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Normandy Beach

Visit Normandy Beach with a D-Day Tour!

World War II was one of the most influential wars in history.  Learning about it is one thing, but visiting the sites of this event is something you will remember for the rest of your life.  Normandy beach holds so much history and perspective of the D-Day invasion in ways that museums just can’t simply portray.

What Should I Expect on My Visit to Normandy Beach?

Normandy Beach

The American D-Day Experience begins early in the morning once everyone scheduled for the tour meets at the specified location and loads the bus.  An experienced guide will lead you through the action from start to finish, ensuring that you feel the bravery of the men that fought and died here. On the way to each stop, the guide gives passengers information regarding invasions of Normandy beach.  As you pass by signs, statues, and buildings that hold significance, the guide never failed to mention them even though they were not destinations on the tour. Tour busses will have a TV at the front of the bus displaying several clips throughout the trip that pertained to the location the bus is traveling to. Passengers are surely seeing the best of the best and not missing a single thing.

Despite it being an American focused tour, the guides aptly display both sides of the story.  Visits to La Cambe German war cemetery and German bunkers give you a great idea of how the opposing side operated.  This is a very unique and a distinguishable feature many would enjoy.  Another significant stop on the excursion is Point de Hoc, the highest point of Normandy Beach, which is located directly between Omaha and Utah beach.  The French established this point as a memorial site to the American Second Ranger Battalion. Here you will hear the incredible stories of bravery shown by US Army Rangers who had to scale nearly 100 feet of cliffs to destroy German artillery.  This site gives great perspective on just how significant this victory was and how the American Rangers overcame such great odds.

Visitors will also get to visit Omaha Beach, also known as“Bloody Omaha”, where you can walk across the sandy beach.  Visitors can visualize the daunting challenge and intense combat of the D-Day landings.  Here you get to see where the boats landed and where the thousands of troops stormed the beach decades ago.  You also learn how things did not go as planned but how the troops still overcame these obstacles and ultimately secured Normandy beach.  The massive cliffs help visualize the determination the troops possessed while Germans fired from above.  At a high cost of life, they successfully overcame the German counterattacks.

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Last but definitely not least, the final stop is the breathtaking and heart-breaking Normandy American Cemetery, located in Colleville-sur-Mer, France.  No matter how much you prepare yourself for this sight, everything is thrown out the window once your eyes fall upon one of the world’s best-known cemeteries.  Thousands of white marble crosses are aligned in a clear and organized manner.  Upon each cross is the name of the soldier, his ranking, the date of his passing, and where he is from.  There are also Stars of David in replace of crosses that indicate that the soldier was Jewish.  Located in the front of the cemetery is a statue of “The Spirit of the American Youth” which is enclosed with the names of the missing carved onto the surrounding walls.  This cemetery contains the powerful message and vividly displays just how many lives were lost for the freedom of the United States and the world.

The American D-Day Experience is definitely not something to miss in Normandy.  Visiting the locations where the action occurred and where many lives were lost is truly an experience you will remember. ParisByM arranges all the details for this tour so their customers can truly focus on such an insightful and enjoyable experience.

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Student Tours in France

Student Tours to France

Are you trying to plan an educational trip to France with your students? Well look no further! Student tours to France have become increasingly popular over the years.  What better way to learn more about a country than to take your class to visit?!  You may not know where to take your students but fortunately we are here to help. Here at ParisByM, we want you to have the best experience possible.  Let us help you from giving you packing tips to suggesting amazing places to visit.

Where Should I go for a Student Tour in France?

1. The Louvre MuseumStudent Tours in France

The Louvre can seem overwhelming and hard to tackle all of the main highlights when trying to follow a schedule.  Know you are not alone.  The biggest challenge here is limiting yourself and having a plan.  It would take weeks to see every single painting and artifact.  By picking certain exhibits and paintings in advance, learning their history, and discussing it with your students, seeing them in person is a much more enjoyable experience for everyone involved.  The Louvre offers many tour possibilities from private tours, group tours, to semi-private tours.  There are also Visitor Trails based on particular themes that you can print in advance.  These interactive trails will guide you through the museum searching for works of art.  There are so many possibilities that the Louvre offers for people of all ages and interests.

The Louvre is open from 9:00am – 6:00pm on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. 9:00am – 9:45pm on Wednesday and Friday.  Closed on Tuesdays.

2. The Catacombs

Student Tours in France

Beneath the City of Light are tunnels known as Les Catacombs that hold the skeletons of nearly six million Parisians.  This attraction is great for understanding the history of Paris.  In the late 18th century, cemeteries were breeding grounds for disease and illness, so all of the graves were emptied and the bodies were then stored underneath the city in the Catacombs.  The bones are laid out in a spooky and ominous pattern but surprisingly enough is not as scary as it sounds!  Kids of all ages find this site fascinating and have a great time.  The Catacombs is definitely a popular destination for student tours in France.  Tours range from private tours, small group tours, to full access group tours.

The Catacombs are open daily from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Last entrance is at 4:00pm.  Closed Mondays.

3. Pompidou Centre

The Pompidou, named after former President of France George Pompidou, is a modern, multicultural complex that houses different forms of art and literature.  Inside the Pompidou is a fabulous modern art gallery.  The Pompidou is a great place for student tours in France because it is not like many other museums.  Its edgy fashion makes it very distinguishable and is a breath of fresh air for younger people who are not used to seeing a museum so abstract.  This museum is a must see for students.  The Pompidou offers guided tours and talks through the creation of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Pompidou is open daily from 11:00am – 10:00pm. Closed Tuesdays.

4.  Day Trip to Palace VersaillesStudent Tours in France

Visiting Versailles is a commitment, but definitely worth the trip! Only a 30 minute metro ride away is the biggest palace in Europe.  This articulately designed palace with stunning gardens was built by King Louis XIV.  The Palace of Versailles gives you an inside perspective of the king’s obsession of power but also of his weaknesses.  This luxurious palace was home to nearly 6,000 people in its prime time.  Despite its magnificent entity, the construction of Versailles created a lot of controversy in all of France.  While the king hosted numerous expensive and lavish parties, the civilians were starving in the streets.  The Versailles Palaces caters to thousands of visitors every day.  Tours of Versailles’ grounds gives visitors great perspective and knowledge of its history.  This palace should be on every student’s list for an educational experience.

Versailles Palace is open daily 9:00am – 5:30 pm from Tuesday to Sunday. Closed Mondays.

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