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Dear Graduates and Friends of West Point:

We are most pleased to announce our partnership with Beaux Voyages
to offer a first class Normandy cycling tour!

Our trip host,
Beaux Voyages, is owned and operated by AOG Member
Walt Ballenberger, Class of 1969. Walt and his family will serve as hosts
and tour guides for the entire week!

Walt has arranged a marvelous trip, and we hope you will join us for this
memorable journey.

Colonel, USA (Ret.), President and COO
Association of Graduates, U.S. Military Academy
25 June- 1 July 2005
$2,595 Double Occupancy
JEFF LONG  (USMA '78) and
family prepare to MOVE OUT!

This Normancy cycling tour includes 5 days of cycling including a short
orientation ride. Guests who do not wish to cycle have the option to ride in the
vehicle that accompanies the riders or do other activities as they wish. They can
still participate in all aspects of the tour. Also, for those who wish, additional
biking opportunities can be developed for days without group biking. For
questions, including child discounts, call
The charm of the old port of Honfleur which inspired impressionists; the glitz
and chic of Deauville with its casino, boardwalk, and yearly American film festival;
the sobering landing beaches of D-Day and the American cemetery; the
magnificent Bayeaux Tapestry and the story of William the Conqueror; the
breathtaking Mont St. Michel and its encroaching tides-

This Normandy cycling tour provides an unsurpassed array of sights, pleasures,
and historical reflections. And then one must add the superb hotels and local
cuisine, such as moules-frites (mussels and fries) and other abundant seafood,
creamy veal dishes, camembert cheese, apple cider and calvados, and your
memories of a week in Normandy will be indelibly fixed!
Honfleur- Old Port
Arrival and Orientation Ride

Arrive Caen by train from Paris (about 2 hr. train ride). Transfer to Honfleur, a
gorgeous little port and fishing village that inspired impressionist painters. In
fact this area was a favorite retreat of Monet, Sisley, Courbet, Boudin, and
others. The Impressionists had some of their first meetings here. Bike
orientation ride or stroll around the village. See the stylish Pont de Normandie
(Normandy bridge) on the orientation ride, one of the longest cable-stayed
bridges in the world. A stroll through the cobbled streets to observe the shops
and galleries is an excellent way to work up an appetite for a great dinner.
Fresh seafood anyone?
Hotel- Les Maisons de Lea

Bike to Deauville and Trouville

Bike to Deauville and Trouville. Deauville is very chic and fashionable.
Deauville hosts the annual American Film Festival and has been a favorite of
movie stars for decades. It is also famous for many prestigious sporting events
such as horse races, regattas, the world polo championships and the
international yearling fair. Walk the famous boardwalk on the beach, visit the
world-renown casino, etc. Bike back to Honfleur through Trouville, a quaint
fishing village and seaside vacation spot. Before arriving back in Honfleur and
the hotel, we'll stop at a family owned cider/calvados producer (calvados is a
cognac type liqueur but made from apples). A cool sip of cider made from
apples or even pears is a refreshing end to the day's cycling adventures.
Hotel- Les Maisons de Lea
Caen Memorial

Bus from Honfleur to Caen, called the city of William the Conqueror (was 80%
destroyed in WWII). Visit the Caen Memorial museum. This is probably the best of all
the WWII museums in the region. The film is particularly interesting, showing the D-Day
landings from both the Allied and German perspectives. After lunch we will bike from
our hotel to Arromanches, site of the huge artificial port erected after D-Day. Another
good museum and excellent films at both the museum itself and the 360 degree theater
on the hill nearby. The latter is particularly moving and contrasts scenes during combat
in WWII with those same locations today. Dinner at a local restaurant in Bayeux.
Hotel- Chateau de Bellefontaine
Arromanches- Site of Artifical Port
Above and right- American Cemetery at Collville s/ Mer
Bike To American Cemetery/Omaha Beach/Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral

Bike to the American Cemetery with views overlooking Omaha Beach. Stroll through the
cemetery and the thousands of immaculate white headstone crosses. Like several of the
WWII memorial sites, this property is owned and maintained by the U.S. government.
Bike into Bayeux (first city liberated in France on June 7, 1944- interestingly not badly
damaged) to visit the world famous Bayeux Tapestry. This tapestry was made in the 11th
century (looks like it was done about a month ago it’s in such good condition).
Section of Bayeux Tapestry
Day 5
Pointe du Hoc/Ste. Mere Eglise/Airborne
Museum/Utah Beach

Today we will be accompanied by a renown WWII
historian, Col. Oliver Warman, British Army Retired.
Col. Warman has lived in Normandy and led
historical tours there for many years. He will offer us
his provocative perspective of the Battle of
Normandy, and he’ll answer all questions from the
group throughout the day. Col. Warman's time with
us will be one of the highlights of the entire tour.

Bus to Pointe du Hoc, which was a heavily defended
German battery overlooking Omaha Beach. This
overlook was captured the morning of D-Day by the
2nd Ranger Battalion which scaled the cliffs but
incurred heavy losses. All the bomb and shell
craters are still there, along with many of the
German bunkers. Drive to Ste. Mere Eglise to see
the church (an airborne soldier got his parachute
caught on the steeple and played dead so the
Germans wouldn’t shoot him- a mannequin is left
hanging in the same spot to depict the event- see
photo) and the Airborne museum across the street.
This is the area where the U.S. Airborne troops
dropped on the night of June 5, 1944. Drive to Utah
beach to see the museum and memorials there.
Hotel- Chateau de Bellefontaine
Ste. Mere Eglise - Parachute Stuck on Church
Day 6
Le Mont St. Michel

Bus to the fascinating island village of Le Mont St.
Michel, which at certain times of the year at high tide
is completely surrounded by the sea. One of the top
attractions in France and all of Europe. We’ll have a
half-day guided tour with the balance of the time left
for exploring. The view from the top at the cathedral
is remarkable. We believe it’s best to spend the
night on the island, as most of the tourists leave
each evening, so after that and in the early morning
it feels like you have the whole place to yourself.
Hotel- La Mere Poulard (famous for omelets cooked
the ancient way over an open fire)

Day 7

Transfer to Rennes train station after breakfast.
Le Mont Saint Michel
- Hotels (based on double occupancy- single supplement $400)
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Bicycles, helmets, bike locks, day bags, etc.
- Daily bike routes led by experienced tour guides
- "Sag wagon" for those who don’t wish to cycle
- Refreshments daily along routes
- Welcome cocktail in Honfleur
- Entrance fees to museums and attractions specified in itinerary
- Gratuities for hotels and included meals
- All transfers from Caen to Rennes
- Intimate small group atmosphere

Not Included:
- Lunches
- Alcoholic beverages at meals
- Flights from U.S. to Europe and return
- Train tickets to Caen from Paris and to Paris from Rennes

AIR / TRAIN INCLUSION PROGRAM- $3,695 per person double occupancy

-Round trip coach class airfare on Air France or similar carrier from New York (details from other
gateways available upon request)
-Accommodations in Paris on 1 July 2004
-Pick-up and drop-off at Paris CDG airport
-All U.S. and foreign airport taxes and fees

Note- Hotels of equal quality might be substituted for those listed in above itinerary depending on
It is over 200 ft. long and about 19 inches high, and it depicts the entire story of the
conquest of England by William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The
tapestry was meant to be displayed in the Bayeux cathedral. An excellent film describes
the story and how one is to interpret the meaning and significance of the work.
Hotel- Chateau de Bellefontaine
Honfleur old port
Caen Memorial
American Cemetery
Cemetery Statue
Bayeux tapestry
Ste. Mere Eglise
Mont St. Michel
USMA '69 Group in Bayeux
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