Your In The Footsteps® D-Day Anniversary Tour will be a truly unique opportunity to pay your respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so that we may enjoy the freedoms we have today.
It will combine commemorative activity with a comprehensive tour visiting the battlefields of all five landing beaches and the two airborne landing zones. It will include visiting the major iconic sites at Sainte-Mère-Eglise, La Fière bridge and causeway, Brécourt Battery, UTAH Beach, Pointe-du-Hoc, OMAHA Beach, the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Longues-sur-Mer Battery, the 'Mulberry' Harbour, GOLD Beach, JUNO Beach, SWORD Beach, Pegasus Bridge, the Café Gondrée and the Merville Battery and Museum where your expert guide will tell you about the momentous events that took place on D-Day, 6th June 1944.
Your In The Footsteps® D-Day Anniversary Tour will include attendance at some of the numerous re-enactments, ceremonies and festivities taking place in the area, and, adding flavour to these commemorative activities, there will be a vast array of World War II vehicles on display and in motion, plus parachute jumps, air shows and much more.
Thursday, 3 June 2021: Pick-up Paris, drive to Normandy and settle in
You will be collected from the agreed pick-up point in Paris and driven to your Normandy hotel. After checking in you will have time to settle in before gathering for our Welcome meeting in the hotel bar.
Friday, 4 June 2021: The American Airborne area and UTAH Beach
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The first stop of day 2 will be 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, 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 buried.
Saturday, 5 June 2021: Pointe-du-Hoc, OMAHA Beach and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
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Our first stop of day 3 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 at Vierville-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. 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.
Sunday, 6 June 2021: The British and Canadian Beaches
Our first stop on day 5 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.
Monday, 7 June 2021: The British Airborne area and return to Paris
Our first stop on day 6 of our tour is Bénouville, 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 will take morning tea in the Café Gondrée, the first house to be liberated, and visit Pegasus Bridge and the nearby Mémorial Pegasus.
From Bénouville we head to the Merville Battery to visit the Casements and Museum.
After your visit to the Merville Battery we begin your journey back to Paris where we drop you off and bid farewell.
Details of the events taking place during the weekend are still to be published and our tour will attend at least one of the commemorative events. Once the events available are known, we will select the most appropriate event to match the customers in each party and the itinerary may have to be switched around to suit. The event we attend is unlikely to be the 'official event' attended by heads of state as those events are usually ticketed and each individual has to apply for tickets.
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 tour
The cost of our 5-day / 4-night In The Footsteps® D-Day Anniversary Tour is:
Standard rooms in a Four-Star hotel in the centre of Caen
- Two people sharing a double or twin room — £1,650.00 GBP per person.
- Single occupancy room — £1,820.00 GBP (single bed).
Standard rooms in a Three-Star hotel in the centre of Caen
- Two people sharing a double room — £1,540.00 GBP per person.
- Single occupancy room — £1,710.00 GBP (double bed).
Price per person based upon a minimum of 4 people and a maximum of 7 per tour vehicle. Please note the tour will not go ahead if the minimum number do not book.
Booking indicates your acceptance of our Tour Terms and Conditions.
If you prefer a private tour for just two people there will be a supplement of £800.00 GBP per person, sharing the same room (double or twin subject to availability). If single accommodation is required the additional supplement shown above will apply.
What your tour includes
- In-tour land travel only.
- 6-days escorted tour of the battlefields with one of our expert Battlefield Guides.
- 5-nights accommodation at one of our partner hotels, breakfast included.
- Comprehensive touring of all the major battlefield sites, including many of the less frequently visited out-of-the-way sites.
- All museum admission fees specified in the itinerary.
- The opportunity to visit specific cemeteries and graves within tour area (as agreed prior to your tour).
- The opportunity to discuss your battlefield travel plans with our expert team.
What your tour does not include
- Travel Insurance.
- Personal expenses.
Your accommodation for your tour will in one of our partner hotels.
You will be told in which hotel you will be accommodated prior to booking your tour, please make sure you are happy with it as changes may not be possible after booking.
Your Battlefield Historian/Guide is an established member of our team and is experienced in leading tours to the battlefields of the Second World War.
The Battlefield Historian/Guide will meet you daily at your hotel reception prior to departure.
Your money is safe. We are members ot the TTA and all monies paid to us are held in a trust account and cannot be drawn down by us until the tour is over.
Why travel with In The Footsteps?
- We have over 16 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 and design service.
- Office is open 24-hours a day whilst the tour is operating.
- Combined Employers and Public Liability Insurance (a copy can be supplied upon request).
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