Our Around-the-World Itinerary:
In the heart of London, get an in-depth look into England’s involvement in both World Wars at the Imperial War Museum. Board a motorcoach to St. James’s Park to delight in the ceremony of the iconic Horse Guards Parade — the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Then, join your experts at the Churchill War Rooms and Churchill Museum where you’ll gain an understanding of Winston Churchill’s life, his role as prime minister and his leadership during the very worst of World War II, including the Blitz. The next day, journey to Portsmouth for the ferry to Normandy.
Home to the most infamous battle of World War II, Normandy's stunning coastal views contrast with a shoreline that still preserves the fox holes and bomb craters of Operation Overlord. Journey by motorcoach to explore key sites of the battle. Learn about the importance of British troops capturing Pegasus and Horsa Bridges to prevent a German counter attack, and journey to the British beaches where Bagpiper Bill Millin played as troops made their way from a landing craft to the beach.
Jutting into the English Channel is Pointe du Hoc, a vantage point where German troops could fire upon the American Army at Omaha Beach. It’s here where you will learn about the efforts of the American troops to take Omaha, a nearly six-mile long stretch of coastline. Then, continue on to Utah Beach where the U.S. 4th Infantry Division succeeded in isolating the seaborne invasion force from German Troops. Conclude your explorations at La Cambe German Cemetery, the final resting place of more than 21,000 German soldiers.
Giverny & Paris
It would hardly be a journey to France without a field trip to Giverny, the home of Impressionist painter Claude Monet ― an artist who was deeply influenced by the events of World War I. Journey by motorcoach to delight in the peace and tranquility of Monet’s home and garden. Continue on to Paris to explore the main sites of the city that were affected by the Second World War, and spend an afternoon at the Army Museum.
Get insight into the Jewish community of Paris during World War II during a field trip to the Shoa Memorial and Museum — Paris’ Holocaust Museum. Journey by motorcoach to the early 20th-century mansion once belonging to World War I pilot and hero Nissim de Camondo, whose family later died at Auschwitz.