The 73rd Anniversary Normandy Tour, June 2nd to 9th, 2017. The tour will start from our Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport hotel at dinner, Friday, June 2nd.
June 2nd Friday. Our tour members arrive throughout the day at our CDG airport hotel via the hotel courtesy bus and gather at 6:45 PM for cocktails and our “Welcome Dinner”.
June 3th, Saturday. Our 44 seater travel coach carries us north along the Seine River to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s headquarters in Roche Guyon, through Giverny to the Normandy battlefields and the British Airborne Division’s landing zones 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, the nostalgic British airborne cemetery, the Merville Battery Sound and Light Museum and German pillboxes overlooking the British Sword Beach. Late afternoon to Bayeux mid town Grande Luxembourg 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 4th, Sunday. Today we’ll tour the British-Canadian beaches (Sword, Juno, Gold) and battle sites (Berniers sur Mer, Courseulles, Hill 112, Villers Bocage, Abbey d’Ardennes). These forces were numerically equal in size to the Americans but had four times as many tanks as the battle strategy was to force the Germans to commit their panzers onto open fields where the allied tanks combined with our air forces and artillery could decimate the enemy forces. Dinner at La Rapiere Restaurant (verifiably the best restaurant in Normandy)
June 5th, Monday. The roads will be very busy with wartime vehicles and re-enactors from around the world. Surrounded by the uniforms of that day you will feel you are part of a Hollywood movie set. We’ll visit the newly opened Overlord Museum, Arromanches Circle Cinema 360 theater, 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 cliffs scaled by the US Rangers. There is much to see through out the area all day. Dinner in Bayeux, on your own, in one of the many nearby restaurants with English menus.
June 6th, Tuesday. D-DAY (which was Tuesday in 1944). We’ll travel to the Utah Beach–Ste. Mere Eglise area on the Cherbourg peninsula to study a dozen battle sites. Re-enactors will exhibit period equipment and uniforms. The towns will be abundantly decorated with memorabilia and allied flags. We’ll visit La Barquette Lock, Angoville-au-Plain church, the Utah Beach Museum, Meziers crossroads, Ste Mere Eglise, the Airborne Museum, la Fiere causeway, Hill 30, Chef du Pont, Deadman’s Corner and Carentan. There maybe a demonstration parachute jump into the same farmland as 72 years ago.You will witness the festivities and mingle amongst numerous campaign veterans. Dinner at hotel.
June 7th, Wednesday. Traveling south west we’ll visit the hard fought Martinville Ridge (Hill 192) overlooking the 88% destroyed City of St. Lo. There are several significant sites to visit before departing this rebuilt modern city. We’ll move on to Mont Huisine and the magnificent Abbey of Mont St. Michel (guided walking tour) built on an island a mile off shore started in 944 AD and the political separation point of Normandy and Brittany. It is also the area where General George C. Patton’s Third Army following up on the army’s successfully break through the German lines west of St. Lo to make an end run around the enemy defenses. lt’ll be a very full day returning to our Bayeux hotel for dinner.
June 8th, Thursday. We check-out of our Bayeux hotel and travel south east to the Normandy campaign closing battle sites Falaise, St Lambert sur Dives, Moissy Crossing, Chambois, Coudehard to Vimoutiers. This will lead us back to our CDG airport hotel for our last evening and “Farewell Dinner.”
June 9th, Friday. The hotel courtesy van 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 Motor coach, 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 (who also handles our luggage).
Carlton Joyce, (host, lecturer and author “Stand Where They Fought”)
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Normandy Tours Inc.,
1525 Grayson Hwy
Grayson, GA 30017-1916 (Atlanta suburb)
This is a pilgrimage to learn and honor our veterans as heroes past and present.
Thank you for your interest and participation.
Double occupancy $2595 (per person)
Deposit required of $250 per person.
Air fare not included. Best deals and FF seats available by reserving early.
The beneficial currency exchange rate has reduced the price 10-15%