Day 1: The National WWII Museum in New Orleans
Viewing of Beyond All Boundaries
A 4D experience through the war that changed the world.
Get to know the group while dining in the unique Museum environment.
Day 2: The National WWII Museum in New Orleans
D-Day: Decision to Go
A custom tour of the Museum's exhibit focuses on the planning, preparations and execution necessary for D-Day.
Student Resource Center
View and analyze high school yearbooks from the war years showing student leadership on the Home Front through the Victory Corps, scrap drives, JROTC programs, etc.
Home Front Exhibits
View propaganda posters, images of industry and artifacts from Higgins Industries. Including a LCVP and LCP(L).
Meet the Author and Dinner Discussion
Adam Makos, author of A Higher Call will discuss the steps to researching and writing.
Day 3: The National WWII Museum in New Orleans
Behind the Lines Tour
A trip to the Museum's Collections Warehouse in New Orleans containing artifacts, vehicles and equipment not currently on display to the public.
Road to Berlin
Tour the Museum's newest exhibits focusing on the war in Europe.
The French Quarter
Students will enjoy a walking tour and dinner in New Orleans oldest and most vibrant neighborhood.
Day 4: New Orleans/Normandy
Departure to Paris
An afternoon flight to Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Day 5: Normandy Tour
Bus Tour of Paris
See the Arc de Triomphe, Trocadero, Eiffel Tour, Champs-Elysees, and Notre Dame before lunching at a sidewalk cafe.
Depart for Bayeux
Day 6: Normandy Tour
Site of the first Allied victory of D-Day. Glider troops of the British 6th Airborne Division captured this bridge in the early hours of June 6, 1944.
Grand Bunker Museum
A German bunker converted into a museum. Experience the tight spaces inside the bunker and explore the range-finding technology on the top floor.
A film shown on a 360 degree screen with quotations in English, French and German. The film covers D-Day and the next hundred days.
The site of a German gun battery that still has the coastal guns in place. Explore the potential of these guns and view the damage done by Allied bombers.
Day 7: Normandy Tour
The first town to be liberated by American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions. Students will hear eye-witness accounts of the battle.
La Fiere Bridge
A strategic bridge located on the western flank of the invasion. American forces fought to hold and preserve this bridge for three days after the initial landings.
Chateau de Bernaville
The German Command Center for the entire Utah Beach area during World War II. General Wilhelm Falley lived in this residence, and he became the highest ranking German officer killed in Normandy. The National WWII Museum has exclusive access to this site.
Hedgerows and Brecourt Manor
See the infamous hedgerows that halted progress inland from the beach and tour Brecourt Manor, featured in Band of Brothers. This tour is led by a veteran paratrooper and a member of the family who call the historic manor home.
Utah Beach Museum
A special VIP tour of the modern museum located at the site of the landings by the US 4th Infantry Division.
Day 8: Normandy Tour
Pointe-du-Hoc and Maisy Battery
A 100 foot cliff overlooking the English Channel. This cliff was climbed by the US 2nd Ranger Battalion on D-Day to find and destroy guns that did not exist there. Maisy Battery was the actual gun emplacement the Rangers were seeking.
The site of the landings of the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions. German forces held well entrenched positions on the high ground overlooking the beach. Courage, perseverance and leadership helped overcome the defenders and secure the beach.
La Cambe German Cemetery
The remains of more than 21,000 German soldiers are interred in this cemetery that is administered by the German War Graves Commission.
Cultural Tour of Bayeux
A town that dates back to the Roman Empire. Attractions include the Bayeux Cathedral and the nearly 1,000 year old Bayeux tapestry chronicling the Norman Conquest of England.
Day 9: Normandy Tour
A countryside abbey that was held by German forces. The abbey was the site of systematic executions of Canadian soldiers by German forces.
Memorial de Mont Ormel
A museum situated on the site of heavy fighting from August 18 - 22, 1944, as Allied forces attempted to encircle and capture the remaining German forces in the Falaise Gap.
Memorial de Caen Centre of History and Peace
An institution dedicated to peace and reconciliation which tells of the conflicts of the 20th Century. Visit portions of the Memorial dedicated to World War II in a custom tour.
Dinner with Memorial de Caen Staff
Meet several members of the Memorial staff and local veterans of the French Resistance.
Day 10: Normandy Tour
Normandy American Cemetery
Overlooking Omaha Beach, the Cemetery contains the graves of 9,387 American servicemen and women along with another 1,557 names on the Wall of the Missing.
Bus Transportation to Paris
Day 11: Normandy Tour
Departure from Charles de Gaulle Airport