Discover the D-Day Landing of Normandy
Our tours can be adapted to your stay, choose your program for half a day. Normandy Discovery Tours invites you to discover the battles that led to the liberation of France’s first cities.
1/2 DAY – FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE MEN OF UTAH:
Utah Beach, added 6 months before the landing to the plan of Operation Overlord, is one of the five landing beaches (western end – American sector) but the only beach located in the department of La Manche.
The visit of Sainte Mère Eglise, Utah Beach, Carentan, will allow you to discover the beginnings of Operation Overlord. Along this route, you will discover the history of the paratroopers of Sainte Mère Eglise (in particularly that of John Steele, the famous paratrooper of the film “The longest day”), the successful landing at Utah Beach, the remains of the Atlantic Wall. We will present you how the Allies managed to conquer this fine sandy beach on June 6, 1944. You will also discover the journey of the 101st Airborne soldiers during the liberation of Carentan on June 12, 1944 (known as the “Band of Brothers” episode).
1/2 DAY – FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OMAHA MEN: Through a second route, we propose you to follow in the footsteps of the men of Omaha Beach, nicknamed “Bloody Omaha”. (famous beach from the movie “Saving Private Ryan”). It was at 6:30 am on June 6, 1944, that the men of the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions set foot on this Normandy beach. A few kilometres away, the Pointe-du-Hoc battery was also attacked by Allied forces. Finally, this half-day discovery will conclude with a visit to the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. Pay tribute to all those men and women who lost their lives for our freedom, and discover their history. Participate in the duty of Memory.
Our team of dedicated local guides will accompany you on a unique sensory experience, filled with moving discoveries, human anecdotes and short stories that have made up the great story.
Departure / Arrival: Carentan Station / Bayeux Station
VISIT SCHEDULE: 8:30am-12:30pm or 2pm-6pm
NUMBER OF PERSONS: From 1 to 8 people max.
VEHICLE: 9-seater vehicle
LANGUAGE: French or English
265€ per day (1 to 4 people)
+ 30 € /Pers. (from 5 to 8 people)
Program of the visit
(morning or afternoon)
Sainte Mère Eglise :
Visit the square, the church and the setting of the film “The Longest Day”, discover the history of the American paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division, with the famous “John Steele” (Robert Murphy) hung for long hours on the church tower, explanation of the events at Sainte Mère Eglise during D-Day night and presentation of the American temporary cemeteries. Possibility to visit the “Airborne Museum” museum
Utah Beach :
Visit of the Utah Beach site, discovery of the remains of the Atlantic Wall and the German defences present on D-Day, presentation of the infantry troops’ mission on June 6, 1944, explanation of the equipment used (landing barge, landing equipment), explanation of the objectives to be achieved by American soldiers during Operation Neptune.
Visit the site of the “Dead Man’s Corner” (now D-Day Experience), presentation of the Battle of Carentan, explanation of the history of the “Purple Heart Lane” used by paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division, discovery of Carentan Republic Square, where the first ceremonies for paratroopers were held, in the presence of General Maxwell Taylor (General of the 101st Airborne Division).
Pointe du Hoc :
Visit the Pointe du Hoc site, visit the bunkers and discover the German observation post, the Pointe du Hoc artillery battery, explain the mission and objectives to be achieved by the soldiers of the 2nd Rangers on D-Day and discover the famous myth of the German guns at Pointe du Hoc.
Discovery of Omaha Beach, visible in the film “Soldier Ryan must be saved”, presentation of the German defences on the beach on June 6, 1944, presentation of the equipment used by the Allies to successfully land the landing, explanation of the objectives of the infantry troops at Omaha Beach, discovery of the first American temporary cemetery located on the beach.
American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer :
Explanation of the history of the cemetery from its conception to today, visit the site of the Garden of the Disappeared ones, discovery of the American Cemetery, presentation of the graves and the 9387 soldiers buried, participation in the closing ceremony of the cemetery (according to the time of visit).
To know :
- Visitors can be picked up outside the proposed locations (Carentan/Bayeux), on which case you will be asked to pay an extra 50 € (round trip).
- A visit to a museum can be added to your discovery day (Utah Beach Museum, Airborne Museum, D-Day Experience, Overlord Museum…). Museum admissions are not included in our price proposal (preferential rate in the presence of the guide).
- Noon meals are not covered.