Normandy

To plan and arrange your tour, call Tracey on: 01306 873 571


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Normandy is a beautiful region of France which is literally an open-air museum where the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy took place. There are 50 miles of historic coastline starting at Sword Beach, going through Juno Beach, Gold Beach, Omaha Beach and all the way up to Utah Beach.

Caen, Normandy
Canadians at Caen, Normandy
Merville Battery
Merville Coastal Battery

Merville coastal battery

The Musée de la Batterie de Merville is set in casemate No.1 of the Merville coastal battery. It retraces the conditions and unfolds the operation carried out by the British 6th Airborne Division which held the eastern flank of the Landing Beaches.

Pegasus Memorial - Dedicated to the British 6th Airborne Division

The Pegasus Memorial museum is dedicated to the British 6th Airborne Division and tells the story of how its soldiers held the eastern flank of the Landing Beaches.

The museum features the first bridge liberated on the French mainland – Pegasus bridge – as well as authentic objects and emotive souvenirs. A model of a glider from that period is also in the museum grounds.

Pegasus bridge
Pegasus bridge

Moving images

The Arromanches 360 degree cinema has nine screens and shows an outstanding film called The Price of Freedom. There is a mixture of original pictures of the D-Day Landings and of Normandy as it is today. The cinema is situated on the hill overlooking the artificial Mulberry Harbour.

Devoted to the incredible feat of technology

The Musée du Débarquement – Landings Museum is based in Arromanches in front of the actual artificial harbour (Mulberry B). The museum is devoted to the incredible feat of technology achieved by the British who prefabricated two artificial ports (Mulberry A & Mulberry B) in England and towed them into place at five miles per hour. The museum has a large scale model of the harbour as well as a video show.

Commandos at Arromanches
Commandos at Arromanches
Mulberry Harbour
Remains of Mulberry Harbour

Bayeux

Inland is the city of Bayeux, with its famous Tapestry, as well as the museum of the Battle of Normandy and the large Commonwealth Cemetery.

Bayeux Memorial
Bayeux Memorial

Mémorial de Caene

The Mémorial de Caen is dedicated to peace and tells the story from 1919 when the seeds were starting to be sown for WW2, through the dark years for France during the occupation, the war on all fronts for the Allies to D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

City of William the Conqueror

Caen is the City of William the Conqueror and sites worth visiting include the Ducal Castle and the Men’s and Ladies Abbeys.

Ducal Castle
Ducal Castle, Caen
Pointe du Hoc
Pointe du Hoc

German Stronghold

Pointe du Hoc was one of the strongholds in the German fortification dominating the sea because of its vertical cliffs. It is topped by a heavy gun battery protected by concrete bunkers and the scene of the heroic exploits of Colonel Rudder’s Rangers.

Colleville-sur-Mer

The American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice that the American people made to help secure the future of Europe. It overlooks Omaha Beach and contains 9,387 perfectly aligned white crosses, a memorial and a chapel.

The Longest Day

The Airborne Troops Museum at Saint-Mere-Église tells the story of the Longest Day through the operations carried out by the American 82nd and 101st Airborne Division.

Airborne Museum
The Airborne Troops Museum

Suggested Itineraries


Normandy - 5 day tour from £400 per person

Walk in the footsteps of heroes® with your Specialist Battlefield Guide and discover the stories, tragedy and bravery of the D-Day Landings in Normandy. Your group will discover more about the single biggest invasion force ever assembled, whilst visiting the landing beaches, battlegrounds, military cemeteries and museums.

Our suggested itinerary to Normandy includes:

  • Coach travel from your school to Normandy
  • Channel crossing
  • Four nights full board school hotel accommodation in Normandy
  • Dinner on days 1, 2, 3 & 4 and breakfast and a packed lunch on days 2, 3, 4 & 5
  • Visit to Pegasus Memorial in Ranville
  • Visit to Arromanches 360
  • Visit to the US Airborne Museum at St Mere Eglise
  • Visit to the Caen Peace Memorial
  • Visit to the Bayeux Tapestry
  • Exclusive teachers information booklet and worksheets (compiled in co-operation with a Chief Examiner in GCSE History at EDEXCEL).
  • Tour Manager to assist throughout with your tour planning
  • Small student back packs
  • Bag for Tour Leader

You could also look at visiting:

  • Pointe du Hoc
  • Musée De La Batterie De Merville

Plus much more...

All they have to do is let us know their requirements and we can build them into the itinerary.

School Children

Tracey Morgan - School Tours Executive

Tracey Morgan has direct knowledge of the trials, tribulations and joys of school trip planning, having arranged and experienced familiarisation trips, as well as organising inbound and outbound tours around the world. This wisdom ensures that each tour you travel on with Holts Tours will cover every eventuality and explore every opportunity.


To arrange and plan your tour, call Tracey on 01306 873 571