The Louvre in Paris is on the itinerary of an autumn art tour. (Philippe Desmazes / AFP )
During the final days of World War II, "scholar soldiers" raced to save Western civilization's greatest artifacts from being demolished or stolen by the Nazis. These fast-thinking defenders of art are the subject of "In the Footsteps of the Monuments Men," a 10-day tour of Europe that retraces their epic treasure hunt.
Robert M. Edsel, author of "The Monuments Men," leads travelers to, among other notable places, the Louvre, Maastricht's St. Pietersberg mine, Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden and Altaussee's salt mines, where the caravaners rescued thousands of works.
Itinerary: Paris to Reims, France; La Gleize, Belgium; Maastricht, Netherlands; Aachen, Cologne, Wurzburg, Neuschwanstein, Munich and Berchtesgaden, Germany; Altaussee and Salzburg, Austria.
Dates: Sept. 16-25; space is limited.
Price: $14,995, double occupancy (single supplement $2,995), including hotel accommodations, daily breakfast, some lunches and dinners, gratuities, ground transportation and tours. The price does not include airfare to Europe, nor a 3% fee that may be assessed for credit-card payments.
Info: National World War II Museum's Five Star Tours, New Orleans; (877) 813-3329, Ext. 257.