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 Center for Presidential History — History 3385 D-Day: Czech & Germany in WWII and the Cold War
  • Valor Tours — Cuba
  • Notre Dame ROTC — Gettysburg and Normandy
  • Quintess Collection Adventures — Cuba & Normandy
  • BYU, Southern Utah University & Utah Valley University ROTC — Gettysburg, Little Bighorn, Normandy and Vietnam
  • McDaniel College, Mount St. Mary’s University & Hood College ROTC — Gettysburg
  • Central Washington University — Normandy
  • University of North Texas Military History Center — UNT Partnership Operation OVERLORD
  • Private culture-focused tour of Normandy and Brittany
  • Private history and culture-focused tour of England and France
  • Private WWI tour to commemorate the end of WWI
  • Private East Coast tour focusing on American Revolution and Civil War
  • Private family tour of Gettysburg and DC

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.

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.

Cape Town South Africa Tours

A holiday season in the warm, sun-dappled beauty of South Africa! South Africa and Nelson Mandela. Inextricably linked. One of the most diverse and beautiful countries on the planet. One of the great leaders of this or any generation.

Vietnam Dragon Hoi An Tours

Vietnam. Few places conjure up so many images. From spectacular white sand beaches to lush verdant jungles to small villages alongside paddies of a thousand years to teeming modern cities.From ancient Buddhist temples to 19th century French

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

Philadelphia Essential History Expeditions

Create a private tour for your group 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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