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Memorials of World War II - 75th Anniversary of D-Day

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An unforgettable journey awaits you on this sojourn to London, England and Northern France for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. We are flying in one day before the tour begins to give you time to rest or explore on your own. Arrive on Day two for a three night stay in London. Day three enjoy your day in London. Tonight join your fellow travelers for dinner in the iconic Borough Market. Day four discover London’s connections to WWII on an expert-guided walk. In Westminster, see Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, and Parliament. Then, go underground to the Churchill War Rooms. Navigate a labyrinth of corridors hidden under the streets of Westminster that sheltered Winston Churchill and his war cabinet from the bombing raids while they planned for victory. This afternoon you may take an optional excursion to Windsor Castle: originally built to guard the kings and queens for nine centuries, Windsor Castle was also used as a secret refuge for the royal family during WWII. Day five board the high-speed Eurostar train. Upon arrival in Paris, embark on a drive that delivers you to Normandy by the way of the French countryside. Stop at Pegasus Bridge, featured in The Longest Day. Day six immerse yourself in the history of Normandy’s beaches – the site of the largest invasion in history. Visit Juno and Sword Beach, where Canadian and British soldiers sacrificed their lives among a deluge of air attacks, naval bombardments, and land offenses. Continue on to Arromanche-les-Bains to view the Mulberry Harbor, one of the greatest engineering feats of WWII and a massive coup for the Allies. Visit the Bayeux Cemetery and Memorial – the largest WWII cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France. Pay respect to the 1,800 men of the Commonwealth land forces that perished and have no known grave. Next, explore the Memorial de Caen (Peace Museum) dedicated to providing a comprehensive history of the D-Day landings and Europe’s post-war transition. Day seven set out for the Normandy American cemetery and visit the cemetery grounds, the memorial, and the visitor’s center. Visit two U.S. landing zones of the invasion of Normandy: Omaha Beach and this afternoon, Utah Beach. Discover Pointe du Hoc, a strategic German battery that defended Utah and Omaha beaches from the Allied invasion, where craters from cataclysmic bombings occupy the landscape to this day. At the Airborne Museum, learn the unique history of paratroopers in the city of Saint-Mere-Eglise. Day eight en route to Reims, stop in Compiegne and the Memorial of Internment and Deportation, dedicated to the 40,000 people deported to German camps. Later, arrive in Reims, the city where the World War II treaty was signed. During free time, consider a visit to the Square des Victimes de la Gestapo. Day nine before departing Reims, stop at Musee de la Reddition, the former schoolhouse where German officers signed a declaration of unconditional surrender. An included lunch highlights the region’s great cuisine and champagne. Depart for Paris and upon arrival enjoy free time. Day ten join a local expert on a WWII themed walking tour of the city. See the sites that tell the story of the liberation of Paris and what life was like under German occupation. This afternoon you may join an optional tour of the Louvre, or spend it at leisure. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner inside one of the world’s most iconic landmarks, the Eiffel Tower. Day eleven the tour ends and you travel home.
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Class Details

10 Sessions
Weekly - Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon

Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus

Community Education Host 



Please read:  Cancellation waiver insurance, airfare, hotel accommodations, round trip airport transfers from Modesto, hotel transfers, and 13 Meals included. $815 deposit per person due upon registration. Save $200.00 and book by September 16, 2018.



Registration Closes On
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
5/21/2019 - 5/31/2019 Weekly -Sun, Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 9:00 AM - 11:59 PM Modesto, Yosemite Hall Parking Lot, West Campus  Map, Room: Parking Lot 211 Community Education Host