NORMANDY D-DAY BEACHES GROUP
FROM LE HAVRE CRUISE PORT
08:45 Departure from Le Havre Cruise Terminal
As we have limited space onboard the vehicles we use for this tour, we are sorry but it is not possible to carry on our vehicles any of the following:
Wheelchairs (including fold up types)
What You Can Expect
A tour packed full of information and anecdotes from our English speaking guide. 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.
08:45 DEPARTURE FROM THE PORT OF LE HAVRE
We kindly ask that all clients are on board for a 08:45 departure. The vehicle and guide will be waiting in the car park adjacent to the two cruise terminals. Our vehicles are clearly marked and will be there no later than 08:35. We recommend that clients utilise the rest rooms at the cruise terminal before we depart.
Stop 1 - Overlord Museum (included in the price of the tour)
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.
By visiting this museum, it 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.
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 2 - 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 center before taking the time to reflect in the cemetery.
Four women, three Medal of Honor recipients, including Theodore Roosevelt Jr are some of the most notable people buried here.
The photo above is of Bayeux Shuttle guide, Lloyd Scott. Taken while conducting a tour of the American Cemetery.
Please note that we stop here for 60 minutes. Guided visit with around 45 minutes free time. Restrooms are available at this location.
Stop 3 - Lunch Break (included in the price of the tour)
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.
Please note: We stop here for around 45 minutes and the price of lunch is included in the tour. Restrooms are available at this location.
Stop 4 - Omaha Beach
Walk on the sand where over 34,000 Us soldiers landed on that fateful morning of June 6th, 1944. This 4.2 miles of coastline has become synonymous to D-Day as the United States suffered more casualties here than any other landing 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".
Please note that we stop here for 45 minutes. You will be given free time to walk on the beach and reflect on the sacrifice should you wish to do so.
Stop 5 - 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, 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.
Please note that we stop here for 45 minutes. Restrooms are available at this location.
17:15 Arrival At The Port Of Le Havre
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!