Faculty

Lisa Reilly, U.Va. Professor in the Department of Architectural History

William Jordan, French WWII Historian

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Pricing

$3,495 per person, double occupancy, land only

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Overview

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On June 6, 1944, despite mounting challenges, a heroic formation of Allied troops achieved the largest coordinated military invasion in world history on the beaches of Normandy, triggering the beginning of the end of World War II. Walk through history on this exclusive journey through Normandy. Visit Omaha Beach and the sobering cemeteries, memorials and landmarks of the Allied victory. Then cast your eyes to France’s other beautiful and historic landmarks on excursions to the incredible granite island of Mont-Saint-Michel and Bayeux to see its extraordinary tapestry. Feast on regional fare and wines as your French adventure takes you to the hills that have seen history change course.

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Program Highlights

  • Enjoy the charm and culture of Normandy, one of France’s most historic regions.
  • Enjoy two full days of exploration highlighting D-Day, including visits to the D-Day landing beaches, the American Military Cemetery and the Peace Memorial at Caen.
  • Explore the charming, quaint port town of Honfleur.
  • Savor a special tasting of Calvados, Normandy’s signature cider brandy.
  • Visit the majestic Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • See the impressive Bayeux Tapestry, which tells the story of the conquest of England by William the Conqueror.

Faculty

Lisa Reilly, U.Va. Professor in the Department of Architectural History

Her chief research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France, and Italy. Ms. Reilly publishes and lectures chiefly on Norman architecture and is currently preparing a book on Norman visual culture throughout the Romanesque world. With Karen Van Lengen, Ms. Reilly wrote Campus Guide: Vassar College for Princeton Architectural Press. She is also a resident fellow at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities at the University of Virginia and teaches introduction to architecture, courses on Norman art and architecture, Sicily, the Concept of the Medieval, and Durham Cathedral. Ms. Reilly held the NEH/Horace Goldsmith Distinguished Teaching Chair of Art and Architectural History from 1999-2002. She co-teaches a course entitled “Renaissance Art on Site in Florence and Rome” during U.Va.’s January term.
(Provence ’07, Sicily ’08, Turkey ’10, Around the World by Private Jet ’11)

William Jordan, French WWII Historian

William Jordan is an historian and accomplished guide. William is the author of “Bloody Omaha & the Assault on Pointe Du Hoc” and “The Normandy Mulberry Harbours.”  He has led several of our trips to Normandy in the past and is a delight to travel with.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Wednesday, April 22

Depart the U.S. for Paris, France

Depart for Paris, France.

Day 2 - Thursday, April 23

Paris/Honfleur

Upon arrival, transfer to Honfleur and the Mercure Honfleur Hôtel. Meet your fellow travelers at a Welcome Reception at the hotel and a Welcome Dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodation: Mercure Honfleur Hôtel
Meals: Dinner (D)

Day 3 - Friday, April 24

Honfleur

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Get to know your home base of Honfleur as you stroll the narrow streets in its classic French town center, nestled against a striking 17th-century harbor. Soak in the scene that has inspired artists, writers and musicians for centuries as you visit the Old Port, the wooden Church of Sainte-Cathérine and other historic landmarks.
Enjoy a lunch of local specialties at a Honfleur restaurant. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore or relax.
Mercure Honfleur Hôtel
(B/L)

Day 4 - Saturday, April 25

Normandy Beaches

Take an emotional journey to Omaha Beach, where the largest concentration of U.S. troops landed on June 6, 1944. See the German gun emplacements at Pointe du Hoc.
Afterward, continue along the coastline, which is rife with the history of the Battle of Normandy. A historian explains the D-Day events and their impact on World War II. Visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at St. Laurent-sur-Mer.
Lunch is at a nearby restaurant, then stop at Les Vergers du Ducy for a tasting of Calvados,
Normandy’s famous brandy. Enjoy dinner at a restaurant on Honfleur’s scenic harbor.
Mercure Honfleur Hôtel (B/L/D)

Day 5 - Sunday, April 26

Normandy Beaches

Visit Utah Beach, the commune of Sainte-Mère Église and the Airborne Museum. Stop at the German cemetery at La Cambe, a stark contrast to the American cemetery.
Enjoy lunch during the excursion and dinner at a restaurant on the harbor in Honfleur.
Mercure Honfleur Hôtel
(B/L/D)

Day 7 - Tuesday, April 28

Mont-Saint-Michel

The sight of Mont-Saint-Michel’s dramatic, sky-scraping turrets towering over the flat white sands that surround the granite island leave little wonder why this UNESCO World Heritage site is considered the Wonder of the Western World. Explore the island that has served as a fortress, monastery and prison, and its Abbey Church, begun in the eighth century.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy leisure time to explore Mont-Saint-Michel on your own.
Mercure Honfleur Hôtel   (B/L)

Day 8 - Wednesday, April 29

Honfleur

Your final day in Honfleur is at leisure to pursue your own interests. Tonight, attend a Farewell Reception, a Graduation Ceremony and a Farewell Dinner.
Mercure Honfleur Hôtel (B/D)

Day 9 - Thursday, April 30

Depart for the U.S.

Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.

NOTE: The information presented is preliminary. Itineraries, included features and schedules are subject to change. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.

Accommodations

Seven nights in Honfleur, France, at the first-class Mercure Honfleur Hôtel.

Located at the heart of the town center near the picturesque harbor that has been immortalized on canvas by the likes of Monet and Boudin, the Mercure Honfleur Hôtel is an ideal base for exploring the Normandy region. The friendly staff will attend to your needs, and the recently renovated interior provides an oasis of comfort. Enjoy the Le Mora bar, where you can sample regional cider, Calvados cocktails and a selection of Grand Vin Mercure wines. The hotel has shoe shine, dry cleaning and ironing services, as well as business services and Wi-Fi. Relax in your comfortable, modern room after a day of sightseeing around scenic northwest France and the beautiful Normandy region!

Meals

Seven Breakfasts, five lunches, four dinners.

Program Fees

$3,495 per person, double occupancy, land only.
A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $695 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price Includes:

  • First-class accommodations as noted
  • All excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary including opening and closing receptions and dinners; sample authentic regional specialties at featured local restaurants
  • Informative educational programs, presented by U.Va. faculty and local experts
  • Personal VOX listening devices to hear every word from your expert English-speaking guides
  • Tipping of excursion guides and drivers

Does Not Include:

  • Value Added Tax of $295 per person
  • Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas, entry/departure fees; personal gratuities; laundry and dry cleaning; excursions, wines, liquors, mineral waters and meals not mentioned in this brochure under included features; travel insurance; all items of a strictly personal nature.

General Terms & Conditions

CANCELLATION: In addition to airline cancellation penalties, all cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $250 per person administrative fee. {Please note that you may choose, at the time of cancellation, to apply the withheld administrative fee to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following.} Cancellation from 120 days to 76 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 10% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 75-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellation from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI International Corporation.

NOT INCLUDED:Fees for passports and, if applicable, visas, entry/departure fees; personal gratuities; laundry and dry cleaning; excursions, wines, liquors, mineral waters and meals not mentioned in this brochure under included features; travel insurance; all items of a strictly personal nature.

MOBILITY AND FITNESS TO TRAVEL: The right is retained to decline to accept or to retain any person as a member of this trip who, in the opinion of AHI Travel is unfit for travel or whose physical or mental condition may constitute a danger to themselves or to others on the trip, subject only to the requirement that the portion of the total amount paid which corresponds to the unused services and accommodations be refunded. Passengers requiring special assistance, including without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who is fit and able to assist them, and who will be totally responsible for providing all required assistance.

AIR TRANSPORTATION: The price of air transportation offered by AHI Travel is based on Advance Purchase Excursion fares. After tickets are issued, penalties up to 100% of the ticket price may be levied. If connecting flights are requested, special promotional fares may be used, in which case penalties of as much as 100% may be assessed by the airlines if reservations are changed or canceled after ticketing. After departure, if the reservations are changed, you will be charged the higher, all year Economy class fare. VARIATIONS TO THE GROUP ITINERARY MUST BE REQUESTED NO LATER THAN 60 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. Passengers who choose to make their own airline reservations independently will be wholly responsible for any airline fees or penalties incurred as a result of program cancellation and/or change in travel dates, or airline schedule(s).

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CANCELLATION: In addition to airline cancellation penalties, all cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $250 per person administrative fee. {Please note that you may choose, at the time of cancellation, to apply the withheld administrative fee to a future AHI Travel program that will operate in the current calendar year or year following.} Cancellation from 120 days to 76 days prior to departure will result in forfeiture of 10% of the entire cost of the trip per person; 75-30 days, 50% of the trip cost per person; cancellation from 29 days up to the time of departure will result in 100% forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. TRIP CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS AVAILABLE. AN APPLICATION WILL BE SENT AFTER YOU RESERVE. All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AHI International Corporation.