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Operation Overlord:
The Normandy/D-Day Experience

November 4-14, 2017 | London, Normandy, Paris

Join SUU's 16th President, Scott L Wyatt, on this historic trip highlighting the greatest planning effort in military history, Operation Overlord. The trip will begin in London (on Guy Fawkes Day!) as we visit historic sites that set the stage for Victory in Europe: Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum, Houses of Parliament, and the many world-renowned landmarks of the city. Walk through Bletchley Park, home to the English "codebreakers," and see the famous Enigma machine that cracked the German Code.

Honor the bravery of Allied servicemen and women as you walk the D-Day invasion beaches of Normandy and visit the hallowed ground of the American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. Experience the hedgerow farmland, historic towns, and pastoral countryside of western France. Spend the final days of the tour in the City of Light, Paris, as we learn about the liberation from brutal Nazi occupation and take time to visit the Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, and many other sites.

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Price

$3495 price guaranteed until August 25, 2017. (Includes Airfare)

Registrations received after August 25th are subject to a price increase depending on flight and hotel costs.

Payment is due in full on September 15, 2017.

Pricing based on double occupancy.

Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1- Saturday, November 4th – Overnight flight from U.S. to London – Heathrow (LHR) International Airport.
  • Day 2 – Sunday, November 5th - Arrive London and transfer to hotel for check-in. Fun Activity - learning to navigate London via “the Tube” and sightseeing. Welcome Reception.
  • Day 3 – Monday, November 6th – Morning breakfast at the hotel and then visits London’s most famous sites: Buckingham Palace, St. James Park, Churchill War Rooms, Westminster, Big Ben, Imperial War Museum. Afternoon is free time for more sightseeing.
  • Day 4 – Tuesday, November 7th – Optional tours and free time. Participants can choose to visit Bletchley Park and see the famous Enigma machine or travel to Oxford for a day in the country. Optional evening lecture – Setting the Stage for Operation Overlord.
  • Day 5 - Wednesday, November 8th – London to Paris Gare Nord Station via Eurostar train. Private motor coach to the city of Bayeux in Normandy. Check into hotel in Bayeux. Sightseeing and brief lecture this day.
  • Day 6 – Thursday, November 9th – The American Invasion Beaches. Stops to include: Angoville-au-Plain, Sainte Mere Eglise, Band of Brothers landing spot (506th PIR – 101st Airborne), Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Lunch at Utah Beach in the historic Le Roosevelt Café.
  • Day 7 – Friday, November 10th – The British Sector. Locations will include Arromanches and the famous Mullberry Harbor remains adjacent to Gold Beach. The afternoon and early evening will include travel and a visit to the historic island monastery of Mont-Saint-Michel.
  • Day 8 – Saturday, November 11th – Veterans Day and a special ceremony at the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. Depart Bayeux for Paris via tour coach. Arrive Paris and check into hotel. Free time for sightseeing.
  • Day 9 – Sunday, November 12th – Breakfast at the hotel and visits to Paris’ most renowned locations including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs Elysees, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
  • Day 10 – Monday, November 13th – This day is free time for Paris sightseeing. Suggested stops may include: *Versailles, the Louvre, Musee d’Orsay, Seine River Cruise and other historic locations. Farewell Dinner.
  • Day 11 – Tuesday, November 14th – Airport transfer from hotel - Depart Paris for return flight back to U.S.

* Please note that for those wishing to travel to Versailles, the trip is outside the city and will require the use of public transportation or taxi.

Hosts

  • Scott Wyatt, President, SUU
  • Gayle Pollock, MPA, Executive Director, Bryce Canyon Historical Society
  • Heather Groom, MPA, Ambassador, Community on the Go
  • Pat Keehley, Ph.D., Director, Community on the Go
  • Richard Saunders, Ph.D., Dean, Sherratt Library
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