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.
 
National Geographic Expedition Overview
  • 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.
 

8 Days

From $6995 USD

Light Activity- includes 6-hour English Channel ferry crossing

Premium Service Level

Maximum Group Size: 25

 
Accommodations
Throughout the trip, we stay in ideally located, high-end hotels with many amenities.

Expedition Team
A National Geographic expert accompanies each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective, and local guides join us along the way.

** Itinerary Variations:
The May 30-June 7, 2019 and June 2-10, 2019 are 9-day programs and include a day at the June 6th DDay Anniversary commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
 
 Other departure dates follow a slightly different itinerary with most of the same elements except Anniversary commemorations.

OTHER DEPARTURE DATES IN 2019
Some departures are already waitlisted – book today to ensure you are on the ground in Normandy on the 75th anniversary year of DDay!
  • May 21-28, 2019
  • Jun 18-25, 2019
  • Sep 3-10, 2019
  • Sep 17-24, 2019

 


Itinerary May 30-June 7


Day 1: LONDON, ENGLAND
  • 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.
Meals Included:Dinner
Accommodations:The Royal Horseguards

Day 2: LONDON
  • 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast
Accommodations:The Royal Horseguards

Day 3: PORTSMOUTH
  • 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Southampton Harbour Hotel

Day 4: NORMANDY, FRANCE
  • 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hôtel d’Argouges or Ferme de la Ranconniere

Day 5: SAINTE-MÈRE-ÉGLISE/SAINTE-MARIE-DU-MONT/UTAH BEACH
  • 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hôtel d’Argouges or Ferme de la Ranconniere

Day 6: BAYEUX/POINTE DU HOC
  • 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hôtel d’Argouges or Ferme de la Ranconniere

Day 7: OMAHA BEACH/COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER
  • 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:Hotel Royal

Day 8: D-DAY ANNIVERSARY
  • 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.
Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:Hôtel Edouard 7 or Hôtel Royal Saint-Honoré

Day 9: PARIS
After breakfast, transfer to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
Meals Included:Breakfast
 
 
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