AmaWaterways will honor the 70th Anniversary of the World War II D-Day landings with an enhanced Paris & Normandy itinerary. Starting at $2,599, the seven-night voyage offers an up-close view of the historical coast with a choice of two special “D-Day Remembered” excursions. Active and retired military personnel will receive an additional $200 savings per person.
Travelers can experience the Paris & Normandy itinerary featuring the “D-Day Remembered” excursions from April 10, 2014 to Nov. 27, 2014.
Guests may choose from one of two “D-Day Remembered” excursions. Both start with a visit to Arromanches, a village known for its artificial "Mulberry" harbor. This artificial harbor was used during the June 6, 1944 landings and served as a base for Allied troops. Today, the ghostly remains of large concrete structures are still visible off-shore. From there, guests will set forth on their preferred tour:
U.S. Sector: Guests will have the opportunity to visit the D-Day Museum before traveling on to St. Laurent-sur-Mer, home to Omaha Beach, the site of intense fighting during the invasion, and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which was the first US cemetery on European soil. Guests can also see Point du Hoc on the Norman coast between Utah and Omaha Beaches. There, the Ranger Monument was erected by the French to honor the American Second Ranger Battalion that scaled the 100-foot cliff and stopped German artillery firing on troops on the shore below.
British and Canadian Sectors: Guests will visit the landing sites of the British 50th Division on Gold Beach and the Canadian 3rd Division on Juno Beach, where there is a museum dedicated to contributions made by Canadian soldiers during the war. There are opportunities to see the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, the Memorial Pegasus and the British Cemetery in Ranville, the first French village to be liberated on D-Day.
Back on board the AmaLegro, guests can enjoy specially selected WWII-themed movies on the Infotainment system in their staterooms or suites.
In addition to the “D-Day Remembered” tours, the 2014 Paris & Normandy itinerary includes other excursions along the Seine River: the village of Giverny, home to Claude Monet’s gardens; Honfleur, a seaside town; Rouen, where Joan of Arc was martyred; and Château Gaillard in the town of Les Andelys. The voyage ends where it started, in Paris, where guests can spend two nights.
For more information, visit www.amawaterways.com.