Set off for a full day excursion to Normandy from Paris with an official guide. Set off from your Paris accommodation at 06:30 for our central Paris agency. Relax during the journey by luxury air-conditioned coach before arriving at the Caen Memorial Museum at around 10:15.
The Caen Memorial Museum retraces the various stages of the conflict that took place during the Second World War. Your guided tour will give you the chance to see everyday objects from life during occupation, maps, and models of military vehicles, as well as film screenings that recreate the emotions of D-Day and the Battle for Normandy.
The visit continues with an included lunch at the restaurant in the Caen Memorial Museum.
Légumes crus de saison et leur vinaigrette(tomates, concombres, carottes)
Table served hot dish
Fondant de poulet farci aux cèpes Galette de pommes de terre / Julienne de légumes
Chesse and Dessert Buffet:
Fromages normands (Pont l’Evêque et Camembert)
Salade de fruits
Tarte au chocolat
Pain de campagne (farmhouse bread)
Bordeaux wine (1 bottle for 4)
Eau de source
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In the afternoon, your tour will continue to several of the iconic landmarks that played a part in the landings.
Your first stop will be at the Pointe du Hoc, overlooking the hundred-foot-high cliffs. Stormed by the American Rangers on D-Day, it was one of the key German fortified sites along the Normandy coast and was equipped, at that time, with a number of heavy artillery posts.
You will then visit the famous American Cemetery at Saint Laurent, located just above Omaha Beach. This 170-acre site is home to 9,387 perfectly aligned white marble headstones, a memorial, chapel, and the Garden of the Missing. It pays tribute to all the American soldiers who died during the Second World War. A small trail leads down the hill to Omaha Beach, giving you the opportunity to walk across the sand. You will have one hour to spend here.
Following this visit, you will stop at Arromanches, a historic town known for its artificial port, which was built as part of the Normandy landings. The harbour saw the unloading of almost 10,000 tons of equipment. You can still make out the floating reinforced concrete "Phoenix" constructions in the water.
Finally, you will make a short photo-stop near Juno Beach and its cemetery, one of the key D-Day landing beaches for Canadian troops.
Return to your Paris accommodation is scheduled for around 21:30.
The cruise begins at the foot of the Eiffel Tower then follows the ‘rive gauche’ (left bank) passing: Eiffel Tower, Hotel des Invalides, Musees d’Orsay, Institut de France, Notre Dame de Paris, La Grand Bibliotheque and as far as the Finance Ministry in Bercy. Returning via the right bank passing the Hotel de Ville, Musee du Louvre, Concorde, Grand Palais, Trocadero and finally returning to the Eiffel Tower. The boat is fully glazed and offers a perfect view of Paris and of the banks of the River Seine.
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The oldest and largest occupied castle in world and home to British kings and queens for over 1,000 years. Visit the magnificent State Apartments, furnished with some of the finest works of art from the Royal Collection and St George’s Chapel; the burial place Henry VIII and Charles I.
Clouded in mystery, the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge is an amazing feat of engineering and the most important prehistoric site in England. Take a step inside the Neolithic houses and visit the fascinating exhibition with ancient treasures dating back thousands of years.
Enjoy a panoramic coach drive of this beautiful Georgian town, boasting some of the finest architectural sights in Europe, including Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, and The Assembly Rooms, before enjoying a visit to the famous Roman Baths where the naturally warm spring is still in operation after more than 2,000 years.
*Viewing at Windsor Castle is restricted on Sundays. On rare occasions, the State Apartments may be closed.
Depart Edinburgh 08:00 and travel past Linlithgow palace and Stirling Castle. To the north is the National Wallace Monument, which commemorates Scotland's great hero William Wallace.
You pass close to the location where William Wallace defeated the English army in 1297, and after this take a short stop for coffee at Callander.
The scenery changes dramatically as you venture further into the Highlands. The flat plains of the lowlands transform into shimmering lochs, rugged mountains and forest-filled glens. The alluring beauty makes it easy to forget this was once a battleground of the fiercely territorial Highland clans.
You then head down to Scotland's most famous valley, Glencoe, where you’ll be mesmerised by the beautiful cliff faces and steep slopes.
After Glencoe, you enter a deep glacial valley, known as the Great Glen. Passing through the town of Fort William you travel in the shadow of Britain's highest mountain, Ben Nevis, before arriving at Fort Augustus on the shore of Loch Ness.
At 23 miles long and over 700ft deep, Loch Ness is the largest loch by volume in Scotland. The loch is best known for the legendary Loch Ness Monster ("Nessie") and you can take the opportunity to go in search of the monster on a fantastic boat cruise. Or you can simply enjoy the beautiful scenery on the banks.
Fort Augustus boasts the Caledonian Canal, which is a great spot to relax and watch the boats sail by. You stop here for nearly 1hour 30min to give you time for lunch and time to take in the scenery around Scotland's most famous loch.
From Loch Ness, you head south through the mountains of the Cairngorms National Park. Your route travels alongside Loch Laggan (the setting for the BBC series 'Monarch of the Glen'), over the Drumochter Pass and past 13th century Blair Castle.
You continue south through the forests of Perthshire and make a short refreshment stop on the way. South of Perth you drive past Loch Leven. Then it’s over the famous Forth Bridge before returning to Edinburgh.
Your cruise to altitude will give you breathtaking scenes over the Grand Canyon, the jump door will be opened and you get to the moment when its your turn to jump out attached to your experienced USPA qualified instructor.
You will exit the aircraft at jump altitude, and feel the wind in your face as your instructor stabilizes your free fall, the canopy opens and you can take the time to enjoy the surreal experience of the flight swooping back down to earth.
CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT
Proof that you are a badass
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