D-Day Private Full Day Guided Tour:
The tour covers a large area and stops to visit all the major sites in the U.S sector.
During the day your guide will discuss a lot of topics about the war (from German
occupation to French Resistance) and speak about many different soldiers’ war stories.
a quick stop at the German Cemetery, the largest one in Normandy with over
21.000 people buried here, you will head to Sainte-Mere-Eglise. Ideally situated between
Cherbourg and the coast, this farming community became the very center of the huge
airborne operation (with 15.000 U.S. paratroopers) that started during the night before
D-Day. The Airborne Museum has been gathering an amazing collection of memorabilia,
in particular in the form of donations from the veterans themselves.
You will then visit Utah Beach. Closest to the Germans and quite separated from the
other beaches, it could have been a disaster. But Utah Beach was rather lightly
defended and had the great privilege to be protected by the American paratroopers
(who had been in the area for several hours already).
As they jumped out of their landing craft, the soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division
managed to get rapidly across the flooded area behind the sand dunes to reinforce the
paratroopers. On D-Day, 23.000 landed here and casualties remained low under 200.
A stop at Pointe du Hoc, the largest German coastal battery attacked by the U.S
Rangers on D-Day, will put you right in the atmosphere - the beach, the cliff, the
bunkers, the bomb craters - before making a stop at the best-known Bloody Omaha.
The most famous and most difficult of the five D-day beaches. Omaha Beach took the
highest casualties, due in particular to its topography: it was the only beach with high
ground just beyond. Standing there and seeing this beach (4 miles long) all at once,
when realizing about the big tides and discovering the German fortifications and gun
emplacements, will leave you amazed at the extraordinary courage and sacrifice
needed. You will understand why the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions suffered more than
3 800 casualties (dead, wounded or missing) to make this battle a victory.
The last stop of the tour will be at the U.S cemetery, for yet another perspective of the
beach from the high ground. The Normandy American Cemetery is the final resting place
for 9.387 Americans. It covers 172 acres and is an actual battleground as it overlooks
the “Easy Red” sector of Omaha Beach. Soldiers all equal in death and their graves in
no particular order, they are all marked with the same beautiful Italian white marble
headstones. Your guide will then give you the time to stay longer in the cemetery or
save time for the Visitor Center, also next to Omaha Beach.
Pick up and drop off in Bayeux - Lunch at own expenses; museum entrance fees to be
paid directly on site.
Duration: 8 hours and 30 minutes.
Overnight stay including breakfast in a 4* Hotel Castle in Bayeux
Night in Bayeux