Normandy Tours, Inc.
The 70th Anniversary Normandy Tour, June 1st to 8th, 2014
The tour will start from our Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport hotel on the evening Sunday, June 1st.
June 1st, Sunday. Our tour members arrive throughout the day at our CDG Airport hotel via courtesy bus and gather at 7 PM for cocktails and our "Welcome Dinner".
June 5th, Thursday.
June 2rd, Monday. Our luxury coach carries us north along the Seine to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel's headquarters in Roche Guyon, through Giverny to the Normandy battle fields and the British Airborne landings at the eastern end of the 77 day Normandy campaign area. We will visit Pegasus Bridge, the British Airborne Museum, possibly meet Madame Arlette Gondree-Pritchard at the first liberated home-cafe, General Gale's Ranville church HQ and the nostalgic British airborne cemetery, the Merville Battery Museum and German pillboxes overlooking the British Sword Beach. On to Bayeux mid town hotel check-in for five nights. Bayeux is an outstanding picturesque, gourmand, 12th century city untouched by bombs, shellfire or small arms fire. Dinner at hotel
June 3rd, Tuesday. Today we'll tour British-Canadian beaches and battle sites. These forces were equal in size to the Americans but had four times as many tanks as their battles were pitted against seven powerful, experienced German Panzer (tank) divisions. Dinner at the Rapiere Restaurant
June 4th, Wednesday. The roads will be very busy with wartime vehicles and re-enactors from around the world. Dressed in the uniforms of that day you will feel you are part of a Hollywood movie set. We'll visit the Arromanches Normandy Museum, Longues Battery bunkers and blockhouses of Hitler's "impenetrable Atlantic Wall" commanding Omaha Beach, it's emotional massive US cemetery, the beach as depicted in "Private Ryan" and "The Longest Day" and the 120 foot high Pointe du Hoc cliff scaled by the US Rangers. There is much to see throughout the area all day. Dinner in Bayeux on your own.
Traveling south west we'll visit the hard fought Martinville Ridge (Hill 192) overlooking the 88% destroyed City of St. Lo restored to its previous grandeur. This will lead us to the famous Abbey of Mont St. Michel (guided tour) built on an island one mile off shore, started in 944 AD, and the separation point of Normandy and Brittany. It is also the area where General George C. Patton's Third Army having successfully broken through the German lines made an end run around the German western defenses. This will be a very full day returning to our Bayeux hotel for dinner
June 6th, Friday.
D-DAY (which was Tuesday in 1944). We'll travel to the Utah Beach-Ste. Mere Eglise
area on the Contentin Peninsula to study a dozen battle sites and witness commemorative ceremonies. Re-enactors will exhibit period equipment and uniforms. The towns will be decorated with memorabilia, American and French flags. Visit the Utah Beach Museum
the Airborne Museum
and the Crisbecq Battery Museum
. There maybe a parachute jump by 82nd Airborne paras into the same farmland as 70 years ago.You will witness the festivities and meet numerous original veterans. Dinner at hotel.
We check out of our hotel and travel south east to the campaign closing battle sites from Falaise to Vimoutiers with numerous historically significant stops. This will bring us back to our CDG Airport hotel for our "Farewell Dinner
June 8th, Sunday.
The hotel airport bus will take us to our respective airline departure terminals for return to the US or on going connections.
Summarizing and cost included:
30+ battle sites, A/C Luxury Motorcoach, 7 nights hotels, 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners, 6 museums and a Mont St Michel Abbey walking tour. All tips included except one for the coach driver.
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