Walking the D-Day Landing Beaches
On June 6th 1944 135,000 men came ashore on the beaches of Normandy, their fortitude and courage proved to be a turning point in the Second World War.
Join us as we experience the D-Day landing beaches and marvel at the planning, the bravery and the determination of the men who took part in this incredible enterprise. Walking along quiet country roads, through rolling countryside, the coast is never far away with spectacular views and quiet seaside resorts.
Tours last for 4, 5 or 6 days. We walk at your pace, enabling you to enjoy a detailed and leisurely examination of these momentous events.
Bespoke Battlefield Tours
Because everyone is different we prefer the tailor-made approach to our battlefield tours. Whether travelling as individuals, members of a small or a large group, travel at your own pace to explore the sites included in our itineraries and those of your own choosing.
Remember, each holiday is bespoke. Anything is possible!
Get in touch with us today to discuss your bespoke tour requirements.
Our walking holidays generally include the following;
- Bed and breakfast accommodation in 3 and 4-star hotels.
- Travel to and from the UK to France and Belgium.
- Luggage and equipment transfers.
- The services of a battlefield guide throughout your visit.
Sample Tour Itinerary
Arrive in Normandy mid- afternoon.
The tour begins with a short walk to get us warmed up on the first day. We will explore the extraordinary story of the capture of Pegasus Bridge and the exploits of the 6th Airborne Division.
Day 2 : Sword Beach
Following the seafront initially, we visit the remains of the German defensive system and tell the story of how the 3rd Division captured the beach and then began to move inland. Leaving the beaches we walk inland to uncover the German strongpoints which stood in their way.
Day 3 : Gold Beach
Starting at Asnelles sur Mer we walk along the coast path and beautiful beaches for much of the day. You will discover the story behind the building of the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches and visit the best preserved section of the Atlantic Wall at Longues sur Mer. We will also have time to explore Arromanches itself.
Day 4 : Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc
A fairly long, but rewarding walk, again along stunning coastal scenery. In the morning we walk the length of Omaha beach before visiting the impressive American cemetery at St Laurent sur Mer. In the afternoon a shorter walk visits Pointe du Hoc to examine the extraordinary exploits of the 2nd US Rangers as they scaled the cliffs to capture this German strongpoint.
Day 5 : Utah Beach
Walking the ground captured by the 4th Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne we walk through beautiful, remote and at times stunning countryside to re-tell the story of the ‘Band of Brothers’. In the afternoon we will visit the German defensive system overlooking the beach at Azeville.
Day 6 : Return to UK
Check out of our hotel and return to Ouistreham for early morning crossing to Portsmouth.
If you wish us to book accommodation, a wide range is available. The area has numerous 3 and 4-star hotels. Many clients opt to book on a bed and breakfast basis. There are plenty of restaurants in Ouistreham, Bayeux, Carentan and Cherbourg. We will be on hand to advise you of the best places to eat in any case.
If you would like us to make travel arrangements for you our tours typically start and finish at Portsmouth Ferry Terminal.
Tours depart from Portsmouth Cross Channel Ferry Terminal. If you intend to travel to Portsmouth by car there is ample car parking at the terminal.
We will return to the UK via the ferry from Ouistreham. The tour finishes at Portsmouth Ferry Terminal.