Normandy Detours

D-DAY LANDING BEACHES

On the 6th of June 1944, the Normandy coastline witnessed the most ambitious operation in modern military history, Operation NEPTUNE, the Allied landings. Thousands of men under the command of General Eisenhower were going to try everything to save Europe from Nazi tyranny.

I will accompany you to the major sites of this landing to better understand and reflect.

American sector

During this day, we will discuss the parachute drops of the 82nd and 101st American Airborne Divisions on the Cotentin Peninsula as well as the landings at Utah and Omaha beach together with the Rangers at Pointe du Hoc. The day ends at the American military cemetery of Colleville sur mer. It is also possible to stop at the German cemetery of La Cambe at the beginning of the day.

1.

The cotentin

The parachute drops of the 82nd and 101st American Airborne Divisions on the Cotentin Peninsula.

2.

Utah Beach

The landing of the 4th American infantry division.

3.

The pointe du Hoc

The assault of the American Rangers on the German battery.

4.

Omaha Beach

The difficult start of the 1st and 29th American divisions.

5.

American cemetery

A time of remembrance.

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Day

Between 8h and 9h

From 350€

1/2 Day

Between 4h and 5h

From 280€

British Sector

We will start with the attack on Pegasus Bridge by the 6th Royal Airborne gliders and the parachute drops further east. We continue to Sword Beach where 177 French soldiers accompanied thousands of British troops on the morning of the 6th of June and stop at Gold Beach to understand the creation of the artificial harbour at Arromanches. The day ends at the German battery at Longues sur mer.

1.

Pegasus Bridge

The attack on Pegasus Bridge by men of the British 6th Airborne Division in gliders and a parachute drop to the east.

2.

Commonwealth cemetery

Visit to Ranville Commonwealth Cemetery.

3.

Sword beach

The landing of the British 3rd Division and the 177 French of the Kieffer commando.

4.

Gold Beach

The landing of the 50th British Division and the creation of the artificial harbour.

5.

Longues-sur-mer

Visit of the German battery of Longues-sur-mer.

Practical information​

Day

Between 8h and 9h

From 350€

1/2 Day

Between 4h and 5h

From 280€

Canadian sector

We will follow the 3rd Canadian Division from Juno Beach on its rapid advance to its main objective, Carpiquet airfield. We will pass through many of the villages liberated during the day on 6 June. We will visit the Canadian garden at Ardenne Abbey before continuing on to Caen. The day ends south of the city to present the continuation of the operations.

1.

Juno Beach

À remplacer par The landing of the 3rd Canadian Division. It is also possible to visit the Juno Beach Center.

2.

In the steps of the 3rd Division

Drive through several villages contested by the Canadian forces (Saint-Contest, Buron, Authie...) and a stop at Hell's Corner.

3.

The Ardenne Abbey

Remembrance at the Canadian memorial garden.

4.

The airport of Carpiquet

The final objective of the Canadians on D-Day.

5.

Caen

Crossing the city of Caen to the south to prepare for the next stage of operations.

Practical information​

Day

Between 8h and 9h

From 350€

1/2 Day

Between 4h and 5h

From 280€