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This October, The National WWII Museum will embark on an inspiring seven-day, six-night tour of France, based on Alex Kershaw's New York Times best sellers – “Avenue of Spies” and “The Bedford Boys” – with the author himself serving as featured historian.

Guests will get an up-close view of the beaches of Normandy, while hearing stories of sacrifice about the Bedford Boys who came ashore with Company A, 116th Regiment, 29th Infantry Division during the first wave at Omaha Beach on D-Day.

This breath-taking tour will then take participants through the sprawling avenues of Paris with Kershaw, who will provide depth and context to the espionage that occurred there more than 70 years ago.

New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw will serve as the featured historian on the National WWII Museum

New York Times best-selling author Alex Kershaw will serve as the featured historian on the National WWII Museum’s Soldiers and Spies tour of France. Photo © Michael Carroll

Prior to touring in the “City of Lights,” participants will also visit historic sites throughout Normandy, including Omaha Beach, where the landing craft transporting the Bedford Boys came ashore, as well as Utah Beach, St. Lo and Sainte-Mère-Église, where paratroopers landed during the pre-dawn hours of D-Day.

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Touring in Normandy will culminate at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, where guests can pay respects to the fallen Bedford Boys, nine of which are among the 9,387 Americans buried in the soil they helped to liberate.

Soldiers and Spies will take place from October 12 through 18. Pricing for the tour is $5,995 per person based on double occupancy, which reflects an $800 per couple early booking savings discount when reserved by March 31, 2017.

The program features luxurious accommodations at Hotel Villa Lara, the only four-star boutique hotel property in the Normandy region, and at the Westin Paris – Vendome. Most meals, beverages and all gratuities are also included. For a detailed itinerary and registration information, visit ww2museumtours.org