Remembering D-Day: London to the Normandy Beaches

  • 8-day or 9-day expedition commemorating D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy

Expedition Details


Retrace the events of D-Day, following the path of the Allied forces from Portsmouth, England, to the shores of Normandy. 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 cratered cliff top at Pointe du Hoc, and visit villages that still bear the vestiges of war.

Trip Highlights

    • Venture into Winston Churchill’s fortified Cabinet War Rooms, and learn about the Enigma code breakers on a visit to Bletchley Park
    • See the enormous map General Eisenhower used to plot Allied positions.
    • Attend a private reception at the Château de Creully, where BBC correspondents reported on the war.
    • Walk along Utah and Omaha beaches, and pay your respects at the American Cemetery.

Itinerary - 9 Days

National Geographic Expert

Timothy Mulligan

Timothy MulliganHistorian and retired archivist Timothy Mulligan has written three books and 20 articles on military history, most relating to the Second World War in Europe, including Lone Wolf: The Life and Death of U-Boat Ace Werner Henke and Neither Sharks Nor Wolves: The Men of Nazi Germany's U-Boat Arm. He received his Ph.D. in diplomatic history from the University of Maryland in 1985. During his 34-year tenure as an archivist with the National Archives and Records Administration, he also compiled the two-volume finding aid World War II: Guide to Records Relating to U.S. Military Participation. This guide describes approximately 200,000 cubic feet of records in National Archives custody, and received the Society of American Archivists' C.F.W. Coker award in 2009. Now retired, Timothy teaches a course on "History Through Hollywood."

Timothy will join the following departures:

Jun 20 - 27, 2015
Sep 19 - 26, 2015



  • May 31 - Jun 07, 2015 ALT
  • Jun 20 - 27, 2015 ALT (waitlist only)
  • Sep 05 - 12, 2015 ALT (waitlist only)
  • Sep 19 - 26, 2015 ALT

ALT indicates a departure that has a slightly different itinerary than the one shown on this page. Click the ALT icon to see the day-to-day itinerary.

The itinerary shown describes the three May 30, 2016 departures, which are 9 days long and include special remembrance ceremonies.

All 2015 departures, as well as the June and September, 2016 departures, are 8 days long.

Expedition Cost

2015 - May 31, 8 days (D-Day Anniversary)


2015 - June and September, 8 days


2016 - May 30, 9 days (D-Day Anniversary)


2016 - June and September, 8 days


Prices are per person, double occupancy.

For a single room in 2015, add $1,390 (May 31 departures) and $1,250 (all other 2015 dates). For a single room in 2016, add $1,890 (May 30 departures) and $1,590 (all other 2016 dates).

International airfare to London and return from Paris is not included in the expedition cost.

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