The European battlefields of World War II will come alive for history buffs in a new, evocative tour run by luxury travel company, Jacada Travel.
The history-themed tour takes travellers through England and France, and straight into important sites that include the famous Churchill War Rooms, where Allied commanders stayed as they planned attacks, and actual sites of the D-Day landings.
The itinerary has been designed in a way that it tells a story. Experts from each region will lead the tours, ensuring that you come away with a vivid impression of life in this corner of Europe during World War II, having met some fascinating people and gained an understanding not only of major historical events but also the lived experience of everyday people.
The journey starts in London with a dedicated tour to the Blitz. Stops and experiences will include Duxford’s Imperial War Museum; Chartwell (Winston Churchill’s former home); and the important naval city of Portsmouth, the central command place for the D-Day landings. Here, you will perhaps sip a pint in a pub frequented by Eisenhower and Monty when they took a break from planning the D-Day landings, or perhaps chance upon an abandoned bunker in a field in Kent.
From England, the tour will move on to France. You will spend three nights in the famous town of Normandy, where marks of bullets and artillery shells can still be found on some buildings. The days will be spent visiting some of the country’s most historic old museums and sites like the picture-perfect Mont-Saint- Michel, Pointe du Hoc – the site of a famous attack – and several of the beaches where the D-Day landings took place.
Lastly, the tour will head to Paris, where, together with a private guide, you will embark on a journey through the key moments of the German occupation until the city’s liberation in 1944.
Throughout the experience, you will gain exclusive access to non-tourist attractions, such as the Southwick House in England. This is a site where the Allied strategy for the D-Day landings was planned. It is actually owned by the Service Police of the British Armed Forces, and access to the Map Room is difficult to obtain.
As with any Jacada Travel itinerary, guests can expect accommodation of the highest quality. In this tour, a sense of history reigns. On the list is a 900-year-old castle where knights once stood, as well as a historic manor that boasts an original painting from Winston Churchill in its lounge.
Jacada Travel, which specialises in very private, bespoke trips, is able to tailor the trip according to each guest’s interests and can include more stops along the way to create a very personal journey unlike no other.
Price per person: From USD $8,700 including stays at Gravetye Manor, Amberley Castle and Villa Lara Normandy.
For more information or to make reservations, please visit: www.jacadatravel.com
Photos courtesy of A. Solter and Dietmar Feichtinger