D-Day & The Liberation

  • Visit Southwick House and see the famous wall map where the invasion was planned
  • Enjoy lunch with special guest Adrian Cox, the resident Arromanche historian
  • Visit the Bayeux Tapestry and enjoy local cuisine and calvados

Operation Overlord, or the D-Day landings , saw the beginning of the end of German-occupied Western Europe. The invasion landings were a turning point in the Second World War, launched by Operation Neptune – D-Day – on 6th June 1944. The largest seaborn invasion in history took months of planning and involved nearly 5,000 landing and assault craft, and 1,200 aircraft. 132,000 men were transported by sea, and 24,000 by air. We follow their journey, from planning in southern England, to landing on the beaches, and beyond.

Itinerary 2019

Day 1

We meet in Portsmouth in the morning and drive out of town to nearby Southwick House, where the landings were planned. Here, the wall map used to plot the course of Operation Overlord can still be seen. We lunch at the nearby village pub, frequently visited by Eisenhower and Montgomery, before returning to Portsmouth to visit The D-Day Story. This is an impressive museum that tells the story of D-Day through personal accounts of those who were there. We check in to our hotel before dinner.

Hotel: Overnight in Portsmouth
Meals: Lunch & dinner included

Day 2

We have an early start today as we board a ferry for the crossing from Portsmouth to Caen. We follow the journey of the operation (although in much more comfort) to arrive in Caen in the mid-afternoon. En route to the hotel we visit the Pegasus Bridge and its museum, learning of the mission to capture the bridge intact in the early hours of 6th June 1944. We continue on to our hotel for a lecture and dinner.

Hotel: La Ferme de la Rançonnière, Crépon
Meals: All meals included

Day 3

We spend the morning at Arromanches-les-Baines, where we learn about Mulberry Harbour and pay a visit to The Landings Museum. Adrian Cox, former member of the Arromanches Town Council and Ambassador for Remembrance, meets us here to show us his own collection of memorabilia. We then journey to Bayeux to pay our respects at Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest British Cemetery on French territory. No trip to Normandy is complete without a viewing of the Bayeux Tapestry, so we pause our story of the landings to view this piece. We have another lecture before dinner this evening, where Adrian Cox will join us once again.

Hotel: La Ferme de la Rançonnière, Crépon
Meals: All meals included

Day 4

Today we focus on the American efforts, beginning with Omaha beach and the Omaha Beach Memorial Museum. We enjoy a picnic on the beach before continuing on to Pointe du Hoc for a view over the beaches and a perspective on the scale of the operation. On the way back to the hotel there is free time in Bayeux.

Hotel: La Ferme de la Rançonnière, Crépon
Meals: All meals included

Day 5

On our final morning we make our way to the Lounges-sur-Mer battery and visit Gold Beach. Before our ferry home, we have time for a final visit to “Le Grand Bunker”, also known as The Atlantic Wall Museum. Housed in a German Bunker, this museum displays equipment and memorabilia telling the story of those who had awaited the invasion in France, and of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall.

Meals: Breakfast included

What's Included

  1. Tour Manager & Guide Lecturer
  2. Meals - Most meals included
  3. Transport - Return ferry to France and all local travel
  4. Hand-picked hotels throughout the tour

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2019 Tour Details

$2,395
  • 5 Days
  • 19th Aug - 23rd Aug 2019
  • with Colonel Paul Beaver
  • Code: QDN19A
  • Available
  • without flights
  • sgl supp: $450
$2,395
  • 5 Days
  • 14th Oct - 18th Oct 2019
  • with Colonel Paul Beaver
  • Code: QDN19B
  • Available
  • without flights
  • sgl supp: $450

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