CAF Trip to Normandy 2019
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The Commemorative Air Force(CAF) and Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours have joined to offer a special tour to friends of the CAF to take a touring trip to Europe June 1-10, 2019 in order to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion. This may be the last opportunity to honor this historic occasion of this magnitude that will be attended by many World War II veterans. Participation in the commemoration activities will be a group of CAF aircraft, including That’s All, Brother, the C-47 that led the D-Day Invasion 75 years ago. This is the only tour specifically designed for the CAF and includes access to CAF Aircraft that will be in Normandy for the commemoration activities.
Tour cost is $6,000 per person (based on double occupancy).
DAY 1- June 1- Overnight Flight to London
Book your overnight flight to arrive in London the following day.
DAY 2- June 2- London
Arrive in London in the morning. The group will gather this afternoon for a visit to the Churchill War Rooms, the underground nerve center for Britain's war effort. Afterwards we check into our hotel for an evening welcome reception. Our historian will treat us to our first lecture, with introductions all around.
DAY 3- June 3- London
After an early breakfast, we see key sites in London that figured prominently in the War. Later we drive to Duxford where we join the crews of the CAF's C-47s and visit the same hangars and fields used by the RAF in World War II. Here, aircraft take to the skies just as the Spitfires and C-47s did in World War II. We take in over a century of aviation, including aircraft and artifacts on display. We will have free time to enjoy London in the evening.
DAY 4- June 4- Portsmouth
This morning we drive to Greenham Common, the airfield from which That's All, Brother, the aircraft that led the D-Day invasion departed 75 years ago. In the afternoon, we drive to Portsmouth where we visit the D-Day Museum that houses the Overlord Embroidery, a modern-day tapestry that depicts the invasion.
DAY 5- June 5- Normandy
Following breakfast, we will board the crosschannel ferry and embark for Normandy as the troops did in 1944. In the afternoon, we will begin our visit to Normandy at Ste-MereEglise, one of the villages where the American Airborne descended on D-Day. Here we will view and explore the iconic church where John Steele and his landing on the steeple are memorialized. We also visit La Fiere Bridge where the 82nd Airborne successfully delayed a German Panzer counter-attack against the Allied landing forces.
DAY 6- June 6- Normandy - 75th Anniversary of D-Day
Today we attend the commemorative ceremonies at the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach. While there we will pay our respects to the 9,387 American soldiers' graves stretching along the top of the bluff overlooking the beach. We will have a panoramic perspective of Omaha Beach where the Americans landed and faced the strongest German resistance of the day and incurred the greatest losses. We can view some of the German defense fortifications and the sands from the tide's ebb to the distant dunes to understand the emotions of the young soldiers of the 1st and 29th Divisions as they approached the gates of hell.
DAY 7- June 7- Normandy
We will begin the day with a visit to Carpiquet, the historic airport on the outskirts of Caen. The airfield itself was a strategic objective in Operation Overlord. A successful assault by Canadian forces wrested control of it from German SS-Panzergrenadier and tank battalions in early July 1944. Here we also will reunite with CAF's C-47s, now representing the historic C-47 transports that made the airborne invasion of Normandy possible.
DAY 8- June 8- Normandy
After breakfast, we drive to Utah Beach, where the 4th Division landed, and the Invasion Museum that depicts their heroics. En route we stop at Ste-Marie-du-Mont where still stands the unique Renaissance-style steeple used as an observation post by the Germans. From there, we will proceed to Dead Man's Corner and visit the museum in St-Come-duMont. Many of the artifacts on display here are relics from paratroopers who jumped from That's All, Brother.
DAY 9- June 9- Paris
In the morning we proceed to the British and Canadian Beaches to view the easternmost part of the invasion. From there we go to Pegasus Bridge where the first shots were fired on D-Day. Here the British Sixth Airborne led by Major John Howard with a miraculous glider landing carried out a surprise attack that yielded great success in overtaking this crucial bridge across the Caen Canal. This afternoon we depart for Paris. The Allies, preceded by Free French troops, symbolically reclaimed the French capital from the Nazis in August 1944. As did the American troops on leave, you may explore the city on your own. The evening is free.
DAY 10- June 10- Home
Departures for home.
Costs & Payment Information:
$6,000 per person double occupancy ($710 is a tax deductible donation to CAF)*
$1,000 single occupancy supplement
$300 deposit required
- Itinerary designed by Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose
- Full time historian and logistical escort
- Three- and four-star accommodations
- Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage and service charges
- Touring by private first class air-conditioned motor coach
- 7 breakfasts, 5 dinners and a Welcome Reception
- Channel crossing to Normandy via ferry
- All entrance fees to museums and attractions, including ground tours of GAF aircraft. Rides on GAF aircraft may be available for an additional fee
- While we will make every effort to visit the CAF's aircraft in two locations, due to on-site logistics and the numerous activities planned for the 75th anniversary, this is not guaranteed.
Please note that guests make their own air travel arrangements, flights are not included in the tour price.
- Donation is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Prices are based on Double Occupancy. If traveling solo, a single-supplement charge of $1,000 will apply.
- Airfare is not included.
- Stephen Ambrose Tours accepts no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets.
- We encourage all guests to consider travel insurance, however do not sell it. There are several companies out there that are easily found in a google search. Also, several credit card companies offer travel insurance if the tour is purchased on their card.
- Passports must not expire within six months of tour return date.
- A deposit of $300 per person is due to complete your registration and reserve your seat on the tour. It is refundable up to 90 days prior to departure, minus a $50 per person administrative fee.
- Payment schedule is as follows:
90 days pre-tour- 50% due
45 days pre-tour- 100% due
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