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During WWII, Cherbourg’s port was destroyed by the Germans shortly after D-Day to prevent it from falling into Allied hands.

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$207.30 Cultural & Theme Tours

American Landing Beaches Discovery from Paris

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Omaha Beach, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, NormandyOmaha beach where the US forces established their strategy by fighting to link the beaches together.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Manche, Basse-Normandie, NormandyUtah Beach leading to securing the shore, thus, the Germans wouldn't be able to secure Cherbourg.Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Sainte Mere Eglise, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Manche, Basse-Normandie, NormandySainte-Mère-Église Airborne museum where you will relive the emotions which the soldiers endured and the famous parachutist left hanging on a church. This is followed by a short lunch on your own indulging a french sandwich for a local bakery. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: American Cemetery, Verdun, Meuse, Grand EstThe guide will finish by taking you to pay respect of the men and women who gave their life for our current world at the American Cemetery. Duration: 1 hour

$750.68 Private & Custom Tours

Mont Saint-Michel Private Full Day Tour from Cherbourg

When you arrive in Le Havre, your guide will meet you with some fresh coffee and croissants. After that, you will reach the Mont Saint-Michel after a 90 minute drive through some lovely villages of the Cotentin region. Before your arrival at Mont Saint-Michel, you will have the opportunity to stop in Avranches to see Bishop Aubert whose skull was touched by the Archangel Michel in 708 AD in order for him to build a monastery on the Mont. Then, you will arrive at the Mount and will enjoy a typical omelet at the Mere Poulard restaurant or at another place with an amazing view over the bay. After your lunch (not included), you will visit the Abbey through the narrow streets and hear about the history from the Middle Age to the 19th century. The Mount has such a unique history which you will discover with your private guide, who will tell you all the secret stories and hidden places of the Mont. When your tour ends, you will return back to Cherbourg at around 6pm.

$577.45 Private & Custom Tours

Bayeux to Normandy Historical Sites Full-Day Private Tour

In this tour, you will have the unique opportunity to discover "off the road" what the Americans achieved during the 100 days Normandy Campaign. Take a private tour from Bayeux and with your professional guide, go to the American sector of Normandy, where you’ll relive the events of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944 – more famously known as D-Day to the Falaise/Chambois pocket.You can choose the itinerary which suits you better, knowing that each tour option lasts one full day and includes a lunch at a very typical local French restaurant.Here are some possible itineraries:1)La Pointe du Hoc, Omaha beach and Normandy American Cemetery - 2nd and 5th Rangers battalion, 1st and 29th Infantry Division.Discover the site where the 2nd Rangers were heading before realizing it was the wrong target.2)Utah beach, Brecourt Manor, Sainte Mère Eglise - 4th Infantry Division, 82nd and 101st Airborne division. Meet the owner of the famous Brecourt Manor (Band of Brothers Easy company.) 3)La Fière, Renouf, La Roule, Cherbourg - 4th, 79th and 90th Infantry Division and 82nd Airborne division.Visit the world famous Umbrella of Cherbourg and the "Cité de la Mer" where the Titanic stopped before crossing the Atlantic.4)La Haye du Puits, Graignes, Saint Lo - Operation Cobra (Saint Lo / La Chapelle en Juger), 82nd Airborne division (Forest of Etenclin), 79th Infantry division (Mont de Doville), 90th Infantry Division (Mont Castre). Visit the world famous church bell manufacturer craftsman who recently made two new bells for the renowned Notre Dame de Paris cathedral.5)Avranches, Brittany American Cemetery, Mont Saint Michel - General Patton 3rd Army. Discover the jewel of Normandy’s and one of France’s most iconic landmarks.Visit also the world famous Saint James factory, fame is based upon a cult item of clothing "the genuine pure new knitted woolen Breton seaman's sweater."6) Mortain, Argentan, Falaise, Chambois, - US, British, French, Polish and Canadian army. Meet civilians who witnessed the battle of Argentan and whose Aunt survived the landing at Sword beach.At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel.

$155.91 Day Trips & Excursions

Mont-Saint-Michel Sightseeing Shore Excursion from Cherbourg

Discover the Normandy countryside, drive to Mont Saint Michel with your driver /guide in a minivan car 8 persons maximum.Mont Saint Michel is the second place most visits in France, this unique island is protected by UNESCO, setting rich history and beautiful architecture.The Abbey’s origins date back to the early VIII century, when Archangel Michael appeared to the bishop of Avranches and this vision led to the construction of a series of beautiful building dedicated to the archangel.After visiting the Abbey with your guide, you can walk along the ramparts, find a restaurant to eat in this unique medieval village. Time allowed for exploring and purchasing souvenirs before the return drive to Cherbourg harbor.This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties.

$9.24 Cultural & Theme Tours

D-Day Landing Museum of Utah Beach Admission Ticket

The German defences WN5: 2 letters and a number identified the German stronghold of blockhouses watching the beach of Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. The Museum is built around one of these. German objects evoke this strong military presence. The German occupation: Leaflets, testimony and objects reveal the terrible occupation years in the French department of La Manche. “Victory in the Sand”: relive the landing preparations and follow the sequence of events of this historic day hour-by-hour with this film. Allied Strategy: A major military operation, Overlord required meticulous preparation, led by commander “Ike” Eisenhower. Naval forces: To best protect the infantrymen, “Force U” attacked the enemy from the sea. Models show the different types of vessels involved. Air forces: The victory also played out in the air. An omnipresent airborne army served to crush enemy positions. A vast array of objects – including equipment worn by pilots – recount this episode. Land forces: Over 23,000 soldiers landed on French soil at Utah Beach on 6 June 1944. This space pays tribute to them. 6 June 1944: D-Day on Utah Beach. From the first bombings on 5 June to the landing of infantrymen on the morning of 6 June, relive the timeline of events through testimony and objects brought together in the centre of the panoramic room, offering a spectacular view of the beach where it all took place. The Link-Up: The parachutists dropped on 5 June and the infantrymen who landed on the morning of the 6th join up: the linkup is complete. Parachutist Lieutenant Winters recounts this episode. From Utah to Cherbourg:  The push to Cherbourg, through the wooded countryside, was a bloody one: emergency medical centres were set up, as shown by the material on display here. The artificial port at Utah Beach: Pending the capture and restoration of the port of Cherbourg, an artificial port was built off the coast of Utah. Photos show the sheer size of the construction.

$167.46 Shore Excursions

Cherbourg Shore Excursion: Full Day Guided Tour of American D-Day Beaches including Lunch

The tour departs Cherbourg cruise ship terminal and whilst driving between sites, the unique on board GPS system will display maps with your current location at the current time. While on the vehicle, small movies will be shown to help explain the places you are passing. The English-speaking guide will also share veteran stories, anecdotes and much more.When you arrive at each location, the guide will show you around, explain in detail what happened. You will also get free time to take pictures of the sites, etc.Main sites visited:Sainte Mère Eglise - An objective for the 82nd Airborne in the early hours of D-Day. Your guide will tell you the incredible story of paratrooper John Steele, who got caught on the church steeple during the drop.Pointe Du Hoc - Hear the amazing story of the American Rangers who had to scale nearly 100ft cliffs to silence a German long range gun battery position. You will be amazed by the battle damage and the German bunkers which still remain at this impressive site.Your next stop is Omaha Beach - This is the most notable beach that was assaulted on D-Day. Learn about the harrowing stories of sacrifice, see the German positions that were almost impossible to overcome, and discover how bravery finally allowed the U.S. to prevail.It's time for your lunch break - Included in the price of this tour. You will eat in a local French restaurant in the Omaha Beach area.Overlord Museum - entrance fees included. Your guide will take you to the museum and give you free time to visit this amazing place that is packed full of genuine artifacts from the battle of Normandy.Then move towards the Normandy American Cemetery and Visitor Center - You will be able to spend time in the Visitor Center and walk the magnificent 172 acres of the cemetery. Don't forget to pay your respects to many of the people you will have heard about during the tour.Your guide will then drive you back to your cruise ship in Cherbourg in good time for boarding.