The D-day is today seen as one of the turning points of the World War II, as well as the largest military operation in history of warfare. The largest intervention of the joint Canadian, British and American forces, it was a massive debarquement on the beaches of Normandy, filled with German forces that were waiting for them. What ensued was a bloody and desperate battle where tens of thousands of lives were lost on both sides. This tour is not only a visit of the most important sites where these battles took place, but also the glimpse into a very complicated situation in the World War II and France’s actual role and position in this war.
A driver will come to your hotel in Paris to pick you up and take you to Normandy for a visit of (ideally, depending on the weather and pace) five beaches, an American and a German memorial grounds. We visit the beaches, the actual bunkers, trenches and gun posts, as well as the tanks, boats and equipment used in the battle.
This 10 hour tour (drive from Normandy to Paris and back is included) gives you an overview of the beautiful, war-torn Normandy scenery and history, it also gives you a great and rare insight into France’s role in the very layered conflict that was the World War II. France had a very surprising role that is best reflected through the actual stories not only of soldiers but of the people in the cities around the war theatre.
Although we’d want it to be, history is written not only by works of art, buildings and boulevards, culture and lifestyle and cuisine; it is, firstly and foremostly (albeit sadly), written by war. If you are interested in historic sites that still, after all these years, faithfully and graphically depict the actual warfare in all its size, be sure not to miss this tour.