The landing operation began during the night of the 5th to the 6th of June 1944 when three airborne divisions were dropped on either flank of the front. The paratroops' mission was to capture certain key points: the Merville Battery, the bridge over the Caen canal, roads, and locks. A little later, several hundred Rangers managed to capture the fortified position at the Pointe du Hoc, after a particular daring assault. Meanwhile, between 06.30 and 07.30 hours, 135.000 men and roughly 20.000 vehicles were brought in the sea on five landing beaches as planned.
From Paris Daily 7:30am/7:30pm
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All Inclusive Shared Tour:
From Paris 229€pp 6.30am/7:30pm
Departures Tue, Thurs, Sat.
Pick up around 7:30am and head north. After passing Caen, we take direction Arromanches to visit the remains of the artificial harbour (that the Allies built in England and towed to France). At around 11am in Arromanches we will watch a documentary, "the Price of Freedom", at a 360 degree movie theater,
Then onto Longues sur Mer to see the canons and bunkers of Longues (the only coastal batteries that are still in the same spot where they were when the fired on the Allies on D Day giving an impressive picture of what an Atlantic wall gun emplacement was really like.
Around 1pm we'll have lunch Port en Bessin (the Petrol Harbour where one of the pipelines of the Allies came out).
Then you will continue your day of remembrance and stop at Colleville sur Mer above Omaha Beach, to visit the American Cemetery, which contains over 9,000 white crosses perfectly aligned on 170 acres. A chapel and memorial add the finishing touches to this moving scene allowing visitors to reflect on the price of war.
To finish the tour, visit of the Pointe du Hoc around 4pm, visually without doubt the most impressive spot of the Landing Beaches, a 90 feet high cliffs, where 225 Rangers landed on the morning of June 6, 1944. It was one of the strong points of the German fortifications.
Short visit of Rouen
Lunch in Etretat
Long range artillery at Longues sur Mer
American Cemetery/Omaha Beach
Overnight St Malo or Dinard
Visit of the Mont Saint Michel
Lunch th terrace of La Mere Poulard
Drive along RN176 aka Voie de la Liberté
Calvados/cider cellar visit
Return to Paris
Cider Tasting Visit
Monet's Garden in Giverny
Lunch in Rouen
Tasting at the Abbey Benedictine
Visit the cliffs of Etretat
Arromanches + Longues sur Mer
Lunch at the Caen Castle Museum
William the Conqueror's castle
Visit Normandy's only winery
Return to Paris
Caen Memorial Museum for Peace
The Caen Memorial was born out of the desire to create a place for reflecting on wars on the basis of the experience of the memorable events that took place in Caen and the region during the summer of 1944. Far from concentrating solely on commemoration, the Memorial, a museum for Peace, presents the stakes involved in the Second World War, and the course and significance of the war. Broadening the perspective, the Memorial covers the second half of the century, and shows how the end of World War II did not signal the end of violence, of all types of violence. Breaking new ground in museum design, services and technologies, the Memorial places the emphasis on emotion and inciting the visitor to think about war and meditate on this phrase of Elie Wiesel: "Peace is not a gift from God to man, but a gift from man to himself".
Overlooking Omaha Beach, the American cemetery contains over 9.000 white crosses perfectly aligned on a 170 acres plot which is conducive to meditation and remembrance. A chapel and a memorial add the finishing touch to this moving scene. The Normandy American Cemetery is one of 14 permanent American World War II military cemeteries on foreign soil. The government of France granted use of this land, in perpetuity, as a permanent burial ground. The graves area contains ten grave plots, five on each side of the main mall. Interred within them are the remains of 9,387 servicemen and women. Three hundred and seven of which are unknown. The precisely aligned headstones against the immaculately maintained emerald green lawn convey an unforgettable feeling of peace and tranquility and remembrance. A beautiful chapel and a memorial add to this moving scene.
Pointe du Hoc
The symbol of the gallantry of the young American soldiers and one of the strong points of the German fortifications, the famous Pointe du Hoc was taken by storm by Colonel Rudder's 225 Rangers, quite unexpected, landed and heroically scaled the cliffs 90 feet high on the morning of the 6th June 1944. The Rangers struggled on for two long days and when these heroes were finally reinforced by troops which landed on the night of 7th and 8th June, only 90 of them remained, many of whom were wounded. It was a vital position on the Atlantic Wall manned by the troops of Field-marshall Rommel ; its casemates of concrete are several feet thick, contained six 155 mm guns, capable of firing on Omaha Beach and, even further away on Utah Beach at the foot of the Cherbourg Peninsula.
“We reviewed our pictures and watched video of our trip over the break and had great memories of our time in France with you. The trip to Normandy and drive thru Paris was really a trip highlight. Want to thank you again for your excellent service and great commentary. We will never forget the trip. I attached a couple of photos that were taken at the cemetery
Ron enjoyed our trip to Normandy so much and it gave him so much pleasure to remember our trip! He loved the history and the sacrifice that Normandy represented and you made the trip so meaningful for him. Thank you for giving us those special moments!
Thanks so much for such a good tour! Our trip was so lovely, informative and we enjoyed our driver/guide very much. He was superb. I felt very much like I was there in 1944 or maybe I was in the middle of a virtual war zone overwhelmed by all the odds against the Allied troops. How brave all of your countrymen were and the countries who came to your aid! Our driver/guide was thorough and interesting, besides very delightful company. Thanks so very much for a wonderful addition to an already superb visit to your beautiful country. It was worth the time and money we spent.