D-Day, Operation Overlord, Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword all names that we remember about the biggest allied invasion.
Come and join ‘Bike Tours for the wounded’, as a solo rider or more importantly help carry as a pillion one of our current wounded, injured or sick servicemen or women. On our “Wounded Warrior Tour to Normandy”.
We will be visiting the beaches, museums and attractions to take you back in time to the events of the 6th June 1944.
2017 Dates & Costs:
June 1st to June 8th.
£735 for riders including camping and meals
£390 for pillion including camping and meals
£240 for a WIS including camping, meals and ferry.
We will meet all of you at the Brittany ferry terminal in Cherbourg where we will pick up the WIS on the first day. From there you will be escorted down to Ravenoville to Le Cormoran a 5 star campsite adjacent to Utah beach, which will be your base for the week to unpack and relax by the pool.
We will visit the British War Cemetery in Bayeux this cemetery was completed in 1952 and contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
From there we will travel North to St Mere-Eglise one of the many picturesque towns in Normandy where the American paratroopers from the 505th were scattered around the town. John Steele unfortunately got tangled on the spire of the church and the story will be told on this day!
Traveling down the Normandy coast we will visit the town of Aromanches for the morning famous for the Mulbery Harbour. The Mulberry Harbour’s purpose was to ease and speed up the unloading process so that Allied troops were supplied as they advanced across France. After breaking out from Normandy; the harbour was one of the greatest engineering feats of World War Two.
After lunch we will visit the 360 degree cinema which takes you back in time to June 1944 and puts you in the battle for Normandy, this is a must see attraction.
From there we will visit the gun battery at Long Sur-Mer the guns albeit a bit rusty! are housed in the many bunkers along the cliffs and considering bombs landed on these bunkers they are still very much intact.
Who hasn’t seen ‘Saving Private Ryan’ perhaps you should before today’s morning ride out.We will be visiting the opening scenes of this film when we visit the American Cemetery and Omaha beach. Steven Spielberg wanted to make it as realistic as possible the visit here will take your breath away.
From there we will ride to the Pont du Hoc, due to bad weather and navigation problems. The American Rangers had to climb the 100ft cliffs only to be confronted by an arsenal of German fortification. Bring your head torches to enter the bunkers, machine gun posts, barrack rooms, medical centre and much more.
This is the day we have a rest from D-Day but go for a long ride out to Cacale covering a distance in the region of 230 miles. Cancale is famous for its oysters for those who wish to partake.
For those that want to visit Mont St Michel then this is on route and we can escort you there meeting you on the way back before returning to camp.
This is the day that we will never forget in the early hours of this morning many ships set sail across the English Channel and history was written. To all those Commonwealth and American allies who fought so bravely. We thank you and to those that lost their lives may they rest in peace ‘Lest We Forget’.
It is important today that during D-Day we visit the British sector. We traveling past Utah and Omaha beach down to the beaches of Gold, Juno and Sword. Where the British and Canadian forces landed.
We take the morning on D-Day visiting Pegasus Bridge and the memorial museum. Pegasus Bridge was vital to the Allied invasion and the need to secure the bridge to enable the assault to move forward through France.. Major ‘John’ Howard with the Horsa Gliders had the task of taking the bridge and we will be following the story of the landings with a museum tour.
We will also take refreshments in the famous Café Gondree which is still run by the daughter. The information supplied by the Gondree family to the British forces was vital to the success of this mission. In the afternoon we will be visiting the Merville museum another gun battery this time taken by the British forces.
Museum Day – We will be visiting the museum on Utah beach, the Tank museum and the Overlord Museum.
We will also visit the picturesque harbour of Grandcamp Maisy and the German cemetery at La Cambe.
Time to pack your bikes, but you still have the whole day to yourselves before meeting at the ferry port in Cherbourg at 1730hrs to return to the UK.
So whether it is a trip back down the coastline, a ride over to the west coast. A chance to re-visit your favourite attraction or museum, a day in Cherbourg to buy a souvenir for your partner, the day is yours to decide.
Your Tour includes the following:
- Accommodation on a 5 star campsite, all tents are provided.
- All meals catered for by our staff.
- There will be 3 tour guides (Riding with you).
- The tour will be guided by our tour veterans who will give daily summaries and tell of the history of route.
The Tour Prices are exclusive of (does not include) the following:
- Your cross channel ferry unless you area WIS Pillion.
- Airbeds, roll mats, camp cots, sleeping bags, pillows etc.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Trip Cancellation Insurance or Personal Travel Insurance.
- Personal D-Day Souvenirs and or Film / Cameras.
- All Fuel and Oil for your Motorcycle.
- Shipping of any excess baggage, souvenirs, helmets, etc … To or from to your home.
- Any necessary riding gear and or personal effects.
- Any additional or supplemental insurance for personal effects or public liability.
- Transfers to the ferry port.
- Admission fees to all Museums and National Parks (on our scheduled route).
- Parking fees.
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