NORMANDY D-DAY BEACHES GROUP
FROM CHERBOURG CRUISE PORT
Experience the American D-Day Battlefields With An Experienced English Speaking Guide
The Stunning American Cemetery in Normandy
- Pick up from the cruise terminal in the port of Cherbourg
- Guided tour in English only
- Maximum 14 passengers per tour
- Lunch included
- Museum entrance included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Air-conditioned minivan
- Fully narrated tour
- Free on board Wi-Fi
- On board audio visual system
- Free time at each stop to take photos
- Highly rated on TripAdvisor
- Featured in the Rick Steve's travel book
- Best D-Day group tour from Cherbourg
This is a very popular tour and seats sell out fast. If you are thinking of booking, please don't leave it too late as you may miss out! Please note that the tour itinerary shown below is for our 2017 season. Remaining tours for 2016 will differ slightly. Please enquire before booking for 2016.
What You Can Expect
A tour packed full of information and anecdotes from our English speaking guide. On board, our GPS mapping system will show you where we are at all times and at key points, will display small movie clips related to the sites we pass and visit.
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.
09:00 Departure from the port of Cherbourg
We kindly ask that all clients are on board for a 09:00 departure. The vehicle and guide will be waiting in the car park adjacent to the cruise terminal. Our vehicles are clearly marked and will be there no later than 08:50. We recommend that clients utilise the rest rooms at the cruise terminal before we depart.
We utilise the driving time to share as much information as we can. Our onboard audiovisual will show small movies we have made to ensure you fully understand the significance of the D-Day sites we will be visiting.
Stop 1 - Sainte Mere Eglise
Sainte Mere Eglise was considered the most strategically important objective on D-Day for the 82nd Airborne Division.
We will explain the Airborne operation and then allow you some free time to take photos and visit the church which bears the effigy of John Steele. He was unfortunate enough to get caught on the church steeple in the early hours of the Airborne operation.
Please note that we stop here for 35 minutes. Restrooms are available at this stop.
Stop 2 - Pointe 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, it was considered impregnable by the Nazi high command.
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.
Please note: We stop here for around 40 minutes. Guided visit with around 20 minutes free time. Rest rooms are available at this location.
Stop 3 - Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach has become synonymous to D-Day due to the horrific casualties the American forces suffered on the morning of June 6th 1944.
The 4.2 miles of coastline that is now referred to as Omaha Beach was assaulted at 06:30 on D-Day morning by American Rangers, the 29th Infantry Division and the 1st Infantry Division.
Please note: We stop here for around 40 minutes. Guided visit with around 20 minutes free time.
Stop 4 - Lunch Break (included in the price of the tour)
Just after midday, we will stop and have lunch at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the magnificent Omaha Beach.
Lunch will consist of a main dish and desert, accompanied by a glass of wine. 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.
Please note: We stop here for around 60 minutes and the price of lunch is included in the tour. Restrooms are available at this location.
Stop 5 - Overlord Museum (included in the price of the tour)
Just after lunch, we will take you to the fantastic Overlord Museum. This impressive museum houses some of the most rare pieces of equipment used in the battle of Normandy.
Please note: This is included in the price and we will stop here for 45 minutes. The guide will show you into the museum and then leave you to view the exhibits on your own. Restrooms are available at this location.
Stop 6 - Normandy American Cemetery And Visitor Centre
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 centre before taking time to reflect in the cemetery itself.
4 woman, 3 Medal of Honor recipients, including Theodore Roosevelt Jr are some of the most notable people buried here.
Please note that we stop here for 60 minutes. Guided visit with around 45 minutes free time. Rest rooms are available at this location.
Stop 7 - La Cambe German Military Cemetery
La Cambe German Cemetery is the final resting place for over 21,000 axis soldiers who died during the battle of Normandy.
Situated just under 6 miles from where American forces landed on Omaha Beach, this cemetery is a stark reminder of the terrible price the Germans paid during the heavy fighting on D-day and the subsequent inland battles.
Please note that we stop here for 25 minutes. Rest rooms are available at this location.
17:30 Arrival At The Port Of Cherbourg
We will drop you back off at the cruise terminal in good time to rejoin your ship.
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 as there is a moderate amount of walking involved
Gratuities are welcomed
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!