"Like Gettysburg, Lexington and Concord, Normandy has entered the American psyche, defining who we are as people who have made a difference on this earth." 


- Thomas M. Hatfield



  • Walk along Omaha and Utah Beaches and scan the gray waters that carried the largest invasion fleet in history.

  • Peer down the perilous cliffs of Pointe du Hoc as Earl Rudder biographer Tom Hatfield discusses Rudder’s Rangers and their amazing feat on D-Day.

  • Lift your eyes to the church tower seen by American paratroopers as they spiraled down on the village of Sainte-Mère-Église.

  • Drive along the hedgerows, following the path of General Patton’s Third Army breaking through German defenses at Saint Lô and breaking out of Normandy at Avranches.

  • Come to an understanding of how the Battle of Normandy contributed to the general peace that we have enjoyed since 1945.

  • Enjoy the timeless charm of two historic, luxury lodgings:

  • The Grand Hôtel in Cabourg, a belle époque hotel in one of the most beautiful towns of the Côte Fleurie; spacious rooms with sea views of the beach promenade or inland perspectives of flower gardens and quaint architecture.

  • Château de Canisy, an authentic castle amidst a parkland forest in the same family for a thousand years, with robust medieval towers, ancient tapestries, furnishings and libraries, ancestral portraits –– and, naturally, ghosts.



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