from la Ponte du hoc to the american cemetery with your private guide
This very moving and fascinating tour allows you to realize the extraordinary preparation of the allies to land on the Normandy coast.
La Pointe Du Hoc is a 90-foot cliff made famous by the rangers who climbed it with ropes and ladders within 20 minutes to reduce a German battery. It is the only area in Normandy completely shattered by bombardments which gives you the best idea of the violent fights which took place there over 3 days and nights.
We'll visit some of the bunkers (most were destroyed). Then, we'll proceed to Omaha beach where the Americans landed on the 6th of June at 6:30am, suffering great casualties.
Let's make a stop to imagine the most difficult mission of these american soldiers climbing the cliff where Germans where shooting. The american cemetery half a mile away, was completed in 1956 and 9386 American war dead are there buried, including the missing and the unknown. The headstones against the immaculately maintained emerald green lawn convey an unforgettable feeling of peace.
Driving from your hotel in Bayeux or Caen to La pointe du Hoc where the rangers climbed the cliff with ropes and ladders where we'll stop one hour to visit the site, then we'll proceed to the german cemetery and Omaha beach, 15 mn driving where we make another stop to walk on the beach if the tide is low and you can even pick up some pebbles which decorate different parts of the american cemetery in Colleville. We'll have a look at the very moving temporary american cemetery where they buried the first dead soldiers at the beginning of the battle of Normandy. Stop for a casual lunch. And we'll proceed to the american cemetery, half a mile away where we'll spend at least an hour. Back to your hotel or the train station.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I usually meet you at your hotel. But if you have another suggestion, just let me know!
End location: We end the tour at the hotel. If it is located in a town you may stop to do some shopping.
Duration: 8 hours
We can make the tour shorter or longer , it is up to you, I am very flexible and I only want to make you confortable and happy!
Our comfortable airconditioned 6 seats Mazda car (from 2012)
the whole tour, guiding and my husband driving our own car and our transportation from and back home to your hotel. If you have your own car the tour will be less expensive. Ask me when you are interested by the tour.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 EURO - Your lunch
I don't drive when I guide but my husband is the professional driver and we have Mazda car which accomodate 4 passengers and both of us. Or you may hire your own car.
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We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Marianne. She was not only knowledgeable in the subject but seemed well versed in so many areas and was able answer the many questions my family had for her. She was a pleasure to spend time with and had us all laughing at her anecdotes and jokes. We travel all the time and have had many tour guides and agree Marianne was one of the best we have had.