Start your Normandy & Brittany trip from England with a 4-day/3-night extension that traces the planning and launch of Operation Overlords from England. The extension includes London sites such as Churchill War Rooms and Windsor Castle, as well as an English Channel crossing from Portsmouth. The extension is timed so that you arrive in France just in time to start your Normandy & Brittany Cultural Walking Adventure.
Itinerary at a glance
We’ll meet early afternoon at our hotel in London’s stylish and convenient Kensington neighborhood. Our local guide has laid out a fascinating walk that includes a visit to the Churchill War Rooms – the well-preserved secret bunkers where the Prime Minister and his Cabinet led the war effort. Dinner tonight is at one of our favorite restaurants,famous for its culinary updates of British classics.

Our day begins with a brief trip into the countryside, where we’ve arranged a wonderful visit to Windsor Castle. The oldest occupied castle in the world, it’s still the Official Residence of Her Majesty the Queen. We’ll explore on a guided visit to the grounds.

Back in London, we’ll walk along the scenic Thames Pathway to the HMS Belfast, a warship that provided artillery cover for Allied troops landing on D-Day. We’ll go aboard to wander the ship’s nine decks. Our evening holds a truly special experience: You’ll toast the view from atop the London Eye with a champagne reception. Located just across the Thames from the Houses of Parliament, it’s the perfect opportunity to see the broad expanse of the city laid out before you.

After breakfast, we entrain at Waterloo station for the 1.5-hour ride to Portsmouth. One of England’s most important ports for centuries, it was the gathering point for the Allied invasion armada. We’ll stroll the city and learn about its role in the country’s grand naval history. We’ve also arranged a visit to the D-Day Museum, including its remarkable 272-foot-long tapestry depicting the events of the invasion (and inspired by the Bayeux tapestry that we’ll see later in the week). Dinner tonight is in one of the city’s fine restaurants.

As you know, the troops made the crossing to France in hard, crowded vessels. Our trip is considerably more luxurious, but a fine way to get a firsthand sense of what a long, risky and massive endeavor it was to transport so many troops across these open waters.

Upon our landing in France, we’ll transport you to the starting point of your Normandy & Brittany tour.
Picture Yourself...
  • Immersing yourself in D-Day history in Winston Churchill's private war rooms
  • Enjoying a guided visit to Windsor Castle
  • Crossing the English Channel to Normandy
D-Day Discovery
4 Days / 3 Nights
Starting Point: London at 1:30pm in the lobby of the Ampersand Hotel

Ending Point: Departing Portsmouth England for your sea transfer to the start of your trip in Normandy

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Guest Reviews
“The D-Day tour was a perfect way to prepare for the tour of Normandy and Brittany. The opportunity to visit both Churchill's bunker and the D-Day Muesum in Portsmith provided insight that we had not had before about the effect of the build up to the declaration of war.”
Jane D., Grosse Pointe Park, MI

“Classic Journeys has turned out to be a fantastic company to travel with - one I highly recommend. I truly feel as if I have been on vacation this past week.”
Marcia B.

“Traveling with Classic Journeys is the ideal way to see and immerse oneself in the local atmosphere.”
Nancy R.

“Classic Journeys excels in providing exceptional guides familiar with the local area.”
Bert and Jo Ann E.

“I never felt like a tourist.”
Elizabeth C.

D-Day Discovery
4 Days / 3 Nights

Tour Dates & Prices
Tour prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single supplement is only applicable if you are traveling solo and/or have a room to yourself.
June 12-15, 2020$3398.00$495.00
September 4-7, 2020$3398.00$495.00
Apr 30-May 3, 2021$3398.00$595.00
June 11-14, 2021$3498.00$495.00
September 3-6, 2021$3498.00$495.00
October 1-4, 2021$3398.00$495.00

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Above & Beyond Benefits
  • Wine on Us
    In many regions, we uncork wonderful local wines at every dinner, compliments of Classic Journeys.
  • Privileged Access Events
    One-of-a-kind access to remarkable people, places and activities arranged just for you.
D-Day Discovery
4 Days / 3 Nights
England has a temperate climate. In the summer and fall during our trips, the region does not have very significant temperature extremes. However, it can often be cool and misty in the morning. We suggest packing clothes that can be worn in layers, as early morning and evening can often have a chill that during the middle of the day is quickly replaced with warm sunshine

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The Ampersand Hotel

Completely reimagined in 2012, this luxury boutique hotel is in London's world-famous South Kensington neighborhood near Hyde Park. This 19th-century property uses bold graphics to put a lively contemporary spin on Victorian concepts.

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Brittany Ferries

The Brittany Ferries Portsmouth to St Malo ferry is a popular choice for a relaxing cruise sailing direct into Brittany. We offer overnight sailings on most days aboard our cruise ferries Bretagne and Pont-Aven, where you'll find first-rate accommodation,

D-Day Discovery
4 Days / 3 Nights