Begin with a scenic drive through the countryside of Normandy to Caen near the Normandy Beaches and site of one of the fiercest battles of WWII.
Caen, which lies on the edge of flat country opening into northern France, became the hinge of the Allied advance out of their Normandy beachhead. It was also the key to the Germans' defensive strategy. Beginning on D-Day (June 6, 1944), it was subjected to a month of bombardment and shelling by U.S. and British forces that killed thousands of civilians and left the city largely destroyed. The Caen Memorial was born out of the desire to create a place for reflecting on wars on the basis of the experience of these memorable events. Far from concentrating solely on commemoration, the Memorial, a museum for peace, presents the stakes involved in the Second World War and the course and significance of the war. This unique museum utilizes a participatory approach to history, placing you in a multi-media, historical setting; bringing the action to life with you in its midst.
Following a visit of approximately two hours at this moving and thought provoking memorial, you'll re-board your coach and travel back to the pier.
Please note: This tour includes approximately 2-hours of panoramic driving. The tour is not available to wheelchair guests. Those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned only to participate to the extent of their personal stamina and ability and may make arrangements with the guide to not participate in some of the walking portions of the tour. Weather appropriate clothing; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. There are some restrictions on photography within the memorial and guests should check with their guide before taking any pictures or video.