Step back in time and retrace the events of D-Day during this 9-day expedition with National Geographic. Immerse yourself in the history of Portsmouth, Normandy and Bayeux as you discover more about this poignant event alongside a military historian. Visit villages and communes that still bear the vestiges of war, seeking out World War II sites and monuments along the way.
On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, pay your respects to fallen heroes during a commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
Walk along Omaha beach with a local historian, and learn about the historic beach landings and air invasion by the Allied forces.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at Normandy’s artillery batteries, and stand inside the German gun pits on Pointe du Hoc.
Itinerary - 9 Days
Arrive in London and visit the Churchill War Rooms, where we will enjoy a welcome reception and dinner. Explore the decks of the H.M.S. Belfast, now part of the Imperial War Museum, and visit Norfolk House, where much of the planning for D-Day took place.
Kensington Hotel (Day 1: D; Day 2: B)
At Bletchley Park, discover the story behind the Enigma code breakers. Travel to Portsmouth to explore the D-Day Museum. Take a tour of Southwick House, former headquarters of the Allied commanders.
Langstone Hotel (B/L/D)
4 Normandy, France
Cross the English Channel by ferry and visit the Pegasus Memorial Bridge and Museum. Trace the footsteps of thousands of soldiers at Juno Beach and Gold Beach, then continue to the German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer.
Hotel d’Argouges or La Ferme de la Rançonniere (B/L/D)
5 Sainte-Mère-Église/Saintemarie-Du-Mont/Utah Beach
Explore the village of Sainte-Mère-Église, where paratroopers dropped from the sky in a hail of gunfire on the night of June 5. Visit a memorial established in memory of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division—known as E or Easy Company—then venture into the field where Easy Company Commander Thomas Meehan and his crew perished. Explore Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and Utah Beach.
Hôtel d’Argouges or Ferme de la Ranconniere (B/L/D)
6-7 D-Day Anniversary/Pointe Du Hoc/Colleville-Sur-Mer
On the 75th anniversary of D-Day, attend a commemoration ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach. The next day, explore the dramatic Pointe du Hoc and wander along Omaha Beach. Trace the history of the Vierville Draw and see remnants of German fortifications along the Atlantic Wall.
Hôtel d’Argouges or Ferme de la Ranconniere (Day 6: B/L/D;Day 7: B/L)
Visit the 11th-century Cathedral of Bayeux and see the Bayeux Tapestry before driving to Paris this afternoon. The following day, transfer to Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport for your flight home.
Hôtel Edouard 7 or Hôtel Royal Saint-Honoré (Day 8: B/L/D; Day 9: B)
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