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D-Day 75th Anniversary: American WWII History

with Berlin extension
  • Duration: 12 or 15 days
  • Group size: 18-35
  • Reviews: 7
Remember, reflect, and discover the history of World War II.

Through the streets of London, Paris, Luxembourg, and Brussels and along the Normandy coast, the influence of WWII can still be felt. As you visit memorials, trenches, and museums, you’ll learn about the important role American forces played in the outcome of D-Day. Explore the locations that were the backdrop for pivotal battles and take time to honor the sacrifices made by the Allied soldiers.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • ferry ride across the English Channel
  • American Cemetery in Colleville
  • Omaha Beach
  • Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation
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Day-by-day itinerary
Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board your overnight flight to London.

London2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in London
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to England! Gather with your fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of London
Included meal: Breakfast

View the historical buildings and landmarks of England’s vibrant capital on a guided sightseeing tour.

• Step inside the Imperial War Museums to see exhibits focusing on people’s experiences during times of war

• See Westminster Abbey, the setting for royal coronations, weddings, and funerals

• Pass by Wellington Barracks, headquarters for the British Army’s Foot Guards

• Visit the Churchill War Rooms and explore the secret underground bunker that the Prime Minister and his Cabinet met in during WWII

Spend a free evening in London or add an excursion.

London Eye & Pub Dinner
Excursion (additional cost)
Normandy Region3 nights
Day 4: Normandy Region via Dover
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer to Dover and step inside Dover Castle, the largest castle in England.

• Explore the secret wartime tunnels, which were used as an air-raid shelter, command post, and underground hospital

• Learn about the evacuation of Dunkirk during Operation Dynamo

Then, board a ferry and cross the English Channel to the Normandy region in France. Sail along the same waters that the Allied soldiers did prior to the Normandy landings. You’ll dock in the Calais before heading to your hotel in the Normandy region.

Day 5: Sightseeing tour of Normandy Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Set out to explore the Normandy region, stopping to uncover historic sites as you go.

• Travel back to the American Cemetery in Colleville, the burial place for more than 9,000 American soldiers who lost their lives during the Battle of Normandy

• 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, which seized German cannons here before they could be used to fire on American troops

• Stop in the seaside town of Arromaches, home to one of the main Allied landing harbors, and enjoy free time to explore

Day 6: Free day in the Normandy Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day taking in the sights and history of the Normandy region.

Paris2 nights
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

A guided tour introduces you to the architecture, scenery, and history of the City of Light’s many neighborhoods, called arrondissements.

• Stop to take a photo of the Eiffel Tower

• See Le Meurice hotel, the Nazi headquarters in Paris

• Pass the Louvre and the legendary Notre-Dame Cathedral, located on an island in the Seine River

• See the Paris Police Prefecture and the Mémorial des Martyrs de la Déportation

• End in Le Marais, the city’s Jewish Quarter

Day 8: Free day in Paris
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Paris or add excursions.

Historic Versailles
Excursion (additional cost)
Dinner in Paris & Seine River Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Luxembourg City2 nights
Day 9: Luxembourg City via Reims
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

As you make your way to Luxembourg City, stop in the French city of Reims.

• Enter the Musée de la Reddition to see where German forces surrendered, therefore ending WWII

• Spend free time eating lunch

Later, cross into the tiny principality of Luxembourg where you'll sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Day 10: Sightseeing tour of Luxembourg City
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide leads today’s tour of Luxembourg City, the country’s capital.

• Enter the Luxembourg American Cemetery and Memorial

• View the WWII Monument to National Unity in the New Town

• See the Citadel of the Holy Spirit, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and Grand Ducal Palace

• Travel through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Spend a free afternoon in Luxembourg City or add an excursion.

Maginot Line
Excursion (additional cost)
Brussels1 night
Day 11: Brussels via Wiltz & Bastogne
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Make several stops as you travel to Brussels, Belgium.

• Travel to Wiltz and visit the National Liberation Memorial

• Make a photo stop at the General George S. Patton Memorial in Bastogne

• See the Mardasson Memorial, a monument dedicated to the Americans who lost their lives during the Battle of the Bulge

• Enter the Bastogne War Museum to learn more about the Battle of the Bulge and the American soldiers who defended Belgium during the fight

This evening, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your fellow travelers.

Flight Home
Day 12: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or extend your stay to explore Berlin.

Extension to Berlin

Twenty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this city pulses with life. The cobbled streets of the German capital date back 750 years; yet a fresh vibrancy pervades the boulevards, the markets, the hundreds of trendy night spots, and the thousands of pubs and restaurants. This revitalized Berlin—also known as the "New York City" of Europe—is an essential destination for every traveler.

Berlin3 nights
Day 12: Flight to Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly to Berlin this morning and take the afternoon to familiarize yourself with Germany’s capital city.

Day 13: Sightseeing tour of Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

A local guide introduces you to the monuments of Berlin’s intricate past as well as the signs of its re-emergence as a vibrant cultural center.

• View the Detlev-Rohwedder-Haus, former headquarters for the Nazi aviation branch known as the Luftwaffe

• See Hitler’s war bunker as well as the Topography of Terror Museum, which marks where the SS and Gestapo were once based

• Walk past the Reichstag building to see where the Parliament of the German Empire met from 1871 to 1918

• Discover the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of a reunited Berlin

• See the Holocaust Memorial and the Berlin Wall’s East Side Gallery

Day 14: Free day in Berlin
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Berlin or add an excursion. Then, join your group for a farewell drink and raise a glass to your trip.

Potsdam
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 15: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Normandy D Day trip
by 2nd time traveler 

Over all it was a wonderful trip. We got to see & do so much. Our guide Alassandria was very knowledgeable & helpful. The only glitch for us was our arrival in London. There was a mix up with the drivers that were picking us up. Some people were arriving at a different terminal than others. Wh...

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by 2nd time traveler 

This was my first tour with Go Ahead & i highly recommend them. I hope to travel with them again in the next year or two. Fantastic value in what is included & the convenience of all accommodations being arranged (just show up at the airport...its that easy!). I loved our tour director! She so nice ...

Trip of a lifetime
by 4th time traveler 

Tour Director Alessandra Fiandra was a wonderful Director. She worked hard to make the Tour an excellent experience for everyone. If you love America, this tour was one of the highlights of your life. God bless GoAhead for having this D-Day/WW II tour!

75th Anniversary of DDay
by 3rd time traveler 

The overall tour content was magnificent. The museums, Omaha Beach, and monuments were overwhelming. I've wanted to visit the Normandy beaches for many years, and this trip fulfilled all my dreams and wishes. The people in the areas we visited were so gracious, and it was eye-opening to see European...

Trip of a lifetime
by 2nd time traveler 

The itinerary was specific to the occasion but also educational and entertaining enough for the non-historian. Our accommodations and meals were comfortable and delicious. Alessandra our tour guide was extremely efficient and knowledgeable. It was a truly amazing tour and I highly recommend it to an...

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

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FAQ
Passport & visa requirements 
  • In order to enter the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and Luxembourg (as well as Germany on the tour extension), U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least one blank passport page for entry stamps.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace 
  • You will walk for about 2.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including cobblestone streets and paved roads.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information 
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in London and depart from Brussels (or Berlin on the tour extension). When you first arrive in London, a driver from a private chauffeur service will be standing at the arrival gate with your name on a message board. If you do not see your driver, please remain in the arrival lounge, as the driver may be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the shuttle at the time of your arrival. For more details, please reference the London transfer information included in your Go Kit.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A ferry ride from Portsmouth to Normandy is included in the price of your tour. The tour extension includes a flight from Brussels to Berlin.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance 
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips 
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
  • It is preferable not to visit churches or other religious sites with bare legs and shoulders (and entrance may be denied on this basis).
Health 
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to any of the countries on this tour.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine 
  • For traditional English fare at a reasonable price, try a pub meal of fish and chips or bangers and mash. Stilton cheese, steak and kidney pie, and Cumberland sausages are also worth a try.
  • Modern-day London boasts an array of diverse international restaurants. Popular options for the adventurous palate include Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian, Greek, and West African cuisines. Sip afternoon tea with delicious finger sandwiches and scones at Harrods for the ultimate in English tradition.
  • Cuisine in the Normandy region of France is known for its fresh flavors. Chicken, rabbit, and duck are staples, and you can find fish and shellfish in its coastal towns. The abundance of dairy farms throughout the region means many dishes are accompanied by cheeses and creams. Normandy is also famous for its apples, which are used to create cider and calvados, or apple brandy.
  • In Luxembourg, the culinary influences are mostly Germanic. Smoked sausages, hams, and hearty stews are popular.
  • In Belgium, seafood is of a very high quality, and mussels steamed in white wine are a favorite. Patisseries offer decadent pastries and cakes, and you won’t want to miss indulging in favorites like fries, handmade chocolate, locally brewed Abbey-style beer, and, of course, Belgian waffles. Please note that Belgian beers vary widely in style and flavor and are often much higher in alcohol content than other European beers.
  • On the tour extension, German food is hearty and substantial. Among the specialties are dumpling stews, sauerkraut, sausages, smoked cheeses, and dark breads. Bavaria produces some of the world’s purest beers, and white German wines are exceptionally good.
Electricity & air conditioning 
  • The United Kingdom operates on the European standard 220-240 volts and uses a Type G plug with three large, flat pins.
  • France, Luxembourg, and Belgium (as well as Germany on the tour extension) operate on the European standard 220-240 volts and use Types C, E, or F plugs with two small, round pins
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in European hotels is often not as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity 
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones 
  • The United Kingdom is on Greenwich Mean Time Zone (GMT) and is five hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • France, Luxembourg, and Belgium (as well as Germany on the tour extension) are one hour ahead of GMT and six hours ahead of ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York, it’s 5pm in the United Kingdom and 6pm in France, Luxembourg, and Belgium (as well as Germany on the tour extension).
Currency 
  • You will use the Pound sterling in the United Kingdom and the euro in France, Luxembourg, and Belgium (as well as Germany on the tour extension).
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping 
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour 
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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Nov 7–Nov 18, 2019
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