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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Enjoy a direct train transfer from Paris to Caen in Normandy. (approx 2 hours 30 minutes).
The Mercure Caen Hotel (3*) is located in the centre of town, opposite the marina and close to the pedestrian area pleasantly situated facing the marina, 5 minutes from the city centre. The modern and stylish guestrooms are all equipped with en suite facilities including Italian showers. Some rooms feature a view of the marina. The onsite Brasserie La Londe restaurant serves French dishes. Buses and trams are just 3 minutes away from the Mercure Caen Centre Port De Plaisance, and the hotel is 30 minutes from the D-day Landing Beaches.
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).
Enjoy a full day (8-9 hrs) private excursion, taking in Bayeux, the site of an historic tapestry, Sainte-Mère-Église a site where many paratroopers lost their lives in WWII and Pointe du Hoc, situated between Utah and Omaha beach. Please note that a this tour is with an English speakind driver-licensed guide. Should you wish to have a Professional Guide accompany you on your excursion, contact your sales advisor and they can accommodate you. (No entrances are included).
Normandy Barriere (5*) is located in the centre of town overlooking the seafront and beaches and opposite the casino. It is a short walk from the designer shops on and around Rue Eugène Colas. Comprised within several traditional, norman-style buildings, it also hosts a very good sports and health complex with a beautiful indoor swimming pool. It is an excellent, palace-style hotel with all amenities, set in a central location. Other facilities at the Barrière include a solarium, sauna and hammam. The hotel also offers bicycle rental and babysitting services.
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.
Citizens of other countries may require a visa. Please ask your Sales Advisor. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check with the Embassy of France for the most up to date visa information.
HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/france.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Paris. Government: Republic since 1792. Language: French is the official language. Many people speak at least some English. Religion: Approximately 83% Roman Catholic; Protestant 2%; Muslim 5% Time: GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October). Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used. Telephone: Country code +33. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is excellent. Internet: Public access is available at Internet cafes in most cities.
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