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D-Day Landings in Normandy


4 - 5 days from £269pp

About the tour: D-Day Landings in Normandy

  • Campaign: World War 2 (WW2)
  • Campaign Dates Covered: Jun 1914 - Aug 1944

This tour will cover the following key events

  • Operation Overlord - 6 June 1944
    Commonly know as the D-Day Landings, Operation Overlord saw the successful invasion of the German occupied Western Europe druing WW2. The operation involed Allied troops landing on five beaches in Normandy and launching a surprise attack on the Germans.
  • Operation Epsom - 28 June 1944
    The purpose of the operation was to outwit the Germans and take control of the occupied city of Caen. Despite two days worth of fighting, in June 1944, securing the British a position on the River Odon, a powerful German counter attack saw the British withdraw.
  • Battle of Caen - 7 July 1944
    The battle of Caen saw the Anglo-Canadian troops attack the Germans in another attempt to gain control over the city of Caen. After an air strike and fierce battles faught over two days, on July the 9th Caen was in Allied hands.
  • Operation Goodwood - 18 July 1944
    Often reffered to as the largest tank battle in British history, the battle saw the Allied forces attempt to capture the rest of Caen. When the batte ended, Caen was free from German control but was mostly left in ruins.
  • Operation Bluecoat - 30 July 1944
    Part of the offensive in the Battle of Normandy, Operation Bluecoat was launched in the attempt to secure the road of Vire Junction and Mont Pincon.
  • Operation Totalise - 8 August 1944
    The operation saw Allied troops attempt to break through German defences to the south of Caen. The plan was to lure the German army into Falaise where the Allied forces could trap and attack them.
  • Battle of Falaise Pocket - 12 August 1944
    This battle was the decisive part of the Battle of Normandy. Falaise has gone down in history for being known as th place where a complete German army was wiped out during WW2. The Canadian, Polish, British and American armies trapped the Germany army in Falaise and launched a successful attack.

On this WW2 introductory tour, we take an in-depth look at the events that took place on June 6th 1944. Seen as a major turning point in WW2, it was the date that the Allied landed on the coast of Normandy during Operation Overload. We visit the beaches where the battles took place along Normandy’s coast such as Juno Beach, where we see the bunkers and Omaha Beach, known as Bloody Omaha. We see the site of the famous Pegasus Bridge and take a look at St. Mère Eglise, where the ‘Band of Brothers’ fought. With a 5 day tour option also available, delve even deeper into the events that shaped our modern world.

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Tour Includes


  • 3 or 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Convenient local joining points
  • Travel by executive coach or upgrade to Silver Service or Luxuria
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Caen in Normandy for a three-night stay.

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 (3)

Key Visits

  • Gold Beach
  • Arromanches
  • Sword Beach
  • Pegasus Memorial Museum
  • Juno Beach Centre

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 newest Normandy war museum, 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

Normandy American Cemetery

Normandy American Cemetery (5)

Key Visits

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

Day 4

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Day 1

Local departure by coach, then to Caen in Normandy for a four-night stay.

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 (3)

Key Visits

  • Gold Beach
  • Arromanches
  • Sword Beach
  • Pegasus Memorial Museum
  • Juno Beach Centre

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 newest Normandy war museum, 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

Normandy American Cemetery

Normandy American Cemetery (5)

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 (1)

Key Visits

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

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

DISCOUNTS FOR CHILDREN DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS - We have many parents and grandparents who wish to take their children on a battlefield tour to share the experience and learning together. We are pleased to offer a significant reduction for children aged between 8 & 17 year olds during the school holidays. Children pay half price on the following dates:

2017
26 & 29 May; 24 & 28 Jul; 7, 18 & 28 Aug; 23 & 26 Oct 
201812 & 15 Feb; 30 Mar; 2 Apr; 25 & 28 May; 20, 24 & 27 Aug; 22 & 25 Oct


*Please note this offer is only available when travelling by Silver Service or Executive coach. 

EVENING MEAL PACKAGE - Available to pre-book. Please note this is not available at the 4-star Mercure Caen Centre Port De Plaisance Hotel.

4-Day Tour (2 meals)£32 per person 
5-Day Tour (3 meals)£48 per person 

1 x packed lunch/museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €40 (4 days) & €45 (5 days). 

 

5th June 2017 tour:  Please note as this departure will be in Normandy over the 6th June period it will not be possible to operate our normal tour itinerary on the British beaches on this day due to the volume of people in the area as well as local ceremonies and events.

On the 6th June we will attend the annual D-Day commemoration service at Bayeux War Cemetery, attended by Normandy veterans. We will then travel to Pegasus Bridge for lunch and time to see the Pegasus Memorial Museum, look at the story of the glider landings and see the Gondrée Café, the first house liberated on D-Day. We will then proceed to Arromanches for the remainder of the day where there will be a veteran’s parade and commemorative events taking place.

The remainder of the tour will be as per the advertised itinerary, with a day in the American sector and a day looking at the Normandy Inland battles.

 

Hotel

You will stay for three or four nights at either the 2-star Kyriad Caen Sud-Ifs or the 2-star Hotel Carline Caen Nord, both situated on the outskirts of Caen. Both hotels have a bar and restaurant, and the Hotel Carline has a lift. The Kyriad has no lift, but rooms are only on two floors.

Due to demand, other hotels of a similar standard may be used.

Upgrade to 4-star hotel in Caen Mercure Caen Centre Port De Plaisance (Tour Ref 4FDNH & 5FDNHV) - The hotel is situated in the heart of the historic town, only a short walk from the Tour Leroy and Abbaye aux Dames. Facilities include a relaxing lounge bar and restaurant.


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 bathroom.

Hotel Features

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

Room Features

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

Kyriad Caen Sud Ifs

About the hotel

The Kyriad Caen Sud Ifs hotel is located 9km from Caen railway station and also is only 20km away from the Landing beaches. The area is well known for its outstanding architectural heritage within the town of Caen which is linked with William the Conqueror due to his burial in the towns Abbey. The hotels facilities include Wi-Fi/Internet access and a bar. All bedrooms feature hairdryer, flat screen T.V, Tea and Coffee making facilities, Wi-Fi/Internet access and en-suite bathroom.

Hotel Features

  • Bar
  • English Speaking Staff
  • WiFi Available

Room Features

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

Travel Options

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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Luxuria Coach

Luxuria - TV
Luxuria - Charging sockets
Luxruia - Seating

Luxuria Features

  • Deluxe armchair-style seats with leather exterior, central arm rests with cup holders and retractable calf rests* give you a more comfortable journey.
  • Every seat has its own, fully interactive, touch screen T.V. offering a wide choice of entertainment so you can control what you want to watch and when.
  • There’s also a selection of double and single seats, including four seats face-to-face with tables. And with a total of 7 single seats available, these are ideal for passengers travelling independently.
  • Plug sockets and USB points at each seat mean you can keep your devices fully charged throughout your journey.
  • Onboard toilet.

Luxuria Seating Plan

Luxuria 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...

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

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.

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.

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

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