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  • Thu 4 until Sun 7 June 2020 (postponed to 2021)

  • Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha & Utah beaches

  • Accommodation in good 3* and 4* hotels

  • Transportation by luxury 4* coach

Overview

This trip will take place from Thursday 3 until Sunday 6 June 2021.
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Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.

But this is the year 1944! The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory!

I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle.

We will accept nothing less than full victory!

Good luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking.

General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander, 6 June 1944

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On 6 June 1944, tens of thousands of soldiers of the Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy. Few moments in history match the significance of this military operation that is remembered as D-Day. It was a key turning point in the Second World War, which ultimately lead to the defeat of the Nazi regime 11 months and 1 day later (Reims, 7 May 1945).

This 76th Anniversary D-Day long weekend trip is dedicated to the fallen soldiers and heroes that fought on those beaches and in the hinterlands during the Battle of Normandy. During 3 days we will travel through all sections — Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah — visit various museums, bunkers, battlefields, monuments and cemeteries. A private expert guide will accompany us during these days and give us an in-depth view of what happened. We did this trip in June 2019 as well and it was without doubt one of our very best trips in Expat Club’s history.

Hopefully you can free up time in your schedule to join us. We travel during the D-Day weekend itself, so you can be part of a memorable experience to celebrate freedom together with thousands of people from all over the world, including many soldiers and military staff. During this weekend you will be able to see many old military vehicles, and we try to plan our trip so that you can also see unique events such as the paratrooper droppings near St Mère Eglise.

“This was an awesome trip and we really enjoyed ourselves.
So glad that we picked this one to be our first
(and hopefully not out last) trip with the Expat Club!!!
I never thought I would be part of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day”
– participant 2019 trip

 
Pre-reserve your spot now!
We would like to know if you are interested in this trip. If yes, please let us know by making a pre-reservation. This is for free and without obligation. You can do this in 2 ways. If you are a member, log in and click on the RSVP button. If you are not yet a member, you can either first register as a member, the log in and click on the RSVP on this page, or you can send us a message at info@expatclub.org with the number of people you would like to join. Due to a technical problem you cannot enter your name/email in the regular sign up box now. We apologise for this, and are working on it.

What is included?

The price of this trip cannot yet be fully given yet, but is likely to start around €599 like last year, based on 2 people sharing a room in the 3* hotel. This are the other elements it includes.

  • transportation by 4* luxury coach
  • snacks & drinks on-board on the outbound journey
  • accommodation in a 3* hotel in Caen (3 nights, including breakfast)
  • visits to cities of Caen, Bayeux
  • visits to villages of Ouistreham, Arromanches-les-Bains, Sainte-Mère-Église
  • three-days professionally guided battlefields tour (awesome guide!)
  • visits to Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha & Utah beaches
  • entrance fees for Mémorial de Caen (main museum)
  • entrance fees Arromanches 360˚ cinema (very impressive movie)
  • one lunch during Omaha-beach day

Optional

  • Upgrade to 4* hotel in Caen
  • Single room

Who can join?

Expat Club is open to welcome everyone who feels like joining an open-minded international group of expats and Belgians. Most of our participants are 30-65 years old with some younger and some older, and working in a variety of fields (EU, NATO, NGO, diplomacy, corporate, academics). 

  • Members & non-members
  • Expats & (international) Belgians
  • All ages, including children (minimum 8 years advised due to topic)
  • Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families


All of us has one way or the other some kind of an international background. Participants work in various sectors:

  • EU institutions
  • NGOs
  • diplomatic services
  • multinationals and SMEs
  • entrepreneurs
  • freelancers

Coach pick-up points

  • Place Schuman (bus stop next to KBC Bank)
  • La Chasse (bus stop on Ave. d’Auderghem, right before intersection)
  • Metro Delta (bus stop on main road next to big parking and metro entrance)
  • Metro Hermann-Debroux (bus stop on main road under overpass and next to Loxam)

Families

Expat Club welcomes families on board. For this trip, however, be aware we are visiting many war sites. Therefore we think the minimum age is 8-12 years, but leave it up to you to make a decision. Children up to 12 years get €200 discount, children up to 18 years get €150 discount. Please contact us before making a reservation.

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