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Program Status: Wait List
Dates: May 30 – June 8, 2014
Total Duration: 10 days
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Yale Educational Travel 70th Anniversary of D-Day May 30 – June 8, 2014
On the evening of June 5th, 1944, thousands of young men embarked upon a perilous journey taking them from the cold waters of England, across the English Channel, to the fog-covered beaches of Normandy. Retrace their valiant steps, beginning with the preparation operations in London and Portsmouth. Continue your journey by crossing the English Channel to Normandy and exploring the many sites still bearing the mark of the heroic actions which took place 70 years ago. From the imposing cliffs of the Pointe du Hoc, the peaceful beaches of Utah and Omaha, and the small chapel at St. Mère Eglise, to the somber and stunning white crosses of the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer, experience and engage the events which were set in motion and changed the course of history one stormy day in 1944.
Below is our preliminary itinerary. Please note that the order of activities, the time of events, and some activities scheduled, may change. We do our best to adhere to the promised itinerary but we greatly appreciate your flexibility and understanding when changes do occur.
Friday, May 30: U.S. to London
Depart the U.S. for London’s Heathrow Airport, overnight flight. (D)
Saturday, May 31: Arrive London: Cabinet War Rooms
Arrive London’s Heathrow Airport and transfer to central London to check into the NH Harrington HAll Hotel. In the afternoon, visit the newly renovated Imperial War Museum, where we will explore its vast WWII collection. This evening, enjoy a private reception and dinner at the hotel. (R,D)
Sunday, June 1: London: Imperial War Museum/Bletchley Park
Begin today at Winston Churchill’s Cabinet War Rooms and Museum. It is from this underground “safe place” that Churchill directed the British war effort and where today one can still see maps, telephones and bunks preserved since 1945. This afternoon travel to Bletchley Park and discover the real story behind the Enigma code breakers, credited to have shortened the war by successfully deciphering the encryption used by the Wehrmacht to safeguard its messages. (B,L)
Monday, June 2: London/Portsmouth/Caen
Travel to Portsmouth and begin with a stop at Southwick House, Supreme Headquarters of the Allied Expeditionary Force, and location from which Eisenhower made the “let’s go!” decision on the eve of June 6th. View the impressive map room depicting the location of troops and strategies for landing as they were on the morning of D-Day. Continue to the D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery. Taking its cues from the famed Bayeux Tapestry recounting William the Conqueror’s success in Great Britain, the Overlord Embroidery depicts the events of D-Day in dramatic and colorful artistic fashion. At 2:30 p.m. board a ferry in Portsmouth and cross the English channel to Caen. Arrive at 8:30 p.m. and transfer to the Hotel d’ Argouges in the center of Bayeux, a perfect home-base for retracing the steps of the Allied troops. (B)
Tuesday, June 3: Caen/Arromanches
Today visit the Musee Memorial in Caen, featuring the D-Day and Battle of Normandy exhibition. Continue to Arromanches and see the Mulberry harbor – known as Port Winston – a remaining prefabricated concrete platform designed to assist in landing Allied supplies. Visit the Arromanches Landing Museum and watch a spectacular film experience of the D-Day landings in the Arromanches 360 film theater. This evening, enjoy a reception at the Chateau de Creully, used by the BBC to broadcast following the invasion. (B,R)
Wednesday, June 4: Sainte Mere Eglise/Utah Beach/Normandy
Begin your journey in Normandy by exploring Sainte Mère Eglise, site of the dramatic 82nd and 101st Airborne Division paratrooper landing on the night of June 5th, and the early hours of June 6th. It is on the small church steeple in Sainte Mère Eglise that John Steele’s parachute became ensnared. He survived, suspended throughout the night with the church bells ringing in his ears. After viewing the church, cross the town square for a tour of the Paratrooper Museum, replete with airplanes and other D-Day artifacts. Continue to Utah Beach, site of an important American troop landing. Discover its Museum and monuments, and walk at leisure along the beach. On your way back to the hotel, stop at La Cambe, a large WWII German cemetery. (B)
Thursday, June 5: Pointe du Hoc/Omaha Beach
Along the Norman coastline, one of the most dramatic sites is Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. rangers scaled steep cliffs in order to destroy key German positions. Walk through cratered pathways and imagine the bravery and action of those rangers on the morning of June 6th. Pause to pay your respects at the monument erected in their honor. Walk Omaha beach, site of the bloodiest fighting of invasion day, and lay wreath at the American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer. (B)
FRIDAY, JUNE 6: D-Day Remembered
Participate in the 70th anniversary remembrance ceremonies. Return to Bayeux for a dinner of local specialties. (B,D)
SATURDAY, JUNE 7: Bayeux/Giverny/Paris
Depart Normandy for Paris. Enjoy a short visit to Claude Monet’s beautiful home and gardens at Giverny, and then continue to Paris. Check in to the Millennium Opera Hotel. This evening, gather for a farewell reception and dinner. (B,R,D)
SUNDAY JUNE 8: Depart from Paris
Transfer to Charles de Gaulle airport for your return flight home. (B)
Following is a description of the accommodations we have arranged for this trip. If you would like to extend your stay at the beginning of the trip in London or end of your trip in Paris we would be happy to assist with your pre- and post-night accommodations. Please fill out the enclosed Travel Arrangements Form with your specific requests and return it to your travel contact at Academic Travel Abroad, Natalie Pascale at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 202-342-0317.
London: Hotel NH Harrington Hall is a 4 star property in south Kensington area, close to museums, parks and shops. The hotel offers 24-hour room service, a restaurant and fitness center with sauna. Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. Guest rooms are good size and comfortable with modern amenities.
Bayeux: Hotel Argouges is a charming 18th-century townhouse in the heart of this historic city. Guest rooms are elegantly decorated and adorned with antique furniture but the rooms are smaller than the London property. There is a delightful courtyard garden to relax in and nearby you’ll find charming shops, cafes and restaurants. Breakfast at the hotel is simple but good.
Paris: Millenium Opera House is an elegant 4-star hotel located on Boulevard Haussmann in the heart of Paris. The hotel is close to opera, sacre coeur, Louvre and many other monuments. The hotel offers 1920′s grandeur as well as modern amenitites and outstanding service. Luxurious guest rooms that vary in size and decor . There is a brasserie and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.