The Seine: D-Day Beaches to Paris

Gain a deeper understanding of the significant events of WWII, learning about the beaches of Normandy and historic sites of occupied Paris on expert-led excursions.
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Program No. 12416RJ
15 days
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At a Glance

Trace the events of history’s largest invasion on June 6, 1944, from Normandy’s beaches to the liberation of Paris. At charming ports of call local experts discuss life along the Seine River, ranging from medieval history to Impressionist art.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Extensive walking along unpaved lanes and cobblestone streets; some stairs without railings and/or uneven ground. Participants should be able to stand for at least one hour.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy incredible views of the Seine and the surrounding countryside aboard your comfortable riverboat.
  • Delve into the events of D-Day with experts at Sainte Mere Eglise and Utah and Omaha Beaches.
  • Explore the historic sites of Paris’ World War II occupation and learn about its final liberation in August 1944.

General Notes

Current Events in Paris: Due to the fire at Notre Dame, the cathedral is closed to visitors. Road Scholar programs that visit île de la Cité will be able to see the outside of the cathedral, but we will not be able to go inside. Also, because of the ongoing protests in Paris, we may need to make last-minute changes to the itinerary to avoid visiting areas blocked by protesters.
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Bill Snowden
Bill Snowden was a geography master at Harrow school, a boy's boarding school which counts Winston Churchill and Lord Byron among its former pupils. In 2014, Bill retired from teaching to devote more of his time to travel and leading travel adventurers. Since 1984, Bill has worked during spring and summer breaks as a group leader or guide. He is fluent in French and Spanish, providing him the opportunity to lead travel programs across Europe, most notably in France and Spain.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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