D-Day Tours of Normandy Three Day Tours

Comprehensive and detailed three-day tours of Operation Overlord

US Emphasis Three-Day Tour

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D Day Tours US Troops Normandy Invasion

See the action from the perspective of the American troops.

An experience you’ll never forget.

British / Canadian Three-Day Tour

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Follow the landings, routes, battles, losses and victories

of the British and Canadian soldiers in 1944.

Suggested Itineraries

Please note that  the itineraries outlined here for a three day tour are suggestions only. We are always happy to create a custom itinerary for you or your group. Please let Malcolm know if there is anything you would like to see that isn’t included on the suggested itinerary.

Our three-day tours combine a quality guided tour of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with a relaxing short holiday. Our friendly personal service, beautiful gite accommodation and delicious home cooked cuisine make this an ideal tour for small parties of up to four people who want to really find out more about what happened in the early hours and days of Operation Overlord.

Although nearly 80 years have passed since D Day, and the Normandy countryside has changed with the times, walking the ground is still the best way to understand the battlefields and the strategies employed. You can see the terrain for yourself and judge the sight-lines,  the vantage points and the targets over which such fierce battles were fought. We will help to recreate the difficulties faced by the Allies in mounting the largest sea-borne invasion in history. Conversely we shall explain how for ten weeks, the German Army forced the Allies’ advance to a snail’s pace before they were finally driven back and defeated.

D Day landings Gold Beach at Arromanches, Mulberry Harbour

Over the three days you will visit the significant sites of the D-Day battles. The major sites, like the Pegasus Bridge, St Mere Eglise, Omaha and Utah Beaches have excellent museums. Some sites still have the original concrete relics of Hitler’s Atlantic Wall which in some cases are well preserved. Others are now simply fields with a marker or memorial. At all of the sites your will visit will be supported by an explanatory talk to provide you with the background information to understand the action which took place.

More than just a tour

During the evenings after dinner, we like to hold discussions on the strategy and tactics of the campaign. A particular highlight is our presentation on Infantry Weapons and Tactics. The informal nature of these talks encourages our guests to ask any questions they may have about the Normandy Campaign.

Whilst we pride ourselves on the bespoke nature of our tours, each one being tailor made to suit our guests, we would like to present a sample of the type of itinerary that’s possible on a three day tour. Please note that this itinerary is just a sample. we are always happy to modify tours or to build a particular tour from scratch if you want to concentrate on a specific aspect of the D Day landings or the battles that ensued.

Accommodation Available if Required

Many people who book our three-day tours choose to base themselves at our beautiful gites in brittany, where our warm, informal welcoming atmosphere offers a complete contrast to a hotel environment. We have two very comfortable gites /cottages and a studio flat, swimming pool and a games room. The three-bedroom gite sleeps up to 8 people, the two-bedroom gite sleeps 5 and the studio apartment is ideal for an individual or couple. We offer Bed & Breakfast accommodation with the option of an evening meal. Delicious homemade picnic lunches are available during the three days of your tour.

We offer a choice of three day tours with either a British/Canadian or U.S. Emphasis

Please click this link for our D Day Tour Prices  page and for more information on our luxury Gites in Brittany which are available to guests on our three-day tours

British / Canadian Emphasis Three Day Tour

DAY ONE

Pegasus Bridge

The famous bridge across the Orne Canal at Benouville was captured by a daring glider assault in the early hours of D-Day. We follow a visit to the bridge by taking coffee at The Café Gondree before visiting the Memorial Pegasus Museum.

The Merville Battery

6th Airborne Division Battle for merville Battery

The silencing of the German battery at Merville in an improvised attack by an ad-hoc force of paratroopers from 9th Battalion, The Parachute Regiment is a story of outstanding courage and leadership.

Ranville Cemetery

Ranvillee

The village of Ranville was one of the first to be captured during the early hours of 6th June 1944. The cemetery which holds 2,563 burials is known as The Airborne Cemetery

British / Canadian Emphasis Three Day Tour

DAY TWO

Sword Beach

D Day Tour Sword Beach Malcolm Clough

The landing of British 3rd Infantry Division at La Breche in the face of stubborn resistance from the German Strongpoint ‘Cod’

Hillman Fortress

The British advance on Caen on D-Day was significantly delayed by this well defended and strongly defended underground complex.

Juno Beach

Canadian Forces Juno Beach Malcolm Clough

The Canadian landing at Bernieres sur Mer. The original sea wall, concrete bunkers, machine gun and mortar emplacements which inflicted heavy casualties on The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

Gold Beach

Gold beach Cromwell Tank Normandy Invasion

Landing on King Sector of GOLD Beach, Sgt Major Stanley Hollis, D Company The Green Howards, was the only British & Commonwealth soldier to win the Victoria Cross on D-Day.

The Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches

Arromanches Mulberry Harbour by Malcolm Clough

The story of the Mulberry harbour must rank amongst the most remarkable to emerge from the Second World War. In terms of engineering achievement it is surely one of the greatest of all time.

The Longues sur Mer Battery

Close up of the rifling of a 155mm gun at Longues Sur Mer

When compared with other D-Day coastal batteries. The site at Longues sur Mer with the original guns still in place is quite unique.

British / Canadian Emphasis Three Day Tour

DAY THREE

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach Photo Malcolm Clough

It was at OMAHA Beach that the Allies found the strongest resistance on D-Day. Where the Americans took the heaviest casualties and where the Allies came closest to defeat.

St Mere Eglise. The fighting in the village

St Mere Eglise Church

Dominated by the church of Notre Dame de la Paix in the town square. The strategically important town of St. Mere Eglise is the centerpiece of the airborne battle.

Brecourt Manor and the 506 PIR

D Dayb Tours Band of Brothers

Following the success of the T.V. Drama ‘Band of Brothers’ Brecourt Manor is a popular site to visit. This assault is still referenced in West Point as a textbook example of small unit tactics against superior numbers in a fixed position.

Utah Beach

D Day Three Day Tours Utah Beach

The original D-Day plan called for the first landings on UTAH Beach to be made amongst the Dunes of Varreville a mile to the North of the actual successful landings by 4th Infantry Division, which spearheaded the drive across the Cotentin Peninsula.

The Pointe Du Hoc

pointe du Hoc

The daring and incredibly difficult cliff assault by the American 2nd Ranger Battalion under the command of Lt. Col James Rudder to neutralise the German gun battery.

The US Cemetery and Memorial

American Cemetery Normandy

The sight of the brilliant white headstones at Colleville, laid in immaculate lines and set against the dark greens of the surrounding trees is beautiful, moving and tragic.

U.S. Emphasis Three Day Tour

DAY ONE

St. Mere Eglise Paratrooper Drop Zones

D Day St Mere Eglise Private John Steele

Darkness, fog and anti-aircraft fire led to the scattering of American paratroopers amongst the cramped fields, dense hedgerows and swamps west of St Mere Eglise.

La Fière, Cauquigny Causeway and Chef du Pont

Utah Beach La Friere Bridge D Day Tours

The fierce and protracted fight for this crossing over the River Merderet is is testimony to the fighting spirit of the Airborne soldier.

Amfreville, ‘Timmes Orchard’ and Hill 30

Amfrevillee Memorial Photo by Malcolm Clough

By holding their positions around Amfreville and Hill 30, the Paratroopers of the 507th & 508th Parachute Infantry prevented the Germans from mounting an effective attack towards Chef du Pont and la Friere bridges

St Mere Eglise. The fighting in the village

St Mere Eglise Church

Dominated by the church of Notre Dame de la Paix in the town square. The strategically important town of St. Mere Eglise is the centerpiece of the airborne battle.

Azeville and St. Marcouf Batteries

Azeville Battery Photo by Malcolm Clough

The heavy naval battery at St. Marcouf was the most powerful in the UTAH Beach area, the nearby battery at Azeville was also a potent threat to the landings.

Utah Beach

D Day Three Day Tours Utah Beach

The original D-Day plan called for the first landings on UTAH Beach to be made amongst the Dunes of Varreville a mile to the North of the actual successful landings by 4th Infantry Division, which spearheaded the drive across the Cotentin Peninsula.

Brecourt Manor and the 506 PIR

D Dayb Tours Band of Brothers

Following the success of the T.V. Drama ‘Band of Brothers’ Brecourt Manor is a popular site to visit. This assault is still referenced in West Point as a textbook example of small unit tactics against superior numbers in a fixed position.

U.S. Emphasis Three Day Tour

DAY TWO

Angoville au Plein

Angoville au Plain

The church at Angoville stands out as a beacon of humanity surrounded by the chaos of war.

The Capture of Carentan

D Day tou

The story of ‘Dead Man’s Corner, Purple Heart Lane and the eventual capture of Carentan which was the final link between UTAH and OMAHA Beaches.

La Cambe, the German Cemetery

La Cambe German Military Cemetery

The German Cemetery at La Cambe is such an understated and melancholy place. It reflects the human losses of war.

The Pointe Du Hoc

pointe du Hoc

The daring and incredibly difficult cliff assault by the American 2nd Ranger Battalion under the command of Lt. Col James Rudder to neutralise the German gun battery.

“Bloody” Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach by Malcolm Clough

It was at OMAHA Beach that the Allies found the strongest resistance on D-Day. Where the Americans took the heaviest casualties and where the Allies came closest to defeat.

The US Cemetery and Memorial

American Cemetery Normandy

The sight of the brilliant white headstones at Colleville, laid in immaculate lines and set against the dark greens of the surrounding trees is beautiful, moving and tragic.

U.S. Emphasis Three Day Tour

DAY THREE

Pegasus Bridge

Pegasus Bridge Malcolm Clough and a small group

The famous bridge across the Orne Canal at Benouville, captured by British Airborne soldiers in a daring glider assault in the early hours of D-Day.

Sword Beach

D Day Tour Sword Beach Malcolm Clough

The landing of British 3rd Infantry Division at La Breche in the face of stubborn resistance from the German Strongpoint ‘Cod’

Hillman Fortress

The British advance on Caen on D-Day was significantly delayed by this well defended and strongly defended underground complex.

Juno Beach

Canadian Forces Juno Beach Malcolm Clough

The Canadian landing at Bernieres sur Mer. The original sea wall, concrete bunkers, machine gun and mortar emplacements which inflicted heavy casualties on The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

Gold Beach

Gold beach Cromwell Tank Normandy Invasion

Landing on King Sector of GOLD Beach, Sgt Major Stanley Hollis, D Company The Green Howards, was the only British & Commonwealth soldier to win the Victoria Cross on D-Day.

The Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches

Mulberry Harbours Arromanches Malcolm Clough

The story of the Mulberry harbour must rank amongst the most remarkable to emerge from the Second World War. In terms of engineering achievement it is surely one of the greatest of all time.

The Longues sur Mer Battery

Close up of the rifling of a 155mm gun at Longues Sur Mer

When compared with other D-Day coastal batteries. The site at Longues sur Mer with the original guns still in place is quite unique.

We’re open and available for tours all year round.

Our famous tours continue, even during the winter months.

Custom, Private Tours

Please note that all our tours are private tours and your party will be the only people in the group. This means we can do whatever YOU want to do and see whatever YOU want to see.  The itineraries outlined here are suggestions only. We are always happy to create a custom itinerary for you and your group. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see that isn’t included on the suggested itinerary.

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