Normandy d-day 75th Anniversary
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Date(s) - 01/06/2019 - 07/06/2019
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NORMANDY WWII HISTORY TOUR: D-DAY 1944: A JOURNEY THROUGH "THE LONGEST DAY"

JUNE 1-7, 2019

The events of June 6, 1944, continue to inspire long after the guns have fallen silent. The largest invasion in history, on the isolated Normandy coast, drastically altered the conduct of the war and demonstrated the unflinching resolve of freedom-loving peoples. This D-Day tour will bring guests to the beaches, cliffs and fields; and villages, towns and cities where the Greatest Generation made their most indelible mark. From British glidermen at Pegasus Bridge, to the American infantrymen assaulting the beaches at Bloody Omaha; from American paratroopers jumping behind enemy lines at Ste Mere Eglise and Brecourt Manor to the Rangers climbing the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc to the building of the artificial harbors at Arromanches. And so many other iconic sites.

The Normandy WWII tour unfolds over five days with stories of all the allied participants as well as those of the German defenders. Held over the 75th anniversary of the actual D-Day invasion, guests will experience the official events (as available) commemorating this important day in history. The last surviving D-Day and WWII veterans, as well as many re-enactors, will bring a charged energy to the sites and events. On the 70th anniversary, our guests had the opportunity to meet and talk with numerous WWII veterans, which made the experience all the more special.

In addition, EHE guests will visit two World Heritage treasure sites – William the Conqueror’s Bayeux Tapestry and the magnificent island abbey of Mont St Michel. The rich, verdant farmland, the quaint villages and the dramatic cliffs and coasts create an incredibly memorable backdrop for this Normandy, France tour.

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ACTIVITIES & HIGHLIGHTS

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Day 1

  • Social hour, welcome & overview of the Normandy, France tour
  • Four-course dinner at the delightful Ferme de Ranconniere, originally built in the 13th century

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Caen Memorial D-Day Museum
  • Caen Walk–Abbaye des Hommes, Universite, Castle
  • Lunch in Old City Caen
  • Ranville–Pegasus Bridge & British Airborne
  • Drive along SWORD & JUNO beaches
  • Courselles–JUNO Beach, Canadians, Free French & Resistance
  • Arromanches–GOLD Beach, Mulberry & Lunch
  • Four-course dinner at the delightful Ferme de Ranconniere

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Ste Marie du Mont–UTAH Beach Memorial, Brecourt Manor Monument
  • La Fiere Bridge–US Airborne
  • St Mere Eglise–US Airborne & Lunch
  • La Cambe Germany Cemetery
  • Bayeux Tapestry Museum & Cathedral
  • Social Hour
  • Four-course dinner at Ferme de Ranconniere

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Rangers at cliffs at Pointe du Hoc
  • OMAHA Beach–29th Division at Vierville
  • OMAHA Beach–1st Division at Colleville
  • American Cemetery on the Bluffs
  • Social Hour
  • Four-course dinner at the beautiful Ferme de Ranconniere
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Day 5

  • Breakfast
  • St Lo & Operation COBRA–American Museum & Cathedral
  • Avranches and Operation COBRA turning movement (Patton Monument)
  • Mont St Michel and lunch on your own
  • Social Hour
  • Four-course dinner at Ferme de Ranconniere

Day 6

  • Breakfast
  • Official 75th Anniversary events and activities (more information coming as available)
  • Dinner at Ferme de Ranconniere

Day 7

  • Breakfast
  • Departure
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THIS NORMANDY D-DAY TOUR INCLUDES

  • Five and a half days of in-depth guided tours, led by an expert historian
  • Accommodations for six nights at the stately and historic Ferme de Ranconniere, founded in the 13th century and beautifully refurbished (or comparable)
  • Transportation to and from train station in Bayeux
  • All meals, except one lunch in Mont St Michel
  • All museum entrance fees
  • Daily transportation
  • Personalized Normandy, France, tour support
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READY TO DISCOVER HISTORY?

  • Pricing: $4,250 per person, double occupancy; $700 single occupancy supplement.
  • Down payment: $1,000 per guest due upon registration.
  • All active duty and career retired military, current and career retired educators, and students will receive a 10 percent discount on the Normandy tour.
  • All repeat guests of Essential History Expeditions receive a 10 percent discount on all future expeditions.
  • If fewer than 10 guests register for an expedition, Essential History Expeditions maintains the discretion to modify transportation and operate with only a tour leader (Dr. Brian DeToy).
  • Please see Terms and Conditions for payment schedule and cancellation policy.