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D-Day to the Allied Victory: A Transatlantic Voyage on QM2

Program No. 24969RJ
Learn about the end of World War II from the D-Day landings up to the Allied Victory on the shores of Normandy and on a transatlantic voyage on Queen Mary 2.

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At a Glance

Calling all history buffs! This will be a look into World War II that you’ll never forget — join us on an epic learning adventure that pairs firsthand visits to sites like Omaha Beach and the Museum of the Liberation with a transatlantic voyage. Your journey begins in Paris, where you’ll explore museums including the Hôtel National des Invalides, a vast monument that houses the Army Museum and an interactive exhibit on Charles de Gaulle. After further exploration of Paris and Normandy, take your learning to the seas onboard the renowned Queen Mary 2, with in-depth lectures from a historian traveling with you. By the time you come into port in New York City, you will have deepened your knowledge and fascination of World War II history from the D-Day Landings to the end of the war.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking 2-3 miles daily on field trips; paved streets with some cobblestones, gravel paths, beaches and grass lawns. Extent of walking and other activities aboard ship according to personal preference.

What You'll Learn

  • Explore D-Day landing sites in Normandy and learn about these battlefields with a historian.
  • Marvel at the architectural wonder of Versailles and get a new perspective of Paris during a river cruise along the Seine.
  • Learn from a history expert on board Queen Mary 2 as they share their insight into the political and military history of World War II.
Featured Expert
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Spencer Jones
Dr. Spencer Jones is an award-winning historian and author with a special interest in the First World War, Second World War and the life of Sir Winston Churchill. He is a Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and serves in the British Army as the Regimental Historian of the Royal Artillery. His most recent publication is "The Darkest Year: The British Army on the Western Front 1917."

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

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Dr. Spencer Jones is an award-winning historian and author with a special interest in the First World War, Second World War and the life of Sir Winston Churchill. He is a Senior Lecturer in Armed Forces and War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, UK, and serves in the British Army as the Regimental Historian of the Royal Artillery. His most recent publication is "The Darkest Year: The British Army on the Western Front 1917."
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MEALS
33 Meals
12 Breakfasts
10 Lunches
11 Dinners
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LODGING
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Apr 22, 2025 - May 05, 2025
  • Apr 22, 2025 - May 05, 2025
  • Apr 22, 2025 - May 05, 2025
3 nights
Location: Paris
The hotel is located in a six story Haussmann-style building dating back to 1880 in the 9th arrondissement (Opéra) of Paris, between Montmartre and the antiquarian district of Drouot. Opera Garnier and Galeries Lafayette are a 15 minute walk from the hotel.
2 nights
Location: Port en Bessin
Situated in the heart of the D-Day region, ideal for visits to the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, Pointe du Hoc and the artificial port of Arromanches-les-Bains. Enjoy a visit to Bayeux, the medieval town home to the tapestry listed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register. Savor Normandy cuisine, ciders, caramels and apples. Our hotel opens onto nature with a terrace, outdoor pool and whirlpool bath. Feeling peckish? Then try some Normandy cuisine at our A l'Epicerie restaurant. Our hotel has obtained Green Key certification and is committed to more sustainable hospitality every day.
7 nights
Location: Valencia
Queen Mary 2 is the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. She was retrofitted in 2016. Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth. From bow to stern, discover 14 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for. Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only planetarium at sea.





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