- Full day tour to the Normandy battlefield beaches from Bayeux
- Pointe du Hoc fortifications
- American Military Cemetery
- Sword Beach
- Hillman Bunker complex
- Insightful commentary provided by your local English speaking guide
- Pickup and dropoff from central Bayeux hotels
What You Can Expect
Next, you'll drive along the coast to Omaha Beach where soldiers of the 29th and 1st Divisions landed, fought and died. Overlooking the bluff is the American Military Cemetery, where 9,387 service men rest in peace.
You will see Pegasus Bridge and its sister bridge which were sites for one of the most complete and successful operations carried out on D-Day. It was vital for these bridges to be captured intact in order to deny the Germans a crossing point over the Orne river and canal, which together run parallel to the sea from Caen. The paratroopers held their position despite numerous enemy counter-attacks until they were joined by British troops advancing south from Sword Beach just after midday on D-Day.
The Commonwealth Military Cemeteries are sadly present in numerous villages and towns in Normandy. They can be different in the size but the emotion stays the same, each grave has flowers, sometimes photographs and letters are laid down by relatives.
Your last stop for the day will be at Merville Battery Museum, where you will learn about the men of the 6th British Airborne. This small group of determined British soldiers managed to succeed in their D-Day mission to capture and destroy the guns strategically situated to fire on the landings taking place three miles further west on Sword Beach.
Please note: Due to special events taking place to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this tour could be amended on 5, 6 and 7 June 2014. It may not be possible to access the beaches, in which case alternative sites will be included instead.
Fantastic trip. Our tour guide was excellent and really brought alive the story of the D-Day beaches. Although it is quite a long day, we would certainly recommend this trip to other travellers.
We thought the tour very informative and were pleased with the content. We got to see all that we could in the time allotted. Very comprehensive and filled our need.