The D Day Landing Beaches Tour

Tuesday 4th July – Saturday 8th July 2017

In 2017 the D Day Landing Beaches tour visits Normandy to explore the D-Day landing beaches and surrounding areas. You will be escorted by Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Peter Everingham, who has researched this three day tour to discover in detail the action that went on during the D Day Landings and the subsequent Allied ‘breakout’ during June through to late August 1944. The selected hotel is a ‘Ferme’ just North East of Bayeux.

Tour itinerary

Tuesday 4th July

The tour starts in Portsmouth for the 20.15 hrs overnight ferry to St Malo. You will have a dedicated loading line to ensure you are loaded carefully and we have reserved you a table in the restaurant where dinner with wine is included. Your on board cabin accommodation awaits you after dinner.

Wednesday 5th July

The ship docks at 08.30 hrs. From the port follow our carefully planned route via the Oyster beds of Cancale and onto a coffee and croissant stop in front of le Mont St Michel.  The route from here takes you North into Normandy following the route (albeit in reverse) used by the US Army on Operation Cobra, the Allied drive to relieve Paris. There is a lunch stop en route before continuing to our hotel situated just North East of Bayeux that afternoon. The bar is ‘ouvert’ and there is plenty of time to relax before dinner at the hotel that evening.

Thursday 6th July

Today we travel via Omaha and Utah beaches as well as Pointe du Hoc. Your tour manager Peter will talk you through the different regiments and their respective operations. The tour moves onto St Mere Eglise, the first town liberated during the invasion, made famous in the film ‘The Longest Day’ where a member of 101st (All American) Airborne Division hung on the Church steeple and watched his comrades being slaughtered below.  Lunch is included today at a Chateau in Bricquebec, and the afternoon run will take us across the ‘drop zones’ used by the American Airborne Divisions. It is an easy run during the afternoon, back to the ‘ferme’. Dinner is included this evening.

Friday 7th July

Today’s route aims to illustrate the period after the landings, known as the ‘breakout’ during which the fiercest fighting took place. It will take you below Caen, past the infamous Hill 112, Bourguebus Ridge, the area of Operation Goodwood, where the British lost over 400 tanks and on, following the route of the Canadian Division, into the Falaise Gap where the German Army was encircled. We visit the Museum at Mont Morel, overlooking ‘the Valley of Death’, scene of the heroic Polish Division Defence. We take lunch close by and then return following (in reverse) the route of  British Second Army over the Orne crossing at Putange, scene of bitter fighting and then through Caumont and back to the Hotel. Tonight is the finale evening at the hotel.

Saturday 8th July

Today we take in Juno beach and the Pegasus bridge museum before a spot of fruit de Mer in Ouistreham for the 16.30 hrs sailing back to Portsmouth.

Tour prices

Prices

  • £1295 per person based on two in a car sharing a twin/double room
  • £1795 per person based on two in a car and single occupancy
  • £2049 per person based on one in a car and single occupancy

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What is included?

  • Return sailing with Britany Ferries
  • Cabin accommodation and dinner with wine included
  • Three nights’ accommodation at the Ferme de la Rançonniere on bed and breakfast basis
  • Dinner with wine each evening at the hotel
  • Breakfast on day one in France
  • Lunch on three days
  • Museum entries as described
  • Detailed roadbook, route cards and maps
  • Services of an experienced tour manager

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