PRIVATE TOURS - AMERICAN ONE DAY HIGHLIGHTS (8 HOURS 30 MINUTES)
Private guided tours of the American sectors of the D-day invasion
With over 4000 square miles of battlefields in Normandy, it is impossible to see everything in one day. Therefore, we have created a fantastic one day private tour of the key sites from the American sectors of the D-day Invasion.
Our tours are designed to offer flexibility throughout. Whilst we like to run to time on the tours, we have allowed ample time to ensure that you get the most out of the places we will visit. There is also some spare time included in the schedule to visit some bonus stops. This may not always be the case; however, we will do our up-most to ensure you experience as much as possible.
The itinerary for our one day American Highlights tour is listed below.
SAINTE MERE EGLISE
First town liberated in France
This small town was made famous by the film, "The Longest Day".
During the early hours of the D-day invasion, paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment mistakenly dropped directly on to the town square; much to the amazement of the locals and German soldiers. Let us explain the real story of John Steele and the other paratroopers the film missed out.
SAINTE MERE EGLISE AIRBORNE MUSEUM (INCLUDED IN THE TOUR PRICE)
Fantastic museum depicting the assault by the 82nd Airborne
The Airborne Museum at Sainte Mere Eglise gives the visitor a unique insight in to the operations conducted by the Airborne Troops on D-Day.
A visit to the Airborne Museum is included in the price of the tour. Please note: during the museum visit, you will not be accompanied by the tour guide. The guide will leave you for approximately 45-60 minutes so you can explore this fantastic museum at your leisure.
Western most point of the allied assault
The location where the 4th Infantry of the US VII Corps assaulted on the morning of June 6th 1944. Hear the fascinating stories of how the American forces prevailed against the German 709th Infantry Division and their commander, Arthur Jahnke.
Utah Beach was considered as a perfect success with limited casualties. Let us explain the real stories behind the assault.
SAINTE MARIE DU MONT (LUNCH STOP)
Lunch in an historic house that was the former German command post
After the brief tour of Sainte Marie Du Mont, we will offer you a private tour of the Museum of Occupation.
Before the war, the house which is now the museum was utilised as the local hospice. When the German's occupied France from 1940 and started operations in the Utah Sector, they looked for a suitable location for their headquarters. This house then became known as their "Kommandantur" (command post).
POINTE DU HOC
An amazing section of the Atlantic Wall
This German strongpoint was considered impregnable; however, the US Rangers overcame all the odds to neutralise this position on D-day morning.
We will give you a detailed explanantion of how the German defences were organised and how the Rangers prevailed against this incredible section of Atlantic wall.
OMAHA BEACH - DOG GREEN SECTOR
Location depicted in Saving Private Ryan
The beach sector assault that was depicted in the film, "Saving Private Ryan".
Hear about the assault by the men of the 29th Infantry Division, in particular the Bedford Boys from Bedford Virginia.
You will be moved when you hear the stories of heroics, the horror that the men faced, the final success and of the men who never made it home.
OMAHA BEACH AMERICAN CEMETERY
The finale of the tour
Pay your respects to the 9387 Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice. Walk in the 170 beautiful acres and reflect on all the stories that you have heard, visiting the graves of many of the men we have talked about earlier in the tour.
This is a fitting end to a day you will never forget. At the end of the tour, we sincerely hope you will go home with fantastic memories of your time in Normandy.