PAST VBC TRIPS
National WWII Museum & History Tour in New Orleans
December 4-8, 2019
Cost: $995 (double occupancy; $400 solo supplement)
Optional roundtrip group air from Pittsburgh additional $275 -NEW LOWER AIRFARE!
We’ll enjoy guided tours of the National WWII Museum Holiday, USO Style Entertainment, Lodging at the brand new Higgins Hotel, and tour the sights and sounds of historic New Orleans. Designated by Congress as the official WWII museum of the United States, The National WWII Museum sits on a six-acre campus, where five soaring pavilions house historical exhibits, on-site restoration work, a period dinner theater, and restaurants.
What’s Included: Price includes 2-day admission to museum, four nights at the luxury Higgins Hotel (on the site of the museum), one lunch, two dinners, airport transfers.
Wed. Dec. 4 (Day 1): Arrival Louis Armstrong International Airport. Transfer to Higgins Hotel. Afternoon on your own. Welcome Buffet Dinner at Higgins Hotel.
Thurs. Dec. 5 (Day 2): Full day guided tour of the National WWII Museum including exhibit areas, Beyond All Boundaries documentary, Final Mission submarine experience, lunch. Dinner on own.
Fri. Dec. 6 (Day 3): Several optional tours/excursions for morning and afternoon: Gray Line hopon/off tour of city, Steamboat Natchez Harbor Cruise & Lunch, Garden District Tour, French Quarter walking tour, Laura Planation Tour, Cajun Bayeux Tour. USO style dinner and entertainment at museum.
Sat. Dec. 7 (Day 4): Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance and activities at the Museum. Possible optional PT-305 cruise on Lake Ponchartrain. Farewell reception in bar.
Sun. Dec. 8 (Day 5): Morning is free. Early afternoon departure for airport.
Deposit information: Deposits due to Laura Passuello, Dog Tag Tours, 717-417-8721 or email@example.com by the following:
OCT 15: $450pp deposit due ($75 non-refundable)
OCT 15: $200pp Group Air Deposit due
These due dates will allow us to plan the optional tours and excursions.
Please contact Todd DePastino with questions: 412-623-9029 or firstname.lastname@example.org
National Veterans Memorial and Museum, Columbus, OH and National Museum of the US Air Force, Dayton, OH
May 2-3, 2019
RATE $209 per person (double occupancy)
Join us on our overnight trip to tour the brand-new National Veterans Memorial and Museum (NVMM) in Columbus, Ohio, and the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio on May 2-3. The National Veterans Museum is the first museum dedicated to veterans’ voices and stories. Located in a grassy grove along the river in downtown Columbus, the museum is a stunning piece of architecture and highlights the experiences of all veterans from all branches of service throughout our history. The Air Force Museum is the largest aviation museum in the world with over 360 aircraft and missiles on display.
We will depart from Parkway Center on the morning of May 2, stop for a group lunch, tour the NVMM, have dinner at Schmidt’s Sausage Haus und Restaurant in Columbus’s German Village, and then travel to Dayton for an overnight at the Comfort Suites Wright Patterson. We’ll tour the Air Force Museum all the next day and arrive back home that evening after stopping for a group dinner.
What’s Included: Price includes admissions, motorcoach transportation, one breakfast at hotel, one lunch, two dinners, and hotel (double occupancy) in Dayton. Travelers will be on their own for lunch at the Air Force Museum, which has several dining options. Those wishing their own single hotel rooms must pay a $50 single supplement ($259 total).
Reservation and Payment Information: Reservations and full payment of $209 ($259 for single supplement) are due April 1. Make your reservation by paying for the trip in full either by credit card through our PayPal account or by sending your name, address, email, and cell phone information, along with a check made out to “Veterans Breakfast Club” for $209 ($259 for single supplement) to:
Veterans Breakfast Club, 200 Magnolia Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Tour Capacity: This trip will be capped at 50 travelers. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. We will create a waiting list for late reservations and may be able to add travelers to a second motorcoach, perhaps at a higher price, if we receive enough reservations. Those who cannot be accommodated will be refunded their payments in full. We will also make every effort to refund those who make a reservation and must cancel later.
Questions and More Information: Contact Lauren DelRicci at 412-623-9029 or email@example.com
VBC WWII Battlefield Tour of Europe
September 11-25, 2018
The VBC took our WWII Battlefield Tour of Europe this September. We followed the footsteps of the Band of Brothers, from Normandy to the Eagle’s Nest in the Bavarian Alps. Todd DePastino, Director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, served as the Historian on the trip, accompanied by local guides and experts all along the way. We arrived in Paris, toured Versailles, and explored the landing beaches of Normandy before heading off for Holland to revisit Operation Market Garden. We then toured the ground of the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium, and Luxembourg. Heidelberg, Stuttgart, and Munich were next, where we saw the model for Hitler’s Final Solution: Dachau concentration camp. We trekked to the mountainous border of Austria to see Hitler’s mountain fortress, Berchtesgaden, the “Eagle’s Nest.” Before heading home, we celebrated Oktoberfest in Munich! The Trip of a Lifetime.
Vietnam VBC Tour 2018 – Highlights. Video director: Evan Mulgrave, Song: Oshóva – Chilling (Vlog No Copyright Music), Music promoted by Vlog, No Copyright Music.
Vietnam 2018, by Libbie DePastino. Song: Cool Blue by The Japanese House.
VBC VIETNAM TOUR
March 3-18, 2018
In March 2018, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive of 1968, the Veterans Breakfast Club led a 14-day tour of Vietnam, from Hanoi and Halong Bay in the North to Saigon and the Mekong Delta in the South. Seventeen of us traveled together, including seven veterans. We stayed in 4-star hotels and ate wonderful meals along the way, soaking in the visually stunning landscape, enjoying the warm and friendly people, and marveling at a vibrant economy that is one of the fastest growing in the world. Every day, however, we paused from our wonder of contemporary Vietnam to consider the past and remember those Americans who arrived here 50 years ago and never returned. The travelers agreed this trip was a peak experience. We’ll never view the country or the war in the same way again.
- The VBC stopped for a photo and a moment of remembrance on the Nguyen Huang Bridge spanning the Perfume River in Hue. Fifty years ago, Golf Company, 2nd Bn, 5th Marines crossed this bridge in the face of machine gun fire to reach the Citadel, held by the NVA. The light drizzle matched the weather in 1968. George Haught’s friend and assistant machine gunner Pfc. Clyde Carter died here, and we said a prayer and held a moment of silence for Clyde and all those killed in the terrible battle of Hue.
- We enjoyed dinner at a local family’s house; they hosted us, cooked for us and we learned about how local families live, eat and how their homes are set up!
- We visited the Imperial City in Hanoi, and also the “Hanoi Hilton,” where we learned about the grim life inside the prison.
- We took a few hours of R&R with a morning boat tour through Halong Bay, a hike into a cavern and enjoyed a local lunch on board of the “Ha’i Long” boat.