American D-Day ExperienceRéf 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. 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: Cherbourg 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 850 €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 expensesDescriptionThe 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 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 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.
The next stop 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 observe the remains of the artificial harbour 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 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.