The D-Day Experience
June 6 1944 is a significant date in the history of Normandy, but also in the history of the whole world. It is at 6:30 am that the most important military operation in the history of mankind begins; this is the D-Day landing on the beaches of Normandy. A few hours before the landing barges arrive on the Normandy beaches, more than 13,000 American and 7,000 British paratroopers will be dropped inland on the various drop zones. They will be the first to touch down on Normandy on D-Day, followed by an additional 135,000 soldiers on the single day of June 6.
Sainte-Mère-Eglise, Utah Beach, Pointe-du-Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer… so many must-see places, located on the American landing sector, where we will pass in order to be immersed in the largest military operation of all time; Operation Overlord.
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.
Program of the visit :
Discover the church square, visit the set of the film “The Longest Day”, presentation of the airborne troops, the history of the paratrooper “John Steele” (actor Robert Murphy). Possibility to visit the “Airborne Museum”, explanation of the events that took place on the night of June 6, 1944 in Sainte-Mère-Eglise, discovery of the sites of the American temporary cemeteries of Sainte Mère Eglise.
UTAH BEACH :
Discovery of the Atlantic Wall and the German defences on the beach (german defence called “WN5” ) and inland, visit of Utah Beach and the various monuments overhanging it, presentation of the landing strategy, and the junction between paratroopers and infantry units.
Discovery of the capture of Carentan, visit of the “Dead Man’s Corner” (now D-Day Experience), visit of the Purple Heart Lane, explanation of the battle of the Carré de Choux, presentation of the Carentan ceremony organized by the 101st Airborne Division.
Lunch break of 1 hour (restaurant, fast food, brasserie, bakery…) in Grandcamp-Maisy a small fishing port typically Norman with a calm and preserved look.
LA POINTE DU HOC :
On-site discovery of Pointe du Hoc, visit of the German bunkers and the observation post, explanation of the life of the Germans in the bunkers, presentation of the capture of Pointe du Hoc by the 2nd Rangers on June 6, 1944.
OMAHA BEACH :
Visit of Omaha Beach (Bloody Omaha), explanation of the landing on Omaha Beach, discovery of the various monuments on the beach, visit of the German defences of Omaha Beach called “WN”, presentation of the first temporary American cemetery on the beach.
AMERICAN CEMETERY OF COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER :
Explanation of the creation of the cemetery and its current management, visit of the garden of the disappeared, discovery of the American cemetery, presentation of the graves and some buried soldiers, participation in the closing ceremony of the cemetery (according to the time of passage).
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.