Essential History Expeditions is pleased to partner with groups and individuals and to produce stimulating educational and fun experiential encounters with history and culture. These private tours include schools, companies, reunions, friends and more. Essential History Expeditions will conduct detailed cooperative development of expeditions to ensure groups accomplish their trip goals. These partners are valued collaborators in the development and execution of life-changing and affirming experiences. Contact Essential History Expeditions to see how your group, no matter the size, can become a partner in the creation of historical and cultural magic.

Current Partnerships and Sample Private Tours include:

SMU -- History 3385 D-Day: Operation OVERLORD & Europe's Liberation

SMU’s Center for Presidential History and Essential History Expeditions have partnered for an on-site exploration of London, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Normandy and Paris, walking the cities and beaches where Churchill schemed, Ike commanded, flyers downed pints and soldiers fought for Europe’s liberation. This tour offers credit for students and and opportunity for alumni and friends of the university to see the places where history took place.

Senior University Georgetown

Senior University Georgetown and Essential History Expeditions have partnered to provide university members with an informative, hands-on exploration of the founding of our United States, envisioning Philadelphia and New York City and the battlefields in between as they were in the time of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin as well as enjoying the vibrancy, arts and culture of these thoroughly modern American cities.

Valor Tours

Essential History Expeditions is pleased to partner with Valor Tours, a leader in providing military history tours.

University ROTC Groups

Because Dr. DeToy is deeply grateful for his ROTC experience at Notre Dame University, he gives back to ROTC programs at his alma mater as well as several other universities and colleges. For each ROTC group, Dr. DeToy leads seniors and faculty in the program on an annual staff ride to a major battlefield, such as Gettysburg and the Battle of Little Bighorn. This culminating event provides an amazing opportunity for the students to integrate lessons they’ve learned regarding current military practices in the ROTC program with leadership on the battlefield. These experiences are comparable to the 100+ staff rides that Dr. DeToy led for students and faculty at West Point to battlefields such as Gettysburg, Antietam, Saratoga, Yorktown, Kings Mountain/Cowpens, and Normandy.  Essential History Expeditions offers these ROTC experiences at the cost of expenses for Dr. DeToy plus an honorarium. Please contact EHE if interested in more information.

Quintess Collection -- Adventures

Essential History Expeditions is pleased to partner with Quintess, a leader in providing luxury vacations for its members. In addition to access to fabulous vacation homes, Quintess members can customize luxury vacations to destinations around the world. Essential History Expeditions has partnered with Quintess to create personalized guided tours for London/Normandy/Paris and for Cuba.

Normandy france tours

Normandy is known throughout the world as the location where the allies made their historic invasion, thus ushering the beginning of the end of World War II. It is also home to centuries of arts, culture and natural beauty. This history and culture tour will explore both

Reims Cathedral Angel

This private WWI history tour explores the centennial of the end of WWI through the events, locations and personalities that created a new world order in the greatest shift in European and world power. The new map of the world created from the war continues to


Join SMU’s Center for Presidential History’s Jeffrey A. Engel and Essential History Expeditions’ Brian DeToy for an on-site exploration of London, Cambridge, Portsmouth, Normandy and Paris, walking the cities and beaches where Churchill schemed, Ike

Philadelphia Essential History Expeditions

Join Senior University Georgetown for an exciting exploration of America’s founding! This expedition will explore Philadelphia, New York City and the battle for freedom in towns and fields in between. We will envision these Revolutionary era cities and battlefields as

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