WWII, D-Day Landing Beaches & Battle Of Normandy

On June 6, 1944, otherwise known as D-Day, Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy and gained a foothold in the fight against Nazi Germany. On this WWII D-Day Landing Beaches & Battle of Normandy tour, you’ll visit some of the beaches where the battles took place as well as some of the museums and cemeteries that are a tribute to the Allied forces. Your tour begins and ends in Paris with two overnights also in Caen, where you’ll visit the Memorial Museum for Peace.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Le Jardins du Marais

Day 2: Paris – Caen – Arromanches-Les-Bains – Caen

At 8 am, leave Paris and enjoy a pleasant drive to Caen. Here, visit the Memorial Museum For Peace with its exhibits, films, and gardens. Next is Arromanches, for a film screening at the Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema. Also see the remains of the Mulberry Harbor in the bay, a temporary harbour built by the Allies to quickly offload men and cargo onto the beaches during the invasion of Normandy. Continue to Arromanches-les-Bains and visit the D-Day Museum, and to Longuessur- Mer to see the German artillery bunkers. Return to Caen.

Hotel: Mercure Centre, 2 nights

Day 3: Caen – Excursion To The Landing Beaches

This morning, drive to Utah Beach to see the Memorials and visit the Museum. Then, in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, visit the Airborne Museum, next to the church where Private John Steele’s parachute got caught in one of the steeples, as portrayed in the movie The Longest Day. Next is Pointe Du Hoc Ranger Monument, and Omaha Beach, with a visit to the nearby American Military Cemetery & Memorial.

Day 4: Caen – Beny-Sur-Mer – Landing Beaches – Ranville – Paris

Today, start with a visit to the Canadian Cemetery in Beny-sur-Mer. Arrive at the Juno Beach centre, visit the exhibition, the bunker, and the Memorial to the Canadians. In nearby Bernieres-sur-Mer, take pictures of the Canada House, before continuing to Ranville, where you visit the Memorial Pegasus Museum and see the original bridge. Return to Paris.

Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse

Day 5: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 17$2,309.00Price on Application
May: 01$2,389.00Price on Application
May: 15, 29$2,439.00Price on Application
June: 12$2,439.00Price on Application
June: 26$2,569.00Price on Application
July: 10$2,309.00Price on Application
July: 24$2,199.00Price on Application
August: 07$2,199.00Price on Application
August: 21$2,309.00Price on Application
September: 04$2,389.00Price on Application
September: 18$2,309.00Price on Application
Inclusions 
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport:Deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 4 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Grand Tour of France

You’ve seen photos of the Eiffel Tower—now’s your time to see it in person. You’ve studied and read about D-Day’s Normandy Beaches—now’s your chance to visit them. You’ve heard about France’s famous wines—now’s your chance to see the wine-growing region in Bordeaux. All of this and much more are included on this Grand Tour of France that starts and ends in Paris.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 01: Arrive In Paris, France

Check into your hotel and spend free time strolling around Paris’ avenues. Tonight, meet your Tour Director and fellow travellers.

Hotel: Novotel 17

Day 02: Paris – Rouen – Honfleur – Caen

Drive first to the historical capital city of Normandy, Rouen-one of the most prosperous cities of medieval Europe. Walk through its centre, rich in gothic architecture. Next, visit lovely Honfleur, known for its picturesque port and houses with slatecovered facades. Continue to Caen.

Hotel: Ibis Ponte d’Angleterre

Day 03: Caen – Normandy Landing Beaches – Bayeux – Mont St. Michel

Time to see Caen before visiting the legendary beaches where Allied troops landed more than 75 years ago. Experience the most moving sites at Arromanches, St. Laurent, and the American Cemetery at Omaha. Next, journey to Bayeux, home to the famous tapestry depicting William the Conqueror’s epic battle in 1066 (entrance fee extra). Then, on to the unique beauty of Mont St. Michel, which stands on an island accessed via a causeway.

Hotel: Hotel Vert

Day 04: Mont St. Michel – Angers – Chateaux Country

Time to enjoy a visit of Mont St. Michel before departing for Angers to visit its Cathedral. Then, travel along the banks of the Loire River to reach the enchanting Chateaux Country. This evening, join an optional dinner at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Novotel at Amboise, 2 nights

Day 05: Chateaux Country

Spend the day at leisure or participate in an optional excursion to see some of the most spectacular castles of the Loire, steeped in the history of noblemen and kings since the 11th century. Gothic spires, medieval turrets, great fortresses, and beautiful chateaux make for splendid panoramas.

Day 06: Chateaux Country – La Rochelle – Bordeaux

This morning spend some time in the picturesque town of La Rochelle, situated on the Atlantic coast, followed by a scenic drive through the Bordeaux wine region. Stop for Wine Tasting at one of the celebrated cellars. Next, enjoy an orientation walk of the city centre of Bordeaux.

Hotel: Qualitu Centre

Day 07: Bordeaux – Dordogne – Rocamadour – Toulouse

Discover one of France’s most scenic regions, the Dordogne. Stop in the dramatically located medieval town of Rocamadour, perched high upon a cliff. Continue southwards to Toulouse.

Hotel: Ibis Pont Jumeaux

Day 08: Toulouse – Carcassonne – Pont Du Gard – Avignon

Travel to Carcassonne for a walk in this well-preserved medieval town. Then, make a brief picture stop at the famous Pont Du Gard before reaching Avignon.

Hotel: Ibis Centre Pot de l’Europe

Day 09: Avignon – Arles – Aix-En-Provence – French Riviera

Visit Arles, known all over the world for the paintings of Van Gogh. Admire the famous Roman Amphitheatre, then continue to Aix-en-Provence to see its main street, the Cours Mirabeau, lined with plane trees in the French tradition. See its 17th-century palace, houses, and fountains. Finally, head to the French Riviera on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Hotel: Ibis Prmenade des Anglais at Nice, 2 nights

Day 10: French Riviera

Take time to enjoy all the amenities of the French Riviera on your own. Tonight, maybe join the optional Monte Carlo by night excursion to see the Principality of Monaco.

Day 11: French Riviera – Grasse – Lyon Area

First to Grasse to visit a traditional Perfume Workshop. See more of Provence and follow one of France’s great panoramic routes, which Napoleon took on his return from his exile in Elba in 1815. From Grenoble, join the expressway to the Lyon area.

Hotel: Parkest Hotel

Day 12: Lyon Area – Beaune – Paris

Travel through the picturesque vineyards and fields of Burgundy to medieval Beaune, the region’s wine capital since Roman times. Visit the famous Hotel-Dieu. Return to the French capital of Paris.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Paris Meteor Avenue d’Italie, 2 nights

Day 13: Paris

Discover the glorious ville lumieres with its many boulevards and monumental buildings. On your included sightseeing tour, a local expert will guide you through Parisian history, tradition, and modern living. Optional excursions are also available to complete your experience.

Day 14: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 12$3,169.00$3,793.00
April: 26$3,319.00$3,833.00
May: 10, 24$3,319.00$3,903.00
June: 07, 14, 21, 28$3,319.00$3,903.00
July: 05$3,319.00$3,853.00
July: 12, 19$3,269.00$3,853.00
August: 09$3,269.00$3,853.00
August: 28, 30$3,319.00$3,853.00
September:06, 13, 20, 27$3,319.00$3,903.00
October:04$3,319.00$3,803.00
October:11$3,169.00$3,743.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport:First Class air-conditioned motorcoach while touring
Accommodation: 13 nights accommodation
Guide:An expert Tour Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Normandy, Brittany & Chateaux Country

This France tour is the perfect way to see the highlights of Paris plus Brittany, the Loire Valley, and the World War II landing beaches in Normandy in a short amount of time. Beautiful scenery combined with famous landmarks, charming châteaux, and fascinating history sum up this tour—with overnights in Paris, elegant Deauville, Caen, Mont St. Michel, and the Loire Valley.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Arrive In Paris, France

Welcome to Paris! At 5:30 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, and leave the hotel for a welcome dinner at a local restaurant and an orientation drive for a first impression of this magnificent city.

Hotel: Le Méridien Etoile, 2 nights

Day 2: Paris

In the morning, an optional excursion to the impressive Palace and Gardens of Versailles, built by the “Sun King,” Louis XIV, is available. Sightseeing with a Local Guide features the Opera, Madeleine, Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, and Notre Dame Cathedral. Visit the impressive Courtyard of Les Invalides, a complex of buildings, originally built as a home and hospital for war veterans, which houses various museums as well as the Dome Church, burial place of Napoleon. Later, dinner and a lively cabaret show at one of Paris’ nightclubs might just be the ticket!

Day 3: Paris – Giverny – Rouen – Deauville

In Giverny, a highlight visit has been included to Claude Monet’s House And Gardens. The master of Impressionism created the flower- and water gardens himself, an inspiration for his famous water lily series. Continue to Rouen and admire the facade of the cathedral, which was one of Monet’s favourite subjects for his Series Paintings, where he captured how a subject was visually influenced by the ever-changing light. Twenty paintings of the cathedral existed, and many are today in Paris’ Orsay Museum. Time to stroll along the lovely cobblestoned Rue du Gros-Horloge leading to the square where Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. Arrive in Deauville, the seaside resort famous for its international film festival that became home to the French high society. Don’t forget to walk the Promenade des Planches, boards in tropical wood, built in 1923 so that the elegant ladies could walk on the beach without spoiling their dresses.

Hotel: Royal Barrière

Day 4: Deauville – Normandy Beaches – Caen

Focus on the scene of the Allied Forces’ landing on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Stop first at Pointe Du Hoc, then Omaha Beach to visit the Cemetery and see the Monument to the Braves. Continue onto Gold Beach for a view of the Mulberry Harbor remains at Arromanches; at Juno Beach see Canada House, before taking pictures of the Pegasus Bridge. Proceed to Caen for your overnight stay.

Hotel: Mercure Centre

Day 5: Caen – Bayeux – Mont St. Michel

In Bayeux, admire Queen Matilda’s Tapestry, depicting in extraordinary detail William the Conqueror’s conquest of England. Time to further explore the town centre before continuing to the Gulf of Saint-Malo. Look forward to a guided visit of the famous Abbey Of Mont St. Michel, with a history going back to the 8th century and spectacularly perched on a rocky isle. Overnight on the coast near Mont St. Michel.

Hotel: Mercure Mont St. Michel

Day 6: Mont St. Michel – Châteaubriant – Angers – Loire Valley

Drive straight across Brittany to Angers, and take pictures of the impressive 13th-century castle. Then, continue your journey to the Loire Valley. Tonight, why not sample French cuisine at one of the area’s excellent restaurants?

Hotel: Océania L’Univers at Tours, 2 nights

Day 7: Loire Valley – Excursion to Châteaux Country

A wonderful day: visit two of the most important castles in the area. Start with the jewel of the French Renaissance, Chateau Chambord, the largest castle in the Loire Valley, originally built to serve as a hunting lodge for Francis I. Next is the 16th-century chateau of Catherine de Medici, lovely Chenonceau. End this fascinating day with a Wine Tasting at the Pere Auguste wine cellar in Civray de Touraine to learn about the local wines before returning to your hotel.

Day 8: Loire Valley – Chartres – Paris

Return to Paris, with the possibility to join optional excursions to the magnificent Louvre Museum and to the artists’ hill of Montmartre, followed by a relaxing cruise on the beautiful Seine River, as a proper au revoir, Paris.

Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse

Day 9: Depart Paris

Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 04$3,599.00Price on Application
April: 11$3,749.00Price on Application
April: 18, 25$3,719.00Price on Application
May: 02, 09$3,719.00Price on Application
May: 16, 23, 30$3,749.00Price on Application
June: 06$3,679.00Price on Application
June: 13$3,749.00Price on Application
June: 20$3,779.00Price on Application
June: 27$3,749.00Price on Application
July: 18$3,629.00Price on Application
August: 15$3,629.00Price on Application
September: 05, 12, 19$3,819.00Price on Application
September: 26$3,989.00Price on Application
October: 03$3,889.00Price on Application

Inclusions 
Meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Transport: Luxury air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 7 nights accommodation
Guide: An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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