Normandy Landing Beaches
LEH-115 | Paris/Normandy (Le Havre), France |
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Tour at a Glance
You will visit:
- D-Day Beaches/American Cemetery
You will see:
Approx. 10.5 hours
Max. Group Size: 45
Your tour begins as you board your motorcoach for a scenic, 2 ½-hour drive to Courseulles sur Mer along the coast, passing the Juno and Gold landing sites along the way.
You'll arrive at Arromanches Beach, where you'll see remnants of the Mulberry, the artificial harbor where thousands of troops came ashore. Built on the site of the harbor is the Museum of the Landing Day. The museum commemorates the D-Day landings, with models, dioramas and a short film depicting the monumental exploits and heroic sacrifices of Allied forces in Operation Overlord. Before departing for lunch, you'll have free time to browse for souvenirs at the gift shop.
A lunch is served at a local restaurant, with pave d'Isigny salad, chicken supreme a la normande, kir aperitif and wine, on the menu. After a sumptuous meal, you'll continue to Colleville-Sur-Mer, home to the World War II Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
Just above Omaha Beach, a place where the American military suffered staggering casualties on D-Day, the American Cemetery is the final resting place of nearly 10,000 servicemen who died during the Normandy campaign. You'll walk between the rows of marble crosses and Stars of David stretching as far as the eye can see, and witness a memorial and chapel that flank the sea of graves. You'll also visit the new Visitors Centre that presents exhibitions on Operation Overlord and focuses on three major themes: the Competence, the Courage and the Sacrifice.
Next, you'll make a photo stop at Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Three companies from the 2nd Ranger Battalion scaled the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoc on D-Day to capture this strategic position. The Ranger Memorial towers above the 30-acre battlefield where, one inscription reads, "Soldiers lie forever united in the chaos of war."
Your tour concludes with a relaxing drive back to the pier.
The drive between Le Havre and the Landing Beaches is approximately 2 1/2 hours each way.
12 years & under only