Dates: June 4 - June 12, 2015
Total Duration: 9 days
Cost: $6,995 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Tour Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad
Region: Western Europe
Travel to Normandy to visit sites related to World War II. Discover the beaches and memorials along the northern coast. Begin in Arromanches at the museum that overlooks the remains of the "Mulberry harbors," used to off-load cargo during the Allied invasion. See the batteries at Longues-sur-Mer and proceed toward Omaha Beach, stopping at the Monument to the 5th Engineer Special Brigade. Spend time at the American Military Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc, where U.S. Army Rangers scaled 100-foot-high cliffs to silence the German guns that threatened the D-Day operation. In Bayeux, admire the famous Bayeux Tapestry, and enjoy lunch at the Lion D'Or, popular with Roosevelt and Churchill during World War II.
In Péronne, visit the Museum of the Great War. Spend a full day in Verdun, the site of some of the fiercest battles of World War I, to view the war museum and cemeteries. Stop at the Fort de la Pompelle, which became a principal part of the defense of the Reims sector during World War I. In Reims, see the magnificent 13th-century Gothic cathedral. Drive to Ypres to tour the recently opened In Flanders Fields Museum and see the spot where the eponymous poem was written. Visit historic battlefields and cemeteries and attend the Last Post, a nightly bugle tribute to the dead. Conclude in the Belgian capital of Brussels.
This program is offered in coordination with the Yale for Life program on campus.