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  • D-DAY LANDING BEACHES + BRITANNY + MONT ST MICHEL (3 DAYS) Descripción

    DAY 1

    After leaving Paris at 7 am along the A13, your guide will stop half­way for coffee and croissants before giving you a historical introduction to DDAY and the battle of Normandy.

    Upon your arrival in Normandy, you will start your journey with the visit of PEGASUS BRIDGE, one of the 3 most famous bridges in World War II (with Remagen and Arnhem) that was captured by Major John Howard and his glider borne company in a coup de main operation. And stop at the "café Gondre" the first house in Normandy to be liberated by the Allies.

    Your guide will drive you then to ARROMANCHES to discover with you the remains of the artificial harbor (Mulberry) that played a vital part in the success of the Landings. The Dieppe Raid of 1942 had shown that the Allies could not rely on being able to penetrate the Atlantic Wall to capture a port on the North French coast. The problem was that the large ships of the type needed to transport heavy and bulky cargoes needed sufficient depth of water under their keels and this was not available except at the too heavily­defended French harbors. Thus, the Mulberries were created to provide the port facilities necessary to offload the thousands of men and vehicles and tons of supplies necessary to sustain Operation Overlord and the Battle of Normandy. The Mulberries were made up of all the elements one would expect of any harbor: breakwater, piers, and roadways etc, each piece of them towed from England to France.

    From Arromanches, your guide will drive you to the German coastal artillery battery of LONGUES SUR MER that formed a part of Germany’s Atlantic Wall coastal fortifications. The battery was completed by April 1944 and consisted of four 152 mm navy guns, each protected by a large concrete casemate, a command post, shelters for personnel and ammunition and several defensive machine-gun emplacements.

    After your visit of Longues sur Mer, It is time for lunch in a nice typical Norman local restaurant (not included).

    After lunch your journey continues with an exhaustive visit of the AMERICAN CEMETERY of Colleville,that covers 172 ,5 acres and that contains the graves of 9387 military dead, most of whom lost their lives in the D­Day landings and ensuing operations (visit of the Memorial, the wall of Missing, the Chapel, many special tombs – Medals of Honor etc). Your visit will be followed with a stop at the AMERICAN INTERPRETATIVE CENTER whereyou will have the opportunity to view remarkable films and documentaries relating the DDAY and Battle of Normandy operations.

    Your journey will continue with the drive to OMAHA BEACH that since June 6th 1944 has become the symbol of the sacrifice of American soldiers in WWII. The primary objective of Omaha was to secure a beachhead of some 5 miles between Port en Bessin and the Vire River, linking up with the British landings at Gold Beach and the Americans at Utah Beach. Opposing the landings was the German 352nd Infantry Division a large portion of whom had fought on the Eastern Front. Very little went as planned during the landing at Omaha Beach. The defenses were unexpectedly strong and inflicted extremely heavy casualties on landing US troops. Small penetrations were eventually achieved by groups of survivors making improvised assaults, scaling the bluffs between the most heavily defended points. By the end of the day, 2 small isolated footholds had been won, which were subsequently exploited against weaker defenses further inland, thus achieving the original DDAY objectives over the following days.

    After your moving stop on Omaha Beach, you will finish your journey with the private guided visit of POINTE DU HOC, where the Germans had built 6 casemates to house a battery of 155 mm guns. Situated between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach, these guns threatened Allied landings, risking heavy casualties in the landing forces. The US 2nd Ranger Battalion under the command of Colonel James Rudder was given the task of destroying the strongpoint from the sea. Their heroic struggle and final success has entered into history.

    To finish your day, your guide will bring you to SAINTE MERE EGLISE where troops of the 82nd Airborne landed to assist the 101st in cleaning the exits from Utah Beach ( visit of the church)

    Night in Bayeux or Saint­ Malo

    DAY 2

    St­Malo was named after Maclow a monk who came from Wales in the 6th century based on the hermitage settlement tradition and the evangelization of the local population. St­Malo city is one of the greatest examples of the fortifications works made between the 12th and the early 18th centuries. The greatest military engineer Maréchal Vauban and his disciple Simèon Garengeau designed in the 17th century the expansions and reinforcement city walls and the amazing island forts such as la Conchée, le Fort National, Harbour, le Grand Bé where François René de Chateaubriand one of the most famous French Romantic Writer is buried.
    Walking on the city ramparts you will see and understand that St­Malo was originally an island. You will visit with your private guide the Saint­Vincent Cathedral where some of the most famous people are buried such as the bishop Jean de Chatillon, real founder of St­Malo as we know it today, Jacques Cartier who discovered Canada in the 16th century. Thanks to the Cathedral to have a different point of view you will see what St­Malo had to go through during World War 2. 80% of the city was down until the reconstruction that started in 1947. To really understand the story and the expansion of St­Malo, your private tour­guide will take you to Alet area, the original settlement of Maclow where there is still a left over of the Roman city wall, that same area where the German troops established a heavy battery artillery on the Atlantic wall.

    Then you will head to Fort La Latte. During a 40 minutes drive to the amazing fortress Fort La Latte whose construction started in the 13th century.

    Located on the cliff over the sea with a gorgeous view of the Emerald Coast from Frehel Cape to Cancale. It is one of the best examples of a medieval defensive fortress in use until the early 1800, very picturesque. Some scenes of the movie “The Vikings” with Kirk Douglas and Tony Curtis were shot there especially the final fight on the dungeon.

    Then on the way back to Saint ­Malo you will stop at Le Montmarin where you will visit the amazing gardens of la Malouinière le Montmarin listed as national monument and dating from 1760and the only Malouinière located in the left bank of the Rance river.

    A Malouinière was a large secondary residence where the rich ship­owners could stay because St-Malo was too neural inside the walls. The Montmarin Malouinière is not opened to the visitors because people live inside but the 6 ha gardens are with 2 parks one “à la Française” and one “à l’Anglaise”, an enchantment!!!

    Montmarin is closed on the saturdays

    Night in St­Malo

    DAY 3

    Mont St Michel

    Many writers have tried to define the "Marvel of the Occident", some say that it is to the sea what the pyramid of Keops is to the desert, some describe it as an imaginary manor­house, stupefying as a dream palace, others say that is is not dry land and yet not the sea. Surrounded by the sea with one of the highest tidal ranges in the world the Mont St. Michel is simply unique.
    On the Mont St. Michel, the tour will begin with a guided visit of the Abbey founded by Aubert at the beginning of the 8th Century and that became a major cultural and pilgrimage centre during the middle ages . You will admire the Romanesque Church, the Gothic "Marvel" with the monk's Cloisters and Refectory, the Knights Room, the Guest Room, the Undercroft, the Refectory, as well as various chapels: St. Stephen, St.Martin, etc.

    After lunch, stroll through the steep­sided narrow streets of the town and its ramparts.

    Return to Paris.

    (Entrance tickets to the Mont St. Michel Abbey included)

    Extra charge for a pick up and/or a drop off outside Paris

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