D-Day, 6th June 1944, a living memorial of the Second World War
Departure from your Parisian residence with our private chauffeur
Period: May to October
The D-Day, 6th June 1944 tour is an immersion into the history of the Second World War and the D-Day landings… so many tales to recount of the historical sites, dedicated to the living memory of this decisive chapter in the history of the world. Our tour pays tribute to the Allied soldiers who gave their lives, with strength and courage, to liberate France. We have organized the visits in the spirit of sharing and meeting people, to reconcile the duty of remembrance, which gives way to emotion, with breathing the fresh air of discovery of Honfleur, one of the most beautiful villages in Normandy. Over a thousand years of history, this small town which, in the footsteps of English water colour and landscape painters in the nineteenth century, has remained an exceptional artistic centre. Our wish is for you to experience enthralling moments of surprise and discovery interlaced with stories and fine regional food.
Our tour is organized with Passages Secrets’ local born guides who convey with passion, dignity and emotion, the astonishing stories of this historic day in June 1944.
Day 1 Departure from Paris at 1.00pm
Three short hours out of Paris you will arrive in Bayeux, the medieval town with its thousand years of intense history. The arrival at your hotel, an eighteenth century town house, will be gentle. Our Norman Ambassador will meet you there to take you through the narrow streets of Bayeux. You will be in awe of the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral and the architecture of this town, made world-famous by its eleventh century Bayeux Tapestry, depicting the invasion of England by William the Conqueror in 1066.
Dinner unaccompanied: Your guide will take you to a restaurant close to the hotel for a moment of freedom and pure pleasure.
Night: You will spend the night in the eighteenth century classified town house in the historic centre of Bayeux, a hotel famous for its unquestionable charm.
Day 2 Departure at 9.00am
We will adapt your tour according to your wishes and your nationality, to ensure you see American, British, Canadian, Australian and New-Zealand memorial sites.
With your guide at your side, you will board an authentic Willys Jeep and head for the landing beaches. You will drive through Sainte-Mère-Eglise, famous for the parachutists that landed there, and you will visit the Airborne Museum, which retraces the history of the 101st and 82nd Airborne divisions. Visit of Utah Beach and La Pointe du Hoc, the towering cliffs conquered by the Rangers, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel (Big Jim) Rudder – visit Omaha Beach – the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer or the British Military Cemetery. All sacred sites devoted to the memory of the soldiers who gave their lives to liberate France in 1944.
Lunch: A relaxed and friendly lunch on the seafront, at one of the restaurants we have selected for its charm and good food which will rapture your taste buds!
Return: Bayeux at around 6.30pm – Night at the hotel.
Dinner unaccompanied: We will advise you according to your tastes and wishes.
Day 3 Departure at 9.00am
Go with your guide on the discovery of one of the rare private military fortresses in Normandy. An awe-inspiring construction built by William the Conqueror’s companions. A thousand years later, the American army turned it into a strategic site facing the enemy. You will explore a twelfth century Abbey. The anecdotes are so numerous that we will leave the honour of recounting them to our guide!
Lunch: A gastronomic pause is in order with scallops and a lunch at the little fishing port of Port-en-Bessin which has retained its charm intact and where Seurat and Signac painted a few scenes. Let us not forget the major role this town played in the D-Day landings: liberated on the 7th June by the British 47th Royal Marine Commandos, who had landed the day before on Gold beach. It became the Invasion’s vital petrol port.
Afternoon: You will start with a stroll through one of the rare and remarkable French gardens, still remaining from the seventeenth century. A moment to breathe and take your time to enjoy it!
Evening and night: You are now at a 4-star Château. This domain will surprise you with its rich history and the important role it played, both for the Germans, as their headquarters and telecommunications centre, and the Americans. Today, it is a haven of peace. You can unwind for an evening under the Normandy skies with a gastronomic dinner using products from Norman farms.
Normandy leaves us no choice but to invite you to take the time to live at your own pace.
Two possibilities for your day:
Take full advantage of the hotel, an eighteenth century ancient manor and its idyllic setting with its swimming pool, 12-hectare park with its orangery, rosery and exotic trees. Lunch at around noon, followed by an hour’s drive to Honfleur to visit the town with your guide.
Leave after breakfast (at around 10.00am) without hurrying, to visit Honfleur with your guide and have lunch on the port.
Departure from Honfleur around 4.00pm, to arrive in Paris at around 7.00pm