About The Tour
On this 2 day overnight tour of France, your guide will lead you through the Normandy D-day invasion, with visits to some of the most important sites and also take a trip to the stunning 'wonder of the western world' Mont-St-Michel.
On day 1, you depart Paris and travel through the Norman countryside first to the town of Ranville, a small unassuming place, where the famous Pegasus Bridge is situated and where many British soldiers lost their lives in a successful attempt to take the bridge.
Then on to Longues, the site of the only German coastal battery to have kept its guns, and then to Arromanches. It is here that an artificial Mulberry Harbour, 'Port Winston', protected the landings of two and a half million men and half a million vehicles during the invasion. The sea front war museum, recounts the whole story by use of models, machinery and movies.
Omaha beach is a beautiful four mile stretch of sand, which denies the ferocity of the fighting that befell it, on June 6th 1944. Pointe du Hoc situated on a cliff top overlooking Omaha beach, which displays a shocking revelation of the obdurate plight of the Allies in their battle for liberty. The cliff heights are still deeply pitted with German bunkers and shell holes and the coast line is dotted with shrapnel. Here is one the largest of the wartime cemeteries, the Normandy American cemetery, featured in the opening scenes of Saving Private Ryan, where so many brave allies are laid to rest in endless rows of impersonal graves.
Your overnight is in Bayeux
You depart Bayeux early for the drive to the unique and beautiful Mont-St-Michel, joined to the mainland by a causeway a magnificent 11th century Benedictine Abbey stands atop this rocky islet. The climb up through the delightful medieval village nestled into the fortifications, with it's steep winding cobbled streets is not for the faint-hearted! You will marvel at how this astonishing Abbey was constructed over 1000 years ago and if you can make it to the top, the views over the rest of the islet and the sea beyond are breathtaking. You then return to Paris.