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.
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.
During the tour we hope to be attending some of the 75th Anniversary Commemorations where you will have the opportunity to see many of the vast array of World War II vehicles on display and witness the parachute jumps and fly pasts, plus much more.
Departure from and return to South Mimms Services, with an additional pick-up and drop-off point at Maidstone Services only.
After taking the ferry over to France we make our way to our hotel and check in. The rest of the evening is at your leisure.
The next two days are dependent upon the commemorations that are taking place over the weekend. However, we will combine exploring the battlefields together with joining in with the commemorations, which are still to be announced. Therefore, please note that there may be some adjustments to this itinerary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We head to Calais for our crossing back to the UK.
The cost of your tour package is £395.00 GBP per person.
Single supplement of £75.00 GBP per person.
A non-refundable deposit of £100.00 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 £295.00 GBP is due 8 weeks prior to departure (19th April 2019).
Payments can be made by credit or debit card, bank transfer or cheque. Credit card payments will incur a 2.6% additional transaction charge.
Credit card payments will incur a 2.6% additional transaction charge.
Your package includes:
The following accommodation has been reserved for your group:
Rooms are en-suite with a bath or shower, free wifi and air conditioning.
The hotel is located in the historic centre of Caen close to the train station and next to the Orne quay and the port. The hotel is serviced by a lift and bar and has free wifi throughout.
Please make sure you are happy with the chosen hotel as changes cannot be rectified after booking.
The following meals are included in your tour:
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.
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.
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