Mulberry B Harbour at Arromanches
Gun Battery at Longues sur Mer
Submarine Espadon at St Nazaire
The Church at Oradour sur-Glane
Museum at Montormel
WW2 sights – including Pegasus Bridge, Arromanches, Cemeteries, Pointe du Hoc, St Mere Eglise, St Nazaire, Oradour sur-Glane & Falaise Gap
31 May – 6 June 2015 – See the reviews of all previous Tours under Testimonials Tours
Following the success of our day-trips to the D-Day Landing Beaches, since 2009 we have been offering this extended tour which gives you the opportunity to learn more about WW2 history.
This will be a fully escorted bike trip from the moment you arrive at the port of Le Havre (or agreed meeting point) and will be run at a moderate pace. The routes have been extensively researched and as we use a tried & tested “drop-off” marker system with a tail-end rider there is no need for you to refer to road books or maps.
On our first day we start with a visit to Pegasus Bridge, at Benouville, arriving at the first house to be liberated during the last hour of 5th June 1944, now the Café Gondrée. Entry to the Pegasus Memorial museum (with an English-speaking guide) is included where you can see the original Pegasus Bridge (it was replaced by the current bridge in 1994), a replica Horsa Glider as flown by Major Howard and other military equipment.
We then continue on to Gold Beach at Arromanches, where impressive remains of the Mulberry B floating harbour can be seen. There is an informative museum in the town centre and also a 360o surround sound cinema on the outskirts of the town.
A short ride brings us to the German gun battery at Longues sur Mer, the only artillery battery to have Listed Building status. We move on to the American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer, which stands overlooking Omaha Beach. This immaculate site contains the graves of 9387 soldiers with a further 1557 names listed on the Walls of the Missing. We allow plenty of time for this visit.
Our hotel for two nights is at Bayeux where dinner the first night is included.
Day two we ride to the British Cemetery and then the German Cemetery at La Cambe, where 21,222 soldiers are commemorated. We continue to St Mere Eglise where we visit the Airborne Museum, and then on to La Pointe du Hoc, the cliff-face between Utah and Omaha beaches. This evening is at your leisure, there are plenty of restaurants in Bayeux.
On day three there is the option to visit the Bayeux Tapestry before we travel to St Nazaire, the base for the German “U-Boats” during the war. Our hotel is situated just outside the town and the evening here is spent at your leisure.
The next morning we visit the original “sous-marin” pens and entry is included to board the floating French attack submarine – L’Espadon – the only submarine open to the public in France. We then ride on to our hotel at La Rochelle, where the evening is again spent at your leisure. This popular French resort has a maze of cobbled back streets to explore and numerous restaurants to choose from.
On day five we move on to Oradour sur-Glane, the “martyr village”, whose 642 inhabitants were massacred on 10 June 1944. The men-folk were rounded up and shot, the women and children herded into the church and burned alive. The village has been left untouched, providing a poignant reminder of the atrocities of the war. Entry to the Memorial Centre is included. Tonight is spent at a hotel in the new village, which has been built alongside the remains, and dinner is included.
Day six we ride to Le Mans stopping to visit the Saumur Tank Museum en route. Dinner in our hotel restaurant is included this evening.
The final day we head back to Le Havre, stopping off at the museum at Montormel which overlooks the “Falaise Gap” (“La Chambois – Falaise Poche”). The museum outlines the final battles of Normandy, which took place on the doorstep of Bike Normandy! Our home has stunning views over the Falaise Gap, which saw 100,000 Germans encircled in August 1944.
During this tour we will stay mainly in small, independent hotels and your luggage will be transported in our back-up van for your comfort. The van will follow the route of the tour and will be available to deposit helmets, jackets etc during the stops.
Please contact us for more details – remember there are limited places on this motorbike holiday and with it being run at a moderate pace it will suit couples and riders with pillions.
Approx riding stats: Total 950 miles; longest day 200 miles; no motorways
Price £725 per person – this includes:-
* Single room supplement £200
Your ferry crossing and meals / drinks other than as stated above are not included.
A deposit of £95 per person is payable upon booking with the balance payable 8 weeks before departure.
All Terms & Conditions relating to Bike Normandy Tours apply to all bookings.
A minimum of 12 participants is required to run this tour.