Day One : Paris / Normandy
Tour guides will greet passengers at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, directing them to a private motor coach to historic Bayeux in Normandy. This evening, the group will gather for a welcome dinner at a rustic French restaurant.
The National WWII Museum’s historian will present an informal introduction to the 1944 Normandy Campaign.
Hotel Le Bayeux (D)
Day Two : Gold / Juno / Sword / Pegasus Bridge
Today’s tour of Normandy will begin where the first shots of the invasion were fired—a few minutes after midnight on June 6, 1944—by British troops at the crucial “Pegasus Bridge.”
The group will tour the British and Canadian sectors, stopping at sites often overlooked by American audiences. After exploring Arromanches, famous for its “Mulberry Harbour” that supplied the Allies with artillery, tour attendees will enjoy lunch independently in this picturesque seaside town.
In the afternoon, the tour travels to the commanding bluff that housed the famous German gun emplacements at Longues-sur-Mer. These guns will give guests a tangible idea of the awesome firepower that faced the Allies on D-Day.
The group will share dinner at a restaurant this evening.
Hotel Le Bayeux (B, D)
Day Three : Ste. Mère-Église / Utah Beach / Chateau de Bernaville
This morning, we will visit the regional headquarters of the German army at Chateau de Bernaville for an exclusive tour of its expansive grounds. On a single-lane road that runs behind the property, perhaps the most important ambush of the invasion took place—the Museum historian will point out this single event’s significance in the D-Day operation.
After a break for relaxation and shopping in Ste. Mère-Église, we will reconvene for stops at Brécourt Manor and the Utah Beach Museum. At the first site, Dick Winters and his men from “Easy” Company made the famous assault on the German guns portrayed in the book and mini-series Band of Brothers.
The Utah Beach Museum is nestled within the sand dunes and sea grass that once held the German defensive positions.
We will stop in Carentan, in route to Bayeux, and enjoy dinner with a local citizen who will share stories of the German occupation and eventual American liberation.
Hotel Le Bayeux (B/D)
Day 4 : Omaha Beach / Pointe-du-Hoc / American Cemetery
The morning tour begins with a retelling of the stories from the landing zones at Omaha Beach, provided by the Museum historian. Visits to St. Laurent-sur-Mer and Vierville-sur-Mer offer a close-up view of the intricate German defense system.
We will continue to Pointe-du-Hoc, enjoying a picnic lunch en route. As we overlook the surrounding coast, we’ll learn the story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaling the cliffs to neutralize this heavily fortified German position.
The tour today will end with a visit the America Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. We invite guests to participate in a special wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery, or simply to pay respects to the 9,387 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice during the liberation.
Tour guests will spend the evening at leisure in Bayeux. A visit to see the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th-century piece of textile artwork, is highly recommended.
Hotel Le Bayeux (B/L)
Day 5 : Carentan / St. Lo
This morning, we will visit the church at Angoville au Plain where American medics treated both American and German soldiers, as long as they entered the church unarmed.
At Carentan, the scene of fierce fighting between American 101st Airborne and German Fallschirmjager troops, the Museum historian will explain the strategic importance of this cross-roads town in the center of the Cotentin Peninsula.
We will continue toward St. Lo and stop at the small village of Graignes. St. Lo was a valuable strongpoint and transportation hub where the German Army could move men and equipment to block American advances. It was also the designated starting point for Operation Cobra, the breakout from the Bocage of Normandy.
We will return to Bayeux for a group dinner and celebration.
Hotel Le Bayeux (B, D)
Day 6 : Argentan / Falaise Gap / Chambois
The tour’s final full day begins at the Mémorial de Caen. This museum, dedicated to reconciliation among the combatants, tells the full story of the campaign. Guests will then travel to Argentan, where Patton’s Third Army liberated the city from staunch German resistance.
Tour guests will have a picnic-style lunch as we continue to Chambois. Here, the Normandy portion of the tour will symbolically end at the memorial which commemorates the meeting of American and Polish troops, linking the Allied Armies.
The tour ends this evening with our return to Paris, where guests are free to explore the City of Light.
Novotel Roissy Charles De Gaulle (B/L)
Day Seven : Paris / Home
After breakfast, the tour will provide transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport.