WISN presents Operation Overlord with Dan O’Donnell - London, Normandy & Paris
Join Dan on an unforgettable journey that pays homage to the brave souls who sacrificed everything during World War II. Embark on this immersive trip, starting in the vibrant city of London, where you’ll be captivated by its iconic landmarks and rich history.
With a local historian by your side, you’ll embark on a profound pilgrimage, visiting historic sites that witnessed pivotal moments of the war. From the D-Day landing beaches to the hallowed grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, every step echoes with the valor and sacrifice of those who fought for freedom.
After paying your respects, the journey continues to the enchanting city of Paris, where you’ll find solace amidst the vibrant streets and elegant boulevards. Reflect on the significance of this transformative trip as you explore the captivating landmarks and soak up the beauty of the City of Light.
Together with Dan and your fellow travelers, honor the fallen, preserve their memory, and return home with a profound appreciation for the heroes who shaped the course of history.
Meet your Host - Dan O'DonnellDan O'Donnell has more than a decade of experience as a radio news anchor, reporter, and news and sports talk show host. He is a two-time winner of broadcast journalism’s prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award and has won nearly 20 regional Murrow Awards and Wisconsin Broadcasters’ Awards for excellence. Dan has worked as a Wisconsin correspondent for FOX News Radio, CBS News Radio, ABC News Radio, In Session TV and HLN’s “Nancy Grace.” A lifelong Wisconsinite who grew up just four miles from WISN’s studio, Dan is a graduate of both Marquette University and The University of Wisconsin Law School. He is a licensed (but thankfully non-practicing) attorney, so please try not to hold that against him. Dan now lives in Milwaukee with his wife Megan and their three children.
Per Person Double Occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,999
August 16-25, 2024
10 Days / 9 Nights
Depart the USA for London England today.
Arrive in London
Welcome to London, a city steeped in culture and history. Settle into our hotel, located in the Kensington neighborhood of London. Tonight, meet our host, fellow travelers, and an expert WWII historian, who will be leading the tour, during a welcome reception and dinner featuring local specialties. (D)
The morning will feature key sites in London that figured prominently during the War. We then proceed to the Churchill War Rooms, the underground nerve center for Britain’s war effort. Later, visit the Imperial War Museum, which houses authentic examples of World War II weaponry, tanks, aircraft, and an exhibit of WWI trench warfare. The remainder of the day is yours to discover London as you please. (B)
Depart London for Bletchley Park and visit the nerve center for intelligence, utilized in the Allied War effort, code name Ultra. Here we will see the place where the Enigma machine is housed and where the cyphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted during the war. Later today, tour Southwick House, the advanced command post of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. In the months leading up to D-Day in 1944, the house became the headquarters of the main Allied commanders, including Naval Commander-In-Chief Admiral Ramsay, Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower, and Army Commander-In-Chief, General Montgomery. (B, D)
Ferry to Normandy
After breakfast, we will board the cross-channel ferry and embark for Normandy as the troops did in 1944. Our first stop will be Sainte-Mère-Église, one of the villages where the American Airborne descended on D-Day. Here we will view and explore the iconic church where John Steele and his landing on the steeple are memorialized. We also visit La Fière Bridge where the 82nd Airborne Division successfully delayed a German Panzer counterattack against the Allied landing forces. (B, D)
We will study The Longest Day at Brécourt Manor, where Lt. Dick Winters, with members of Easy Company, successfully silenced German artillery firing on American troops landing at Utah Beach. Next, visit Utah Beach, where the 4th Infantry Division landed, and the Invasion Museum, depicting their heroics. Finally, we will stop at Ste-Marie-du-Mont where the unique Renaissance-style steeple still stands as an observation post by the Germans. Proceed to the town of Carentan to follow the exact steps American Paratroopers took during the Battle of Normandy. We will also visit Pointe-du-Hoc, where Rudder’s Rangers scaled the cliffs to neutralize German heavy guns defending the expanse of beaches on D-Day. (B, Boxed Lunch)
Our final full day in Normandy begins with a visit to Omaha Beach, where the American forces landed, faced the strongest German resistance of the day, and incurred the greatest losses. We will walk the beach and visit some of the German defense fortifications. We explore these sands from the tide’s ebb to the distant dunes to understand the emotions of the young soldiers of the 1st and 29th Divisions as they approached the gates of hell. We will pay our respects at the American Cemetery with its 9,387 American soldiers’ graves stretching along the top of the bluff overlooking the beach and will be present at the evening flag-lowering ceremony. (B, Boxed Lunch)
Normandy – Paris
Our day begins with a view of the battery at Longues-sur-Mer, a fine example of the great defenses that made up Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. We then proceed along the British Beaches to Pegasus Bridge, where the first shots were fired on D-Day. The British Sixth Airborne, led by Major John Howard with a miraculous glider landing, carried out a surprise attack that overtook this crucial bridge across the Caen Canal. We will arrive in Paris later this afternoon. The Allies, preceded by Free French troops, symbolically reclaimed the French capital from the Nazis in August 1944. (B)
Join us and tour two of Paris’ famous sites: the iconic Napoleon’s tomb, a magnificent monument honoring the renowned French leader, and the Musée de l’Armée at Hôtel des Invalides, home to an impressive collection of military artifacts spanning centuries. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to explore the “City of Lights”, as you choose. Tonight, bid au revoir to your traveling companions as you enjoy a late dinner at the Eiffel Tower. (B, D)
Depart for Home
After breakfast depart Paris for the USA with fond memories of your trip. (B)
Please note the order or sightseeing may be altered yet all inclusions will be experienced
- Roundtrip airport transfers from Milwaukee to O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
- Economy class roundtrip airfare from O'Hare International Airport (ORD)*
- Premium hotel accommodations throughout London, Bournemouth, Normandy area, and Paris**
- All ground transportation
- Expert English-speaking guides
- Local Historian throughout the tour
- 14 Meals (8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners)
- Gratuities for the historian, drivers, & local guides
- Taxes and fees as of 6/1/23
- Complete services of Cruise & Tour including tour manager
*Other gateways may be available upon request. Additional charges may apply.
- Cocktails with your host, Dan O’Donnell
- Get to know Dan O’Donnell over a Q&A session
- Pay respects to the 9,378 fallen American Soldiers at the American Cemetery in Normandy
Meet Your WWII Historian: Martin Morgan
Martin K.A. Morgan is an author/historian who studies the American experience in World War II. He is the author of two books and several dozen articles. In addition to publishing, for 20 years now Martin has also appeared regularly on television programs relating to historical subjects. With a background as a park ranger and a museum professional, his experience in public history paved the way for the publishing and broadcasting work he does today. Since 2002, he has been leading battlefield tours around the world, especially in Normandy.
- Increases in taxes, fees, or surcharges after 6/1/23
- Travel insurance
- Air upgrades
- Airline baggage fees
- ETIAS authorization
- Items of a personal nature
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