American SectorRéf Tour : # H1
From the port of call in Cherbourg, go back in time and visit the great Norman battlefields of the Second World War to understand the key events of Operation Overlord. Your guide will welcome you to the port of call.Tours are private, but if you want to share yours with some other participants, you can look on the website like www.cruisecritics.com
Pick-up/drop-off locations: Cherbourg port of call
Pick-up time/drop-off time: 8.30am/5:30pm
Duration: 9 hoursRate for 1 to 7 pax : from 995€Inclusions
Lunch of the guide/driverExclusions
Entrance fees or tasting fees, unless mentioned
Gratuities for the driver/guide
Meals and drinks, unless specified
Personal insurance and expensesDescriptionOmaha beach – The US cemetery – The German Battery Pointe du Hoc (the Ranger Memorial) – Utah Beach – Sainte-Mère-Eglise
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 went right for each battlefield site. 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.
You will start your day with « Bloody Omaha » to explore the remains of the German Atlantic Wall (tobroucks, bunkers, casemates …) where the first assault waves : the Rangers, the Big Red One and the 29th divisions landed in different sectors (Charlie, Dog, Easy and Fox). You will also 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 planned in order to honour the memory of the 10,000 American soldiers buried or missing in action.
The visit will continue to the German battery at Pointe du Hoc, the only place where huge craters are still visible due to naval and aerial bombardments. 225 rangers bravely climbed up the 100 feet cliffs to capture the 6 guns. They will be encircled by the Germans and liberated a day and a half after intense fighting.
For the lunch, you will be heading to Utah beach. We suggest you to have a quick meal in a special place a few meters from the dunes of Utah Beach where Theodore Roosvelt Junior landed. The restaurant was a fisherman's house before the war. During the german occupation, it served as an office for the Todt Organisation in charge of construction of the Atlantic wall and became after the landing, the headquarters of the 1rst Engineer Brigade. Adjacent to the house, the US Navy communications center was set up. Both operated from june until november 1944. If the owner is here, maybe you will have the opportunity to visit that private bunker with german and american equipments from the time. Inside the restaurant and bunker, hundreds of veteran autographs decorate the walls.
On Utah Beach, you will have the opportunity to pay tribute to the memory of the men of the engineers, the US navy and the 4th and 90th infantry divisions and you will see a Higgins boat, a full-size replica of a landing craft.
Then, your guide will drive through the countryside and the hedgerows to take you to Sainte-Mère-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 12th century roman church with some military stained glass windows devoted to the 82nd airborne division.