Duration: 3 days: Friday 8th June to Sunday 10th June 2018.
Costs: 640 €/person incl. VAT, including accommodation
Included in the fee:
Visits: Mont Saint Michel (abbey, medieval city, the Archéoscope, the Musée historique, the Musée de la Mer, Logis Tiphaine), Percy, Abbey of Hambye, Landing Beaches, Sainte Mère l'Eglise, Utah Beach, German Military Cemetry La Cambe, The Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Arromanche, Musée du Débarquement, Bayeux, William the Conqueror Centre.
Meals: Dinner at Hambye, Lunch Beach, Dinner at Bayeux, Norman Lunch.
Hotels: 2 overnight stays in 3 star hotels.
Friday 8th June
The post congress tour will allow participants to first visit the Mont Saint Michel, true treasure of world heritage. Since the 8th century, the date of creation of the abbey, this mythical place has first of all been a place of pilgrimage. But it is also a place of rare geographical importance as this granite rock is isolated from the continent by a bay completely enclosing it with water at high tide, and emptied for kilometers at low tide.
This will be an impressive and unforgettable view for you, as for the 2.5 million visitors coming here every year!
Visiting this medieval city with its sloping streets will allow you to admire its houses dating back to the 15th and 16th century, and to choose from a visit in four museums:
- The Archéoscope - A spectacular multimedia show about the construction of the site;
- The Musée Historique - with its ancient collections;
- The Musée de la Mer - explaining the phenomenon of the tides and the sanding up of the site;
- The Logis Tiphaine (14th century) - home of Duguesclin, marshal of the king of France Charles V.
Finally, the visit of the Abbey will be the highlight of the visit; it will offer a complete view on the medieval architecture from the 10th to the 16th century. On the way back we will take the rampart or round walk that allows contemplating the splendid view on the bay.
Saturday 9th June
The second day will be dedicated to Operation 'Overlord', the landing of the allied troops in Normandy on 6th June 1944. You will be where the operations took place 74 years ago. These Normandy beaches have entered history and are the symbol of the biggest marine military operation ever. We will see the area where the American troops landed, and the museums and a film will allow us to get full knowledge of the D-Day.
Sunday 10th June
The third day will be dedicated to the Viking tribe that dominated Europe in the 10th and 11th century, with the duchy of Normandy that France yielded in 911, and that reached its peak in 1066 during the Battle of Hastings when William the Conqueror invaded England and became king. Like this, we will have experienced several centuries of history during these three days!
After lunch the buses will head back to Paris airport or Paris Maillot to arrive in time for evening flights.