JUNO BEACH + GOLD BEACH
Réf : Tour 7A
Program : Gold Beach – Artificial harbor of Arromanches (Mulberry B) – Museum D-day in Arromanches or Juno Beach Center & its park – Bény-Reviers Canadian Cemetery or Bayeux British Cemetery – the Ardenne Abbaye – the Canada House – Juno Beach.
Rates: 100 € (95 € <18 years) – free for children under 3
1 MUSEUM included & access to all sites & monuments. Lunch is not included in the rate. Your guide will recommand you some eating places according to your budget if you don’t take away your own lunch (fast food, brasserie, cafés, bakeries, supermarkets …).
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.
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 : 9:00 am – Return 18:00 pm all over the year. In some periods, some other departures available early in the morning.
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. There is a 45 minutes break for lunch time. We have car seats adapted to the different ages of the children. In general, the circuits are not suitable for children under 10 years.
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 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 (MULBERRY B)
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.
THE ARDENNE ABBEY
The Ardenne Abbey is situated at the gateway to Caen. On June 7th, 1944, the German army occupied the Abbey in order to keep watch on the Canadian troops and prepare a counter-attack. This very same day, the Germans took Canadian soldiers from the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and the 27th Armoured Regiment (The Sherbrooke Fusiliers Regiment) prisoner. They were escorted to the abbey where eighteen of them were executed. Today, a memorial in the Abbey’s garden commemorates this tragic event
THE CANADIAN CEMETERY IN BENY-REVIERS
The cemetery contains 2,049 graves. Most of the soldiers buried in the cemetery were killed in June and in early July 1944 during the Battle of Caen on D-Day at Juno Beach. Canadian prisoners of war executed by the SS-Panzer Hitlerjugend at the Abbaye d’Ardenne are also buried in this cemetery.
THE CANADA HOUSE
It was one of the first houses liberated by Canadian soldiers on D-Day, 6 June 1944, and has since become a familiar historic landmark, standing in the backdrop of the many black-and-white photographs showing troops landing on the sands of this village in Normandy. The house has also become a place of pilgrimage. A memorial in front of the house indicates : “Within sight of this house over 100 men of the Queen’s Own Rifles were killed or wounded, in the first few minutes of the landings.”
On D-Day, the 3rdCanadian Infantry Division commanded General Rodney Keller landed on Juno Beach. 14,000 Canadians landed alongside 9 000 British troops. Canadian losses were about a thousand. Most of them are buried at the Canadian War Cemetery Bény-sur-Mer. In Graye-sur-mer, La Croix de Lorraine Monument dedicated to the General De Gaulle was landed on the 14th June 1944.
JUNO BEACH CENTER & ITS PARK
Opened on June 6, 2003, the Juno Beach Centre, a unique Canadian museum on the landing beaches, is located in the town of Courseulles- sur-Mer. Juno Beach Centre presents the civilian war effort and military of the entire population in Canada and the various fronts during the Second World War, as well as the different contemporary Canadian society faces. Closed in January.