London – Paris – Normandy Beaches
Memorials of WWII
featuring the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landing
September 11 – 20, 2019
London & Paris WWII Themed City Tours, Churchill War Rooms, Eurostar Train, Pegasus Bridge, Caen, Arromanche-les-Baines, Juno Beach, Sword Beach, Bayeux Cemetery & Memorial, Caen Memorial Peace Museum, Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum, Memorial of Internment and Deportation, Reims, Musée de la Reddition, Eiffel Tower Dinner
Day 1 – Sep 11, 2019: An unforgettable journey of discovery and remembrance awaits you on a sojourn to Northern France on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. Tonight is your Overnight Flight from the US to Europe.
Day 2 – Sep 12, 2019: London, England – Tour Begins: Welcome to London! Discover the city’s rich historical relationship with World War II. This evening dine amongst history as you meet your fellow travelers for dinner in the iconic Borough Market.
Day 3 – Sep 13, 2019: London, England – Uncover London’s myriad connections to WWII on an expert-guided walk. In Westminster, see iconic London sights including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, and Parliament. Then, go underground to the place history was made: the Churchill War Rooms. Navigate a labyrinth of corridors hidden under the streets of Westminster that sheltered Winston Churchill and his war cabinet from the bombing raids while they planned for victory. This afternoon you may take an optional excursion to Windsor Castle: originally built to guard the city of London, and the home of kings and queens for nine centuries, Windsor Castle was also used as a secret refuge for the royal family during WWII.
Day 4 – Sep 14, 2019: London – Paris, France – Caen: Whisk away from London to Paris on board the high-speed Eurostar train. Arrive in Paris and embark on a drive that delivers you to Normandy by way of the French countryside. Stop at Pegasus Bridge, featured in The Longest Day. This vital structure across the Caen Canal was captured by the heroic British 6th Airborne Division in the opening hours of the invasion, making it the most famous mission of Britain’s airborne division.
Day 5 -Sep 15, 2019: Caen – D-Day Landing Sites – Caen: Immerse yourself in the history of Normandy’s beaches – the site of the largest amphibious invasion in history. Visit Juno and Sword Beach, where Canadian and British soldiers sacrificed their lives among a deluge of air attacks, naval bombardments, and land offenses. Continue on to Arromanche-les-Bains to view the Mulberry Harbor, one of the greatest engineering feats of WWII and a massive coup for the Allies. Visit the Bayeux Cemetery and Memorial – the largest WWII cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France. Pay respect to the 1,800 men of the Commonwealth land forces that perished and have no known grave. Next, explore the Memorial de Caen (Peace Museum) dedicated to providing a comprehensive history of the D-Day landings and Europe’s post-war transition.
Day 6 – Sep 16, 2019: Caen – D-Day Landing Sites – Caen: Set out for the Normandy American Cemetery and visit the cemetery grounds, the memorial, and the visitor’s center. Visit two U.S. landing zones of the invasion of Normandy: Omaha Beach and this afternoon, Utah Beach. Discover Pointe du Hoc, a strategic German battery that defended Utah and Omaha beaches from the Allied invasion, where craters from cataclysmic bombings occupy the landscape to this day. At the Airborne Museum, learn the unique history of the paratroopers in the city of Saint-Mere-Eglise.
Day 7 – Sep 17, 2019: Caen – Reims: On a meditative drive to Reims, stop in Compiegne and the Memorial of Internment and Deportation, dedicated to the 40,000 people deported to German camps. Later, arrive in Reims, the city where the World War II treaty was signed. Enjoy some free time, and consider a visit to the Square des Victimes de la Gestapo.
Day 8 – Sep 18, 2019: Reims – Paris: Before departing Reims, stop at Musée de la Reddition, the former schoolhouse where German officers signed a declaration of unconditional surrender. Afterward, an elevated dining experience highlights the region’s reputation for great cuisine and champagne. Raise a glass to Reims before arriving in Paris. Spend the afternoon at leisure and discover for yourself why this is truly one of the world’s great cities.
Day 9 -Sep 19, 2019: Paris: On the streets of Paris this morning, a local expert leads you on a walk through time of a WWII-themed tour of the city. From the Vel d’Hiv, Hotel de Ville, Grand Palais, Invalides, Ecole Militaire, Pantheon, Luxembourg Gardens and Saint-Germaine-des-Pres, see the sites that tell the story of the liberation of Paris and what life was like under the German occupation. This afternoon you may join an optional tour of the Louvre, or spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, bid farewell to Paris during an incredible meal inside one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, the Eiffel Tower.