Depart Paris Gare St. Lazare at 7.07am, you private car
and driver will be waiting for you at Caen station, arrival
around 8.55am. First stop will be the memorial at Caen for a
visit and orientation. Next stop is the town of Bayeux
famous for its amazing tapestry. Listed as a “Memory of the
World” by UNESCO, the Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidery of 70
metres, made in the 11th century. The tapestry celebrates
the conquest of England by William, Duke of Normandy, the
linen canvas was probably embroidered by monks in the south
of England after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. You will
also have some time to visit the old town of Bayeux and the
cathedral. Lunch in Bayeux (own). After a visit to the town
drive the short distance to the beautiful Chateau hotel
Sully and overnight. Dinner included.
DAY 2: Spend the day driving
along the landing beaches. Re-live today the principal
events and battles that made up the Battle of Normandy with
a personal private tour of the sites that interest you.
Follow, more than 60 years later, the same roads taken by
the Allied armies in the summer of 1944. Our guide,
passionate about the history and the region of Normandy,
will take you to the landing beaches themselves, the inland
battlefields, the cemeteries of all three principal armies,
the museums and explain the stories and history behind each.
“Bloody Omaha”, the Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Bridge, the
American cemetery at Colleville, the Norman Hedgerow
countryside that gave the Allied armies so much trouble, the
church steeple at Sainte Mere Eglise where John Steele got
caught up, the massive artificial harbour at Arromanches,
are just a few of the places to visit. Relive the film “The
Longest Day” or the series “Band of Brothers” and follow the
battles of the 101st airborne division, the famous
“Screaming Eagles”. These emotional visits to the places
where history was made will be something that you will never
forget from your time here in Normandy. Overnight Chateau
Hotel Sully with dinner.
DAY 3: After breakfast you
will depart for a direct transfer to Arras.
The rest of the day and evening is free in Arras.
Overnight La Corne d’Or in Arras
DAY 4: Your tour today will be to Fromelles and Ypres. We leave the
beauty of Arras and travel directly to the tragedy of
Fromelles, the scene of such a huge Australian tragedy that
history tried to forget that it ever happened. Today
you will also visit Vimy Ridge Canadian Memorial Park,
Pheasant Wood Cemetery with the Cobber Memorial, Fromelles
Museum, Hill 60, Polygone Wood Australian 5th Division
Memorial, Tyne Cot Cemetery (Passendaele) and visitor
centre, Essex Farm cemetery and finally Ypres, where you
will experience by the awesome Menin Gate the solemn “Last
Post” ceremony conducted there each day at 8pm.
Return to Arras around 10pm.
DAY 5: Today's tour
will be to some of
some of the most important sites of the Somme: Bullecourt
Digger, battlefield landscape lecture, Bullecourt Museum,
Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux,
Australian Corps Memorial, Le Hamel, Lochnager Crater,
Pozieres 1st Australian Division Memorial, Gibraltar Bunker,
Windmill site, Thiepval Memorial to the missing and
Newfoundland Memorial Park where you will see the remains of
the trenches and battlefield. Return to Arras. Evening free
DAY 6: Depart after breakfast