Tune your ear to the faint rumble of World War II history amidst Normandy’s poppy-strewn landscapes.
Pay your respects to World War II heroes with visits to the Omaha Beach D-Day landing sites and well-tended cemeteries nearby. Touch 20th century history at the Caen Memorial Museum and feel your heart thrill at the sight of fields of summer poppies. Rising from the Gulf-stream-warmed waters of the English Channel, the silhouette of Mont Saint Michel heralds an interesting visit to this fortified monastery, set on its own rocky islet and accessed by a tidal causeway. This landmark UNESCO World Heritage Site includes a Gothic Abbey Church and Great Halls within its sturdy walls. More Norman history is revealed in the impressive Bayeux tapestries. Your visit continues by chauffeured vehicle to Pointe du Hoc, Honfleur and the upmarket resort of Deauville with its designer boutiques.
Experience the unspoiled villages, farms and countryside of rural France as you journey from Paris to Caen by comfortable train. Explore the sights of rural Normandy at your own pace on a privately guided basis. Enjoy comfortable well-located accommodation in Caen with more chateau-like digs in chic Deauville. Sit back and savor each day’s experiences over a glass of Calvados and fine French cuisine as nighttime descends.
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You will be picked up from the airport this morning for your private transfer to the Westminster Hotel.
For your added comfort, we will have a Meet & Greet assistance for you upon your arrival which will be waiting for you outside the customs. Your representative will help to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver at the airport.
Take a private train station transfer with a private vehicle and driver. Please note drivers may or may not speak English as their sole responsibility is to transfer clients from one location to another. If you would like to have the presence of an English speaking Assistant or Guide for your transfer this can be pre-arranged upon request and would be subject to an additional supplement.
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.
Enjoy a direct train transfer from Paris to Caen in Normandy. (approx 2 hours 30 minutes).
Located in the center of town, opposite the port, the beach front Mercure Caen Hotel (3*) is only 100 m from Tour Leroy. The 126 modern and stylish guestrooms feature views over the marina or with calm views over the terrace. Enjoy a delicious meal at the beautifully decorated Courtepaille Restaurant, serving International cuisine. Start the day off with a satisfying breakfast buffet featuring a wide range of local specialties. Dine indoors or on the lovely outdoor terrace with gorgeous panoramic views. Relax and unwind with a cocktail or light meal at the brand new bar lounge, featuring lovely views of the port. Explore the nearby area and discover historic monuments; Château Ducal and Abbaye aux Dames, not forgetting Abbaye aux Hommes.
Enjoy a full day private guided tour with your own vehicle, and English speaking driver-licensed guide exploring the Second World War Area in the Caen Memorial as well as the Pointe du Hoc, Omaha beach (where the American soldiers landed) and the US cemetery.
The Caen Memorial is a massive museum dedicated to 20th-century history. Destruction wreaked across almost three quarters of this martyr city of the Liberation in the summer of 1944, and so it only seems fitting that Caen deserved a fitting tribute for the damage it suffered. The Memorial museum's main focus is reconciliation and during your visit you will be guided through the museum’s different stages, taking you back over the 20th century, from the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914 until 9 November 1989 in Berlin with the “Fall of the Wall”. Between these two dates and between these two World Wars, some 60 million people would lose their lives and the most hostile of political systems to the key principles of respecting life would plunge the world into the chaos and brutality that characterized the last century.
Pointe du Hoc is a cliff top location that lies 4 miles (6.4 km) west of Omaha Beach, and stands on 100 ft (30 m) tall cliffs overlooking the sea. It was a point of attack by the United States Army Ranger Assault Group during Operation Overlord in World War II.
Omaha Beach is the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II. Landings here were necessary in order to link up the British landings to the east at Gold Beach with the American landing to the west at Utah Beach, thus providing a continuous lodgement on the Normandy coast of the Bay of the Seine. Taking Omaha was to be the responsibility of United States Army troops, with sea transport provided by the U.S. Navy and elements of the Royal Navy. The primary objective at Omaha was to secure a beachhead of some five miles (eight kilometres) depth, between Port-en-Bessin and the Vire River, linking with the British landings at Gold Beach to the east, and reaching the area of Isigny to the west to link up with VII Corps landing at Utah Beach. Standing on this wind swept, expansive beach, you can just imagine the ships as they became visible on the skyline and the battle that was to occur on this land.
The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a World War II cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, France, that honors American soldiers who died in Europe during World War II. The cemetery is located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. It covers 70 ha (172 acres), and contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead, most of whom were killed during the invasion of Normandy and ensuing military operations in World War II. Included are graves of Army Air Corps crews shot down over France as early as 1942. The names of 1,557 Americans who lost their lives in the Normandy campaign but could not be located and/or identified are inscribed on the walls of a semicircular garden at the east side of the memorial. This part consists of a semicircular colonnade with a loggia at each end containing maps and narratives of the military operations. At the center is a bronze statue entitled Spirit of American Youth. Facing west at the memorial, one sees in the foreground the reflecting pool, the mall with burial areas to either side and the circular chapel beyond. Behind the chapel are statues representing the United States and France. An orientation table overlooks the beach and depicts the landings at Normandy.
There will be plenty of time to stay at each of the sites of interest since you have the flexibility of having your own vehicle and Driver-Guide. Though sobering, the day will surely be a memorable one. Please note that this tour is with an English speaking driver-licensed guide. (no entrances to monuments or museums included).
Enjoy a full day excursion to visit one of the most visited sites in all of France - the majestic Mont Saint Michel with your private vehicle and English speaking driver-licensed guide. Dating from 708, the abbey of Mont Saint Michel was one of the major pilgrimage destinations in medieval Christendom. The architecture is stunning, the location, magical, and the village, one of the quaintest in the country. Please note that this tour is with an English speakinf driver-licensed guide. Should you wish to have a Professional Guide accompany you on your excursion, contact your travel advisor and they can accommodate you. (entrances to monuments & museums, visits & possible tastings not included).
Meet your driver for a private transfer from Caen to Deauville. The journey will take approx. 50 mins.
Enjoy exploring the chic coastal town of Deauville. The town has all of the high end boutiques (Chanel, Hermes...) and is a shopping paradise. Take a stroll along the wide boardwalk that skirts around the town by the beach and take in the great architecture of the mansions overlooking the water. There are plenty of activities that can be done in the town including a private charter sail, a round of golf at any number of local courses, bowling, horse riding, go-karting, paintball and tennis.
Located just two hours from Paris, Hôtel Normandy Barrière (5*) in Deauville is a total change of scenery. The sunlight from the beaches bounces off the light wood-coloured shades, creating a sensation of soothing comfort. The 259 rooms and 31 suites have all been decorated by French designer Jacques Garcia, creating a perfect harmony between authenticity and modernity. Dine at La Belle Epoque to sample traditional French cuisine, including brunch buffet every Sunday. Guests with children are invited to dine at La Fermette, while parents can enjoy the peaceful ambiance at the American Bar. Relax in the indoor heated swimming pool, featuring a retractable transparent roof. Take advantage of the modern fitness centre, including a Hammam (Turkish bath), sauna, body-building and stretching facilities. Surrounding activities and facilities include tennis courts, bicycle rentals, horseback riding, golf and more!
Enjoy a full day (8 - 9 hrs) private tour with your own vehicle and English speaking driver-licensed guide as you explore the beautiful coastal town of Honfleur and the surrounding countryside. The small medieval town of Honfleur is a quaint town and encompasses the Old Dock surrounded by picturesque narrow houses, many churches, cobblestoned streets and old Salt Stores. After having had some time to explore, enjoy the afternoon discovering the bucolic countryside. Entraces not included.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Meet your driver for a private train station transfer.
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