June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy and to commemorate the event Connaissance Travel and Tours has introduced a special May 30 — June 10 itinerary — “Remembering D-Day in Normandy,” departing from Toronto. Retracing the paths led by Canadian troops during operation Overlord, the journey takes participants to Bernieres-sur-Mer where they will attend the official D-Day ceremony on June 6, walking on the footsteps of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada with expert guided tours of Juno Beach, other notable sites, and a chance to pay tribute to the soldiers at Bény-sur-Mer’s Canadian cemetery.
The tour will also be a discovery of the Normandy region with its historical, cultural and natural treasures. From Paris to Honfleur, travellers will embark on a seven-day cruise on the river Seine, visiting numerous landmarks such as Claude Monet’s house and its famous Lily Garden in Giverny. The journey ends with a visit to Mont St Michel, as well as Jacques Cartier’s hometown of St Malo. The cost is $5,990 p.p., double, plus air taxes of approximately $600, and includes return airfare from Toronto, two nights in Paris (with a half-day city tour), four nights in Bayeux, breakfast and dinner daily, daily excursions, and the cruise. (http://www.dday70.ca)