BRITISH & CANADIAN D-DAY EXPERIENCE - FULL DAY GROUP TOUR

09:45 Departure from Bayeux

What You Can Expect

Once we arrive at the locations listed, we will leave the vehicle, and you will receive comprehensive explanations regarding the events that occurred, personal stories and much more. We also allow time for you to have a look around at your leisure to take photos.

Tour Itinerary

Once we have departed Bayeux, we will head off to the British sector of the Normandy landings and show you the sites listed below:

Longues Sur Mer - German Coastal Gun Battery

This impressive gun battery position is the only position along the Atlantik Wall in this area of France that still has the guns in situ. We will explore the site together, and you will learn about how it was built, how it operated and ultimately, how it was silenced.

 

Please note that we stop here for 40 minutes.

Arromanches - Mulberry Artificial Harbour

Arromanches, chosen as the location for Mulberry B Artifical Harbour, is better known as port Winston after Churchill. We will show the impressive remnants of this amazing construction project and explain how significant this was in defeating the Germans in Normandy.

 

Please note that we stop here for 20 minutes.

Gold Beach - Asnelles

British forces on D-Day assaulted gold beach. Their objectives were to move west and capture Arromanches and link up with the Americans landing at Omaha. Move eastwards to link up with forces landing at Juno Beach and to move inland and capture the medieval town of Bayeux.

 

Please note that we stop here for 25 minutes.

Ryes War Cemetery

On our way back to the drop off point, we will stop and show you the Ryes War Cemetery. A fitting end to this short tour where you will be able to reflect on the loss suffered by the British.

 

Please note that we stop here for 25 minutes.

Bayeux - Lunch Stop

As we are very close to Bayeux, we will return to allow you to have lunch. Lunch is not included with this tour so, once we arrive, you will be given sufficient time to grab a quick lunch in this beautiful medieval town before we head back off for the afternoon part of the tour.

Why not use your free time to visit the Bayeux Tapestry? The Bayeux Tapestry or Bayeux Embroidery is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.

 

Please note that we stop here for 1 hour. Restrooms are available at this location. 

Pegasus Bridge

The capture of Pegasus Bridge in the British sector has to be the most daring raid on D-Day. The guide will explain the Airborne operation in this area and, why this bridge has been made legendary the world over.

We will also explain the objectives of the Canadian paratroopers that dropped in this area of Normandy.

 

Please note that we stop here for 25 minutes.

Sword Beach - multiple stops

Follow in the footsteps of some of the brave British soldiers who landed at this site on D-Day to the sound of bagpipes. Together we will learn about the German defenses established here prior to D-Day and how the 3rd British Infantry Division, combined with elements of British Special Forces made this landing a success.

 

Please note that we stop here for 45 minutes.

St Aubin Sur Mer

This seaside town is made up of many narrow streets and has impressive high sea walls. This is the landing site given to the North Shore New Brunswick Regiment and tanks of Fort Gary Horse. We will explain the strategy behind the assault and how the Canadians triumphed. Here we will show some fantastic memorials and the remaining german bunker defences.

Bernieres Sur Mer

Bernieres Sur Mer is the location where The Queens own Rifles of Canada landed. The first combat assault waves suffered terribly. We will discuss the German defences at this location, the reason why the Canadians suffered so many casualties and how they finally made movement in land.

Courseulles Sur Mer

At this location, you will hear about the Regina Rifles and Winnipeg Rifles. The is more evidence of  German bunkers to explore and also a Sherman DD tank recovered from the harbour.

Graye Sur Mer

The exit at Graye Sur Mer was used as one of the exit points by Canadian troops after finally overcoming the German defences. Here you will hear the story of 1 Charlie (shown in the photo above).

Bayeux Commonwealth War Cemetery

For the last stop, we will stop and show you the Commonwealth War Cemetery located in Bayeux. As soldiers from all parts of the Commonwealth are buried here, we feel that this is a fitting end to this tour.

 

Please note that we stop here for 30 minutes.

Things to consider

We want you to have a fantastic experience so please bear these in mind when preparing for your tour:

The weather can be unpredictable in Normandy so dress in layers.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Gratuities will be appreciated.

One last thing!

If you decide to take a tour with us, we will be over the moon. However, even if you don't and decide to choose another company, we are still grateful. Without you, Normandy as a whole would suffer so thank you, thank you, thank you!