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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Very interesting tour of the Normandy beaches, without being rushed. Great experience. Better than all other tours we reviewed beforehand.


A very full trip - Olivier was a great leader, offering a knowledgable collection of information and insight. An outstanding collection of emotion, information, and camaraderie. The experience on the Seine Princess was outstanding! Great trip!


Truly the experience of a lifetime for us! History, scenery, river boating, excellent dining, Paris!, warm and interesting participants, led by highly skilled, knowledgeable, and polished guides and group leader. What's not to like, especially at fair prices!


This program covers a wide range of interests. My interest in D-day was covered exceptionally well while there was also time spent exploring the Normandy region of France (apple cider and cheese!). Then the boat trip up the Seine was remarkable including its coverage of medieval France and Impressionism. Some time in Paris rounded out the trip. I "totally" recommend this program if you would like a number of French experiences all in one package.


We selected this program because it had more days on the D-Day beaches than others we had read about. Our only concern was that there might be history buffs who would dominate the conversation but that was not true at all. Our 29 member group enjoyed and respected each other. We had an outstanding leader, Olivier, and interesting and informative expert guides who made the places we visited come alive. All of the fieldtrips contributed to the larger whole of understanding D-Day to the liberation of Paris. Now that we're back home, we plan to watch the D-Day documentaries from the library again since we have a deeper understanding of the events. The mostly delicious meals highlighted local foods such as Calvados over apple ice cream, galette crepes and real macrons. It was more than plentiful! The balance between staying at hotels and cruising on the river was great and the evening cruise around Paris was a terrific way to end our program.


This program exceeded my expectations in every way. So much history amid such spectacular scenery. Good people, good meals, good views, good walks and talks!


I served twice in our nation's military (Air Force and Navy). I would gladly recommend this particular program with any active duty servicemember and veteran.


Enjoyed this trip and it was very educational.


This is a spectacular trip, with a fabulous leader - I highly recommend this trip and Olivier Horslaville!


Great program, great leadership (Adrian Quist), outstanding in all respects!


Adrian Quist led an outstanding tour of the Normandy Beaches and Paris, with outstanding guides.


The Normandy Road Scholar trip was a fabulous experience for me with so many unexpected 'extras'far beyond my expectations. I highly recommend this program to anyone interested in War history. The program is nicely balanced so the War component doesn't become too depressive.


This was our first Road Scholar trip and we were impressed with the quality of the educational program, our tour leader, Olivier, the accomodations and meals and lots more. It was a comfortable and unforgettable travel experience!


This was my first trip with Road Scholar. I have always wanted to visit the beaches at Normandy. This trip not only allowed me to visit, but with the guides and lecturers provide through Road Scholar, I learned so much history I did not know. The river cruise was a bonus. I plan to travel again and again with Road Scholar.

Mary Ann

Thank you for such an informative and accommodating trip. Your leaders were fantastic and your program left nothing to be desired. I highly recommend this trip for all interested in a Normandy and Paris excursion.


This was an excellent opportunity to spend extended time in Normandy sites which have helped shape our world. The experience was fascinating, surprisingly emotional, and thoroughly enjoyable.


An exceptionable tour of Normandy and the World War II invasion with a great group leader. Hotels were fine, food very good. River Boat sailing was more pleasant with good service and fine dining.


If the D Day Beaches are on your Bucket List, this is the trip for you! Outstanding expert leader makes sense of a complicated period.


If you enjoy learning about those places that you've always wanted to travel to...then Roads Scholar is for you...simply the best value for your travel dollar.


D-Day Beaches to Paris was the most educational tour I have experienced; outstanding and memorable. For anyone who wants to fully understand the D-Day invasion, this is the tour to take.


This two week program is a perfect mix of Normandy WW2 history and the relaxing river cruise with stops in lovely towns, museums, and Paris. It is a well planned program for active participants.


The Normandy/Givengy/Paris trip is excellent. You have talks by expert guides who provide valuable information about the sites. Not only do you visit the D-Day sites, but you also visit picturesque towns such as Honfleur, Monet's house and learn to appreciate the Impressionist painters and their works in ways that are stimulating and mind expanding.


I Would highly recommend this program to anyone who has an interst in learning more about DDay and the surrounding events. It was the only program we could find that gave more than a cursory look at that historic event. It included a river boat trip back to Paris as opposed to a long bus or train ride, which was an additional learning experince.


Trip was well organized and educational. Could not have been better. Great Tour Director ( Magali Thevenot ) who was fun and kept everything flowing smoothly. My wife enjoyed the D-Day Tour part more than she thought she would have.


This trip was perfect for me in every way. Magali, our tour guide, was terrific, the information was great and our group was congenial. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to travel to France and shares an interest in World War II and D day


This trip exceeded my expectations. The trip was well organized. Our guide was exceptional with her knowledge of France and displayed needed organizational and problem solving skills. The size of the group was perfect! It was a great experience to meet people with similar interests from all over the United States. The food, lodging, and expertise of the educators made the trip even more exciting. I would recommend this trip to anyone with interests in WWII, Paris and France.


The program more than met my expectations. Our hostess, Magali, was a delight. She knew her subject area and added many insights into French culture. Our fellow participants added to the overall quality of the program and the instructors could not have been better. I'd listen to them again and again. No drama here, just a fabulous two weeks.


DDAY, Normandy, and River Seine to Paris is and indepth and fascinating experience, especially if a loved one served in WWII. It is emotional, visual, and informative. The content goes far beyond WWII, so the cultural enrichment will appeal to broad interests. Ask for Olivier as your guide/host!

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