Normandy is renowned for its major military efforts, from the Norman Conquest to the D-Day invasion of World War II, as well as for its charming towns, historic sites, and fine cuisine. Join us for this one-week Cultural Stay, which features time at famous D-Day sites, Honfleur and other places known for the Impressionists, and the stunning island of Mont St. Michel with its Gothic cathedral.

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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 $4,240

Normandy is renowned for its major military efforts, from the Norman Conquest to the D-Day invasion of World War II, as well as for its charming towns, historic sites, and fine cuisine. Join us for this one-week Cultural Stay, which features time at famous D-Day sites, Honfleur and other places known for the Impressionists, and the stunning island of Mont St. Michel with its Gothic cathedral.

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

‚Äč 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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Sep 14 - 22, 2019 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.

Oct 5 - 13, 2019 Departure
Nathanael Greene

Nathanael Greene

Nathanael Greene teaches courses on the history of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, and has written books on aspects of European and French history. He has traveled frequently in France and studied in Paris as a Fulbright Scholar and as a Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Greene is a graduate of Brown University and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. A faculty member at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut since 1963, he has been a professor of history at Wesleyan since 1974 and served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs for 13 years. Professor Greene has led several Smithsonian tours to France.

May 9 - 17, 2020 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. 

Sep 15 - 23, 2020 Departure
Charles Urbanowicz

Charles Urbanowicz

Charlie Urbanowicz received the Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1972 and began his teaching career at the University of Minnesota.  In 1973 he joined the Department of Anthropology at California State University, Chico, and retired as a Professor emeritus in December 2009.  During his tenure at Chico he was recognized as one of the five "Master teachers" of the university. In addition to his on-going research Charlie has published in numerous professional journals and has chapters in the pioneering publication entitled Hosts and Guests:  The Anthropology of Tourism (1977, 1989, & 2001).  Charlie has been involved with two Smithsonian Journeys and since 2004 has made presentations on more than thirty-eight cruises. His travels and research have taken him to numerous European and island nations, as well Australia, China, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and South America.  Prior to his research in the Polynesian Kingdom of Tonga Charlie served four years in the United States Air Force and developed a keen interest in military issues pertaining to World War II.  On your one-week stay in France Charlie places some of the European aspects of World War II into global context.  He holds life membership in The Polynesian Society (University of Auckland) and is also a member of the Association for Social Anthropology in Oceania.