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Remembering D-Day: London to the Normandy Beaches

Alternate Itinerary
(7 Days)

Day 1 — London, England

Upon arrival in London, check in 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. Gather for a welcome reception and dinner tonight.
Kensington Hotel (D) 

Day 2 — 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 explore the decks of the H.M.S. Belfast, now part of the Imperial War Museum. Enjoy a talk by our expert before spending the evening at leisure.
Kensington Hotel (B,L) 

Day 3 — Portsmouth/Normandy, France

This morning, 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. This afternoon, cross the English Channel by ferry. Settle into our hotel tonight. 
Manoir de Mathan (B,L,D) 

Day 4 — 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. 
Manoir de Mathan (B,L,D) 

Day 5 — Pointe du Hoc/Arromanches

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. 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 as well as the Pegasus Memorial Bridge and Museum, which is dedicated to the men of the 6th Airborne Division.
Manoir de Mathan (B,D) 

Day 6 — Omaha Beach/Colleville-sur-Mer/Bayeux

Wander along Omaha Beach, site of the bloodiest fighting of the invasion day, and then visit the Overlord Museum. At the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, pay your respects to fallen heroes by laying a wreath. Take in the poignant sight of row upon row of small white grave markers stretching across acres. This afternoon, visit the Bayeux Tapestry followed by time to explore the town of Bayeux.
Manoir de Mathan (B,L,D) 

Day 7 — Paris

After breakfast, transfer to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
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