The 75th Anniversary Normandy Tour, June 23rd to June 30th, 2019
The tour will start from our Paris, Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport hotel at dinner, Sunday, June 23rd
June 23rd, Sunday. Our tour guests arrive throughout the day at our CDG airport hotel via the hotel courtesy bus and gather at 6:45 PM for socializing and our “Welcome Dinner”.
June 24th, Monday. Our luxury travel coach carries us north along the Seine River to Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s headquarters in la 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, General Gale’s Ranville church HQ,Arromanches Circle Cinema 360 theater, the nostalgic British airborne cemetery, the Merville Battery Museum and German pillboxes overlooking the British Sword Beach. Dinner in Avranches on own. Then on to Vienne en Bessin (near Bayeux) and check-in for five nights in our quiet, secluded Bed and Breakfast. WiFi-but no television!
June 25th, Tuesday. Today we’ll tour the British-Canadian beaches (Sword, Juno, Gold) and battle sites ( These Allied 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 into this areas’ open fields where the allied tanks combined with our air forces and artillery would decimate the enemy forces. Dinner in Bayeux, on your own, in one of the many nearby restaurants with English menus. After Dinner, we will visit the Cathedral and the tree of liberty
June 26th, Wednesday (which was Tuesday in 1944).
We’ll visit th Longues Battery bunkers and blockhouses of Hitler’s “impenetrable Atlantic Wall” commanding Omaha Beach, the emotional massive US cemetery at Colleville sur Mer, Here are the 1st Division landing beaches as depicted in “Private Ryan” and “The Longest Day.” Overlord Museum 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. Vierville Museum. Dinner on own in Vierville, and a walk at low tide (about 7 PM) onto the beaches that the 29th Infantry Division Landed and then the 2nd Division on the 7th.
June 27th, Thursday . We’ll travel to the Utah Beach–Ste. Mere Eglise area on the Cherbourg peninsula to study a dozen battle sites. . We’ll visit La Barquette Lock, Angoville-au-Plain church, the Utah Beach Museum, Meziers crossroads, the Church itself and the newly expanded Airborne Museum at Ste. Mere Eglise, la Fiere Causeway, Iron Mike Monument Hill 30, Chef du Pont, Deadman’s Corner at St. Come du Mont and Carentan. Dinner on own in Carentan
Friday, June 28th Traveling south west we’ll visit the hard fought Town of Trevieres and then on to the hamlet of Saint Germaine d’Elle, where the incredible story of SSgt John Simonetti unfolds-the last MIA of Normandy found after 66 years.. 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, made an end run around the enemy defenses there Dinner on own near Vienne en Bessin
Saturday, June 29th We check-out of our 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 previous CDG airport hotel for our last evening and “Farewell Dinner.”
June 30th, Sunday 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, 2 dinners, 6 museums All tips included except one for the coach driver (who also handles our luggage). Lunches and Dinners while in Normandy are on own. We will be eating at French Restaurants-no Fast-Food
Michael Grams (host, lecturer)
Please note that itinerary is subject to change to ensure you the best possible experience
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