British D-Day ExperienceRéf Tour : # E2
From the port of call in Honfleur, 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. Picking it up usually takes place between 8 am/8.45am.Tours are private, but if you want to share yours with some other participants, you can look on the website like www.cruisecritics.com or try to join a facebook group by searching for the name of your ship and the date of your cruise.For more details on our policy without any worries on the return on time on your ship, see our Terms and conditions.
Pick-up/drop-off locations: Honfleur port of call
Pick-up time/drop-off time: 8.30am/9am
Duration: 9 hours with 1 hour for lunch time.Prices for 1 to 7 pax: from 750 €Inclusions
Entrance fees or tasting fees, unless mentioned
Gratuities for the driver/guide
Meals and drinks, unless specified
Personal insurance and expensesDescriptionPegasus Bridge - Gondrée Café - Ranville War Cemetery - The Artificial Port of Arromanches (Mulberry B) - Gold Beach - The German Battery Longues-sur-Mer
Explore with your licensed driver-guide the details of Overlord operation and discover key British D-day sites and the different divisions (Infantry, Navy, Airforce, Support) involved in the landing of Sword and Gold 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 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.
The day began with a visit to the Sword sector with the most emblematic site, the Pegasus Bridge. The film The Longest Day made him famous thanks to his bagpipes crossing the bridge over the Caen Canal. You will also discover a Memorial in honor of the men of the 3 glors who made a fantastic landing in a tiny space. On the other bank, you will observe the first house released in France called Café Gondrée.
Then you will pay tribute to the 2,563 men who died fighting for freedom in the Ranville War Cemetery dedicated mainly to the 6th Airborne Division. You can honor among these young soldiers, Den Brotheridge, considered the first Allied soldier to be killed, Robert Bobby who died at 16 or Emile Corteil buried with his paratrooper dog.
Then, in the late morning, you will continue to Gold Beach where the 50th Infantry Division has the country. After your lunch by the sea, your guide will explain the key facts of the success of the Battle of Normandy through the construction of the artificial port of Arromanches (Mulberry B). From the heights of the city, a spectacular view dominates the remains of the artificial port (Phoenix Caissons, floating shaped flats, ...).
The tour will end in another beautiful location used for the film The Longest Day with the famous scene of this German officer who sees from his command post thousands of Allied ships arriving from England. The Battery of Longues-sur-Mer, which covers the beaches of Gold and Omaha, includes a firing command post and four casemates, don't three still house a 150 mm artillery piece. This element of the altantic wall is the only place with the guns in place in Normandy. You will guide you to give you some complete explanations about the construction of the Atlantic Wall.