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D-Day 75th Anniversary Itinerary

A Normandy Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Paris
A view of Paris from inside a dimly lit airplaneMorning: Airport Pickup & Orientation

After a long flight, we will meet you, guide you and start you off with a friendly face. Your personal concierge will be outside baggage claim with croissants and take you to your hotel via private car or via train/taxi through Gare du Nord. Have sights explained along the way or learn the metro system if going by train. Once at your destination, your Concierge will also give you information about the neighborhood.

 

Dinner: Reservation at le Hotel Meurice

Enjoy dinner in this historic hotel, opposite the Tuileries Garden. The building, which opened in 1815, was taken over in the German occupation from September 1940 to August 1944, and is now a five-star hotel home to a Michelin-rated restaurant.

 

Day 2: Occupation of Paris & Lecture on the French Resistance
A Cemetery in NormandyMorning: WWII German Occupation of Paris

Your concierge will meet you at your hotel for this tour. This walking tour starts in the Jewish quarter of the Marais district, followed by a walk to the Hotel de Ville and the Prefecture where FFI fighters battled the last Nazis. Continue on to Notre Dame Cathedral where General Charles de Gaulle attended a Mass in honor of the liberation of Paris on August 25, 1944.  Next stop, the Louvre where important masterpieces were removed in 1939 by the Nazis nearly a year before the German invasion. You’ll pass by the Hotel Meurice, former German Headquarters, and the rue Cambon where Coco Chanel kept her shop open during the war while she stayed with her German officer lover at the nearby Ritz Hotel. The tour ends at the Place de la Concorde, to view plaques listing the names of allied soldiers shot down by the Germans during the liberation of Paris, and the Jeu de Paume Museum, where Germans held goods confiscated from Jewish-owned art galleries, bank vaults and residences. [3-hour private tour, includes hotel pickup.]

Lunch and Lecture: Café de l’Esplanade

Enjoy lunch at Café de l’Esplanade, accompanied by scholar Stephen Clay for a conversation about the French Resistance. [En route to the restaurant, we’ll view statues depicting Winston Churchill and Charles de Gaulle as they strode down the Champs Elysees during the Victory March.]

 

Afternoon: VisitCharles de Gaulle Monument, Army Museum of the Invalides

The Charles de Gaulle Monument is an interactive multimedia space dedicated the work of this great public figure, leader of the Free French Forces and founding President of the Fifth Republic. This audiovisual room traces the itinerary of Charles de Gaulle, immersing visitors into the history of the 20th century, o€ n which he left his mark. Still and animated archival images—news, posters, photographs—are combined with and supplemented by filmed interviews with historians, multimedia books, entertainment news, and an interactive world map. Equipped with an autonomous infrared device, choose your own path and build an itinerary through 400 audiovisual documents and nearly 20 hours of commentary available through audio-guide headphones. [Self-guided]

 

Day 3: Travel to Normandy
Morning: Travel to Normandy

Take an early morning train from Gare St. Lazare to Bayeux to begin your tour of Normandy. Normandy guide will meet client at the train. Drop luggage.

 

Lunch: Café Reine Mathilde

Stop in to the restaurant at the beautiful Hotel Reine Mathilde for a locally-inspired lunch.  Guide will accompany you.

 

Evening: The Bayeux Cathedral and the Bayeux Tapestry  

After lunch, embark on a tour of the Notre Dame de Bayeux Cathedral, which spans the 11th  to the 15th century, with its unique triple nave and interior combining elements of Romanesque and High Gothic styles.. Your guide will discuss the fascinating history of the cathedral and its architecture. Then, you’ll stroll to a nearby museum to view the 230-foot long Bayeux tapestry, which depicts events leading up to the Norman conquest of England and the Battle of Hastings. It is an unforgettable experience. Along the way, you’ll visit ‘old Bayeux’ the historic centre, untouched during the events of 1944, which retains its rich heritage comprising timber-framed houses, manors and townhouses.

Evening Cocktails: Discussion of Allied Military Strategies

Over cocktails in your hotel, an in-depth discussion and slide show of the allied military strategies will be given by an expert on the subject to inform you of the following day’s tour.

 

Dinner: La Rapiére

At a superb Michelin restaurant located in a medieval street in the heart of Bayeux, you’ll enjoy a gastronomic meal in an atmospheric 16th century dining room.

 

Day 4: Beaches
Morning: American Military Cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc

 

Lunch: Isigny-sur-Mer

 

Afternoon: Utah Beach, Ste Mére Eglise, the Airborne Museum  

 

Evening: Dinner in Bayeux

 

Day 5: Normandy Cheese & Calvados   
Private Paris Cheese TastingMorning

Follow the ‘terroir trail’ on an exceptional tasting adventure regional Norman products, including savory cheeses–buttery-textured Camemberts, pungent Livarots, creamy Neufchatels and golden-colored Pont-l’Eveques, and discover the famous Calvados apple brandy.

 

Afternoon: Travel back to Paris

 

Evening: Dinner at Lasserre  

 

Day 6: Depart Paris Return to Airport for flight home

 

This is a sample itinerary, We encourage you to take ideas from it and create your own!

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