American D Day Beaches and landing sites

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Tour Number

Activity Level

407565


Categories

Day Trip / Out of Town, Hiking and Walking, Museums / Culture, Other

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent), French (advanced)

So much history in small proximity of the liberation of Europe.


This tour will include, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, La Pointe du Hoc, The American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur- Mer, Sainte-Mère-Église, Le Pont de la Fière and some out of the way machine gun posts, Tobruks!

I will give ongoing talks on the history of each section and depend on how much time we spend on each site, we'll visit museums. I will also discuss the overall history of WW2, normally as we travel between each site and over lunch, depending on individual requirements and knowledge.

* There are many small cinema screenings of personal testimonies or films taken during the invasion to be seen in some of the sites, museums etc. The lowering of the flag ceremony at the cemetery. You may want to see it if we have time.
I can also talk about the local histories of the various places we drive through. We can stop to purchase local products if requested.

Itinerary

This tour has three main features:
The American Cemetery, Omaha Beach and La Pointe Du Hoc, where James Rudder and the US Rangers scaled the cliffs. The location is virtually unchanged since 1944.
Also, it incorporates La Pont de la Fiere, the bridge that was the inspiration for the bridge at Ramelle in 'Saving Private Ryan'.

Highly recommended is Sainte-Mère-Église, where the actor Red Buttons played John Steele in 'The Longest Day' Hanging from the church tower. There is the wonderful Airborne museum here also.
We can visit Utah Beach where Brig Gen Theodore Roosevelt landed with his famous words: "let's start the war from here".
Let's visit some well-hidden machine gun emplacements near Omaha that give a real idea of what the Germans saw on that I'll fate landing beach.

This tour is packed with so many great things to see! We discuss at the outset your preferences, I will recommend certain places and we take it from there, with the aim to see as much as possible that you want to see.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: I will meet you at the port, hotel, railway or bus station in Bayeux area and nearby. Please contact me for more details.

End location: At Cherbourg, Caen, Bayeux, Le Havre, St Malo, Honfleur, Carpiquet, Dinard.

Duration: 10 hours

Transportation

Luxury 7 Seater and luxury saloon car.

What’s Included

My service as your private guide for all the tour.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

30 Euros - The museums entry fee is not normally included, as it's impossible to know which ones to book and how much time we'll have. I.e if it rains heavily, it might be that we'll spend more time inside.

What’s Extra

Hiring of 9 seater. 150euros
Collection from Cruise ports 70 euros
- Museums entrance fee
- Lunch.

Restrictions

Not normally permitted to give official guided tours in the Abbey of Le Mont St Michel, it is restricted to their personal guides.

A Recent Review of this tour

Graham was great with our group of nine. He had to hire an extra driver and car and unfortunately, that driver didn't speak English which was hard for those riding in that particular car - no highlights of the area were able to be shared on the two hour drive to Normandy. Tour with Graham was very interesting and informative. Graham is knowledgeable and shared a lot of fascinating information about Pont Hoc and the various beaches.
Christie Peden

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