D-Day Landings 75th Anniversary Tour
(Four day tour)
In Normandy on the 6th June 1944, forces of the free world stormed Hitler’s so called impenetrable Atlantic Wall. They came not to conquer but to liberate. Sacrifices were made as the allied armies fought their way ashore. General Eisenhower, the Commander of the operation said “We will accept nothing less than full Victory” and that is what was delivered.
This special 75th anniversary tour commemorates the sacrifices made by those brave young men and pays special attention to the British sector including the beaches of Gold (Arromanches), Juno and Sword and the brave exploits of our airborne troops and the particular actions at Pegasus Bridge and the Merville Gun Battery.
Day One: Depart by coach from your chosen UK collection point and proceed to Dover for our channel crossing by ferry to Calais and then on to the city of Caen where we will book into our hotel, based right in the centre. The rest of the evening is at your leisure when you can explore this vibrant and historic city.
Day Two: As day two of the tour marks the 75th anniversary of the Normandy Landings we provisionally plan to attend the main British ceremony at Bayeux War Cemetery. Commemorations will also be held at Arromanches, Sword Beach and Pegasus Bridge (details of which are to be confirmed).
Day Three: Today’s first stop is a visit to Sainte-Mère-Église. Here a company of the 82nd airborne dropped on to the market square in the early ours of June 6th and were cut down by the waiting Germans.
One John Steele was snagged on the church steeple and a model of him is suspended there as a reminder of the event. At Sainte-Mère-Église we visit the Airborne Museum and explore the town before partaking of a packed lunch (museum entrance fee and lunch inlcuded in price).
We then move on to look at Omaha Beach travelling the length of the beach and discussing the actions that took place on what became known as ‘Bloody Omaha’.
We finish the day with a visit to the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. This stunning cemetery contains three Medal of Honour winners and the brothers the film Saving Private Ryan was based on.
Day Four: When we leave our hotel in Caen we look at the British sector including a visit to the iconic Sword Beach before travelling on to Pegasus Bridge which was taken by the Ox and Bucks in a stunning coup de main operation.
Here we visit the Pegasus Bridge Museum (entrance fee included) and Café Gondree, the first house liberated in France. Lunch can be purchased here or at the café opposite before travelling back to Calais and the return ferry home.
Veterans at Sword Beach
Veterans’ Parade at Arromanches