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What To Expect
Whether you are a history buff, served in WWII or are simply interested in the epic events of this historic moment, you may want to consider this comprehensive tour of Normandy, which includes a typical Norman lunch and cider tasting.
We'll depart from central Paris on a luxury motor coach in the early morning, heading toward the shores of northern France. Part of gaining a full understanding of the events of June 6th 1944 is experiencing the Norman countryside itself - the people and traditions that make up the area that the soldiers fought so bravely to reclaim. As we travel through the charming Normandy countryside, it's hard to imagine that this area once served as the violent stage for the largest amphibious invasion in history. Travelers who visit the historical battlefields of Normandy often come away describing the experience as moving, emotional and memorable. Standing in the midst of the landing beaches is certainly an experience that should not be missed.
We'll first arrive at the exceptional Utah Beach Museum, housed in an original German bunker and built on the very beach where the first American troops landed. This internationally recognized museum offers not only the opportunity to learn about the complicated planning behind Operation Overlord, but also the touching stories of the ordinary men and women whose actions during those momentous days and weeks shaped the face of Europe as we know it today. The museum offers unparalleled views over Utah beach and is home to one of the only six remaining B-26 airplanes left in the world.
We'll stop for a brief visit in a traditional Norman cider-making orchard where we'll enjoy a tasting of the cider and Calvados (an apple-based alcoholic drink for which this region is famous) in an original 17th century barn. Then we'll continue our exploration of Normandy with a Norman-style lunch, freshly prepared for us with only seasonal ingredients. We'll enjoy our meal in a charming, local restaurant with a view overlooking the port of Grandcamp-Maisy.
After lunch we will travel to Pointe du Hoc, a German defense situated on the cliff tops and heroically taken by US Rangers. This cliff overlooking the English Channel today remains very much as it was left over half a century ago by the Rangers. Many of the original German fortifications have been left in place and the area is still scarred by bomb craters.
We'll also have the opportunity to pay our respects to the fallen at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. The cemetery is located on a bluff that overlooks Omaha Beach, which was one of the landing beaches of the D-Day invasion. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt and a Medal of Honor recipient, is buried here together with the almost 10,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives. Our stop in the area includes a visit to the Omaha Beach Visitor Center, where we'll learn that despite meticulous planning of the Omaha Beach landings, very little went as planned.
Utah Beach Museum
Pointe du Hoc
US Military cemetery
Omaha Beach Visitor Center
Expert, English-speaking tour guide
Small groups of 23 people or fewer
Entrance ticket and reservation fee for all sites visited
All transfers in an air-conditioned coach
Lunch, including one glass of cider
Cider and Calvados tasting
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Tips and gratuities
Children 3 years old and below are free of charge.
Please inform us of any specific dietary requirements at time of booking.
Tour will be operated as a guaranteed Small Group Tour with a maximum of 23 guests.
We regret that we are unable to accommodate guests with wheelchairs or any impairments requiring special assistance. We are also unable to accommodate strollers or baby carriages on our group tours.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking; comfortable shoes are recommended.
Photography is permitted throughout the tour.
Some sites visited lack shade and can be hot under direct sunlight. We recommend bringing a hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water in warm weather.
France's tourist sites are among the most popular in the world. Skip the Line Access and careful planning limit our crowd exposure, but please be aware that some locations may be unavoidably busy during standard hours.
Please note that many museums in France are not air-conditioned (as A/C is not standard practice in France).
Tour takes approximately 14 hours.
Tour begins and ends at Trocadero.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
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