Take a trip with us from England to Normandy on the 80th anniversary of D-Day! When it comes to following the events and sights of the Allied landings, this is as good as it gets. Upon arrival to London, we discover one of the most important command centres of World War II, the Churchill War Rooms. We visit Littlecote House, the headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division before D-Day and Southwick House, the HQ of Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower on our way to one of D-Day’s most important embarkation points, Portsmouth. We follow the path of this iconic day from Portsmouth to Normandy by ferry, where you’ll have the chance to experience all the landing beaches. The highlight of the tour is the 80th anniversary ceremony on Utah Beach, which is, without a doubt, an event you will never forget!
Passengers are greeted at London’s Heathrow Airport and transferred to the hotel, where we get to know each other over an orientation dinner. In the following days we get insights into the preparations of Operation Overlord. We visit the Churchill War Rooms in downtown London, where decisions were made that changed the course of history. In the Imperial War Museum, we get a deeper understanding of the part the British had played in WWII. Then we head south to the D-Day embarkment sight of Portsmouth, while stopping at Littlecote House and the pre-historic Stonehenge. To truly understand the importance of Portsmouth in WWII, we spend a day visiting the Southwick House with the original wall map for D-Day, and the D-Day Story museum housing the last surviving Landing Craft Tank (LCT) from D-Day. A trip to England wouldn’t be complete without visiting the world’s largest tank museum at Bovington. On our last day in Portsmouth, we get on a ferry to sail over to Normandy.
After arriving in Normandy, we start to discover the well-known historic sights of the region that we’ve already seen in so many movies and series. We pay our respects to the heroic efforts of the landing troops at “bloody” Omaha with our local guide sharing stories about fallen soldiers at their graves at the Normandy American Cemetery. We learn how and why Teddy Roosevelt Jr. had to “start the war from here” on Utah Beach. We’ll have the chance to see re-enactors and beautifully restored vehicles along the way. The 80th anniversary ceremony on Utah Beach will surely be an experience of a lifetime, with flyovers, military parade, marching bands and speeches from officials as well as veterans. The final full day will be spent visiting the British and Canadian landing sectors with such sights as the Mulberry Harbour and Pegasus Bridge. On the last day, the Passengers are taken back to Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport for their return flights.
Relax after a long flight and ease your mind knowing that your Tour Director will meet you at the airport on the first day of the tour, avoiding extra navigating and expensive taxi fares. Our economic package feature carefully planned and curated itinerary to ensure you get the full historical experience. These tours include a 24/7 Tour Director and several local guides. Our dynamic, knowledgeable Tour Directors are with you from your arrival at the airport to departure on the final day. They proactively smooth the way for your entire tour experience. Our handpicked, trusted local guides are fluent in English and expert historians, who deliver their impressive wealth of knowledge, anecdotes, and local insights with skill that shows their years of research and experience. They always address topics onsite so that you get to experience history where it happened as they guide both popular destinations and obscure locations only the locals would know. Do not worry about availability, wait times, or ticket costs as all museum and site admissions are pre-arranged and included in the cost of this 80th Anniversary D-Day tour. You will sleep soundly each night at 3-star hotel accommodations.
These rooms are a bit smaller than what you are used to in the US, but we do ensure that each hotel room has en-suite bathroom. Each morning begins with a basic breakfast buffet included at the hotel before heading out for the day’s program. Aside from breakfasts at the hotels, meals are not included in our economic package. Your Tour Director will always be available to make suggestions from the local options, ranging from street food to fine dining restaurants. The tours will break for meals in areas that offer multiple options for you to enjoy. On this tour you ride in style in our motorcoaches complete with climate control, video entertainment and extra leg room. Our skilled, professional drivers maximize your tour time by navigating the busiest highways and tightest country lanes, giving you more time at sites and less time subjected to the inflexible scheduling, delays and crowded areas that accompany public transport. For those who want to stay connected, Wi-fi is available at all our hotels and on all of our buses.