Featuring the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landing
July 17 — July 26, 2019 • 10 Days • 12 Meals
London & Paris WWII Themed City Tours, Churchill War Rooms, Eurostar Train, Pegasus Bridge, Caen, Arromanche-les-Baines, Juno Beach, Sword Beach, Bayeux Cemetery & Memorial, Caen Memorial Peace Museum, Normandy American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Airborne Museum, Memorial of Internment and Deportation, Reims, Musée de la Reddition, Eiffel Tower Dinner
Itinerary at a Glance
|Day 1||Overnight Flight|
|Day 2 – 3||Grange City Hotel, London|
|Day 4 – 6||Mercure Caen City Center-Port de Plaisance, Caen|
|Day 7||Hotel Mercure Reims Cathedral, Reims|
|Day 8 – 9||Le Meridien Etoile, Paris|
On some dates alternate hotels may be used.
Double $4,849 pp
Single $5,849 pp
* For bookings made after 11/18/2018 call for rates.
* Included in Price: Round Trip Air from Standiford Field, Air Taxes and Fees/Surcharges, Hotel Transfers
* Not Included in Price: Cancellation Waiver and Insurance of $315 per person
* All Rates are Per Person and are subject to change based on air inclusive package from SDF
An unforgettable journey of discovery and remembrance awaits you on a sojourn to Northern France on the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
Welcome to London! Discover the city’s rich historical relationship with World War II. This evening dine amongst history as you meet your fellow travelers for dinner in the iconic Borough Market.
Uncover London’s myriad connections to WWII on an expert-guided walk. In Westminster, see iconic London sights including Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, and Parliament. Then, go underground to the place history was made: the Churchill War Rooms. Navigate a labyrinth of corridors hidden under the streets of Westminster that sheltered Winston Churchill and his war cabinet from the bombing raids while they planned for victory. This afternoon you may take an optional excursion to Windsor Castle: originally built to guard the city of London, and the home of kings and queens for nine centuries, Windsor Castle was also used as a secret refuge for the royal family during WWII.
Whisk away from London to Paris on board the high-speed Eurostar train. Arrive in Paris and embark on a drive that delivers you to Normandy by way of the French countryside. Stop at Pegasus Bridge, featured in The Longest Day. This vital structure across the Caen Canal was captured by the heroic British 6th Airborne Division in the opening hours of the invasion, making it the most famous mission of Britain’s airborne division.
Immerse yourself in the history of Normandy’s beaches – the site of the largest amphibious invasion in history. Visit Juno and Sword Beach, where Canadian and British soldiers sacrificed their lives among a deluge of air attacks, naval bombardments, and land offenses. Continue on to Arromanche-les-Bains to view the Mulberry Harbor, one of the greatest engineering feats of WWII and a massive coup for the Allies. Visit the Bayeux Cemetery and Memorial – the largest WWII cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France. Pay respect to the 1,800 men of the Commonwealth land forces that perished and have no known grave. Next, explore the Memorial de Caen (Peace Museum) dedicated to providing a comprehensive history of the D-Day landings and Europe’s post-war transition.
Set out for the Normandy American Cemetery and visit the cemetery grounds, the memorial, and the visitor’s center. Visit two U.S. landing zones of the invasion of Normandy: Omaha Beach and this afternoon, Utah Beach. Discover Pointe du Hoc, a strategic German battery that defended Utah and Omaha beaches from the Allied invasion, where craters from cataclysmic bombings occupy the landscape to this day. At the Airborne Museum, learn the unique history of paratroopers in the city of Saint-Mère-Église.
On a meditative drive to Reims, stop in Compiegne and the Memorial of Internment and Deportation, dedicated to the 40,000 people deported to German camps. Later, arrive in Reims, the city where the World War II treaty was signed. Enjoy some free time, and consider a visit to the Square des Victimes de la Gestapo.
Before departing Reims, stop at Musée de la Reddition, the former schoolhouse where German officers signed a declaration of unconditional surrender. Afterward, an elevated dining experience highlights the region’s reputation for great cuisine and champagne. Raise a glass to Reims before arriving in Paris. Spend the afternoon at leisure and discover for yourself why this is truly one of the world’s great cities.
On the streets of Paris this morning, a local expert leads you on a walk through time on a WWII-themed tour of the city. From the Vel d’Hiv, Hôtel de Ville, Grand Palais, Invalides, Ecole Militaire, Panthéon, Luxembourg Gardens and Saint-Germaine-des-Prés, see the sites that tell the story of the liberation of Paris and what life was like under German occupation. This afternoon you may join an optional tour of the Louvre, or spend the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, bid farewell to Paris during an incredible meal inside one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, the Eiffel Tower.
Your tour comes to a close today.
Windsor Castle • $65pp
Step into the formal world of the British Monarchy when you visit the stately and expansive Windsor Castle. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II uses Windsor as both a private home and as a Royal residence where formal duties of state are performed. Windsor’s 1,000 rooms comprise the largest inhabited castle in the world. It dates back to the 1070s, when William the Conqueror built the original wooden structure, now replaced by the grand stone edifices. Explore one of Britain’s most visited historic buildings, its precincts, and the State Apartments, which house a delightful collection of Royal art treasures. Enjoy time for lunch in the quaint town of Windsor before heading back to London. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the castle that houses so much British history and lore is not to be missed! Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
The Louvre Museum • $110pp
Join us for a guided tour of the world-renowned Louvre Museum. Begin your exploration of the museum by entering through I. M. Pei’s famous Louvre Pyramid, a magnificent glass pyramid rising out of the courtyard of the Louvre. A local expert will provide commentary as you venture through the countless masterpieces that line the halls of the museum, including the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa. This option must be purchased and reserved no later than 30 days prior to tour departure date. It may not be available for purchase while on tour. The Louvre Museum option is not available on the first Sunday of each month. Space is limited on some date Duration: Approximately 3 hours. Please note a minimum of 20 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
An Evening in Paris • $110pp
This is your night! Your evening begins with dinner at a traditional restaurant, tucked away in the medieval streets of the Latin Quarter. Enjoy a French feast with unlimited wine accompanied by the strains of local musicians. As you bask in the warm hospitable glow, sit back, relax and soak up some authentic French culture. Complete your experience at Montparnasse Tower, the tallest skyscraper in Paris. Ascend to the 56th floor viewing level and head outside to the open roof terrace for an unrivaled view of the city. From this magical vantage point you will surely understand how Paris came by its name “The City of Light.” Duration: Approximately 4.5 hours. Please note a minimum of 20 passengers is required. Transportation is included.
Book Now rates valid until Nov 18, 2018, valid on air inclusive packages only.
Economy air rate and schedule are applicable for groups of 10 or more traveling on the same flights and dates.
To complete your tour, we include roundtrip airport-to-hotel transfers when purchasing our airfare with your tour. If you have arranged for your own air, we are pleased to provide you the option of purchasing these transfers. Please note that all transfers will leave at pre-scheduled times.
Included breakfasts in France are French buffet breakfasts.
Single accommodations and twin beds are limited and available on a first come, first served basis. Guests requesting a twin bed room for double occupancy may be accommodated in a queen bed. Triple accommodations are not available due to hotel restrictions.
Days of features are interchangeable.
Museums and monuments may not be accessible due to unforeseen closures.
Please be advised many airlines do not provide advance seat assignments until check-in at the airport. Advance seating will be subject to the airline’s terms and conditions.
This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.
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