South Mountain Expeditions - Tours For History Buffs


South Mountain Expeditions promises you a worry-free vacation that combines learning with fun and comfort at a reasonable price!  With over 30 years of experience in planning and managing history and cultural tours throughout the United States and around the globe, we guarantee innovative, educational tours of the highest quality.

COMING IN 2016.....

March 29-April 7, 2016: West Texas & New Mexico.  Expert historians Ed Bearss and Neil Mangum will lead us on this western adventure. The tour is scheduled to coincide with one of only two days when the Trinity Site at White Sands Missile Range is open to the public. Other highlights include Big Bend National Park, Carlsbad Caverns, and Fort Davis Historic Site. Click here for details.
July 13-23, 2016: Montana.  We once asked Ed Bearss  to make a list of his favorite historic sites in his beautiful home state. From that list, we designed an extraordinary trip that was offered only once; that 2008 tour sold out in a few short weeks.  We were delighted when Ed said he wanted to do it again next summer.  So next July, we will visit ghost towns, walk abandoned mining towns, and soak in the spectacular scenery of two stunning National Parks--Glacier & Yellowstone.  We will cruise the Missouri River through the Gates of the Mountains, explore the gold rush towns of Nevada City and Virginia City, and visit the Smoke Jumper Center in Missoula. Other visits include several sites significant to the Lewis & Clark Expedition and the flight of the Nez Perce Indians.   Click here for details.

September 6/7-16, 2016: WWII England: featuring The Battle of Britain & "The Mighty Eighth." One of the most compelling chapters of WWII was written by pilots in the skies over England and Europe.  For 4 agonizing months in the summer of 1940, nearly 3,000 RAF pilots took part in a desperate battle against the German Luftwaffe.  In 1942, the United States’ came to Britain’s aid. Hundreds of airfields were constructed in East Anglia to house 60 USAAF bomber groups who came to assist in the heavy bombardment of Nazi Germany.  Join us as we commemorate the countless heroic and memorable acts of the men of the RAF and the US Army Air Force.   We’ll visit the underground Battle of Britain operations center at Uxbridge, Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms in London, and Bletchley Park. We’ll see superb collections of vintage aircraft at the RAF Hendon Museum and witness Spitfires and Hurricanes once again screaming through the skies over East Anglia at the “Battle of Britain” Air Show at Duxford. Click here for details.

September 15/16-21,  2016: Normandy  By the spring of 1944, the Allied forces were pushing up the Italian peninsula and the Soviet Union's Red Army was closing in on occupied Poland. Adolph Hitler’s Wermacht, however, still held an iron grip on most of mainland Europe. The Allies knew that their best chance of defeating Germany was to open a second front in the West. The decision was made to launch a massive cross-Channel invasion on the European continent at Normandy.  It was their best chance of crushing the Third Reich. Join us on this memorable 6-day tour that focuses on those pivotal days of 1944 when the outcome of the war hung in the balance. Led by Historian Guide Ed Bearss, we will follow the action, as the allies invade Fortress Europe. Click here for details.

If you would like a copy of our 2016 tour brochure, please call us at (301) 988-1852 or toll free: at 1(866) 914-1862, or email us at

We hope you will join us on one of our tours!

Marty Gane

South Mountain Expeditions



  "The tour was superb. It was a great learning experience that was also great

  fun. Your attention to detail, your ability to assemble a cast of experts and your

  knowledge of the dynamics of touring make South Mountain Expeditions the

  best."       --- Gail Stephens

  "Kudos to Marty Gane and South Mountain Expeditions for EVERYTHING

   that they did to make our trip so outstanding. We have toured with many

   companies but Marty stands out head and shoulders for the many, many ways

   that she made the trip not only more informative but also more fun!"    

         ---Ken and Linda O'Bannon