American D-Day experience

American D-Day Experience

Réf Tour : # 9

From the port of call of Cherbourg, go back in time and visit the major World War II Norman battlefields to understand the key events of Operation Overlord. Your guide will welcome you at the port of call. The pick-up usually takes place between 8:00/8:45 am.The tours are private but if you want to share the tour with others, you can look on website like www.cruisecritics.com or try to find your ship on a facebook group by searching the name of your ship and the date of your cruise. For further details about your worry-free policy guaranteed on time return to your ship, refer to our terms and conditions.
Here is the complete list of ports of call from which we organize cruising excursions: Saint-Malo, Cherbourg, Caen, Honfleur, Le Havre, Rouen and Paris.

Pick-up/Drop-off places : Cherbourg port of call
Pick-up time/Drop-off time : 8:30/9:00am

Duration : 8 hours with 1 h for lunch time. You will discuss with your guide the different options according to your preferences.

Rates for 1 to 7 pax : 690€

Inclusions
Lunch of the guide/driver

Exclusions
Entrance fees or tasting fees, unless mentioned. All the sites in the program are free access.
Gratuities for the driver/guide
Meals and drinks, unless specified
Personal insurance and expenses

Things to know before the tour
This activity is not wheelchair accessible everywhere. This tour is not adapted for children under 4 years old. We can provide some car seats until 10 years old. The order of the visit can be modified for some reasons (weather conditions, access restricted to the museums and sites). The museum listed in the program can be changed if there is a restriction beyond our control and will be replaced by a similar one after a discussion with your guide.

How to prepare your tour ?
Wear shoes, clothing and equipment that protect you from the cold, rain and wind in winter (hats, scarves, gloves, umbrellas) and from the sun in summer (sunglasses, hat or cap).
If you change to modify the contain of the tour, please send a request for a quotation. We also can design a specific tour if one of your relatives came in Normandy during the WWII.

Description
The German cemetery La Cambe – Omaha beach – The US cemetery and Visitor Center – The German Battery Pointe du Hoc (the Ranger Memorial) – Sainte-Mère-Eglise in Utah sector

Explore with your licensed driver-guide the details of Overlord operation and discover key American D-day sites and the different divisions (Infantry, Navy, Airforce, Support) involved in the landing of Omaha and Utah areas. During that highly personalised tour, your guide will give you some full explanations to better understand what went wrong and what whent right for each battlefield sites. By the end of your visit, you will understand the strategic choices for the Allied invasion of Normandy and you will feel that you have proudly fulfilled your duty of remembrance by paying tribute to all those young men who sacrificed themselves to save France, Europe and the world.

The first stop of the day will be the German cemetery which was in the early days an American field hospital at the border of the N13 before becoming a cemetery for American and German soldiers. In 1947, the bodies of American soldiers were transferred to the new Omaha Beach Cemetery. Those of the Germans remained there. Today 21,000 graves lie in this cemetery. You have the Ace tanker Michael Wittman buried there when his tank was discovered by accident in the 80’s or the worst Nazi criminal in France called Adolf Dieckman who killed 642 children, women and men by putting fire in a church and a barn in the village of Oradour-sur-Glane.

But the most anticipated moment is of course a visit from “Bloody Omaha”with two stops, elements of the German Atlantic Wall: the famous strongpoint WN 62, one of the main German defenses on Omaha Beach where the Big Red One division landed and the second strongpoint WN72 located on the Dog sector which had to face the first assault wave, the 29th division. You will be able to observe the remains of the artificial harbour of Omaha called Mulberry A.

Naturally, a stop at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach is in order to honour the memory of the 10,000 American soldiers buried or missing in action. Inside the cemetery, the visitor center (free admission) displays some stories, artefacts, narrative texts, photos, films and interactive exhibits giving a more human dimension to the necropolis overlooking Bloody Omaha.

After the lunch, the visit will continue at the German battery at Pointe du Hoc, the only place where huge craters are still visible due to naval and aerial bombardments. 250 rangers bravely climbed the 100 feet cliffs to capture the 4 guns. They will be liberated a day and a half after intense fighting with the Germans.

Then, you will be heading to Utah sector in a charming village Sainte-Mère-L’Eglise, made famous in the movie « The Longest Day » with an accidental drop of some paratroopers of the 82nd airborne division in the center of the village. Among them, John Steel stayed hanging at the church steeple for a few hours. The tour will end with the visit of that roman church with some military stained glass windows devoted to the 82nd airborne division.

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