Operation Overlord: Follow Eisenhower’s Armies from England to France

June 1-10, 2017

The Center for Experiential learning is proud to present its “Operation Overlord” trip to England and France. The Operation Overlord tour, which is conducted in conjunction with Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours, retraces the D-Day invasion route from London, England to Paris, France.The tour will focus on a variety of historical venues presented by world-class historians.

Travel with people our areas, as we explore the route which the “World’s Greatest Generation” took in preserving our freedoms. Participants may extend their stays in London and/or Paris for an extra fee. So plan on joining us this June for a once-in-a-lifetime excursion. For more detailed information, call (231) 777-0364 or (231) 777-0380.

Tour includes:

  • Itinerary designed by Dr. Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Full-time professional historian
  • Hotel accommodations with private bath or shower, hotel taxes & service charges
  • Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motor coach
  • Daily breakfast and two dinners
  • Channel crossing to Normandy via ferry
  • All entrance fees to museums and attractions

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 • Thursday, June 1 • Flight Detroit to London
Group flight from Detroit to London (and return from Paris). If you would like extra nights on either end of the tour, please contact SAHT.

London

Palace of Westminster, Big Ben clock tower and Westminster Bridge in London

Day 2 • Friday, June 2 • London, England
Check into the hotel where the entire group will gather for an afternoon welcome reception. Our historian will give us an overview of the tour and our objectives.

Day 3 • Saturday, June 3 • London, England
The morning city tour will focus on WWII London. We see historic places around the city that were significant during the war as well as traditional points of interest such as Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey and Tower Bridge. We will visit the Churchill War Rooms, the underground nerve center of Britain’s war effort, and the Imperial War weaponry and WWI trench warfare. There is also the option of seeing St. Paul’s Cathedral and the chapel that houses the book listing every airman killed while stationed in England.

Day 4 • Sunday, June 4 • Portsmouth, England

HMS Victory, Portsmouth

HMS Victory, Portsmouth, England

Depart London for Bletchley Park where we will visit the nerve center for intelligence used in the Allied War effort, code name Ultra. Here we will see the place where the Enigma machine is housed and where the cyphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted during the war. This afternoon we will tour Southwick House, the advance command post of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. In the months leading up to D-Day in 1944, the house became the headquarters of the main Allied commanders, including Naval Commander-In-Chief Admiral Ramsay, Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower, and the Army Commander-In-Chief General Montgomery.

Day 5 • Monday, June 5 • Normandy, France
Following breakfast, we will visit the Royal Marine Museum and see Nelson’s HMS Victory. If time permits, we’ll visit the British Naval Museum. In the afternoon, we board the cross channel ferry. Dinner is served during the trip. We will then board our coach and travel to Caen.

D-Day Beaches

Cliffs along the coastline of one of the D-Day beaches of Normandy, France

Day 6 • Tuesday, June 6 • Normandy, France
On the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, we will begin in Ste-Mere-Eglise where American airborne forces descended on D-Day, after which we head to Utah Beach. After lunch we drive to Pointe-du-Hoc to view the cliffs that US Rangers scaled to eliminate German artillery, and then we spend the afternoon at Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery..

Day 7 • Wednesday, June 7 • Normandy, France
After breakfast at the hotel, our tour begins where the first shots were fired, at the crucial Pegasus Bridge. Our historian will describe the taking of this key crossing. Normandy FranceThen we pass the British and Canadian Beaches, Sword, Juno and Gold on the way to the guns at Longues-sur-Mer, the battery against which HMS Ajax scored perhaps the most accurate (and perhaps the luckiest) hit of the war. We’ll see the evidence that remains. After lunch we will view the Tapestry and Cathedral of Bayeux which commemorates the Norman conquest of England. Done in the Eleventh Century, it is a finely embroidered work on linen.

Day 8 • Thursday, June 8 • Normandy, France

War Cemetery near Omaha Beach

American War Cemetery near Omaha Beach, Normandy

We’ll spend the morning at Omaha Beach where the Americans took the German fortifications after a stupendous fight. Losses were especially high in the first wave of landings. Today the American Cemetery stretches along the bluff. We will study the battlefield; cross the beach, analyze the maps and imagine the courage that saved our freedom that day. We will also pay our respects (at the hundreds of crosses and stars of David) to the deceased.

Day 9 • Friday, June 9 • Paris, France

Paris France

Paris, France skyline

Full free day to explore Paris, including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, Les Invalides and Napoleon’s Tomb, a Seine River cruise—the options are endless.

Day 10 • Saturday, June 10 • Home
After breakfast, an airport transfer will be provided to the Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport (CDG), for return flight to the U.S.

Cost:

  • $2,950 per person based on double occupancy. Prices based on double occupancy. If traveling solo, a single-supplement charge of $495 will apply. Roommate matching is available.
  • 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 we 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.

For more information

For more information, contact:

George Maniates
Muskegon Community College
Social Sciences Department
Room 242-D
221 Quarterline Rd.
Muskegon, MI 49442
(231) 777-0364
george.maniates@muskegoncc.edu