Normandy is renowned as a center of Impressionism and for its charming towns and fine cuisine. It’s also remembered for major military efforts, from the Norman Conquest to the D-Day invasion of World War II. Join us for this one-week Cultural Stay, based in Honfleur, which features time at famous D-Day sites, places known for the Impressionists, and the stunning island of Mont St. Michel.

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 The charming old port of Normandy's Honfleur  The historic Mont St. Michel off the coast of Normandy  Arromanches  Mulberries at Arromanches
  Memorial sculpture, Omaha Beach  Sherman tank along the Normandy coastline  German gun emplacements at Pointe du Hoc. Credit: Atout France/R-Cast  Monet's gardens at Giverny  The cathedral in Rouen  Cabourg, France

Normandy

A One-Week Stay in France

9 days from $4,590

Normandy is renowned as a center of Impressionism and for its charming towns and fine cuisine. It’s also remembered for major military efforts, from the Norman Conquest to the D-Day invasion of World War II. Join us for this one-week Cultural Stay, based in Honfleur, which features time at famous D-Day sites, places known for the Impressionists, and the stunning island of Mont St. Michel.

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

​ Much has been written and filmed about the Normandy invasion and D-Day. It is impossible to appreciate the complexity and scope of this critical military endeavor without seeing firsthand the immensity of the invasion beaches and understanding the complexity of engineering, logistics, creativity and disinformation that allowed it to be successful. One does not leave the American Cemetery without being humbled by the sacrifice of so many. 

- Morton C.

The unique itinerary of the Normandy trip allowed us to stay in one place while taking day excursions to sites we would never have ventured to on our own. Our Smithsonian Journeys Expert was able to answer every question about the history of each small village we drove through on our way to a destination, including its role in WWII. He truly brought history to life for us. What a pleasure!

- Barbara G.

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May 1 - 9, 2021 Departure; Oct 16 - 24, 2021 Departure
Robert Dalessandro

Robert Dalessandro

Robert J. Dalessandro is an American historian and author who has written and presented extensively on the American Expeditionary Forces contributions to the First World War.

Dalessandro is a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army and the Deputy Secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission He is former Director of the United States Army Center of Military History at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. Dalessandro frequently leads battlefield tours to sites in the United States, France and Italy.

Dalessandro is widely published on the lifeways and material culture of the American Soldier in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. He is co-author of the Organization and Insignia of the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917–1923, he serves as editor of the Army Officer’s Guide, co-author of Willing Patriots: Men of Color in the First World War, and Contributions of African American Soldiers and the American Lions: the 332nd Infantry Regiment in Italy in World War I.

His book, Organization and Insignia of the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917–1923 received the Army Historical Foundation award for excellence in writing.

Jun 26 - Jul 4, 2021 Departure
Cathal Nolan

Cathal Nolan

Cathal J. Nolan is Professor of History and Director of the International History Institute at Boston University. Born in Ireland but growing up in Canada, he emigrated to the United States in 1995. He is a multiple award-winning teacher who offers courses on the History of War, WWI and WWII, and War in Literature and Film. His book The Allure of Battle: A History of How Wars are Won and Lost (Oxford UP), received the 2018 Gilder Lehrman Prize for Military History as “the best book on military history in the English-speaking world distinguished by its scholarship, contribution to the literature, and appeal to both a general and an academic audience.” His prior books include a two-volume History of World War II; a two-volume study of The Age of the Wars of Religion, and a history of the Wars of the Age of Louis XIV. He consults on military history to the PBS series NOVA. He is currently writing Decency: Mercy and Morality in Wartime (Oxford UP, 2021). He also writes military fiction under the pen name Kali Altsoba.

Oct 2 - 10, 2021 Departure
Lisa Passaglia Bauman

Lisa Passaglia Bauman

Lisa Passaglia Bauman is an Associate Professor of Art History at George Mason University where she teaches courses on Italian Renaissance art and architecture, nineteenth-century European art, as well as introductory courses on the visual arts and architecture as part of the Mason Core curriculum. She recently developed a Study Abroad program for George Mason University in Florence, Italy, where she served as the Academic Director. She received her Ph.D. in Renaissance and Baroque art from Northwestern University. Her scholarly interests focus on cardinals as patrons in late fifteenth-century Rome and the elaborate rhetoric of patronage of the della Rovere family. Her publications include “Piety and Public Consumption: Domenico, Girolamo and Julius II della Rovere at Santa Maria del Popolo,” in Patronage and Dynasty. The Rise of the della Rovere in Renaissance Italy, and “The Rhetoric of Power: Della Rovere Palaces and Processional Routes in Late Fifteenth-Century Rome” in Patronage, Gender and the Arts in Early Modern Italy. Before coming to George Mason University, Dr. Passaglia Bauman was a lecturer in the Department of Museum Education at the Art Institute of Chicago where she developed and presented collection tours, thematic tours, and exhibition overviews in gallery walks and public lectures.  The Art Institute of Chicago has one of the largest and foremost collections of late-nineteenth-century French art in the world, material that is at the heart of the nineteenth-century European art course and Impressionism seminar she currently teaches.  Her years of lecturing in front of the art work have informed her teaching as she strives to engage her students more intimately with the object, its history and its cultural context.