WWII D-Day Landings Motorcycle Tour

Summary

This is a four day  guided motorcycle tour to visit the beaches, Pegasus Bridge and important sites from the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944.  

The D-Day landings began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.

The British and Canadian forces landed at Gold, Juno and Sword beaches and we see all three of these as well as Pegasus Bridge and where the first wave of the attack took place after landing in gliders.

We visit the beaches along Normandy’s coast where the American landings took place at Juno Beach, where we see the bunkers and then onto Omaha Beach, known as Bloody Omaha. We visit the Normandy American Cemetery and also go to St. Mère Eglise where the ‘Band of Brothers’ fought.

Itinerary

Day 1 (Thursday)

Ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg sailing at 9am. On board the ferry, there will be an short talk on  the D-Day landings and how it impacted WWII.  We leave the ferry at around 1pm and ride along the coast of Normandy to get an overview of the D-Day landings area.  We arrive at our hotel in Caen at about 5pm which will be home for all 3 nights.


Day 2 (Friday)

On day 2 we concentrate on the British and Canadian beach landings.

We will visit Pegasus Bridge, the scene of the first actions of D-Day, where Airborne British troops stormed the position from gliders.  We'll see where those gliders landed and visit the Memorial Pegasus Museum where the original bridge is now located.

the on to visit the Airborne graves in Rainville, followed by the main the British landing beaches, starting at Sword Beach, then Juno Beach and finally Gold Beach.

We also visit a number of museums, memorials  and the defences at Asnelles and the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches, much of which is still visible out to sea.


Day 3 Saturday

On day 3 we concentrate on the American landings at Utah and Omaha beaches. The film Saving Private Ryan told the story of  ‘Bloody Omaha’ and what happened to the Americans who attacked Normandy beaches.  paying our respects at the Normandy American Cemetery, the memorial to the 29th Division and the Overlord Museum-Omaha Beach.

We  look at the story of the ‘Band of Brothers the men of 'Easy Company' the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, who landed behind enemy lines. At Utah Beach we'll look at the successful landings and visit the Utah Beach Museum.


Day 4 (Sunday)

Day 4 is spent riding some of the best roads in the area, before returning to Cherbourg to catch the 5pm ferry, which arrives back in Portsmouth at 7pm.


One person – One bike - Shared  room £535 (total)

One person – One bike - Own room £750 (total)


Two people – One bike - One room £875 (total) 

Tour Highlights


  • Utah Beach 
  • Omaha Beach 
  • Gold Beach 
  • Juno Beach 
  • Sword Beach 
  • Pegasus Bridge
  •  Normandy Cemetery  
  • St. Mère Eglise 
  • Museums and Memorials

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Dates

June 27 to June 30 2019


Suitability

Grade: Easy 

Pillion Friendly and open to all riders. 

good surfaces  great corners

Stats

4 Days total
500 miles