D-Day Tour
In The Footsteps® D-Day 75th Anniversary Coach Tour
Follow in the footsteps of heroes on our In The Footsteps® 75th Anniversary coach tour to the D-Day Beaches of Normandy.

D-Day 75th Anniversary
Coach Tour

Friday 23rd to Monday 26th August 2019

Your In The Footsteps® 75th Anniversary tour will visit many sites of the allied invasion that took place on 6th June 1944. We will recount the events that occurred and tell you some of the stories behind the epic films and television series that have been made about D-Day.

You will see the real Brécourt Battery of 'Band of Brothers' fame; discuss the true story behind the opening scene of 'Saving Private Ryan'; and the many acts contained within the all-star film 'The Longest Day'. You will hear about the acts of valour performed by the soldiers that took part and remember the fallen who gave their lives so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today. You will sample some of the most important events of the 20th Century that have shaped our world and defined modern civilisation.

Our 4-day/3-night 75th Anniversary of D-Day Coach Tour


D-Day Film Strip

The itinerary has been designed and written by In the Footsteps. It is not set in stone and your selected Battlefield Historian/Guide may be required to change it due to operational reasons. Please read through the itinerary to ensure that you are happy with the locations selected.

Friday 23rd August 2019

06.30 hrs Pick up at Ross-on-Wye

11.30 hrs (approx) – Channel crossing to France (This may be either ferry or Eurotunnel)

On arrival in France we make our way to Normandy.

Check in to your Caen hotel.

A 3 course evening meal will be available in the restaurant at 19.30 hrs.

Saturday 24th August 2019 - The American Sector

After breakfast we begin the first day of our tour at 9.00 am when you board the coach.

Our first stop is at Sainte Mère Eglise, the first town liberated, where we examine the exploits of the 82nd 'All American' and 101st Screaming Eagles' Airborne Divisions. We visit the Church and Town Square, where the fighting to free the town began.

Our next stop will be La Fière Bridge and Causeway that had briefly been in American hands on D-Day. But a moment of indecision had changed all that and a three day epic struggle to breakout across the base of the Cotentin Peninsula ensued. Here we discuss the actions of Private First Class Charles Neilans DeGlopper who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions and sacrifice of life nearby on 9th June 1944 in the fighting to gain control of the causeway.

We will then make our way to the Brécourt Battery where Lieutenant Dick Winters and the men of 'Easy' Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, the Band of Brothers, destroyed the German guns before continuing on to UTAH Beach where the 4th Infantry Division and Brigadier-General Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt, Jr came ashore. For is personal valour, courage and leadership on D-Day Teddy Roosevelt Jr was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Packed lunch.

We leave UTAH Beach and head to Pointe-du-Hoc, the cliff top German Coastal Battery, that was assaulted on D-Day by Lieutenant Colonel James Earl Rudder's 2nd Ranger Battalion.

We then head to OMAHA Beach at Vierville-sur-Mer to discuss the landing by the American Army's 116th Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division, along with the 5th Ranger Battalion, and A, B and C Companies of the 2nd Ranger Battalion. Here we also shed some light on the story behind the opening scene of Saving Private Ryan and how the US Ranger's got their motto 'Ranger lead the way'.

Our final stop of the day is at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial where we visit the Visitor Centre, Memorial and Cemetery. The visitor centre is a must see and we allow you time to watch its excellent videos, listen to its gripping audio features and view its outstanding exhibits. You are free to wander the cemetery and pause to pay your respects to the fallen.

We may our way back to our hotel and the rest of the evening is at your leisure.

Sunday 25th August 2019 - The British & Canadian Sectors

After breakfast we check out of our hotel and board the coach for 9.00 am.

We begin day two of our tour at the German Coastal Artillery Battery at Longues-sur-Mer, with its guns still in their casements and intact observation post looking out over the English Channel from the cliff top.

Our next stop is Arromanches-les-Bains where you learn about the artificial 'Mulberry' Harbour that was transported across the English Channel as part of the invasion. Named Port Winston, after British wartime leader Sir Winston Churchill, a staggering 2.5 million men, 500,000 vehicles and 4 million tonnes of supplies were brought ashore here to support the liberation of North West Europe.

Packed Lunch.

We then move on to the two British and one Canadian landing beach that made up the British Sector visiting Ver-sur-Mer, Bernières-sur-Mer and La Brèche. At Ver-sur-Mer we discuss the British landing at GOLD Beach and the actions of Company Sergeant Major Stanley Hollis, the only person to be awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions on D-Day. At Bernières-sur-Mer we discuss the Canadian landings at JUNO Beach and at La Brèche the landing at SWORD Beach.

We make our way back to our hotel and the rest of the evening is at your leisure.

Monday 26th August 2019

After breakfast we check out of our hotel and board our coach at 8.30 am.

As we head off we make a quick stop at Bénouville to the site of the first action of D-Day, Pegasus Bridge, where the glider borne coup de main operation by Major John Howard's D Company the 2nd Battalion of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry took place. Whilst there you will see the Café Gondrée, the first house to be liberated on D-Day.

A packed lunch will be supplied on board your coach.

We head to Calais for our crossing back to the UK.

Please note: Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.

The cost of your D-Day 75th Anniversary Coach Tour

The cost of your tour package is £399.00 GBP per person.

Single supplement of £85.00 GBP per person.

A deposit of £150.00 GBP is required in order to secure your booking. You will be required to fill in a booking form and the return of that booking form signifies your agreement to abide by our booking terms and conditions.

The final balance of £299.00 GBP is due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Please note: This cost is based on a minimum of 40 paying passengers. Should your numbers increase or decrease we reserve the right to increase our price.

Payments can be made by credit or debit card, bank transfer or cheque.

Credit card payments will incur a 2.6% additional transaction charge.

Terms and Conditions

Our terms and conditions can be found on the reverse of your booking form. The return of your booking form signifies your agreement to abide by our terms and conditions.

Your Package

Your package includes:

  • Full services of a Battlefield Historian/Guide throughout the tour.
  • Full services of a 49 seat executive coach for 4 days.
  • Return crossings via ferry or Eurotunnel to Calais.
  • Visits to all locations as agreed in the itinerary.
  • Depature from and return to Ross-On-Wye, Herefordshire. Pick up and drop off at a different location on route by agreement only.
  • Accommodation in a 4 star hotel.
  • Meals as detailed below.
  • All museum entrances as specified in the itinerary.
  • Full administration and booking service.
  • 24 hour on call UK Duty Manager Service throughout your tour.

Accommodation

The following accommodation has been reserved for your group:

    4* Royal Hotel Caen Centre

  • Double rooms
  • Twin rooms
  • Single rooms

Rooms are en-suite with a bath or shower, free wifi, air conditioning and tea & coffee making facilities.

The hotel is located in the heart of Caen and 750 yards from Caen Castle.

The hotel is serviced by a lift, restaurant and bar and has wifi throughout.

Please make sure you are happy with the chosen hotel as changes cannot be rectified after booking.

Meals

The following meals are included in your tour:

    Day 1 – 3-course evening meal.
    Day 2 – Buffet style breakfast, packed lunch.
    Day 3 – Buffet style breakfast, packed lunch.
    Day 4 – Buffet style breakfast, packed lunch.

Not included

  • Snacks.
  • Drinks at the 3-course evening meal on Day 1.
  • Travel Insurance.

Coach

The coach capacity is for 49 people and is equipped with a WC, TV screens, DVD player and air-conditioning. Seat belts adhere to current safety standards and all coaches feature Commercial European Satellite Navigation Systems. Your coach will be supplied with one professional driver and the itinerary will fit within current driver hour regulations. Please ensure that this will meet your requirements.

Battlefield Historian/Guide

Your Battlefield Historian/Guide is a badge holding qualified guide recognised by the professional organisation, the Guild of Battlefield Guides (GBG).

Your Battlefield Historian/Guide will meet you daily at your hotel reception prior to departure.

Financial Protection

Your money is safe. We are bound by the tour operators regulations and all monies paid to us are held in a holding account and cannot be drawn down by us until the tour is over.

Why travel with In The Footsteps?

  • We have over 15 years experience in designing and operating Private Battlefield Tours, Battlefield Studies and Staff Rides.
  • Our team of battlefield historians and guides are selected for their experience, depth of knowledge, enthusiasm and ability to tell the story in an entertaining and engaging way. The majority are accredited members of the prestigious Guild of Battlefield Guides. This means they endeavour to maintain high levels of good practice commensurate with the Guild's ethos.
  • We operate a full booking, planning & design service.
  • Office open 24-hours a day whilst the tour is operating.
  • Combined Employers & Public Liability Insurance (renewal date 20th October 2018 and a copy of which can be supplied upon request).

To book your tour

To book your tour click on the button which will take you to our Enquiry Form.



Page last updated: 19th July 2018