Memorials of WWII

July 5 – 14, 2024 | 10 days

$4999 per person, double occupancy

 

 

 

 

An unforgettable journey of discovery and remembrance awaits you as you travel between London, Normandy and Paris on the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. Explore London’s connections to World War II during a city tour focused on The Blitz. Cross the English Channel, retracing the parallel journey nearly 160,000 courageous Allied troops took on June 6th, 1944, as they set out to liberate Europe from the Nazis. Immerse yourself in the history of Normandy’s D-Day Landing Beaches and visit the Normandy American Cemetery. Visit Saint-Mère-Église, the first French town liberated from the Nazis and learn about the brave paratroopers who parachuted into Normandy on the night of June 5–6, 1944. Conclude your journey in Paris, the City of Light with a festive dinner cruise along the Seine River.

10 Days | 12 Meals | 8 Breakfasts| 4 Dinners

HIGHLIGHTS

London & Paris WWII-Focused City Tours ● Portsmouth ● The D-Day Story Museum ● English Channel Crossing ● Juno Beach ● Caen Peace Memorial Museum ● Arromanche-les-Baines   Longues-sur-Mer ● Apple Cider Farm Visit ● Normandy American Cemetery ● Omaha Beach   Pointe du Hoc ● Airborne Museum ● Utah Beach ● Giverny Gardens ● Seine River Dinner Cruise

 

HOTELS:

  • Days 2, 3 – Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton, London
  • Day 4 – Marriott Hotel, Portsmouth
  • Days 5 – 7 – Mercure City Center-Port de Plaisance, Caen or Mercure Cote De Nacre, Caen or Novotel Cote de Nacre, Caen
  • Days 8, 9 – Renaissance La Defense Hotel, Paris or Pullman La Defense, Paris or Le Meridien Etoile, Paris

FULL ITINERARY

Day 1 | Friday, July 5, 2024 | Overnight Flight

An unforgettable journey of discovery and remembrance awaits you on the 80th Anniversary of D-Day.

 

Day 2 | Saturday, July 6, 2024 | London, England – Tour Begins

Welcome to London. Discover the city’s rich historical relationship with World War II. This evening, get a taste of contemporary British fare as you meet your fellow travelers for a dinner highlighting London’s culinary renaissance. (D)

 

Day 3 | Sunday, July 7, 2024 | London

Uncover London’s myriad connections to WWII on an expert-guided tour. Step back in time to September 1940, when the city was at the receiving end of the German ‘Blitz’. London would be reduced to rubble, but not Londoners, who “Kept Calm and Carried On.” View Saint Paul’s Cathedral and take in iconic landmarks such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament. Retrace Sir Winston Churchill’s steps on a walk by the Cenotaph and Downing Street, before returning to your hotel for an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 4 | Monday, July 8, 2024 | London – Portsmouth

This morning, journey through the English countryside to Portsmouth. This city played a critical role in the preparation efforts for Operation Overlord. Generals Eisenhower and Montgomery chose Portsmouth for their military headquarters and its dockyards now host The D-Day Story Museum, which you will visit this afternoon before checking into your hotel for a 1-night stay. (B, D)

Day 5 | Tuesday, July 9, 2024 | Portsmouth – English Channel Crossing – Caen, France

In the early hours of the morning, board a ferry and cross the English Channel. As you breathe in the salted sea air during your 6-hour sailing, reflect upon the parallel journey nearly 160,000 courageous Allied troops took on June 6th, 1944, as they set out to liberate Europe from the Nazis. Your ferry docks in Ouistreham, which housed one of the largest bunkers of the German ‘Atlantic Wall’ defense system. A coastal drive takes you by Sword Beach (British landing site) to Juno Beach, where Canadian soldiers sacrificed their lives among a deluge of air attacks, naval bombardments, and land offenses. Arrive in Caen in the early evening and settle into your hotel for a momentous 3-night stay. (B, D)

Day 6 | Wednesday, July 10, 2024 | Caen – D-Day Landing Sites

This morning, explore the Caen Peace Memorial Museum dedicated to providing a comprehensive history of the D-Day landings and Europe’s post-war transition. Then, set out for Arromanche-les-Bains to view the remains of the Mulberry Harbor, one of the greatest engineering feats of WWII, allowing the Allies to establish strategic bridgeheads on D-Day. Later this afternoon, stop at the German Artillery battery of Longues-sur-Mer, featured in The Longest Day. Then pause at a local farm for a stroll through their apple orchards and a taste of traditional cider. (B)

Day 7 | Thursday, July 11, 2024 | Caen – D-Day Landing Sites

Today, immerse yourself in the history of Normandy’s beaches – the site of the largest amphibious invasion in history. Pay your respects to the 9,386 servicemen and women who rest at the Normandy American Cemetery. Visit two U.S. landing zones of the invasion of Normandy: Omaha Beach and this afternoon, Utah Beach. Discover Pointe du Hoc, a strategic German battery that claimed the ultimate sacrifice of 135 brave men from the 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions and where craters from cataclysmic bombings occupy the landscape to this day. At the Airborne Museum, learn the unique history of paratroopers in Saint-Mère-Église, the first French town liberated from the Nazis. Return to Caen in the early evening. (B)

Day 8 | Friday, July 12, 2024 | Caen – Giverny – Paris

Head south to Paris this morning. Your drive through the rich pasturelands of Normandy takes you to the village of Giverny. Here, let the art scene leave its impression on you with a visit to Monet’s countryside home. Stroll through the colorful living work of art that is Monet’s garden, where you’ll see the source for the artist’s inspiration, including the setting for his iconic Waterlilies. Then, set off to Paris, the French capital that was under German occupation from 1940 to 1944. In the late afternoon, check into your hotel located in the suburban La Défense business district. As your day comes to a close, make the most of an evening at leisure. Or, enjoy an optional dinner at the dynamic Paradis Latin for a champagne-flowing, can-can kicking, music-driven night at the cabaret (may be considered unsuitable for children). (B)

Day 9 | Saturday, July 13, 2024 | Paris

A local expert leads you on a journey back to the time of German occupation and the puppet government of Vichy. From the Vel d’Hiv, Hôtel de Ville, Les Invalides, Panthéon, and the Luxembourg Gardens to Le Marais, see the sites that tell the story of the liberation of Paris and what life was like under the Nazis. Tonight, bid au revoir to your fellow travelers and to the City of Light while gently floating down the Seine on a dinner cruise. (B, D)

Day 10 | Sunday, July 14, 2024 | Paris – Tour Ends

Your tour ends today. (B)

 

PRICES
Double: $4999pp | Single: $5999pp

Add Optional Excursion:

Showtime in Paris! • $190pp

Join us for a spectacular evening in one of Paris’s most beloved institutions, the famous Paradis Latin. Situated in a building associated with Napoleon and rebuilt by Gustav Eiffel himself, the Paradis has been running here since 1889. Enjoy a sumptuous dinner with wine, then bring on the champagne and let the show commence! Duration: Approximately 5 hours. Please note a minimum of 15 passengers is required. Transportation is included.

PRICE INCLUDES
Round Trip Airfare
8 breakfasts, 4 dinners
Air taxes and fees/surcharges
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Sightseeing
Baggage Handling
Services of a professional Tour Manager
Transportation via deluxe motor coach
All taxes and service charges

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
Travel insurance, visas and items of a personal nature

**Travel insurance is recommended**

PAYMENTS A deposit of $800 per person is due with reservation.  Final payment is due March 3, 2024. We accept cash, checks, or Zelle, or you may make final payment with a credit card (with 5% fee). Legal full names must be given as stated on your passport.

AIRFARE Roundtrip airfare is included with this package and air itineraries are at the sole discretion of the tour company.  SCT cannot change itineraries. If air tickets are requested early, they become totally non refundable”. If business class tickets have been reserved, the business class segments are for the international portion of the journey only. 1 checked bag  and 1 carry on bag per person is allowed.  Once the air itinerary is provided, please refer to your carrier’s website for detailed information regarding checked baggage and seat selection.

CANCELLATIONS If cancelled before November 3, 2023, a fee of $700 per person is assessed.  If cancelled between 11/3/23 – 3/1/24, a fee of $800 is assessed.  If cancelled on or after 3/2/24, package is totally non refundable.  INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENED.

FULL LEGAL NAMES  Must be given as stated on PASSPORT. Please scan/email us a copy of your passport (do not fax). Name changes are allowed until March 2, 2024, at $200 per name change.  On March 3 or after name changes are not allowed.

 

INSURANCE  Please request an insurance quote for the SCT agent.  SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER-RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS. Any out of pocket expenses caused by airline delays are the sole responsibility of the client and any refunds due are at the sole discretion of the airline. Client must contact the airline directly for any reimbursement. Once again, INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

RESPONSIBILITY  Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House offers retail travel services to customers, which are provided by separate and independent vendors of travel services. Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House does not operate, control, or otherwise provide the services of the independent travel vendors. Hence, customer agrees that Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House acts only as agent for the client in acquiring transportation, hotel accommodations, sightseeing, and other privileges, or services for the clients’ benefit, and on the express condition that Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House  shall not be responsible for any loss, accident, injury, delay, defect, pandemic, omission or irregularity which may occur or be occasioned, whether by reason of any act, negligence or default of any company or person engaged in or responsible for carrying out any of the arrangements, or otherwise in connection there with. The suppliers reserve the right to make minor adjustments to the itinerary.   Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House will not be held responsible should any of these suppliers fail to provide the travel services purchased, whether through default or any other cause.  Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House is not responsible for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air schedules or other causes.  All such losses or expenses will be the responsibility of the member of the tour.  Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House is not responsible for any loss or damage to luggage during the tour.  Also, Sharon Carr Travel /Journey House is not liable for any illnesses contracted during or after travel, is not liable for medical care or the adequacy of any care that may be rendered during or after travel.  Acceptance of the Tour Contract will serve as a Release of Liability and Assumption of Risk Agreement.  This agreement is binding on your heirs, legal representatives and assigns. If, for some reason, a trip must be rescheduled due to any of the above reasons, participants are bound by the new dates of travel, and can only obtain a refund if insurance has been purchased and insurer is contractually bound.  SHARON CARR TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR WEATHER RELATED OR MECHANICAL DELAYS.

NOTE TO TRAVELER The traveler assumes and understands that there is a risk involved with travel and travel activities and/or excursions. The traveler is responsible for reading and abiding by all Health and Safety protocols of the vendor & the destination prior to travel, has reviewed the travel itinerary for accuracy, has been advised of all applicable fees imposed by Sharon Carr Travel/Journey House Travel and the suppliers, and has been offered the option of purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance. The traveler also understands that discounted fares and vacation packages typically involve restrictions and that changing any aspect of any travel arrangements may result in the payment of additional money.

 

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