a highly anticipated annual travel opportunity.

In 2020, the Truman Library Institute will offer an unforgettable 9-night experience in Germany. Please join us for Munich to Berlin: A WWII Tour of Germany.

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MUNICH TO BERLIN: A WWII TOUR OF GERMANY

June 4-13, 2020

Revisit the dramatic history of WWII. See Allied bombing sites, concentration camps, war museums, Potsdam, memorials, and so much more. Historic, cultural and scenic highlights will provide an enjoyable combination of learning and leisure.

This trip is offered exclusively to members of the Truman Library Institute’s The Buck Stops Here Society in conjunction with the 75th Anniversary of Truman’s presidency and the end of World War II.

We are pleased to once again be working with our award-winning partners from Battle Honours Tours to present this custom experience that will include overnight stops in Nuremberg and Dresden.

$3,600 PER PERSON (payable in two installments; $1,000/pp single supplement)

$1,500 non-refundable deposit due by November 15, 2019

Balance due by March 31, 2020

The cost for the 2020 tour includes:

  • Pick up in Munich and drop off in Berlin, coach, driver, and 2 guides throughout tour
  • 9 nights half board accommodation

It does not include:

  • Flights to Munich and from Berlin
  • Lunches and dinners unless included on the itinerary
  • Incidentals

Questions about membership or this unique travel opportunity? Please contact Kim Rausch, Director of Development, at 816.400.1214 or kim.rausch@TrumanLibraryInstitute.org.

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Tour Itinerary

Thursday, June 4 – Munich

Meet mid-morning at hotel in Munich for a tour briefing and welcome drink. Immediately following, discover the bleaker side of Munich with the rise of the Third Reich, scene of “Beer Hall Putsch” and other Nazi party sites.

Friday, June 5 – Munich

We’ll spend a day in the magnificent Bavarian mountains with a visit to the stunning Mad King Ludwigs Bavarian Lair, Neuschwanstein Castle.

Saturday, June 6 – Munich

The morning will begin at Dachau Concentration Camp, the first camp, opened in 1933 by Himmler, that eventually held over 200,000 people with over 30,000 recorded deaths. The afternoon will be spent exploring Munich.

Sunday, June 7 – Move to Nuremberg

After arriving in Nuremberg we will visit the historic old town with its quintessential medieval German feel, and also the Nazi party rally grounds. We will then see where the Trial of the Major War Criminals took place in 1946-49 (Courtroom 600 is still an active court, so access is limited).

Monday, June 8 – Move to Dresden

We’ll arrive at Dresden in time for lunch. The afternoon will include a walk around the astounding Altstadt (much rebuilt after WWII) and the Zwinger as we study the Allied bombing of Germany and the obvious effects on this ancient city.

Tuesday, June 9 – Dresden

Morning plans include a visit to Frauenkirche to ascend its 220-ft dome for stunning views of this Baroque city with its Saxon heritage. Afternoon leisure with options to stroll along the banks of the Elbe River, visit one of 60 galleries, 50 museums or 30 theatres. With countless cafes and boutiques, there is plenty for everyone.

Wednesday, June 10 – Move to Berlin via Colditz

Following breakfast, we’ll head to the notorious Colditz Castle and see where and how the Allied prisoners of war escaped from the German High Security Stalag during WWII. Next we’ll move onwards to Berlin via Torgau where the Allies met and “shook hands across the Elbe” in April 1945, essentially cutting Germany in half with American and Soviet Forces linking up 80 miles from Berlin.

Thursday, June 11 – Berlin

Berlin city tour including traditional sites and looking at Nazi rise and fall, the Battle of Berlin 1945 and the Cold War. This will include a selection of Brandenburg Gate, Karlshorst Museum, Unter den linden, Treptower Park, Soviet Memorial Tiergarten, Reichstag, Fuhrer Bunker, Gestapo museum, Stasi Museum, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie.

Friday, June 12 – Berlin

Potsdam Conference Day – Taking place at the Cecilienhof Palace, this impressive mock British Tudor Manor House was the scene of the Potsdam Conference from July 17- August 2, 1945. Here we’ll study President Truman’s participation, contribution and decision making when he met with fellow Allied national and military leaders including Stalin, Churchill, Marshall and Mountbatten. The day will also include visits to the White & Red Salon that housed the Soviet Delegation, the Great Hall where the conference primarily took place, and Wilhelm’s Smoking Room & Library where the U.S. and British delegations met and drew up plans for the conference. When the tour concludes, we will return to the hotel for one last group meal.

Saturday, June 13

Following breakfast, the group will be shuttled to the airport for return flights to U.S.

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Additional Details to Note

Travel Insurance
Traveler is responsible for securing own travel insurance.

Refund Policy
100% refund if minimum number (25) is not met by November 15.
Cancellation prior to November 15 = 100% refund
Cancellation November 16-March 31 = excess beyond $1,500 non-refundable deposit
Cancellation after March 31, no refund.

Flight
You are encouraged to fly on the carrier of your choice. However, the Truman Library Institute will make flight recommendations (most-likely arriving in Munich on June 3) for those interested in traveling with others that will be taking part in this tour. This recommendation will be forthcoming.

Questions about membership or this unique travel opportunity? Please contact Kim Rausch, Director of Development, at 816.400.1214 or kim.rausch@TrumanLibraryInstitute.org.

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