Odyssey at Sea: World War II in France & the British Isles

Sail back in time as we study the historic and cultural impact that World War II had on the British Isles and France on a special voyage aboard our premiere floating campus.
Program No. 23806RJ
13 days
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At a Glance

On the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, join us aboard our favorite ship for a voyage across the English Channel to discover the people, places and events behind the world’s largest seaborne invasion — D-Day. Starting with an exploration of Greenwich’s naval legacy in England, you’ll learn about the history behind D-Day operations as you cross the Channel to France to explore Utah and Omaha Beaches, Pegasus Bridge and other key sites with an expert, followed by a visit to the first town liberated after American paratroopers landed in the early hours of the siege. Then, sail back to England, where a visit to the site of a rehearsal for the D-Day invasion will deepen your understanding of the strategies and challenges that shaped this event before rounding out your cultural discoveries with explorations of several colorful English and Irish towns. Relive this turning point in history and its lasting effects alongside experts and equally passionate learners on this insightful learning adventure in France and the British Isles.

Extend Your Adventure

This program offers an optional program extension.

Extension: Experience Local Life in London

Experience the iconic city of London at your own pace before your Odyssey at Sea adventure begins, complete with a stay at a centrally-located hotel.
Activity Level
Choose Your Pace
This program offers two activity levels to choose from: one that has less walking and fewer stairs and another at a more active pace.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Delve into the events of D-Day with experts at Utah and Omaha Beaches, including a visit to a cemetery memorializing the fallen.
  • Explore Sainte-Mère-Église, the first town liberated during Operation Overlord when American paratroopers landed in the early hours of D-Day, and learn about the significance of airborne operations with a local expert.
  • Visit England’s Trebah Garden, a spectacular botanical garden featuring species from across the globe that served as the muster point for the Omaha Beach soldiers.
  • Sail exclusively with ship mates who are all Road Scholar participants, like-minded travelers who are as dedicated to learning as you are.

General Notes

We’ll have up to 350 Road Scholar participants on the ship, divided into groups of 35 for shore excursions. Please note roommate matching is available in categories F, H and L.
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Jonathan Krause
Dr. Jonathan Krause is a research fellow at the University of Oxford and lecturer in the history of war at the University of Wolverhampton. He is the author of "Early Trench Tactics in the French Army: the Second Battle of Artois, May-June 1915" and editor of "The Greater War: Other Combatants and Other Fronts, 1914-1918." He is currently writing a book on the history of anticolonial rebellions in West Africa and Southeast Asia in the early 20th century.

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

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