Remembering the 2,052,299 Allied Troops who came ashore following D-Day: 6th June 1944.
If you only have one day, I’d spend it entirely on the exciting sites and upgraded museums along the beaches, and if you want to squeeze in the excellent Caen Memorial Museum,visit it on your way to or from the beaches (– but remember that the American Cemetery at Colleville closes at 18:00 May- Sept and and 17:00 Oct- April) – and you need at least 1.5 hrs. there.
If you’re travelling by car, begin on the cliffs above Arromanches and see the movie at the Arromanches 360 Theater to set your mood. Walk or drive a quarter mile downhill to the town and visit Port Winston & the D-day Landing Museum, then continue west to Longues-sur-Mer.
Spend your afternoon visiting the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, walking along the beach at Vierville-sur-Mer, and exploring the Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument. Try to find time for the terrific Utah Beach Landing Museum, and consider visiting the strategic town of Ste-Mère Eglise to learn about the paratroopers’ role in the invasion. Make a quick stop at the German Military Cemetery on your way back.
Canadians will want to start at the Juno Beach Centre and Canadian cemetery (at Courseilles-sur-Mer, 1 minutes east of Arromanches) then pick up the itinerary described above.
For those who wish to join a tour, take a minivan tour or taxi & guide, from Bayeux ( consider starting with a visit to the Musée de la Bataille de Normandie in Bayeux for an overview) or, – for a really full day- combine a visit to the Caen Memorial Museum with their guided minivan tour of the beaches.
Drivers can also follow 2 themed and sign posted routes, ‘Overlord- L’Assaut’ and ‘D-Day – Le Choc’ which are backed up by information signs at each place of interest (look for the dove symbol). The accompanying booklet, The D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, is available from local tourist offices, where you will also find details of recommended bus & taxi tour operators.
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