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France, Manche (50), Carentan (vue aérienne) ©F. Cormon/hemis.fr

France, Manche (50), Carentan (vue aérienne)

Utah Beach, Normandy, France - May 12, 2014: Entrance to Utah Beach, one of the D-Day landing sites on June 6, 1944, in Normandy, France. An informational sign is posted about the environmental life at the beach. ©jcarillet/iStock

Utah Beach, Normandy, France

Belfry of the Church of Sainte-Mère-Église with the dummy of a soldier with the feat reminiscent parachute paratrooper John Steele who was suspended from the parachute, and spent two hours playing dead under fire until he could be released ©changered/iStock

Church of Sainte-Mère-Église

France, Normandy Region, Manche Department, D-Day Beaches Area, Sainte Mere Eglise, Musee Airborne, Airborne Museum, D-day invasion by Utah Beach, diorama of C-47 Dakota transport aircraft and US paratroopers with General Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander ©W. Bibikow/Photononstop

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France, Manche (50), Carentan, le port sur le canal de Vire et Taute ©B. Rieger/hemis.fr

France, Manche (50), Carentan, le port sur le canal de Vire et Taute

Martin B-26 Marauder, World War II twin-engined medium bomber in the Utah Beach Musée du Débarquement, WW2 museum at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy, France ©C. Philippe /age fotostock

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Normandy

Tracing the D-Day landings over 2 days

From Carentan to Quinéville

A short weekend with a difference with two days tracing the D-Day landings. Relive history in the heart of the Cotentin peninsular by delving into the memories of the allies in Normandy. From Carentan to Quinéville, via Sainte-Mère-Eglise, this is a trip to soak up the ocean spray and the memories that have marked France.

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Carentan Quinéville

Day 1 - Carentan - Sainte-Mère-l'Eglise

Begin your trip with a visit to the mdieval town of Carentan. Here you can explore its 11th century church, medieval arcades, mansions and its unmissable port amongst other things. Next, head to Utah Beach, one of the most famous of the landing beaches. You can also visit the D-Day Museum (allow 2hrs for a visit), which presents a detailed account of the events that unfolded in the area. Next, continue on to your overnight destination, the peaceful village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the second most significant location of the air landings after Utah Beach. A reproduction of paratrooper Steele still hangs from the church steeple. Be sure to visit the Airborne Museum, which traces the story of the town’s liberation.

  • Distance : 33 km
  • Duration : 0h36

Day 2 - Sainte-Mère-l'Eglise – Quineville

Set off the following morning from Sainte-Mère-Eglise to Orglandes, where you can visit the German cemetary which accommodates over 10,000 crosses. Continue to Ecausseville, where the airship hangar occupied by the Germans was the scene of violent clashes between the Allies and the enemy forces in 1944. Azeville has preserved one of the first construction points of the Atlantic Wall, defended by an impressive battery that was used against the Americans during the landings. Your final destination is Quinéville, the site of a German artillery position, as well as the location for a commando reconaissance operation undertaken by the Americans a few months earlier in prepartion of the landings.

  • Distance : 36 km
  • Duration : 0h43

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