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D-Day: Commemorate the 75th Anniversary

  • Batterie de Longue Sur Mer ©Bischoff, Andrea

    Batterie de Longue Sur Mer, Normandy
  • Abbey of Saint-Étienne, Caen

    Abbey of Saint-Étienne, Caen
  • The Juno Beach Museum in Couseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy © Atout France / Cdt Calvados

    The Juno Beach Museum in Couseulles-sur-Mer, Normandy (C) Atout France Cdt Calvados
5 day tour
From £367 per person

Normandy, D-Day and the Landing Beaches – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

June 2019 sees the 75th anniversary of one of the most important and decisive battles of World Ward II – D-Day. Next year, head to Normandy to immerse yourself in the history of World War II and visit both the British and American sectors. Accompanied by a knowledgeable battlefield guide, experience the beaches and battlegrounds of the invasion that turned the tide of the war. Although the horrendous conditions are difficult to imagine, the guide brings the experiences of these brave men to life. Visit cemeteries and museums about the D-Day invasion. The popular Arromanches 360° Circular Cinema, screens archival footage of the Battle of Normandy. Additionally, discover the battles from the skies at the Airbourne Museum, which tells the stories of American paratroopers. Explore why and how the battles were fought, and gain varied perspective.  Visit the memorials and understand the extraordinary deeds and astonishing sacrifices made.

With this milestone anniversary of this most significant part of our history, it is the perfect opportunity to visit the site of battles in Normandy and reflect.


Dates

Dates throughout 2018 & 2019


Suggested Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Caen

Sail from Portsmouth across the English Channel to Caen with Brittany Ferries. On arrival into the Norman port, you may glimpse some of the first beaches of the battles and as you travel into Caen drive alongside the famous canal that had to be secured. Check in to your hotel.  If time allows, have a wander around the beautiful town.

Day 2

British Sector

We start the day with a visit to Pegasus Bridge, Café Gondré and the Pegasus Memorial Museum, which is dedicated to the men of the 6th Airborne Division.

Then head to Merville Gun Battery, one of the first places to be attacked on D-Day. We proceed to Ranville Commonwealth Cemetery, the final resting place of 2,562 brave servicemen, and Bréville Ridge.

We stop for lunch in the quaint port town Ouistreham, and in the afternoon, we drive along Sword, Juno and Gold Landing Beaches. The taking of these beaches was the responsibility of the British and Canadian Armies.

We make a final stop in Arromanches to visit the invasion museum, focusing on the amazing Mulberry floating port.

Day 3

American Sector

First, we travel to Sainte Mère Église, the scene of some of the tragic landings of the US paras, before visiting Azeville Battery and Airborne Museum. The Airborne Museum is dedicated to the memory of the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions. The collection includes a WACO glider and C-47 cargo plane.

See Utah Beach then head to Pointe Du Hoc, which was captured by the American Rangers. Next we visit the American Cemetery overlooking tragic Omaha Beach, which is the resting place of 9387 souls. We also visit the beach itself. We continue along the beach to the Longues-Sur-Mer Gun Battery, with its original guns.

Day 4

Bayeux

Today, we travel to Bayeux to visit the historic famous Tapestry which tells the story of William the Conqueror invasion of England from 1064-1066 and his crowing as King. Bayeux Cathedral is also worth a visit with its different architectural styles.

If you didn’t visit yesterday, an alternative is to visit the nearby Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery with over 4,000 buried there.

Day 5

Depart Caen

Check out of your hotel and make your way back to the port.  Time permitting, enjoy some final sightseeing in Caen before departing.


Suggested hotel

Ibis Caen Herouville Savary

3* hotel located 15km from Caen airport. There is a garden, terrace, 24 hour reception, parking for 2 coaches and onsite restaurant and car. Free WiFi is also available. Rooms are ensuite with WiFi, TV and telephone.

We have a range of alternative hotels to suit all budgets and tastes in the area.


Fancy a different historical tour?

Historic Krakow and Auschwitz

Or something different in France?

Gems of Normandy

 


4 nights at Ibis Caen Herouville Savary Half twin Single supplement
22nd March 2019 From £367.00 per person From £94.00 per person
4th April 2019 From £389.00 per person From £94.00 per person
2nd May 2019 From £375.00 per person From £105.00 per person
23rd May 2019 From £375.00 per person From £105.00 per person
20th June 2019 From £375.00 per person From £105.00 per person

PLEASE NOTE: If travelling with Brittany Ferries, Friday afternoon to Monday morning tours are not possible on certain weeks of the year due to sailing schedules. If you have preferred dates, please contact us and we will be pleased to check the schedules.

Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.121. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room both are based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited are a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at info@greatdays.co.uk

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