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Backroads Tours: D-Day Battle for France 2014

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D-Day Battle for France 2014

4 days $1650*
taxes & fees included
Tour Code: BRSDD

Summary: France

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Dunkirk & The Normandy Landing Beaches - This 4-day tour will take you from defeat to victory, tracing the events during one of the most gripping periods of the 20th century. From the miracle of the Dunkirk Shield, to the Dieppe Raid and the beaches of Normandy, we’ll travel along Hitler’s Atlantic Wall, in the footsteps of brave soldiers.     
 
The Back-Roads Difference
  • In chronological order, we trace the history of this region during the war from early 1940, culminating in the D-Day landings on Tuesday 6 June 1944.
Tour Inclusions
  • 3 nights’ accommodation
  • Specialist Battlefield driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • European breakfast daily
  • 2 x evening meals
  • Included Entrances: Juno Beach Museum, Pegasus Bridge Museum, Utah Beach Museum & Dunkirk Dynamo Museum, Dieppe Memorial Museum & Merville Battery. 

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Tour Details

Day 1: Lille - Dunkirk - Dieppe

We make our way from Lille to Dunkirk to learn about the Dunkirk Shield. We visit the interesting Dunkirk Dynamo Museum, housed in what was the headquarters of the French army in 1939. Find out more about The Battle of Dunkirk and the lead up to Operation Dynamo. En route we see remnants of the Maginot Line in Cassel, the site of the Le Paradis Massacre and the barn in Esquelbecq. (D)                                                                                                                    

 

Overnight: Hotel Aguado (or similar)


Day 2: Dieppe - Bayeux

Today we visit sites connected with the Dieppe landings of 1942. The objective of Operation Jubilee was to capture and hold an established port to gauge the German response. We visit the main beach and the Dieppe Memorial Museum. From there we head towards Normandy visiting the Merville Battery overlooking Sword Beach and the military cemetery, where the British and Canadian Regiments suffered great losses. From here, we continue to Bayeux. (B)

 

Overnight: Hotel d’Argouges (or similar)


Day 3: Bayeux - Normandy Beaches - Bayeux

We spend time today covering the American involvement; we visit Utah Beach and 'bloody' Omaha Beach, with its sheer cliffs at the Pointe du Hoc, and Colleville Cemetery, containing the remains of nearly 10,000 servicemen. A stop at Sainte-Mere-Eglise, where paratrooper John Steele got caught on the church steeple brings us to the end of our visits today. (B, D)

 

Overnight: Hotel d’Argouges (or similar)


Day 4: Bayeux - Normandy Beaches - Lille

Our final day is spent covering the British and Canadian landing and dropping zones. Gold and Juno Beaches, each with their own reminders of epic events, the Mulberry Harbour in Arromanches, Pegasus Bridge, Cafe Gondrée, and many other places of interest, including Divisional and Unit Memorials. Leaving Normandy behind with lasting memories we return to Lille where the tour ends. (B)

 

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

Pick-Up will be at 8.30 am at Lille Europe Station. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure.

 

Drop-off 6:00pm at Lille Europe Station. Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only – traffic can be unpredictable!

 

Notes

Back-Roads Touring have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

 

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.


Duration - 4 days

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