Delve into the history and culture of Normandy, one of France’s most charming regions and the historic site where Allied forces triggered the beginning of the end of World War II.


  • Reflect on the extraordinary bravery of the Allied landing forces as you walk along the beaches of Normandy.
  • Delight in wonderful local color and delicious cuisine along Honfleur’s picturesque harbor.
  • Study the vivid, intricately embroidered details of the famed Bayeux Tapestry and learn about its history.
  • Visit the Caen Memorial Museum and discover insights to World War II and the D-Day landings.
  • Pay tribute to the fallen during a poignant visit to the Normandy American Cemetery.
  • Explore stunning Mont St. Michel and its abbey constructed by Benedictine monks beginning in the 10th century.

Itinerary at a Glance

September 7 Depart gateway city
September 8 Arrive Honfleur
September 9 Honfleur
September 10 Mont St. Michel
September 11 Caen | Utah Beach | Sainte-Mère-Eglise
September 12 Honfleur
September 13 Arromanches | Omaha Beach | Pointe du Hoc
September 14 Bayeux
September 15 Return flight

Trip Scholar

Alison James

Alison James is associate professor of French in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago. Her teaching and research interests include postwar experimental writing, contemporary literature, depictions of everyday life, and nonfiction writing. She is the author of Constraining Chance: Georges Perec and the Oulipo (Northwestern University Press, 2009) and has edited journal issues on “Forms of Formalism” (L’Esprit créateur 48.2, 2008), Valère Novarina (with Olivier Dubouclez, Littérature no. 176, 2014) and codirected (with Christophe Reig) the volume Frontières de la non-fiction: Littérature, cinéma, arts (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2013). She is currently working on two book projects. The first, Speaking Facts: The Documentary Imagination in French Literature, identifies the emergence in the 20th century of a set of documentary strategies that shape French literature’s relationship to visual representation, the historical archive, testimonial discourses, and autobiographical narrative. The second studies the new conceptions and practices of fiction prevalent in French literature after 1980.