Battlefields of N.France
The tour shown starts in London but it could just as easily start in Paris. We have included all of the most popular sights and a few lesser known ones such as the shell of the church at Graignes. There is a moving story there as, on June 6, 1944, the Germans executed American prisoners and the villagers who had helped them .
Many people have a loved one who has a grave or memorial in Northern France and we will always try to include a visit to pay respects and lay flowers.
This itinerary can be adapted/extended to include the Battle of the Bulge and America's World War I sites further south.
Day 1 IN FLIGHT FROM USA
Depart USA en route for London (could easily be adapted to start and finish in Paris)
Day 2 ARRIVE IN LONDON
Cabinet War Rooms
Day 3 LONDON – PORTSMOUTH – STE.MERE EGLISE (1 night)
D-Day Museum in Portsmouth
Ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg
Day 4 STE.MERE EGLISE – UTAH BEACH - ARROMANCHES (2 nights)
Airborne Museum in Ste.Mere Eglise, Utah Beach Museum and naval communication bunker, Ste Mairie du Mont, Shell of church at Graignes, Pointe du Hoc
Day 5 OMAHA BEACH AND BAYEUX
Arromanches Museum, Longues-sur-Mer Battery, Omaha Beach Cemetery, Omaha Beach at St.Laurent and Vierville, Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral
Day 6 THE BRITISH AND CANADIAN SECTOR AND CAEN – ROUEN (1night)
Gold, Juno and Sword beaches, Pegasus Bridge, Caen Peace Museum (La Memorial), Abbaye aux Hommes in Caen (William the Conqueror’s grave)
Day 7 ROUEN – SOMME BATTLEFIELD (1 night )
Walking tour of Rouen including La Place du Vieux Marche, La Gros Horloge and Cathedral, Lochnagar Crater, Thiepval Memorial, Newfoundland Memorial at Beaumont-Hamel (preserved battlefield and trenches)
Day 8 BACK TO ENGLAND, KENT (2 nights)
Agincourt battlefield and museum, La Coupole (V1 and V2 bunker)
Day 9 KENT AND SUSSEX
Battle Abbey and Hastings battlefield, Chartwell (Winston Churchill’s home) or Dover Castle
Day 10 DEPARTURE
Transfer to airport for flight back to the USA
This is a suggested itinerary to provoke discussion. Please ask us to make any amendments that you wish so that we may offer you a tour to meet your group's needs exactly.