2021 NORMANDY & PARIS EXPERIENCE
A uniquely designed opportunity to experience and remember the famous landing of the Allied Forces 77 years ago. Close work with the National Guard Association has enabled us to build a package that is focused on years of experience in the region and provide a fund raising opportunity for future generations by way of the National Guard Educational Foundation.
We are excited to bring this trip of a lifetime.
DAY 1: OCT. 3, 2021
Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
DAY 2: OCT. 4, 2021
WELCOME TO PARIS
On arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport, transfer to your hotel. After checking in, the capital’sgrand boulevards and world-famous landmarks are yours to explore. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant, with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a pleasant evening.(D)
DAY 3: OCT. 5, 2021
ROUEN, HONFLEUR, BAYEUX AND CAEN
Follow the River Seine to Rouen, capital of Normandy, to admire its ancient cathedral - a masterpiece of the Gothic style and the subject of a series of paintings by Claude Monet. Wander through the narrow streets beneath the Great Clock to the Old Market Square. Here, a superb modern church commemorates the burning of Joan of Arc on this very spot in 1431. Continue into the rich dairy lands of Normandy and stop in the charming fishing town of Honfleur, which has somehow escaped the ravages of time. 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 visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum (with audio guide). (B, D)
Overnight: Port en Bessin
DAY 4: OCT. 6, 2021
NORMANDY BEACHES AND D-DAY LANDINGS
There are poignant reminders of World War II as we visit the Juno Beach and the Juno Beach Center. Visit the D-Day Museum and see the remnants of the artificial port in the bay of Arromanches. Then, with a Local Expert, spend adequate time for reflection at the American Military Cemetery of Saint-Laurent to include the visitor center near Omaha Beach. Also a short distance away, we will visit the National Guard Association Monument in Vierville Sur Mer. Allowing you to experience the vantage point where one of many battles that day were fought. (B) Overnight: Port en Bessin
DAY 5: OCT. 7, 2021
NORMANDY BEACHES AND POINTE DU HOC
Visit U.S. landing zone of the invasion of Normandy on Utah Beach and its museum. Follow the route of the Rangers and visit the bunkers and the Rangers Memorial at Pointe du Hoc. At the Airborne Museum, learn the unique history of paratroopers in the city of Saint-Mère-Église. Stop by the Major Howie Monument in Saint Lo. Just a short drive from Arromanches and the seaside, in the heart of countryside, you will arrive at L’Auberge des Monts. Here you will enjoy a delicious Farm-to-Table Dinner of traditional, regional cuisine, with a careful selection of locally-sourced ingredients and served with local wines in an authentic setting and warm atmosphere. (B, D)
Overnight: Port en Bessin
DAY 6: OCT. 8, 2021
GIVERNY AND ON TO PARIS
Explore the Memorial de Caen (Peace Museum) dedicated to providing a comprehensive history of the D-Day landings and Europe’s post-war transition. Stop in the village of Giverny, where the impressionist artist Monet lived for the last 43 years of his life. See the decor of his house, fascinating for its blend of colors. However, it’s in the garden where the spirit of the artist is most revealed. A spectacular array of color is created by poppies, delphiniums, lupins, peonies, irises and roses, while the water garden is a wistful dream of bamboo, willow and rustic bridges sweeping over the water lilies, one of Monet’s favourite subjects. Return to the French capital where your Travel Director introduces you to all the fabulous sights on your orientation drive, including the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral and the immense facades of the Louvre. Behold the vast Place de la Concorde, where the guillotine once stood, then travel down the Champs Elysées to Napoleon’s Arc de Triomphe. (B)
DAY 7: OCT. 9, 2021
PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHT
Ascend to the viewing platform of the famous Eiffel Tower for spectacular panoramas of the city. Then with our local expert visit Notre Dame, one of the world’s most famous Cathedrals to view its amazing stain glass windows and see why it’s considered the epitome of Gothic architecture. Afterwards, we’ll take a stroll through the delightful Latin Quarter, a medieval maze of winding cobblestone alleyways, where you’ll have free time to enjoy the sidewalk bistros, boutiques and hidden squares. Note: If the Eiffel Tower is not available, then we will visit Montmatre. Later, join your fellow travelers at a local restaurant for a delicious Celebration Dinner, served with wine. (B, D)
DAY 8: OCT. 10, 2021
Transfer to the Charles de Gaulle Airport for your safe flight home (flights not included).(B)
Will be updated based on the new 2021 prices
which includes a charitable contribution to the National Guard Educational Foundation
*Airfare is separate and will be priced based on your flight request.
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