Duration: 04 Days
COUNTRIES VISITED: FRANCE
PLACES VISITED: Ranville, Normandy, Caen & La Cambe.
Local departure by coach, then to Caen in Normandy for a three-night stay.
After breakfast we start at Pegasus Bridge, the scene of the first actions of D-Day, where airborne troops stormed the position from gliders and held on until the linkup with ground forces from Sword Beach was made. We see where the gliders landed, take a visit to the Pegasus Bridge Museum and see the Gondrée Café – arguably the first house liberated on D-Day. In Ranville we see the airborne graves and after lunch, proceed on to the British landing beaches, starting at Sword Beach. At Juno Beach, we look at the story of the Canadian role on D-Day and at Gold Beach, see where some of the heaviest casualties were suffered by British troops storming the tough defences, then move on to the new Normandy British Memorial. We end the day at Arromanches where the Mulberry Harbour was constructed, much of which is still visible out to sea.
After breakfast the story of ‘Bloody Omaha’ and the terrible American sacrifice here on D-Day has been immortalised in the film saving Private Ryan. Uncover the real story with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery, the Overlord Museum and Omaha Beach where the landings took place, seeing the memorial to the 29th Division. After lunch in St. Mère Église, we take a look at the story of the US Airborne forces at the Richard Winters Leadership Memorial. Dick Winters commanded Easy Company of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as the ‘Band of Brothers’. At Utah Beach, we follow the story of the successful landings and visit the Utah Beach Museum. We then end the day at the German Cemetery at La Cambe, where German Tank Ace Michael Wittmann is buried.
After a leisurely breakfast, you can check out of your hotel and leave for the airport, to catch your flight back home.