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The D-Day Landing Grounds in Normandy

Normandy 5 nights from £1,859 per person
Departs: 25 Aug 2019
Departs: 25 Aug 2019

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This tour is designed to tell the story of the famous D-Day landings in June 1944 that launched the invasion of France and opened the Battle for Normandy that led directly to the capture of Paris in August. Thereafter, the Allies would advance steadily towards Nazi Germany where the European war would end in May 1945. The beaches are extremely evocative with so much of the original battlefields remaining intact replete with bunkers, gun emplacements and many of the farm buildings and villages that were involved in the fighting. Apart from the WW2 interest, Normandy is a beautiful area to tour with glorious scenery, ancient churches, strong local character and a fascinating history that has for centuries been so closely intertwined with that of the British Isles. Time will be found to explore beyond the battlefields and to take full advantage of the Norman cuisine.

What's included

...when you travel with Kirker

  • Return ferry from Portsmouth to Caen
  • Five nights’ accommodation with breakfast
  • Four dinners and two lunches
  • All sightseeing, entrance fees and gratuities
  • The services of a Kirker Tour Lecturer

Itinerary

  • Day 1 - D-Day Museum, Portsmouth & ferry to Caen

    We leave London by coach and travel to Portsmouth where we visit the Portsmouth D Day Museum. Then we continue to the port terminal for the afternoon ferry service to Caen. On arrival we will transfer to the 3* Ferme de la Ranconniere, which is in the village where the only D-Day Victoria Cross was won.
  • Day 2 - Longue Sur Mer battery, Mulberry Harbour, Gold & Juno Beaches

    This morning we visit the Longue Sur Mer battery, the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches, as well as Gold and Juno Beaches. This afternoon there will be free time to explore Bayeux and visit the Cathedral and the famous Bayeux Tapestry.
  • Day 3 - Sword Beach, bunkers & WW2 museum

    We begin at Sword Beach and follow the fighting inland through the bunker system in front of Caen to Perier Ridge where the German Panzers were beaten off. We will view Pegasus Bridge where Lovat, famously accompanied by his piper, relieved Major Howard’s glider force. The day ends with a visit to the heights above Ranville and the excellent Caen WW2 museum.
  • Day 4 - Utah beach, German cemetery & Omaha Beach

    Our first stop today is Utah beach followed by the town of St Mere Eglise which US paratroops defended against furious counter attacks. The morning ends at the German cemetery at La Cambe. After lunch, we go to Omaha Beach where the American army suffered the largest casualties of D-Day. We will see the Pointe du Hoc, a promontory overlooking the English Channel which was captured by US Rangers scaling a cliff face, the beach landing ground, The American Cemetery and the Omaha Museum.
  • Day 5 - Battlefields around Caen

    Today we will explore the battlefields around Caen including The Falaise Pocket where the Allied Armies inflicted vast casualties on the retiring German forces but failed to cut them off entirely. We also see the wonderful Norman castle at Falaise where William the Conqueror was born.
  • Day 6 - Ferry to Portsmouth

    We leave on the early ferry from Caen back to Portsmouth and then travel back to London by coach, arriving late-afternoon.

Departure Dates and Prices

25 Aug 2019

Status Available

Price from£1859

Single Supp.£288

Reserve Contact
Hugh Macdonald-Buchanan

Hugh MacDonald-Buchanan

Tour Leader

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