Tour Dates & Pricing
Paris and the Normandy Invasion Beaches
  • Sunday, May 20, 2018 to Friday, May 25, 2018.
  • $1,699 per person, double occupancy.  Have your own room for only $465 more
  • Extra nights in Paris $139 per person, double occupancy
  • How to Book:  Send $400 deposit made to TRAVELING PROFESSOR LLC and send to TRAVELING PROFESSOR, PO BOX 747, GREAT BARRINGTON MA 01230.
Important Notes
  • Professional, Licensed, Knowledgable Guides
  • 1 Night in Paris,  4 Nights in Bayeux, Headquarters for the Normandy Invasion Beaches
  • Small Group of 10-15 Adult Travelers.  Sorry, no one under 21 years of age or under is permitted on this tour.
  • Private Limo Pickup at Airport, Regardless of Time of Arrival.  Minimum of 2 Persons Per Pickup.
  • This tour is for active adult travelers in good health, able to handle their own luggage, walk up and down stairs and uneven terrain, keep an active pace, and do not have mobility issues.  
  • Producing and leading this tour is Professor Stephen Solosky, “The Traveling Professor”. Please direct all questions regarding this tour to him via email at info@travelingprofessor.com or telephone at 413.528.2125.  He and his staff are happy to communicate with you prior to the trip to answer questions or address concerns.  Information is sent out well in advance of departure to ensure you are well-prepared for this expedition.
  • Airfare is NOT included.  This allows the most flexibility in planning a trip.  Professor Solosky can help in planning an air itinerary.
  • Trip health and cancellation insurance is highly recommended. Use  http://www.safeguardtravel.com/ as a resource.
  • Due to varying dietary requirements (gluten-free, vegan, lactose intolerance, low-salt, etc.) dinners are not included in the price to provide travelers wider choices.  However, we arrange for moderately priced group dinners every night.  Please join us or go out on your own with our restaurant recommendations.
Testimonials
“I’ve seen the movies, read the books, heard the stories.  Nothing, and I mean nothing compares to walking on the sands of Omaha, staring over the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, or seeing the memorials, crosses and Stars of David at the American Cemetery.”   Ken G., Houston, TX.

A visit to Paris was the perfect complement to our tour.”   Ann G., Tampa, FL.

“..we thought this was an excellent combination of visiting both the Normandy Beaches and Paris.  It was extremely well-organized and planned.  No wonder over half the people on the tour previously traveled with The Professor”.  Jan and Larry H., Milwaukee, WI.

For me, the guides made all the difference.  They brought D-Day alive with stories of bravery, courage, and pure guts.  Every American needs to visit Normandy to fully appreciate what these men sacrificed so that we may have the freedoms we enjoy today…”.   Jim Z., Philadelphia, PA.

“Thanks again for a really wonderful experience and for showing so clearly you embrace each traveler "in your care" as you would a loved family member”.  Larry M., Long Island, NY.

View photos of one of our previous tours here:  https://goo.gl/photos/NTtmg5iUjCN41rwQ9 and here: https://goo.gl/photos/SNvj9zyk1urYkeTq8

Paris and the Normandy Invasion Beaches 2018 Tour

THE TRAVELING PROFESSOR PRESENTS

PARIS AND THE NORMANDY INVASION BEACHES
Sunday, May 20, 2018 to Friday, May 25, 2018

For photos of our 2017 tour, click HERE

For a printable version of this document, click HERE

A visit to the beaches, cemeteries, and battle sites pays tribute to the acts of bravery our heroes displayed on June 6, 1944.  It brings with it a greater understanding and appreciation of the events surrounding that fateful day.  Walk in the sand at Utah and Omaha to get the vantage point of the liberators when their landing-craft ramps dropped into the surf.  Visit enemy bunkers.  Stare down the cliffs scaled by the Rangers at Pointe du Hoc.  Walk through liberated villages still scarred by the ferocious fighting. Stand on the hallowed ground where “The Bedford Boys” sacrificed all they could as the first wave of invaders at Vierville Draw. Everyone experiences different emotions upon seeing the field of crosses and Stars of David at the American Cemetery, but be assured of this - the memory of your visit will stay forever. 

The Traveling Professor presents an itinerary for those who wish to learn more about one of the most momentous events in American and world history. Combined with a delightful tour of Paris, this trip will be talked about for years to come.

Look What You Get:

  • 5 Nights’ Accommodations in charming, clean, comfortable, quiet hotels in safe, central locations.  Spend a night in the heart of Paris, on the historic Left Bank during Parisian cafés, bistros, shops, and historic sites like Notre Dame and Luxembourg Gardens. The popular Grand Hotel des Balcons boasts a “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor.com.  In Normandy, headquarter in the historic village of Bayeux at the renowned Hotel Churchill for 4 nights.   Rooms have private bath, shower, hair dryers and free wireless internet connections.  Breakfast is included.
  • Professional Tour Guide Services.   Professional and licensed guides are dedicated to telling the story of June 6, 1944 and the events surrounding that day.  Their impassioned descriptions, insight, and explanations bring D-Day to life.   They answer questions, go to special places other tours rarely visit, and leave the traveler with an experience not to be forgotten.   In Paris, enjoy a Seine River cruise on the night before departure to Bayeux.
  • Private Limo Pickup.  Be personally greeted at the Paris airport by a driver, regardless of arrival time, to be transported directly to the hotel (minimum pickup size is 2 travelers).  How easy is that?
  • Transportation.   The Professor accompanies the group on a spectacular train ride to from Paris to Bayeux.  In Normandy, 7 passenger private vans get us right on the beaches and to places where those big bus tours can’t go. Return to Paris via train.  We assure that this private tour offers the most intimate look possible, and provides the most adequate time at the Normandy Invasion Beaches and surrounding areas.  
  • VIP Paid Admission to the famous Bayeux Tapestries.  Be treated to a 2 hour professionally guided walking tour, all admissions included, of the charming village of Bayeux.
  • Personalized Itinerary.  Although this itinerary primarily focuses on WW II and the Normandy Invasion Beaches, sufficient free time is provided to explore other options with the guidance and assistance of tour leaders.   For those who do not wish 3 full days of touring the invasion beaches, an optional day trip to dramatic Mont Saint-Michel is offered.
  • Small group size limited to 10-15 friendly, like-minded adult travelers.  Visit places big tour groups don’t go. Dine at intimate and authentic restaurants.  
  • Traveling Solo?  About 50% of our travelers are usually solo travelers.  Everyone feels welcome! 
  • Personalized, Attentive Service.  Your professional tour leader, Professor Stephen Solosky, takes care of the details, serving as the group’s private concierge.  Everyone is well-prepared and well-informed on all aspects of the tour.  Steve is available to address all questions and concerns regarding this at info@travelingprofessor.com or by phone at 413.528.2125. 
  • Best of All – The cost is only $1,699 per person, double occupancy.  Stay extra nights in Paris for only $139 per person, double occupancy.   This trip is perfect for solo travelers at a single supplement of only $495.
  • Why Does This Trip Stand Out from the Others?   With van sizes of up to 7 persons, we can get you to locations other tours simply cannot get to.  Our private tour is flexible and lets the group spend as much time as they want to at a location.   Expert guides are knowledgeable and passionate about telling the stories of D-Day.  Our tours are always special, for instance, we are the ONLY tour company permitted on the grounds of the Brecourt Manor assault, we have been the invited guests of Gene Dewhurst to the Omaha Beach Museum, we have visited inside the rarely seen, still-intact Hillman Bunker, we can research and visit the grave sites of family members buried in Normandy. 


TENTATIVE ITINERARY

Sunday, May 20

Regardless of time of arrival, be greeted at the Paris airport by a private limo driver for transfer directly to the Grand Hotel des Balcons.   Later that afternoon meet with your tour leader and our small group of travelers.  After a brief introduction enjoy an overview of Paris with a relaxing cruise down the Seine River.  With the Eiffel Tower sparkling in the background, sail past the Louvre, Notre Dame, and Orsay down the center of Paris.   Hotel:  Grand Balcons.

Monday
May 21

After breakfast, depart Paris via train to Bayeux, our headquarters in Normandy.   Upon arrival we’ll check in, have lunch, and a professionally guided tour of Bayeux along with a visit to the famous Bayeux tapestries.   Bayeux provides good dining, shopping, and historic site opportunities.  Hotel:  Hotel Churchill .

Tuesday May 22

This morning we start our Normandy Invasion beaches tour where it all began:  Pegasus Bridge.  We plan on visiting the nearby British cemetery, Sword Beach, the site of Ouisterham Casino and the Commandos Memorial.  We follow up at the Canadian and English sectors, so very important in understanding the American forces invasion.  We’ll finish up at Arromanches and the Mulberry artificial harbor.  Our professional tour guides tell the stories you’ve never heard before of the strategy, bravery, and leadership that made the invasion a success.   Hotel:  Hotel Churchill .

Wednesday
May 23

The American paratroopers jumped into Normandy the night before the land invasion.  Soon after, gliders crash landed into the countryside.  We visit those sites and hear unbelievable stories of bravery by heroes like those of Private Charles DeGlopper at La Fiére and Major Dick Winters at Brecourt Manor.  We are the only tour with special permission to visit the grounds at Brecourt Manor.  A visit to Sainte-Mère-Église  brings us up close and personal with the battle.  It is on to Utah Beach to walk on the sand.  A visit to the new Utah Beach Museum, with a private tour, shows us more of the aircraft, equipment, and weapons of the battle.  We finish up at the bomb craters, pillboxes, and cliffs of Pointe du Hoc where Lt. Col. James Rudder and over 225 Rangers overcame unbelievable resistance to take the enemy.  Hotel:  Hotel Churchill .

Thursday
May 24

Our last and most memorable day.   Begin by visiting the last existing enemy gun emplacement at Longues-sur-Mer.  Then it is onto the sands of Omaha beach.  If like the others we have taken to Normandy, you will be frozen in stunned silence while facing the same landscape from the viewpoint our men faced when they exited the landing craft.  Everyone always asks, “how did they do it?”  Our guides will tell about the courage and incredible daring and risks taken to overcome what seemed like an impossible task.  No description can be given of a visit to the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer – words cannot describe the emotions brought about when confronted with the monuments, crosses, and Stars of David honoring the fallen.  Our last visit is to Vierville Draw.  It was here the National Guard unit from Bedford, Virginia landed and faced brutal resistance as the first wave of invaders.  The “Bedford Boys” proportionately took the greatest sacrifice of any unit in the invasion.   See the pillboxes, guns, and obstacles confronted on the way to victory.  Hear the descriptions of courage and grit while standing on the hallowed ground where the fighting took place.    Our expert guides tell the story.  Hotel:  Hotel Churchill.

Friday
May 25

It’s getaway day.  We are scheduled to take the train back to Paris St. Lazare station (2 ½ hour trip).  Please schedule airline departure for after 2 pm.  Options are available for those wishing to spend more time in Paris.


How to Book:

Send a $400 deposit per person made to “Traveling Professor LLC” and send to:  TRAVELING PROFESSOR,  PO BOX 747, GREAT BARRINGTON, MA 01230.   Deposits are credited towards the cost of the tour.  Deposits are fully refundable up to 21 days after receipt unless the tour is scheduled to start within 60 days.   No refunds within 60 days of the commencement of the tour.  However, all deposits and payments are refundable should the trip be filled to capacity upon your cancellation.