Normandy and the landing beaches : 70 years of living history…

5 day(s) / 4 night(s)

from : 3480 € / person

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Arrival city : Paris

Departure city : Paris

Highlights of your tour:

  • An experienced driver from Paris to Paris
  • A unique experience around the history of the Normandy landing
  • An exclusive meeting with Gary Stern owner of Maisy's battery
  • Scenery and regional gastronomy to discover

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This tour is available from 4 people minimum until 8 people maximum ( contact us for the prices)

The tour will start in PARIS (we will pick you up at your hotel and drive to NORMANDY). We recommend you book an hotel in PARIS to be there the day prior to the departure start of the tour (this accommodation is not included in the tour).

DAY 1:

8:45am : we will drive from PARIS to UTAH BEACH, NORMANDY. After a 3 hour drive (approx.), you will discover UTAH BEACH, which was a code name for one of the five sectors of the allied invasion june 6th, 1944. There, you will see the milestone « 00 » monument that marks the start of the Liberty Road, which commemorates the victorious route of the Allied forces from the beaches of NORMANDY to BASTOGNE in BELGIUM.

Around 12.30pm : we will have lunch at the « JOHN STEELE » auberge (restaurant) in SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE (wine/liquor not included).

2:15pm : AIRBORNE MUSEUM, SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE. The AIRBORNE MUSEUM is located in the heart of SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, a few miles from the DDay landing beaches, facing the church where John Steele famously hung from his parachute, and relates the heroic adventure of paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st AIRBORNE Divisions. Before or after the museum, we will take a stroll around SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE to discover the town, where hundreds of paratroopers landed during the night of June 5th to June 6th, 1944.

Driving through the countryside, we will discover the flooded lands which gave so much trouble to American soldiers trying to move foward.

5:00pm : we will drive to our accommodation for 3 nights, the château de la CHENEVIERE, a wonderful 18th century farm and mansion that became a hôtel in 1988. The building was occupied by the Germans during the second world war, and by the Americans after the landings.

Dinner : château de la CHENEVIERE restaurant, offering creative cuisine and authentic local ingredients (wine/liquor not included)

DAY 2:

9:30am : we will start day 2 with Mr. GARY STERN (or his son), reknowned historian of the NORMANDY BATTLE, author of the book « THE COVER-UP AT OMAHA BEACH ». They are also owners of the MAISY battery, a fascinating and strategically important German defense in the NORMANDY battle, a place that brings history to life. We will discover the battery, its trenche while discussing the DDay operations with GARY (or his son). Duration : 2/3 hours.

Around 12:30am : lunch at the restaurant « La TRINQUETTE », in the town of GRANDCAMP-MAISY. A local restaurant offering authentic cuisine with local ingredients (wine/liquor not included).

2:00pm : We will drive to the US cemetery of COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located in COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II. The cemetery site, at the north end of its half mile access road, covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,386 of US military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. On the Walls of the Missing, in a semi-circular garden on the east side of the memorial, are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. Duration : 2 hours approx.

  • Schedule permitting, we will end the day with a visit of the CARAMEL CANDY FACTORY of ISIGNY-SUR-MER.

Dinner : restaurant « LA FLEUR DE SEL » in the town of PORT-EN-BESSIN-HUPPAIN. The restaurant is located on the harbour and their specialty is fish and shellfish (wine included, liquor not included).

DAY 3:

9:00am : visit of the LONGUES-SUR-MER German battery.  The battery was part of the German Atlantic defense wall, located between OMAHA BEACH and GOLD BEACH. You can still see the 4 rapid fire 152mm navy guns.

Leaving the LONGUES-SUR-MER battery, we will tour along the coast where the NORMANDY BATTLE took place. Breathtaking views await you.

10:30am : ARROMANCHES. First, we will see a movie of the 100 days of the NORMANDIE BATTLE, played in a 360° theater designed for it. A highly emotional 30 minute movie…

After, we will take a stroll in the town of ARROMANCHES, to take a look at the famous MULBURY HARBOR (PORT WINSTON), an artificial harbor built by the allied forces in 8 months.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR : We can also add a visit  of the BAYEUX tapestry, which is an 11th century embroidered cloth nearly 230 ft long and 20 in tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.

12:45am : lunch at the restaurant « LE MOULIN DE LA GALETTE », a charming place. You will enjoy nice « Crêpes » and excellent local apple cider (wine and liquor not included, apple cider included).

2:30am : visit of the NORMANDY BATTLE MUSEUM in the city of BAYEUX. A museum where you will be in total immersion in the NORMANDY BATTLE, from the preparation of DDAY to August 29th, 1944.

We will arrive at our accomodation around 6.00pm. You will have an hour and a half to relax before dinner.

Dinner : at the restaurant « LA CALE », in the village of ASNELLES. A talented chef, and wonderful local cuisine (wine/liquor not included).

DAY 4:

9:30am : MEMORIAL MUSEUM, in the city of CAEN. This impressive museum is dedicated to PEACE and for close to 3 hours you can explore a complete history of the second World War in NORMANDY. The museum also offers several movies. On our way to the Museum, we will see the famous PEGASUS Bridge.

12:30am : lunch at the restaurant of the MEMORIAL MUSEUM (wine and liquor not included).

Early in the aftenoon, we will drive along the coast, through the last 2 sectors of the NORMANDY BATTLE, « JUNO BEACH » and « SWORD BEACH » in the direction of HONFLEUR, our stop for the night and also dinner. A wonderful charming harbour, depicted by famous painters, such as BOUDIN and MONET.

Dinner : restaurant « LE BREARD ». Again a young talented chef, who worked in PARIS, and came back to the city of HONFLEUR where he was born and opened his own restaurant. Creative and refined food (wine included, liquor not included).

Your accomodation for the night will be chosen among a list of charming hôtels in the city/harbour, depending on availability at the time of the booking.

DAY 5:

We will depart around 9:30am for a 2h15min drive back to PARIS. Hotel and meals are not included on DAY 5. We will be happy to recommend nice restaurants in PARIS and places to visit.

We’ve come to the end of the tour. We will drive you back to PARIS on day 5 (in the morning) and we will drop you off at your hotel (that we recommend you book on your own prior to the departure of the tour, not included in the tour).

NB: All accommodations, hotels, meals, dinners, museums and visits noted in the itinerary are subject to change upon availability at the time of the booking. You’ll be notified of any changes at least fifteen (15) days before the first day of the tour, and we’ll provide you with a list of itinerary changes.

Prices are subject to change with the exchange rate (dollar/euro). A fee may be added to the final payment to cover the changes. You will receive a notification by email and/or by phone about the change within a minimum of fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the tour.

This tour includes (based on 4 people sharing ; 2 double rooms):

  • Your personal guide and driver
  • Accommodations (based on double occupancy) as noted, breakfast included
  • Meals (lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary), soft drinks drinks, wine (1/2 bottle per meal per person, up to 100$ per bottle charged by the restaurants. The wines will be chosen by François GAUTIER, owner of VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC)
  • All transportation from hotels to restaurants and to any place we visit during the tour. Also, transportation from PARIS to NORMANDY the first day of the tour and from NORMANDY to PARIS on the last day is included.
  • Entrance fees at the museums et places we visit
  • All local taxes

This tour does not includes:

  •  International air fares: you will arrive independently in PARIS. VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC can assist and help you to book a hotel in PARIS if you arrive before the tour starts.
  • Accommodations prior to the first day of the tour departure and after the tour ends are not included.
  • Transportation from your arrival airport to your hotel (accommodation you book prior to the departure of the tour)
  • Wine during lunches and some dinners, as indicated in the itinerary, liquor
  • Personal travel insurance. We strongly recommend that you make sure you have good personal travel insurance (including sickness, personal injuries, baggages and personal effects losses, thefts, trip cancellation coverage, ).
  • Personal expenses (hotel expenses such as minibar, phone calls from France, tips and gratuities, travel insurance)
  • Special requests or expenses after the tour starts (additionnal fees will be charged)

Special request:

VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC designed the tour with the selected places in the itinerary. If you have special requests, for example, a specific war location or museum you want to visit, please enquire before the booking. VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC covers the cost of the entry to museums and places we will visit and meals as described in the itinerary. If a tour member has additional requests, it will be an additional charge. The menus (lunches and dinners) are planned in advance with restaurants. If you have any allergy or food issues, please inform us when booking. We’ll make arrangements for you.

Pricing :

Prices are subject to change with the exchange rate (dollar/euro). A fee may be added to the final payment to cover the changes. You will receive a notification by email and/or by phone about the change within a minimum of fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the tour.

Reservation / Booking

A $500 deposit per customer is required to secure the booking for the tour.

Payment schedule

A $500 deposit is required at the time of booking as noted above.

50% of the payment balance is due forty five (45) days prior to the first day of the tour.

The final remaining balance payment is due fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the tour.

Cancellation and refund policy

If the tour is cancelled by VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC, you will be notified by registered mail or email. The refund will be 100% of the deposit and 100% of what has been paid beyond the deposit up to the date of cancellation.

If the tour is cancelled by the tour member, the cancellation will be received by VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC by email or registered mail:

  • From the booking date up to fifteen (15) days prior to the departure of the tour: 100% of the deposit minus a $100 fee will be refunded ($400), and 100% of what has been paid beyond the deposit will be refunded within thirty (30) days.
  • From fourteen (14) days to seven (7) days prior to the departure of the tour: 50% of the deposit will be refunded and 50% of what has been paid beyond the deposit will be refunded within thirty (30) days.
  • From six (6) days to the day prior to the departure of the tour: no deposit will be refunded and  50% of what has been paid beyond the deposit will be refunded within thirty (30) days.
  • You will be refunded by check or bank tranfer within thirty (30) days.

Please check with us before buying your tickets, in order for us to verify your arrival and departure schedule and ensure that we have the minimum participants to organize the trip. The tour will be operated with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people.

 Transportation

VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC will use a Volkswagen « Caravelle » or Mercedes Vito 9 seaters or equivalent and the necessary safety equipment such as seat belts and a first aid kit. The car rental company we work with has the necessary insurance contract to ensure your safety and insurance coverage while traveling.

 

Product Description

Normandy and the landing beaches : 70 years of living history…

5 day(s) / 4 night(s)

from : 3480 € / person

Download our leaflet :

Arrival city : Paris

Departure city : Paris

Highlights of your tour:

  • An experienced driver from Paris to Paris
  • A unique experience around the history of the Normandy landing
  • An exclusive meeting with Gary Stern owner of Maisy's battery
  • Scenery and regional gastronomy to discover

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Explore your tour in Normandy with your private driver and guide and tour leader

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This tour is available from 4 people minimum until 8 people maximum ( contact us for the prices)

The tour will start in PARIS (we will pick you up at your hotel and drive to NORMANDY). We recommend you book an hotel in PARIS to be there the day prior to the departure start of the tour (this accommodation is not included in the tour).

DAY 1:

8:45am : we will drive from PARIS to UTAH BEACH, NORMANDY. After a 3 hour drive (approx.), you will discover UTAH BEACH, which was a code name for one of the five sectors of the allied invasion june 6th, 1944. There, you will see the milestone « 00 » monument that marks the start of the Liberty Road, which commemorates the victorious route of the Allied forces from the beaches of NORMANDY to BASTOGNE in BELGIUM.

Around 12.30pm : we will have lunch at the « JOHN STEELE » auberge (restaurant) in SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE (wine/liquor not included).

2:15pm : AIRBORNE MUSEUM, SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE. The AIRBORNE MUSEUM is located in the heart of SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, a few miles from the DDay landing beaches, facing the church where John Steele famously hung from his parachute, and relates the heroic adventure of paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st AIRBORNE Divisions. Before or after the museum, we will take a stroll around SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE to discover the town, where hundreds of paratroopers landed during the night of June 5th to June 6th, 1944.

Driving through the countryside, we will discover the flooded lands which gave so much trouble to American soldiers trying to move foward.

5:00pm : we will drive to our accommodation for 3 nights, the château de la CHENEVIERE, a wonderful 18th century farm and mansion that became a hôtel in 1988. The building was occupied by the Germans during the second world war, and by the Americans after the landings.

Dinner : château de la CHENEVIERE restaurant, offering creative cuisine and authentic local ingredients (wine/liquor not included)

DAY 2:

9:30am : we will start day 2 with Mr. GARY STERN (or his son), reknowned historian of the NORMANDY BATTLE, author of the book « THE COVER-UP AT OMAHA BEACH ». They are also owners of the MAISY battery, a fascinating and strategically important German defense in the NORMANDY battle, a place that brings history to life. We will discover the battery, its trenche while discussing the DDay operations with GARY (or his son). Duration : 2/3 hours.

Around 12:30am : lunch at the restaurant « La TRINQUETTE », in the town of GRANDCAMP-MAISY. A local restaurant offering authentic cuisine with local ingredients (wine/liquor not included).

2:00pm : We will drive to the US cemetery of COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located in COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II. The cemetery site, at the north end of its half mile access road, covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,386 of US military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. On the Walls of the Missing, in a semi-circular garden on the east side of the memorial, are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. Duration : 2 hours approx.

  • Schedule permitting, we will end the day with a visit of the CARAMEL CANDY FACTORY of ISIGNY-SUR-MER.

Dinner : restaurant « LA FLEUR DE SEL » in the town of PORT-EN-BESSIN-HUPPAIN. The restaurant is located on the harbour and their specialty is fish and shellfish (wine included, liquor not included).

DAY 3:

9:00am : visit of the LONGUES-SUR-MER German battery.  The battery was part of the German Atlantic defense wall, located between OMAHA BEACH and GOLD BEACH. You can still see the 4 rapid fire 152mm navy guns.

Leaving the LONGUES-SUR-MER battery, we will tour along the coast where the NORMANDY BATTLE took place. Breathtaking views await you.

10:30am : ARROMANCHES. First, we will see a movie of the 100 days of the NORMANDIE BATTLE, played in a 360° theater designed for it. A highly emotional 30 minute movie…

After, we will take a stroll in the town of ARROMANCHES, to take a look at the famous MULBURY HARBOR (PORT WINSTON), an artificial harbor built by the allied forces in 8 months.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR : We can also add a visit  of the BAYEUX tapestry, which is an 11th century embroidered cloth nearly 230 ft long and 20 in tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.

12:45am : lunch at the restaurant « LE MOULIN DE LA GALETTE », a charming place. You will enjoy nice « Crêpes » and excellent local apple cider (wine and liquor not included, apple cider included).

2:30am : visit of the NORMANDY BATTLE MUSEUM in the city of BAYEUX. A museum where you will be in total immersion in the NORMANDY BATTLE, from the preparation of DDAY to August 29th, 1944.

We will arrive at our accomodation around 6.00pm. You will have an hour and a half to relax before dinner.

Dinner : at the restaurant « LA CALE », in the village of ASNELLES. A talented chef, and wonderful local cuisine (wine/liquor not included).

DAY 4:

9:30am : MEMORIAL MUSEUM, in the city of CAEN. This impressive museum is dedicated to PEACE and for close to 3 hours you can explore a complete history of the second World War in NORMANDY. The museum also offers several movies. On our way to the Museum, we will see the famous PEGASUS Bridge.

12:30am : lunch at the restaurant of the MEMORIAL MUSEUM (wine and liquor not included).

Early in the aftenoon, we will drive along the coast, through the last 2 sectors of the NORMANDY BATTLE, « JUNO BEACH » and « SWORD BEACH » in the direction of HONFLEUR, our stop for the night and also dinner. A wonderful charming harbour, depicted by famous painters, such as BOUDIN and MONET.

Dinner : restaurant « LE BREARD ». Again a young talented chef, who worked in PARIS, and came back to the city of HONFLEUR where he was born and opened his own restaurant. Creative and refined food (wine included, liquor not included).

Your accomodation for the night will be chosen among a list of charming hôtels in the city/harbour, depending on availability at the time of the booking.

DAY 5:

We will depart around 9:30am for a 2h15min drive back to PARIS. Hotel and meals are not included on DAY 5. We will be happy to recommend nice restaurants in PARIS and places to visit.

We’ve come to the end of the tour. We will drive you back to PARIS on day 5 (in the morning) and we will drop you off at your hotel (that we recommend you book on your own prior to the departure of the tour, not included in the tour).

NB: All accommodations, hotels, meals, dinners, museums and visits noted in the itinerary are subject to change upon availability at the time of the booking. You’ll be notified of any changes at least fifteen (15) days before the first day of the tour, and we’ll provide you with a list of itinerary changes.

Prices are subject to change with the exchange rate (dollar/euro). A fee may be added to the final payment to cover the changes. You will receive a notification by email and/or by phone about the change within a minimum of fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the tour.

This tour includes (based on 4 people sharing ; 2 double rooms):

  • Your personal guide and driver
  • Accommodations (based on double occupancy) as noted, breakfast included
  • Meals (lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary), soft drinks drinks, wine (1/2 bottle per meal per person, up to 100$ per bottle charged by the restaurants. The wines will be chosen by François GAUTIER, owner of VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC)
  • All transportation from hotels to restaurants and to any place we visit during the tour. Also, transportation from PARIS to NORMANDY the first day of the tour and from NORMANDY to PARIS on the last day is included.
  • Entrance fees at the museums et places we visit
  • All local taxes

This tour does not includes:

  •  International air fares: you will arrive independently in PARIS. VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC can assist and help you to book a hotel in PARIS if you arrive before the tour starts.
  • Accommodations prior to the first day of the tour departure and after the tour ends are not included.
  • Transportation from your arrival airport to your hotel (accommodation you book prior to the departure of the tour)
  • Wine during lunches and some dinners, as indicated in the itinerary, liquor
  • Personal travel insurance. We strongly recommend that you make sure you have good personal travel insurance (including sickness, personal injuries, baggages and personal effects losses, thefts, trip cancellation coverage, ).
  • Personal expenses (hotel expenses such as minibar, phone calls from France, tips and gratuities, travel insurance)
  • Special requests or expenses after the tour starts (additionnal fees will be charged)

Special request:

VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC designed the tour with the selected places in the itinerary. If you have special requests, for example, a specific war location or museum you want to visit, please enquire before the booking. VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC covers the cost of the entry to museums and places we will visit and meals as described in the itinerary. If a tour member has additional requests, it will be an additional charge. The menus (lunches and dinners) are planned in advance with restaurants. If you have any allergy or food issues, please inform us when booking. We’ll make arrangements for you.

Pricing :

Prices are subject to change with the exchange rate (dollar/euro). A fee may be added to the final payment to cover the changes. You will receive a notification by email and/or by phone about the change within a minimum of fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the tour.

Reservation / Booking

A $500 deposit per customer is required to secure the booking for the tour.

Payment schedule

A $500 deposit is required at the time of booking as noted above.

50% of the payment balance is due forty five (45) days prior to the first day of the tour.

The final remaining balance payment is due fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the tour.

Cancellation and refund policy

If the tour is cancelled by VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC, you will be notified by registered mail or email. The refund will be 100% of the deposit and 100% of what has been paid beyond the deposit up to the date of cancellation.

If the tour is cancelled by the tour member, the cancellation will be received by VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC by email or registered mail:

  • From the booking date up to fifteen (15) days prior to the departure of the tour: 100% of the deposit minus a $100 fee will be refunded ($400), and 100% of what has been paid beyond the deposit will be refunded within thirty (30) days.
  • From fourteen (14) days to seven (7) days prior to the departure of the tour: 50% of the deposit will be refunded and 50% of what has been paid beyond the deposit will be refunded within thirty (30) days.
  • From six (6) days to the day prior to the departure of the tour: no deposit will be refunded and  50% of what has been paid beyond the deposit will be refunded within thirty (30) days.
  • You will be refunded by check or bank tranfer within thirty (30) days.

Please check with us before buying your tickets, in order for us to verify your arrival and departure schedule and ensure that we have the minimum participants to organize the trip. The tour will be operated with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people.

 Transportation

VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC will use a Volkswagen « Caravelle » or Mercedes Vito 9 seaters or equivalent and the necessary safety equipment such as seat belts and a first aid kit. The car rental company we work with has the necessary insurance contract to ensure your safety and insurance coverage while traveling.

 

Product Description

Normandy and the landing beaches : 70 years of living history…

Explore your tour in Normandy with your private driver and guide and tour leader

“Presentation on our blog”

This tour is available from 4 people minimum until 8 people maximum ( contact us for the prices)

The tour will start in PARIS (we will pick you up at your hotel and drive to NORMANDY). We recommend you book an hotel in PARIS to be there the day prior to the departure start of the tour (this accommodation is not included in the tour).

DAY 1:

8:45am : we will drive from PARIS to UTAH BEACH, NORMANDY. After a 3 hour drive (approx.), you will discover UTAH BEACH, which was a code name for one of the five sectors of the allied invasion june 6th, 1944. There, you will see the milestone « 00 » monument that marks the start of the Liberty Road, which commemorates the victorious route of the Allied forces from the beaches of NORMANDY to BASTOGNE in BELGIUM.

Around 12.30pm : we will have lunch at the « JOHN STEELE » auberge (restaurant) in SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE (wine/liquor not included).

2:15pm : AIRBORNE MUSEUM, SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE. The AIRBORNE MUSEUM is located in the heart of SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE, a few miles from the DDay landing beaches, facing the church where John Steele famously hung from his parachute, and relates the heroic adventure of paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st AIRBORNE Divisions. Before or after the museum, we will take a stroll around SAINTE-MERE-EGLISE to discover the town, where hundreds of paratroopers landed during the night of June 5th to June 6th, 1944.

Driving through the countryside, we will discover the flooded lands which gave so much trouble to American soldiers trying to move foward.

5:00pm : we will drive to our accommodation for 3 nights, the château de la CHENEVIERE, a wonderful 18th century farm and mansion that became a hôtel in 1988. The building was occupied by the Germans during the second world war, and by the Americans after the landings.

Dinner : château de la CHENEVIERE restaurant, offering creative cuisine and authentic local ingredients (wine/liquor not included)

DAY 2:

9:30am : we will start day 2 with Mr. GARY STERN (or his son), reknowned historian of the NORMANDY BATTLE, author of the book « THE COVER-UP AT OMAHA BEACH ». They are also owners of the MAISY battery, a fascinating and strategically important German defense in the NORMANDY battle, a place that brings history to life. We will discover the battery, its trenche while discussing the DDay operations with GARY (or his son). Duration : 2/3 hours.

Around 12:30am : lunch at the restaurant « La TRINQUETTE », in the town of GRANDCAMP-MAISY. A local restaurant offering authentic cuisine with local ingredients (wine/liquor not included).

2:00pm : We will drive to the US cemetery of COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located in COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II. The cemetery site, at the north end of its half mile access road, covers 172.5 acres and contains the graves of 9,386 of US military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. On the Walls of the Missing, in a semi-circular garden on the east side of the memorial, are inscribed 1,557 names. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. Duration : 2 hours approx.

  • Schedule permitting, we will end the day with a visit of the CARAMEL CANDY FACTORY of ISIGNY-SUR-MER.

Dinner : restaurant « LA FLEUR DE SEL » in the town of PORT-EN-BESSIN-HUPPAIN. The restaurant is located on the harbour and their specialty is fish and shellfish (wine included, liquor not included).

DAY 3:

9:00am : visit of the LONGUES-SUR-MER German battery.  The battery was part of the German Atlantic defense wall, located between OMAHA BEACH and GOLD BEACH. You can still see the 4 rapid fire 152mm navy guns.

Leaving the LONGUES-SUR-MER battery, we will tour along the coast where the NORMANDY BATTLE took place. Breathtaking views await you.

10:30am : ARROMANCHES. First, we will see a movie of the 100 days of the NORMANDIE BATTLE, played in a 360° theater designed for it. A highly emotional 30 minute movie…

After, we will take a stroll in the town of ARROMANCHES, to take a look at the famous MULBURY HARBOR (PORT WINSTON), an artificial harbor built by the allied forces in 8 months.

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR : We can also add a visit  of the BAYEUX tapestry, which is an 11th century embroidered cloth nearly 230 ft long and 20 in tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.

12:45am : lunch at the restaurant « LE MOULIN DE LA GALETTE », a charming place. You will enjoy nice « Crêpes » and excellent local apple cider (wine and liquor not included, apple cider included).

2:30am : visit of the NORMANDY BATTLE MUSEUM in the city of BAYEUX. A museum where you will be in total immersion in the NORMANDY BATTLE, from the preparation of DDAY to August 29th, 1944.

We will arrive at our accomodation around 6.00pm. You will have an hour and a half to relax before dinner.

Dinner : at the restaurant « LA CALE », in the village of ASNELLES. A talented chef, and wonderful local cuisine (wine/liquor not included).

DAY 4:

9:30am : MEMORIAL MUSEUM, in the city of CAEN. This impressive museum is dedicated to PEACE and for close to 3 hours you can explore a complete history of the second World War in NORMANDY. The museum also offers several movies. On our way to the Museum, we will see the famous PEGASUS Bridge.

12:30am : lunch at the restaurant of the MEMORIAL MUSEUM (wine and liquor not included).

Early in the aftenoon, we will drive along the coast, through the last 2 sectors of the NORMANDY BATTLE, « JUNO BEACH » and « SWORD BEACH » in the direction of HONFLEUR, our stop for the night and also dinner. A wonderful charming harbour, depicted by famous painters, such as BOUDIN and MONET.

Dinner : restaurant « LE BREARD ». Again a young talented chef, who worked in PARIS, and came back to the city of HONFLEUR where he was born and opened his own restaurant. Creative and refined food (wine included, liquor not included).

Your accomodation for the night will be chosen among a list of charming hôtels in the city/harbour, depending on availability at the time of the booking.

DAY 5:

We will depart around 9:30am for a 2h15min drive back to PARIS. Hotel and meals are not included on DAY 5. We will be happy to recommend nice restaurants in PARIS and places to visit.

We’ve come to the end of the tour. We will drive you back to PARIS on day 5 (in the morning) and we will drop you off at your hotel (that we recommend you book on your own prior to the departure of the tour, not included in the tour).

NB: All accommodations, hotels, meals, dinners, museums and visits noted in the itinerary are subject to change upon availability at the time of the booking. You’ll be notified of any changes at least fifteen (15) days before the first day of the tour, and we’ll provide you with a list of itinerary changes.

Prices are subject to change with the exchange rate (dollar/euro). A fee may be added to the final payment to cover the changes. You will receive a notification by email and/or by phone about the change within a minimum of fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the tour.

This tour includes (based on 4 people sharing ; 2 double rooms):

  • Your personal guide and driver
  • Accommodations (based on double occupancy) as noted, breakfast included
  • Meals (lunches and dinners as indicated in the itinerary), soft drinks drinks, wine (1/2 bottle per meal per person, up to 100$ per bottle charged by the restaurants. The wines will be chosen by François GAUTIER, owner of VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC)
  • All transportation from hotels to restaurants and to any place we visit during the tour. Also, transportation from PARIS to NORMANDY the first day of the tour and from NORMANDY to PARIS on the last day is included.
  • Entrance fees at the museums et places we visit
  • All local taxes

This tour does not includes:

  •  International air fares: you will arrive independently in PARIS. VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC can assist and help you to book a hotel in PARIS if you arrive before the tour starts.
  • Accommodations prior to the first day of the tour departure and after the tour ends are not included.
  • Transportation from your arrival airport to your hotel (accommodation you book prior to the departure of the tour)
  • Wine during lunches and some dinners, as indicated in the itinerary, liquor
  • Personal travel insurance. We strongly recommend that you make sure you have good personal travel insurance (including sickness, personal injuries, baggages and personal effects losses, thefts, trip cancellation coverage, ).
  • Personal expenses (hotel expenses such as minibar, phone calls from France, tips and gratuities, travel insurance)
  • Special requests or expenses after the tour starts (additionnal fees will be charged)

Special request:

VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC designed the tour with the selected places in the itinerary. If you have special requests, for example, a specific war location or museum you want to visit, please enquire before the booking. VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC covers the cost of the entry to museums and places we will visit and meals as described in the itinerary. If a tour member has additional requests, it will be an additional charge. The menus (lunches and dinners) are planned in advance with restaurants. If you have any allergy or food issues, please inform us when booking. We’ll make arrangements for you.

Pricing :

Prices are subject to change with the exchange rate (dollar/euro). A fee may be added to the final payment to cover the changes. You will receive a notification by email and/or by phone about the change within a minimum of fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the tour.

Reservation / Booking

A $500 deposit per customer is required to secure the booking for the tour.

Payment schedule

A $500 deposit is required at the time of booking as noted above.

50% of the payment balance is due forty five (45) days prior to the first day of the tour.

The final remaining balance payment is due fifteen (15) days prior to the first day of the tour.

Cancellation and refund policy

If the tour is cancelled by VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC, you will be notified by registered mail or email. The refund will be 100% of the deposit and 100% of what has been paid beyond the deposit up to the date of cancellation.

If the tour is cancelled by the tour member, the cancellation will be received by VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC by email or registered mail:

  • From the booking date up to fifteen (15) days prior to the departure of the tour: 100% of the deposit minus a $100 fee will be refunded ($400), and 100% of what has been paid beyond the deposit will be refunded within thirty (30) days.
  • From fourteen (14) days to seven (7) days prior to the departure of the tour: 50% of the deposit will be refunded and 50% of what has been paid beyond the deposit will be refunded within thirty (30) days.
  • From six (6) days to the day prior to the departure of the tour: no deposit will be refunded and  50% of what has been paid beyond the deposit will be refunded within thirty (30) days.
  • You will be refunded by check or bank tranfer within thirty (30) days.

Please check with us before buying your tickets, in order for us to verify your arrival and departure schedule and ensure that we have the minimum participants to organize the trip. The tour will be operated with a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 8 people.

 Transportation

VINEYARD to VINEYARDS LLC will use a Volkswagen « Caravelle » or Mercedes Vito 9 seaters or equivalent and the necessary safety equipment such as seat belts and a first aid kit. The car rental company we work with has the necessary insurance contract to ensure your safety and insurance coverage while traveling.