Your In The Footsteps® tour will visit the most significant sites of the Allied invasion that took place on D-Day, 6th June 1944. Our expert guide will recount the events that occurred and tell you some of the true 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.
We begin the first day of our tour when we collect you from your hotel reception at 09:00 am.
Our first stop is at Sainte-Mere-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, before going to the excellent Airborne Museum that is dedicated to the memory of American paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions who parachuted into Normandy on the night of 5th—6th June 1944.
The next stop on our itinerary is 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.
Our third stop is at Picauville to see the 9th Air Force Memorial and remember those who flew the C—47 Skytrains that delivered the American Airborne to their drop zones.
It is then on to Hiesville where the gliders of the 101st landed and Brigadier-General Don Pratt met his untimely end before heading 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.
On our way to UTAH Beach we stop off at the Richard Winters Leadership Memorial before continuing to the beach where the 4th Infantry Division and Brigadier-General Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt, Jr came ashore. For his personal valour, courage and leadership on D-Day Teddy Roosevelt Jr was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Our final stop of the day is at Le Cambé Germany Military Cemetery where, amongst others, the German Tank Ace Michael Wittmann is burried.
The day will end at approximately 17:30 hrs when we drop you off at your hotel.
We depart to begin the second day of our tour from your hotel reception at 09:00 am.
Our first stop of day-two is at 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 for OMAHA Beach, stopping off at Vierville-sur-Mer, St Laurent-sur-Mer and La Ruquet, where we discuss the landing by the American Army's 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division, along with the 5th Ranger Battalion, and A, B, and C Companies of the 2nd Ranger Battalion. 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 'Rangers lead the way'.
It is onwards then to the eastern end of OMAHA Beach to talk about the landing by the American Army's 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st 'Big Red One' Infantry Division. Here we explore the area where First Lieutenant Jimmie Waters Monteith, Jr of Company L, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division carried out the actions that led to the award of a posthumous Medal of Honor. We then head to the 1st Infantry Division's Memorial to discuss the actions of Technician 5th Grade John J Pinder, Jr and Private Carlton William Barrett, both of who were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions on D-Day, as well as those of Heinrich Severloh, aka 'the Beast of OMAHA' a German soldier stationed at WN62 where the memorial now stands.
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. As we exit to the visitor centre we pause in its Sacrifice Gallery to remember those who fought in the battle and discuss some of their stories. Included in this is the story of the Niland Brothers, the four brothers whose fate forms the basis for 'Saving Private Ryan'. At the memorial we remember those who died and have no known grave before moving into the cemetery where you are free to wander and pause to pay your respects to the fallen.
The second day of our tour ends at approximately 17:30 hrs when we drop you off at your hotel.
We depart to begin the final day of our three-day tour from your hotel reception at 09:00 am.
Our first stop on day-three of our tour is 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 and the Musée du Débarquement 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 landings 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 landings at SWORD Beach.
From the British beaches we head 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 the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry took place. You get the option to take afternoon tea in the Café Gondrée, the first house to be liberated, or visit the nearby Mémorial Pegasus.
This brings to an end our tour of the D-Day Beaches and you are returned to your hotel or other agreed battlefield location for approximately 17:30 hrs.
The typical cost for a 3-day/3-night D-Day Beaches of Normandy Flexi Tour is £850.00 per person.*.
Deposit £200.00 per person.
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