Normandy Group Tours
GROUP TOURS
Tour the battlefields in the company of one of our expert guides on a Group Tour with In The Footsteps®. Let us take you on a journey that is a really unique experience, one that will leave you with memories that will last forever.

The Normandy Battlefields

Private Group Tour


On this tour we will be looking at the battlefields associated with D-Day, 6th June 1944 and the Battle of Normandy.

We will visit the main American sector locations at Sainte-Mere-Eglise, UTAH Beach, Pointe-du-Hoc and OMAHA Beach; and the British and Canadian landing beaches of GOLD, JUNO and SWORD as well as the world renown Pegasus Bridge.

If the time of our return journey allows we will take a look at the push south from Caen and the closing of the Falaise Pocket before catching our return ferry.

Throughout we will discuss some of the heroic actions that took place to secure the bridgehead from which the liberation of Northwest Europe from under the yoke of Hitler’s Nazi Germany was launched. This is a tour full of action, a tour in which you discover many of the events that changed the course of history and helped shape the world we have today.

Day One

You will be met by your driver and coach at your chosen departure point early morning before making our way to France. Your guide will meet you at a services en-route as we make a brief stop for you to use the toilet facilities and to purchase snacks and drinks.

On arrival we check in to our accommodation and relax for the rest of the evening.

Day Two

Our tour today will look at the major battlefield sites associated with the American D-Day Landings.

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.

We then move to Picauville where we see the 9th Air Force Memorial and remember those who flew the C—47 Skytrains that delivered the American Airborne to their drop zones.

On our way to UTAH Beach we visit 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. We then 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.

After lunch we head for 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 move on to OMAHA Beach, stopping off at Vierville-sur-Mer and St Laurent-sur-Mer, 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 at the 1st Infantry Division's Memorial. Here we discuss the actions of First Lieutenant Jimmie Waters Monteith Jr, Technician 5th Grade John J Pinder, Jr and Private Carlton William Barrett, all 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 day will end at approximately 17:30 hrs when we drop you off at your accommodation.

Day Three

Our tour today will look at the major battlefield sites associated with the British and Canadian D-Day Landings.

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 beaches that made up the British Sector visiting Ver-sur-Mer, Bernières-sur-Mer and La Brèche.

At Ver-sur-Mer we discuss the landings by the British 50th Division 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.

After lunch we head to La Brèche and SWORD Beach where we discuss the landings by the British 3rd Division and the Inter-Allied Commandos.

From SWORD beach we head inland to the site of the very 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.

At Pegasus Bridge you get the option to take afternoon tea in the Café Gondrée, the first house to be liberated, or visit the nearby Mémorial Pegasus.

The day will end at approximately 17:30 hrs when we drop you off at your accommodation.

Day Four

After breakfast we check out of our accommodation.

The itinerary today will depend upon what time we need to leave for our crossing back to the UK.

If time allows we visit the site where the German Tank Ace, Michael Wittmann, met his end and discuss the push southwards from Caen and the closing of the Falaise Pocket.

Cost for our adult groups

Bed & Breakfast 3* accommodation included.

£399.00* GBP per person based on two people sharing a room.

Single occupancy £75.00 per person.

Deposit £100.00 per person.

Cost for our school & cadet groups

Full board hostel style accommodation with 2 x breakfasts, 2 x lunches, 2 x evening meals included.

£289.00* GBP per person based on shared rooms.

Up to 4 adult staff will go free of charge and will either have a single room or share a twin room.

Deposit £50.00 per person.

Included

  • Bed & Breakfast accommodation
  • Meals as shown
  • Executive coach travel & professional driver
  • Expert battlefield tour guide
  • Tour Manager
  • Museum Entrance fees (where applicable)

Upgrades

Upgrades for accommodation and meals are available subject to availability.

Not included

  • All meals except breakfasts (adult tour only)
  • Breakfast & lunch on outbound journey (school & cadet group tour)
  • Evening meal on inbound journey (school & cadet group tour)
  • Personal money
  • Gratuities
  • Personal travel insurance

* Price based upon pick up between mid to south Wales, along the M4 corridor & London. There may be an extra charge for coach pick up north and south of these areas. Please ask for details.

* Price is based on a minimum of 40 paying passengers.

Please note — We can customise the tour to visit graves of relatives that are close to the routes we are visiting; personalise it on a local basis around particular regiments or tailor it for medical, history, football or military groups etc.