NEW Departure Graf: Normandy Coast, Mont Saint-Michel & Rouen (Memorial Day Weekend)
Remember, reflect, and discover the history of World War II on this one-of-a-kind Memorial Day trip. As you visit memorials, trenches, and museums along the coast of Normandy, you’ll learn about the important role American forces played in the success of D-Day. Explore the locations that were the backdrops for pivotal battles and take time to honor the sacrifices made by the Allied soldiers.
Let us handle the details
- Private Transportation
- Experienced Trip Leader
- Handpicked Hotels
- Breakfast Buffet
- Guided Tours
- Entrance Fee
Your trip includes
• Round-trip direct bus transportation
• 2 nights’ in handpicked 4-star hotels in Normandy Coast
• Breakfast buffet
• Mont Saint Michel entrance and audio guided tour
• Full day guided tour of D-Day beaches, Normandy
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Hotel city taxes
Your trip highlights
• The D-Day Beaches of Normandy
• American Cemetery in Colleville
• Omaha Beach
• The iconic Mont Saint-Michel
• Rouen Cathedral
• Cheese & Calvados, the region’s distinctive apple brandy
Day 1 (Thursday, May 25)
Depart at 6:30pm from Grafenwoehr and travel along the highway by bus to France.
Day 2 (Friday, May 26)
Welcome to Normandy! This morning explore the striking 8th-century island of Mont Saint-Michel on an audio guided sightseeing tour:
- See how the UNESCO-recognized site, perched high on a granite rock, is surrounded by water at high tide and quicksand at low tide
- Pass by medieval houses and then enter the Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel
After some free time for lunch, continue the journey toward the Coast to check into the 4-star hotel in Bayeux and spend the remaining afternoon and evening as you wish. Be sure to visit the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy, which offers a great insight into WWII and the prominent role this region played during the D-Day Landings!
Day 3 (Saturday, May 27)
Dive into World War II history with a local tour guide during a visit to Normandy, where the Allied troops landed in June, 1944.
- Walk along Omaha Beach, the landing site of American troops on D-Day
- Visit Pointe du Hoc to view the granite monument that honors the American 2nd Ranger Battalion
- Stop in the seaside town of Arromanches, home to one of the main Allied landing harbors, and enjoy free time to explore
- Travel to the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer
Later, travel through historic cities and pristine port towns on your way to Rouen to get settled in your 4-star hotel, before spending the evening at leisure.
Day 4 (Sunday, May 28)
Today you are free to do as you please in Rouen. Sample delicious French breads or cakes in a patisserie, shop in the beautifully restored medieval quarter or walk through the Old Market Square. Or, you might consider joining our optional activity:
Guided Optional Excursion – Rouen Walking Tour & Cheese and Cider Tasting 49€ pp
A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of Rouen, home to a large 16th-century clock and the Gothic, two-towered Rouen Cathedral. After the tour, sample cheeses, including Camembert, Pont-l’Évêque, and Livarot, paired with cider and Calvados, the region’s distinctive apple brandy.
Continue on to Grafenwoehr in the evening after dinner (not included) at 7:00pm.
Day 5 (Monday, May 29)
Return in Grafenwoehr around 10:00am.
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Regular price after April 1 is €459 per adult
Prices are per person, based on two adults sharing. Single room €90 extra.
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IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: A valid tourist passport is required for this trip. Please make sure that you are traveling with the appropriate passport.
Meeting point for the start of the trip
Your trip starts and finishes in Grafenwoehr, Germany.
Address: Dießfurter Str, 92655 Grafenwoehr (parking lot)
Instructions: if you are exiting McDonald’s parking lot in Grafenwoehr you will turn right on to B299 as if you are going towards Netzaberg. You will then take your very first right (as if you are going towards MegaPlay) and as soon as you cross the small bridge there is a driveway on the right side which you can enter into a parking lot. You should see several cars and the bus there. The parking lot is available during the duration of the trip for our passenger.
Passport and Visa Requirements
A tourist passport is required for all trips outside of Germany.
Important passport rules are as follows:
If you have a passport with a SOFA stamp on any page (a “No-Fee” passport), you are provided permission to reside in Germany, NOT to travel outside of Germany. You have to have a tourist passport in addition to the SOFA/”No-Fee” passport to travel outside of Germany. You cannot travel with a RED Official passport as that is used only for the purpose of a mission or deployment. If you have a passport with a detachable SOFA card clipped inside, it is acceptable to travel with as that was issued originally as a tourist passport. If you are not sure: a tourist passport will be BLUE and will be valid for 10 years for adults. It cannot contain a SOFA stamp on any page or it is not acceptable. A child’s tourist passport (under 15 years of age) is valid for 5 years, but will not have a SOFA stamp in it anywhere. All of this information has been verified to be correct with the Grafenwoehr Passport Office.
Each adult is entitled to one luggage and one personal item. Luggage should be able to be stored below the bus and the personal item should contain whatever you might need on the bus. Pillows and blankets do not count for the personal item. If you have additional items such as strollers, carseats, etc. please send us a message to make those arrangements.
Clothing and Packing Tips
Light clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights is essential for your trip. If you plan to visit an especially elegant restaurant or attend the opera or theater, you will probably feel more comfortable in something more formal. Also, remember that it is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (entrance may be denied on this basis).
There are no major health risks when traveling to France. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or health-care provider for the latest updates.
For the most casual snack or picnic, stop at a small grocery store for cheeses, patés, cured meats, freshbaked bread and fruit. Sidewalk vendors are known for their steaming crepes, filled with cheese, ham, fruit or chocolate. Mouthwatering pastries and hot café au lait beckon from the cafés. On the restaurant scene, the prix fixe option is popular, offering a three- or four-course set menu for a good price.
France operates on the European standard 220 volts.
The Euro is the currency you will be using on your tour. We advise that you take a combination of bank/ATM cards, credit cards and traveler’s checks, which can be exchanged for cash at local banks, as needed. We suggest informing your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so they don’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges. Please note: With the conversion to the Euro, it has been increasingly difficult to exchange traveler’s checks outside Europe’s major cities—both at banks and shops—and they often attract higher fees.
At the conclusion of your trip, it’s customary to offer your Trip Leader a gratuity. We recommend tipping €1-2 per person per day for your Trip Leader. Tips can only be paid in cash.
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