British D-Day Experience

British D-Day Experience

Réf Tour : # 6

If you stay in Paris, you can take a train from Paris St Lazare station at around 7 am and it takes 2 hours and half to get to Bayeux or Caen train station. Our guide will welcome you at the train station. If you wish to have a coffee or a croissant to start your day trip, our guide will be glad to explain you the key facts of Overlord operation with military maps. Then after you will experience the main highlights in the Normandy landing beaches and pay tribute to these brave men who fought and died here.
The tour will finish at 6 pm in order to catch your train for Paris with an arrival time at 9 pm. We can operate on request on Saturdays, on Sundays, Banks holidays and from november until march with an adapted program. We suggest you to stay around Paris St Lazare station. We can give a list of a few hotels.
Pick-up/Drop-off places : Rates are valid for Bayeux or Caen train station. Other places on request.
Pick-up time/Drop-off time : Operates from April 1st until October 31st Operates from April 1st until October 31st. From Monday to Friday : 10 :00 – 18 :00. No services on Saturday and on Sunday.
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 : 550€

Inclusions
Lunch of the guide/driver

Exclusions
Train tickets
Entrance fees or tasting fees, unless mentioned
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
Pégasus Bridge – Cafe Gondrée – Ranville War Cemetery – Sword Beach – The Artificial harbor of Arromanches (Mulberry B) – 360 museum – Gold Beach – The German battery of Longues-sur-Mer

The day will start by the visit of Sword sector with the most emblematic site, Pégasus Bridge. The movie The Longest Day made it famous thanks to its bagpiper crossing the bridge over the Caen Canal. You will also discover a Memorial in honour of the men of the 3 gliders that realized a fantastic landing in a tiny space. On the other bank, you will observe the first house liberated 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 devoted mainly to the 6th British airborne division. You may honor among those young soldiers, Den Brotheridge, considered to be the first Allied soldier to be killed, Robert Bobby who died at 16 years old or Emile Corteil burried with his paratrooper dog.

The late morning will conclude with a visit to Sword Beach and a lunch break before continuing on to Gold Beach where the 50th Infantry Division landed. Your guide will explain you the key facts of the success of the Battle of Normandy thanks to the construction of the artificial port of Arromanches (Mulberry B). Located on the heights of the town, Arromanches 360 circular cinema dominates the remains of the artificial port (Phoenix Caissons, floating platforms, …). You will live a true immersion at the heart of the story of the landing and the battle of Normandy with the projection of some archives footages.

The tour will end in another stunning location used for the movie 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 Longues-sur-Mer artillery battery covering Gold and Omaha beaches includes a firing command post and four casemates, 3 of them still housing a 150mm artillery piece. This element of the Altantic wall is the only place with the guns in place in Normandy. You guide will give you some full explanations about the construction of the Atlantic wall.

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