Normandy and Bordeaux – D DAY

Join us on this exclusive tour, and see history come to life. During the 9-day tour we’ll visit an exclusive collection of the best KOSHER wineries in Bordeaux, for you to experience a wine region regarded worldwide, as one of the best.

75th ANNIVERSARY OF D-DAY JUNE 2019
24th of JUNE - 2nd of JULY, 2019

Recall the poignant events that unfolded on one of the most important days in modern history. D-Day.

9 DAYS PACKED WITH HISTORY, STORIES, HEROISM, FANTASTIC KOSHER FOOD, WINES AND GREAT COMPANY.

D-Day - On June 6, 1944, the Allied powers launched D-Day, which was the largest seaborne invasion in history, and began the overtaking of German-occupied Western Europe during World War II. Code-named "Operation Overlord," the invasion included a storming of the beaches of Normandy, France. This day is marked as the beginning of the end of World War II and thus the victory over Nazi Germany.


Day 1 | Monday 24th June

Meeting at ORLY, Paris Airport 9AM to start our Journey

After a quintessential French Breakfast complete with delicious croissants, we will make our way to Normandy (east) to stop for a brief visit to the home of Claude Monet at Giverny. The house contains artefacts from his studio and a collection of Japanese prints.

We will then embark on a journey to ROUEN, the former capital of Normandy, and the capital of the department of Sein-maritime in the North of France. The presence of Jews in Rouen goes back to at least the early 11th century.

During the 12th century the Jews of Rouen were placed under the authority of a local bailiff rather than the expected commissioner of the Jews of Normandy, who may have been Peter of Cluny mentioned as the “Jewish King of Rouen.” The Jewish quarter, named Rue as Gyeus, became the modern Rue Des Juifs. One of the houses at the beginning of the street is said to have served as a synagogue, with another house as the school.

For the rest of our day we’ll visit the Museum and some cultural monuments in the area, and have lunch before making our way to our retreat for the week, the stunning Château La Chenevière.

Overnight: 5* Château La Chenevière, Normandy, https://www.lacheneviere.com/histoire-cheneviere/


Day 2 & 3 | Tuesday 25th June & Wednesday 26th June

The D-DAY

These 2 days will be dedicated to the D-Day invasion. We will visit the relevant beaches, museums, monuments and cemeteries of this day in order to understand, see and revive the D-Day battles and its historical weight.

Thus we will visit:

Overnight: 5* Château La Chenevière, Normandy, https://www.lacheneviere.com/histoire-cheneviere/


Day 4 | Thursday 27th June

Mount St. Michael

Our next destination is the Mount of St. Michael, which rises out of the sea in the Baie du Saint-Michel on the coast of Normandy. The Mount and its magnificent abbey are among France's most breathtaking sights. Moreover, the Mount is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, placed on the highest point of the rocky islet. Known as "La Merveille" ("The Marvel"), the Abbey of Mount Saint-Michael is truly a marvel of medieval architecture.

Since the middle ages, this ultimate pilgrimage site has also been called "The Heavenly Jerusalem" and "Pyramid of the Seas." Soaring to a height of 155 meters above sea level, the Mount is an amazing feat of construction. It takes visitors on a spiritual journey into the world of the middle ages. The entire island is a pedestrian zone, with most of the stone buildings dating back to the 13th to 16th centuries. Typical of the medieval era, the island is surrounded by ancient walls (ramparts) that protected it against invasions. Following this remarkably beautiful visit, we will have some free time to explore the picture perfect town of Bayeux, home to the world-famous Bayeaux Tapestry.

Overnight: 5* Château La Chenevière, Normandy, https://www.lacheneviere.com/histoire-cheneviere/


Day 5 | Friday 28th June

Journey to Bordeaux

On our way to Bordeaux after a two-hour drive, our first stop will be in Le Mans, an old town characterised by quaint narrow streets, stone houses with intricate details that date all the way back to the 14th to 16th centuries, and lovely slate roofs common to this area of France. A prominent style in this town is colombage, a French term for half-timbered framing that comprised much of the medieval architectural style.

After a short walk and coffee break, we will continue on another two-hour drive to the Loire Valley where we will visit The Château du Clos Lucé, a large château in the city of Amboise. This place is famous for being the official residence of Leonardo da Vinci between 1516 and 1519, when da Vinci died. We will visit the royal Château d'Amboise and its surrounding gardens before continuing on to our hotel, roughly a three-hour drive away, at the Intercontinental Hotel of Bordeaux.

We will arrive at the hotel in time to prepare for Shabbat, Kabbalat Shabbat and Dinner.

Overnight: The Intercontinental Hotel of Bordeaux


Day 6 | Shabbat 29th June

Day of relaxing and exploring the city of Bordeaux

Today we will join the Minyan in the local Synagogue followed by Kidush and lunch (Seuda II) in our hotel. Then, you will have time to relax before we take a walking tour of the city.

Following the walking tour, we will embark on the Seuda III, and Havdalah before continuing on to some magical places in town.

Overnight: The Intercontinental Hotel of Bordeaux


Day 7 | Sunday 30th June

Wineries and the centre of St. Emillion

An area famed for its exquisite red wine, Saint Emillion has attracted a huge demographic of wine lovers from around the world. Today, we’ll visit two very different wineries and taste some remarkable wines after learning about the production processes needed to go all the way from vine to glass. We’ll then explore what’s involved in the wine aging process with some very knowledgeable in-house specialists.

We’ll then take a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saint Emillion itself, home to Romanesque churches steeped in heritage, and ruins that line the steep and narrow streets. We’ll discover the historical underground monuments of Saint Emilion, where a number of religious monuments were established, the Saint Emilion Monolithic Church being the most well known.

Overnight: The Intercontinental Hotel of Bordeaux


Day 8 | Monday 1st July

Modoc and Arcachon Bay

Following a traditional breakfast we’ll explore Bordeaux’s most famous wineries, which include a wine tasting experience in the renowned Château Mouton Rothschild.

After a picnic lunch we’ll drive to Arcachon bay, a bay off the Atlantic Ocean on the southwest coast of France. Here, incredible geological features are natural preservation areas. We will cross the Arcachon bay by private boat where a short trip will take us to the sand dunes that make prime spots for sunset watching.

Overnight: The Intercontinental Hotel of Bordeaux


Day 9 | Tuesday 2nd July

Transfer to Bordeaux Airport

After breakfast, a transfer will take us to Bordeaux Airport for our flight back home


Price for the program:
June 24-July 2, 2019 is US$6,100 per person based on a couple sharing a room
Single supplement US$1950

The price includes:

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For more information on this tour, please contact: Dov Saitowitz

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