Retrace the events of D-Day from London to Normandy to Paris.
- Follow the path of the Allied forces from Portsmouth, England to the shores of Normandy, France. Step back in time at important World War II sites in London.
- Then cross the English Channel, delving into the poignant events of June 1944 with a military historian.
- Stroll the legendary beaches including Canada's Juno Beach and Juno Beach Centre, the cratered cliff-top at Pointe du Hoc, and visit villages that still bear the vestiges of war.
- This is an America-centric tour, but does include Canada's Juno Beach and a unique, London DDay portion of the tour other Landing Beach tours do not.
- On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, pay your respects to fallen heroes during a commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial ** on departures that include the actual anniversary date
- A military historian joins our expedition, providing expert insight on the logistics of the Allied assault on Normandy.
- Walk along the infamous Omaha beach with a local historian, and get an in-depth perspective on the historic coastal landings and air invasion by American and Allied forces and visit UK and Canada's Juno Beach.
- Get a behind-the-scenes look at Normandy’s artillery batteries, and stand inside the German gun pits on Pointe du Hoc.
From $6995 USD
Light Activity- includes 6-hour English Channel ferry crossing
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Maximum Group Size: 25
- May 21-28, 2019
- Jun 18-25, 2019
- Sep 3-10, 2019
- Sep 17-24, 2019
Itinerary May 30-June 7
- Upon arrival in London, check in to our centrally located hotel.
- The afternoon begins in the Churchill War Rooms, a fortified bunker deep underneath Whitehall from which Winston Churchill directed the British war effort. Wander through the rooms—and the adjacent Churchill Museum—and examine maps, telephones, and items from Churchill's life.
- Following our tour, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner in the Churchill War Rooms.
- Set out on a tour of London’s highlights including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and Trafalgar Square. Explore the decks of the H.M.S. Belfast, now part of the Imperial War Museum; and visit Norfolk House, where much of the planning for D-Day took place.
- This morning, immerse yourself in a world of intrigue and espionage at Bletchley Park and discover the story behind the Enigma code breakers, who successfully deciphered the encryption used by the Wehrmacht.
- Later, travel south to Portsmouth. At the D-Day Museum, examine the Overlord Embroidery—a stunning handcrafted depiction of the D-Day events that stretches some 270 feet—and see a replica of the map General Eisenhower used to plot Allied positions.
- Later, take a tour of Southwick House, the former headquarters of the Allied commanders.
- This morning, cross the English Channel by ferry.
- Visit the Pegasus Memorial Bridge and Museum—dedicated to the men of the 6th British Airborne Division.
- Then walk in the footsteps of thousands of soldiers at Juno Beach and Gold Beach, two of the five landing points for the Allied invasion.
- Take in the German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer, built by the Wehrmacht at a strategic point overlooking the English Channel—and later disabled by Allied bombardments.
- Explore the village of Sainte-Mère-Église, where the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division paratroopers dropped from the sky in a hail of gunfire on the night of June 5.
- View the church steeple upon which one unlucky paratrooper was entangled for hours, and visit the village's remarkable museum.
- Continue west to La Fière bridge, site of an important D-Day battle led by the 82nd Airborne Division.
- Visit a memorial established in memory of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division—known as E or Easy Company—which eliminated a German artillery position at Brécourt Manor during a pivotal moment in the invasion.
- Then venture into the field where Easy Company Commander Thomas Meehan and his crew perished when their C-47 crashed under enemy fire—an event dramatically recounted in Stephen E. Ambrose’s Band of Brothers.
- After lunch, explore Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, one of the first villages to be liberated in the D-Day invasion.
- Continue to Utah Beach, site of one of the two American amphibious landings in the early hours of D-Day, and take an afternoon tour of its museum.
- Begin the day with a visit the 11th-century Cathedral of Bayeux, a gem of Norman-Romanesque architecture, and see the Bayeux Tapestry.
- Then explore one of the most dramatic sites along the Normandy: Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Rangers used hooks and ropes to scale cliffs some 100 feet high in order to destroy key German gun positions.
- Walk along cliff-top pathways still cratered by mortar blasts, and venture into the concrete bunkers from which German forces unleashed a barrage of artillery fire.
- Wander along Omaha Beach, site of the bloodiest fighting of the invasion day.
- Trace the history of the Vierville Draw, which was a German stronghold and an important objective for Allied forces to clear, and see remnants of German bunkers and fortifications along the Atlantic Wall.
- At the American Military Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, pay your respects to fallen heroes by laying a wreath.
- Take in the poignant sight of row upon row of small white grave markers stretching across acres.
- On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, attend a commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach.
- In attendance will be surviving WWII veterans, heads of state, senior military officers, and other dignitaries.
- This afternoon, drive to Paris and gather for a farewell dinner.
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