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D-Day Battles for France: Paris to Paris

Duration
4 Days
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US$ 1,109

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
4 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,109

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Day 1

Paris - Normandy Beaches - Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Your journey begins at Merville Battery, overlooking Sword Beach-- where you start to appreciate the scale of the D-Day Landings. At Ranville, you will explore the first village liberated after the Allied offensive. After pausing at the War Cemetery, you will visit Pegasus Bridge -- captured in minutes in 1944. By dinner time, you'll have lots to reflect upon.

Meal Plan Dinner
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Hotel La Demeure

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    Hotel La Demeure



    The Hotel La Demeure is run by the Cauet family, and family members are present on site every day. They accord great importance to providing a personal service and can advise you on all the best places in the immediate area round the hotel. Local ...

    The Hotel La Demeure is run by the Cauet family, and family members are present on site every day. They accord great importance to providing a personal service and can advise you on all the best places in the immediate area round the hotel. Local establishments include Patisserie Carl Marletti, the Brulerie des Gobelins coffee-roasting house, Marty's, an Art Deco brasserie, Le Petit Marguery which specializes in game, and right next door, a typical Parisian bistro, Au Bon Coin.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Bar
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Luggage Storage
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Non Smoking Rooms
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont - Normandy Beaches - Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Today is dedicated to Britain and Canada. You will learn of the events at Gold and Juno Beaches, stop at Mulberry Harbour in Arromanches and visit the Beny-sur-Mer and Longues-sur-Mer Battery Canadian cemeteries.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont - Normandy Beaches - Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Now you will turn to America's role -- from the enormity of the battlefields to personal histories. At Sainte-Mere-Eglise, you will hear how US soldier John Steele was caught on the church steeple, then visit Utah Beach Museum. But, nothing quite compares to Pointe du Hoc, you will see for yourself the challenging terrain forces faced before visiting Omaha Beach's American Normandy Cemetery.

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Day 4

Sainte-Marie-du-Mont - Bayeux - Paris

You will look deeper into Normandy's history at the Bayeux Tapestry. Spinning the yarn of William the Conqueror, this narrative-by needle work is a staggering sight. Your final stop is Trun, where the Battle of the Falaise Pocket opened the Allies' way to Paris. And, you will follow their journey all the way to the capital.

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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.

TB BACKROAPAR17SG: DD17
8 Sep 2017
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