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D-Day Battles for France | 2017

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Period: 4 days
Single: 1495
Twin Share: 1195
Double Share: 1195
Tour Code: DD17
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NORMANDY BEACHES


Trace the events that left a tragic and courageous mark on the 20th century – and on France’s northerly fringes. And see the places you’ve read about in history books, setting the scene for an unforgettable experience.

 
The Back-Roads Difference 
  • Travelling as a small group, we can access some of the lesser known locations of the Normandy Battlefields, as we explore the area that saw the liberation of Western Europe from June 1944 onwards.
  • Look up at Sainte-Mère-Église where US Airborne Soldier John Steele was caught on the church steeple
  • See history told through needlework and visit the remarkable Bayeux Tapestry
Tour Inclusions 
  • 3 nights’ accommodation in boutique hotels
  • Specialist experienced Battlefields driver/tour leader
  • Luxury mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily (B)
  • 2 x evening meals (D)
  • Included Entrances: Pegasus Bridge Museum, Juno Beach Museum, Utah Beach Museum & Bayeux Memorial Museum and Tapestry.


Itinerary

Day 1 Paris – Normandy Beaches – Sainte-Marie-du-Mont


Leaving Paris, we head towards Normandy and our first stop, at the Merville Battery. Overlooking Sword Beach, we get a sense of the scale of German defences and the resourcefulness required by the British to overcome them. A visit to the first liberated village of Ranville and the iconic Pegasus Bridge with the attached Airborne Forces Memorial Museum provides a comprehensive start to the tour and plenty to discuss over dinner. (D)



Day 2 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont – Normandy Beaches – Sainte-Marie-du-Mont


Our first visit today is to the Juno Beach Centre, where the story of Canada’s contribution during the war is told in a series of interactive displays. We will walk some of the beach area and also visit Bernières-sur Mer, to see the first house liberated by Canadian troops on 6th June 1944. Further visits during the day will include Bény-sur-Mer War Cemetery, the Abbaye d’Ardennes, the remains of the Mulberry Harbour and the well-preserved German Gun Battery at Longues-sur-Mer.


Day 3 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont – Normandy Beaches – Sainte-Marie-du-Mont


Today we focus on the role of the United States in the liberation of North West Europe. At Sainte-Mère-Église, Trooper John Steele, who was caught on the church steeple as he parachuted into the town, is still remembered. The Utah Beach Museum gives a full explanation of America’s role, with plenty of large exhibits. After lunch, a visit to the challenging terrain of the Pointe du Hoc where US Rangers scaled the cliffs and time at Omaha Beach and the American Normandy Cemetery show the heavy price paid during the campaign in Normandy. (B,D)



Day 4 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont – Bayeux – Paris


Nearly 1000 years ago, an invasion came towards Britain from Normandy, a defining moment in British history. The story of the Norman Conquest has been told in a tapestry, a remarkable record by the people of the time, which we will visit. We’ll also see the Bayeux Memorial Museum, before the final part of our tour commences, as we head back to Paris, via Trun and the Falaise Pocket, where the Allied Armies destroyed the German forces in August 1944, opening the way to the liberation of the French capital.

 

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

 

Pick-Up:

Best Western Plus La Demeure, 51 Boulevard Saint-Marcel, 75005, Paris at 8.30am

 

Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

 

The tour finishes at 6.00pm at Best Western Plus La Demeure, 51 Boulevard Saint-Marcel, 75005, Paris.