MHT IS GOING TO FRANCE FOR THE HOLIDAYS...DON’T MISS OUT IN GETTING A VISIT TO NORMANDY & PARIS OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST IN 2022!
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MHT offers a chance to get out of the house after Christmas to get D-Day Normandy off your “Bucket List” and celebrate the New Year in France, registering now!
Tour Leader: Shayne Jarosz, USMC, MHT’s VP Education Programs
BACK FOR 2021! MHT has expanding our traditional D-Day tour to include more of the most important invasion to include the crucial airborne drop zones behind the beaches. Of all the battles fought by United States in Europe during WWII, the breaching of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall is considered the most significant. This D-Day Tour has been designed to examine all aspects of this epic landing. Please join us for a journey back in time.
D-Day - 1944, few events have galvanized a population and stirred the imagination like D-Day. As dawn broke over the beaches, thousands of real-life “Private Ryans,” British, French, Canadians and Americans, left the relative safety of their landing craft and stormed ashore to begin the Liberation of France.
Military Historical Tours is proud to offer another in our series of signature European Battlefield Tours with a holiday flavor. Our tours include exclusive MHT events, tour booklet & sites other tours bypass. Information on the events that are offered on your particular expedition will be included in your registration information packet. All of these things, along with the most experienced staff of Program Directors, Battlefield Tour Leaders and Historians will combine to make your trip the most enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining and educational experience possible. We welcome your phone calls, letters or e-mails to discuss your tour with one of our Battlefield Specialists. Call us at 703-590-1295 we look forward to hearing from you!
Tour Price: $ 3,195*
(BoDO- Based on Double Occupancy)
Single Supplement: $ 895*
Post Tour Price: $ 650*
(BoDO- Based on Double Occupancy)
Single Supplement: $ 195*
Tour Price Includes:
- 4—Star Hotel Accommodations at CDG, Paris, Caen, Normandy & downtown Paris
- Air-conditioned deluxe motorcoach with onboard restroom
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Historical trip information packet, containing maps & other tour information.
- Admission fees to all sites, museums and special attractions listed
- Services of experienced Tour Leader and English-speaking local guides.
Airfare not included: Get your own or Book Optional MHT Air-fare: Round-trip economy or business class airfare from your hometown to Par-is CDG price quoted upon registration!
* - Price based on € conversion rate at final billing
Post Tour 4 – 6 January
Day 9 – January 4 – French Cooking Class. Individuals interested in learning to get a closer look at French Cuisine can stay one extra day and enjoy a day long cooking class. Night on your own to enjoy the “City of Light” Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse Paris. Meals: B - Included. L & D - On Own.
Day 10 – January 5 – Tour of the Palace at Versailles. Spend your last day in France exploring the grounds and Palace at Versailles. Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse Paris. Meals: B - Included. L & D - On Own.
Day 9 – January 6 – Departure. Individual departure on your own schedule to the airport for your return flight to the USA, arriving the same day.
Day 1 – December 27 – Departure. Depart today from your hometown airport for an International Portal for the flight to Charles De Gaulle Airport Paris (CDG). Dinner and beverages served aboard flight.
Day 2 – December 28 – Arrival in France. Arrive at CDG in the morning and make your way to the rally point and make the drive to Normandy. Enjoy the Holiday Market outside the Hotel. Hotel: Caen Moderne Caen. Meals: L & D - On Own.
Days 3 – 6 – December 29 – January 1 – Normandy. Our hotel in Caen will be our home base for exploring Normandy. Omaha Beach was the most intensely contested beach on D-Day. It is six miles wide – the largest of all the five beaches. The entire beach was overlooked by cliffs which made attacking the area very difficult. You will walk the sands where the liberation of France began 74 years ago. 29th Infantry Division. Our tour will include the seawall, bunkers, and other German defenses along the beach. The western half of the US beach was assigned to the untested 29th Infantry Division. Vierville Draw where the 29th landed was featured in both "The Longest Day " and "Saving Private Ryan." 1st Infantry Division. The eastern half of the beach was assigned to battle-hardened 1st Infantry Division. The Big Red One stormed ashore and began fighting for its life on a strip of beach near Coleville-sur-Mer that had been marked the "Easy Red" on battle maps. Slowly, spurred by the individual heroism of many individuals, the move inland got underway. Pointe du Hoc. The 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled the 100-foot cliffs to eliminate the German heavy guns that could threaten both Utah and Omaha beaches. At a high cost, they successfully defended against determined German counterattacks for two days. The Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument was erected by the French to honor the incredible courage of the Rangers. American Airborne Landings. In the early hours of June 6, 1944, the American airborne forces successfully executed some of the most difficult and challenging missions of D-Day. Their objectives were to secure the invasion right flank against German counterattacks and secure the causeways off Utah Beach. 82nd Airborne Divison. Paratroopers of the 82nd were to capture objectives in the area west of the Allied amphibious invasion, specifically the town of Sainte-Mère-Eglise and the La Fière bridge. Ste Mere Eglise. Another site made famous by the film, "The Longest Day." A mannequin of a paratrooper hangs from the church spire. The Airborne Forces Museum has a C-47 troop transport aircraft that flew in the invasion and a rare WACO glider on display. 101st Airborne Division. The 101st Airborne Division's objectives were to secure the four causeway exits behind Utah Beach to ensure the exit route for the 4th Infantry Division from the beach later that morning. Brecourt Manor. The 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment’s assault by Easy Company on the German howitzer battery that was disrupting the exit leading off Utah Beach was immortalized in the series “Band of Brothers”. It is often cited as a classic example of small-unit tactics and leadership in overcoming a larger enemy force. Utah Beach. The westernmost of the five landing beaches. The beach was situated on the east at the edge of a marshland zone which had been flooded by the Germans. Only four causeways could be used to cross this marshland and reach inlands. 4th Infantry Divison. The objective of the 4th, supported by airborne landings of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions, was to secure a beachhead on the Cotentin Peninsula. The division only lost 197 men during the day and by the night of the 6th of June, 20,000 men and 1,700 vehicles were ashore. It was for his actions that day that Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., Assistant Division Commander, earned the first Medal of Honor of the division. Utah Beach D-Day Museum. Built on the very beach where the first American troops landed. A restored, original B26 “Marauder” bomber is among the displays. Overlord Museum. This privately-owned museum just outside the Cemetery gate chronicles the period of the Allied landing until the liberation of Paris. The collection was assembled by someone who was both a witness to the conflict and involved in the reconstruction of Normandy. Personal items from individual soldiers and armored fighting vehicles from the six armies in Normandy are presented in set displays showing over 35 vehicles, tanks and guns. La Cambe. At the somber German military cemetery at La Cambe, 21,500 German troops are buried, including Tiger Tank "Ace" Michael Wittmann. The design contrast with the Normandy American Cemetery is striking. A Boeing PT17 Stearman and Piper L4 Grasshopper aircraft fly from the airstrip in aerial displays and offer sightseeing trips along the landing beaches.
Pegasus Bridge. The bridges across the River Orne and the Caen canal had to be captured and held intact to enable the seaborne reinforcements to cross. The result was textbook example of a successful operation. Drive along the British and Canadian landing beaches. Contrast the terrain differences between these beaches and Omaha/Utah beaches to be visited later. Arromanches. The remains of one of the two artificial "Mulberry" harbors erected in the landing operation may still be seen. Port-en-Bessin. A picturesque fishing port that was home to one of the 'Pipelines Under the Sea' (PLUTO) pumping stations. Longes-sur-Mer The German coastal defense battery at, probably the best remaining example of such a battery in Normandy. Bayeux. The first city of the Battle of Normandy to be liberated, and on 16 June 1944 General Charles de Gaulle made the first of two major speeches in Bayeux in which he made clear that France sided with the Allies. The buildings in Bayeux were virtually untouched during the Battle of Normandy, the German forces being fully involved in defending Caen from the Allies. After a celebration dinner we welcome the New Year with the great people of Caen Hotel: Caen Moderne. Meals: B- Included each day. L & D - On Own. D - Included last night.
Day 7 – January 2 – Paris. We will bid farewell to Normandy and head for Paris. Rouen. The capital of Normandy. What makes this city unique is its incredible Gothic architecture coupled with half-timbered medieval street houses. A stroll through the quaint old streets of Rouen, in Upper Normandy, feels like a walk back in time. Cathédrale Notre-Dame. In the heart of the old town, it is one of the largest and most impressive Gothic cathedrals in France. The cathedral's main structure was built in the 13th century but the building was not completed until the 16th century. Tour du Gros-Horloge (Big Clock Tower). The huge decorative clock dates from 1889 and still serves its timekeeping functions for the city. Joan of Arc. Joan was captured by Anglo-Burgundian forces, tried for witchcraft and heresy and burned at the stake in 1431 in the city square. Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse Paris. Meals: B - Included. L & D - On Own.
Day 8 – January 3 – Paris. Free day to explore the “City of Light.” with these possibilities: Les Invalides: Site of Napoleon’s Tomb and the French National Army Museum. Cultural: Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris Opera House, Montmartre —Sacré Coeur Church, Champs-Elysées & Arc de Triomphe.
Art Museums: The Louvre (Highlights: Mona Lisa, Winged Victory, Venus di Milo, Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I, The Wedding Feast at Cana); Musée d'Orsay (Highlights: Impressionists: Monet, Ma-net, Degas, Cézanne); Georges Pompidou Center (Modern Art); Musée de l'Orangerie (“Water Lilies” murals by Claude Monet); Musée Rodin (Highlights: The Thinker, Dante’s Inferno, The Kiss) & Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tour. Evenings in Paris at leisure. Hotel: Concorde Montparnasse Paris. Meals: B - Included. L & D - On Own.
Day 9 - January 4—Departure. Individual departure on your own schedule to the airport for your return flight to the USA, arriving the same day.
D-Day Holiday Tour of Normandy - Paris (27 Dec 2021 - 4 Jan 2022)
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