Bespoke D-Day and Normandy Invasion Tours

Bespoke D-Day and Normandy Invasion Tours

Tour Introduction

Operation Overlord and the invasions of 6th June 1944 were one of the most crucial moments in the war, opening up a second front in Europe and leading to the eventual defeat of the German war machine. Touring this area offers the chance to explore those fateful days through the eyes of the men who were there. See the landing beaches, German coastal defences, hedgerows and towns that the allies fought their way through, in your own time and to your own specification. The joy of seeing the Normandy battle sites on an individual basis is that you can tailor it to your own interests, whether it’s a general tour of the whole area or you wish to follow a certain regiment or even individual. There is a plethora of sites to visit in the area and you can base yourself in some picturesque seaside towns or one of the ancient medieval cathedral cities of the region.

Our Tailor-made tours

Our tailor-made tours aim to offer a high quality experience that suits you. Visit historic and cultural sites of your choice in as much luxury as you desire, and we’ll pay impeccable attention to detail at every step of the way. Whether it’s a short city break complete with museums and galleries or exploring the world’s most famous battlefields, we will do everything in our power to ensure you have the immersive experience you are looking for.

Accommodation

We generally provide accommodation in good quality 4*, preferably historic, hotels where possible. However we can provide accommodation that suits your budget, please enquire for more details.

Transport

We can organise flights, Eurostar, ferry or channel tunnel crossings, however you may wish to organise this yourself.
You may choose to make this a self-drive tour or we can arrange for your expert guide to pick you up and take you from destination to destination. We can also arrange train travel for longer journeys.

Guide

We can either arrange a private driver guide to take you to all the sites you wish, either a local English speaking guide or an expert from the Uk

Highlights

What to see:

• Landing Beaches – Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword, Juno
• Pegasus Bridge
• Merville Battery
• Hillman Bunker Complex
• Mulberry Harbour and Museum
• German Batteries at Logues Sur Mer, Point du Hoc and Brecourt Manor
• Musée des Troupes Aeroportées at St Mère Eglise
• Dieppe raid
• US National Cemetery and Memorial at St Laurent
• Overlord Museum at Omaha Beach
• No. 4 Commando Museum at Ouistrehem
• Operation Goodwood Battlefield
• Banneville War Cemetery
• French Tank Museum at Saumur
• Normandy Tank Museum
• Barkmanns Corner
• Carentan
• Falaise Pocket
• Memorial for Peace and Museum in Caen
• D-day Museum in Bayeux
• Utah Beach Museum
• German Cemetery at Le Cambre

Other sites to visit:

• Caen – Caen Castle, L'Abbaye aux Hommes- burial site of William the Conquer, L'Abbaye aux Dames
• Bayeux – Bayeux Tapestry, cobbled streets, half-timbered houses, cathedral consecrated in 1077
• Rouen – Cathedral – burial place of Richard I’s heart, Joan of Arc sites
• Battlefield of Varaville from 1057 and fought over by Canadians in 1944

Any of these sites can be combined to create the itnerary that suits you

Itinerary

This is merely a suggested itinerary and can be tailor made to your interests and needs;

Day 1. Arrival. Arrive in Caen and check in to your hotel for 4 nights.

Day 2 - The British Sector. To Pegasus Bridge, the site of the British glider-borne assault on the river Orne crossings followed by the fight for the Merville Battery. Continue to Sword Beach and the fight for Colleville-Montgomery and the Hillman bunker complex.

Day 3 - The British and Canadian Sectors. To Juno and Courselles sur Mer and then on to Gold Beach. Visit the site of the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches and the museum situated in front of the vestiges of this artificial harbour. Visit the German battery at Longues Sur Mer, the only fortifications on the coast with the guns still in place and a fire control bunker built into the cliff face. Finish the day in Bayeux.

Day 4 - The American Sector. Visit the site of the US airborne landings by the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions, the Musée Des Troupes Aeroportées at St Mère Eglise. Explore Utah Beach and its memorials, visit the German battery at Point Du Hoc, an area preserved as it was in 1944. Drive along “Bloody Omaha” and climb through the German defences to The American National Cemetery and Memorial at St Laurent, the largest in Europe.

Day 5. Return to UK

This tour can run on any dates throughout the year.

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