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The D-Day landings in Normandy marked the beginning of the end of Adolf Hitler's domination of Europe. Travel with us to see the landing beaches and battlegrounds of the single biggest invasion force ever assembled. The D-Day landings were conducted in two phases: an airborne assault landing of 24,000 British, American, Canadian and Free French airborne troops shortly after midnight, and an amphibious landing of Allied infantry and armoured divisions on the coast of France starting at 6:30 am. Surprise was achieved thanks to inclement weather and a comprehensive deception plan implemented in the months before the landings.
Friday - This morning you will join your tour coach from your local departure point and travel to Portsmouth for the morning ferry. There will be plenty of time on board to enjoy the facilities including a choice of restaurants, bars, entertainment & cinema. We arrive in Ouistreham and take the short journey into the centre of Caen and check into our hotel.
Saturday - We have a full day exploring the Normandy D Day Landing sites, including St. Mère Église, the first town liberated by the Americans during the D Day invasion, Omaha Beach, Bayeux, Longues sur Mer & Arromanches, site of the Mulberry Harbour. This evening you will be free to choose one of the many restaurants in Caen for your evening meal.
Sunday - After breakfast we must check out of our hotel, but we still have time to visit the famous Pegasus Bridge, taken by the British 6th Airborne Division in their famous glider assault and the Merville Battery. There will also be a visit to Sword Beach, taken by the British & Free French Armies on the 6th June. We then take the return sailing to Portsmouth returning to your drop off points late evening.
The order of this itinerary may be subject to change due to local conditions.
Ibis Styles Caen Centre Gare, Caen
Located in Caen City Centre on the banks of the Orne overlooking the marina. 96 stylish air-conditioned, comfortable and spacious rooms with TV, telephone & hairdryer. Free Wi-Fi. There is a bar & lounge. Lift to all floors.
2 nights Bed & Buffet Breakfast
Luxury coach travel
Local pick up points
Excursions and visits