South Mountain Expeditions - Tours For History Buffs


Now in its 11th year, South Mountain Expeditions promises you a worry-free vacation that combines learning with fun and comfort at a reasonable price!  With over 35 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.


June 8-18, 2018: New Hampshire & Vermont. *Space may be available. On this tour we will discover the rich natural beauty and storied history of this unique region of New England. We will learn about the northernmost land action of the Civil War as we walk the ground of the St. Alban's Raid; we will tour homes of Robert Todd Lincoln, Daniel Webster, and Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Pierce;  and we will explore the Canterbury Shaker Village.  We will ride the cog railway up to the summit of Mount Washington. We will visit a farm to learn how they make maple syrup and on guided tours, we will sample Plymouth Artisan Cheese and ice scream at Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury. Click here to see itinerary.


September 18/19-29, 2018: Third Reich Germany. *Space may be available.  On this tour we will travel from the Eagle's Nest in Obersalzburg to the beer halls of Munich, Dachau concentration camp, the Nazi rally grounds and courtroom in Nuremberg, and the reconstructed Rococo jewel of Dresden. We will spend four full days visiting sites in Berlin that pertain to WWII and the Cold War including the Reichstag, the site of the Potsdam conference, the Berlin Wall Memorial and Check Point Charlie. Click here to see itinerary.


September 29/30-October 7, 2018: D-Day 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 5-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 and Normandy Battlefield Guide Sean Claxton, we will follow the action, as the Allies invade Fortress Europe. Click here to see itinerary.

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We invite you to check out  our sister company, Civil War Tours.  In 2018, tours will include 3-day programs on The Atlanta Campaign, March 22-25 and May 17-20; The Battle of Gettysburg, April 19-22; Harpers Ferry/South Mountain/Antietam, October 11-14; Fredericksburg/Chancellorsville/The Wilderness, October 20-23, and Spotsylvania/North Anna/Cold Harbor, October 24-27.  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