Operation Overlord Tour
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The Operation Overlord Tour covers the planning and launch of the D-Day Invasion. As one of our D-Day Tours, this itinerary is based on thousands of hours of interviews by Stephen E. Ambrose and our chief historian, Ron Drez, with D-Day veterans, studying of the battlefields, and other World War II research. Thanks to their experience with the terrain and its history, we are able to present a D-Day tour that is unmatched in its authenticity.
On our Operation Overlord Tour you will follow along the path, where America’s best and brightest fought in WWII, including a Normandy tour that visits all of the American cemeteries along the Normandy beaches, including Omaha Beach and Utah Beach.
The Most Qualified D-Day Historians
We have only the most qualified historians lead our D-Day tour. Our historians are experts in their field of history and world-renowned authors. Their years of extensive research and interviewing hundreds of WWII and D-Day veterans on the very battlefields on which they fought add a personal dimension to our tours that no other WWII or D-Day tour company can offer. It is a highlight to hear them tell these stories of America’s heroes at the very places where they occurred. These harrowing tales of bravery and courage capture a moment in time.
- London: Tour the WWII places of interest in London, Churchill Cabinet War Rooms, the Imperial War Museum
- Portsmouth and Normandy: Depart for Normandy from Portsmouth where Eisenhower set up the advance command post for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF)
- Ste-Mere-Eglise: Visit Ste-Mere-Eglise where the effigy of John Steele still hangs from the church steeple
- Normandy Beaches: Tour the invasion beaches of Omaha and Utah, as well as Pointe-du-Hoc where the rangers scaled the cliffs to silence the German artillery
- Omaha Beach: Pay respects at the American Cemetery where the graves of 9,387 American fighting men lie on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach
DAY 1 Overnight Flight to London
Please sit back and relax on your overnight flight!
DAY 2 London
Check into the hotel where the entire group will gather for an evening welcome reception. Our historian will treat us to our first lecture, with introductions all around.
DAY 3 London
The morning will feature key sites in London that figured prominently in the World War II. We then proceed to the Churchill War Rooms, the underground nerve center for Britain’s war effort. We will also visit the Imperial War Museum, which houses authentic examples of WWII weaponry, tanks and aircraft and an exhibit of WWI trench warfare. We will have free time to enjoy London in the evening.
DAY 4 Portsmouth
Depart London for Bletchley Park where we will visit the nerve center for intelligence used in the Allied War effort, code name Ultra. Here we will see the place where the Enigma machine is housed and where the cyphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted during the war. This afternoon we will tour Southwick House, the advance command post of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. In the months leading up to D-Day in 1944, the house became the headquarters of the main Allied commanders, including Naval Commander-In-Chief Admiral Ramsay, Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower, and the Army Commander-In-Chief General Montgomery.
DAY 5 Normandy
Following breakfast, we will board the cross-channel ferry and embark for Normandy as the troops did in 1944. In the afternoon, we will begin our visit to Normandy at Ste-Mere-Eglise, one of the villages where the American Airborne descended on D-Day. Here we will view and explore the iconic church where John Steele and his landing on the steeple are memorialized. We also visit La Fiere Bridge where the 82nd Airborne successfully delayed a German Panzer counter-attack against the Allied landing forces.
DAY 6 Normandy
We will begin The Longest Day at Brécourt Manor where Lt. Dick Winters with members of Easy Company successfully silenced German artillery firing on American troops landing at Utah Beach. From there we will visit Utah Beach itself, where the 4th Division landed, and the Invasion Museum that depicts their heroics. Next we will stop at Ste-Marie du Mont where still stands the unique Renaissance-style steeple used as an observation post by the Germans. From there, we will proceed to the town of Carentan where we will follow the exact steps taken by American Paratroopers during the Battle of Normandy. Finally, the day will conclude with a visit to Pointe-du-Hoc, where Rudder’s Rangers scaled the cliffs to neutralize German heavy guns defending the expanse of beaches on D-Day.
DAY 7 Normandy
We will spend the morning at Omaha Beach where the Americans landed and faced the strongest German resistance of the day and incurred the greatest losses. We will walk the beach and visit some of the German defense fortifications. We explore these sands from the tide’s ebb to the distant dunes to understand the emotions of the young soldiers of the 1st and 29th Divisions as they approached the gates of hell. We will pay our respects at the American Cemetery with its 9,387 American soldiers graves stretching along the top of the bluff overlooking the beach.
In the afternoon we will view the battery at Longues-sur-Mer, a fine example of the great defenses that made up Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. We will proceed along the British Beaches from there to Pegasus Bridge where the first shots were fired on D-Day. Here the British Sixth Airborne led by Major John Howard with a miraculous glider landing carried out a surprise attack that yielded great success in overtaking this crucial bridge across the Caen Canal.
DAY 8 Paris
We arrive in Paris this afternoon. The Allies, preceded by Free French troops, symbolically reclaimed the French capital from the Nazis in August 1944. As did the American troops on leave, you may explore the city on your own. The evening is free.
DAY 9 Home
After breakfast, an airport transfer will be provided to the Paris Charles DeGaulle Airport (CDG).