Protrax are pleased to offer a 5 day introduction to the Normandy campaign, including the landing beaches and main airborne sites, linked where possible by beautiful green lanes.
Please note all information is based on 2018 tours. All information for 2019 will be confirmed in Feb 2019, but it is hoped will remain substantially similar.
The tour includes 5 nights B&B in a beautiful Normandy farmhouse and the last day of activities finishes around lunchtime in the Caen area, allowing quick access to the Ouistreham ferry or only 1.5 hours to Cherbourg.
The tour runs Saturday to Wednesday, arriving on the Saturday afternoon and departing on the Wednesday morning for a short route in the Southern D-Day sector.
There will be a great deal of road work between some of the major sites, but we endeavour to use green lanes where possible. For example following the tracks off Utah beach to the German gun emplacements on the inland ridge overlooking the beach. Other routes include green lanes around Ste Maire du Mont following the route of the famous 506 PIR of the 101st Airborne.
All green lanes are gentle and non-damaging, suitable for any well maintained 4×4, but occasionally heavily water logged or muddy areas are come across. To avoid damage we scout routes but once in a while vehicles do get stuck due to clogged road tyres. For this reason we ask you know your recovery points and carry a suitable recovery rope.
Our current* B&B is located in Southern Normandy, roughly halfway between Caen & St Malo. This offers the choice of visiting Mont St Michel, the beautiful walled cities of St Malo &Dinan and the western Normandy coast. The strategically significant towns of Carentan, Avranches& St Lo are all within an hours drive. It does mean, however, that to get to the main D-Day locations is a main road drive of 1.5 hours to the furthest point. For this reason we start in the North on day 1 and progressively work South, reducing the drive for each successive day.
*We will be visiting some potential new locations in January 2019 to reduce the initial tarmac driving distances, so any potential clients will receive an update in Feb 2019 with full details and the meeting address. We are hoping for to find somewhere half way between Cherbourg & Caen, to allow easy access to either ferries. St Malo ferry will be roughly an hour further away.
A sample itinerary is:
2019 Itineraries will be confirmed in Feb 2019.
Arrive at B&B on Saturday afternoon
Day 1 Sunday
Utah Beach, Utah Landing Museum, Rommel’s Bunker, St Marie du Mont, St Mere Eglise, US Airborne Museum
Day 2 Monday
Omaha Beach & US Military Cemetery. Omaha Museum. Pointe du Hoc & Carentan (Dead Mans Corner museum)
Day 3 Tuesday
Gold Beach. Arromanches& Mulberry harbour. Musee du Debarquement. British Military Cemetery Bayeux (option to visit Bayeux and the Tapestry)
Day 4 Juno & Sword Beaches. Canadian & Polish armoured divisions. Pegasus Bridge & British Airborne Forces museum. Café Gondree for coffee and cake!
Day 5 Wednesday
Intro to Normandy breakout. Villers Bocage & surrounding tank battles. Finishing around lunchtime to allow plenty of time to make afternoon ferries in St Malo, Caen or Cherbourg.
All routes are flexible depending on the groups interest and can be adapted to include either more or less of US/British sectors, specific actionseg101stAirborne (as shown in the series Band of Brothers), US 29thInfantry(basis for Saving Private Ryan) or other specific units. For example recent tours have focussed solely on the Hants & Dorset regiments, Polish 1st Armoured and 2nd SS Panzer and British Glider operations.
Where possible we try to stick to the published itinerary, but things happen and you will be kept fully informed of any changes due to local circumstances, and always offered a choice of options.
Please check the requirements for driving in France, ie beam deflectors, day glo jackets for everyone on board, 2 warning triangles etc The RAC & AA websites always have up to info on legal and advisory items.
All bookings & enquiries are through Pro-Trax Overland Adventures
Price is £975 per couple and one vehicle, no ferries included , 4 nights B&B included, museum entries included, limited to 6 vehicles