Planned around key strategic sites, this tour will enable you to relive the Allies Normandy Invasion from the landing on Utah Beach to the liberation of Cherbourg. Rich in noteworthy sites, history and emotion, the tour mingles visits to prominent heritage sites with total immersion experiences.
MyTripTailor tip: This dense programme nonetheless allows you time to explore the sites at your own pace.
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Your journey starts at Carentan, won back from the Nazis after a bloody struggle on 12 June 1944 and since the object of major restoration and reconstruction work. You will then head towards Saint-Côme-du-Mont (HQ, hospital and a major drop zone at the time) where you will be able to fly one of the old fighter planes thanks to a simulator. You will then reach Sainte-Mère-Église, the first town liberated in France, and now the location of the Airborne Museum, devoted to American paratroopers.
MyTripTailor advice : Keep a look out for the emblematic mannequin hanging from the church steeple.
At 4.30am on 6 June 1944, 22,000 men and 1,800 vehicles landed on Utah Beach to face the enemy. Relive the battle on a visit to Utah Beach Museum. Then head to the Gun battery of Azeville, a major fortification along the Atlantic Wall and its huge underground network, more than worth exploring. Go inside and see other American monuments on the beach where the Americans landed.
MyTripTailor advice : Make a detour via Saint-Martin-de-Varreville, home to a monument to General Leclerc.
En route to Cherbourg, don’t miss the opportunity to stop at Valognes. Rich in history and art, it is home to the Hôtel de Beaumont, a miniature Normandy Versailles dating from the 18C. Also not to be missed are the fortifications at Saint-Vaast-la-Hougue (UNESCO world heritage site), the pristine island of Tatihou (nature reserve), a small picturesque port ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, Barfleur, and the highest lighthouse of France at Gatteville-le-Phare. Then drop anchor in the port of Cherbourg.
Cherbourg played a prominent role in the Allied Normandy Invasion. Its deep harbour was a strategic objective that would enable the Allies to capture heavy equipment, food and fuel. To grasp the full picture, we recommend a boat tour with commentary. Also pay a visit to the Cité de la Mer. Finish your journey at the Liberation Museum, whose reconstitutions of civilian and military daily life are striking.
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