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Departs: September 11th, 2023 Tour Dates & Pricing
Enjoy panoramic tours of Paris and London and visit historic World War II sites on the Normandy Coast. Explore London in-depth with a certified Blue Badge guide. Visit the Tower of London, the Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum, and enjoy an authentic afternoon tea. Cross the English Channel into Normandy and visit a variety of sites important to D-Day such as Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, and the Point-due-Hoc Ranger Monument. On our way to Paris, visit Giverny, location of Claude Monet’s home and gardens. We enjoy all that Paris has to offer including a Seine River cruise and visit to the Louvre.
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Hosted By: Erin Davisson
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Day 1 : Fly to England
Board an overnight flight to London to begin this journey of a lifetime.
Day 2 : London City Tour
Upon arrival in Europe, we are joined by a resident Blue Badge Guide whose passion for British history and traditions enhance our experience. Our sightseeing begins with a tour of Windsor Castle, private home of past and present British royalty. We are guests in London for three nights. Tonight, enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.
Day 3 : Thames River Cruise
After an included full English breakfast we join our Blue Badge Guide at the Tower of London. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, this enduring fortress houses both Britain’s Crown Jewels and a medieval collection of armory and weaponry. Its ancient stone walls hold some of the city’s darkest secrets, and we are privy to a few of them during our narrated tour. Take a snapshot of neighboring Tower Bridge as we embark for a delightful sail on the River Thames. Later, we partake in a favorite pastime of locals, Afternoon Tea. It is truly the perfect end to our day’s scheduled activities as we dine on a delicious array of bite-size savories, sip expertly steeped tea, and enjoy the comfort of easy conversation with our new acquaintances.
Day 4 : Churchill War Rooms
Today includes a visit to the Churchill War Rooms, part of the underground nerve center of Britain’s war effort. Next we see the Imperial War Museum which houses authentic examples of World War II weaponry and an exhibit of World War I trench warfare.
Day 5 : Portsmouth & Ferry to France
We say farewell to London and travel to England’s south coast. Upon arrival in Portsmouth we visit the award-winning D-Day Museum before boarding a ferry to cross the English Channel to France. Our comfortable accommodations for the next three nights are in Caen.
Day 6 : D-Day Sites
We are joined by a special World War II guide to learn about famous battle events. Spend the morning at Omaha Beach where Americans took the German fortifications. We study the battlefield, cross the beach, analyze maps, and pay tribute to the courage that guarded our freedom. The American Cemetery stretches along the bluff where we may offer our respects among the hundreds of Crosses and Stars of David for the deceased. Our next visit is Arromanches, the renowned site of Mulberry Harbor. This artificial port and dock carried thousands of Allied troops and cargo across the Channel during wartime. Portions of it remain today.
Day 7 : Normandy Sites
Joined by our World War II guide, we spend the morning at the Pointe-du-Hoc Ranger Monument located on a sheer cliff overlooking Omaha Beach. Americans seized the German artillery equipment here, preventing fire on American troops landing on the beach. This afternoon we visit St. Mére Église, seized by American paratroopers on D-Day. Hear the interesting story of American Private John Steele and visit the Airborne Museum. Next we visit Utah Beach, the westernmost beach during the Allied Landings. Later, we view the Bayeux Tapestry which tells the tale of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England.
Day 8 : Monet’s Garden
Today we begin our journey to Paris. En route we visit the charming village of Giverny and stroll the gardens and visit the home of famous Impressionist artist Claude Monet.
Day 9 : Paris City Tour
We discover the enchanting sights of romantic Paris, the City of Light. On a guided tour we see the Champs Elysees Avenue, Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, and Arc de Triomphe. The afternoon is ours to enjoy at leisure. Relax at a sidewalk cafe, do some shopping, or visit city sights. After dinner, a spectacular Seine River cruise creates a magical evening. Illuminated buildings, bridges, churches, and the Eiffel Tower create a dramatic backdrop in the night sky.
Day 10 : Iconic Louvre Museum
This morning enjoy a guided tour of the world-renowned Louvre Museum and discover its many masterpieces. We have the afternoon free for individual pursuits. Visit the Musee d’Orsay or stroll through The Tuileries Garden. We gather this evening for a special Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in Paris, the perfect ending to our fabulous vacation.
Day 11 : Memories to Cherish
September 11th, 2023 - September 21st, 2023
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Final Payment Date: 06/08/2023
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Erin is the former anchor of Local 5 News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m. with Tom Zalaski. She has been at Local 5 News since 1988. Erin has won numerous reporting and anchoring awards and has consistently been voted Best Anchor in newspaper polls in the Appleton Post Crescent and Green Bay Press Gazette. Erin was awarded the Local Broadcast Legend Award from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) in 2021.
Her career highlights include appearing on the Oprah Winfrey Show for a segment on television anchorwomen, anchoring live coverage of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl wins in New Orleans and Dallas, and moderating a speaker series at the Weidner Center that let her rub elbows with such notables as Madeline Albright, Joan Rivers, Anna Quindlen, and Maya Angelou.
Erin is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and recipient of the school’s Communications Alumni of the Year Award. She makes her home in Wausaukee on the Menominee River with her husband, Mike.
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