Normandy D Days excursion
Important Info The D-day is today seen as one of the turning points of the World War II, as well as the largest military operation in history of warfare. The largest intervention of the joint Canadian, British and American forces, it was a massive debarquement on the beaches of Normandy, filled with German forces that were waiting for them. What ensued was a bloody and desperate battle where tens of thousands of lives were lost on both sides. This tour is not only a visit of the most important sites where these battles took place, but also the glimpse into a very complicated situation in the World War II and France’s actual role and position in this war.
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city Step back in time on a history tour Free hotel pickup and drop-off included Informative, friendly and professional guide Separate driver ensures your guides full attention throughout the day Small-group tour.
Leaving Paris by the western highway, we enter the Normandy region and its lovely countryside, with thatched-roof farms and quaint villages.
Arrive in Caen, capital of Normandy, which was almost completely destroyed during the war.
Visit of the Memorial-D Day Museum: a reflection on the origins of the second World War, totalitarianism and the fragility of democracy.
Buffet Lunch in the Museum (suggestion).
After lunch continue to the Landing Beaches of the Calvados Coast. We start with the British sector: Sword Beach, where the Franco-British commandos landed and where they linked with the airbone troops at Pegasus Bridge.
Here we pass through Ouistreham and Riva Bella. Further west we reach Juno Beach, where a canadian division landed near Courseulles. Almost a month later, these same troops were the first to enter Caen on july 9th, 1944.
Next on our itinerary is the Gold Beach sector where the British landed and soon took control of Arromanches, enabling the artificial Mulberry harbour to be brought into the position.
Pass by Ver-sur-Mer: on june 6th this tiny resort was the main British bridgehead in the Gold beach sector.
Visit of the Arromanches Museum, which describes the construction of a unique artificial harbour!
We now enter the American Sector: the name OMAHA BEACH, which until june 6Th existed only as an operational code name, groups the beaches of St-Laurent, Colleville and Vierville-sur-Mer, and has been dedicated to the American soldiers of the 1st Division who landed here and suffered great casualties in the most costly of the D Day battles.
Visit the American cemetery at St-Laurent where 9385 carrara marble crosses stand on an impressive site. One overlooks the beach from the belvedere.