PRICE: 1150 €/vehicle
The first day of your tour starts at 9:00 a.m. at your accommodation
You will follow in the footsteps of the American soldiers who landed in Normandy on June 6th 1944 with the objective of liberating Europe from the terror of Nazism.
You will start the day at Omaha Beach where the 1st and 29th US infantry divisions landed. Our guides, with the help of maps and pictures, will explain to you all the details of “bloody Omaha”. From the layout of the German defenses to the plight of the first waves, we will share with you the stories of these brave GI’s who conquered the beach.
Your guide will show you the American Cemetery behind Omaha beach. the resting place of more than 9,000 American servicemen and women. This sacred place, run by the American Battle Monuments Commission, is the most visited D-Day site in Normandy.
You will discover the unique site of Pointe du Hoc. Follow in the footsteps of the 2nd US Ranger Battalion led by the famous Lieutenant Colonel James E. Rudder who scaled the cliffs to destroy a German gun battery threatening the whole US landing operation. Bomb craters, bunkers, dugouts, come and see this outstanding battlefield.
In the heart of the Airborne operation, you will visit the small town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise. It was the first town to be liberated by the American paratroopers. One of them got stuck on the church tower during that night. Your guide will share with you the details of this crucial operation and many stories of these brave men.
At Utah Beach, your guide will tell you how the 4th Infantry Division successfully breached the German defenses. The first wave was led by Brigadier General Theodore Roosevelt Jr who landed on that Beach at 6:30am. He was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor.
Your guide will bring you to the church of Angoville-au-Plain. This site was used as an aid-station. Two young medics treated about 80 wounded soldiers for two days. Discover their heroic feat, a moving story about humanity and dedication on the battlefield.
(Lunch is not included in our fee)
The first day of your tour ends at 5:30 p.m. at your accommodation
The second day of the tour starts at 9:00 a.m. at your accommodation
You will start this tour with an iconic D-Day site known as Pegasus Bridge. This is the story of 180 glidermen, packed in 6 Horsa gliders and led by Major John Howard, whose objective who captured two bridges over the Canal and Orne rivers in the very first minutes of the D-Day operation.
Afterward you will see the Ranville Commonwealth Cemetery. Run by the CWGC (Commonwealth War Grave Commission), 2560 soldiers are resting in this peaceful village. It is the second biggest Commonwealth cemetery in Normandy and a large percentage of the soldiers buried in Ranville cemetery were paratroopers of the 6th British Airborne Division.
Later on, you will discover Sword Beach where the 3rd British Infantry division landed, and hear different stories of soldiers who risked their lives trying to reach on that day their main objective, the city of Caen.
During this day, discover the fate of the 3rd Canadian Division spearheading the invasion. The tour starts at Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer where the North Shore Regiment from New Brunswick landed. Wrong intelligence turned their landing into a bloodpath. Your guide will then show you Bernières-sur-Mer. The Queen’s Own Rifles from Ontario landed in front of this village. At the end of the day, Bernières was the sector where the Canadians got their heaviest casualties.
You will then reach Courseulles-sur-Mer, the most heavily defended part of Juno Beach. Many men from the Regina Rifles and from the Winnipeg Rifles paid the ultimate price to pave the way for their brothers in arms.
During the afternoon, your guide will show your Gold Beach where the 50th Division landed. We will share with you the feat of CSM Stanley Hollis who received the Victoria Cross for two heroic actions during D-day. The tour will end with an explanation of the Mulberry Harbor in Arromanches. An amazing logistical effort made by the Allies to construct an artificial harbor in no time and allow them to consolidate the beachhead.
(Lunch is not included in our fee)
The tour ends at 5:30 p.m. at your accommodation
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