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D-Day Landing Beaches

 

Arromanches Beach Panorama
  • Overview

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    • Benefit from the services of an expert Battlefields Guide
    • Explore the key sites of the British and Canadian sectors
    • Tour some of the main sites in the American sector
    • Visit the Arromanches 360 circular cinema and the Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mere-Eglise

    The D-Day landings, which took place on 6th June 1944, changed the tide of World War II, but at great cost to the thousands of young men who lost their lives on both sides of the war. Those that have an interest in this important part of history, and those directly involved in the war, will find this Battlefields tour particularly interesting, as it takes a closer look at the events of D-Day and the Second World War.  Read More

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    • Great for - Battlefield
    • Great for - Food & Drink
    • Great for - History
    • Great for - Scenery
    • Great for - Walking


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    We’ll be based in Caen, which held great significance on D-Day with the Battle for Caen beginning on D-Day, although it wasn’t until 6th August that the city was liberated. Staying at the Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre, we’ll visit a number of notable monuments, military cemeteries and locations that were related to the events of June 6th. 

    This will include visiting the areas in the British and Canadian sector, as well as the American Sector and the Sainte-Mere-Eglise Airborne Museum. This will provide us with more information concerning the particulars of D-Day, and will give us a chance to walk in the footsteps of military heroes.
  • Itinerary

    ITINERARY

    LOCATIONS


  • The Hotel

    YOUR HOTEL


    Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre

    The Mercure hotel is situated on the outskirts of Caen and is an ideal base for exploring the D-Day Landing beach sites.

    • All bedrooms have air-conditioning, telephone, radio, satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer
    • ‘Le Calix’ bar
    • ‘Le Normand’ restaurant
    • Official 4-star rating
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  • Excursions & Extras

    INCLUDED EXCURSIONS


    Bridge at Omaha beach
    Full Day: American Sector

    With our battlefields guide we visit the Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mere-Eglise, made famous in the film ‘The Longest Day’. This museum was created in memory of the soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division and 101st Airborne Division who lost their lives during the Normandy landings. 

    We’ll also examine the WN10 Bunker system at Utah Beach, which are some of the best preserved in the area. After this, we’ll head to Pointe du Hoc, which is situated between Utah and Omaha Beach, the latter of which was the largest of all the landing beaches and saw the fiercest of battles on D-Day. Finally, we’ll spend some time at the American Cemetery at Coleville-Sir-Mer.

    Pegasus Bridge
    Full Day: British and Canadian Sectors

    We spend the day with our specialist battlefields guide seeing Pegasus Bridge, Sword Beach, the Hermanville Commonwealth Cemetery, Juno Beach, Arromanches 360 circular cinema, Mulberry Harbour remains and the Longues-sur-Mer gun battery.

    Today, the occurrences of D-Day are a huge part of our remembrance as there was a terrible loss of life, and because the operation turned the tide of the First World War. It took a phenomenal amount of planning and preparation, and we’ll get to visit some of the key sites at which the British and Canadian troops fought.

    OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS


    Memorial for Peace, Caen
    Caen Memorial

    On D-Day, capturing the city of Caen from the Germans was a primary objective, as the city was a major hub and favoured a prime location for a defensive position. It took numerous operations to break through the German defence though, and much of the city was destroyed.

    We’ll visit the Caen Memorial (the Memorial de Caen), which is dedicated to peace, as well as the events of D Day and other conflicts.

 


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What's included

  • Return coach travel
  • Four nights accommodation
  • Overnight stay on return journey
  • Daily breakfast, three evening meals
  • Porterage
  • Two included excursions
  • One optional excursion

Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre

The Mercure hotel is situated on the outskirts of Caen and is an ideal base for exploring the D-Day Landing beach sites.

Learn more about the hotel

Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre

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The Mercure hotel is situated on the outskirts of Caen and is an ideal base for exploring the D-Day Landing beach sites.

  • All bedrooms have air-conditioning, telephone, radio, satellite television, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryer
  • ‘Le Calix’ bar
  • ‘Le Normand’ restaurant
  • Official 4-star rating
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  • British Travel Awards
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