D-Day and the Battle of Normandy


Starting from Paris (or elsewhere depending on your accommodation) you'll be taken to Varaville to see the bridge across the River Divette and hear the story of the 6th Airborne Division. You'll also visit the Merville battery. Next onwards to both Pegasus and Horsa Bridge in Ranville. Last stop of the day will be the museum "Musée du Mur de l'Atlantique (Le Grand Bunker)" at Ouistreham. Dinner and accommodation in Ouistreham. 

After breakfast we will continue our reconnaissance of the Normandy battlefields with a visit of the Radar Museum at Douvres-la-Délivrande. Next onwards to Caen to see the impressive "Mémorial de la Paix". This wonderful museum is certainly worth your time. Lunch in Caen.
After lunch continue to Juno Beach to get the full story of the landings. Next onwards to Arromanches to visit "Arromanches 360°" where actual footage of the Normandy landings will surround you. Time permitting we can also visit the museum "Musée du Débarquement" and see the remains of the mulberry harbour. We finish our visit of the Juno Beach sector with a stop at the Batterie de Longues.
Dinner and accommodation in the area of Bayeux.
Today we focus on the Omaha Beach landings. Visiting the actual beach we will watch the opening scene of the film "Saving Private Ryan". Next we visit the American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. Along the coast we then continue to Grandcamp-Maisy to visit the Rangers Museum. These Rangers took the infamous Pointe du Hoc on 6th June 1944. Of course we will also visit the site of Pointe du Hoc itself, including the brand new visitor centre. Lunch in Grandcamp-Maisy.
After lunch we will also continue to St-Mère-Eglise to see a paratrooper still hanging on the church and to visit the impressive museum on the airborne divisions.
Dinner and accommodation in the Carentan area.
After breakfast we depart for Utah Beach to visit the Utah Beach Visitor Centre and see the many memorials in the landing zone. Next onwards to the Batterie d'Azéville, one of the best preserved batteries in the area. The tour end with a visit to the German military cemetery at La Cambe. Lunch in Bayeux.
After lunch you'll be taken back to Paris (or any other place where you will be staying next). End of the tour.

Practical information

Battlefield Exploration does not book any hotels. You can freely choose whatever accommodation you would like. Of course we can give you some hints on the most interesting places to stay.
Tariff will depend on the actual tour, but as a guidance you can use these tariffs:
> professional guide: € 175 per day
> transportation with luxury car or minibus: € 85 per day
> entrance fees: € 90 per person
> lunches: € 20 per person per day

Please contact us for a full quote!
It could be interesting to start the tour from London and drive to Portsmouth to visit the excellent D-Day Museum before travelling by ferry from Portsmouth to Caen. That way you'll be really stepping in the footsteps of the British, American and Canadian troops during the Normandy landings.
Why not add a visit to the Bayeux Tapestry or a tour of a Calvados farm where you can taste the delicious homemade spirit, produced with local apples? Or continue the tour with visits to Mont St Michel, Lisieux or Honfleur? Whatever extras you would like to add, we can surely accommodate.