Normandy Pointe DuHoc
Pointe Du Hoc, Normandy

The 70th Anniversary of D-DayFrom England to France

Trace the events of the pivotal Battle of Normandy and gain a great understanding of this monumental military operation
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Overview
Commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day as we trace the events of those fateful months leading up to the Battle of Normandy. Exclusive tours, poignant excursions, and insightful lectures will further your understanding and appreciation of this monumental military operation. Begin in England to learn about the "behind the scenes" action necessary to stage the largest amphibian landing in history. In London discover Winston Churchill's Cabinet War Rooms, from where he directed the British war effort, and visit the newly renovated Imperial War Museum with its vast World War II exhibition space. Learn the story behind the Enigma code during a special tour of Bletchley Park and visit the Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force at Southwick House in Portsmouth. Cross the English Channel by ferry to France, then walk the beaches of Normandy where the soldiers landed, stand atop bluffs at Pointe du Hoc scaled by U.S. rangers, and explore museums that display exhibits that offer deeper understanding of the Battle of Normandy. You'll also meet with individuals and visit places of extraordinary heroism that still bear testimony of the sacrifice and courage of Allied Troops.

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Itinerary
Day 1 & 2 — U.S., London, England

Depart the U.S for London. Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel. After check in, enjoy time at leisure before an afternoon visit to Winston Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms and adjoining Museum. It is from this underground “safe place” that Churchill directed the British war effort and where today one can still see maps, telephones and bunks preserved since 1945. This evening, enjoy a private reception and dinner at the hotel. Millennium Bailey’s Hotel or Double Tree (R,D)

Day 3 — London, Bletchley Park, Imperial War Museum
Travel to Bletchley Park and discover the real story behind the Enigma code breakers, credited with shortening the war by successfully deciphering the encryption used by the Wehrmacht to safeguard its messages. Light lunch in Bletchley Park’s Café, located in the code-breaking hut that housed the wartime Naval Intelligence Section. This afternoon visit the newly renovated Imperial War Museum where you can explore its vast WWII collection. Millennium Bailey’s Hotel or Double Tree (B,L)

Day 4 — London, Portsmouth, Normandy
Travel by coach to Portsmouth where we begin with a stop at Southwick House, Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force, and the location from which Eisenhower made the “let’s go” decision on the eve of June 6th. Explore the D-Day Museum featuring the Overlord Embroidery which depicts the events of D-Day in dramatic and colorful artistic fashion. Take the cross-channel ferry this afternoon, arriving in Caen around 9:30 pm. There are several dining options on board. Continue to the delightful Ferme de La Rançonnière for the first of three nights. Ferme de la Rançonnière or Manoir de Mathan (B)

Day 5 — Normandy
May Departure: Sainte Mere Eglise, Utah Beach, La Cambe
Begin your journey in Normandy by exploring the Sainte Mere Eglise, site of the dramatic 82nd and 101st Airborne Division Paratrooper landing on the night of June 5th and early hours of June 6th. View the small church whose steeple ensnared John Steele’s parachute, suspending him throughout the night while church bells rang in his ears. Next, cross the town square for a tour of the Airborne Museum, replete with airplanes and other D-Day artifacts. Later, visit Utah Beach, site of one of the two American amphibian landings in the early hours of June 6, 1944. Pause at La Cambe, a large WWII German Cemetery. Ferme de la Rançonnière (B,L,D)

September and October Departures: Sainte Mère Eglise, Utah Beach, La Cambe, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach
Begin your journey in Normandy by exploring the Sainte Mère Eglise, site of the dramatic 82nd and 101st Airborne Division Paratrooper landing on the night of June 5th and early hours of June 6th. It’s on the small church steeple in Sainte Mere Eglise that John Steele’s parachute became ensnared. He survived, suspended throughout the night with church bells ringing in his ears. After viewing the church, cross the town square for a tour of the Airborne Museum, replete with airplanes and other D-Day artifacts. Later visit Utah Beach, site of one of the two American amphibian landings in the early hours of June 6th, 1944. Pause at La Cambe, a large WWII German Cemetery before continuing to one of the most dramatic sites along the Normandy coastline - Pointe du Hoc. Here US rangers scaled steep cliffs in order to destroy key German gun positions. Walk through cratered pathways and imagine the bravery of those rangers as they faced a barrage of German artillery fire and a fierce storm. Continue to Omaha Beach, site of the bloodiest fighting of invasion day. Lay a wreath at the memorial which rises from the sand. Ferme de la Rançonnière or Manoir de Mathan (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Normandy
May Departure: Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Caen
Today, continue to the one of the most dramatic sites along the Normandy coastline — Pointe du Hoc. Here U.S. rangers scaled steep cliffs in order to destroy key German gun positions. Walk through cratered pathways and imagine the bravery of those rangers as they faced a barrage of German artillery fire and a fierce storm. Continue to Omaha Beach, site of the bloodiest fighting of invasion day. Lay a wreath at the dramatic memorial that rises from the sand. Then visit the Musee Memorial du Caen with its fascinating D-Day and Battle of Normandy exhibitions. Ferme de la Rançonnière (B,D)

September and October Departures: Caen, Arromanches, Colleville-sur-Mer
Visit the Musee Memorial du Caen with its fascinating D-Day and Battle of Normandy exhibitions. At Arromanches take a seat in their 360 circular movie theater and experience a spectacular film about the D-day landings entitled The Price of Freedom. See the Mulberry harbor in Arromanches – known as Port Winston – a remaining prefabricated concrete platform designed to assist in landing Allied supplies. Before returning to the hotel visit the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Pay your respects at the monument dedicated to “the Big Red One”, then reflect as you walk the grounds where heroes have been laid to rest. Enjoy an evening reception at the Chateau de Creully, used by the BBC to broadcast following the invasion. Ferme de la Rançonnière or Manoir de Mathan (B,D)

Day 7
May Departure: Arromanches, Colleville-sur-Mer
At Arromanches, experience a nine-screen circular movie theater while watching the D-Day landings unfold around you in the spectacular film, “The Price of Freedom.” See the Mulberry Harbor in Arromanches—known as Port Winston—a remaining prefabricated concrete platform designed to assist in landing Allied supplies. Before returning to the hotel, visit the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Pay your respects at the monument dedicated to “the Big Red One,” and reflect as you walk the grounds where heroes have been laid to rest. Enjoy an evening reception at the Chateau de Creully, used by the BBC to broadcast the invasion. Ferme de la Rançonnière (B,L,D)

September and October Departures: Normandy, Giverny, Paris
Depart Normandy for Paris, and stop en route to visit Monet’s inspirational gardens at Giverny. Tour the artists’ home before continuing on to Paris. Join your fellow travelers for this evening’s farewell reception and dinner. Millenium Opera Hotel (B,D)

Day 8 — Paris, US
May Departure: Normandy, Paris, U.S.
Morning departure from Normandy to Charles DeGaulle airport for the U.S. aboard regularly scheduled flights (B)

September and October Departures: Paris, U.S.
Depart Paris for Charles DeGaulle airport for the U.S. aboard regularly scheduled flights (B)