Normandy, London & Paris

Enjoy guided tours of Paris, London, Monet’s Garden, and visit historic World War II sites on the Normandy coast. Begin in London touring the city with a certified Blue Badge Guide. Explore the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, the Churchill War Rooms, and enjoy an authentic Afternoon Tea. Cross the English Channel into Normandy, France and visit a variety of World War II sites including Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Arromanches, the Pointe-du-Hoc Ranger Monument, and the Paratrooper Museum. On our way to Paris, explore Impressionist painter Claude Monet’s gardens in Giverny. Upon arrival in Paris we will tour the city, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre Museum, and more.

Hosted By: Gary Cannalte

Chief Meteorologist

WISC TV

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $760 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & European guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • Included whisper headsets
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour
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Day 1 : Fly to England

We meet our friendly Holiday Vacations Tour Director and board our overnight flight to London.

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. Enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner this evening. We are guests in London for three nights.

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Day 3 : Thames River Cruise

Good day, London! 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 new acquaintances.

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Day 4 : Churchill War Rooms

Today includes a visit to the Imperial War Museum, which houses authentic examples of World War II weaponry and an exhibit of World War I trench warfare. Next we see the Churchill War Rooms, part of the underground nerve center of Britain’s war effort.

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Day 5 : Portsmouth & Ferry to France

We bid cheerio 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.

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Day 6 : D-Day Sites

We are joined by a special World War II guide to learn about famous battle events. We 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. Today, the American Cemetery stretches along the bluff. We can pay our respects among the hundreds of Crosses and Stars of David for the deceased. Our next visit is Arromanches, 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.

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Day 7 : Normandy Sites

Joined by our World War II guide, we spend the morning at the Pointe-du-Hoc Ranger Monument which is located on a sheer cliff overlooking Omaha Beach. Americans seized the German artillery pieces 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 Paratrooper Museum. Next we visit Utah Beach which was the western most beach during the Allied Landings. Later, we view the Bayeux Tapestry, which tells the tale of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England.

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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 of famous Impressionist artist Claude Monet. We arrive in Paris for three evenings.

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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.

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Day 10 : The 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 for the perfect ending to our fabulous vacation.

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Day 11 : Memories to Cherish

We bid a fond farewell to Paris and the special friends who have shared our experiences.

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Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes (minimum value of $760 per person)
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & European guides
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • Included whisper headsets
  • $100 travel voucher for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 3 nights at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in London
  • 3 nights at the Novotel Caen Cote de Nacre in Caen
  • 3 nights at the Hotel Opera Cadet in Paris

Attractions & Highlights

  • London city tour
  • Windsor Castle
  • Tower of London
  • Thames River Cruise
  • Churchill War Rooms
  • Imperial War Museum
  • D-Day Museum in Portsmouth
  • English Channel ferry crossing to France
  • Utah Beach
  • American Cemetery at Omaha Beach
  • Overlord Museum at Omaha Beach
  • Arromanches Landing Museum
  • Pointe-du-Hoc Ranger Monument
  • St. Mére Église
  • Paratrooper Museum
  • Tapestry of Bayeux
  • Village of Giverny
  • Claude Monet’s home & garden
  • Paris city tour
  • Illuminated Seine River cruise
  • Louvre Museum

14 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner
  • Traditional English Afternoon Tea
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at Le Train Bleu

Tour Dates & Pricing

October 7th, 2019 - October 17th, 2019

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$5999

Single

$6999

Final Payment Date: 07/4/2019

Tour Map for Normandy, London & Paris

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Gary Cannalte

Gary grew up in the Chicago suburbs and has a degree in Meteorology from Northern Illinois University. He moved to WISC-TV3 in Madison in 1990, and was the original meteorologist for News 3 This Morning. In 1999, Gary was promoted to Chief Meteorologist and moved to a weekday evening schedule. He was the first meteorologist in Madison to receive the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorological Society, and is a member of the National Weather Association.

Gary makes many school visits and personal appearances to speak about the weather. He’s very involved in WISC-TV’s annual Koats for Kids clothing drive to provide winter clothing apparel for children and adults in need in the Madison community.

In his spare time, Gary enjoys bowling, watching baseball, and spending time with his wife, Jean Marty, and son, Charlie. Gary has previously hosted several Holiday Vacations tours.

Join Gary and WISC-TV3 viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.