About the tour: D-Day – Portsmouth & Normandy

The 6 June 1944 was a turning point in the Second World War with the Allied landings on the Normandy coast. Starting in the UK with a visit to where D-Day was planned and the home of 2nd Tactical Air Force at RAF Tangemere, we then move on to the D-Day coastline in France where we make a number of trips onto the D-Day battlefields seeing iconic sights from Pegasus Bridge along the British and Canadian beaches to Omaha Beach and Utah Beach where the Americans landed. We see museums, memorials, tanks and bunkers, and even get a ride in a Dakota aircraft simulator! This is truly D-Day in-depth!

Tour Includes


  • 6 nights hotel with breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by Silver Service coach

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Tour Itinerary

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    Local departure by coach or Door-to Door service then travel to Kent where you meet your tour coach and specialist guide. Our tour begins at Tangmere Aviation Museum in West Sussex from where the 2nd Tactical Force flew into Normandy on D-day. After we continue to Portsmouth for an overnight stay.

    This morning we visit the Portsmouth Memorial, which commemorates Naval personnel who fell on D-Day and then go to Southwick House* (access subject to approval by the MOD) where the Allied Commanders met to discuss plans for D-Day. Here we see the D-Day wall map, then take an afternoon ferry to Normandy and onto our hotel in Caen for a five-night stay.

    • Included meals: Breakfast

    We focus on the actions in the early hours of D-Day, visiting Pegasus Bridge and its museum and then the Drop and Landing Zones. We continue to the Airborne graves at Ranville, the important Breville Gap and then the superb Merville Battery Museum

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Ranville War Cemetery
    Ranville War Cemetery

    Included Highlights

    • Ranville War Cemetery
    • Pegasus Bridge

    Today we look at the American Airborne story, starting at the Dead Man’s Corner Museum; an original building which featured in the D-Day story, it has an unrivalled collection of Airborne memorabilia including items belonging to the ‘Band of Brothers’ including Dick Winters. We then travel through the area where 82nd and 101st Airborne landed and see the Iron Mike Memorial at La Fiere. We spend an extended lunch period in St. Mere Eglise, having time to visit the Museum, before travelling out to Utah Beach to begin our look at the seaborne landings, seeing the new Higgins Boat Memorial.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Iron Mike Memorial
    Iron Mike Memorial

    Included Highlights

    • Utah Beach
    • Iron Mike Memorial
    • St. Mere Eglise

    We continue with the D-Day story today in the British sector beginning with the story of Sword Beach seeing the Piper Bill Millin memorial, as well as the British D-Day graves at Hermanville War Cemetery before travelling to the Hillman Bunker site where the Suffolk Regiment fought on 6th June. We then travel into the Juno Beach area and have lunch at Courseulles, later seeing where the Canadians landed as well as looking at 1Charlie – a Churchill AVRE that was part of the D-Day story but which remained buried until the 1970s. On Gold Beach we see where Stan Hollis landed and look at the story of this D-Day Victoria Cross winner, and then see Britain’s deadliest D-Day beach at Asnelles before looking at the Mulberry Harbour – the artificial port – in Arromanches.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Juno Beach
    Juno Beach

    Included Highlights

    • Juno Beach
    • Sword Beach
    • D-day in Normandy: Mulberry harbour in Arromanches.
    • Arromanches
    • Hermanville War Cemetery
    • Hillman Bunker Site

    This morning we begin at Bayeux seeing the War Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing before going to Longues sur Mer to the gun battery site that threatened the British landings: it is one of the few where the guns still remain and was used in the filming of the Longest Day. After lunch in Port en Bessin, where the Pipeline Under The Ocean (PLUTO) came in, we visit the Normandy American Cemetery before visiting the massive Overlord Museum with its tanks and life-size recreations of D-Day. We then travel down on to Omaha Beach looking at the real story of Saving Private Ryan. We end the day at Pointe du Hoc where the Rangers assaulted this gun battery site which threatened the landings on Omaha.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Omaha Beach
    Omaha Beach

    Included Highlights

    • Omaha Beach
    • Longues sur Mer
    • Port en Bessin
    • Normandy American Cemetery
    • Bayeux War Cemetery
    • Bayeux Memorial
    • Pointe Du Hoc

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast


    1 x lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €40

     

    D-Day – Portsmouth & Normandy

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    Accommodation

    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for one night at the 3-star Ibis Portsmouth in the centre of the city. You will then stay for five nights at the 2-star Carline Caen Nord, the hotel has a bar, restaurant and lift.

    Carline Caen Nord

    11 rue du Pr. Joseph Rousselot, 14000 Caen,

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

    Ibis Centre Portsmouth

    Winston Churchill Avenue, PORTSMOUTH, PO1 2LX

    • English Speaking Staff
    • Guest Lounge
    • Bar
    • Restaurant
    • Lift
    • WiFi Available
    • TV
    • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
    • Bath and/or Shower
    • Telephone

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      Travel Extras

      Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

      You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £39.50 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

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