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France: Paris, Normandy and D-Day

October 1-9, 2009
Faculty: Steve Cushman, U.Va. Professor of English
Price: $5,595 per person, double occupancy
Single supplement: $995 (only $895 if you book by June 30.)

Receive $300 off per person if you book by June 30!

Please call us toll free at 866-765-2646.

Registration is Open

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This year commemorates the 65th anniversary of D-Day. Join U.Va. alumni, parents and friends to explore sites in Paris and Normandy where on the morning of June 6, 1944, thousands of young men embarked upon a perilous journey taking them from the cold waters of England, across the English Channel, to the fog-covered beaches of Normandy. Retrace their valiant steps along Normandy’s shore and further inland as they strove to liberate France. Experience first hand the dramatic backdrop of the events that changed the course of history: the imposing cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, the peaceful beaches of Utah and Omaha, the small chapel at St. Mère Église, the somber and stunning white crosses of the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer and the cobble-stoned streets of Paris belying the French Résistance.

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Program Highlights

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Hôtel Régina, 2 nights

The Hôtel Régina is located on the elegant rue de Rivoli opposite the Louvre, overlooking the Jardin des Tuileries. Rooms are spacious, with antique decor, and feature direct-access telephone, individually controlled air conditioning, mini bar, satellite television, safe and radio alarm clock. Bathrooms have a hairdryer, windows and vanity. The gourmet Le Pluvinel restaurant is located on the premises and boasts seasonal menus. The hotel also provides high-speed internet access.

Ferme de la Rançonnière, 5 nights

This beautiful and historic manor, which has been transformed into a comfortable hotel, is still surrounded by farming activity. The hotel offers large bedrooms, each differing in size and shape with open beams, antique furniture and very modern bathrooms with hair dryers. The dining room is dominated by a large fireplace and features Norman cuisine and cheeses. There are no elevators and guests should be prepared to climb at lease one flight of stairs and walk across the courtyard for dinner.

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Included: 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners, plus welcome and farewell receptions

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Steve Cushman, ( Ireland '06, East Africa '07) is the Robert C. Taylor Professor of English at U.Va., where he has taught since 1982. With a B.A. from Cornell and a Ph.D. from Yale, he has brought to the English Department and the American Studies Major his commitment to American literature, modern Literature, poetry, literature and the environment, and the American Civil War. His teaching has been honored with an All-University Teaching Award and the first Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship. A poet as well as a scholar, he has published six books, most recently Bloody Promenade: Reflections on a Civil War Battle (Virginia, 1999) and Cussing Lesson, a volume of poems (LSU, 2002). His book of poems, HeartIsland, was published in Fall 2006. Steve  helped create our 2007 journey entitled "Hemingway's Africa: Sights and Safaris."

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Day 1, Thursday, October 1 - U.S.A. / Paris

Depart the United States for Paris on regularly scheduled flights.

Day 2, Friday, October 2 - Paris

Upon arrival, transfer to the Hôtel Regina, your home for two nights. Enjoy some time to relax or explore the neighborhood before joining fellow travelers for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.

Day 3, Saturday, October 3 - Paris

Explore Paris today from the perspective of some of its WWII sites. See the Hôtel Meurice; Nazi headquarters during the occupation; the Prefecture de Police where the uprising against German occupation began; and the Palais du Luxembourg, Hermann Goering’s Luftwaffe headquarters during the war, now the French Senate. Continue to the Hôtel des Invalides which houses the Liberation Museum and the fascinating Memorial Leclerc and Musée Jean Moulin, a tribute to two key figures in the French Résistance. End the day at the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity where the Memorial Cloister is dedicated to the American Forces of WWI and WWII.

Day 4, Sunday, October 4 - Paris / Vernon / La Roche-Guyon / Creully

En route to Normandy, stop in Vernon to visit the acclaimed gardens and home of Monet. Both a peaceful haven and constant inspiration for his work, the gardens of Monet’s Vernon estate remain to this day a colorful testimony to the artist and his celebration of nature’s tranquil beauty. Continue to La Roche-Guyon, and visit the 12th century Chateau, former headquarters of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. This afternoon, arrive in Creully and check into the Ferme de la Rançonnière. Located among the hedgerows of Normandy, the Ferme is ideally situated for exploration of the D-Day landing sites.

Day 5, Monday, October 5 - Arromanches / Ouistreham

Today is dedicated to the area around Arromanches—site of the extraordinary artificial port built from Mulberry Harbors constructed in Portsmouth and floated across the English Channel. Visit the D-Day Landing Museum, and travel along the Norman bluffs, site of the famed Atlantic Wall. See German strong holds, and learn of the impressive infrastructure created by the German Army to fight off any amphibian landing. Near Ouistreham, view Pegasus Bridge and hear of the heroic battle which made it famous.

Day 6, Tuesday, October 6 - Sainte Mère Église / Utah Beach

Depart for Sainte Mère Église, a small village where American paratroopers of the 101st and 82nd divisions dropped from the sky in a hail of gunfire in the late night hours of June 5, 1944. Visit the small church in the town square and view its stunning stained glass windows dedicated to the brave troops which descended on the town that night. Explore the Paratrooper Museum before continuing on to Sainte Marie Du Mont and visiting the Utah Beach landing Museum. Later, walk the sands of Utah Beach and visit the memorial dedicated to the troops who landed there.

Day 7, Wednesday, October 7 - Caen / Bayeux

Begin with a tour of the city of Caen, almost completely destroyed during the war. Visit its Romanesque Cathedral built by William the Conqueror in 1066 which to this day bears witness to the intense fighting which occurred in the area. We will continue to the Memorial Museum which begins with the end of WWI and delves into the events of WWII—both the Pacific and European theaters—and moves through the 20th century. A short distance from Caen is the town of Bayeux, the first town officially liberated after the D-Day landings. Visit its Museum which tells the story of the Battle of Normandy—a nearly three month battle. End the day at the famous Bayeux Tapestry, a colorful recounting of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England.

Day 8, Thursday, October 8 - Omaha Beach / Pointe du Hoc

Travel to the Pointe du Hoc, symbol of the courage of young American soldiers and in particular of the US Rangers commanded by Lt. Col. James Rudder. Pointe du Hoc was one of the great German strongholds along the coast and it was taken by force on the morning of June 6th by Rangers having climbed formidable bluffs during a storm. Continue to Colleville-sur-Mer and Omaha Beach. Walk the very sand on which tens of thousands of US troops landed before viewing the Garden of the Missing and the American Cemetery. Lay a wreath before the statue of the Spirit of American Youth and pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner as you conclude your stay.

Day 9, Friday, October 9 - Paris / U.S.A.

Transfer from Normandy back to Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport for regularly scheduled flights to the United States.

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Program Fees

Price: $5,595 per person, double occupancy, land program. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $995 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Receive $300 off per person if you book by June 30.
Single supplement only $895 if you book by June 30.

International Air can be arranged for you or you can book your own.

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How To Register

Ready to register? The best way to do this is by phone so that we can ensure we are meeting all of your needs. Please call us toll free at 866-765-2646. Or e-mail with your contact information and the best time to reach you.

A deposit of $500 per person is required to reserve your spot. Deposits can be made by check payable to Academic Travel Abroad or by using MasterCard, Visa or American Express.

Final invoicing will be done approximately 90 days (July 3, 2009) prior to departure. Reservations to be paid in full by 60 days (August 2, 2009) prior to departure.

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General Terms & Conditions

Expertise of a faculty leader, tour manager, and local guides throughout the tour; accommodations in first class hotels based on double occupancy; meals as indicated in the tour itinerary by B, R and D; all special visits and excursions; all transportation and sightseeing with expert guides as set forth in the itinerary; all on-tour transportation, including group transfers to/from the Paris airport; baggage handling for one bag, plus one carry-on bag per person; pre-trip notes and guidelines; service charges, taxes and basic gratuities.

Airfare to and from France from your home; international airfare departure taxes round-trip; passport photos and fees; visa photos and fees as required; meals other than specified; personal items such as wines, liquors, a-la-carte orders, room service and valet/laundry charges; expenses incurred by Academic Travel Abroad in making individual travel arrangements in conjunction with the tour; other items not specifically mentioned as included. Due to fluctuations in oil prices, a fuel surcharge may be added to your tour fee. Details and costs will be advised prior to departure.

A limited number of single rooms are available at extra cost on a first-come, first-served basis, but availability cannot be guaranteed. Academic Travel Abroad will assist persons requesting a roommate. However, neither a single room nor a shared room can be guaranteed. Participants will be notified if we are unsuccessful in finding a suitable roommate. In this case, the single supplement will be charged.

$500 deposit upon application. Balance due upon receipt of invoice, 90 days before departure. Acceptable forms of payment are personal check, Visa, MasterCard or American Express. If final payment is not received by 60 days prior to departure, your space is subject to cancellation.

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to either Academic Travel Abroad or Cavalier Travels. After confirmation on the tour, a nonrefundable processing fee of $300 per person will be charged upon written cancellation. Written cancellation between 90-61 days of departure: full refund, minus your deposit (including nonrefundable processing fee). Written cancellation between 60 and 31 days prior to departure: 50% refund of the tour price. Written cancellation within 30 days prior to departure: no refund. Reservations are not transferable without the explicit approval of Cavalier Travels and Academic Travel Abroad, Inc.

Cancellation on day of departure or after tour departs: no refund. No refund for unused portions of tour, including, but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights and sightseeing. Cancellation of program by Cavalier Travels and Academic Travel Abroad: full refund. Cancellation of the program after departure by Cavalier Travels or Academic Travel Abroad: full refund of all land fees, less the cost of service up to the time of the group’s return. NOTE: Neither Cavalier Travels nor Academic Travel Abroad accepts liability for any airline cancellation penalty incurred by the purchase of a nonrefundable airline ticket to the tour departure city and return. We strongly urge applicants to consider purchasing trip cancellation insurance.

While every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned, the itinerary as described is subject to modification and change by Cavalier Travels and Academic Travel Abroad, Inc.

We strongly recommend the purchase of trip cancellation insurance, which is available for coverage of expenses in conjunction with cancellation due to illness or accident. Baggage insurance is also recommended. In the event that you must cancel your participation in a travel program, trip cancellation insurance may be the only source of reimbursement. We will send you a brochure from Travel Insurance Services, or you may obtain coverage through a company of your choice.

To enjoy your travels to the fullest you should be in good physical and mental health. Any physical condition requiring special attention, diets, or treatment must be reported in writing when the reservation is made. We reserve the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a tour member should such a person's health, mental condition, physical infirmity, or attitude jeopardize the operation of the tour or the enjoyment of other participants.

Please Read Carefully: Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer

This program offered by Cavalier Travels is managed by Academic Travel Abroad (ATA), a professional tour operator, hired as independent contractors. ATA acts only as an agent for the respective suppliers by making arrangements for transportation, accommodations, and other services. Neither Cavalier Travels nor ATA shall be held liable for personal injury, death, property damage or accident, delay or irregularity arising out of any act or omission of these suppliers. Cavalier Travels and ATA reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in their judgment, conditions warrant, or if they deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of tour participants. Cavalier Travels and ATA also reserve the right, without penalty, to withdraw the tour announced, to decline to accept any person as a participant in a tour, or to require any participant to withdraw from the tour at any time, when such action is determined by tour staff to be in the best interests of the health, safety or general welfare of the tour group or the individual participant, subject only to the requirement that the recoverable portion of the total amount paid that corresponds to the cost of unused services and accommodations be refunded, if any. Participants are encouraged to purchase airline tickets no sooner than 60 days before the tour begins to avoid airline cancellation penalties if a tour is canceled or otherwise modified subsequent to the participant’s purchase of those tickets. Cavalier Travels and ATA accept no liability for the purchase of non-refundable airline tickets to the tour departure city and return. Baggage and personal effects are at all times the sole responsibility of the participant. Dates, schedules, program details, and costs, although provided in good faith based on information available at the time of publication of the brochure or catalog, are subject to change and revision.

The undersigned has read carefully the Responsibility Statement and Liability Disclaimer set forth above, the schedule of activities for this tour, as well as the terms and conditions of application and participation as set forth in the tour literature, and recognizes and accepts any risk associated with the tour and the conditions, including the refund policy, set forth in the tour brochure(s). The undersigned further acknowledges that there are many risks and uncertainties inherent in any travel tour, including but not limited to the hazards of various modes of transportation, forces of nature, acts or omissions of foreign governments, terrorism, war or insurrection, theft, illness, and damage to person or property due to the negligent acts or omissions of tour staff or others. In consideration of, and as part payment for, the right to participate in the tour, the undersigned, on behalf of himself, his dependents, heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, agrees to release Cavalier Travels, its Regents, officers, employees, representatives or agents, the United States, and ATA and its officers, employees and agents, from liability for personal injury, death, property damage or loss suffered by any person in connection with this tour, even if caused by the negligence (but not the reckless, willful, or fraudulent conduct) of tour staff or other related persons or entities. In addition, by registering for this tour, the applicant certifies that he or she is mentally and physically capable of full participation in this tour.


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