D-Day Memorial Concert Series

When you think of France, what comes to mind?  Mouth-watering bread and the world’s greatest wines?  The Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe?  What about the beaches of Normandy, where – nearly 75 years ago – the world’s greatest land invasion took place.  More Americans lost their lives on this single day, June 6, 1944, then all that were killed during combat throughout the entire Iraq war.

 

Music Celebrations is pleased to announce our involvement in the annual D-Day Memorial Concert Series, a unique opportunity for American choirs, wind bands, and orchestras, to visit France, perform memorial concerts for its citizens, and commemorate those men and women who fought so valiantly there during the Allied Invasion in 1944.  During this special tribute tour, participating ensembles will visit many poignant locations of the 1944 Normandy Landings, including the battle sites of Caen and St. Malo, as well as the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial – the resting place for so many Americans that lost their lives during the invasion.

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D-Day Memorial Concert Series

Itineraries

Rouen / Caen / Paris / Versailles

 

Day One: June 4

Depart via scheduled air service to Paris, France

 

Day Two: June 5

Arrive in Paris
Meet your MCI Tour Manager, who will assist the group to the awaiting motorcoach for transfer to Caen
Time permitting, stop en route at Rouen to see the Cathedral. In the Place de la Cathédrale stands the Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the largest and most magnificent in France. The most striking feature is the elaborately articulated west front which was several times painted by Claude Monet
Late afternoon hotel check-in
Evening Welcome Dinner and overnight

 

Day Three: June 6

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning excursion to Coleville to perform a short memorial recital, and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the American Cemetery, site of the June 6th Normandy Invasion
Lunch on own
Return to Caen for sightseeing including a visit to the Peace Memorial. The Memorial, to the northwest of the town center, is a modern Peace Museum. Its themes are the two world wars and the means of ensuring and preserving peace. Also pass the Abbaye-aux-Hommes, built by William the Conqueror
Performance as part of the D-Day Memorial Concert Series
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Four: June 7

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Paris
Lunch on own
Half-day guided tour of Paris historique, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Place de la Bastille, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Latin Quarter, and other
highlights
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Five: June 8

Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy an afternoon tour of Paris artistique, including entrance to the Louvre, the largest and greatest art museum in the world
Lunch on own
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Six: June 9

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning guided tour to Versailles Palace. This palace is the creation of the French monarchy at the moment of its greatest splendor. Consisting of the great palace, the gardens and the Trianons, it is a wonderfully harmonious composition of building and landscape, the definitive monument of French classicism
Lunch on own
Return to Paris for an afternoon at leisure
Evening Farewell Dinner and overnight

 

Day Seven: June 10

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to one of Paris’s airports for return flight

 

 

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Rouen / Caen / Mont St. Michel / Tours / Chartres / Paris

 

Day One: June 4

Depart via scheduled air service to Paris, France

 

Day Two: June 5

Arrive in Paris
Meet your MCI Tour Manager, who will assist the group to the awaiting motorcoach for transfer to Caen
Time permitting, stop en route at Rouen to see the Cathedral. In the Place de la Cathédrale stands the Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the largest and most magnificent in France. The most striking feature is the elaborately articulated west front which was several times painted by Claude Monet
Late afternoon hotel check-in
Evening Welcome Dinner and overnight

 

Day Three: June 6

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning excursion to Coleville to perform a short memorial recital, and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the American Cemetery, site of the June 6th Normandy Invasion
Lunch on own
Return to Caen for sightseeing including a visit to the Peace Memorial. The Memorial, to the northwest of the town center, is a modern Peace Museum. Its themes are the two world wars and the means of ensuring and preserving peace. Also pass the Abbaye-aux-Hommes, built by William the Conqueror
Performance as part of the D-Day Memorial Concert Series
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Four: June 7

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Mont St. Michel. Mont St-Michel is one of the most striking sights that France has to offer. Perched on its rocky islet and surrounded by walls and bastions, this old abbey has the appearance of a fortified castle. Entrance is included to the Abbaye, La Merveille (the incredible grouping of buildings on the north side of the Mount), the Abbaye Gardens and the Refectory
Lunch on own
Continue to Tours for dinner and overnight

 

Day Five: June 8

Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy a guided tour of the Loire Valley, including entrance to one of the most famous Chateau. Chateau Chenonceau is perhaps the finest of all of the castles in the region. It straddles a river and was constructed in the 1520’s, once the home of Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici and other luminaries
Lunch on own
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Six: June 9

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Paris
Stop en route at Chartres for a tour of the magnificent cathedral. Pilgrims have now been coming for almost eight centuries to admire the 175 representations of the Virgin Mary. The 25,000 square feet of stained glass (mostly from the 12th century) depicting 5,000 figures is considered the greatest achievement of this art form in the world
Lunch on own
Continue to Paris for a half-day guided tour of Paris historique, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Place de la Bastille, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Latin Quarter, and other highlights
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Seven: June 10

Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy an afternoon tour of Paris artistique, including entrance to the Louvre, the largest and greatest art museum in the world
Lunch on own
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Evening Farewell Dinner and overnight

 

Day Eight: June 11

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to one of Paris’s airports for return flight

 

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Rouen / Caen / Mont St. Michel / St. Malo / Rennes / Angers / Tours / Chartres / Paris

 

Day One: June 4

Depart via scheduled air service to Paris, France

 

Day Two: June 5

Arrive in Paris
Meet your MCI Tour Manager, who will assist the group to the awaiting motorcoach for transfer to Caen
Time permitting, stop en route at Rouen to see the Cathedral. In the Place de la Cathédrale stands the Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the largest and most magnificent in France. The most striking feature is the elaborately articulated west front which was several times painted by Claude Monet
Late afternoon hotel check-in
Evening Welcome Dinner and overnight

 

Day Three: June 6

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning excursion to Coleville to perform a short memorial recital, and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the American Cemetery, site of the June 6th Normandy Invasion
Lunch on own
Return to Caen for sightseeing including a visit to the Peace Memorial. The Memorial, to the northwest of the town center, is a modern Peace Museum. Its themes are the two world wars and the means of ensuring and preserving peace. Also pass the Abbaye-aux-Hommes, built by William the Conqueror
Performance as part of the D-Day Memorial Concert Series
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Four: June 7

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Mont St. Michel. Mont St-Michel is one of the most striking sights that France has to offer. Perched on its rocky islet and surrounded by walls and bastions, this old abbey has the appearance of a fortified castle. Entrance is included to the Abbaye, La Merveille (the incredible grouping of buildings on the north side of the Mount), the Abbaye Gardens and the Refectory
Lunch on own
Continue to St. Malo
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Five: June 8

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Rennes. Rennes boasts a rich heritage, with its Parliament of Brittany building, Champs Libres centre, Fine Arts Museum and Thabor gardens. The city also has magnificent fortifications
Lunch on own
Continue to Angers, the capital of the historic province of Anjou. Angers is considered one of the most beautiful cities in France. Foremost among its many notable structures is the magnificent twin-spiraled Cathedral of Saint Maurice (12th-13th century) and the massive Castle of Angers (early 13th century), with its moat and soaring towers
Then it is off to Tours for dinner and overnight

 

Day Six: June 9

Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy a guided tour of the Loire Valley, including entrance to one of the most famous Chateau. Chateau Chenonceau is perhaps the finest of all of the castles in the region. It straddles a river and was constructed in the 1520’s, once the home of Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici and other luminaries
Lunch on own
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Seven: June 10

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Paris
Stop en route at Chartres for a tour of the magnificent cathedral. Pilgrims have now been coming for almost eight centuries to admire the 175 representations of the Virgin Mary. The 25,000 square feet of stained glass (mostly from the 12th century) depicting 5,000 figures is considered the greatest achievement of this art form in the world
Lunch on own
Continue to Paris for a half-day guided tour of Paris historique, including
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Place de la Bastille, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Latin Quarter, and other highlights
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Eight: June 11

Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy an afternoon tour of Paris artistique, including entrance to the Louvre, the largest and greatest art museum in the world
Lunch on own
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Evening Farewell Dinner and overnight

 

Day Nine: June 12

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to one of Paris’s airports for return flight

 

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Paris / Versailles / Caen / Canterbury / London

 

Day One: June 2

Depart via scheduled air service to Paris, France

 

Day Two: June 3

Arrive in Paris
Meet your MCI Tour Manager, who will assist the group to the awaiting motorcoach for a half-day guided tour of Paris historique, including Notre-Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Place de la Bastille, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Latin Quarter, and other highlights
Late afternoon hotel check-in
Evening Welcome Dinner and overnight

 

Day Three: June 4

Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy an afternoon tour of Paris artistique, including entrance to the Louvre, the largest and greatest art museum in the world
Lunch on own
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Four: June 5

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning guided tour to Versailles Palace. This palace is the creation of the French monarchy at the moment of its greatest splendor. Consisting of the great palace, the gardens and the Trianons, it is a harmonious composition of building and landscape, the definitive monument of French classicism
Lunch on own
Return to Paris for an afternoon at leisure
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Five: June 6

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning excursion to Coleville to perform a short memorial recital, and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the American Cemetery, site of the
June 6th Normandy Invasion
Lunch on own
Return to Caen for sightseeing including a visit to the Peace Memorial. The Memorial, to the northwest of the town center, is a modern Peace Museum, built of light-colored sandstone in the form of a square block (architect Jacques Millet). Its themes are the two world wars and the means of ensuring and preserving peace. Also pass the Abbaye-aux-Hommes, built by William the Conqueror
Performance as part of the D-Day Memorial Concert Series
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Six: June 7

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Calais and take Le Shuttle to Dover continuing to Canterbury via coach
Lunch on own
Enjoy a visit to Canterbury Cathedral which is visible from miles around, and is the most important center of pilgrimage in Northern Europe
Continue to London for dinner and overnight

 

Day Seven: June 8

Breakfast at the hotel
A guided tour of London includes the residential and shopping districts of Kensington and Knightsbridge. Pass Westminster Abbey, where most English Kings and Queens have been crowned since 1066, and where many are buried. See Whitehall and Trafalgar Square with Nelson’s Column, past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to Buckingham Palace, possibly to see the Changing of the Guard. Continue along Fleet Street to St. Paul’s Cathedral, and also see the 900-year-old Tower of London, whose construction was initiated by William the Conqueror
Lunch on own
Afternoon at leisure for sightseeing, shopping or other activities
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Eight: June 9

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning at leisure for sightseeing, shopping or other activities
Lunch on own
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Afternoon Thames River Cruise. The cruise will give you a unique insight into the great city’s history as you meander through the heart of the city and past so many of its most famous landmarks
Evening Farewell Dinner and overnight

 

Day Nine: June 10

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to one of London’s airports for return flight

 

 

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Rouen / Caen / Mont St. Michel / St. Malo / Rennes / Angers / Tours / Chartres / Paris / Versailles

 

Day One: June 4

Depart via scheduled air service to Paris, France

 

Day Two: June 5

Arrive in Paris
Meet your MCI Tour Manager, who will assist the group to the awaiting motorcoach for transfer to Caen
Time permitting, stop en route at Rouen to see the Cathedral. In the Place de la Cathédrale stands the Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the largest and most magnificent in France. The most striking feature is the elaborately articulated west front which was several times painted by Claude Monet
Late afternoon hotel check-in
Evening Welcome Dinner and overnight

 

Day Three: June 6

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning excursion to Coleville to perform a short memorial recital, and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the American Cemetery, site of the June 6th Normandy Invasion
Lunch on own
Return to Caen for sightseeing including a visit to the Peace Memorial. The Memorial, to the northwest of the town center, is a modern Peace Museum. Its themes are the two world wars and the means of ensuring and preserving peace. Also, pass the Abbaye-aux-Hommes, built by William the Conqueror
Performance as part of the D-Day Memorial Concert Series
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Four: June 7

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Mont St. Michel. Mont St-Michel is one of the most striking sights that France has to offer. Perched on its rocky islet and surrounded by walls and bastions, this old abbey has the appearance of a fortified castle. Entrance is included to the Abbaye, La Merveille (the incredible grouping of buildings on the north side of the Mount), the Abbaye Gardens and the Refectory
Lunch on own
Continue to St. Malo
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Five: June 8

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Rennes. Rennes boasts a rich heritage, with its Parliament of Brittany building, Champs Libres centre, Fine Arts Museum and Thabor gardens. The city also has magnificent fortifications
Lunch on own
Continue to Angers, the capital of the historic province of Anjou. Angers is considered one of the most beautiful cities in France. Foremost among its many notable structures is the magnificent twin-spiraled Cathedral of Saint Maurice (12th-13th century) and the massive Castle of Angers (early 13th century), with its moat and soaring towers
Then it is off to Tours for dinner and overnight

 

Day Six: June 9

Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy a guided tour of the Loire Valley, including entrance to one of the most famous Chateau. Chateau Chenonceau is perhaps the finest of all of the castles in the region. It straddles a river and was constructed in the 1520’s, once the home of Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de Medici and other luminaries
Lunch on own
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Seven: June 10

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to Paris
Stop en route at Chartres for a tour of the magnificent cathedral. Pilgrims have now been coming for almost eight centuries to admire the 175 representations of the Virgin Mary. The 25,000 square feet of stained glass (mostly from the 12th century) depicting 5,000 figures is considered the greatest achievement of this art form in the world
Lunch on own
Continue to Paris for a half-day guided tour of Paris historique, including
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Champs Elysees, Luxembourg Palace and Gardens, Place de la Bastille, Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel Tower, Place de la Concorde, Latin Quarter, and other highlights
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Eight: June 11

Breakfast at the hotel
Enjoy an afternoon tour of Paris artistique, including entrance to the Louvre, the largest and greatest art museum in the world
Lunch on own
Performance as part of the American Celebration of Music in France
Evening dinner and overnight

 

Day Nine: June 12

Breakfast at the hotel
Morning guided tour to Versailles Palace. This palace is the creation of the French monarchy at the moment of its greatest splendor. Consisting of the great palace, the gardens and the Trianons, it is a wonderfully harmonious composition of building and landscape, the definitive monument of French classicism
Lunch on own
Return to Paris for an afternoon at leisure
Evening Farewell Dinner and overnight

 

Day Ten: June 13

Breakfast at the hotel
Transfer to one of Paris’s airports for return flight

 

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