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Normandy 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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  • Sep 27, 2019 - Oct 05, 2019

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Normandy 75th Anniversary of D-Day

From rolling, green hills to the beautiful sea, discover the essence of Normandy on this engaging, seven night journey. Explore Mont-Saint-Michel, where a medieval monastery seemingly rises out of the sea, and study the Bayeux Tapestry, the embroidered story of William the Conqueror’s Battle of Hastings victory. Sip Calvados, the region’s renowned cider brandy, in an apple orchard. And as the world marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, spend two full days visiting the D-Day beaches, Normandy American Cemetery and other related sites. Delight in the proud traditions and alluring scenery of Normandy!

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– 7 nights in Deauville, France, at the first-class Mercure Deauville Centre Hotel.

 

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Itinerary

Day 1 | In Transit – Depart for Paris, France.

Day 2 | Paris, France | Deauville
Transfer to the Mercure Deauville Centre Hotel. Get acquainted at a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

Day 3 | Honfleur
Discovery: Historic Honfleur. Get to know this quintessential French port town that has captivated artists for centuries. Soak up the maritime ambience of its picture-perfect, 17th-century Vieux Bassin, or old harbor. Stroll along the narrow side streets to see landmarks like the wooden Church of Sainte-Cathérine, crafted by 15th-century shipbuilders. Free Time: Explore on your own in Honfleur.

Day 4 | Le Mont-Saint-Michel
Discovery: Mont-Saint-Michel. With one glimpse of Mont-Saint-Michel’s singular silhouette rising above the surrounding flat sands, you’ll know why this UNESCO World Heritage site is considered a wonder of the Western world. On a guided tour, explore this fascinating island, and visit the serene abbey and church that have drawn pilgrims for centuries. If you’d like, watch the tides from the ramparts and admire the panoramic vistas.

Day 5 | Caen | Utah Beach | Sainte-Mère-Église
Discovery: Le Mémorial de Caen. Visit this award-winning museum and gain insights about World War II, D-Day and the Battle of Normandy through its engrossing exhibits, photos and videos. Discovery: Utah Beach and Sainte-Mère-Église. In the early hours of D-Day, paratroopers and glider units arrived inland, tasked with sealing off German access to the amphibious assault sites. By daybreak, the second phase began, as infantry and tanks came ashore on five beaches, codenamed Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword. As you visit the Musée du Débarquement at Utah Beach, hear gripping details from your guide about how the invasion unfolded. Then travel to Sainte-Mère-Église, where U.S. paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions landed and later captured the town, securing its key crossroads.

Day 6 | Deauville
Free Time: Make your own plans in the area today. Enrichment: The French Resistance. Delve into the origins of the Resistance, its leaders and the heroic efforts of the French patriots who fought to liberate their country. This evening, delight in the region’s flavorful cuisine at a restaurant in Deauville.

Day 7 | Arromanches | Omaha Beach |Normandy American Cemetery | Pointe du Hoc
Enrichment: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Discover the pivotal role that Normandy and its citizens played during this crucial period of the Allied war effort. Discovery: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. In Arromanches, see the site of one of the offshore mulberry harbors. These floating harbors were an engineering triumph and a clever solution that enabled the Allies to funnel enormous resources into France to wage war against Hitler. Break for lunch in Arromanches. Then, walk along Omaha Beach and contemplate the extraordinary bravery of the Allied landing forces, who valiantly advanced under devastating fire across the heavily fortified shoreline to overcome German troops. In Collevillesur-Mer, pay a poignant visit to the Normandy American Cemetery, set on a lovely bluff over Omaha Beach, which contains 9,385 graves of Americans who died in the invasion and ensuing battles, as well as a serene memorial garden honoring those missing in action. Then, visit Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Rangers courageously scaled 100-foot cliffs to destroy German artillery. Learn about this treacherous mission from your guide and go inside the German defensive emplacement.

Day 8 | Bayeux
Discovery: Bayeux. View the celebrated Bayeux
Tapestry, a very detailed, embroidered masterpiece nearly 230 feet long, with more than 50 scenes related to the Norman conquest of England. Later, admire Bayeux’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Tonight, celebrate your time in Normandy at a Farewell Reception and Dinner in Deauville.

Day 9 | In Transit
After breakfast, transfer to the Paris airport for the return flight to your gateway city