D-Day Landings in Normandy

  • 4 & 5 Day Tours
  • 3 to 4 Sights Visited
  • 2 Star Rating

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Normandy for a three-night stay

Day 2 - Britain’s D-Day: Pegasus Bridge and British Beaches

We start at Pegasus Bridge, the scene of the first actions of D-Day where Airborne troops stormed the position from gliders and held on until the link-up with ground forces from Sword Beach was made. We see where the gliders landed, the Gondrée Café – arguably the first house liberated on D-Day – and visit the Memorial Pegasus Museum where the original bridge is located. In Ranville we see the Airborne graves and after lunch, proceed on to the British landing beaches, starting at Sword Beach. At Juno Beach we visit the Juno Beach Centre which explains the story of the Canadian role in the Battle of Normandy, and at Gold Beach, see where some of the heaviest casualties were suffered by British troops storming the tough defences at Asnelles. We end the day at Arromanches where the Mulberry Harbour was constructed, much of which is still visible out to sea.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Arromanches

Day 3 - America’s D-Day: Bloody Omaha and American Airborne

The story of ‘Bloody Omaha’ and the terrible American sacrifice here on D-Day has been immortalised in ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Uncover the real story with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach where the landings took place, seeing the memorial to the 29th Division. We also take time to visit the newest Normandy war museum, the Overlord Museum-Omaha Beach before taking lunch in St. Mère Église, and then looking at the story of the US Airborne forces at the new Richard Winters Leadership Memorial; Dick Winters commanded Easy Company of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as the ‘Band of Brothers’. At Utah Beach we follow the story of the successful landings and visit the expanded Utah Beach Museum. We end the day at the German Cemetery at La Cambe, where German Tank Ace Michael Wittmann is buried.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4

To Calais then return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Normandy for a four-night stay

Day 2 - Britain’s D-Day: Pegasus Bridge and British Beaches

We start at Pegasus Bridge, the scene of the first actions of D-Day where Airborne troops stormed the position from gliders and held on until the link-up with ground forces from Sword Beach was made. We see where the gliders landed, the Gondrée Café – arguably the first house liberated on D-Day – and visit the Memorial Pegasus Museum where the original bridge is located. In Ranville we see the Airborne graves and after lunch, proceed on to the British landing beaches, starting at Sword Beach. At Juno Beach we visit the Juno Beach Centre which explains the story of the Canadian role in the Battle of Normandy, and at Gold Beach, see where some of the heaviest casualties were suffered by British troops storming the tough defences at Asnelles. We end the day at Arromanches where the Mulberry Harbour was constructed, much of which is still visible out to sea.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Arromanches

Day 3 - America’s D-Day: Bloody Omaha and American Airborne

The story of ‘Bloody Omaha’ and the terrible American sacrifice here on D-Day has been immortalised in ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Uncover the real story with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach where the landings took place, seeing the memorial to the 29th Division. We also take time to visit the newest Normandy war museum, the Overlord Museum-Omaha Beach before taking lunch in St. Mère Église, and then looking at the story of the US Airborne forces at the new Richard Winters Leadership Memorial; Dick Winters commanded Easy Company of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as the ‘Band of Brothers’. At Utah Beach we follow the story of the successful landings and visit the expanded Utah Beach Museum. We end the day at the German Cemetery at La Cambe, where German Tank Ace Michael Wittmann is buried.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 4 - Battle of the Bocage: Falaise Gap

We start our look at the fighting beyond D-Day in the bocage countryside south of Bayeux. We examine the bloody battles for Tilly-sur-Seulles and the tough fighting at Fontenay le Pesnel. Driving through the so-called ‘Scottish Corridor’ over the river Odon, we visit Hill 112 with its Churchill tank memorial. Lunch in Falaise, followed by a visit to the Falaise Pocket and a short walk along the ‘Corridor of Death’, used by the Germans to make their retreat in August 1944. On Mont Ormel we visit the Polish Memorial to their ferocious battle and end the day by seeing a very rare original Tiger I tank at Vimoutiers.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Day 5

To Calais then return home.

  • Included meals: Breakfast

Prices are per person, based on two sharing.

Extras: optional excursions; entrance fees to museums and places of interest; single room supplement £69 (4 days), £89 (5 days 2-star), £129 (5 days 4-star); travel insurance from £34.95.

DISCOUNTS FOR CHILDREN (aged 8-17) on selected dates. SAVE £100 (4 days) or £120 (5 days) off the adult price when travelling with at least 1 adult on the following dates:

 2015Oct 19, 22, 26, 29 
 2016Feb 15, 18; Mar 25; May 30; Jul 18; Aug 19, 26, 29  

EVENING MEAL PACKAGE - Available to pre-book. Please note this is not available at the 4-star Mercure Hotel.

 4-Day Tour£32 per person 
 5-Day Tour£48 per person 




Tour extras


SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT

On some tours where you choose to have a single room, we do charge a supplment for this.

Price on this tour is from : £69.00


TRAVEL INSURANCE

We take care to make sure your holiday is happy and relaxing, but we still urge you to protect your holiday with the travel insurance we offer. We’ve put together good, reliable cover at sensible low prices.

Available from: £34.95