Panzers in Normandy
5 days from £459pp
- Campaign: World War 2 (WW2)
- Campaign Dates Covered: Jun 1944 - Aug 1944 (What's this?)
This tour will cover the following key events
- Operation Overlord - 6 June 1944Commonly 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 1944The 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 1944The 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 1944Often 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 1944Part 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 1944The 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 1944This 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 battlefield tour, we spend time in Normandy exploring the role of German and Allied Tanks in Wolrd War 2. We begin with a visit to the British D-Day beaches as we visit Gold Beach and Juno Beach before we take a look at the use of tanks inland post D-Day. We then head to Saumur where we see the spectacular French Tank Museum. Home to more than 880 tanks, you’ll discover that many of them were used in Normandy. As the tour comes to an end, we spend a day looking at the American use of armoured division and we start at Omaha Beach. We move onto La Cambe after a visit to the Omaha Beach museum and also pay a visit to the site of Barkmann’s corner.
- 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
- Specialist Battlefield guide
- Convenient local joining points
- Travel by Silver Service coach
(Deposits from £50pp)
Once you have booked your battlefield tour either online, or by telephone (01709 385 624), you have the flexibility of how you pay off the remainder of your balance. You can -
Our contact and online banking payment details will be on your confirmation invoice to remind you of your choices.
The tour was brilliant and the guides were both wonderful and although I know quite a lot about the Normandy campaign, their knowledge about this subject is exhaustive. I would say that if anyone wants to know more about it particularly the tank battles and see a lot of the tanks themselves, then this is the tour for them.
For customers living outside of the UK, if you want to make a booking you will need to provide a UK postcode on our online booking system. If you are not able to provide a relevant UK postcode then you can enter the postcode for London Victoria Coach Station – SW1W 9TP. You should then be able to proceed to complete your booking.
If you do encounter a problem then you can speak to one of our friendly advisors who will be happy to help.
Please Note : After completing your booking, a member of our Customer Service team will be in touch to make sure everything is okay.
Either e-mail our Reservations Department or call on 01709 830 333 and they will check to see whether you can visit a particular cemetery on any of our Battlefield Tours, if we are not able to fit it into our itinerary then you could take some time out of the tour and do this independently by taxi or public transport.
Local departure by coach, then to Normandy for a four-night stay.
Day 2 - Gold Beach, Juno & Villers Bocage
We start on the British D-Day beaches looking at the use of specialist armour. On Gold Beach we discuss the use of self-propelled guns of the Royal Artillery in the 'run-in shoot' seeing an example of a Sexton. At Juno Beach we look at the roll of Churchill AVREs and also Sherman DD tanks seeing original examples of both. Following lunch we look at the use of tanks inland post D-Day and the fortunes of the 7th Armoured Division in its clash with German Tiger tanks at Villers-Bocage in June 1944. We then examine the largest British tank battle of the Normandy campaign when the British attacked during Operation Goodwood seeing the battlefield around the Bourguebus Ridge and visiting the graves in Bannerville War Cemetery.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 3 - Operation Totalise & Saumur
A long but rewarding day as we travel south to visit the superb French Tank Museum at Saumur. This is France's main museum of armoured fighting vehicles and covers WWI to the present day. Among the more than 200 tanks found here, many were used in Normandy and among them are a Panther tank, Tiger I and Tiger II as well as Allied Churchills and Shermans. We have plenty of time to explore this rich collection before returning to Normandy.
Included meals: Breakfast
Day 4 - Omaha Beach, La Cambe & Overlord Museum
Today we look at the American use of armoured divisions and start on Omaha Beach where Sherman DD tanks ran into problems on D-Day. We visit the Omaha Beach Museum and see a Sherman before moving onto La Cambe for a look at the decorated German panzer crews buried there including Tiger Ace Michael Wittmann. After lunch we visit the ever expanding Overlord Museum with an unrivalled collection of original WWII tanks in Normandy. We then follow Operation Cobra in the St. Jean de Daye and Le Dézert area. We also visit the site of Barkmann’s corner and look at how a single Panther tank held up the American advance here in 1944.
Included meals: Breakfast
We leave the hotel after breakfast and travel to the Channel port. You will leave your tour coach behind as you transfer to your transfer vehicle for your return journey to your original departure point.
Included meals: Breakfast
Museum package available whilst on tour approx. cost €25
A selection of related books for pre or post tour reading.
- Badsey, Stephen - D-Day: Omaha Beach (History Press 2011)
- Lefevre, E. - Panzers In Normandy: Then & Now (After The Battle 1983)
- Reed, Paul - Walking D-Day: Battlefield Guidebook (Pen & Sword 2012)
- Zaloga, Steven J. - Armoured Attack 1944 (Stackpole 2011)
- Zaloga, Steven J. - Operation Cobra 1944 (Osprey 2001)
The Panzers in Normandy tour follows the story of Armoured Warfare in the Normandy campaign from D-Day through the Bocage to the breakout battles in Normandy. As part of it we will also visit the impressive collection of tanks at the Saumur Tank Museum.
The Panzers in Normandy tour takes place in France and therefore you will only need the Euro. You are advised to get Euros – in cash – in advance of your tour, as most banks in France do not provided currency exchange services.
What to Bring
The weather in Normandy can be changeable, and it is advisable to bring sensible clothes and always pack a jumper and waterproofs. Good, stout shoes are essential – remember this was once a battlefield and most of the time we are in rural France! Walking boots are ideal. In warm weather always bring a hat and sun cream, and it is advisable to have a supply of water.
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.
If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.
No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.
All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333
Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
Your hotels will supply towels in your room.
We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.
We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.
You will stay for four nights at the 2-star Hotel Carline Caen Nord, situated on the outskirts of Caen. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and lift.
Due to demand we may also use the 2-star Kyriad Caen Sud-Ifs.
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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.
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