World War II History: Tour of England and France (Session 1)
Starting in London and traveling on through Kent to English coastal WWII sites of significance, then on to Paris and the Normandy coast.
Aug / Sept 2021
DAY 1: TRAVEL DAY
Begin your travels by meeting the group at the Salt Lake International Airport for your international flight to London, England.
The trip, which will include layovers, will begin day 1 and arrive in London day 2 after traveling overnight. Travel will be in Economy Basic unless traveler upgrades to different class.
DAY 2: ARRIVAL IN LONDON
Arrive early at Heathrow Airport and travel into London to store your bags at the hotel. Spend some time at the Imperial War Museum London before enjoying lunch at Borough Market.
After lunch, cross Tower Bridge and take in the imposing fortress that is the Tower of London. Continue the day with a visit to St. Paul’s cathedral, the dome of which offers a tremendous city view.
This will be a long travel day but staying awake is the most effective way of overcoming jetlag.
DAY 3: BUCKINGHAM PALACE AND WAR ROOMS
During World War II, the Royal Family insisted on remaining in residence at Buckingham Palace, making it a seductive target for Luftwaffe attacks. You will see no evidence of the sixteen Blitz bomb strikes, however, as you tour the impressive palace and beautiful grounds today.
Visit the underground bunker used as the central office for Winston Churchill and his War Cabinet. Learn about how the bunker became like an underground city and the strict rules put in place to ensure order.
Optional: See a London play for an additional fee.
DAY 4: CANTERBURY AND BOTANY BAY
In retaliation for the British bombing of Cologne, the Luftwaffe sought to attack cities of significant cultural history. Canterbury was among those cities ruthlessly carpeted with bombs. Marvel at the strength of the people in rebuilding and in the beauty of Canterbury and its esteemed cathedral.
Enjoy a traditional English afternoon tea in a quaint Kent village. Spend the evening at Botany Bay, a hidden gem offering stunning views of white cliffs and beautiful chalk stacks.
DAY 5: DOVER AND SECRET WAR TUNNELS
Tour medieval Dover Castle founded in the 11th century. It has been described as the "Key to England" due to its defensive significance throughout history. Also, enjoy a tour of the passageways under the castle used during WWII's Operation Dynamo and known as the Secret War Tunnels.
Experience a traditional Sunday Roast dinner at a local carvery. Typically including roast beef, potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire pudding, stuffing, and gravy, this is an authentic English meal. Vegetarian options.
DAY 6: PARIS AND THE LOUVRE
Fly from London to Charles de Gaulle airport, then travel into Paris. After dropping luggage at your hotel, enjoy a tour of the stained-glass windows of Sainte Chapelle, a view of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral and a wander through the galleries and exhibits of the famous Louvre museum.
Stroll along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, a broad boulevard that is home to the world’s most fashionable high-end brands. Arrive at the Arc de Triomphe in time for a twilight view of the city.
DAY 7: PARIS AND LES INVALIDES
Choose to spend the morning touring the opulent Palais Garnier opera house or the Catacombs of Paris, final resting place of millions of Parisians displaced from their cemetery plots.
After lunch, tour Les Invalides military museum, famous as the final resting place of Napoleon. The museum is dedicated to France’s military history.
Ascend the Eiffel Tower for an incredible aerial view of the city of Paris and marvel at the architectural wonder that was controversial when first built but has since been embraced as the symbol of Paris.
DAY 8: MONET’S GARDEN AND NORMANDY
Travel across the French countryside from busy Paris to the laid back coastal towns and villages of the Normandy coast. We will make a stop at Monet’s Garden along the way to break up the long drive day.
Visit Arromanches des Bains, known during WWII as Port Winston, and view remnants of the Mulberry Harbor. A staggering 2.5 million men, 500,000 vehicles and four million tons of war supplies arrived via Port Winston.
DAY 9: NORMANDY WWII SITES
View the German batteries at Maisy and Azeville. Pay your respects to the American troops who died and are buried at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Stroll the famous landing sites at Omaha and Utah beaches. Visit Angoville-au-Plain church, commemorating the war wounded.
Travel to Mont Saint Michel for an evening view of this astonishing abbey on a rock in the ocean.
DAY 10: MONT ST MICHEL AND SAINT-MALO
Explore the winding alleys, steep stairs and humble shops that make up the incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mont Saint Michel Abbey.
Considered the linchpin of the Atlantic Wall by the German army, Saint-Malo was heavily fortified during WWII. It was severely bombed during Allied attacks and rose again, painstakingly restored stone by stone by the determined Malouins. Stroll the beaches, walls, and old town of this resilient stronghold.
DAY 11: CAEN MEMORIAL MUSEUM
Return to Paris with a stopover in Caen to visit the Caen Memorial Museum, commemorating World War II and the Battle for Caen. More generally, the museum is dedicated to the history of the twentieth century, mainly focused on the fragility of peace.
Before returning to our airport hotel, stroll through the charming town of Vernon, on the banks of the river Seine, for a final taste of French fare, culture, and architecture.
DAY 12: RETURN FLIGHT
Travel back by international flight to Salt Lake City from Paris. Return trip will include layovers and will be in Economy Basic class. Travelers may choose to upgrade to another class for an additional fee.
Because of the difference in time zones when traveling from Europe to the United States, you will leave Europe in the morning and return to the Salt Lake International airport the evening of the same day.
Tour Pricing & Payment Schedule
The World War II Tour of England and France scheduled for Aug 25th- Sept 5th, 2021 will be $3,250 per person, based on double occupancy. A $50 discount is given for payment in full at initial deposit; otherwise, the following payment schedule applies, per person:
- Initial deposit of $650 reserves spot
- Payment of $650 due on Feb 15th, 2021
- Payment of $650 due on Apr 15th, 2021
- Payment of $650 due on Jun 15th, 2021
- Final payment of $650 due on Aug 15th, 2021
If signing up after any deposit deadline, payment for any previous deposits will be due upon sign-up. Prompt payment is appreciated. Late payments are assessed a $25 late fee.
Tour Inclusions and Exclusions
Included in the tour cost:
Pre-tour information, such as what to pack and how to exchange currency
Round-trip airfare and taxes, economy class and non-refundable
Expertise of a tour guide throughout the tour
All sight-seeing and visits, as noted in the itinerary (unless otherwise specified)
All on-tour transportation, including trains, local flights, rental vehicles, and buses
One carry-on suitcase and one personal item which fits under airplane seat
All accommodations, based on double occupancy; typically, 3-star hotels, bed & breakfasts, and unique or historic buildings that add to the experience
Not included in the tour cost:
Expenses due to flight delays, strikes, inclement weather or other irregularities
Passport fees, visas and visa photos as required
Personal items such as souvenirs, laundry services, beverages, snacks and healthcare/personal needs
Optional excursions as indicated in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary
Checked baggage fees and excess baggage charges
Seat requests and seat upgrades
Single traveler supplement
Refunds for tour services not utilized
Other items not specifically mentioned as included
Terms and Conditions
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Liability Waiver and Release Form
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Packing Checklist and Tips
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