South Mountain Expeditions - Tours For History Buffs


Now in its 13th year, South Mountain Expeditions promises you a worry-free vacation that combines learning with fun and comfort at a reasonable price!  With over 36 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.


May 15-25, 2019: Michigan. Every year we explore one or two of our 50 states.  This spring, we will be traveling to the beautiful Lower Peninsula of Michigan from Detroit to Holland to fabled Mackinac Island. In "Motor City" we will learn about Henry Ford's Model T and the birth of the American automobile industry and at Thunder Bay we will hear about the devastating history of shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. We will take a private horse-drawn carriage tour of lovely Mackinac Island; explore sand dunes on Lake Michigan and see picturesque lighthouses on the shores of Lake Huron; we will tour the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids and "Hitsville USA", the headquarters of Motown. We hope you can join us! (click here for itinerary)


September 15/16-27, 2019: Air Forces in WWII Germany  The focus of this tour is on air operations in Germany during the Second World War.  Our tour will begin in Prague and end in Amsterdam. We will examine the famous Dambusters' Raid with an interpretive stop at the Möhne Dam. We will tour Colditz Castle, the famous prisoner-of-war camp for “incorrigible” Allied officers who had repeatedly escaped from other camps and Himmler's SS Wewelsburg Castle.In Dresden, we will hear stories of the fire-bombings and in Berlin, we will look at how the bombing raids impacted the citizens of the then Nazi capital. We will cross the border into Poland to tour Stalag (Luft) III which which was featured in the film ‘The Great Escape.’  We will visit Ravensbruck, a Nazi concentration camp for women. On the Baltic Sea, we will tour Peenemünde where Wernher von Braun’s team developed the V-2, the world's first long-range guided ballistic missile. On the nearby island of Rügen, we will see Prora, the colossal beach resort (nearly 3 miles in length) built by the Nazi party as part of their ‘Strength Through Joy’ program. We also visit two Luftwaffe museums in Gatow and Hanover, and in the Netherlands we will discuss Operation Market Garden with sites pertinent to the 82nd Airborne and Arnhem's "A Bridge too Far." (click here for details)


October 17-28, 2019: Arizona. On our second state tour in 2019 we will travel to # 48, the relatively “young” state of Arizona. On our western adventure, we will discover the storied history and natural scenic beauty of this western paradise. The highlight of our trip will be spending two nights on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Other sites will include: the red rocks of Sedona; the Wild West town of Tombstone; Petrified Forest National Park; the “plane boneyard” at Tucson's Pima Air & Space Museum; the Titan Missile Museum, and Saguaro National Park. (click here for itinerary)

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We invite you to check out  our sister company, Civil War Tours.  In 2019, tours include 3-day programs on The Vicksburg Campaign, March 28-31; Chickamauga & Chattanooga, April 11-14; Charleston in the Civil War, April 25-28; The Battle of Gettysburg, Day Two, October 11-13, 2019; and Petersburg to Appomattox, November 2-6, 2019.  Click here for details.  

We hope to see you on one of our tours!

Marty Gane

South Mountain Expeditions


South Mountain Expeditions, P.O. Box 204, Keedysville, MD 21756

Tel: 301-988-1852      email:


Civil War Tours, P.O. Box 416, Keedysville, MD 21756

Tel: 301-676-4642     email:   



"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