We possess almost two decades of experience offering the highest quality tours of the Normandy battlefields.
Although we recommend spending a number of days exploring the history of D-Day and the subsequent Battle for Normandy, we do appreciate that many people may well find themselves within, or close to Normandy, will hold the desire to see at least some of the D-Day sites, but not have the time to see all five beaches. In this scenario we offer a choice of itineraries of each of the three main sectors of operations (the emphasis being either the American Sector [Airborne, Utah and Omaha Beaches], the British Sector [Airborne, Sword and Gold Beaches] or the Canadian Sector [Juno Beach]). If you wish to visit all five of the D-Day beaches, it is possible to do so by running consecutive days of tours.
Here is what we cover on our set itinerary tours, these are designed to be completed in a single day. However, it is possible to add extra stops and increase the duration of a visit to each sector to a two day tour. The itinerary does not list specific museums, although it is certainly possible to visit a museum during your tour, these visits are not included in the tour fee and are therefore at your own expense (although we are able to arrange a discounted rate of entry for most museums in the region)...
The ‘US Sector’ Tour
This, our most popular tour, includes visits to world-famous locations known to millions largely because of the portrayal within iconic movie productions such as ‘The Longest Day’, ‘Saving Private Ryan’ and ‘Band of Brothers’. The tour begins at Sainte Mere Eglise, a crucial objective of the 82nd Airborne Division whose role it was to be the first line of defence against the German’s inevitable attempts to counter-attack against the Utah Beach landings. After focusing on the Airborne forces, we continue on to Utah Beach, the westernmost of the five D-Day beaches, the most successful of all, and the one beach where fortune undoubtedly shone on the allies that morning. We then move to the largest of all the military cemeteries in Normandy as we visit the 20,000 plus burials located at the German Cemetery at La Cambe, an awesome location in its own right, but especially worth seeing in order to compare the contrast with the American Cemetery which we shall visit later in the day. We then venture on to Omaha Beach - Dog Green sector to be more precise. The landings here, the costliest of all sectors of all five landing beaches were made legendary by the Steven Spielberg movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’. Whilst undoubtedly a masterpiece in cinematography, like so many Hollywood films, the movie does take a few liberties with the history, such inaccuracies will be set straight by your guide providing a greater appreciation of what was endured by the men of the US Army's 29th Infantry Division during that horrific morning. The day concludes at the Colleville sur Mer American Cemetery overlooking Omaha beach where almost ten thousand American servicemen and women are buried, with a further 1,557 listed on the wall of the missing. Here, after a brief introduction from your guide you shall be given time alone to walk through the burials and reflect on the incredible locations you have witnessed during a day which we are certain your whole group shall remember for the rest of their lives.
The ‘British Sector’ Tour
Covering two beaches and one airborne operation, any attempt to cover the whole British involvement on D-Day in a single day will inevitably lead to an overview of events. None the less, starting at Pegasus Bridge, the very first and possibly most audacious operation of D-Day, before venturing on to Sword Beach (contrary to popular belief, this being the most strongly defended of all five of the landing beaches), then following the advance from Sword through the secondary defences behind that coastline, we continue to the Gold Beach Sector (visiting the location at which an action took place which led to the award of the one and only Victoria Cross to be awarded on D-Day). We then cocnclude at the largest British Second World War military cemetery at Bayeux, this is a fast paced and action packed day which covers many actions which deserve far greater examination than what many popular histories have ever attempted to provide.
The ‘Canadian Sector’ Tour
Undoubtedly the most neglected, but in many ways the most fascinating contribution to the D-Day assault was made at Juno Beach by the men of General Keller’s Canadian 3rd Infantry Division. This tour will focus on the landings of the North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment at St Aubin sur Mer, the Queen’s Own Rifles at Bernieres sur Mer, the Regina Rifles and the Royal Winnipeg Rifles at Coursuelles sur Mer. Per-capita, no other nation provided the Allies with a greater proportion of strength during the D-Day assault and no other nation would suffer, in proportion to population, a higher loss of life. Canada’s D-Day assault adds a different dimension to the popular narrative of D-Day as so dominated by the American and British perspective, this tour sets the records straight, and in addition to making at least three stops on Juno Beach, we also visit the Canadian Cemetery at Beny sur Mer and the Juno Beach Centre museum (optional visit at your own expense).
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