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5 Days / 4 Nights:

Trace the events that left a mark on the 20th century - and on France's northerly fringes. And see the places you've read about in history books, setting the scene for an unforgettable experience.

Day 1 - London - Southsea - Overnight Ferry
Meet with the group in the heart of England in London. Our road then takes takes us from London to Southwick house and onto the historic D-Day Museum. After an educational and insightful tour, we make our way to an early dinner then catch the overnight ferry to France, retracing the voyage first taken in 1944. (D)

Accommodation: Overnight Ferry

Day 2 - Caen - Normandy Beaches - Bayeux
We head towards Normandy and our first stop, at the Merville Battery. Overlooking Sword Beach, we get a sense of the scale of German defences and the resourcefulness required by the British to overcome them. A visit to the first liberated village of Ranville and the iconic Pegasus Bridge with the attached Airborne Forces Memorial Museum provides a comprehensive start to the tour. Tonight, we will enjoy a delicious dinner together. (B)
Accommodation: Churchill Hotel

Day 3 - Bayeux - Normandy Beaches - Bayeux
After a hearty breakfast, today our focus is on the role of the United States in the liberation of North West Europe. At Sainte-Mère-Église, Trooper John Steele, who was caught on the church steeple as he parachuted into the town, is still remembered. The Utah Beach Museum gives a full explanation of America's role, with plenty of large exhibits. We make time for a visit to the challenging terrain of the Pointe du Hoc where US Rangers scaled the cliffs and time at Omaha Beach and the American Normandy Cemetery show the heavy price paid during the campaign in Normandy. Later, we arrive back in the town of Bayeux where the night is yours to enjoy at your own pace and leisure. (B)
Accommodation: Churchill Hotel

Day 4 - Bayeux - Normandy Beaches - Overnight Ferry
Nearly 1,000 years ago, an invasion came towards Britain from Normandy, a defining moment in British history. The story of the Norman Conquest has been told in a tapestry, a remarkable record by the people of the time, which we will visit. Later, we visit the Juno Beach Centre, where the story of Canada's contribution during the war is told in a series of interactive displays. Further visits during the day will include the well-preserved German Gun Battery at Longues-sur-Mer. Then, we enjoy our last dinner together before catching an overnight ferry. (B,D)

Accommodation: Overnight Ferry

Day 5 - Portsmouth - London
Rise and shine, enjoying one last breakfast before we travel with the Bovington Tank Museum for an insightful visit. Here, take the chance to explore the museum's large halls you will come face to face with vehicles that have seen action in all the major wars of the 20th Century and hear first-hand accounts from those who fought in them. This unique collection of over 300 vehicles is regarded as the best in the world and includes the world's first ever tank - Little Willie, the feared German Tiger tank and the modern Challenger 2. To end the tour, we return back to London where we end. (B)

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  Departure : Apr - Oct, 2018  
  Departure Dbl Occ Sgl Occ  
  Jun 21, 2018 Sold Out  
  Jul 19, 2018 Sold Out  
  Sep 06, 13, 2018 Sold Out  
  Oct 11, 2018 Sold Out  
  • 2 nights in boutique accommodation
  • 2 nights on an overnight ferry
  • Experienced Back-Roads Tour Leader/Driver
  • Premium mini-coach transportation
  • Daily European-style breakfasts (B), 2 evening meals (D)
  • Entrance included to: Pegasus Bridge Museum, Juno Beach Museum, Utah Beach Museum, the Bayeux Memorial Museum and Tapestry, Bovington Tank Museum, D-Day Museum & Southwick House


  • Unless otherwise specified in the listed inclusions, airfares are not included in the tour price.
  • Driver/tour leader gratuity is at your discretion.
  • Lunches (unless otherwise stated), social drinks, meals on free nights,' items of a personal nature and entrance fees when not listed in the schedule of inclusions.
  • Occasional optional evening theatre/festival visits and entrances not detailed in the tour inclusions.
  • Incidental expenses, such as room service incurred at hotels. All expenses are to be settled prior to leaving the accommodation.
  • Laundry costs and any shipping charges for the return of purchases made on tour, or for the return of property lost on tour.
  • Pre and post tour accommodation.
  • Unless otherwise listed in the inclusions, transfers are not included in the tour price.
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