A discovery tour of the history filled 1944 landing sites supplies the added perk of immersion into the rich heritage and culture of France, and specifically Normandy.
The tour starts at Sainte Mere Eglise: a typical Norman village, the early capture of which played a pivotal role in the outcome of June 6th, 1944. If you wish, your guide can slip in a stop to the “Biscuiterie” to sample their traditionally prepared cookies.
A side road, cutting across the countryside toward the northwest zone of the invasion beaches, will bring you to Utah, one of the primary Allied invasion sites. From there you’ll proceed through Ste Marie du Mont, taking note of the picturesque church, before stopping in Angouville au Plain where Kenneth Moore and Robert Wight set up a military medical aid station helping both civilians and soldiers.
After lunch, you’ll head to the Pointe du Hoc, a stunning place of natural beauty scarred by heavy aerial and naval bombardment. The resulting craters underscore the infamous feat carried out by US Rangers, who scaled the 100 foot cliffs to boot out the enemy, thus securing this imposing strongpoint.
Your tour visits Omaha beach, where the Americans lost so many, and finally concludes at the American cemetery in Colleville: a site of over 170 acres housing 9387 tombs and a wall of the missing. This unforgettable stop, inspiring respect and somber reflection, rounds out your trip of the D Day Beaches US sector.