This is the 70th anniversary year of the June 6, 1944 D-Day landings in France, arguably the most famous military invasion in recorded history and the turning point in World War II. CroisiEurope is marking the occasion with a day-long optional excursion on its most popular river cruises to Normandy. The excursions, which start at $130 per person as an add-on to the cruise itinerary, visits the French beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword, where the assault landed.
They can be booked for select April to October cruises which include the Paris to the Norman Coast five-day cruise, starting at $910 per person; the eight-day Seine Valley and Normandy Beaches cruise, starting at $1,645 per person; the seven-day Seine Valley and Winding River cruise, starting at $1,410 per person; the Winding Seine Valley seven-day cruise, starting at $1,410 per person; and the six-day ports of call in the Seine Valley cruise, starting at $1,144 per person.
The Normandy excursions start at Pont du Hoc where American troops ascended cliffs to destroy Nazi machine-gun outposts to clear the way for the rest of the invasion. From there, the tour travels to Omaha beach, a pivotal location for the invasion where guests will also visit the American cemetery that overlooks the beach from the cliffs of Colleville sur Mer.
Guest will also explore the landing jetties of Arromanches and Mulberry harbor where the British landed more than 2.5-million men and four tons of supplies. From here, guests can watch “The Price of Liberty,” a first-hand account of the war on France’s only 360-degree screen. The tour concludes with visits to Honfleur via Gold Beach and Juno Beach in Gray-sur-Mer, Courseuelles-sur-Mer and Sword Beach in Ouistreham Lion-sur Mer.
For full information, visit www.croisieuroperivercruises.com.