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Tour Itinerary

Paris: Optional Pre–tour Extension

September 12 - 13, 2017

Guests settle into France prior to the start of the Normandy tour program! As a part of our optional two-night pre-tour extension, tour members enjoy Paris at their leisure. After arrival into Charles de Gaulle Airport on Tuesday, September 12, guests take a private transfer to The Westin Paris – Vendôme, a luxury property that offers the best of the City of Lights. In addition to the magnificent views of the city from the hotel, guests are moments away from the Louvre Museum and Tuileries Garden, the Eiffel Tower, and more. Visitors can explore Paris or relax while adjusting to the time change. Breakfast is included at the hotel each morning. Guests return to Charles de Gaulle Airport on Thursday, September 14, to meet the tour group to start D-Day: The Invasion of Normandy and the Liberation of France Tour

Westin Paris – Vendôme (B, x2)

Paris

Day One : Paris / Normandy

Guests meet the tour manager at Charles de Gaulle Airport and transfer to Normandy by private motorcoach. The tour enjoys independent lunch and a visit to Memorial de Caen prior to check-in at the hotel. Guests join the tour manager, battlefield guide, and fellow travelers for a welcome dinner at a local French restaurant.

Hotel D’Argouges (D)

Wartime Ruins in Normandy

Day Two : Pegasus Bridge / Gold / Juno / Sword

The day’s tour of Normandy begins where the first shots of the invasion were fired—at a few minutes after midnight on June 6, 1944—by British troops at the crucial Pegasus Bridge. Guests tour the British and Canadian sectors, then explore Arromanches, famous for the remains of a “Mulberry Harbor,” and enjoy lunch independently. Next is a trip up the commanding bluff where the well-known German gun emplacements at Longues-sur-Mer are located. Dinner this evening is at a quaint local restaurant.

Hotel D’Argouges (B, D)

Day Two

Day Three : Château de Bernaville / Sainte Mère-Église / Utah Beach 

A visit to the private Château de Bernaville begins the day. Guests travel along rural lanes, past hedgerows, and over causeways to La Fiere where the 82nd Airborne fought off attacks from German troops trying to retake this strategic bridge for four days. Continue to Sainte-Mère-Église, where paratroopers landed during the predawn hours of D-Day, then tour the Musée Airborne and visit the church made famous in the film The Longest Day. This afternoon, the tour visits Brécourt Manor, where Dick Winters and his men from Easy Company made the famous assault on the German guns portrayed in the book and miniseries Band of Brothers. A visit to the Utah Beach Museum concludes the day. Upon return to Bayeux, the group enjoys dinner with a local citizen who shares stories of the German occupation and American liberation.

Hotel D’Argouges (B, D)

Chateau de Bernaville

Day 4 : Carentan / St. Lô

This morning’s first stop is the church at Angoville au Plain, where two American medics treated both American and German soldiers without prejudice, as long as they entered the church unarmed. The group continues to Carentan, the scene of fierce fighting between American 101st Airborne and German Fallschirmjäger troops. Guests stop at the small village of Graignes on the way to Saint-Lô, a valuable strongpoint and transportation hub through which the German army could move men and equipment to block American advances. Saint-Lô became the designated starting point for Operation Cobra, the breakout from the Bocage of Normandy. After time to lunch and explore Saint-Lô independently, an evening at leisure awaits the group on return to Bayeux.

Hotel D’Argouges (B)

Omaha

Day 5 : Omaha Beach / American Cemetery / Pointe-du-Hoc

The morning begins at Omaha Beach with visits to Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer and Vierville-sur-Mer, which provide a close-up view of the intricate German defense system and give a sense of the overwhelming odds the American soldiers faced on that first day. The tour continues to Pointe-du-Hoc, enjoying a picnic lunch en route, where guests learn the story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaling the cliffs to neutralize this heavily fortified German position. A visit to Colleville-sur-Mer concludes the day, with an opportunity to pay respects to the 9,387 Americans buried in the ground they helped liberate. A special “Farewell to Normandy” dinner is offered this evening.


Hotel D’Argouges (B, L, D)

Normandy

Day 6 : Argentan / Falaise Gap / Chambois

Upon return to Paris, the tour visits Argentan, where Patton’s Third Army liberated the city from staunch German resistance, then continues to the Memorial de Montormel on Hill 262, where the Falaise Gap was sealed. A picturesque location on the way to Chambois will be the setting for the day’s picnic lunch. The Normandy portion of the tour symbolically ends there, at a memorial that commemorates the long-awaited linking of Allied forces when American, Canadian, and Polish troops were victorious in the final battle of Normandy. This evening, after checking into Sheraton Hotel Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, guests enjoy the City of Lights on your own.

Sheraton Hotel Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (B, L)

Allies in Paris

Day Seven : Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to the United States

After breakfast, group transfers are provided to Charles de Gaulle International Airport for your flight home.

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What Is Included In The Tour?

Tour Inclusions

  • Professional battlefield guide
  • Full-time logistical tour manager
  • Three- and four-star accommodations in prime locations
  • Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • All entrance fees to sites, museums, and historic attractions in itinerary
  • Gratuities to tour guides, service workers, bus drivers, and bellman
  • 6 breakfasts / 2 lunches / 4 dinners
  • Nonalcoholic beverages with included meals
  • Two glasses of wine or beer per person with included dinners

What Isn't Included In The Tour?

Tour Exclusions

  • International airfare
  • Incidentals and items of a personal nature such as on-your-own meals, communications, and personal expenses incurred at the hotel, while shopping, or at any location on the tour
  • Alcoholic beverages at group meals ordered in addition to those not listed under inclusions (on the left)
  • Travel insurance
  • Optional pre-tour

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Tour Price

$3999 Per Person Double Occupancy

$5299 Per Person Single Occupancy

$799 Per Person Double Occupancy - Two-Night Pre-Tour Extension - Paris

$1499 Per Person Single Occupancy - Two-Night Pre-Tour Extension - Paris

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Testimonials

  • “I have been on dozens of military history tours—most with Ed Bearss, who is a national treasure—and Corrine and Stephane [the Museum guides] measured up with the best. They were well prepared and patient.” —Richard C., Potomac, Maryland

  • “We found the tour to be extremely well-organized in content. The combination of museums, outdoor sites, touring of towns was perfectly combined and orchestrated. The educational information presented was outstanding and extremely beneficial.” —Rebecca R., Lexington, Massachusetts

  • "Breakfasts provided at hotels were excellent. Very good choice of restaurants during tour; enjoyed ambiance and food." — Rachel M., Boston

  • “Fantastic! Perfect blend of historical and personal reflections gave insight and depth. Both [guides] were knowledgeable to the nth degree and their presentations were concise and comprehensive, keeping us all enthralled.” —Fredericka P., New York

  • “i think the whole experience was first rate and i have recommended it to three friends since returning to the USA.” —Mark M., Racine, Wisconsin

  • “The organizational aspects of the tour were excellent. Prior to the beginning of the tour we had a printed itinerary which was informative and useful. On a daily basis the guides kept us informed of the day's activities.” —James H., Farmington Hills, Michigan

  • “The tour guides were informative and they were excellent communicators. Their knowledge and enthusiasm for the subject matter was appreciated.” —James H., Farmington Hills, Michigan

  • “There was excellent overall value in this tour. The educational information we received would have been very difficult to obtain during six days had we attempted to tour the various sites on a self-guided tour.” —James H., Farmington Hills, Michigan

  • “We all left Normandy changed people. The value on a trip that stimulates so much understanding and emotion is worth 10s of thousands of dollars but please keep the price affordable for the average family. The value far exceeded the price.” —Stephen H., Phoenix

  • “[The battlefield guide and tour manager] were extremely knowledgeable and worked very hard to make it a wonderful and informative tour. My brother needed a wheelchair during the trip, both made an asserted effort to make his experience good.” —Mark G., Belvidere, Illinois

  • “Great value for the money. I learned much more than I expected and returned with greater appreciation and understanding of both the small and big pictures.” —John M., Taylor, Texas