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The Treasures of Normandy: Optional Three-Day Pre-Tour Extension Program

Journey into the Middle Ages on our custom-curated extension program that focuses on the historic importance of the picturesque Normandy region! Enjoy a scenic transfer from Charles de Gaulle Airport to Bayeux and settle into the Hotel d'Argouges, your home for the next seven nights. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the medieval town center and enjoying dinner on your own at one of the many cafés and elegant restaurants serving traditional fare. A morning departure from Bayeux begins a scenic drive to Mont Saint-Michel, a breathtaking tidal island just off the Normandy coast. The island’s signature abbey projects a dominating presence that has attracted pilgrims, armies, and tourists for more than a millennium. The visit includes lunch and returns to Bayeux for free time and an opportunity to try another of Bayeux's restaurants. Follow the path of William the Conqueror the following morning to Château de Caen, which was constructed in 1060. Bombed during World War II, it has now been beautifully restored and houses several museums. Enjoy lunch and a visit to William's tomb at the nearby Abbaye aux Hommes before returning to Bayeux to enjoy a welcome dinner with main tour guests arriving today.

Hôtel D’Argouges

Mont Saint Michel at dusk Mont Saint Michel at dusk

Day 1 : Paris / Normandy

Upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, guests are warmly welcomed and transported by private motor coach to Normandy. After enjoying some free time to relax or explore Bayeux, the group gathers this evening for a welcome dinner at a local French restaurant.

Hôtel D’Argouges (D)

Normandy Coastline Normandy Coastline

Day 2 : Pegasus Bridge / Gold, Juno, and Sword Beaches

Today’s tour of Normandy begins where the first shots of the invasion were fired by British glider troops at the crucial Pegasus Bridge. Guests learn about Major John Howard and his men of the “Ox and Bucks” and how they were able to secure and hold the bridge. The drives along the British and Canadian sectors become the backdrop for the stories of landings that took place to the east of the American assaults. In Arromanches, an exploration of the remains of a “Mulberry harbor” offers insight into this great feat of engineering and ingenuity. Following free time for lunch and exploration in the village, a trip up the commanding bluff culminates with a viewing of Cinema Circulare 360 and a visit to the German gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer. Guests enjoy free time this evening to explore Bayeux and enjoy dinner at one of the many cafés and restaurants serving traditional fare.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B)

The original Pegasus Bridge about to be moved from a junk site by the side of the Orne Canal The original Pegasus Bridge about to be moved from a junk site by the side of the Orne Canal

Day 3 : Château de Bernaville / Sainte Mère-Église / Utah Beach 

A visit to the private Château de Bernaville begins the day, before traveling along rural lanes, past hedgerows, and over causeways to La Fiere, where elements of the 82nd Airborne fought off four days of attacks from German troops trying to retake this strategic bridge. During today's drive, both the battlefield guide and the Museum's exclusive oral history collection offer personal stories from the men who fought on the frontlines. On arrival in Sainte Mère-Église, the famous crossroads town where American paratroopers landed during the predawn hours of D-Day, guests tour the Musée Airborne and visit the church made famous in the film The Longest Day. After an included lunch, the tour continues this afternoon to Brécourt Manor, where Dick Winters and some of his men from "Easy Company" launched the assault on German guns portrayed in the book and miniseries Band of Brothers. The day's touring concludes with a visit to the Utah Beach Museum, which includes the story of the exemplary leadership of General Teddy Roosevelt Jr. during the landings. Another free evening is at leisure in Bayeux.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B, L)

Chateau de Bernaville Chateau de Bernaville

Day 4 : Bayeux / Caen

This morning’s tour is devoted to the picturesque town of Bayeux, beginning with a viewing of the Bayeux Tapestry—a 230-foot-long embroidered chronicle of William the Conqueror's cross-channel invasion of England. Guests continue to the iconic skyline feature of Bayeux and center of the medieval center of the town, the Bayeux Cathedral, where a guided tour will bring to life the construction of the cathedral from the crypt to the spires. Following free time for an independent lunch, visitors journey to Caen to tour Memorial de Caen, a museum that places the battles of Normandy within the international context of World War II. This evening, the group enjoys dinner with a local citizen who shares stories of the German occupation and Allied liberation before returning to Bayeux.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B, D)

Bayeux Tapestry Tourists admire the Bayeux tapestry in its current display case

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

Tours along Omaha Beach begin after breakfast with visits to St. Laurent-sur-Mer and Vierville-sur-Mer, providing an up-close view of the intricate German defense system and giving a sense of the overwhelming odds the American soldiers faced on that first day. Stories of individual acts of heroism that helped the Americans win the day at “Bloody Omaha” bring to life the challenges faced and conquered by the Allies. The group enjoys a picnic lunch en route to Pointe-du-Hoc, where the story of the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaling the cliffs to neutralize this heavily fortified German position is told. The last full day in Normandy culminates with Colleville-sur-Mer and the Normandy American Cemetery, with an opportunity to pay respects to the 9,387 Americans buried in the ground they helped liberate. The day concludes with a special “Farewell to Normandy” dinner.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B, L, D)

Pointe-du-hoc Pointe du Hoc Ranger Memorial

Day 6 : Argentan / Falaise Gap / Chambois

After breakfast, the group bids farewell to Normandy and begins the trip back to Paris. Focusing on the concluding battles of the Normandy Campaign, the first stop is in Argentan, where Patton’s Third Army liberated the city from staunch German resistance. Memorial de Montormel on Hill 262, where the Falaise Gap was sealed, offers an incredible view across the landscape and the perfect vantage point for recounting these final battles. Traveling through a pastoral valley, a picnic lunch is enjoyed at a picturesque stop before arriving at Chambois, the memorial that commemorates the meeting of American and Polish troops and linking the Allied armies. Upon arrival at the Sheraton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, the remainder of the afternoon and evening are at leisure.

Sheraton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (B, L)

Falaise Town Falaise Town

Day 7 : Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to the United States

This morning, bid farewell to France and return to Charles de Gaulle Airport at leisure for individual journeys home.

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D-Day CompositionD-Day composition
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Tour

What Is Included In The Tour?

Tour Inclusions

  • Full-time logistical tour manager
  • Expert local battlefield guides
  • Roundtrip airport transfers (when arriving and departing on scheduled group tour dates)
  • Four-star historic, fully-renovated accommodation in Normandy
  • Four-star Charles de Gaulle Airport accommodations
  • Private, first-class air conditioned motor coach transportation
  • VIP access to sites not offered on other tours
  • Entrance fees to all sites, museums, and historic attractions in itinerary
  • Video oral-history presentations from the Museum collection
  • Personal listening devices on all included touring
  • Included gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, and servers
  • 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 3 dinners
  • Free-flow beer, wine, and soft drinks included with lunches and dinners
  • Welcome and farewell receptions
  • Informative map book including useful battlefield maps and archival images to be used throughout the journey
  • Document wallet, personalized luggage tags, and customized name badge
  • Personal journal and pen to document your journey

What Isn't Included In The Tour?

Tour Exclusions

  • International and/or domestic airfare, unless noted otherwise within the program brochure
  • Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas, entry/departure fees
  • Laundry and dry cleaning
  • Meals and beverages not outlined in the program brochure under included features
  • Travel insurance
  • All items of a strictly personal nature
  • Airport/hotel transfers outside of official program dates
  • Excursions not included in program itinerary

Additional Services

Please contact us regarding:

  • Additional pre and/or post-hotel nights
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight assistance
  • Private transfers

We’re pleased to assist you with additional services you may require, ensuring you a worry-free journey with The National WWII Museum.


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Tour Price

$3995 Per Person Double Occupancy

$5290 Per Person Single Occupancy

$999 Per Person Double Occupancy - Three-Day Pre-Tour Extension Program - The Treasures of Normandy

$1398 Per Person Single Occupancy - Three-Day Pre-Tour Extension Program - The Treasures of Normandy

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Accommodations

Hotel d’Argourges

Hotel d’Argouges

This centrally located, exquisite four-star boutique hotel offers a breathtaking view of the Cathédrale de Bayeux, while placing guests within a short stroll of the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux and the Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie. The elegant rooms come equipped with free Wi-Fi, flats-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Buffet breakfast is served daily.

Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Center

Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Center

The Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel is a modern hotel situated inside terminal 2 of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Its bright, airy atrium welcomes guests into a reception area, two restaurants and a comfortable lounge.

All rooms are soundproofed and feature Sheraton’s trademarked beds, spacious bathrooms, satellite TV, and internet access. The fitness center with sauna is open 24 hours a day, as is the business center. Dry cleaning service is also available at the hotel.

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