Normandy

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JUN. 19-27, 2017 $2,895
Honfleur, Normandy Beaches, Bayeux, Caen, Mont-Saint-Michel
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Normandy

JUN. 19-27, 2017
Honfleur, Normandy Beaches, Bayeux, Caen, Mont-Saint-Michel

Today, Normandy is a peaceful place where life is enjoyed with joie de vivre, but just 70 years ago it was the site of the pivotal World War II battle against the Nazis. Settle in the charming town of Honfleur, and delve into Norman history and culture. Take an emotional journey to Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery and the inspiring Peace Memorial. Normandy’s military past began much earlier than 1944; in Bayeux, see the famous Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidered history of the Battle of Hastings. Journey to Mont Saint-Michel, the breathtaking fortress monastery guarded by the ebb and flow of the tide, and taste Calvados, the local cider brandy, and other renowned food and drink of the region. Local guides and expert speakers provide insight during excursions and lectures. There is no supplement for solo travelers, limited availability.

Cost: $2,895
AHI Travel
Activity Level: Mild
Easy Pace, little walking and stair climbing
Highlights:
  • Solo traveler friendly! Single supplement waived.
  • Enjoy a full day of exploration highlighting D-Day, including visits to the D-Day landing beaches, the American Military Cemetery and the Peace Memorial at Caen.
  • Visit the majestic Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • See the impressive Bayeux Tapestry, which tells the story of the conquest of England by William the Conqueror.
  • Savor a special tasting of Calvados, Normandy’s signature cider brandy.
  • Enjoy the charm and culture of Normandy, one of France’s most historic regions.
  • Explore the charming, quaint port town of Honfleur.

UCLA Faculty on Tour

SARA MELZER
Department of French & Francophone Studies
Professor Sara Melzer specializes in the cultural and literary history of France. A faculty member for over 25 years, she has published four books and multiple articles on early modern France. Her most recent book centered on a “forgotten” history in which the French church and state promoted interracial marriages between American Indians and the French. Her current research project now shifts to the contemporary era -- she is now focusing on the social dance scene as a window through which to understand French culture and Franco-American relations. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the UCLA Academic Senate. She spends each summer in Paris and has traveled widely in France, having visited most of the cities on our itinerary.

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DAY 1 | June 19. IN TRANSIT. Depart for Paris, France.

DAY 2 | June 20. Paris/Honfleur
Upon arrival, transfer to Honfleur and the Mercure Honfleur Hotel. Join a Welcome Reception and Dinner.

DAY 3 | June 21. Honfleur
Excursion: Historic Honfleur. Get to know your home base of Honfleur as you stroll the narrow streets in its classic French town center, nestled against a striking 17th-century harbor. Soak in the scene that has inspired artists, writers and musicians for centuries as you visit the Old Port, the wooden Church of Sainte-Cathérine and other historic landmarks.
Local Flavor: Enjoy a lunch of local specialties at a Honfleur restaurant.
Independent Exploration: The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore or relax.
Educational Focus: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

DAY 4 | June 22. Normandy Beaches
Excursion: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Take an emotional journey to Omaha Beach, where the largest concentration of U.S. troops landed on June 6, 1944. See the German gun emplacements at Pointe du Hoc. Afterward, continue along the coastline, which is rife with the history of the Battle of Normandy. A historian explains the D-Day events and their impact on World War II. Visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at St. Laurent-sur-Mer.
Local Flavor: Lunch is at a nearby restaurant, then stop for a tasting of Calvados, Normandy’s famous brandy. Later, enjoy dinner at a restaurant on Honfleur’s scenic harbor.

DAY 5 | June 23. Bayeux/Caen
Excursion: The Bayeux Tapestry. Journey to Bayeux, the cradle of the Norman dynasty. There, view the astonishing 200-foot-long Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the events surrounding William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Visit the Cathedral of Notre Dame, a masterpiece of Norman Gothic architecture.
Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.
Excursion: Le Mémorial de Caen. Visit the Peace Memorial in Caen, a monument to peace honoring all battle heroes.
Educational Focus: The French Resistance.

DAY 6 | June 24. Honefleur
Independent Exploration: Enjoy the day at leisure.
Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch during the excursion and dinner at a restaurant on the harbor in Honfleur.

DAY 7 | June 25. Mont-Saint-Michel
Excursion: Le Mont-Saint-Michel. The sight of Mont-Saint-Michel’s dramatic, sky-scraping turrets towering over the flat white sands that surround the granite island leave little wonder why this UNESCO World Heritage site is considered the Wonder of the Western World. Explore the island that has served as a fortress, monastery and prison, and its Abbey Church, begun in the eighth century.
Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

DAY 8 | June 26. Honfleur
Independent Exploration: Your final day in Honfleur is at leisure to pursue your own interests. Tonight, attend a Farewell Reception, a Graduation Ceremony and a Farewell Dinner.

DAY 9 | June 27. IN TRANSIT
Transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.

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Normandy

MERCURE HONFLEUR HOTEL
Located at the heart of the town center near the picturesque harbor that has been immortalized on canvas by the likes of Monet and Boudin, the Mercure Honfleur Hotel is an ideal base for exploring the Normandy region. The friendly staff will attend to your needs, and the recently renovated interior provides an oasis of comfort. Enjoy the Le Mora bar, where you can sample regional cider, Calvados cocktails and a selection of Grand Vin Mercure wines. The hotel has shoe shine, dry cleaning and ironing services, as well as business services and complimentary Wi-Fi. Relax in your comfortable, modern room after a day of sightseeing around scenic northwest France and the beautiful Normandy region!

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STEP 1
Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

STEP 2
Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $600 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to AHI Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

STEP 3
Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.