This coming June marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, and people from across the globe will be flocking to the region in honour and celebration of the men and women who fought during WWII. Arrange your customized trip now, to ensure you are part of the this incredible event.
Begin your tour of France in Paris, with visits to all of the must see sites: the Louvre, the Seine, Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower. Stroll the Champs Elysees and lose yourself in the historic Latin Quarter. Spend a day visiting the Baroque Palace of Versailles, which dates back to 1038, and housed generations of Monarchy right up until the French Revolution.
This trip changes mood as you head north into Normandy, where many of the most famous battles of WWII were waged. Visit Caen Memorial, Omaha beach and the heart breaking, sprawling, US cemetery. Spend a day in the British sector, and hear stories of valour and plight, as you tour Pegasus Bridge, 16th century cemeteries, and Sword beach. Learn about Canadian involvement with a visit to Juno beach, an important D-Day site, and the perfect place to complete your Anniversary trip.
Dunkirk & The Normandy Landing Beaches - This 4-day tour will take you from defeat to victory, tracing the events during one of the most gripping periods of the 20th century. From the miracle of the Dunkirk Shield, to the Dieppe Raid and the beaches of Normandy, we’ll travel along Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, in the footsteps of brave soldiers.
For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistant waiting for you outside the customs with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.
Enjoy a private airport transfer in Paris in a private vehicle with a professional driver.
A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful will be waiting for you upon your arrival at your first hotel on your trip.
Banke Hotel (4*) located in the Opera district, in the very heart of Paris, is a stone's throw from Boulevard Haussmann and the Galeries Lafayette. This design hotel is only 250 metres from Le Peletier Metro Station, providing easy access to the Louvre Museum and Gare de l’Est Train Station. Housed within a building dating to the beginning of the 20th century, and designed by Architects Paul Friesse and Cassien Bernard, the stately building sits proudly at the junction of Rue La Fayette and Rue Pillet Will. On the first floor, the original architectural elements, such as the mouldings, the height of the ceiling and the parquet flooring, have all been enhanced, bringing the Haussmann style into the 21st century. All luxurious guest rooms feature a marble bathroom, unique furnishings and golden mosaics, while some offer a marble fireplace and a living area. Interiors are decorated in cream and chocolate tones, purple curtains, parquet flooring, plaited leather rugs, damask leather headboards and designer furniture. From the smallest room right up to the most luxurious suite, comfort is guaranteed thanks to the quality of the fine materials. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Wired internet access is available.
Enjoy a half day shared panoramic tour of Paris with an English speaking driver-guide. On the tour you will discover the monuments which have made Paris famous throughout the world: Concorde Square - Louvre Museum, Seine river and its bridges, French Academy, Cité Island with the Palace of Justice and Notre-Dame Cathedral (stop and free time) - Hôtel de Ville (City Hall), the Latin Quarter with the Sorbonne and the Pantheon - Arch of Triumph - Champs-Elysées Avenue - Eiffel Tower (photo-stop) - Invalides with the dome of Napoleon’s Tomb, Opera House - Walking tour on your own in Montmartre, near Sacré-Coeur Basilica and the artists’ square. Includes hotel pick up and drop off. Please note that shared tours can have up to approx. 50 people (depending on the number of people that have signed up for the tour on the particular day, and are carried out in a number of languages).
Paris takes on a different hue at night and, with many of the magnificent buildings aglow which make it is possibly the best time to admire the beauty of the city. There are plenty of options to choose from for evening entertainment including an early evening wine tasting in a beautiful, airy Parisian loft of a French sommelier located close to the lively Marais district, a dinner cruise, a cabaret show, dinner in the Eiffel tower followed by a night-time cruise, or an evening tour of the city with many of the historical buildings aglow.
Enjoy a half day visiting the Palace of Versailles with a private car and English speaking driver-guide. A superb Baroque palace known to the world as a symbol of civilization and pleasure, the Palace of Versailles dates back to 1038, and was the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790. Used by Louis XIV initially as a hunting lodge he had the property expanded to become the magnificent site of French classical architecture complete with extensive manicured gardens that it is today. The interior showcases magnificent examples of baroque furnishings, a rare collection of objects d'art and houses special exhibitions. Your guide will lead you through the most beautiful rooms, the State Apartments, the Hall of Mirrors and the Queen’s private Apartments. Free time is planned at the end of the tour for a walk in the French style gardens which are full of magnificent statues, busts and marble vases. At the end of the tour you will be dropped at accommodation or in a central location of your choice in the city. (Includes entrance into the palace and the gardens).
Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and driver.
Enjoy a direct train transfer from Paris to Caen in Normandy. (approx 2 hours 30 minutes).
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
Today you will enjoy a visit of Caen Memorial with a private vehicle and an English speaking driver-licensed guide. On more than 5600m2 of exhibition, discover some interesting objects and some totally original archive documents like a rocket launcher BM-13 Katyusha nicknamed « Stalin’s Organ », some films where resistants explain how they helped people during the Battle of Normandy and some sections of the Berlin Wall… Lunch on your own. The best introduction for D-day is to visit Pointe du Hoc. This German battery attacked by the U.S Rangers will put you right in the atmosphere: the beach, the cliff, the bunkers, the bomb craters… Next, the best-known Bloody Omaha deserves two stops. You will actually step on the beach, and what a beach! Four miles long, no picture or movie has yet made it a justice. You have to be there to realize what it was and what it took. The second stop for Omaha is the heart-breaking U.S cemetery, for also another impressive perspective of the beach from the high ground. Your driver-licensed guide will take you around and show you some of the most famous graves, even though each of the 9 387 Americans buried here would deserve our respect.
This morning will be dedicated to the British sector ! The stories you will be hearing about the British airborne operations that took place there, at night, in the dark, behind enemy lines, as the first step of the whole invasion, are just incredible. Essential missions, Pegasus bridge and Merville battery had to be captured first. And what a success ! Then at dawn, on the other side of the Orne river, the landing of the 3rd Division at Sword beach, quickly liberating local villages, including Hermanville and Colleville, officially renamed Montgomery since the war. Your English speaking driver-licensed guide will escort you also to a German fortified area, code-named Hillman bunkers. You will be stopping eventually in one of the 16 British cemeteries in Normandy, in order to pay your tribute to the fallen. Lunch on your own. All you need to see and know about the Canadians on D-day! As Juno beach covers about nine miles and four villages, it really deserves at least two stops, at Courseulles and Bernières. Your driver-licensed guide will show you a whole number of monuments to the Canadians and tell you some of the most interesting stories. Even more information will be found in the Juno Beach Center, the only Canadian museum in Normandy. The Canadian cemetery located only a few miles away is a real tribute to those who died for our freedom. Quite heart-breaking too is the visit of the Abbey d’Ardenne, outside of Caen, where Canadian prisoners were executed by nazi soldiers.
Meet your driver for a private train station.
Enjoy the train journey to Paris.
Ann Saxon ,
November 06, 2013
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November 28, 2013
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November 05, 2013
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November 15, 2013
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November 09, 2013
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November 06, 2013
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October 22, 2013
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October 19, 2013
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November 07, 2013
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October 07, 2013
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