December 14, 2010
“In the Footsteps of the Monuments Men” Tour
Monuments Men Newsletter
Laurel Publishing, LLC
In 2011, The National World War II Museum’s Five Star Tours will join with Robert M. Edsel, author of the best-selling The Monuments Men and Founder and President of the Monuments Men Foundation, to offer a tour in search of a different kind of wartime hero: the Monuments Men – scholar soldiers who raced to save civilization’s treasures from destruction by the Nazis in the chaotic final days of World War II.
This exclusive inaugural trip will be led by Edsel himself. It departs September 16, 2011 from Paris, on a 10-day adventure of discovery – retracing the route the Monuments Men took across a battered, war-torn continent. Along the way are visits to some of the artistic treasures saved from ruin. Stops include the Louvre, the Residenz Palace in Würzburg, the Church of Notre Dame in La Gleize, and other cultural monuments. Additional visits include sites where the Nazis stashed their stolen plunder including the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris, St. Pietersberg mine in Maastricht, Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest retreat at Berchtesgaden and, the pinna
cle of the tour, the salt mines of Altaussee, Austria –the repository uncovered by the Monuments Men that contained thousands of works of art destined for Hitler’s Führermuseum. “It was the greatest treasure hunt of all time,” said The National World War II Museum President Dr. Nick Mueller. “And Robert, working with the Museum’s historians and curators, structured the tour to combine visits to the finest art museums in the world, churches, palaces and historic World War II sites. I couldn’t think of a more interesting way to see Europe than joining ‘In the Footsteps of the Monuments Men.’ Their story is fascinating.” Robert Edsel added, “Retracing the path of the men and women who risked their lives to save civilization’s greatest cultural treasures will be an exciting, once in a lifetime experience.”
The tour “In the Footsteps of the Monuments Men” includes travel from Paris to the tour’s final destination in Munich, luxury accommodations and meals, as well as the opportunity to experience history in an intimate-sized group with Edsel. Space is extremely limited. Get more information and a detailed itinerary or book your journey at www.nationalww2museum.org/travel or call 1-877-813-3329 ext. 257