Collette Vacations has created a new tour for 2014 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France. The program visits places that were important during the Allied Invasion of Europe, including Point du Hoc, Omaha and Utah beaches, as well as Paris.
In Paris the itinerary will review the history of Paris under the Nazi occupation, the resistance and finally the liberation, with visits to the Opera, the Ministry of Navy at the Place de la Concorde and the grand Hotel Meurice, residence of Dietrich von Choltitz, the German military governor of the city.
The itinerary includes a visit to the La Roche-Guyon Castle, the former headquarters of Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, the man responsible for Germany’s Atlantic Wall; the Memorial Peace Museum that honors those who gave their lives in the Battle of Normandy in 1944; visits to Sword, Juno and Gold beaches to view the remains of a Mulberry Harbour, the portable harbor developed by British engineers and the still-intact Longues-sur-Mer, location of the former German Artillery battery set between Omaha and Gold beaches; and visits to Utah and Omaha beaches and the Omaha Memorial Museum and the U.S. Military Cemetery. The tour is priced starting at $2,549 per person double occupancy land only