Normandy Battlefield tour
Custom made private tour on request.
Battlefield Bus Tours organizes custom made private tours to Normandy. During these D-Day tours we visit, among other things, the landing beaches, coastal batteries, museums and cemeteries under the guidance of an expert battlefield guide. Many places that we visit are known from the movie Saving Private Ryan and the popular HBO series Band of Brothers. During our Normandy bus trip we will tell you all the ins and outs about the first days after the Operation Overlord. Our guide will take you back in time, with personal stories, photos and images. We take you to places where heavy fighting has taken place and where a high price has been paid for our freedom. We spend the night in a good hotel with mostly all meals included if wanted. during the tours we will ensure that the personal attention and experience will contribute to an unforgettable Battlefield tour! If you have any questions, you can always reach us via the contact form and you can always call us. See below an example of how a tour itinerary can look like. Please contact us for more information if you want to book an unique custom made private tour to Normandy.
- Pegasus Bridge Museum
- Ranville Cemetary
- Grandcamp Maisy
- German cemetary la Cambe
- Dead Man’s Corner
- Azeville Battery
- Omaha Beach, Sword Beach, Utah Beach
- Angoville au Plain
- US Cemetary Colleville sur Mer
- Pointe du Hoc
- Longues sur Mer
TOUR ITINERARY EXAMPLE
Once arrived in Normandy we will continue in the direction of Bénouville, where the Pegasus Bridge is located and where we will also visit the museum specially dedicated to the 6th British Airborne Division. The famous bridge, a copy of a Horsa Glider and countless other objects are on this site. After this short introduction and visit to the museum we continue to the Ranville cemetery. This war cemetery contains 2235 Commonwealth war graves, mostly from the 6th Airborne Division. We then continue to our hotel where we will spend the night in the coming days.
After the extensive breakfast we will leave today for "Grandcamp Maisy", a recently excavated and forgotten bunker complex. We will continue the tour to Sainte-Mère-Église, where people will have the opportunity to have lunch. After lunch we will visit the Airborne Museum which pays tribute to the legendary events of the 82nd and 101st American paratroopers dropped over Sainte-Mère-Église on the night of 5 and 6th of June 1944. After this you can visit the famous church where the story about John Steele will be told. After this visit we will continue our way towards the German cemetery La Cambe. Here at a certain grave the story will be told about a famous German tank ace. In the evening you can dine on your own in the bustling centre of Caen.
This day we leave by bus again and will largely be devoted to the HBO mini series "Band Of Brothers". We start the day with Carentan to see where, among others, Easy company has fought to take this place. After this we will experience a highlight of the tour by going to the paratroopers museum "Dead man's corner" in St-Côme-du-Mont. Here we will see an extensive 3D movie about D-Day and also sit in a flight simulator of a Dakota C47 to make the D-Day experience even more impressive. Our next stop will be more about the German defense artillery, with a visit of the battery of Azeville where we get an extensive tour through all the corridors. After this experience we will take a beach walk on Utah Beach, where there is also an M4 Sherman tank displayed. After this we will briefly stop at the Richard D. Winters monument, dedicated to all troops who first landed in Normandy. The church of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont is then on our schedule and this place is best known because the 101st Airborne division here encountered the German Werhmacht on D-Day. Then the monument of Brecourt Manor is briefly discussed, here Lieutenant Winters (known from Band of Brothers) and his men from Easy Company were given the task of eliminating the German guns. Finally we travel to the little church of Angoville-au-plain, where an aid post was set up during the Battle of Normandy.
Today we will first drive to Point du Hoc, a lunar landscape of craters and bunkers on a cliff along the Normandy coast between Omaha and Utah Beach. Then we will drive to Colleville sur Mer American Cemetery, overlooking the beach at Omaha Beach. This immense cemetery of 70 hectares contains a total of 9,387 memorials that run in a straight line across the lawn. This place has became known worldwide for the scene in Steven Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan". The batteries of Longues sur Mer are then on the program and these casemates are still equipped with 150 mm guns. Also a range-finding post can be found embedded in the side of the cliff. The Longues sur Mer battery is the only battery in the region that is still in possession of the well-preserved guns. At the end of the day we will visit the artificial harbor in Arromanches with a 360 degree film about the Battle of Normandy. The artificial harbor in Arromanches was essential to bring reinforcements and material to the continent and is still clearly visible when we visit this place. In the evening you can dine on your own account in the beautiful village of Arromanches.
On the last day we will visit Ouistreham where we view a number of vehicles and a V1. There is also a landing craft used for the feature film "Saving Private Ryan". After this we will end the trip with a small ceremony on the landing beach Sword Beach, where we will commemorate the entire trip and the war victims. Unfortunately, everything comes to an end and after this informative and impressive five days we will drive back to our starting point. Are you interested to book a unique tailor made private tour to Normandy? Contact us by phone or mail.