South Mountain Expeditions - Tours For History Buffs


Now in its 12th 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.


In 2018, our "state"  tour was a wonderful 10-day exploration of New Hampshire & Vermont. In May 2019, we will be traveling to 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; sand dunes on Lake Michigan and picturesque lighthouses on the shores of Lake Huron; the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids; and "Hitsville USA", the headquarters of Motown.



June 8-18, 2018: New Hampshire & Vermont.  On this tour we discovered the rich natural beauty and storied history of this unique region of New England. We learned about the northernmost land action of the Civil War as we walked the ground of the St. Alban's Raid; we toured homes of Robert Todd Lincoln, Daniel Webster, and Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin Pierce;  and we explored the Canterbury Shaker Village.  We rode the cog railway up to the summit of Mount Washington. We visited a farm to learn how they make maple syrup and on guided tours, we sampled Plymouth Artisan Cheese and ice scream at Ben & Jerry's factory in Waterbury.


September 18/19-29, 2018: Third Reich Germany.   On this tour, we traveled 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 spent 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.


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. We spent five memorable days focusing 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 followed the action, as the Allies invade Fortress Europe.

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We invite you to check out  our sister company, Civil War Tours.  In 2019, tours will 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, Autumn 2019; and Petersburg to Appomattox, Autumn 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