Victory in Normandy
I T I N E R A R Y
1st Day - USA/PARIS
Overnight trans-Atlantic flight to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris. Meals and entertainment in flight.
2nd Day, - PARIS/CAEN
Clear immigration and customs and proceed directly from the airport to the hotel in Caen. Lunch at the hotel. Afternoon at leisure to acclimate. Evening welcome reception and dinner at the hotel followed by a briefing by your guide and lecturer. He is a recognized authority on the World War II Battle of Normandy and he will be with you for your entire stay in Normandy.
3rd Day, - NORMANDY
Breakfast at the hotel. The tour will begin with a visit to the Caen Memorial, one of the most important and comprehensive military museums in Europe. Lunch on your own at the museum. Early afternoon departure for an overview of the D-Day American “Omaha” sector. We will visit Omaha Beach and the American Military Cemetery at Colleville / Saint Laurent Sur Mer which overlooks Omaha. Late afternoon return to the hotel. Our guide will provide you with restaurant recommendations.
4th Day, - NORMANDY
Breakfast at the hotel. Return to the American sector for in-depth visits to the 82nd and 101st Airborne museums in Sainte Mere Eglise. This town was the heart of American airborne operations on D-Day. Then on to Utah Beach. This area was to be assaulted at 0630 hours by the U.S. 4th Infantry Division, following a drenching naval and air bombardment. Stron currents forced the landing to occur more than 2,000 yards from the planned beach area. However the landing was a good start with very few casualties compared to the trauma at Omaha. Continue to Pointe Du Hoc, situated between Utah and Omaha. U.S. Army Rangers planned to climb the 100 foot cliffs and take out the German 155mm guns located there. Allied commanders had agreed that the overall success of the landings at both Omaha and Utah would be determined by neutralizing the guns at Pointe Du Hoc.
The next stop is at Omaha Beach and the Musee du Debarquement at Arromanches. Walk Omaha Beach and the visit the museum. The Landing Museum displays models of the famous Mulberry Harbors, which were assembled in Great Britain and the towed across the Channel to be used as an artificial port. Late afternoon return to the hotel. Dinner on your own at a local restaurant.
5th day, - NORMANDY
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast depart for a full-day tour to the British and Canadian sectors of the 60 mile long landing area. Visit Pegasus Bridge, an important objective of British glider-borne troops. Then on to the Commonwealth Cemetery, Sword Beach and Juno Beach. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue to Gold Beach and the German coastal battery at Longues Sur Mer. Return to the hotel. Farewell to Normandy dinner at the hotel with Nigel Stewart.
6th Day, - NORMANDY / PARIS
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning departure for the picturesque drive to the “ City of Light “. Afternoon at leisure in Paris.
7th Day, - PARIS
Morning tour with a local guide who will show you the important and famous sights and also include information about the situation here during the war.
8th Day, - PARIS / USA
Transfer to the airport for the return trans-Atlantic flight home. Meals and entertainment in-flight.