2013 TOUR ITINERARY
Normandy Tours, Inc.
The Normandy Tour June 2nd to 9th, 2013
Tour Highlights: Field Marshal Rommel's Headquarters, Pegasus Bridge, Madame Gondree, Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah Beaches, American Cemetery, Ste Mere Eglise, la Fiere Causeway, Carentan, St.Lo, Hill 192, Closing the Falaise Pocket and the 11th century Mont St Michel Abbey.
( All told 30+ battle sites )
D-Day, June 6th, 69th Anniversary, 2013, will fall onThursday. The tour will start from the Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) Airport hotel on the evening Sunday, June 2nd.
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June 2nd, Sunday. Our tour members arrive throughout the day at our CDG Airport hotel and gather at 7 PM for cocktails and our "Welcome Dinner".
June 3rd, 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 campaign area. We will visit Pegasus Bridge, the British Airborne Museum, meet Arlette Gondree at the first liberated (Gondree) home and Cafe, General Gale's Ranville church HQ and the nostalgic British airborne cemetery, the Merville Battery and German pillboxes overlooking the British Sword Beach. On to the largest Norman city, Caen, 88% destroyed in the battles of June and July, '44. We'll be staying at the modern Adagio Hotel for five nights. Our group dinner will be nearby.
June 4th, 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 together in Caen.
June 5th, 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 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 scaled by the Rangers. There is much to see throughout the area all day. Dinner in Caen on your own.
June 6th, Thursday. 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. There maybe a parachute jump by 82nd Airborne paras into the same farmland as 69 years ago.You will witness the festivities and meet numerous original veterans.
June 7th, Friday. 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, 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 Caen for a group dinner
June 8th,Saturday. 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 9th, 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 tour. All tips included except one for the coach driver.
Price per person double occupancy $2695 (no change from 2008)
Single person supplement $790
A list of guests contact references is available upon request
Direct contact information:
Carlton Joyce,, author - lecturer
"Stand Where They Fought"
cell 404-357-5343 (leave a message for a call back)