Commemorate Normandy on the 75th anniversary of D-Day

Vantage Travel Team August 5, 2018

Walking along Pointe du Hoc in France’s storied Normandy region, Bob Giordano could imagine that historic Tuesday morning in 1944.

A mist rising off the ocean cast a pall over the coastline, just as wind and drizzle swept in. For Giordano, the dreary weather mirrored the less than ideal conditions for the 156,000 men who stormed the shores of Normandy on June 6, 1944, or D-Day, the valiant seaborne invasion that helped liberate Europe from the grip of Hitler’s Nazi regime.

“We got a real appreciation for what those guys went through,” said Giordano.

The Saratoga Springs, N.Y., native just happened to be traveling on a special Memorial Day departure of France Culinary Delights alongside 11 servicewomen traveling for free through the Vantage Heroes program, which honors the sacrifices and struggles of everyday individuals.

And as 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Vantage will also honor the veterans and history-changing events of D-Day with another special departure — France Culinary Delights: D-Day Exclusive Cruise.

This one-time departure, happening on May 25, 2019, will deliver the beloved features from our classic cruise — cuisine, cultural immersion, art, two full days in Paris, and more — with added Vantage exclusives, including a talk with a Normandy local who lived through the conflict, an option to visit the Caen War Memorial and Museum, and a chance to independently explore Château de la Roche-Guyon, Erwin Rommel’s headquarters during the D-Day invasion.

Noted WWII historian Nigel Stewart will also enlighten travelers with tales of the on-the-ground Allied victory, along with what led up to it, and offer enriching and poignant vignettes about what Normandy residents experienced before, during, and after the conflict. An official D-Day guide for nearly 20 years, Stewart has given D-Day presentations publicly and privately, including for clients ranging from Allied veterans and their families to the film crew for Ken Burns’ documentary miniseries “The War.”

Passengers will experience a full-day tour of Normandy’s D-Day beaches, including the Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial, where a solemn ceremony will honor the American lives lost, and Omaha Beach, where the U.S. Army infantry prevailed against fierce resistance.

Interested in France Culinary Delights: D-Day Exclusive Cruise? Watch our new video to learn more. Couples can save an extra $200 if they are retired or active-duty military veterans — just a way for Vantage to thank those who serve. But with one departure, this journey is sure to go quick!