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D-Day Landing Beaches

Overview

Travel by Coach
2 Included Excursions
  • 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.

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.

Additionally, whilst you're in Normandy, you may wish to try one of their most famous regional products such as their cheese Camembert, or perhaps go and visit some of their top breeding stables.

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Itinerary

Day One - UK to Caen
On day one of our holiday, we’ll travel from our local joining points in the UK to Caen, where we’ll arrive at the Mercure Caen Cote de Nacre hotel.

Day Two to Three - Caen
We’ll spend the next two days visiting notable sites in the British, Canadian and American sectors. (B,D)

Day Four - Calais
We’ll visit the Caen Memorial today, and will then travel on to Calais, where we’ll stay in an overnight hotel before returning home the next day. (B,D)

Day Five - Calais to UK
Today we’ll journey back to the UK via Calais, and then travelling on to our local joining points. (B)

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.

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The Local Area

Included Excursions

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.

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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 Second 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.

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Optional Excursions

Half Day: Bayeux

Visit Bayeux most famous for the 11th century tapestry depicting the 1066 Norman invasion of England. You can also visit the famous Notre-Dame Cathedral which towers over the town.

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