When: July 17, 2017 - July 25, 2017 (iCal)
“We would go on a Tufts trip again in a heartbeat! It lived up to its name, Travel & Learn.”
Today, Normandy is a peaceful place where life is enjoyed with joie de vivre, but seven decades 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 unforgettable journey to Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery, and the Peace Memorial. Normandy’s military past began much earlier than 1944 as we’ll witness from our visit to Bayeux. Its impressive Bayeux Tapestry depicts an embroidered history of the Battle of Hastings. Other features of the program include a journey to Mont Saint-Michel, the breathtaking fortress monastery guarded by the ebb and flow of the tide, and the experience of tasting Calvados, the local cider brandy, and the food and drink of the region. Local guides and speakers will provide insight during our stay. Excursions, an educational program, and the company of traveling companions should make for engaging conversations. There is no supplement charge for solo travelers.
Activity Level: Moderately Active
Featuring Faculty Host
Professor Francine Jacobs
Price From: $3,145
Price From: $2,895 (if booked by May 16, 2017)
Single supplement waived for solo travelers!
Includes land only; per person, based on double occupancy.
Itinerary and price are tentative and subject to change.
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Day 1: Depart gateway city
Depart your gateway city for Paris, France.
Day 2: Paris, France/Honfleur
Arrive at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and transfer to Honfleur and the Mercure Honfleur Hotel for a Welcome Reception and Dinner.
Day 3: Honfleur
Today, we’ll get to know our home base of Honfleur as we stroll the narrow streets in its classic center nestled against a striking harbor. We will experience the scene that has inspired artists, writers, and musicians for centuries as we visit the Old Port, the wooden Church of Sainte-Cathérine, and other historic landmarks. Lunch at a local restaurant is followed by some time at leisure for independent exploration.
Day 4: Le Mont-Saint-Michel
For centuries pilgrims have made their way to the spectacular church on Le Mont-Saint-Michel, a tidal island off the Normandy coast. Today, we make our own pilgrimage to this UNESCO World Heritage site. Le Mont-Saint-Michel’s dramatic turrets tower over the flat white sands surrounding this tiny granite island that has served as a fortress, monastery, and prison. A visit to the Abbey Church, which dates from the eighth century, is followed by lunch at a local restaurant.
Day 5: Honfleur
Today is at leisure to independently explore Honfleur or delve into Monet’s life and work at his home in an optional excursion to Giverny and Rouen (available at an additional cost). The garden that inspired many of his paintings has been restored; we will admire its tranquil beauty before visiting the studio where he painted his “Water Lilies” series. The studio is now a museum. Continuing to the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, dedicated to the history of impressionism, we will learn how Normandy became the “cradle” of impressionism. Lunch is at the museum café before we depart Giverny for Rouen, the Norman capital. There we will see the Gros Horloge and the cathedral painted by Monet, and hear the haunting story of Joan of Arc.
Day 6: D-Day beaches
The Normandy coast provided the theater for Operation Overlord, one of history’s most complex and important invasions. Our journey to the sites pivotal to the ultimate success of the Allied effort begins with a lecture on the events of that day. We will see Arromanches, the site of one of the offshore mulberry harbors; Omaha Beach, where U.S. forces overcame German troops; and Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Rangers destroyed German artillery emplacements. At St-Laurent-sur-Mer, our stop is at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Lunch is during the excursion, and tonight we return to Honfleur for dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 7: Bayeux/Caen
Journey to Bayeux and view the Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the events surrounding William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings. Next, we stop at Nôtre Dame Cathedral, a masterpiece of Norman Gothic architecture. Lunch is at a restaurant, before our visit to the Peace Memorial in Caen, an award-winning museum. There we will learn about 20th-century history including World War II, D-Day Landings, and the Cold War through an array of exhibits, photos, and video footage. On the way back to Honfleur, we’ll visit a distillery to sample some Calvados, Normandy’s famous apple brandy. Surrounded by apple orchards, this distillery also makes the cider from which the brandy is distilled.
Day 8: Honfleur
Our final day is at leisure in Honfleur, and your Travel Director will offer suggestions for activities and help you make arrangements. Tonight is our farewell reception, followed by a graduation ceremony and farewell dinner.
Day 9: Depart for gateway city
After breakfast, we depart for Paris Charles Charles de Gaulle Airport for return flights home. (Provided for AHI FlexAir passengers.)
*Price and Itinerary are tentative and subject to change