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American D-Day Experience
Full day group tour

09:00 departure from Cherbourg cruise terminal
145 Per person
  • Guided tour
  • 8 Hours
  • Tour in English
  • Free time
  • lunch included
  • Free Wi-Fi

Description

American D-Day Experience - Full day group tour

Experience the main highlights in the Omaha sector of the Normandy landing beaches. An experienced guide will lead you through the action from start to finish, ensuring that you feel the bravery of the men that fought and died here.

This tour picks up from Cherbourg Cruise Terminal so you will be able to leave your ship, board our vehicle, see the sites in the American sector and re-join your ship in time for dinner. A hassle free way of visiting the Normandy landing beaches!

Main sites we visit

Sainte Mere Eglise, Pointe Du Hoc, Omaha Beach, Overlord Museum and the American Cemetery.

Highlights

  • Maximum of 15 clients per tour
  • lunch included
  • Museum entrace included
  • Guided visits with free time to take photos and explore
  • Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor - the worlds largest travel review site

Important

Luggage

As we have limited space on board the vehicles we use for this tour, we cannot carry large items of luggage. Small back packs and small overnight bags are acceptable.

Adult pricing for all seats

European law dictates that all passengers, regardless of age are required to have a seat. Therefore, adult pricing applies to all passengers regardless of age. If you are planning to take this tour with young children, please note they may be required to have a car seat. When booking, please specify their age and if required, we will provide a car seat.

Clients with reduced mobility

As we have limited space onboard the vehicles we use for this tour, we are sorry but it is not possible to carry in our vehicles any of the following:

Wheelchairs (including fold up types)
Mobility scooters
Walking frames

Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel your booking, as long as you have given us at least 7 days notice, we will offer a full refund (minus chargebacks we are forced to pay). If you want total peace of mind, we suggest taking our cancellation insurance when booking. If you take this insurance, you have the right to cancel up to the time of the tour departure.


Schedule

Operates from April 1st until October 31st
Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00 Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal
Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal
Saturday 09:00 - 17:00 Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal
Sunday 09:00 - 17:00 Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal
Please note that no services will be operating from August 12th - August 26th 2018
We close to allow our team to take some vacation time

Multi-media Tour Experience

All of our vehicles are fitted with our unique multi-media tour system. As we drive, the vehicle location will be shown on a map via our on board screens. As we pass points of interest, small video clips that we have produced will start automatically by GPS. These videos will help explain the sites that we pass and, lay the foundation for the next stop. This system was developed in house and is unique in Normandy!

Please note that this does not mean that this tour will just be multi-media. Far from it! This is an additional bonus while we drive from site to site. The guide will also provide information as we drive and when we arrive at sites, you will have a guided tour outside of the vehicle. Best of all worlds!


Tour Map


Tour timeline

  • Meeting pointTour check in

    Our vehicles will arrive in the car park lot adjacent to the terminal building. Please ensure you are in the correct location so we can ensure an on-time departure. It will be a very good idea if you use the restrooms in the terminal building before we depart.

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  • Meeting pointDeparture time

    We like to run on time and if you are not at the departure point by the advertised departure time, we will depart. There will be others on board that have arrived on-time and we do not want to impact their experience. If you do arrive late, you will need to take a cab at your own expense to catch up with the tour. We strongly advise you to arrive early for the tour as no refunds will be considered if you miss the service.

  • 82nd AirborneSte Mere Eglise

    This small Norman town was situated on the main N13 road that linked Cherbourg to Bayeux and Caen. This was the main route that both Germans and Americans would have to utlise to mobilise much needed equipment during the battle of Normandy. Ste Mere Eglise was an objective for 82nd Airborne Paratroopers and has been made famous by the movie, The Longest Day. American Paratrooper John Steele was unfortunate to get caught on the church steeple during the drop.

  • US Army RangersPointe Du Hoc

    During World War Two, the Nazis were in the process of building the Atlantik Wall; a series of fortifications from Norway to the border of France and Spain. Stretching for over 2000 miles, this formidable construction of fortifications was designed to try and prevent an Allied landing in the west. One such site was located at the Pointe Du Hoc in Normandy. Consisting of 6 long range gun positions and many other concrete bunkers, it posed a real threat to Allied shipping on D-Day. As this battery was right between the two American landing beaches, Allied planners had no choice but to knock out this position. Here you will hear the incredible stories of bravery shown by US Army Rangers who had to scale nearly 100 feet of cliffs to destroy the guns.

  • 29th and 1st InfantryOmaha Beach

    The US 1st Infantry and 29th Infantry Divisions, as well as elements of the US Army Rangers were tasked with opening up 5 exit points to start the movement inland. Supported with incredible air and sea pre-bombardment, Allied planners expected to be moving off the beach area within 2 hours. Sadly, this was not the case and this is why many documentaries and movies have been made about this location. When you hear the stories from your guide, you will understand why this beach is known as, "Bloody Omaha".

  • Included in the priceLunch

    Just after midday, we will stop and have lunch near Omaha Beach.

    Lunch will consist of a main dish and desert. Before we leave the terminal, we will pre-order lunch so we do not waste time. Once we arrive at the restaurant, the food will be freshly prepared and ready for us.

  • Included in the priceOverlord Museum

    The first stop on this tour will be the fantastic Overlord Museum. This impressive museum houses some of the rarest pieces of equipment used in the battle of Normandy.

    Visiting this museum will give you a great insight into the equipment that was used during the battles. When we conduct the tour at the sites we visit next, you will be better prepared to understand the explanations given by your guide.

    This museum also has a great gift shop that sells fantastic souvenirs. If you want to take back a momento of your visit to Normandy, this is the ideal location to shop.

  • Time to reflectNormandy American Cemetery

    The Normandy American Cemetery covers 172 acres and is the final resting place for 9386 service men and women. You will have sufficient time to explore the visitor center before taking the time to reflect in the cemetery .

    Four women and three Medal of Honor recipients, including Theodore Roosevelt Jr, are some of the most notable people buried here.

  • End of the tourCherbourg cruise terminal

    We will finish the tour at the same location as we started in good time to board your ship.