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Normandy and More for October!

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Action packed October!
Where are we going this weekend and Beyond?
Sunday, October 11th: Normandy Beaches and Mont-Saint-Michel
Normandy beaches and Mont-Saint-Michel Castle Abbey Tour
 
Sunday, October 11th at 4:00 PM EST
 

Your Virtual Tour with a local

Meet Igor who was born and raised in Normandy. His grandparents lived under German occupation and were both part of the French resistance. Therefore he has a very strong connection with his region.

Studying history at the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris and afterward becoming an official tour guide of the region, Igor will take you through these regions as only a local can. He will also explain the history of the Vikings in the area that nobody else talks about! Come join us!
 

Normandy and D-Day

What is D-Day? On this tour, you’ll learn the many details of the day that became a turning point in WWII. D-Day took place on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. D-Day began what we now know as the Battle of Normandy, which lasted for three months. Now, we look back at D-Day and consider it the beginning of the end of World War II.

On D-Day, the Allied troops stormed five different beaches. Out of these, Omaha Beach was the largest. Now a gorgeous seascape that’s difficult to think ever involved militant activity, this beach serves as a reminder of the Allied troops’ turning point in WWII.

We will also speak about the American Cemetery which serves as the final resting place for many American soldiers who lost their lives in combat. Covering over 170 acres of land, this burial site honors more than 9,000 American soldiers.

Mont-Saint-Michel

Beginning in the 11th century, Benedictine monks began building an abbey dedicated to the archangel Michael. What started off as just a church, turned into a small city that is a testament to Medieval Christianity's ardent beliefs and architecture.

The entire area was built upon a rocky islet that, depending on the tides, can be completely surrounded by water making it an island. During low tide, pilgrims have been able to access it throughout the centuries and in high tide served as a perfect barrier to protect the small area. Come and learn about one of the most unique locations dedicated to Christianity from the Middle Ages.

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October 17th & 18th: Back by Popular Demand, Harry Potter with David!

Discover Harry Potter Virtual Special

Saturday, October 17th at 4 pm EST
Sunday, October 18th at 5 pm EST

Due to multiple requests, we have invited David back on for his spectacular Harry Potter Special!

Join our special guest tour guide, David for a highly interactive Harry Potter-themed tour across the beautiful city of Edinburgh, Scotland! Discover locations across the city that inspired J.K. Rowling during her writing of the series. Explore the real-life locations that influenced the creation of places such as Hogwarts and Diagon Ally. You'll even get to visit the graveyard where she found names for her iconic characters.

During his virtual tour, he will show you just how fascinating the story behind the story really is in relation to the city he loves, Edinburgh. Bring a pen and paper to do my Hogwarts house test at the start of the tour. Throughout the tour, you'll be competing in Harry Potter quizzes to see which house wins!
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Leonardo Da Vinci: The Italian Genius in France
Leonardo Da Vinci: The Italian Genius in France

Saturday, October 24th at 2 pm EST

Your Virtual Tour with a local

Meet Sandra who is Canadian by birth, but was pulled to Europe at a young age. She received her Masters in art history from the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She has also been a tour guide for the last 15 years traveling between France, Spain, and Italy.

Join Sandra as she takes you on a virtual journey through the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci, exploring his masterpieces at the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the last years of his life before his death in Amboise, at the court of French King Francis 1st. Come join us!

His Youth
 
Leonardo was born in Tuscany in the town of...Vinci, you guessed it! We'll take a look at his early years as an apprentice in the shop of Florentine artist Verrocchio, and hear about the early signs of young Leonardo's artistic genius. We'll explore the early years of his career, and the success which took him to work in Milan for the famous Duke, Ludovico Sforza. We'll discover the secrets of the paintings Leonardo completed during this period, including the Belle Ferronnière and the Virgin on the Rocks.
 
His Mature Years

After many years in Milan, Leonardo's fame had spread and he was Europe's most highly solicited artist. He spent the next few decades traveling across Italy, working for the crème de la crème of the Italian elite, including the famous Isabella d'Este and even the pope. This is when he began the Mona Lisa - the iconic portrait that would become the symbol of his artistic genius and expertise.

His Old Age
After a long visit to Rome as the guest of Pope Leo X, Leonardo took the plunge and moved to France, to work under King Francis 1st at his royal palace in Amboise. Leonardo took up home at the Clos-Lucé palace, and spent the last years of his life polishing and perfecting three paintings that he had brought with him from home (Can you guess which ones they are?). In 1519, according to legend, the Italian artist died in the arms of the French king and left behind an unparalleled legacy in the arts, sciences, and architecture -- an Italian genius, in France.
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Stay Safe & Travel the World
Virtual Guided Tours

Saturday
Borghese - Pompeii - Colosseum 
Louvre - Paris 

Sunday
Florence - Venice - Vatican 
Barcelona - Versailles - Paris Catacombs
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As travel restrictions are eased, we are updating our tour availability, in accordance with the latest local government regulations and adding new health standards, to ensure safety of our guests and guides. 

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