2009-06-03 / Front Page

American Airlines Offers D-Day Tour Package


Sixty-five years ago, an estimated 130,000 to 150,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in one of the most crucial military operations of all time. This September, travelers can commemorate this historic event through a special seven-day, six-night D-Day vacation package offered by American Airlines Vacations (AA Vacations), a division of American Airlines.

For as little as $1,409 per person*, AA Vacations is offering a total vacation package, complete with a full-day D-Day tour of the Normandy battlefields and landing beaches, together with a World War II walking tour and a Hop-On/Hop-Off tour of Paris. The package includes airfare, six-night hotel stays, tours and transfers. For a limited time, customers will receive a 5 percent discount on this special package plus any additional activities when booking at www.aavacations.com/dday65.

“The valor of the American troops who landed on the beaches of Normandy in 1944 is alive today in the hearts of all Americans,” Steve Blankenship, veterans initiatives director for American Airlines, a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, said. “AA Vacations is delighted to offer this great vacation package to commemorate the 65th anniversary year of this heroic event.”

Here is what awaits on the D-Day tour:
• D-Day Tour–Normandy Battlefields and Landing Beaches by Minivan. On this 12-hour D-Day tour of the Normandy battlefields and landing beaches, participants will visit the American Cemetery in Coleville, the Arromanches artificial harbor and the beaches of Omaha and Juno, have lunch at the Ferme de la Ranconniere in the village of Crepon and watch the film, “The Price of Freedom” at the cinema Arromanches 360. The film is shown on nine screens in a circular room and combines historic footage taken in June 1944 by war correspondents together with current views of the same places where peace has been restored.

• Paris Walking Tour–World War II. This guided two-hour World War II Walk will revisit Paris’ darkest hours by exploring subjects such as the invasion of France, the Resistance, life in Paris during the occupation, the D-Day invasion and, of course, the Liberation itself.
• Paris City Hop-On/Hop-Off Tour. Participants can discover Paris at their leisure with a two-day ticket on the Paris City Hop-on/Hop-off Tour. They will be able to see the most popular sights of Paris, keeping their own personal timetable--experiencing the cobbled streets of the Left Bank and the Napoleonic splendor of the Ecole Militaire, seeing the Eiffel Tower, Paris’ most famous landmark, stopping off at the Arc de Triomphe, walking down the stylish Champs-Elysees and becoming acquainted with some of the world’s most famous artworks at the Louvre, including the mysterious Mona Lisa.

To book this great D-Day Vacation Package to Paris or for additional details, visit www.aavacations.com/dday65.
 *Terms and Conditions
Quality Hotel Paris Orleans

Price quoted is for departure from New York City (JFK). Rates quoted are calculated as an average per person based on double occupancy for a six-night consecutive stay between Sept. 1 and 30, 2009, at Quality Hotel Paris Orleans in the Classic room category and includes round-trip, Economy Class (O) airfare to Paris (CDG). Air travel is valid midweek (Monday–Thursday outbound and return); other dates available at higher rates. A Saturday night stayover is required. Rate includes the full–day D-Day tour by minivan, the Paris WWII walking tour and the two-day Hop-On/Hop-Off Paris tour pass. Rate also includes round-trip airport transfers to and from the hotel. Availability at advertised rates is limited. For prices that include airfare: taxes, fees, and restrictions apply. Fares are for round-trip off-peak Economy Class travel and are in U.S. dollars. Fares do not include (i) a federal excise tax of $3.60 per U.S. domestic flight segment, defined as one takeoff and landing of a passenger’s itinerary, (ii) up to $18 per round-trip in local airport charges, and (iii) September 11th Security Fee of $2.50 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. For international and Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands travel, government-imposed charges of up to $180 may apply, depending on itinerary. A www.aa.com/aa/pubcontent/en_US/utility/041208_CheckBagFee.jsp" t "_blank" checked baggage fee of $15 for the first checked bag and $25 for a second checked bag may apply.

American Airlines reserves the right to change AAdvantage® program rules, regulations, travel awards and special offers at any time without notice, and to end the AAdvantage® program with six months notice. Any such changes may affect ability to use the awards or mileage credits that may have accumulated. American Airlines is not responsible for products or services offered by other participating companies. For complete details about the AAdvantage® program, visit www.aa.com/aadvantage. AAdvantage is a registered trademark of American Airlines, Inc.

Note: A U.S. $50 fee will be assessed per paper ticket request where flight itinerary qualifies for E-tickets. All rates quoted are subject to change without advance notice.
American Airlines Vacations is one of the most recognized airline-owned tour operators in the United States. As a market leader in the travel industry with close to 20 years of experience, American Airlines Vacations offers its customers a choice of more than 10,000 hotels and resorts in more than 320 cities in the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, Canada, the United States, Latin America and Asia. Customers are able to use AAdvantage® miles to pay for their vacation. For more information on American Airlines Vacations, visit www.aavacations.com, call 1-800-321-2121 or contact a travel agent.

American Airlines, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American Airlines is a founding member of the oneworld® Alliance, which brings together some of the best and biggest names in the airline business, enabling them to offer their customers more services and benefits than any airline can provide on its own. Together, its members serve nearly 700 destinations in more than 130 countries and territories. American Airlines, Inc. and American Eagle Airlines, Inc. are subsidiaries of AMR Corporation. AmericanAirlines, American Eagle, AmericanConnection, AA.com, We know why you fly and AAdvantage are registered trademarks of American Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: AMR).

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