'Operation Overlord & D-Day'
3 - 7 June 2016
Price person £635.00 Single supplement £120.00
Deposit per person £50.00
|The invasion of Normandy by Allied forces on the 6th of June 1944 was the Western Allies most critical operation of the war. The fifty miles of Normandy coastline across which Operation Overlord was launched is one of the most important battlefields of the Second World War. If the attack had failed, and Hitler's Wehrmacht had succeeded in pushing the invaders back into the sea, then the whole course of the Second World War would have altered.
This tour helps you to see some of the realities of Operation Overlord by visiting the beaches and battlefields of Normandy. It takes in the principal landing sites, museums and monuments on one of the best-preserved battlefields of the 1939 - 45 war.
Depart Portsmouth for Caen. Overnight Bayeux
The British eastern flank airborne landing grounds at Ranville and Benouville ("Pegasus Bridge") then on to the Merville Battery. West via "Sword" beach and Colville-Montgomery to "Juno", the Canadian beach at Bernieres and St Aubin.
2nd night Bayeux.
To Gold Beach to Arromanches. Visit the cliff top bunkers and blockhouses to look out over the remains of the Mulberry floating harbours. Visit the Landings Museum on the seafront.
Then return to Bayeux to see the Bayeux tapestry and the impressive Bayeux D Day Museum, alongside the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery.
3rd night Bayeux.
Head west to Omaha Beach & the American Battle Monuments Normandy Cemetery at Colleville.
Visit the battle scarred Ranger bunkers and monument at Pointe du Hoc, the US National Guard monument at Vierville. On to the west, along the coast, crossing the Douve Canal at Carentan, heading for Sainte Mere Eglise, scene of the US airborne landings. Visit the numerous information plaques and memorials ending up at the US Airborne Troops Museum in Ste Mere Eglise. We end this day at Utah Beach where General Theodore Roosevelt was awarded the Medal of Honor.
4th night Bayeux.
Return from Caen to Portsmouth.