Build up to D-Day 1944

5 days from £619pp

About the tour: Build up to D-Day 1944

Tour Introduction

Come to the south of England and explore sites linked to the preparations for the D-Day Normandy Landings, Operation Overlord, in 1944, as well as some iconic WW2 museums. Connecting the epic story of D-Day in Normandy with the events in southern England as the vast Allied Armies assembled for victory makes this a fascinating tour. From the preparation and planning to the unique kit developed, this tour adds a new dimension to our understanding. Ben Mayne, Battlefield Guide.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
  • 4 evening meals
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Porterage at the hotel
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(Deposits from £50pp)

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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach or Door-to-Door service, then travel to Hayling Island, Portsmouth for a four-night stay.

Included meals: Dinner

Day 2 - D-Day Dorset

We begin by travelling down to Dorset and stopping at Tarrant Rushton Airfield to look at the story of the gliders, which took off from here and went on to land at Pegasus Bridge in Normandy.

We then continue to the Bovington Tank Museum (entrance included), for a full exploration of this site.

Later we visit Weymouth to see where Allied troops embarked for Normandy, visiting the memorial.

We end the day at the Castletown D-Day Centre (entrance included), a new museum focussing on the connections with Normandy and operations across the channel in 1944.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Bovington Tank Museum

Bovington Tank Museum (2)

Key Visits

  • Tarrant Rushton Airfield
  • Bovington Tank Museum
  • Castletown D-Day Centre

Day 3 - D-Day Portsmouth

We begin today outside Portsmouth at the Creech Woods Marshalling Area, seeing where the build-up for D-Day took place.

We then travel to Southwick to discuss the heart of the D-Day Command and then go to the new D-Day Experience Museum (entrance included) in Portsmouth. Here, we also see the original D-Day Landing Craft Tank, which was recently restored and installed at the museum.

We then visit the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and look at the stories of Royal Naval personnel who died on D-Day commemorated here.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial (3)

Key Visits

  • D-Day Experience Museum
  • Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Day 4 - D-Day Hampshire and Sussex

Today we travel to the Gosport area to look at D-Day embarkations and then continue to Hayling Island where we look at pre-D-Day training and Langstone Harbour we see a remaining section of the Mulberry Harbour used in 1944.

Later, we look at the key role of 2nd Tactical Airforce on D-Day and visit the RAF Tangmere Museum (entrance included) near Chichester.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Langstone Harbour

Surviving Mulberry Harbour (2)

Key Visits

  • Tangmere Aviation Museum
  • Gosport
  • Hayling Island
  • Surviving Mulberry Harbour

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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You will stay for four nights at the four-star Langstone Quays Resort on Hayling Island, Portsmouth.

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Silver Service Coach

Silver Service, refreshments
Silver Service, lounge
Silver Service, entertainment

Silver Service Features

  • Sit back and relax in specially-designed, deluxe reclining seats, with leather headrests, footrests and more legroom than standard coaches.
  • Enjoy the perfect temperature onboard with climate control.
  • Relax and have a chat in the spacious rear lounge.
  • Servery on board offering a range of refreshments.
  • Porterage* at most hotels, so you really don’t have to lift a finger.
  • Time flies with our onboard entertainment system.
  • With free personal headphones you can tune into the music channel, listen to the radio or watch DVDs.
  • Onboard toilet

Silver Service Seating Plan


Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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