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D-Day Beaches and Museums

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From Cherbourg-Octeville to Caen: D-Day beaches and museums.


At dawn on the 6th June 1944, thousands of men landed on five beaches of Normandy in order to liberate Europe. The Allied victory marked a decisive turning point in the war. The D-Day beaches, code-named Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Gold Beach, Juno Beach, and Sword Beach, and the many museums and military cemeteries, recall these historic events.

Esprit de France accompanies you through these memorials and commemorative monuments, true witnesses to the great landing operation.

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  • 5 days
    5 nights
  • Stages: 
    346 km
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  • Spring Summer

Step by step

  • D1

    From Cherbourg-Octeville to at the Manoir de Coutainville

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    The first day opens with a visit to the Museum of Liberation in Cherbourg-Octeville. The museum traces the role of Cherbourg - the first port city liberated - during the Second World War, focusing on the everyday lives of civilians and soldiers. The tour inside the Fort, ends at the exit, with a splendid panorama of Cherbourg harbour. Next, head for the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère l’Eglise, which will let you experience D-Day as a paratrooper. Then head to Agon-Coutainville. Along the way, take the opportunity to admire Cotentin natural park.

    1st night at the Manoir de Coutainville.

  • D2

    From the Manoir de Coutainville to the Chateau d'Asnieres-en-Bessin

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    The second day begins with a visit to the Cobra memorial which recalls one of the most important military operations, "Operation Cobra," which was decisive in the liberation of France. The memorial includes three exhibition halls, with one area dedicated to the dark years of 1939-1945, one on the operation in question on 25th July 1944, and a final room reserved for the Poilus, the French soldiers of the First World War. Then go to Sainte-Marie du Mont, to visit the Museum of the Occupation, a former hospice used as a garrison office during the occupation. The museum deals with the occupation and the war years. Finish the day by exploring the Utah Beach D-Day Museum, which presents in chronological order the German occupation, the forces present on the eve of D-Day, the Allied strategy and events of the 6th June 6 1944. Take the opportunity to see an authentic B26 bomber plane on display in the concourse.


    2nd night at Bayeux, where we suggest you spend 2 nights.

  • D3

    Day around Bayeux

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    Take the road to Pointe du Hoc, whose cliff overlooks the sea, which was the scene of a Ranger assault that killed 135 people, and which constitutes one of the great feats of arms of D-Day. Then explore the Omaha Beach memorial museum at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, which presents D-Day from an American perspective, including vehicles, weapons, and uniforms found. Finish the day by visiting the largest American Cemetery in Normandy, located in Colleville-sur-Mer.


    3ème night in Bayeux again.

  • D4

    From Bayeux to the Château de Bénéauville

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    The penultimate day begins with a visit to the Normandy campaign memorial in Bayeux, which offers a chronological presentation of the fighting, supplemented by some very interesting films and slide shows. Then take the road to get to the Arromanches D-Day museum, which uses models and videos to reveal the technical prowess of the Allies' artificial harbour which received tons of cargo and vehicles. Finish the day by visiting the site of Gold Beach, the first of the Anglo-Canadian invasion zones. If you have time, take the opportunity to also stop by Juno Beach and Sword Beach before heading to the Château de Bénéauville.


    4th night at Château de Bénéauville, until the end of your stay.

  • D5

    Day around the Château de Bénéauville

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    For this last day, go to the Pegasus Memorial, dedicated to the heroic action of the British 6th Airborne Division during the Normandy campaign. Pegasus Bridge is on display in the museum park. Then go to Caen, which was three quarters destroyed by naval and aerial bombardment in the summer of 1944. The memorial, a museum dedicated to peace, retraces the history of D-Day with archival films.


    5th night again at the Château de Bénéauville.

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