This is more than your average military history tour. We look at the battlefield from various angles as well as firing the types of weapons used on D Day and seeing the beaches from the sea which gives a different perspective on the landings. We will also be covering both the American and British sectors including the paratrooper drop zones and the beach landings.
This is a bespoke tour
The cost – includes breakfast, hotel accommodation, ferries and accommodation, museums, shooting and guide, but not food and drinks – is £1,750 per person.
Please note that this is the cost of a single occupancy in a single room as we wish to be open with the all-inclusive costs. A discount of 10% is available for bookings with two people sharing a room.
You are accompanied by a tour leader to ensure that your tour runs smoothly.
This is a coach tour and your tour guide is Brian Shaw.
Brian Shaw is an Ex Warrant Officer in the Parachute Regiment who has been leading battlefield tours for the past twenty years.
Catch the overnight ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo. Introduction from your guide over dinner aboard the ship.
Arrive at a remote shooting range which is staffed by ex-Royal Marines. Shoot the weapons that were used on D Day.
American sector: Visit the famous village of Sainte Mere Eglise where the US airborne troops landed to protect the flanks of the invasion. See what happened at ‘Bloody’ Omaha beach and Pont du Hoc and understand how the US forces overcame the powerful German defences. Reflect on the moving and thought-provoking Omaha cemetery.
British Sector: (Gold beach) Start the day by seeing Omaha Beach and Port en Bessin from the sea. Then we see the site of the artillery duel between the German-held Longerville battery and the ships of the Royal Navy. At Arromanches we see the enormity of Mulberry Harbour which is still visible – it was crucial to the success of the invasion. In the afternoon we visit the Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest British cemetery in Normandy, and the nearby Battle of Normandy Museum which gives a good oversight of D Day and the following Battle of Normandy.
British sector: (Sword Beach) Whilst in Bayeux we will visit the Bayeux tapestry. Then on to the famous Pegasus Bridge captured by British Paratroopers to protect the other flank. Lastly, we visit La Grande Bunker which gives a good overview of a German command post in 1944. Catch the ferry back to Portsmouth.