Prepare yourself for an emotional tour of one of the most famous battlefields in history, D-Day…Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Europe. We’ll journey up and down the coast of Normandy for an in-depth tour of beaches, battlefields, museums, ruins, and cemeteries of this area, the turning point of WWII. Amazing, intriguing, enlightening and yet somber, this area is the site of one of the most cataclysmic events to happen in history. An expert local guide will bring to life the events of June, 1944 and along with visits to the sites of dedicated to the landings, you’ll be able to appreciate the monumental achievement of the men who fought here.
Tour Dates & Pricing
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Day 1 - Bienvenue a Paris
Arrive in Paris today and make your way to your 4-star hotel, located in the heart of the city. Later this afternoon we'll meet for a welcome party and walk to a nearby restaurant for an amazing dinner. French cuisine is known worldwide, and tonight you'll be introduced to some regional classics. From rustic country fare to the most technical haute cuisine, French gastronomy is considered to be some of the best on the planet. An after dinner stroll along a bistro-lined street is the perfect end to your day.
Day 2 - British and Canadian Zones
This morning we'll board an early train for the scenic ride through the French countryside to the beautiful medieval town of Bayeux, near the coast. Using the town as our base, we'll start our explorations with the Eastern sector of the battles, the British and Canadian zones of Juno, Gold and Sword beaches. Time permitting, we'll visit as many sites as possible today, including the Juno Beach Center, where Canadian troops suffered massive casualties in their first assault wave. Stops in Bernier, Saint Aubin, and Courselles villages, all significant in the Canadian assault, as well as the Ardenne Abbey, site of the infamous POW massacre by SS Panzer troops. British sites adjacent to Gold Beach include Pegasus Bridge, site of intense figthing and heroism, and the massive Hillman Fortress and bunker complex, where German troops held off the British long enough to cause a delay in the attack plan.
This evening we'll return to Bayeux and our beautiful country estate just outside of town. We'll enjoy a group meal prepared by their excellent kitchen and linger over drinks to discuss the days events.
Day 3 - Utah and Omaha
After a delicious French country breakfast, we'll board our private coach and head to the far western area of the invasion. Our first stop will be the quaint but famous town of St. Mere Eglise, epicenter of one of the nighttime airborne landings that preceded the coastal landings. Then you’ll have time to visit the fascinating Airborne Museum in St. Mere Eglise, which chronicles the largest airborne assault in history as 14,000 troops of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions parachuted into Normandy on the night of June 5-6, 1944, to start the invasion. The museum has an astounding array of equipment on display including a C-47 aircraft and a Waco glider. Many interactive displays highlight the operation and the men who pulled it off. Then we'll visit Utah beach and get a chance to walk its shores and imagine the events that occurred there. By now it will be lunchtime so we’ll take a quick break to have a bite at a local brassiere.
After lunch we’ll visit the Museum of the Landing, located on Utah beach. The museum recounts the story of D-Day from the preparation of the landing to the final outcome and success. This journey immerses visitors in the history of the day through a rich collection of objects, vehicles, materials, and oral histories. The museum’s star is an authentic B-26 medium bomber.
If time permits, we'll have a chance to visit the infamous rocks and bunkers of Pointe du Hoc, the fortified German artillery position situated on the cliffs between Utah and Omaha beaches. Its position dominated the landing beaches and was a major obstacle to the invasion. The US Army Rangers scaled the cliffs under the huge guns and assaulted the position in the pre-dawn darkness of June 6.
As the afternoon shadows lengthen we’ll journey to nearby Saint Laurent to visit Bloody Omaha beach. 34,250 Americans landed here, but in the first wave over 1,000 men were killed, nearly 50% of the assaulting troops. We'll have time to walk the beach and try to imagine what it must have been like for the men coming ashore under intense fire.
Lastly, we'll spend time at the nearby American Cemetery of Normandy. Located on the coast, between Arromanches and Grandcamp Maisy, this vast site overlooks Omaha beach. It reunites the graves of 9,387 soldiers fallen in combat. The chapel, Memorial, and the Walls of the Missing complete the site. The Visitor Center pays homage to the courage and the skill that were required to conduct Operation Overlord and to ensure Europe's liberation, together with the utlimate sacrifice made by those who are laid to rest within this site. Truly a moving experience.
After a full day experiencing this historic area, we'll retire to our countryside retreat to relax and recover from an amazing day. Tonight you are free to explore the town for dinner.
Day 4 - Bordeaux
This morning we’ll have an early departure by train for Paris, where we’ll connect with the speedy TVG train, arriving in Bordeaux in the midafternoon.
Due to availability at the time of booking, hotels listed may change to similar hotels
Paris - 4 Star Novotel Paris Les Halles: The Les Halles is a chic and trendy four star hotel in central Paris, with an amazing location. Modern and elegant, this contemporary hotel boasts a host of luxury services and amenities near the Marais district. To ensure guests enjoy a fun and pleasant stay, there is always something happening at the Novotel Paris Les Halles: admire the arty decor and eye-catching murals by artists Mel and Kio, enjoy a signature cocktail or savor the tea time on our Private Garden or their welcoming piano bar.
Bayeux - 4 Star Chateau de Bellefontaine: The Verdier Family is pleased to welcome you to a charming estate, located in the Norman countryside in the heart of the Pays du Bessin.
The castle was built in the late eighteenth century developing a manor dating back to the fifteenth century, offering its current clientele the luxury of the "Castle Life". The Château de Bellefontaine, is an integral part of this rich region, marked by the epic of William the Conqueror and by the Allied Landing during the Second World War. The scenery is total, the bicentennial park opens the field to the tranquility of the countryside , the moat of the Castle, its diversity of swans and ducks takes you to the romanticism of a forgotten era.
Bayeux - 4 Star Grand Hotel Du Luxembourg: The Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg welcomes you in the tradition of the charming hotels of Normandy, in a unique setting right in the city centre. In the heart of the medieval town of Bayeux, close to the most emblematic places, the Grand Hôtel Du Luxembourg is a hotel full of history.
Discover this magnificent establishment, with its staircase inherited from the Age of Enlightenment, its elegant stone and its wrought iron banister, a work of art in itself. Over the centuries, the hotel has been the property of several emblematic figures such as Messire de Brunville and Monseigneur Nesmond (Bishop of Bayeux), who acquired it in 1666. Visited by Louis XVI, Gustave Flaubert and Mademoiselle Georges (mistress of Tsar Alexander and Napoleon), the Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg is in itself a priceless testimony of past centuries.
- 1 night double occupancy accommodations at a 4 Star hotel in Paris
- 2 nights double occupancy accommodations at a 4 Star hotel in Normandy
- Daily breakfast, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, (water and local wine included with lunches and dinners)
- Welcome dinner in Paris
- Private tours in Normandy as per itinerary
- Entrance fees for all museums in Normandy and the American cemetery
- Transfers in private coach to/from Caen railway station
- Arrival transfer by train from Paris to Caen
- Departure transfer by train from Caen to Paris, and on to Bordeaux via high speed train (for those on one of our France tours)
- Gratuities for meals, coach drivers, and local guides (Gratuity not included for your full-time local Normandy tour leader)
- Local tour leader for the entire tour
What´s not Included
- Gratuity for your primary local Normandy tour leader
- Visa fees, if applicable
- Meals not specified in itinerary, any drinks other than water and local wine at group meals
- Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
- Single supplement charge
- Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.