GOLD BEACH : UK SECTOR – HALF DAY TOUR
Réf : Tour 3A
Program : Gold Beach – German batteries of Longues-sur-Mer – Artificial harbor of Arromanches (Mulberry B) – Museum D-day – British cemetery of Bayeux
Pick-up/Drop-off places : Caen at the foot of the castle in front of St Peter’s church near the tourist information center.
Other picking places: Caen train & bus stations/Bayeux/Courseulles-sur-Mer/Bernières-sur-Mer/Saint Aubin/Ouistreham/Port-en-Bessin : contact us for schedules & conditions.
Daily departure : noon – Return 5:30 pm all over the year. In some periods, some other departures available early in the morning.
Rates : 70€ (65€ <18 years) – free for children under 3.
D-DAY MUSEUM included & access to all sites & monuments.
Process of booking : a confirmation will be sent to you with all details. No deposit required. Payment made the day of your tour directly to your guide by cash or by credit card for payment over 130€ (amex/visa/mastercard).
Tips : Take good walking shoes and comfortable clothes. We supply umbrellas and bottles of water in the vehicles. For a departure at noon, take a snack. There is no real lunch break. We have car seats adapted to the different ages of the children. In general, the circuits are not suitable for children under 10 years.
This tour lasts about five hours. The British troops landed on this area in the North-East of Bayeux. The sector of Gold Beach offers two main attractions : the German gun battery of Longues-sur-Mer but also one of the most ambitious projects of the military history with the artificial harbour of Arromanches. Small group tour led by a certified and experimented guide in a spacious & comfortable minivan for more conviviality (maximum of 8 participants) or in a Sedan or SUV suitable from 2 until 5 people. Refreshment on board free.
Out of the five designated targets for the Normandy landings, Gold Beach was in the centre. The commander of the invasion force for Gold was Lieutenant-General Miles Dempsey and the main assault unit was the British 50th Infantry Division, part of the British 2nd Army. The main regiments used in the attack were the Dorsetshire, Hampshire, East Yorkshire and Devonshire. Along with these regiments was 47th Royal Marine Commandos who were attached to the 50th Division. 24,970 British troops landed in June 6, 1944 at midnight.
THE GERMAN BATTERIES OF LONGUES-SUR-MER
A major constituent of the Atlantic Wall, the Longues-sur-Mer artillery battery includes a firing command post and four casemates, each housing a 150mm artillery piece. Located in the heart of the Allied assault zone, on the top of a cliff overlooking the English Channel, the battery played a strategic role during the Allied Landings on the 6th of June 1944. Some scenes of the movie « The Longest day » were filmed inside the command post. This site is exceptional because this German defence is one of the few remains of the Atlantic Wall still intact. During your tour you will visit the 4 pillboxes -which still house their 6 inch guns- as well as the command post involved in the German counter-offensive.
THE ARTIFICIAL PORT OF ARROMANCHES (MULBERRY B)
Located on the Arromanches clifftops, there is a fantastic view on the remnants of the artificial Mulberry B harbour set up by the Allies. You will see a few remains of the artificial port : a floating road, a piece of the unloading platform, pontoons, Phoenix caissons.
THE D-DAY MUSEUM
This museum goes into fascinating detail about the setting up of the Mulberry Harbour here via displays and animated 3D scale models, together with photographs , film archives and also powerful videos.
THE BAYEUX WAR CEMETERY
The Bayeux War Cemetery is the largest Second World War cemetery of Commonwealth soldiers in France, located in Bayeux, Normandy. The cemetery contains 4,648 burials, mostly of the Invasion of Normandy. Opposite this cemetery stands the Bayeux Memorial which comme- morates more than 1,800 casualties of the Commonwealth forces who died in Normandy and have no known grave.