Remembering D-Day
From London To Paris - 8 Nights

Departing from:
London
Destination:
Paris
Duration:
8 Nights
Travel Dates:
31/05/22 to 20/09/22
Offer Expires:
28/08/22
Tour Operator:
National Geographic Expeditions
Reference Code:
STN1455963

From

US$7,295

Price per person

Package Details

Overview

Join National Geographic Expeditions and retrace the events of D-Day, following the path of the Allied forces from Portsmouth, England to the shores of Normand, France. Step back in time at important World War II sites in London. Then cross the English Channel, delving into the poignant events of June 1944 with a military historian. Stroll the legendary beaches and the crated cliff-top at Pointe du Hoc, and visit villages that still bear the vestiges of war.

Details

 

DAY 1: LONDON, ENGLAND
Arrive at Heathrow Airport (LHR) in London and transfer to our centrally located hotel. The afternoon
begins in the Churchill War Rooms, a fortified bunker deep underneath Whitehall from which Winston
Churchill directed the British war effort. Wander through the rooms—and the adjacent Churchill
Museum—and examine maps, telephones, and items from Churchill’s life. This evening, enjoy a
welcome reception and dinner.
Meals Included: Dinner
Accommodations: Kensington Hotel or Royal Horseguards Hotel
DAY 2: LONDON
Set out on a tour of London’s WWII highlights, passing historic monuments such as Buckingham Palace
and Westminster Abbey along the way. Explore the decks of the H.M.S. Belfast, now part of the Imperial
War Museum; and visit Norfolk House, where much of the planning for D-Day took place.
Meals Included: Breakfast
Accommodations: Kensington Hotel or Royal Horseguards Hotel
DAY 3: PORTSMOUTH
This morning, immerse yourself in a world of intrigue and espionage at Bletchley Park and discover the
story behind the Enigma code breakers, who successfully deciphered the encryption used by the
Wehrmacht. Later, travel south to Portsmouth. At the D-Day Museum, examine the Overlord
Embroidery—a stunning handcrafted depiction of the D-Day events that stretches some 270 feet—and
see a replica of the map General Eisenhower used to plot Allied positions. Later, take a tour of
Southwick House, the former headquarters of the Allied commanders.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Southampton Harbour Hotel or Hôtel du Vin
DAY 4: NORMANDY, FRANCE
This morning, cross the English Channel by ferry. Visit the Pegasus Memorial Bridge and Museum—
dedicated to the men of the 6th British Airborne Division. Then walk in the footsteps of thousands of
soldiers at Juno Beach and Gold Beach, two of the five landing points for the Allied invasion. Take in the
German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer, built by the Wehrmacht at a strategic point overlooking
the English Channel—and later disabled by Allied bombardments.
Meals Included: Breakfast, DinnerAccommodations: La Ferme de la Ranconniere or Riva Bella Hotel
DAY 5: SAINTE-MÈRE-ÉGLISE/SAINTE-MARIE-DU-MONT/UTAH BEACH
Explore the village of Sainte-Mère-Église, where the 82nd and 101st Airborne Division paratroopers
dropped from the sky in a hail of gunfire on the night of June 5. View the church steeple upon which one
unlucky paratrooper was entangled for hours, and visit the village’s remarkable museum. Continue west
to La Fière bridge, site of an important D-Day battle led by the 82nd Airborne Division. Visit a memorial
established in memory of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division—known
as E or Easy Company—which eliminated a German artillery position at Brécourt Manor during a pivotal
moment in the invasion. Then venture into the field where Easy Company Commander Thomas Meehan
and his crew perished when their C-47 crashed under enemy fire—an event dramatically recounted in
Stephen E. Ambrose’s Band of Brothers. After lunch, explore Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, one of the first
villages to be liberated in the D-Day invasion. Continue to Utah Beach, site of one of the two American
amphibious landings in the early hours of D-Day, and take an afternoon tour of its museum.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: La Ferme de la Ranconniere or Riva Bella Hotel
DAY 6: D-DAY ANNIVERSARY
On the anniversary of D-Day, attend a commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery
and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach. In attendance will be surviving WWII veterans, heads of state,
senior military officers, and other dignitaries.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations: La Ferme de la Ranconniere or Riva Bella Hotel
DAY 7: POINTE DU HOC/COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER
One of the most dramatic sites along the Normandy coastline is Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Rangers used
hooks and ropes to scale cliffs some 100 feet high in order to destroy key German gun positions. Walk
along cliff-top pathways still cratered by mortar blasts, and venture into the concrete bunkers from
which German forces unleashed a barrage of artillery fire. Wander along Omaha Beach, site of the
bloodiest fighting of the invasion day. Trace the history of the Vierville Draw, which was a German
stronghold and an important objective for Allied forces to clear, and see remnants of German bunkers
and fortifications along the Atlantic Wall. Later, pay a visit to the American Military Cemetery in
Colleville-sur-Mer, taking in the poignant sight of row upon row of small white grave markers stretching
across acres.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: La Ferme de la Ranconniere or Riva Bella Hotel
DAY 8: BAYEUX/PARIS
Visit the 11th-century Cathedral of Bayeux, a gem of Norman-Romanesque architecture, and see the
Bayeux Tapestry. This afternoon, drive to Paris and gather for a farewell dinner.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Hôtel Edouard VII
DAY 9: PARIS
After breakfast, transfer to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) for your flight home.
Meals Included: Breakfast

Inclusions

VACATION INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodations
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Transportation provided on-trip
  • All gratuities except the Expedition Leader

Terms

All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, unless otherwise stated and are subject to availability and change without notice and do not include international or internal airfare. All prices are quoted in U.S. Dollars. Prices listed for each offer may pertain to specific departure dates. Single supplement applies. Other restrictions, blackout dates and holiday surcharges may apply. Itinerary and inclusions subject to change.

Not included: Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable; Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance; Visas; Alcoholic beverages; Expedition Leader gratuities.

The attached itinerary represents the May 31-June 8, 2022 and June 1-9, 2022 departures. For other departures, please contact your travel advisor.

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