Adult Program: 75th D-Day Anniversary
4-Star Hotel Accommodations
3 Meals Daily
Full-time Professional Delegation Manager
Expert Local Guides
Entry Fees to Attractions/Activities
International Land Transportation
Pre-Departure Preparation Support
Medical Protection Plan
24-Hour Support on Program
Please note that airfare is not included.
Day to Day
Welcome to London
Meet your People to People Delegation at your 4-star centrally located hotel in London, which forms the ideal base for the next few days of insightful talks, exhibitions and events in the capital of England. Once settled, we’ll take a short walk to a nearby restaurant for our official welcome dinner, which also provides you with the opportunity to meet Mary Eisenhower and your fellow travelers.
A Journey Through Time
Today, we will step back in time to 1944 and take a wider look into the Allied Forces preparation for the D-Day landings. During a guided program we relive President Eisenhower’s day to day activities as Chief Commander, and have the chance to visit his former home and offices. Following lunch at a historic pub, we’ll visit The Cabinet War Rooms to discover the heartbeat of Britain’s military war efforts. Tonight, enjoy dinner and theater in the West End.
Secrets of War
Today, we will travel through the English countryside to Bletchley Park, the former home of the ‘Codebreakers, which offers a fascinating insight in the secrets of WWII. This evening join a specially prepared dinner with former Parliamentarian Patrick Nicholls for a personal and unique insight into The British Constitution, the role of the Monarchy and succession, and of course Brexit.
The Garden of England
We begin the day with a visit to Chartwell, the family home of Winston Churchill. Explore fascinating D-Day exhibits, including a scale model of Mulberry Harbor that was used to coordinate the landings, and provides an exclusive insight into the mind of Churchill. This afternoon, travel to a local Kentish vineyard, which showcases a spectacular selection of award winning wines that you’ll be able to sample in your own private tasting room.
Coast to Coast
This morning, travel to Southwick Park to relive the planning of Operation Overlord. Discover the realities of the monumental issues faced by the Allied Forces as you walk in the footsteps of these heroes during a private tour of the facility. After lunch, visit to the renowned D-Day Museum. Take a fascinating trip through archive films, genuine landing crafts, weapons, and a striking 83 meter Overlord Embroidery to discover a unique retelling of the D-Day story. Enjoy a meal overlooking Portsmouth Harbor before the short transfer to the port and an overnight cruise to France.
Beaches of Normandy
Your first views of France will be the panoramas of the Normandy beaches as we berth in Ouistreham, the port adjacent to the City of Caen. After a traditional French breakfast, we head to the D-Day landing beaches of Sword Beach and Pegasus. After lunch, we will travel to our hotel The Belle Isle sur Risle. This quintessentially French provincial hotel is located near Honfleur and is situated on a river island transformed into five acres of beautifully landscaped parkland. Dinner is served in the hotel’s stylish conservatory, while the beautiful surroundings offer you the chance to sit back, relax, and soak up the atmosphere.
Remember the Fallen
Whether you have visited the beaches of Normandy before or not, there is so much to discover during this specially arranged tour. Our long serving and extremely knowledgeable French guide, Anne-Marie, provides an in-depth historical perspective of the landings, and also offers a one-of-a-kind insight into the story behind her family’s survival as farmers under Nazi occupation. Walk the beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold and Juno before honoring the fallen at the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument alongside a very special guest speaker. After lunch, retrace the steps of the landing forces at Omaha Beach during a walk up the dunes to the Colleville Cemetery. Following a wreath laying ceremony at the monument there is the opportunity to investigate family graves, or simply pay your respects.
The Wonders of Paris
Today we will travel to Paris, stopping along the way to enjoy the beauty of regional France. Upon our arrival in Paris, enjoy lunch served in a family run Brassiere. Later, visit one of the largest and most well-known museums in the world, the Louvre. Explore the wealth of art, exhibits and artifacts, including Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
The City of Light
Today, with the help of one of our local guides, we’ll discover the heart of Paris during a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral and the artistic area surrounding Montmartre. We’ll also explore the wonders of the Sacre Coeur Basilica, which boasts one of the best panoramic views of Paris. Following lunch, we make our way to President Eisenhower’s house during the inter-war years, christened “Pont Mamie” by family friends.
Highlights of Paris
This morning visit The Eiffel Tower. It is not only a striking piece of architecture, but also serves as the best viewing point in Paris. Later, explore the Champs Elysees, home to an amazing selection of fashionable boutiques, or simply take the time to immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the city. Tonight, join our farewell dinner on-board the ‘Don Juan II’, indulge in a Gastronomy Cruise, hosted by the award winning chef Guy Krenzer. He’ll be sharing his passion, expertise and creativity during a one-of-a-kind experience that opens up a world of exciting new flavors and recipes. Tuck into a range of Guy Krenzer’s specially created dishes while sailing past the breath-taking sights on the river bank.
Bid farewell to your traveling companions, and au revoir to your hosts. Return home with a wealth of memories and first-hand experiences of the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day landings, shared with like-minded friends, experts, and those most affected by the events of one of the most infamous days in history.