D-Day—The Invasion of Normandy & Liberation of France

FALL IN WITH THE ALLIES FOR THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME
September 5 – 11, 2019

Tour Overview

The National WWII Museum’s most popular tour provides an in-depth itinerary exploring America’s most famous WWII battle. Offering a full week of touring in Normandy at an incredible price, this unforgettable tour offers great value and features top guides, upscale accommodations in prime locations, comprehensive dining, and exclusive access to sites unseen on other programs.

TOUR NORMANDY WITH AMERICA’S NATIONAL WWII MUSEUM

The National WWII Museum’s most popular tour provides an in-depth itinerary exploring America’s most famous WWII battle. Offering a full week of touring in Normandy at an incredible price, this unforgettable journey offers great value and features top guides, superior accommodations in prime locations, comprehensive dining, and exclusive access to sites unseen on other programs. With stops at the Musée Airborne, Mémorial de Caen, the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, and more, this tour is for both the advanced and amateur historian in search of the most authentic experience of Normandy as it was. Quaint, upscale accommodations, regional cuisine, and affordability are matched with firsthand history lessons found nowhere else.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Full-time logistical Tour Manager
  • Expert local battlefield guides
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfers (when arriving & departing on scheduled group tour dates)
  • Historic, fully renovated accommodations in Normandy
  • Four-star Charles de Gaulle Airport accommodations
  • Private, first-class, air-conditioned motor coach transportation
  • VIP access to sites not offered on other tours
  • Video Oral History presentations from the Museum collection
  • Included gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, and servers
  • Personal listening devices on all included touring
  • Included gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, and servers
  • Six breakfasts, three lunches, and three dinners
  • Beer, wine, and soft drinks with included lunches and dinner
  • Informative map book including useful battlefield maps and archival images to be used throughout your journey
  • Personalized luggage tags and customized name badge
  • Keepsake journal and pen to document your journey

Additional Services

  • Additional pre and/or post-hotel nights
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight assistance
  • Private transfers

We’re pleased to assist you with additional services you may require, ensuring you a worry-free journey with The National WWII Museum.

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D-Day—The Invasion of Normandy & Liberation of France

Tour Itinerary

Full Tour Itinerary

Extension - Optional Three-Day Pre-Tour Program

The Treasures of Normandy

September 3 – September 5, 2019

Journey into the Middle Ages on our custom-curated extension program focused on the historic importance of the picturesque Normandy region. Enjoy a scenic transfer from Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport to Bayeux and settle into Hotel d’Argouges, your home for the next seven nights. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the medieval town center and enjoying dinner on your own at one of the many cafes and quaint restaurants serving traditional fare.

On your first day of touring, journey to the picturesque town of Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conqueror. Visit Chateau de Falaise, the seat of the Dukes of Normandy from the 13th century to the 17th century, when it was abandoned. During World War II, the chateau suffered from heavy bombardment during the Battle of the Falaise Pocket, but was restored after the war. Next, visit the Memorial des Civils before returning to Bayeux in time to enjoy a free evening with another opportunity to try of one Bayeux’s wonderful restaurants.

The next day, take a scenic drive to Mont Saint-Michel, a breathtaking tidal island just off the Normandy coast. The island’s signature abbey projects a dominating presence that has attracted pilgrims, armies, and tourists for more than a millennium. The visit includes lunch. Return to Bayeux this afternoon and attend welcome dinner with main tour guests arriving today.

Hôtel D’Argouges

September 5, 2019 - Day 1

ARRIVE PARIS / TRANSFER TO NORMANDY


Upon arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, guests are warmly welcomed and transported by private motor coach to Normandy. After enjoying some free time to relax or explore Bayeux, the group gathers this evening for a welcome dinner at a local French restaurant.

Hôtel D’Argouges (D)

September 6, 2019 - Day 2

British Sectors - Pegasus Bridge / Gold, Juno & Sword Beaches / Arromances


Today’s tour of Normandy begins where the first shots of the invasion were fired by British glider troops at the crucial Pegasus Bridge. Guests learn about Major John Howard and his men of the “Ox and Bucks” and how they were able to secure and hold the bridge. The drives along the British and Canadian sectors become the backdrop for the stories of landings that took place to the east of the American assaults. Arrive at Arromanches, and discover the remains of a Mulberry Harbor. Your guide offers insight into this great feat of engineering and ingenuity.

Following free time for lunch and exploration in the village, a trip up the commanding bluff culminates with a viewing of Cinema Circulaire 360 and a visit to the German gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer. Enjoy free time this evening to explore Bayeux and enjoy dinner at one of the many cafés and restaurants serving traditional fare.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B)

September 7, 2019 - Day 3

US Airborne & Utah Beach


Travel along rural lanes, past hedgerows, and over causeways to La Fière, where the 82nd Airborne fought off four days of attacks from German troops trying to retake this strategic bridge. During today's drive both the battlefield guide and the Museum's exclusive oral history collection offer personal stories from the men who fought on the frontlines. On arrival in Sainte-Mère-Église, the famous crossroads town where American paratroopers landed during the predawn hours of D-Day, tour the Musée Airborne and visit the church made famous in the film The Longest Day. After an included lunch, continue this afternoon to Brécourt Manor, where Dick Winters and some of his men from "Easy Company" launched the assault on German guns portrayed in the book and miniseries Band of Brothers. The day's touring concludes with a visit to the Utah Beach Museum, which includes the story of the exemplary leadership of General Teddy Roosevelt, Jr., during the landings. Enjoy another free evening at leisure in Bayeux.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B, L)

September 8, 2019 - Day 4

Bayeux / Caen


This morning’s tour is devoted to the picturesque town of Bayeux, beginning with a viewing of the Bayeux Tapestry—a 230-foot-long embroidered chronicle of William the Conqueror's cross-channel invasion of England. Guests continue to the iconic skyline feature of Bayeux and center of the medieval center of the town, the Bayeux Cathedral, where a guided tour will bring to life the construction of the cathedral from the crypt to the spires. Following free time for an independent lunch, visitors journey to Caen to tour Memorial de Caen, a museum that places the battles of Normandy within the international context of World War II. This evening, the group enjoys dinner with a local citizen who shares stories of the German occupation and Allied liberation before returning to Bayeux.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B, D)

September 9, 2019 - Day 5

Omaha Beach / Pointe Du Hoc / Normandy American Cemetery


After breakfast, touring is devoted to the ground troops who came ashore in the Omaha Beach area. Head out for a morning visit to Pointe du Hoc, where the Army Rangers faced tough odds coming ashore before scaling the imposing 100-foot cliff. After visiting Omaha Beach, enjoy an included group lunch. The afternoon is devoted to the Normandy American Cemetery, where more than 9,000 Americans are laid to rest in the ground they helped liberate. Guests will be given time to walk the grounds, visit the small museum, and remember the sacrifices made here. Reflect on the day’s touring during dinner with the group this evening.

Hôtel D’Argouges (B, L, D)

September 10, 2019 - Day 6

Falaise Gap / Chambois


This morning, bid farewell to Normandy and return to Paris. Focusing on the concluding battles of the Normandy Campaign, the first stop is in Falaise, which lends its name to the Falaise Pocket, where the Allies began a move to encircle the Germans. Traveling south from the city, traverse the infamous Corridor of Death, where the awful scenes of the routed Germany army were on display for several months as dead bodies and wreckage covered the landscape. Memorial de Montormel on Hill 262, where the Poles held off a desperate German counterattack, commemorates the closing of the pocket and offers an incredible view across the landscape, and the perfect vantage point for recounting these final battles. Upon arrival at the Sheraton Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, the remainder of the evening is at your leisure.

Sheraton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport (B, L)

September 11, 2019 - Day 7

Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport to the United States


After breakfast, make your way to your departure terminal at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport on your own for individual journeys home.

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D-Day—The Invasion of Normandy & Liberation of France

Tour Accommodations

Featured Hotel

Hotel D’Argouges

The ideal location of the historic Hôtel d’Argouges is perfect for exploring Normandy. This elegant, 18th-century residence owned by the same family for two generations invites you to experience luxury and comfort among refined surroundings: high ceilings, original doors, period fireplaces, and parquet floors polished by time.

Featured Hotel

Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel & Conference Center

The Sheraton Paris Airport Hotel is a modern hotel situated inside terminal 2 of the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport. Its bright, airy atrium welcomes guests into a reception area, two restaurants, and a comfortable lounge.

All rooms are soundproofed and feature Sheraton’s trademarked beds, spacious bathrooms, satellite TV, and internet access. The fitness center with sauna is open 24 hours a day, as is the business center. Dry cleaning service is also available at the hotel.

D-Day—The Invasion of Normandy & Liberation of France

Testimonials

"I have been on dozens of military history tours—most with Ed Bearss, who is a national treasure—and Corrine and Stephane [the Museum guides] measured up with the best. They were well prepared and patient."

Richard C.

Potomac, Maryland


"We found the tour to be extremely well-organized in content. The combination of museums, outdoor sites, touring of towns was perfectly combined and orchestrated. The educational information presented was outstanding and extremely beneficial."

—Rebecca R., Lexington, Massachusetts


"Breakfasts provided at hotels were excellent. Very good choice of restaurants during tour; enjoyed ambiance and food."

—Rachel M., Boston


“Fantastic! Perfect blend of historical and personal reflections gave insight and depth. Both [guides] were knowledgeable to the nth degree and their presentations were concise and comprehensive, keeping us all enthralled.”

—Fredericka P., New York


“i think the whole experience was first rate and i have recommended it to three friends since returning to the USA.” 

—Mark M., Racine, Wisconsin


“The organizational aspects of the tour were excellent. Prior to the beginning of the tour we had a printed itinerary which was informative and useful. On a daily basis the guides kept us informed of the day's activities.”

—James H., Farmington Hills, Michigan


“We all left Normandy changed people. The value on a trip that stimulates so much understanding and emotion is worth 10s of thousands of dollars but please keep the price affordable for the average family. The value far exceeded the price.” 

—Stephen H., Phoenix


“[The battlefield guide and tour manager] were extremely knowledgeable and worked very hard to make it a wonderful and informative tour. My brother needed a wheelchair during the trip, both made an asserted effort to make his experience good.” 

—Mark G., Belvidere, Illinois


“Great value for the money. I learned much more than I expected and returned with greater appreciation and understanding of both the small and big pictures.”

—John M., Taylor, Texas


“My husband and I enjoyed every aspect of our tour. [The guide and tour manager] were superb, always friendly and extremely informative. We loved the hotel and fell in love with Bayeux. We thought the tour was beautifully paced; we rarely felt rushed. Participating in our private ceremony on June 6th with the beautiful bouquet was incredibly moving, something we’ll never forget.”

—Judy P., St. Louis, MO


“[The guide and tour manager] made this tour fantastically enjoyable, educational, and comfortable. [The tour manager] went beyond the call of duty, handling every challenge with easy and professionalism. [The battlefield guide] is terrifically knowledgeable and a great communicator. Willing to respond to all questions and comments from the group. Two real professionals. Great representatives of the WW-II Museum.”

—Henry L., Metairie, LA


“We had been to Normandy twice before and this was by far our best experience. The Museum took us to three new place we had not seen before and [the tour manager and guide] made them come to life. Great experience.”

—Doug H., Marietta, GA


“The best thing about WWII Museum tours as compared to other tour companies is that all participants share the same interest and passion about our history. This strong focus keeps everyone pointed in the same direction. This is my fourth tour and it speaks volumes about where I want to spend my money. I can’t wait for my next trip wherever that may be.”

—Drew L., Winston-Salem, NC


“This tour was fabulous and a really amazing experience. [Traveling with] the Museum was a great opportunity to save the worry of making sure we got places on time or didn't get lost, and we saw most of the highlights and must sees of the area, along with some important sights that we probably would have just driven by if we went without a guide. Overall this was an extremely special trip and I'd happily go on another tour with the Museum in the future.”

—Emily S., Guilford, CT

D-Day—The Invasion of Normandy & Liberation of France

Tour Pricing

Program Pricing

Price per person based on double occupancy

$4,995 $4,495

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Price per person based on single occupancy

$7,245 $6,745

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$199 per person taxes and fees will be included on final invoice


Pre-Tour Extension Options

The Treasures of Normandy 
Price per person based on double occupancy

Optional three-day pre-tour extension program
$1,199 per person

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The Treasures of Normandy 
Price per person based on single occupancy

Optional three-day pre-tour extension program
$1,799 per person

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$129 per person taxes and fees are included in the pre-tour pricing listed.

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