D-Day Battles for France
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At a glance
D-Day Battles for France | 4 Days: Travelling as a small group, we can access some of the lesser known locations of the Normandy Battlefields, as we explore the area that saw the liberation of Western Europe from June 1944 onwards. Look up at Sainte-Mère-Église where US Airborne Soldier John Steele was caught on the church steeple See history told through needlework and visit the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry
What's included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • Private transfers to and from the airport
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Specialist experienced Battlefields driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 2 x evening meals (D)
  • Included Entrances: Pegasus Bridge Museum, Juno Beach Museum, Utah Beach Museum & Bayeux Memorial Museum and Tapestry.
What's not included
  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,&rsquo items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
Day 1

Arrive into Paris and enjoy a private transfer to your pre-tour accommodation where the rest of your day is at leisure.

Day 2
Paris - Normandy Beaches - Sainte-Marie-du-Mont

Leaving Paris, we head towards Normandy and our first stop, at the Merville Battery. Overlooking Sword Beach, we get a sense of the scale of German defences and the resourcefulness required by the British to overcome them. A visit to the first liberated village of Ranville and the iconic Pegasus Bridge with the attached Airborne Forces Memorial Museum provides a comprehensive start to the tour and plenty to discuss over dinner. (D)

Overnight: Hotel Le Grand Hard (or similar)

Day 3
Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont – Normandy Beaches – Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont

Our first visit today is to the Juno Beach Centre, where the story of Canada’s contribution during the war is told in a series of interactive displays. We will walk some of the beach area and also visit Bernières-sur Mer, to see the first house liberated by Canadian troops on 6th June 1944. Further visits during the day will include Bény-sur-Mer War Cemetery, the Abbeye d’Ardennes, the remains of the Mulberry Harbour and the well-preserved German Gun Battery at Longues-sur-Mer.

Overnight: Hotel Le Grand Hard (or similar) 

Day 4
Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont – Normandy Beaches – Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont

Today we focus on the role of the United States in the liberation of North West Europe. At Sainte-Mère-Église, Trooper John Steele, who was caught on the church steeple as he parachuted into the town, is still remembered. The Utah Beach Museum gives a full explanation of America’s role, with plenty of large exhibits. After lunch, a visit to the challenging terrain of the Pointe du Hoc where US Rangers scaled the cliffs and time at Omaha Beach and the American Normandy Cemetery show the heavy price paid during the campaign in Normandy. (B,D)

Overnight: Le Grand Hard (or similar)

Day 5
Sainte-Marie-du-Mont - Bayeux - Paris

Nearly 1000 years ago, an invasion came towards Britain from Normandy, a defining moment in British history. The story of the Norman Conquest has been told in a tapestry, a remarkable record by the people of the time, which we will visit. We’ll also see the Bayeux Memorial Museum, before the final part of our tour commences, as we head back to Paris, via Trun and the Falaise Pocket, where the Allied Armies destroyed the German forces in August 1944, opening the way to the liberation of the French capital.

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