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Tour Itinerary

Day One : Paris / Normandy

Passengers are greeted at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and transported by private motor coach to Normandy. Enjoy lunch on your own and a visit to Memorial de Caen prior to check-in at the hotel in Bayeux. This evening, the group gathers for a welcome dinner at a local French restaurant.

Normandy hotel (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 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. The group gathers for dinner this evening at a quaint restaurant.

Normandy hotel (B, D)

Day Two

Day Three : Ste. Mère-Église / Utah Beach / Chateau de Bernaville

This morning starts with a visit to the private Château de Bernaville. Guests travel along rural lanes, past hedgerows and over causeways to La Fiere where the 82nd Airborne fought off four days of attacks from German troops trying to retake this strategic bridge. Next is Ste-Mère-Église, where paratroopers landed during the predawn hours of D-Day. The group tours the Musee Airborne and visits the church made famous in the film The Longest Day. This afternoon, guests visit 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 is next. Upon arrival in Bayeux, the group enjoys dinner with a local citizen who shares stories of the German occupation and eventual American liberation.

Normandy hotel (B/D)

Chateau de Bernaville

Day 4 : Carentan / St. Lo

This morning’s first stop is the church at Angoville au Plain, where two American medics treated American and German soldiers without prejudice, as long as they entered the church unarmed. Guests continue to Carentan, the scene of fierce fighting between American 101st Airborne and German Fallschirmjäger troops. A trip to St. Lo is next with a stop at the small village of Graignes along the way. St. Lo was a valuable strongpoint and transportation hub through which the German army could move men and equipment to block American advances, and thus became the designated starting point for Operation Cobra, the breakout from the Bocage of Normandy. Guests then return to Bayeux for an evening at leisure.

Return to Bayeux for an evening at leisure.

Normandy hotel (B)

Omaha

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

The morning tour begins at Omaha. Visits to St. Laurent-sur-Mer and Vierville-sur-Mer 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. Guests continue to Pointe-du-Hoc and enjoy a picnic lunch en route. Tour members learn the story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaling the cliffs to neutralize this heavily fortified German position. The day’s touring ends with a visit to Colleville-sur-Mer in order to pay respects to the 9,387 Americans buried in the ground they helped liberate. A special “Farewell to Normandy” dinner with the tour group this evening concludes guests’ time in Normandy.

Normandy hotel (B, L, D)

Normandy

Day 6 : Argentan / Falaise Gap / Chambois

The day begins with a trip to Argentan, where Patton’s Third Army liberated the city from staunch German resistance. The tour continues to the Memorial de Montormel on Hill 262, where the Falaise Gap was sealed. Traveling through this pastoral valley, guests stop at a picturesque location to enjoy a picnic lunch. Continuing to the town of Chambois, the Normandy portion of the tour symbolically ends at the memorial that commemorates the meeting of American and Polish troops, linking up the Allied armies. The tour today ends with the arrival in Paris. Tour members enjoy this magnificent city individually this evening.

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport hotel (B, L)

Allies in Paris

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

After breakfast, the group transfers to Charles de Gaulle International Airport for return to the United States.

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What Is Included In The Tour?

Tour Inclusions

  • Professional battlefield guide
  • Full-time logistical tour manager
  • No less than three-star accommodations in prime locations
  • Private, first-class, air-conditioned motor-coach transportation
  • All entrance fees to all sites, museums, historic attractions in itinerary
  • Gratuities to tour guides, service workers, bus drivers, and bellman
  • 6 breakfasts / 2 lunches / 4 dinners
  • Nonalcoholic beverages with all included meals
  • Two glasses of wine or beer per person with 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

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Tour Price

$2995 Per Person Double Occupancy

$3790 Single Occupancy

$799 optional two-night, pre-tour extension in Paris based on double occupancy, $1499 single occupancy

Add $300 per person for bookings after February 3. Members receive an additional $100 per couple discount.

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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

  • “Alex Kershaw was a terrific historian—both informing and entertaining us throughout the trip.” —Rachel M., Boston

  • "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