From the port of call of Honfleur, go back in time and visit the major World War II Norman battlefields to understand the key events of Operation Overlord. Your guide will welcome you at the port of call. The pick-up usually takes place between 8:00/8:45 am.The tours are private but if you want to share the tour with others, you can look on website like www cruisecritics com or try to find your ship on a facebook group by searching the name of your ship and the date of your cruise. For further details about your worry-free policy guaranteed on time return to your ship, refer to our terms and conditions.
Here is the complete list of ports of call from which we organize cruising excursions: Saint-Malo, Cherbourg, Caen, Honfleur, Le Havre, Rouen and Paris.
Pick-up/Drop-off places : Honfleur port of call
Pick-up time/Drop-off time : 8:30/9:00am
Duration : 9 hours with 1 h for lunch time. You will discuss with your guide the different options according to your preferences.
Lunch of the guide/driver
Entrance fees or tasting fees, unless mentioned. All the sites in the program are free access.
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.
Pégasus Bridge – Cafe Gondrée – Ranville War Cemetery – The Artificial harbor of Arromanches (Mulberry B) – 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.
Then late morning, you will continue on to Gold Beach where the 50th Infantry Division landed. After your lunch on the seaside, 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). From the heights of the town, a spectacular view dominates the remains of the artificial port (Phoenix Caissons, floating platforms, …).
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.