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D-Day Battles for France: Paris to Paris

Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,736

Trace the events that left a tragic and courageous mark on the 20th century -- and on France's northerly fringes. See the places you've read about in history books, setting the scene for an unforgettable experience.


This 4-day short excursion from Paris focuses on the sobering events of D-Day, and the tales of valour, courage, and sacrifice that rose from it.

Depart from Paris. If you have extra time, you may wish to visit the Hotel des Invalides, France’s premiere military history museum, containing Napoleon’s tomb. Then visit Sword Beach and take in the view from the Merville Battery, followed by Ranville, the first village liberated by the Allied offensive. Stop at the War Cemetrery on your way to Pegasus Bridge, before settling into your accommodation in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont.

Two days of immersion in the history of D-Day are divided by country. Your first day focuses on the contributions of Britain and Canada. You’ll visit the Gold and Juno beaches, Mulberry Harbour, and the Canadian cemeteries. Then on day two, turn your attention to America’s contribution. Hear the stories of John Steele, and take in the sheer size of the battlefields as you reflect on this chapter in history. Visit the American Normandy Cemetery before the day’s end.

Not all of Normandy’s great battles took place in the 20th century. See the Bayeux Tapestry, which tells the story of William the Conqueror. Stop in Trun on your way back to Paris, where the Battle of the Falaise Pocket cleared the Allies’ way to retake the capital.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,736

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Day 1

London - Southsea - Overnight Ferry

Meet with the group in the heart of England in London. Our road then takes us from London to Southwick house and onto the historic D-Day Museum. After an educational and insightful tour, we make our way to an early dinner then catch the overnight ferry to France, retracing the voyage first taken in 1944.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 2

Caen - Normandy Beaches - Bayeux

We head towards Normandy and our first stop, at the Merville Battery. Overlooking Sword Beach, we get a sense of the scale of German defenses and the resourcefulness required by the British to overcome them. A visit to the first liberated village of Ranville and the iconic Pegasus Bridge with the attached Airborne Forces Memorial Museum provides a comprehensive start to the tour. Tonight, we will enjoy a delicious dinner together.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Churchill Hotel

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    Churchill Hotel



    Located in a pedestrian street in the heart of old Bayeux, a medieval town by the D-Day landing beaches. The Churchill Hotel is just a few steps from the famous Bayeux Tapestry and the Cathedral. Rima and Francois Hebert welcome you to their hotel including ...

    Located in a pedestrian street in the heart of old Bayeux, a medieval town by the D-Day landing beaches. The Churchill Hotel is just a few steps from the famous Bayeux Tapestry and the Cathedral. Rima and Francois Hebert welcome you to their hotel including 32 charming and personalized rooms. Cheerful hospitality, warm atmosphere, air-conditioned lounge, spacious veranda to read emails, have a drink or breakfast before setting out in the footsteps of William the Conqueror.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Gift Shop

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Day 3

Bayeux - Normandy Beaches - Bayeux

After a hearty breakfast, today our focus is on the role of the United States in the liberation of North West Europe. At Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Trooper John Steele, who was caught on the church steeple as he parachuted into the town, is still remembered. The Utah Beach Museum gives a full explanation of America's role, with plenty of large exhibits. We make time for a visit to the challenging terrain of the Pointe du Hoc where US Rangers scaled the cliffs and time at Omaha Beach and the American Normandy Cemetery show the heavy price paid during the campaign in Normandy. Later, we arrive back in the town of Bayeux where the night is yours to enjoy at your own pace and leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 4

Bayeux - Normandy Beaches - Overnight Ferry

Nearly 1,000 years ago, an invasion came towards Britain from Normandy, a defining moment in British history. The story of the Norman Conquest has been told in a tapestry, a remarkable record by the people of the time, which we will visit. Later, we visit the Juno Beach Centre, where the story of Canada's contribution to the war is told in a series of interactive displays. Further visits during the day will include the well-preserved German Gun Battery at Longues-sur-Mer. Then, we enjoy our last dinner together before catching an overnight ferry.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Portsmouth - London

Rise and shine, enjoying one last breakfast before we travel with the Bovington Tank Museum for an insightful visit. Here, take the chance to explore the museum's large halls you will come face to face with vehicles that have seen action in all the major wars of the 20th Century and hear first-hand accounts from those who fought in them. This unique collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded as the best in the world and includes the world's first ever tank -- Little Willie, the feared German Tiger tank and the modern Challenger 2. To end the tour, we return back to London where we end.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Aug 18; Sep 8
2018: May 17; Jun 21; Jul 19; Sep 6, 13; Oct 11

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 3 nights' accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Specialist experienced Battlefields driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • Meals as indicated
  • Included Entrances: Pegasus Bridge Museum, Juno Beach Museum, Utah Beach Museum & Bayeux Memorial Museum and Tapestry.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas if required
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not specifically noted in the itinerary
  • Optional excursions/activities
  • Beverages unless specified
  • All international and domestic airfares and airfare taxes unless specified

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please enquire.

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11 Oct 2018
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