- History (WWI & WWII)
Normandy from cruise ship
Private shore trip from the port of Le Havre
Excursion to the 'D.Day' Landing Beaches of Normandy from your cruise ship in Le Havre
Depending on the time and priorities you have got, 'à la carte' tours can be arranged with other sites of interests.
Depart from your cruise ship in Le Havre by taking the impressive Normandy bridge landmark crossing the Seine river which flows from Paris all the way to the English Channel.
Continue through the highway towards the town of Caen, capital of lower Normandy known as the town of 'William The Conqueror', East side of the 'DDay' Landing front of June 6, 1944.
Visit the Mémorial de Caen, the museum commemorating World War II and beyond (history of the 20th century, mainly focused on the fragility of peace).
On the way to Omaha beach, stop on the site of the powerful German battery at Longues-sur-mer. In spite of the heavy bombing on the night before, the German 'pill boxes' and their 150 mm guns were still operational on the morning of 6 June and they began firing at the allied battleships.
Continue with Omaha Beach and the moving Normandy American cemetery where 9385 Carrara marble crosses stand aligned. A memorial, inscribed with a map of the operations stands in the central alley.
The name 'Omaha Beach' which until 6 June 1944 existed only as an operational code name, has continued to jointly designate the beaches of three villages, Colleville, Saint-Laurent and Vierville, in memory of the soldiers of the 1st American division who landed there and suffered the heaviest casualties on 'D.Day'. Drive and stop along the beach where your guide will show you some of the German bunkers and machine-gun nests.
Return to Le Havre cruise ship, end of our services.
- Full-day tour to the Landing beaches of Normandy,
- Pick-up from your cruise ship in Le Havre with a deluxe car or van,
- English-speaking expert guide,
- Private tour "à la carte" (no mixed group), duration: 10h max depending on your port of call.
Optional: depending on the time and priorities you have got, 'à la carte' tours can be arranged with other sites of interests such as the following ones:
One of the most impressive site in Normandy, is perhaps Pointe du Hoc where the 2nd battalions of specially trained Rangers under the command of colonel James Earl Rudder captured the position by assault at dawn on 6 June, scaling the cliffs with ropes and extendible ladders but not without heavy losses – 135 rangers out of 225 – but key action for the success of 'D.Day'.
Juno and Gold beaches, where the Canadians and the British troops landed.
Visit the Landing museum in Arromanches where can be seen the remains of a Mulberry harbor.
Built thanks to Churchill's vision within a few days after 'D.Day', this temporary port was used to disembark an army with all the men and supplies necessary to liberate Europe.
It is one of the most extraordinary industrial and maritime achievement of the war.
See the famous 'Tapestry of Queen Mathilda' in Bayeux, actually a 70 meters (230 feet) long work of embroidery woven by Irish monks a few years after the events and retracing the epic of William the Conqueror's expedition to England in 1066 (battle of Hastings). The work is the most accurate and lively document to survive from the Middle Ages and provides detailed information of the clothes, ships, arms and general lifestyle of the period.