D-Day Landings in Normandy by Air


4 - 5 days from £539pp

NEW About the tour: D-Day Landings in Normandy by Air


Tour Introduction

Join us for our popular WW2 introductory tour, now available by air. The 6 June 1944 was a turning point in the Second World War with the Allied landings on the Normandy coast during Operation Overlord – the Invasion of mainland Europe. On what is our main WW2 Introductory Tour we see some of the most iconic D-Day locations and visit all the D-Day landing beaches along the Normandy coastline as well as seeing the site of the Pegasus Bridge glider landing, and where the ‘Band of Brothers’ fought near St. Mère Eglise. Understand D-Day as you overlook Bloody Omaha, or visit the bunkers at Juno Beach and realise that events on these battle sites are what have defined our modern world.

Tour Includes


  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Return flights from Southend to Caen
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Travel by Executive or Silver Service coach
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Fly from Southend to Caen and transfer to our hotel for three nights.

Day 2 - Britain’s D-Day: Pegasus Bridge & British Beaches

We start at Pegasus Bridge, the scene of the first actions of D-Day, where Airborne troops stormed the position from gliders and held on until the linkup with ground forces from Sword Beach was made. We see where the gliders landed, the Gondrée Café – arguably the first house liberated on D-Day – and visit the Memorial Pegasus Museum where the original bridge is located. In Ranville we see the Airborne graves and after lunch, proceed on to the British landing beaches, starting at Sword Beach. At Juno Beach we visit the Juno Beach Centre which explains the story of the Canadian role in the Battle of Normandy, and at Gold Beach, see where some of the heaviest casualties were suffered by British troops storming the tough defences at Asnelles. We end the day at Arromanches where the Mulberry Harbour was constructed, much of which is still visible out to sea.

Included meals: Breakfast

Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge (5)

Key Visits

  • Juno Beach
  • Pegasus Bridge
  • Sword Beach
  • Arromanches

Day 3 - America’s D-Day: Bloody Omaha & American Airborne

The story of ‘Bloody Omaha’ and the terrible American sacrifice here on D-Day has been immortalised in the film Saving Private Ryan. Uncover the real story with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach where the landings took place, seeing the memorial to the 29th Division. We also take time to visit the Overlord Museum-Omaha Beach, before taking lunch in St. Mère Église, and then looking at the story of the US Airborne forces at the new Richard Winters Leadership Memorial; Dick Winters commanded Easy Company of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as the ‘Band of Brothers’. At Utah Beach we follow the story of the successful landings and visit the expanded Utah Beach Museum. We end the day at the German Cemetery at La Cambe, where German Tank Ace Michael Wittmann is buried.

Included meals: Breakfast

Richard Winters Leadership Memorial

Richard Winters Leadership Memorial (7)

Key Visits

  • Omaha Beach
  • Overlord Museum
  • Richard Winters Leadership Memorial
  • Utah Beach Museum
  • German Cemetery la Cambe
  • Normandy American Cemetery

Day 4

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 1

Fly from Southend to Caen and transfer to our hotel for four nights.

Day 2 - Britain’s D-Day: Pegasus Bridge & British Beaches

We start at Pegasus Bridge, the scene of the first actions of D-Day, where Airborne troops stormed the position from gliders and held on until the linkup with ground forces from Sword Beach was made. We see where the gliders landed, the Gondrée Café – arguably the first house liberated on D-Day – and visit the Memorial Pegasus Museum where the original bridge is located. In Ranville we see the Airborne graves and after lunch, proceed on to the British landing beaches, starting at Sword Beach. At Juno Beach we visit the Juno Beach Centre which explains the story of the Canadian role in the Battle of Normandy, and at Gold Beach, see where some of the heaviest casualties were suffered by British troops storming the tough defences at Asnelles. We end the day at Arromanches where the Mulberry Harbour was constructed, much of which is still visible out to sea.

Included meals: Breakfast

Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge (5)

Key Visits

  • Juno Beach
  • Pegasus Bridge
  • Sword Beach
  • Arromanches

Day 3 - America’s D-Day: Bloody Omaha & American Airborne

The story of ‘Bloody Omaha’ and the terrible American sacrifice here on D-Day has been immortalised in the film Saving Private Ryan. Uncover the real story with a visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Omaha Beach where the landings took place, seeing the memorial to the 29th Division. We also take time to visit the Overlord Museum-Omaha Beach, before taking lunch in St. Mère Église, and then looking at the story of the US Airborne forces at the new Richard Winters Leadership Memorial; Dick Winters commanded Easy Company of 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, otherwise known as the ‘Band of Brothers’. At Utah Beach we follow the story of the successful landings and visit the expanded Utah Beach Museum. We end the day at the German Cemetery at La Cambe, where German Tank Ace Michael Wittmann is buried.

Included meals: Breakfast

Richard Winters Leadership Memorial

Richard Winters Leadership Memorial (7)

Key Visits

  • Omaha Beach
  • Overlord Museum
  • Richard Winters Leadership Memorial
  • Utah Beach Museum
  • German Cemetery la Cambe
  • Normandy American Cemetery

Day 4 - Battle of the Bocage: Falaise Gap

We start our look at the fighting beyond D-Day in the bocage countryside south of Bayeux. We examine the bloody battles for Tilly-sur-Seulles and the tough fighting at Fontenay le Pesnel. Driving through the so-called ‘Scottish Corridor’ over the river Odon, we visit Hill 112 with its Churchill tank memorial. Lunch in Falaise, followed by a visit to the Falaise Pocket and a short walk along the ‘Corridor of Death’, used by the Germans to make their retreat in August 1944. On Mont Ormel we visit the Polish Memorial to their ferocious battle and end the day by seeing a very rare original Tiger I tank at Vimoutiers.

Included meals: Breakfast

Corridor Of Death

Corridor Of Death (2)

Key Visits

  • Corridor Of Death
  • Fontenay le Pesnel
  • Falaise Pocket
  • Polish Memorial
  • Churchill Tank Memorial

Day 5

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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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Hotel

You will stay for three or four nights at either the Ibis Caen Herouville Savary or the 2-star Hotel Carline Caen Nord.

Upgrade to the 4-star Novotel Caen Cote de Nacre (Tour Ref K4FDNH).



Carline Caen Nord

Carline Caen Nord
Carline Caen Nord

About the hotel

The Carline Caen Nord hotel is set in a flowery surrounding with a garden in the area of Caen. The hotel is close to the D-Day landing beaches and the William the Conquer historical town. The hotel facilities include a lounge, a bar, a restaurant and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities and en-suite shower room.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

Ibis Caen Herouville Savary

Ibis Caen Herouville Savary
Ibis Caen Herouville Savary
Ibis Caen Herouville Savary

About the hotel

The 3 Star Ibis Caen Herouville Savary is located 20minutes from Caboug. The hotels is also close to the highway, ferry port and Sword Beach and Caen city. The hotels facilities include a bar, a restaurant, lounge and Wi-Fi/Internet access. All bedrooms feature a T.V with all the best channels, Telephone, desk, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • Guest Lounge
  • Lift
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Telephone
  • TV

Novotel Caen Côte De Nacre

Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre
Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre

About the hotel

Located to Caen city centre, the 4-star Novotel Caen Cote De Nacre offers modern facilities and is just 20 minutes from the Normandy beaches.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

  • Bath and/or Shower
  • Hairdryer
  • Tea and Coffee Making Facilities
  • Telephone
  • TV

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.

Executive Coach

Executive Features

  • Air conditioning
  • Drinks machines
  • Onboard toilet
  • Reclining seats

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

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