8 Days
From £2,299 PP
In association with Uniworld
Join the leading historian and former head of the Army on this anniversary cruise from Paris to the beaches of Normandy

Join one of Britain's most eminent military historians and the former head of the British Army on this fascinating journey tracing one of the most seismic events of the last century - Operation Neptune in Normandy. You will travel 75 years after allied troops landed on the beaches of northern France - the largest seaborne invasion in history, now universally known as D-Day. You will begin your journey in Paris, where you will board your superb Uniworld river cruise ship - one of the most luxurious in Europe. From there you will wend your way through the countryside, rich in chateaux, gastronomy and gardens, including the home of Monet, before your approach the coastal towns that shaped the course of the Second World War. Andrew Roberts will be there to share his expert insight into the extraordinary planning and courage that took place on the five beaches of Normandy. Then Lord Dannatt, the founder patron of Help For Heroes, will give context to the events from a military perspective and their legacy today. Travelling on the anniversary year - and in such knowledgeable company - will make for a unique and poignant journey that will live long in the memory.

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Andrew Roberts
Historian

One of the world's leading historians and biographers, he has a PhD from Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and is a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department of King's College, London. He has written 13 books, including the awardwinning The Storm Of War: A New History Of The Second World War and Masters And Commanders. His biography, Churchill: Walking With Destiny, will be published in October.

‘I’m enormously looking forward to visiting the Normandy beaches and battlefields once again, as they never fail to move me profoundly.’ The sheer heroism of the men of the Overlord campaign is evident from the beaches, the cliffs, the bocages, the landing grounds, and of course the cemeteries. I’ll be putting the campaign into the overall context of the war in one lecture, and then looking at D-Day itself in another, as well as explaining why Hitler lost.

Andrew Roberts
Lord Dannatt
Former head of the British Army

Lord Dannatt is a distinguished and decorated former British Army officer. He was commissioned into the Green Howards in 1971 and was awarded the Military Cross following his second tour of duty in Northern Ireland. He was Chief of the General Staff between 2006 and 2009 and since his retirement he served as a defence adviser to David Cameron. His autobiography, Leading From The Front, was published in 2010. He is also the founder patron of Help For Heroes.

Price includes

  • All excursions.
  • 19 meals, including awardwinning, world-class dining.
  • All drinks, including premium wines and spirits.
  • Talks and special events with Andrew Roberts and Lord Richard Dannatt.
  • Eight-day cruise on the Seine's most luxurious ship - Joie de Vivre.
  • Choice of UK flights or Eurostar.
  • All port charges and tips

Availability

From
Sun, Sunday, Mar 24
To
Sat, Saturday, Mar 31
Duration
8 days
Price per person
£2,299
Call now to book 08082786844
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Itinerary

  1. Day
    1
    Fly to Paris and embarkation
    Paris, France

    Fly from wide selection of UK airports to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport or take the Eurostar from St Pancras International. On arrival you will be greeted by a Uniworld representative and transferred to the ship. Enjoy a walk to Vedettes de Paris.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    2
    La Roche-Guyon/ Vernon
    Vernon, France

    Today is a celebration of northern France's natural beauty, with an excursion to a splendid château and gardens situated in an equally grand setting, plus a chance to immerse yourself in the very landscapes that inspired Impressionist master Claude Monet. Visit the hilltop Château de La Roche Guyon, surrounded by beautiful gardens and offering sweeping views over the Seine. Later, you can visit the home and gardens of Claude Monet. Or take in the beautiful French countryside in a more invigorating way, with a guided bike ride from Vernon to Giverny. Excursions: Choice of Monet's Gardens at Giverny or a bike ride from Vernon to Giverny. This evening we have an exclusive talk and Q&A with Andrew Roberts on the Grand Strategy of the Allies in the Second World War and D-Day landings.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  3. Day
    3
    Rouen (Normandy Beaches)
    Rouen, France

    Today Andrew Roberts joins you for a profoundly emotional experience visiting the Normandy beaches, where you will attend a remembrance of Operation Overlord, including a private ceremony at the Omaha Beach memorial. In 2019 it will be the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings, making this year's visit even more special.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  4. Day
    4
    Caudebec-en-caux
    Caudebec-en-Caux, France

    A lovely little town on a serene loop of the Seine, Caudebec-en-Caux is your base for one of two very different excursions. You could drive through the beautiful Calvados countryside to Honfleur, a delightful seaside harbour and city of painters, or head to the windy cliffs of Étretat for a game of golf. Choose from two excursions: a Honfleur walking discovery tour or golfing in Étretat.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  5. Day
    5
    Dieppe
    Dieppe, France

    Today we travel with Lord Dannatt to Dieppe. Operation Jubilee with Allied troops including 1000 British Commandos and thousands of Canadian troops was the dry run/planning mission to learn and prepare for Operation Overlord and the full D Day landings. This evening, Lord Dannatt talks exclusively about the modern day soldier and Help For Heroes, which he co-founded.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  6. Day
    6
    Versailles
    Versailles, France

    How did France's rulers live over the centuries? Step into the private rooms of the Palace of Versailles, the lavish palace built by the Sun King, to find out. Featured excursions: Versailles Palace secret apartments or "Let's Go" biking Versailles Gardens and Queen's Hamlet. Scenic bike ride along the Seine River to Le Butte Verte Parc, known as one of the city's most lush green spaces.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  7. Day
    7
    Paris tour
    Paris, France

    Whether you're a first-time visitor to the "City of Light" or you've been here many times before, there's something for everyone today in Paris. Enjoy a panoramic overview of the city, join a local expert for a walk through two much-loved neighbourhoods, or pedal your way along the Left Bank, a fresh and fun way to take in the sights.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  8. Day
    8
    Disembark in Paris and return home
    Paris, France

    Bid farewell to the crew as you disembark the ship then transfer to Charles de Gaulle Airport or Paris De Nord for your flight or Eurostar home.

    Meals - Breakfast

Accommodation

SS Joie de Vivre

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Cruise ship

Uniworld's ship plying the Seine is one of the most opulent ships in Europe.

You will sail on board Uniworld's newest Super Ship - SS Joie de Vivre, one of the most luxurious ships in France. Featuring handcrafted furniture, antiques and artwork inspired by 20th Century Parisian design, this all-suite ship also has fine French cuisine and offers the ulitmate boutique experience on water.

You can pamper yourself with an array of beauty and well-being treatments at the onboard spa and wellness centre, take a dip in the pool, watch a film in teh onbaord cinema or enjoy a refreshing smoothie at the the L'Espirit Bar. You can drink and dine at the Parisien-style Le Bistrot or at Claude's, the glitzy supper club, or perhaps, book the ultimate gourmet experience at the private dining venue, Le Cave du Vin.

The staterooms are all lavishly-appointed with beautiful bathrooms, handcrafted Savoir of England beds, and flat-screen TVs.

This is an all-inclusive itinerary, covering meals, drinks, tips and excursions.

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Availability

From
Sun, Sunday, Mar 24
To
Sat, Saturday, Mar 31
Duration
8 days
Price per person
£2,299
Call now to book 08082786844
Quote ref: Mail on Sunday