Our expert guide, Prof. Monti Penkower, expert of Modern history & Judaism, will give you all the background information you need to fully understand the magnitude of Operation Overlord and how the D-Day landings changed the course of World War II. As you stand on the cliffs of Normandy, at the Pointe du Hoc and on Omaha Beach and many more sites you’ll get a unique chance to relive history.
Day 1 Tuesday: Arrival Paris – Saint-Omer – Dieppe
Arrival at Paris airport and depart to Saint-Omer, a commune in France. An included visit to La Coupole World War II Museum will give a Cultural Insight into why this old German Bunker could have changed the outcome of the war as well as the course of European history. Later in Fromelles see where there was a combined operation between British troops and the Australian Imperial Force. After our visit continue to Dippe, a coastal community in the Arrondissement of Dieppe in the Seine-Maritime department in the Upper Normandy region of northern France for overnight.
Day 2 Wednesday: Dieppe – Pegasus Bridge – Arromanches
After breakfast, a tour of the Normandy landing beaches, starting with Ouistreham, where the British & French Commandos and Canadian 1st Airborne units secured the eastern flank of the landing beaches early in the morning of June 6, 1944. Here we will visit “Pegasus Bridge” and the museum, which is dedicated to this daring feat of bravery. Continuing west we drive the coastal route making various stops along the way through the British and Canadian landing zones on June 6, 1944 Sword, Juno & Gold Beaches. A longer stop in Arromanches is planned for a visit to the Arromanches 360 Circular Movie and viewing the Mulberry Harbor, which was specially built in England and towed across the channel to be put in place for the landing of supplies after the main landings.
Day 3 Thursday: Bayeux -Birkenau – Omaha Beach – Mont St-Michel
The Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum (Musée Mémorial Bataille de Normandie) in Bayeux covers the invasion of France by the Allies in June 1944 from the D-Day Landings to the end of the Battle of Normandy. The museum has a large collection of military hardware on display as well as uniforms, smaller arms, and items used by the military and soldiers during the Second World War. A large number of maps, diagrams, dioramas, video and audio material makes it possible to follow the progress of the Allied invasion almost day-by-day and even hour-by-hour for key events. Continuing over to Omaha Beach & Pointe du Hoc. On arrival at Omaha beach we have time to reflect on the bloody slaughter of many young Americans that took place here. On visiting Omaha beach we will climb the bluffs to over look the beachhead area and visit St .Laurent-sur-Mer American Military Cemetery. Continue to visit one of France’s most iconic attractions, Mont St-Michel, a historic abbey situated amidst a vast bay. Walk up the hilly village for a walking tour of the fascinating 8th-century Benedictine abbey, founded as a monastery by Archangel St Michael. Learn about its history, architecture and many uses over the years, including a prison, a castle, a strategic fortification and a major cultural and pilgrimage center during the Middle Ages. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. At the top of the hill, enjoy views over the bay, and don’t miss the amazing spectacle of the tide coming in and surrounding the entire island!
Day 4 Friday: Mont St-Michel – Paris
Depart to Paris to visit Les Invalides, where Napoleon is buried. We will enter the emperor’s tomb and the Army Museum. After the visit our local city guide will show us all the famous sights. Eiffel Tower. Champs des Ellyses, Triumphal Arch, Louvres, Sacre Coeur, and many more.
Arrive to our hotel and start preparing for Shabbat.
Day 5 Shabbat: Paris
Shabbat services and walking tour near the hotel.
Day 6 Sunday: Paris – Champagne – Verdun
After breakfast travel to through the heart of the Champagne region and visit the underground cellar to discover the quintessential scenery and vineyards of the Marne valley, sampling some of the many excellent wines and local cuisine. Visit Verdun surely is a must in learning more about WWI history. This tour will be the opportunity to see for yourself the profound marks left on the landscape. The human cost of The Hell of Verdun was absolutely horrendous with 378.777 French and 333.000 German troops killed wounded or missing. 21 February 1916 marks the start of a nightmare for all the soldiers that lasted for 10 months. And it was not until the end of the war that the entire territory lost on February 1916 was finally recaptured thanks to a massive attack by American Troops. During this tour you will see the main highlights of the Battlefield of Verdun such as the Ossuary of Douaumont, you will explore Fort Douaumont, the Trench of Bayonets and the “London Trench”.
Day 7 Monday: The Maginot line
We start our day at the Maginot Line at Ouvrage Fermont. This massive system of bunkers and tunnels came under attack in May 1940 and proved how strong the Maginot Line could be. We descend in the original lifts, travel on an old ammunition train and see the fighting bunkers during our morning’s guided tour of the site. In the afternoon we see Villy la Ferté, a smaller Maginot Line complex which saw heavy fighting in May 1940. The site has been left as it was, with anti-tank rails, barbed wire and bunkers showing wartime damage. We have a fully guided tour around one of the few Maginot sites that saw very heavy fighting.
Day 8 Tuesday: Battle of the Bulge – Flight back home
Learn all about the Battle of the Bulge, the massive surprise German offensive near the end of World War II. Travel along the former front line of the Battle of the Bulge, seeing memorials, monuments and preserved tanks. Visit the Henri Chapelle American Cemetery and the German military cemetery at Recogne. Witness the site of the Malmedy massacre and the stunning Mardasson Memorial to fallen American soldiers near Bastogne, as well as the cemetery where General Patton was laid to rest. After the tour we will transfer to the airport.
End of services.
|Tour Code||Departure date||Air + Land *||Land only *||Single Room**|
|NRMD17/1||06/27/2017||2670 $||700 $|
* Price per person in USD double or twin room
** Supplement Price for single room
* Price of tour is subject to changedue to change in air fare.
Tour Guide: Eli Barnea
Include expert guide: Prof. Monti Penkower, expert of Modern history & Judaism
- Superior tourist class/First class hotel
- Entrance fees as per the itinerary
- Comfortable air conditioned touring coach
- Kosher half board & supplies for making sandwiches for lunch
- Tips for local service providers
- Professional experienced English-speaking guide
- International flights and taxes
- Travel & Health Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Tip for our Tour Guide (Recommended: $5 per person per day)
Important to Know:
- There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays.
- These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
Kashrut on Tours
Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.
Deposit, Cancellation Fees & Policy:
A $500 USD Deposit per person must be received at the time of booking in order to confirm your reservation. Payment in full is due 60 days before departure. A minimum number of participants are required to operate tour dates. If a minimum number has not been reached prior to tour departure and the tour is cancelled you will receive a FULL refund.
• 90 days before departure bookings are refundable less a $100 administration fee
• 60-90 days prior to departure: $300 + $100 per passenger
• 60-30 days prior to departure: $500 + $100 per passenger
• Less than 30 working days prior to departure: 100% of total – no refund
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