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!
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Tangmere Aviation Museum
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.
D-Day sites, Southwick House
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 famous D-Day wall map. We then take an afternoon ferry to Normandy and onto our hotel in Caen for a five-night stay.
The Airborne Story
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
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.
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.
Bayeux to Pointe du Hoc
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 Excursions & Visits
Battlefield visits as described
Optional Excursions & Visits
Entrance fees to museums & places of interest (extra cost)
*Unfortunately in 2017 we are unable to visit Southwick House during the tour due to the current security situation. In its place we will include a visit to the Royal Armouries situated at Fort Nelson.
We believe that our holidays may not be suitable for children under 8 years old (except for Disneyland Paris bookings) however, we will
consider individual requests on application. Customers aged 18 and under at the time of travel must be accompanied by an adult, parent or
guardian aged over 18 years old.
The Carline Caen Nord hotel is set in a flowery surrounding with a garden in the area of Caen. The hotel is close to the D-Day landing beaches and the William the Conquer historical town. The hotel facilities include a lounge, a bar, a restaurant and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities and en-suite shower 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.
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