Francesca Fiorani, Professor and Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities

Phil Haun, Col. (ret.), U.S.A.F., Professor and Dean of Academics, U.S. Naval War College

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$5,695 per person, double occupancy upper deck
$5,495 per person, double occupancy lower deck.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $3,400 (upper deck) or $3,300 (lower deck) to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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Flag Raising Renactment

From the Normandy landing beaches, to the fortified cliffs of Pointe du Hoc and the American cemetery above Omaha Beach, retrace the first steps in the historic liberation of France. This program balances lectures and discussions led by WWII historians and specialists with time to explore the picturesque towns of Honfleur and Rouen and enjoy cruising along the Seine River. Once docked near the Eiffel Tower, bid the group adieu with a magical cruise by night under the stunning bridges of Paris.

Program Highlights

  • Join the official 75th anniversary commemorations to honor the valiant forces who participated in the 1944 D-Day Landings
  • Interact with individuals and places that still bear testimony to the sacrifice and courage of Allied Troops during WWII
  • Walk along Omaha Beach, where approximately 1,000 American soldiers died, and gain an in-depth perspective on the coastal landings and air invasion by Allied forces.
  • Explore the Allied artillery batteries and stand inside German gun pits on Pointe du Hoc.
  • Cruise along the Seine in comfort through the pastoral countryside, the inspiration for many artists. Aboard the ship there is plenty of time for in-depth discussions and film screenings with your faculty leader
  • Enjoy time in the picturesque port of Honfleur, and wander through the cobblestoned streets of medieval Rouen
  • Discover the City of Lights from your strategic dock, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower


Francesca Fiorani, Professor and Associate Dean for the Arts and Humanities

Francesca Fiorani writes, lectures and teaches on Renaissance art. The author of The Marvel of Maps. Art, Cartography and Politics in Renaissance Italy (2005), she is mainly interested in the intersections of art, science and technology in the early modern period. Her writings explore Renaissance practices that bridge between artists’ training and university education, the visualization of knowledge, the status of images in Renaissance philosophy and art theory as well as the relations between science and religion.

In recent years Fiorani has focused her research on themes relating to observation, experience, optics and Leonardo da Vinci, especially his lifelong project of transferring his observations of the natural world from geometrical diagrams to paintings and drawings (and vice versa).

Fiorani is a keen explorer of the application of modern technology to art history. Combining her longstanding interest in art, science and technology with her current research on Leonardo da Vinci’s optics, she created the digital publication Leonardo da Vinci and His Treatise on Painting. Published in 2012 and dedicated to the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci’s art theory in Renaissance and Baroque Europe, this publication provides innovative research tools for visual and textual analysis. Graduate students in art history routinely collaborate to this ongoing project.

After completing her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, she joined the Art Department at the University of Virginia, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses related to her research interests.

She is the recipient of honors and awards from numerous institutions, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies at Villa I Tatti, Florence, the American Council for the Learned Societies, the Getty Center, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Folger Institute, the John Carter Brown Library, the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel, Germany, and the Warburg Institute , University of London.


Phil Haun, Col. (ret.), U.S.A.F., Professor and Dean of Academics, U.S. Naval War College

Phil Haun is Dean of Academics and Professor at the U.S. Naval War College. His research interest focuses on coercion and airpower theory. His latest work “Air Power, Sanctions, Coercion, and Containment: When Foreign Policy Objectives Collide” appears in Kelly Greenhill and Peter Krause’s edited volume Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics (Oxford Press, 2018). His next book Lectures of the Air Corps Tactical School and American Strategic Bombing in World War II is forthcoming from University Press of Kentucky in April 2019. Phil is a retired Air Force Colonel and A-10 “Warthog” pilot. He is a research affiliate with MIT’s Security Studies Program.


Day 1 - Sunday, June 2, 2019

U.S. / Paris, France

Depart the U.S. on individual flights for Paris.

Day 2 - Monday, June 3, 2019

Paris / Honfleur

Arrive Paris this morning. En route to Normandy, visit the Château de la Roche‐Guyon. Originally built in the 12th century as a river‐crossing control post over the Seine, the castle became Field Marshall Rommel’s headquarters during the war. Take a guided tour of the château, followed by lunch, and then continue to the picturesque port of Honfleur and board the MS Renoir this afternoon. This evening, gather with fellow travelers for a welcome cocktail and dinner.
MS Renoir
Lunch, Reception, Dinner (L, R, D)

Day 3 - Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Honfleur, Arromanches, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach

German Battery

Discover the D‐Day beaches and delve into the logistics involved in this tremendous operational feat. Travel to Arromanches to see some of the vast concrete blocks towed over from Britain, remnants of the enormous prefabricated Mulberry Harbor, where Allied supplies landed. Tour the Arromanches Landing Museum and, later, visit one of the most dramatic sites along the Normandy coastline, Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Rangers used hooks and ropes to scale cliffs some 100 feet high in order to destroy key German gun positions. Walk along cliff‐top pathways which still bare craters from mortar blasts, and venture into the concrete bunkers from which German forces unleashed a barrage of artillery fire. Conclude the afternoon by walking along Omaha Beach, the site of the bloodiest fighting of the invasion day. At the Omaha Beach Memorial, lay flowers in honor of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. After dinner on the ship in Honfleur, you may wish to a stroll around this charming port.
MS Renoir
(B, L, D)


Day 4 - Wednesday, June 5, 2019


This morning, join your faculty leader for a discussion on the plans and preparation for the invasion of Europe in 1944. Embark on a guided tour of Honfleur, which will reveal the historic charm of this picturesque port with half‐timbered buildings. The city was spared any significant damage during the war and was liberated by the British, Belgian and Canadian forces, without combat in August 1944. Given its strategic position on the right bank of the Seine, this represented, for many, the end of the Battle of Normandy. During your time in Honfleur, discover how the city attracted many Impressionist artists in the 19th century, and visit France’s largest wooden church, Sainte‐Catherine. This afternoon, enjoy leisure time in the port, followed by a panel discussion with the faculty on board. Enjoy a calvados and cider tasting.
MS Renoir
(B, L, D)

Day 5 - Thursday, June 6, 2019

Colleville-sur-Mer, Rouen


On the 75th anniversary of the D‐Day landings, observe official ceremonies and commemorations at the American Military Cemetery at Colleville‐sur‐Mer (subject to confirmation). On this major anniversary, these poignant ceremonies will likely be attended by heads of state and other dignitaries. Details to be announced. After paying tribute to those who gave their lives, return to the ship and cruise eastward along the Seine to Rouen.
MS Renoir
(B, L, D)

Day 6 - Friday, June 7, 2019


This morning, visit the charming medieval city of Rouen with its cobblestone streets and timbered facades. The Allied bombing campaign in France to slow down the movement of German personnel, weapons, ammunition, and other vital supplies hit Rouen particularly hard. Today there is little evidence of the ravages of war in the city. During a walking tour, visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame, and learn how close it came to being completely destroyed. Return to the ship for lunch and engage in further discussions with your faculty leader. As you set sail, enjoy the picturesque scenery that inspired so many artists in the 19th century.
MS Renoir
(B, L, D)

Day 7 - Saturday, June 8, 2019


Seine River, Paris

This morning, arrive in Paris and view Bartholdi’s smaller version of Liberty Enlightening the World. Better known as the Statue of Liberty, the smaller version of Liberty Enlightening the world, symbolizes the special relationship between France and the United States. Set out on a city tour this morning and trace the steps of the liberation of the city on August 25, 1944 by motor coach. Starting at the Arc de Triomphe and traveling down the iconic Champs Elysées to Place de la Concorde, you will follow the path taken by Charles de Gaulle and the liberators of the city. After WWII, many GI soldiers returned to Paris on the GI Bill to study, write and create. The city saw a boom in artistic expression, mainly in the world of music and literature. Later, join a historian on a walking tour through the Latin Quarter, which evokes the Bohemian lifestyle and excitement of this bygone time. Return to the ship for lunch. Celebrate your step back in time during a farewell reception and dinner on board while cruising under the bridges of Paris.
MS Renoir
(B, L, R, D)

Day 8 - Sunday, June 9, 2019


Transfers to Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris will be provided for individual flights home or onward.


M.S. Renoir | The Renoir is a purpose-built and newly renovated river cruiser. The ship emphasizes its French heritage and inspired culinary traditions. There are 54 cabins on two levels, a sun deck, and spacious public areas including a panoramic lounge, bar and dining room. Cabins are spacious and well lit, featuring floor-to-ceiling windows on the upper deck and large picture windows on the lower deck. There is free Wi-fi throughout (when docked), wide-screen TVs, hair dryers, safes, and air-conditioning. While not luxurious, each cabin is a comfortable home away from home.


All meals as listed in the itinerary

Program Fees

M.S. Renior Diagram
All cabins – 160 sq. ft. (Click on image to enlarge)

$5,695 per person, double occupancy upper deck
$5,495 per person, double occupancy lower deck.

A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $3,400 (upper deck) or $3,300 (lower deck) to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Price includes:

  • All accommodations, meals and receptions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Wine and beer with all meals on board
  • Group transfers to and from Paris, Charles de Gaulle airport for those arriving or departing according to the tour dates
  • All ground transportation within the itinerary unless otherwise indicated
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary
  • Comprehensive educational program and professional on‐site guides
  • Gratuities to porters, guides and drivers.
  • The assistance of an ATA tour manager for comprehensive logistical and customer service management on the trip
  • Wireless listening devices during all visits
  • Access to the official June 6th Anniversary ceremonies (pending confirmation)
  • Baggage handling for one checked piece and one carry on piece per person
  • Bottled water for all bus rides
  • The assistance of an ATA professional travel team to assist with pre-trip questions, travel arrangements, including flights, extra hotel nights, or other services
  • Comprehensive pre-departure information about the destination and what to expect on the trip, including a suggested reading list
  • MedEvac insurance and political and natural disaster evacuation coverage
  • Credit card fees
  • Luggage tags

Does not include:

  • Airfare to and from Paris, France
  • Airport transfers and baggage handling for travelers arriving before or after the planned group transfer or departing the trip before or after the planned group transfer
  • Meals not specified in the itinerary; food and beverages not part of the included meals
  • Personal items such as telephone, fax and internet charges, laundry, room service, alcoholic or other beverages not specified as included
  • Gratuities for crew and staff on board the ship
  • Gratuities for non‐group services
  • Travel and trip cancellation insurance
  • Passport, visa, airport departure and excess baggage fees
  • Expenses resulting from delays due to bad weather, road conditions, sickness, government action, and flight delays
  • Expenses incurred in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour

General Terms & Conditions

$1,000 deposit per person upon application. Balance due upon receipt of invoice, 90 days before departure. Acceptable forms of payment for the deposit are major credit card, personal check, or wire transfer. Final payment may be made by major credit card, check or wire transfer. If final payment is not received by 75 days prior to departure, your space is subject to cancellation. If you are making a reservation within 90 days of the trip’s departure, full payment will be required upon confirmation.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing (email or fax) to Academic Travel Abroad, Inc. (ATA). Per person cancellation fees are based on the date of the cancellation notice reaching ATA. More than 180 days prior to departure (December 4, 2018): refund of deposit less an administration fee of 50% of deposit. Cancellation between 179-91 days before departure (December 5, 2018 – March 3, 2019): 100% of deposit is forfeited. Cancellation within 90 days of departure (March 4, 2019): 100% of the tour price if forfeited. Cancellation on day of departure or after tour departs: no refund. No refund for unused portions of tour, including, but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights and sightseeing. Cancellation of program by the UVA and ATA: full refund. Reservations are not transferable without the explicit approval of the UVA and ATA. NOTE: Neither the UVA nor ATA accepts liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable airline ticket to the tour departure city or return.

A limited number of single cabins are available at extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis, but availability cannot be guaranteed.

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. We will send you a brochure from Travel Insurance Services, or you may obtain coverage through a company of your choice. All ATA trips include Emergency Evacuation Insurance as part of the trip price.

While every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned, the nature of travel is unpredictable and we must be prepared for changes. The itinerary as described is subject to modification by ATA. Rest assured that, should any changes be needed, ATA commits to deliver an experience as outstanding as the one originally planned.

This program includes participation in the 75th D-Day Anniversary ceremonies at Colleville-sur-Mer on June 6, organized by the French government. The U.S. Embassy in Paris controls access to the ceremony for US citizens. In ATA’s 30 years of organizing D-Day Anniversary trips, we have always gained access to the ceremony for our numerous groups. However, access is granted entirely at the U.S. Embassy’s discretion and each U.S. administration approaches the event differently. We will keep travelers abreast of the information as it becomes available closer to your departure.

If due to weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend an additional night, you will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers and meal costs. No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour due to these causes or voluntary cancellations. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely. No revisions of the printed itinerary or the “Included Features” are anticipated; however, ATA reserves the right to make changes at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and ATA shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to passengers by reason of such cancellation, substitution or changes. All fares, as well as schedules, hours of arrival and departure, special programs and guest lecture series (if applicable), are subject to change. ATA reserves the right to substitute motor coach transportation using hotels, inns or lodges for cruise accommodations if necessary due to weather, water conditions or levels, other events of force majeure, mechanical or other conditions beyond the control of ATA. ATA shall not be required to refund any portion of the fare or make any other compensation under these circumstances. ATA cannot be responsible for penalties assessed by air carriers that may result due to operational and/or itinerary changes. ATA reserves the right to substitute hotels of a similar category for those listed in this brochure.

To enjoy your travels to the fullest, you should be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diets, or treatment must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. ATA reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a participant should such a person’s health, mental condition, physical infirmity, or attitude jeopardize the operation of the travel program or the enjoyment of other participants. All health information is protected and treated as confidential.

This trip is sponsored by the University of Virginia Alumni and Parent Travel (herein referred to as UVA) and is managed by Academic Travel Abroad, Inc. (herein referred to as ATA), a professional travel company, hired as an independent contractor. ATA acts only as agent for the passenger with respect to all transportation, hotels, and all matters of reservations and trip operation. ATA and their agents and UVA accept no responsibility for loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or irregularity, expense or liability caused by the defect of any vehicle or negligence or default of any independent contractors, their employees, agents, or representatives. Nor does ATA and UVA accept responsibility for losses or delays arising from but not limited to sickness, pilferage, acts of terrorism, weather conditions or acts of God. All such losses or expenses shall be borne by the program participant. ATA reserves the right to cancel the trip prior to departure in which case the entire payment will be refunded without further obligation on their part. ATA reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any trip participant at any time without being under any obligation to assign any reason therefore. In the event of the exercise of this right, ATA shall be under no liability to such person(s) except to refund such amount as their absolute discretion deems reasonable to attribute to the uncompleted portion of the trip. Baggage is carried at the owner’s risk entirely. It is understood that air, ship or train tickets when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the passenger and carrier concerned. The airlines and all other transportation companies involved in this trip are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time the passengers are not on board their plane or conveyances. All services are subject to the laws of the country in which they are rendered. The participant agrees on behalf of herself/himself, her/his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns to abide by the above conditions and to release and hold harmless, the University of Virginia and Academic Travel Abroad, Inc., and any of their representatives from any and all liability for any delays, damage, loss, injury or death occurring in relation to this tour.

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Read Carefully: Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer
ATA acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers of goods and services (e.g., cruise companies, hotels, airlines, railroads, bus companies, local tours, etc.) by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither the University of Virginia (UVA), nor Academic Travel Abroad (ATA) control, own, or operate these suppliers. The suppliers are independent contractors. Neither UVA nor ATA shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. ATA reserves the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants.

The UVA and ATA also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, and ATA reserves the right to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. Participants are encouraged to purchase airline tickets no sooner than 120 days before the tour begins to avoid airline cancellation penalties if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. The UVA and ATA accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to the tour departure city and return. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant. Participants are encouraged to purchase travel insurance.

Dates, schedules, program details, and featured speakers although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.


The participant has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour brochure(s) and on the web, and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour brochure(s). The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of suppliers, tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, hereby waives, releases, and discharges the UVA, its directors, shareholders, officers, employees, representatives or agents, and ATA and its officers, directors, shareholders, employees, and agents, (Releasees) from liability, claims, demands, injuries, damages, consequential or indirect damages, actions or causes of action for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the active and passive negligence or omission of tour staff, suppliers, or other related persons or entities, and, further indemnifies, holds harmless and promises not to sue the Releasees from any and all liabilities or claims made as a result of participation in this activity, whether caused by the negligence of a Releasee or otherwise. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.

By registering for this ATA program, sponsored by the University of Virginia Alumni and Parent Travel, the participant agrees to the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer and the Terms and Conditions herein and that the participant acknowledges that he/she has carefully read this paragraph and fully understands that this is a waiver and release of liability.