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Normandy Beaches - June 1944

Conflicts, Cathedrals, and Camembert
Un Hommage du Normandie - Past and Present

September 19 - October 2, 2017

This tour is dedicated to the memory of Lt. Colonel Clarence Olsen, a veteran of D-Day

"There are two kinds of people who are staying on this beach: those who are dead and those who are going to die. Now let's get the hell out of here."
Colonel George A. Taylor - 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Division

Tuesday, September 19

Sometime in the morning leave home for your local gateway airport.
Flight or bus to Boston.
3:30 PM - Arrival in Boston and meet.
Boston - Paris - DL118 - Lv. 7:10 PM

Wednesday, September 20

Arrive Paris - Ar. 8:15 AM
Meet our bus and begin transfer to Les Andelys. Stop at Monet's Gardens in Giverny. Lunch afterward at the Auberge de Pêcheurs in Port Mort. Check into La Chaine d'Or. Remainder of day free. Dinner on own. Overnight in Les Andelys.

Thursday, September 21

Breakfast at hotel. Day trip to Rouen. Walking tour and introduction to Jeanne d'Arc and her role in the Hundred Years War. Return to Les Andelys in the late afternoon. Free to climb up to the stronghold of Richard the Lionhearted. Dinner at Le Mistral. Overnight in Les Andelys.

Friday, September 22

Breakfast at hotel. Day trip to Lisieux. Morning walking tour of Lisieux and an introduction to Ste. Thérèse, the "little flower", including the Chapelle du Carmel and the Cathedral. Afternoon free. Continue on to La Vieille Ferme in Fresné-la-Mère. Dinner and overnight in Fresné-la-Mère.

Saturday, September 23

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Bayeux. Begin the day with a visit to the Mémorial de Montormel in Falaise followed by the Normandy Beaches at Pegasus Bridge. Continue on to Bayeux. Check into the Grand Hôtel du Luxembourg. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Bayeux.

Sunday, September 24

Breakfast at hotel. Morning free. Afternoon tour of the Musée Mémorial de la Bataille de Normandie and Museum of Tapestry (optional). Remainder of afternoon free. Dinner on own. Overnight in Bayeux.

Monday, September 25

Breakfast at hotel. Full day visit to Omaha Beach and Utah Beach and the American Cemetery (more details later) and German Cemetery . Dinner on own. Overnight in Bayeux.

Tuesday, September 26

Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Fougères. Finish visits to the Normandy area at St. Mère Église and Dead Man's Corner (more detail later). Continue on along the coast to Fougères. Check into Hotel des Voyageurs. Dinner nearby. Overnight in Fougères.

Wednesday, September 27

Breakfast at hotel. Full day excursion to Mont St. Michel including a guided tour of the Abbey. Afternoon free. Return to hotel. Dinner on own. Overnight in Fougères.

Thursday, September 28

Early morning free in Fougères. A day of "toodling"! Head for Domfront-en-Poiraie. Possible tour of the village. Lunch on own. After lunch visit to Calvados Comte Louis or the Ferme cidricole Hugues Desfreches looking for cider and Calvados. Arrive in Mortagne-au-Perche in mid afternoon. Check into Hotel Tribunal. Remainder of the afternoon free to explore the town. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Mortagne-au-Perche.

Friday, September 29

Breakfast at hotel. Another day spent looking for Camembert, visiting the village of the same name and Fromagerie Duchand, plus any other goodies we can find. Lunch en route. Return to Mortagne. Late afternoon free. Dinner on own. Overnight in Mortagne-au-Perche.

Saturday, September 30

Breakfast at hotel. Visit to Abbaye de La Trappe with possible attendance at mid-day prayers. Continue on Paris arriving mid-afternoon. Check into Hotel Saints Peres. Dinner on own. Possible Seine cruise at night. Overnight in Paris.

Sunday, October 1

Breakfast at hotel. Remainder of day free in Paris. Farewell dinner somewhere in Paris.

Monday, October 2

Breakfast at hotel. Leave for Charles de Gaulle Airport about 11:00. Arrive at airport and check in.
Paris - Boston - AF334 Lv. 3:20 PM
Arrive Boston Ar. 5:05 PM
Transfer and hopefully arrive home by 9:00 PM.

"If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home."
James Michener

25 January 2017

"Bonjour, Voyageurs"!,

Bienvenue! Ça va bien?, which means, "Welcome! How are you?"

This is to all those interested in visiting one of the more disputed regions of France through the ages. Whether history recalls Jeanne d'Arc, Richard the Lionhearted, or most recently the invasion on the D-Day beaches, Normandy has consistently been an area of conflict. In spite of that its countryside is lush and green, producing internationally known products such as Camembert as well as the various brandies and cider from its apple and pear orchards. Add to that the numerous cathedrals, including the pilgrimage sites of Mont St. Michel and Lisieux, dedicated to Ste. Thérèse, the Little Flower, and there's a sense of providing an underlying backdrop which tends to soften all those conflicts. They even say the French aren't quite as "French" there!

The tour is a different kind of pilgrimage: an excursion to understand why history provided the various conflicts, how we remember or relate to them, sometimes evidenced by the stark and enduring images of both the 100 Years War, and World War II. At the same time it is a region which offers all types of enjoyment, whether they be simply enjoying the outdoors, the cuisine, or the various wines and brandy.

The itinerary above is should give you a clear idea of what your tour will look like. For those of you who are new to ALC, it is important to understand one of our most important qualities; one which distinguishes an ALC Journey from other travel experiences. It is the commitment to satisfy as many in each group for as much of the time as is possible. If you or your travel companion don't see something you might like considered, please let us know and we'll do our utmost to accommodate your wishes, even if it happens during the tour!

The cost of the fourteen day, twelve night tour is $3895* per person, double occupancy, from Boston. While finances and the final tour cost are always a factor, ALC carefully considers all aspects of the itinerary so as to make the best use of your time. It is our aspiration to optimize the value of both your time and your money spent during the tour. Centrally located hotels allow far more freedom and less "in city" travel time, not to mention the convenience of the opportunity for a quick nap!

If there is anything you would like to discuss or inquire about, please send an e-mail to or contact me at 800-284-0252. In the meantime we sincerely hope the above will better help you to make your decision to join us.

A bientôt,

Calvin Hooker, Director

* The $3895 price is based on a minimum of 12 people travelling and present airline ticket prices.