9 days
London, Normandy, Paris

Visit the same battlegrounds and critical sites our forefathers did as you march towards Paris.

Go deep into Allied leadership at the underground command center where Churchill directed the war. Explore the Map Room, and take the English Channel by sea and Normandy by foot. Nothing can simulate the invasion, but the shore’s eerie quiet offers as much insight as the expert at your side.
WWII History Liberation of France tour map
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to England

  • Day 2: London

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of London

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • The Strand, London's major thoroughfare
    • Trafalgar Square, a bustling central square
    • Leicester Square, a square lined with theaters and other events
    • Covent Garden, a vibrant and charming shopping area

    Enjoy a fish and chips dinner in London

  • Day 3: London

    Take a WWII-themed guided tour of London

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Grosvenor Square, home to Eisenhower’s military headquarters during the war
    • Piccadilly Circus, a five-way intersection  
    • St. Paul’s Cathedral, a domed church which has hosted many royal events
    • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if scheduled)

    Visit the Cabinet War Rooms, where Prime Minister Churchill and the Allied Commanders planned the Allied war effort

    Visit the Imperial War Museum to gain insight into the everyday challenges of modern warfare, the life of Winston Churchill and the workings of his cabinet during World War II

  • Day 4: London • Normandy region

    Visit Portsmouth's D-Day museum

    Travel by ferry to the Normandy region along the same route used by Allied naval forces

    Enjoy dinner on the ferry

  • Day 5: Normandy region

    Tour the D-Day beaches of Normandy with an expert local guide

    Visit the Caen Memorial, dedicated to reminding visitors of the fragility of peace

    Visit Pointe du Hoc, the 320-foot cliff scaled by Allied troops to suppress the German attack

    Visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 American soldiers are buried, their graves marked with rows of white crosses

    Stop to take a photo in Arromanches, another key battleground

  • Day 6: Normandy region • Rouen • Paris

    Travel via Rouen, and step inside the stunning Rouen Cathedral, which was severely damaged by Allied bombs in 1944, on your way to Paris

    Tour Rouen with your Tour Director

    Take a walking tour of the Latin Quarter, so named because the language was once commonly spoken by the Sorbonne students that populated the area

    See Notre-Dame Cathedral, known for its sculptured facade, stained-glass rose windows, and seemingly weightless vaulted ceilings, and see the progress of its restoration following the 2019 fire which damaged much of the building

    Enjoy a scenic view of Paris as you sail along the iconic Seine River

  • Day 7: Paris

    Take a guided tour of Paris

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Place de la Concorde, a major public square
    • Champs-Élysées, an elegant boulevard packed with high-fashion boutiques 
    • Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring those who fought for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 
    • Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair and an iconic symbol of Paris
    • Hôtel des Invalides, a grand hospital commissioned by Louis XIV 

    Visit the Shoah Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Wall of Names, which is cut from stone straight from Jerusalem and inscribed with the names of 76,000 French Holocaust victims

  • Day 8: Paris

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Versailles

    Versailles

    Welcome to the world headquarters of decadence—the grand palace of Versailles. The enormous estate was built to keep commoners far from its gilded doors and expansive gardens—but fortunately, you won’t have to win Louie or Marie’s notoriously fickle favor to get in. After spending the day in a maze of manicured shrubbery and the staggering Hall of Mirrors, continue the theme of indulgence by treating yourself at a local patisserie nearby.

    Enjoy dinner in the Latin Quarter
  • Day 9: Depart for home

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  • Day 1: Fly overnight to England

  • Day 2: London

    Meet your Tour Director at the airport

    Take a walking tour of London

    With your Tour Director you will see:

    • The Strand, London's major thoroughfare
    • Trafalgar Square, a bustling central square
    • Leicester Square, a square lined with theaters and other events
    • Covent Garden, a vibrant and charming shopping area

    Enjoy a fish and chips dinner in London

  • Day 3: London

    Take a WWII-themed guided tour of London

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Grosvenor Square, home to Eisenhower’s military headquarters during the war
    • Piccadilly Circus, a five-way intersection  
    • St. Paul’s Cathedral, a domed church which has hosted many royal events
    • Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace (if scheduled)

    Visit the Cabinet War Rooms, where Prime Minister Churchill and the Allied Commanders planned the Allied war effort

    Visit the Imperial War Museum to gain insight into the everyday challenges of modern warfare, the life of Winston Churchill and the workings of his cabinet during World War II

  • Day 4: London • Normandy region

    Visit Portsmouth's D-Day museum

    Travel by ferry to the Normandy region along the same route used by Allied naval forces

    Enjoy dinner on the ferry

  • Day 5: Normandy region

    Tour the D-Day beaches of Normandy with an expert local guide

    Visit the Caen Memorial, dedicated to reminding visitors of the fragility of peace

    Visit Pointe du Hoc, the 320-foot cliff scaled by Allied troops to suppress the German attack

    Visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 American soldiers are buried, their graves marked with rows of white crosses

    Stop to take a photo in Arromanches, another key battleground

  • Day 6: Normandy region • Rouen • Paris

    Travel via Rouen, and step inside the stunning Rouen Cathedral, which was severely damaged by Allied bombs in 1944, on your way to Paris

    Tour Rouen with your Tour Director

    Take a walking tour of the Latin Quarter, so named because the language was once commonly spoken by the Sorbonne students that populated the area

    See Notre-Dame Cathedral, known for its sculptured facade, stained-glass rose windows, and seemingly weightless vaulted ceilings, and see the progress of its restoration following the 2019 fire which damaged much of the building

    Enjoy a scenic view of Paris as you sail along the iconic Seine River

  • Day 7: Paris

    Take a guided tour of Paris

    With your expert local guide you will see:

    • Place de la Concorde, a major public square
    • Champs-Élysées, an elegant boulevard packed with high-fashion boutiques 
    • Arc de Triomphe, a monument honoring those who fought for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars 
    • Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 World's Fair and an iconic symbol of Paris
    • Hôtel des Invalides, a grand hospital commissioned by Louis XIV 

    Visit the Shoah Holocaust memorial and museum, including the Wall of Names, which is cut from stone straight from Jerusalem and inscribed with the names of 76,000 French Holocaust victims

  • Day 8: Paris

    Add this in-depth excursion:
    Versailles

    Versailles

    Welcome to the world headquarters of decadence—the grand palace of Versailles. The enormous estate was built to keep commoners far from its gilded doors and expansive gardens—but fortunately, you won’t have to win Louie or Marie’s notoriously fickle favor to get in. After spending the day in a maze of manicured shrubbery and the staggering Hall of Mirrors, continue the theme of indulgence by treating yourself at a local patisserie nearby.

    Enjoy dinner in the Latin Quarter
  • Day 9: Depart for home

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Learning outcomes on this program

Confidence • Curiosity • Global perspective • Empathy • Adaptability • Relatability • Self-Awareness


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Academic resources

With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development
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EF Global Learning Model Post-Study Abroad Learning Resources
Academic resources


With this program, you get access to our Global Learning Resources, which include:

  • Discussion questions
  • Sample assignments
  • Journal prompts
  • Webinars
  • EF's Global Competency Assessment, a pre- and post-program assessment to measure competency development

See the resources you get


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Your experience includes

  • Round-trip airfare

    Your price includes round-trip airfare for your whole group

  • Accommodations

    Safe, comfortable hotels with private bathrooms will be waiting for you at your destination.

  • On-tour transportation

    Land transportation

  • Regional-style meals

    Daily breakfasts and select local dinners are included in your program. Generally, we leave lunch up to you so your group has an opportunity to explore its own tastes.

  • End-to-end support

    Your team helps to secure administrative approval and academic credit, provides recruiting tools and helps establish your program's ongoing presence on campus.

  • EF Global Learning Toolkit

    To capitalize on moments for building empathy, awareness, and adaptability in a global environment, we offer a number of different tools designed to help educators facilitate student growth abroad and on campus, including academically enriched travel programs, industry engagement opportunities, global learning resources, and a Global Competencies Assessment tool.

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all program logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert Local Guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and enhancing teaching moments wherever your curriculum takes you.

  • Guided sightseeing

    Gain insider knowledge and cultural perspective from licensed local guides who join your group for select experiences on tour.

  • Entrances

    Imperial War Museum, Cabinet War Rooms, Caen Memorial, Rouen Cathedral, Notre Dame, Shoah Memorial

  • Worldwide support, safety and security

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. We provide 24-hour emergency support service along with a comprehensive $50 million liability policy that covers you and your institution while abroad.

  • Flexible payment options

    Give more students the opportunity to study abroad by offering them two different payment plan options, along with our TripFunder website to help fundraise for the program.


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