Itinerary : D-day's beaches and museums
At dawn on June 6, 1944, thousands of men landed on five Norman beaches to liberate Europe. The Allied victory marked a turning point in the war. The landing beaches with Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach and Sword Beach, as well as the many museums and military cemeteries, are a reminder of these historic events.
Step 1 : From Cherbourg-Octeville to Sainte-Mère L'Eglise
The first day begins with a visit to the Museum of the Liberation of Cherbourg-Octeville. The museum traces the role played by Cherbourg - the first port to be liberated - during the Second World War, focusing on the daily lives of civilians and soldiers. The itinerary inside the Fort, ends, at the exit, by the discovery of a splendid panorama on the harbor of Cherbourg. Then head to the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère l'Eglise, which will give you the experience of D-Day skydivers.
Step 2 : Discovering Memorials
The second day begins with the visit of the memorial cobra which retraces one of the most important military operations, «Operation Cobra», which was decisive in the liberation of France. The memorial has three exhibition rooms with a space dedicated to the dark years of 1939-1945, one on the operation in question of July 25, 1944 and a last room reserved for the Poilus. Then head to Sainte-Marie du Mont to visit the Occupation Museum, a former hospice used during the occupation as a garrison office. The museum evokes the Occupation and the war years. End the day with the discovery of the museum of the Utah Beach landing which presents chronologically, the German occupation, the forces present on the eve of D-Day, the allied strategy and the course of June 6, 1944. Take the opportunity to see an authentic B26 bomber aircraft on display in the lobby.
Step 3 : From the Pointe du Hoc to Colleville-sur-Mer
Take the road to Pointe du Hoc, whose cliff dominates the sea, which was the site of an assault that cost the life of 135 men and is a great feat of the landing. Then discover the memorial museum of Omaha Beach in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer which presents the landing on the American side and including vehicles, weapons and uniforms found. End the day with a visit to the largest American cemetery in Normandy located in Colleville-sur-Mer. Finally, spend the evening in the city of painters where you can enter the arms of Morpheus at the Manoir des Impressionnistes.
Step 4 : From Bayeux to Sword Beach.
The penultimate day begins with the visit of the memorial of the Battle of Normandy in Bayeux which offers a chronological presentation of the fighting supplemented by films and very interesting slideshows. Then take the road to the Arromanches Landing Museum, which evokes with models and videos, the technical prowess of the artificial port that welcomed tons of goods and vehicles. End the day with a visit to Gold Beach, the first of the Anglo-Canadian invasion zones. If you have time, you can also visit Juno Beach and Sword Beach.
Step 5 : Direction : Caen
For this last day, go to the Pegasus Bridge memorial dedicated to the heroic action of the 6th British Airborne Division during the Battle of Normandy. Then head to Caen, which was three-quarters destroyed by the naval and aerial bombardments of the summer of 1944.The memorial, a museum dedicated to peace, traces the history of D-Day with the help of archive films.
Published on 22/11/2023