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Normandy Coast & Paris

Remember, reflect, and discover the history of World War II on this one-of-a-kind Memorial Day Weekend 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. Then end your trip in Paris for your fill of mouthwatering cuisine and inspiring landmarks.

Let us handle the details

  • Private Transportation
  • Experienced Trip Leader
  • Handpicked Hotels
  • Breakfast Buffet
  • Guided Tours

Your trip includes

• Round-trip bus transportation
• 2 nights’ in handpicked hotels in Normandy & Paris
• 2 breakfast buffets
• Full day guided tour of Normandy
• Half day guided tour of Paris
• Explore Europe Trip Leader
• Hotel city tax

Your trip highlights

• The D-Day Beaches of Normandy
• The iconic Eiffel Tower
• Endless galleries of the Louvre
• Flaky croissants and café au lait

 

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Day 1 (Thursday, May 24)
Your trip begins with an overnight drive by bus from Grafenwoehr to the Normandy Coast in France.

Day 2 (Friday, May 25)
Welcome to Normandy! This morning you will visit the evocative Normandy beaches, where World War II history was made during the bloody battles of the Allied invasion. Escorted by a professional historian, you’ll visit the American cemetery at Coleville-sur-Mer, the D-Day Museum in Arromanches (entry fee not included), and the broad expanse of Omaha Beach. Overnight in Normandy region.

Day 3 (Saturday, May 26)
After breakfast, travel to Paris today. On arrival, a guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light:

• Drive down the sycamore-lined Champs-Élysées to view the famed Arc de Triomphe
• Pass Pont Neuf and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River
• See the Eiffel Tower, the Palais Garnier opera house, and Place de la Concorde, the city’s grandest square
• Marvel at the iconic architecture of the Louvre and Hôtel des Invalides

In the early afternoon, check in at your hotel, before spending the rest of the day at your leisure or add optional excursion:

Guided Optional Excursion – Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise 39€ pp
Take in the nighttime allure of the City of Light on a special evening excursion. The event begins with dinner (3 course menu) at a local restaurant (drinks not included). After you dine, board a boat cruise along the Seine. As you coast along the river and under Paris’ bridges, you’ll behold the illuminated monuments of the city glittering alongside the riverbanks. Please note: Optional excursion cannot be booked online; it can be purchased during your trip through your Trip Leader.

Day 4 (Sunday, May 27)
After an included breakfast buffet, get to know Paris on your own or add optional excursions.

Guided Optional Excursion – Tour Montparnasse and Fragonard Perfume Museum 25€ pp
Start off your morning with a walk through La Chapelle and Conciergerie along the Seine, passing by Louvre on the way. See the Tuileries Gardens, Place de la Concorde and the Palais Garnier opera house. Then, enjoy a visit to the Perfume Museum – an aromatic place for education and information on the wonderful world of traditional French perfumery. Afterward, take in panoramic Paris views from the 56th floor observation deck of the Montparnasse Tower (ticket included). Europe’s fastest elevator will whisk you up to the open-air rooftop of this modern skyscraper for unparalleled views of the Eiffel Tower, Champs- Élysées, and other famous landmarks. Please note: Optional excursion cannot be booked online; it can be purchased during your trip through your Trip Leader.

In the evening, continue on to Grafenwoehr at 9:00 p.m.

Day 5 (Monday, May 28)
Arrive in Grafenwoehr around 7:00 a.m.

 

IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING PASSPORTS: A valid tourist passport is required for this trip. Please make sure that you are traveling with the appropriate passport.

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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 passengers.

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.

Baggage Allowance
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).

Health
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.

Cuisine
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.

Electricity
France operates on the European standard 220 volts.

Currency
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.

Tipping
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.

Travel Insurance
We recommend you get travel insurance to reimburse you for unforeseen trip cancellation. Please follow this link to get a quote through our partner SevenCorners.

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