Retrace the events of the Allied landing in Normandy. Examine important World War II sites in London. Follow the path of Allied ships from Portsmouth, England, to the shores of Normandy. Stroll the legendary beaches and the evocative cliff top at Pointe du Hoc, and visit villages that were caught up in the fighting.
Venture into Winston Churchill’s fortified
Cabinet War Rooms, and learn about the
Enigma code breakers on a visit to
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
Itinerary - 8 Days
Days 1 & 2 — U.S./London, England
Depart on an overnight flight to London. Upon
arrival, check into our centrally located hotel.
The afternoon begins in the Cabinet 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. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner
tonight. Doubletree Westminster or NH Harrington Hall (D)
Day 3 — Bletchley Park/London
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. After lunch, return to central
London and enjoy an insider’s tour of the interactive World War II exhibition at the Imperial War
Museum. The evening is at leisure. Doubletree Westminster or NH Harrington Hall (B,L)
Day 4 — Portsmouth/Normandy, France
Travel south to Portsmouth, where we begin
with a visit to Southwick House, the Supreme
Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force
where, on the evening of June 5, Eisenhower made
the decision to strike. At the D-Day Museum,
examine the Overlord Embroidery, a stunning,
handcrafted depiction of the D-Day events that
stretches some 270 feet. This afternoon, cross
the English Channel to Normandy by ferry. Settle
into our hotel tonight. Hôtel d’Argouges or Manoir de Mathan (B,L,D)
Day 5 — Sainte-Mère-Église/Utah Beach/La Cambe
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 to Utah Beach, site of one of the two
American amphibious landings in the early hours of
D-Day. Stop for lunch at Le Roosevelt, a restaurant
built around a former German bunker just steps from the historic beach. This afternoon, pay a visit
to the German war cemetery at La Cambe. Hôtel d’Argouges or Manoir de Mathan (B,L,D)
Day 6 — Caen/Arromanches
In Caen, delve into the history of D-Day at the
impressive museum, the Mémorial de Caen.
Then travel to Arromanches, where a Mulberry
harbor still rises out of the surf—one of the few
remnants of the prefabricated concrete harbors
that assisted in landing Allied supplies. Visit the
Arromanches Landing Museum and watch a spectacular
film on the landings in the Arromanches
360 theater. Gather for a private evening reception
at the Château de Creully, from which BBC
correspondents reported on the Allied invasion.
Hôtel d’Argouges or Manoir de Mathan (B,L,D)
Day 7 — Pointe du Hoc/Omaha Beach/Paris
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. Then wander
along Omaha Beach, site of the bloodiest fighting
of invasion day. Follow a short path that leads
from the beach to the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. Pay your respects to fallen
heroes by laying a wreath at the Big Red One
monument, dedicated to members of the Army’s
First Infantry Division who died at Omaha. Take in
the poignant sight of row upon row of small white
grave markers stretching across acres. Then,
continue to Paris and celebrate our expedition at
a farewell dinner in the City of Lights. Millennium Hotel Paris Opéra, Hôtel Royal Saint-Honoré or Hôtel Édouard 7 (B,D)
Day 8 — Paris/U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to Paris Charles de
Gaulle airport for your flight home. (B)
Military historian and archivist Mitchell Yockelson teaches at the U.S. Naval Academy and Norwich University and is a military history specialist for the National Archives. Mitch has authored three books and dozens of articles, with an emphasis on U.S. involvement in the World Wars. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times, and appeared on PBS, 60 Minutes, and the History Channel. In 2015, Mitch will join the September 5 departure and one of two concurrent May 31 departures of the Remembering D-Day expedition.
Prices are per person, double occupancy. For a single room on the September 2014 departures, add $1,540. For a single room on the May 31, 2015 departure, add $1,390. For a single room on all other 2015 departures, add $1,250.
International airfare to London and return from Paris is not included in the expedition cost.