75th Anniversary of D-Day
August 18, 2019 - August 26, 2019
A Memorable Walk Through History

Starting your visit to London and France with a private tour of the Churchill War rooms signals the key role London and its people played in World War II. No visit to this fascinating city is complete without a visit to the Tower of London. Additional highlights of the program include visits to D-Day Beaches including the German cemetery at La Cambe and American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sue-Mer. Catch a glimpse of the famous Bayeux Tapestry in Honfleur; visit Mont-St-Michel, one of the most beautiful Gothic abbeys in France; and experience the sights and sounds of Paris with visits to the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame and Saint-Chapelle and the Rodin museum.

  • RSVP: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Final Balance Due: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
  • Member Fees: $5,299.00
  • Non-Member Fees: $5,499.00
  • Deposit Amount: $1,000.00
  • Single Room Supplement (optional): $1,000.00
ITINERARY
DAY 1, August 18, 2019 | London
London

Upon arrival at Heathrow Airport this morning you will be met and transferred privately to your centrally located hotel. After lunch independently you are invited to join your tour director for a leisurely walking tour. Visit Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, a traditional site of public speaking, debates, protests and demonstrations since the mid-19th century. Continue into fashionable Mayfair to Grosvenor Square where you’ll see the US Embassy and the Roosevelt Memorial.

This evening enjoy traditional British cuisine at the nearby Grazing Goat gastropub.

DAY 2, August 19, 2019 | London
London

Begin the day with a visit to the Houses of Parliament which will include a visit to both chambers and Westminster Hall which is nearly 1000 years old.

Afterwards walk along Whitehall past Downing Street for lunch at the Red Lion, a popular haunt of politicians. Later, from Westminster Pier talk a short public boat cruise on the Thames, disembarking at Tower Pier for a visit to the Tower of London, a historic castle built by William the Conqueror in 1078. Used as a royal residence and a prison (the Deputy Führer Rudolf Hess was briefly imprisoned here), it is home to the dazzling Crown Jewels. Drive back to the hotel at the end of the afternoon and spend the evening at leisure.

DAY 3, August 20, 2019 | London – Portsmouth – Normandy
London – Portsmouth – Normandy

After breakfast, depart from London and head southwest to Portsmouth, which has long been an important naval base. A visit will be made to The D-Day Story which houses the magnificent Overload Embroidery, commissioned to remember those who participated in the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. Later board your ferry and depart across the Channel to Caen (Ouistreham). Dine at leisure aboard the ferry before disembarking at around 9.30pm and transferring privately to your hotel.

DAY 4, August 21, 2019 | D-Day Beaches
D-Day Beaches

Today will be dedicated to visiting some of the principal sites associated with the D-Day landings. The day begins with a visit to the German cemetery at La Cambe before proceeding to Utah Beach, the western-most of the D-Day beaches and vital to the seizure of the Cotentin Peninsula with its major port, Cherbourg. Proceed to La Fière Bridge, the scene of fierce fighting between June 6th and 9th. Later arrive in Sainte-Mère Église where, early in the morning of 6 June 1944, the parachute assault by the 82nd Airborne Division heralded the beginning of operations. Afterwards we visit Utah Beach, before driving to Pointe du Hoc, famously stormed that fateful morning by the men of Lt. Col. James Rudder’s 2nd Ranger Battalion. Lunch today will be at the Hotel du Casino, overlooking Dog Green Beach before visiting Omaha Beach and the nearby American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, where 9385 marble tombstones commemorate the fallen; a wreath-laying ceremony will take place. This evening head to Arromanches where you can see the remains of one of the Mulberry Harbours just a few hundred yards from shore, miraculous feats of engineering which played such a vital role in the Normandy campaign.

DAY 5, August 22, 2019 | Mont-St-Michel
Mont-St-Michel

Drive south this morning to Avranches where you learn about Operation Cobra and visit the General Patton Memorial. About 5 miles south you come to the Pontaubault Bridge crossed by Patton’s VIII Corps on August 1st 1944. Later in the morning arrive at Mont-Saint-Michel where the abbey, a monastic site for over 1000 years, is perched on a 264-ft rock a few hundred yards off the coast. It was a major centre for pilgrimage during the Middle Ages and is unsurprisingly a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch enjoy a guided visit to the abbey church.

Arrive back in Bayeux at the end of the afternoon in time to visit the Bayeux Tapestry, an impressive 225-ft embroidered scroll which tells the epic tale of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066.

Dinner tonight is at leisure.

DAY 6, August 23, 2019 | Normandy – Giverny – Paris
Normandy – Giverny – Paris

After breakfast travel east and visit Monet’s Gardens at Giverny.

Afterwards enjoy lunch at Les Bords de Seine in La Roche-Guyon (nearby Château La Roche-Guyon became the headquarters in 1944 of Field-Marshal Rommel). Later, continue to Paris where your hotel is located just yards from the Louvre.

Enjoy dinner tonight independently.

DAY 7, August 24, 2019 | Paris
Paris

Depart in the company of your expert guide on a tour covering many of the classic sights of Paris. Start at the Arc de Triomphe before visiting Saint-Chapelle with its lovely stained-glass windows and afterwards the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. Afterwards you will see the Shoah Memorial before lunch in a riverside restaurant with impressive views of the Eiffel Tower. Afterwards visit the elegant H?tel Biron, home to the Musée Rodin which reopened in 2015 after having undergone an extensive €16 million renovation. After visiting the two floors continue your visit outside in the lovely sculpture garden which covers 7 acres and include masterpieces such as The Burghers of Calais and The Gates of Hell. The afternoon concludes with a visit to the nearby Dome church which contains Napoleon’s Tomb.

Dine tonight at leisure.

DAY 8, August 25, 2019 | Paris
Paris

Join your guide again this morning and walking to the nearby Louvre, perhaps the most famous art gallery in the world, containing, of course, the exquisite Mona Lisa. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration before meeting in the evening to depart to dinner at one of the city’s historic brasseries.

DAY 9, August 26, 2019 | Paris
Paris

Transfer privately to the airport for your flight home.

HOTEL INFORMATION

Amba Hotel Marble Arch
Bryanston St. London

Telephone
+44 800 330 8523

Website
https://www.amba-hotel.com/en/london/marble-arch.html

Amba Hotel Marble Arch
HOTEL INFORMATION

Amba Hotel Marble Arch
Bryanston St. London

Telephone
+44 800 330 8523

Website
https://www.amba-hotel.com/en/london/marble-arch.html

Amba Hotel Marble Arch
HOTEL INFORMATION

Mercure Omaha Beach Hotel
Chemin du Colombier Port-en-Bessin-Huppain

Telephone
+33 231224444

Website
https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1215-mercure-omaha-beach-hotel/

Mercure Omaha Beach Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION

Mercure Omaha Beach Hotel
Chemin du Colombier Port-en-Bessin-Huppain

Telephone
+33 231224444

Website
https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1215-mercure-omaha-beach-hotel/

Mercure Omaha Beach Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION

Mercure Omaha Beach Hotel
Chemin du Colombier Port-en-Bessin-Huppain

Telephone
+33 231224444

Website
https://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-1215-mercure-omaha-beach-hotel/

Mercure Omaha Beach Hotel
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel Royal Saint-Honore
221 Rue Saint-Honoré Paris

Telephone
+33 1 42 60 32 79

Website
https://www.royal-st-honore.com/

Hotel Royal Saint-Honore
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel Royal Saint-Honore
221 Rue Saint-Honoré Paris

Telephone
+33 1 42 60 32 79

Website
https://www.royal-st-honore.com/

Hotel Royal Saint-Honore
HOTEL INFORMATION

Hotel Royal Saint-Honore
221 Rue Saint-Honoré Paris

Telephone
+33 1 42 60 32 79

Website
https://www.royal-st-honore.com/

Hotel Royal Saint-Honore
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  • London, Portsmouth, Normandy,Giverny & Paris
TRIP DETAILS
TRIP LEADER(S)
Merrill Eisenhower Atwater

Merrill Eisenhower Atwater joined People to People International as the Chief Executive Officer in January 2018. Before joining People to People International he served as the Director of Aviation at Kansas Department of Transportation. Mr. Atwater joined Kansas Department of Transportation from Housby where he served as National Sales Director. Prior to that he was with Fox Energy Corp. of Kansas City, MO serving as President of New Business Development. He has spoken both at the national and international level on various topics including; Business Development, Energy, and Transportation.

He holds a Bachelors of Science in History and Interpersonal Communications from Missouri Western State University and in 2015 he received is Masters in Business Administration from Baker University. Mr. Atwater has previously been a member of several boards including: The Kansas Department of Transportation’s Executive Staff, NASAO Board of Directors, the Kansas Freight Advisory Committee, Transportation Research Board’s Standing Committee on Aviation System Planning, Standing Committee on Airfield and Airspace Capacity and Delay, Standing Committee on Intergovernmental Relations in Aviation and a sub-committee on UAS Integration into the national air space. He currently sits on the board for the Dean’s Council of Kansas State University (Salina).

Mr. Atwater has received numerous awards and recognitions. He was recognized for the 2017 Aviation Impact Award from the FAA and was awarded National Association of State Aviation Officials (NASAO’s) Center for Aviation Research and Education Award. In 2016, he was selected to the 40 under 40 Most Influential and Accomplished Leaders of Business. He is married to Shonda Atwater and they have two children.

AIRFARE
International airfare is not included.
INCLUSIONS

The following is included with your registration fee:

  • Full Itinerary
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Motor Coach Transportation
  • Bilingual Tour Manager
  • Bilingual Local Guides
  • Ferry Tickets from Portsmouth, England to Caen, France
  • Admission Fees
  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • Gratuities

The following is NOT included with your registration fee:

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
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