The following itinerary is subject to change.
Tuesday, June 4, 2024
Depart with your fellow Gamecocks on an overnight flight to France. Be sure to sleep on the plane because we will hit the ground running once we land at the Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris on Wednesday morning.
Wednesday, June 5, 2024
Bonjour! Arrive in Paris and board a private motor coach for a three-hour drive to the Normandy region in Northern France. Light refreshments will be served on the bus and we will stop en route so you can purchase lunch. Upon our arrival in Arromanches, we will spend the afternoon visiting the D-Day 360 Museum. Finally, we will check into our hotel and have dinner.
Thursday, June 6, 2024
Today is the 80th anniversary of D-Day. After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the American Cemetery in Brittany for a tribute ceremony, where the Marching Southerners will participate in a mass band performance of “Hymn to the Fallen.” After having lunch on your own in Saint-James, we will visit the one-of-a-kind medieval town of Mont-Saint-Michel. We will return to the hotel for dinner.
Friday, June 7, 2024
After breakfast at your hotel, we will travel to the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach, where the Marching Southerners’ will participate in a mass band performance of “Hymn of the Fallen” at a wreath laying and commemoration ceremony. Walk down historic Omaha Beach. In the afternoon, we will visit Bayeux before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Saturday, June 8, 2024
After breakfast at the hotel, we will travel to the first town liberated by American troops, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, where the Marching Southerners will participate in a Musical Salute to Liberation and march in a D-Day Memorial Parade. Then, we will make the three-hour drive back to Paris, where we will check into our new hotel and enjoy dinner.
Sunday, June 9, 2024
After breakfast at the hotel, we will visit the one and only Eiffel Tower. Enjoy lunch on your own before we spend the afternoon on a guided tour of the city, including Notre Dame, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, the Opera House and Montmartre. We will enjoy dinner and nightlife in Montmartre before we return to the hotel.
Monday, June 10, 2024
After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to the world’s most visited museum, the Louvre, to view rare artwork including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory. Enjoy some free time to explore Paris on your own and shop for souvenirs before we gather together for a special farewell dinner.
Tuesday, June 11, 2024
Au revoir, Paris! After breakfast we will depart for the Charles de Gaulle Airport and start our journey home, returning with a lifetime of memories.