We depart at 7.00am from your hotel in central Paris.
A 3-hour drive takes us to the Caen Memorial Museum, which is an excellent introduction to the day. You discover the different stages of World War 2, from the rise of fascism to the landing on June 6, 1944, to the Battle of Normandy, prelude to the liberation of Europe. After this, we make our way to the little seaside town of Arromanches for lunch at leisure. There, you can see the remnants of the “Mulberry Harbor”, the artificial port that was built to unload men and equipment after D-Day. In the afternoon, we stop at the American Cemetery, located in Colleville-sur-Mer, above Omaha Beach, made famous in the movie Saving Private Ryan. It contains 9,385 graves, Walls of the Missing, a memorial, a chapel. Our last visit is at the “Pointe du Hoc”. Captured by the Rangers of Colonel Rudder, it was a key feature of the German defensive fortifications.
It takes about 4 hours to drive back to Paris.
This is not a leisurely trip: there is a lot of driving, but it balanced to allow you to make the most of the day. Total duration: about 13 hours. Timings may change, depending on opening hours of various sites and traffic. Not included: lunch in Arromanches and admission fees to the Caen Memorial Museum.