Normandy

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SEP. 2-10, 2014 From $2,895
Paris, Normandy, Giverny, Mont-Saint-Michel, Honfleur
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Normandy

SEP. 2-10, 2014
Paris, Normandy, Giverny, Mont-Saint-Michel, Honfleur

On June 6, 1944, despite mounting challenges, a heroic formation of Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of Normandy coastline. They were there to fight Nazi Germany, and by the end of that day, the Allies had gained a foothold in France. As the soldiers began their march across Europe with one clear mission – to defeat Hitler – the invasion proved to be the beginning of the end of World War II. Walk through history on this exclusive journey through Normandy, featuring two full days of exploration that highlight the Allies’ important victory.

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Activity Level: Moderate Activity
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  • Spend seven nights in Normandy, one of France’s most historic regions
  • Experience two full days of exploration highlighting the 70th anniversary of D-Day, including visits to the D-Day landing beaches, the American Military Cemetery and the Peace Memorial at Caen
  • Explore the charming, quaint port town of Honfleur
  • Visit the majestic Mont-Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage site
  • Travel to Giverny and learn about impressionist art on a visit to Monet’s garden-ringed home and studio
  • Savor a special tasting of Calvados, Normandy’s signature cider brandy

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Sara Melzer
UCLA Professor of French and Francophone Studies
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 | Sept. 2. Depart for Paris, France

DAY 2 | Sept. 3. Honfleur
Upon arrival, transfer airplane to Honfleur and check in to the Mercure Honfleur Hôtel. This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel followed by a Welcome Dinner at a restaurant in Honfleur. (D)

DAY 3 | Sept. 4. 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: A lunch of local specialties is served at a restaurant in Honfleur.
Independent Exploration: The afternoon is yours to relax or explore Honfleur at your leisure.
Educational Focus: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The region’s proud and colorful history has profoundly influenced the development of France, Great Britain and Western civilization. Discuss the fascinating journey that was so pivotal in the Allied effort. (B, L)

DAY 4 | Sept. 5. Normandy Beaches and Landmarks
Excursion: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Take an emotional journey to Omaha Beach and its memorial, where the largest concentration of U.S. troops landed on June 6, 1944 in the face of heavy German resistance. Continue along the Calvados coastline, the theater for Operation Overlord, history’s most complex and important military venture. See the U.S. Military Cemetery at St. Laurent-sur-Mer and the German gun emplacements at Pointe du Hoc.
Local Flavor: During the excursion, enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant. Dinner is served at a restaurant on Honfleur’s scenic harbor. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 | Sept. 6. Honfleur
Excursion: A Classic French Market. Explore the colorful markets of Honfleur and shop for regional specialties such as world-renowned cheeses Camembert, Livarot and Pont-l’Évêque.
Local Flavor: Enjoy a delicious lunch at a restaurant.
Educational Focus: The French Resistance. Discuss the origins and leaders of the resistance, the role of the French in the lead-up to D-Day and the heroic efforts of the service members for their countries. (B, L)

DAY 6 | Sept. 7. Normandy Beaches and Landmarks
Excursion: D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. Journey to Caen, where the Peace Memorial honors the heroes of the Battle for Caen. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this important museum. Continue to Utah Beach and the commune of Sainte-Mère-Église. Stop at the German cemetery at La Cambe, a stark contrast to the American cemetery.
Local Flavor: Enjoy lunch at the Caen Peace Memorial. Dinner is served at a restaurant on the harbor in Honfleur. (B, L, D)

DAY 7 | Sept. 8.  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 a Wonder of the Western World. Mont-Saint Michel’s first church was built in the eighth century and as buildings were added, the island also served as a monastery, fortress and prison.
Local Flavor: Lunch is served at a local restaurant.
Independent Exploration: The rest of the day is yours to explore at your leisure. (B, L)

DAY 8 | Sept. 9.  Giverny / Honfleur
Excursion: Claude Monet at Giverny. Visit Monet’s house in Giverny, located at the top of the gardens featured so prominently in his paintings. Admire their tranquil beauty, then visit the studio where he painted his famous “Water Lily” series. Continue to the Terra Museum of American Art, dedicated to the history of impressionism and how this movement influenced a “colony” of American artists.
Educational Focus: The Birthplace of Impressionism. Learn why Normandy is considered the “cradle” of impressionism.
Local Flavor: Lunch is served at La Terra Café among the gardens of the museum. On the way back to Honfleur, stop for a tasting of Calvados, Normandy’s famous brandy. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Reception and a Graduation Ceremony followed by a Farewell Dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 9 | Sept. 10.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the return flights to your gateway city. (B)

Accommodations

Mercure Honfleur Hôtel
Located at the heart of the town center, close to the picturesque port and harbor that have been immortalized on canvas by the likes of Claude Monet and Eugène Boudin, the Mercure Honfleur Hôtel is an ideal base for exploring the Normandy region. The friendly and helpful staff will attend to your needs, and the recently renovated interior provides an oasis of comfort. Enjoy a breakfast room and Le Mora bar, where you can sample regional cider, Calvados cocktails and a selection of Grand Vin Mercure wines. Relax in your modern, air-conditioned room after a day of sightseeing around historic Honfleur and scenic northwest France.

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  • You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!"
    Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. General
  • The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
    Marcel Proust, French Writer
  • To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries."
    Aldous Huxley, English Writer

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Download Reservation Form Download Brochure (4.5 MB) Request Brochure In Mail
310.206.0613 (P)
310.209.4271 (F)
travel@alumni.ucla.edu
  • You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you...I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory!"
    Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. General
  • The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
    Marcel Proust, French Writer
  • To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries."
    Aldous Huxley, English Writer