American SectorRéf Tour : # E1
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.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: Honfleur port of call
Pick-up time/drop-off time: 8.30am/5:30pm
Duration: 9 hoursRate for 1 to 7 pax : 1100€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 - U.S. Cemetery and Visitor Center - Germany's Battery Pointe du Hoc (The Ranger Memorial)
Explore with your guide the details of Operation Overlord and discover the main American D-Day sites and the various divisions (infantry, navy, air force, support) involved in landing in the Omaha area. During this highly personalized tour, your guide will give you some complete explanations to better understand what happened and what is good for each battlefield site. At 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 spoke out to save France, Europe and the world.
The first stop of the day will be "Bloody Omaha" with two stops, elements of the German Atlantic Wall: the famous WN 62 strong point, one of the main German defenses on omaha beach where the Big Red One division landed and the second strong point WN72 located on the dog sector that had to face the first wave of assault, the 29th Division.
You will be able to watch the remains of the artificial port of Omaha called Mulberry A. Naturally, a stop at the American cemetery Omaha Beach is to honor the memory of the 10,000 American soldiers buried or missing in battle. Inside the cemetery and if the weather is not so good, you also have the option to visit the Visitor Centre presenting some stories, artifacts, narrative texts, photos, films and interactive exhibitions giving a more human dimension to the bloodied Bloody Omaha necropolis.
After lunch, the visit will continue at the German coastal battery of Pointe du Hoc, the only place where huge craters are still visible due to naval and aerial bombardment. 225 rangers bravely climbed the 100-foot cliffs to capture the 6 guns. They were released a day and a half after intense fighting with the Germans.