D-Day Tour of Normandy

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D-Day Normandy landing
Normandy landings

The Normandy landings on June 6th 1944 (termed D-Day) were part of the allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German – occupied north – Western Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the allied victory on the Western Front.

This eight day tour will provide both the riders and our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and servicewomen with a great insight into the history of D-Day. We set up camp at an award winning  5* campsite on Utah Beach. High standard amenities including hot showers, swimming pools both indoor and out, bar, restaurant and mini market for your convince. Tents will be ready to use upon arrival and three meals a day are freshly prepared.

We will be visiting the beaches, museums and attractions to take you back in time to the events of the 6th June 1944.


2018 Dates & Costs

June 1st to June 8th.

£795 for riders including camping and meals
£695 for pillion including camping and meals
£395 for a Beneficiary including camping, meals and ferry.
£395 support team for our Beneficiaries

2018 D-Day Challenge Itinerary

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Crossing by ferryWe will meet all of you at the Brittany ferry terminal in Cherbourg where we will pick up the WIS on the first day. From there you will be escorted down to Ravenoville to Le Cormoran a 5 star campsite adjacent to Utah beach, which will be your base for the week to unpack and relax by the pool.

 

 

visiting lost comrades We will visit the British War Cemetery in Bayeux this cemetery was completed in 1952 and contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
From there we will travel North to St Mere-Eglise one of the many picturesque towns in Normandy where the American paratroopers from the 505th were scattered around the town. John Steele unfortunately got tangled on the spire of the church and the story will be told on this day!

 

gun battery normandyTraveling down the Normandy coast we will visit the town of Aromanches for the morning famous for the Mulbery Harbour. The Mulberry Harbour’s purpose was to ease and speed up the unloading process so that Allied troops were supplied as they advanced across France.
After breaking out from Normandy; the harbour was one of the greatest engineering feats of World War Two.

After lunch we will visit the 360 degree cinema which takes you back in time to June 1944 and puts you in the battle for Normandy, this is a must see attraction.

From there we will visit the gun battery at Long Sur-Mer the guns albeit a bit rusty! are housed in the many bunkers along the cliffs and considering bombs landed on these bunkers they are still very much intact.

American Cemetery and Omaha beachWho hasn’t seen ‘Saving Private Ryan’ perhaps you should before today’s morning ride out.We will be visiting the opening scenes of this film when we visit the American Cemetery and Omaha beach. Steven Spielberg wanted to make it as realistic as possible the visit here will take your breath away.

From there we will ride to the Pont du Hoc, due to bad weather and navigation problems. The American Rangers had to climb the 100ft cliffs only to be confronted by an arsenal of German fortification. Bring your head torches to enter the bunkers, machine gun posts, barrack rooms, medical centre and much more.
 

 

NormandyThis is the day we have a rest from D-Day tour but go for a long ride out to Cacale covering a distance in the region of 230 miles. Cancale is famous for its oysters for those who wish to partake.

For those that want to visit Mont St Michel then this is on route and we can escort you there meeting you on the way back before returning to camp.
 

Pegasus Bridge This is the day that we will never forget in the early hours of this morning many ships set sail across the English Channel and history was written. To all those Commonwealth and American allies who fought so bravely. We thank you and to those that lost their lives may they rest in peace ‘Lest We Forget’.

It is important today that during the D-Day tour we visit the British sector. We traveling past Utah and Omaha beach down to the beaches of Gold, Juno and Sword. Where the British and Canadian forces landed.

pegasus-bridgeWe take the morning on D-Day visiting Pegasus Bridge and the memorial museum. Pegasus Bridge was vital to the Allied invasion and the need to secure the bridge to enable the assault to move forward through France.. Major ‘John’ Howard with the Horsa Gliders had the task of taking the bridge and we will be following the story of the landings with a museum tour.

We will also take refreshments in the famous Café Gondree which is still run by the daughter. The information supplied by the Gondree family to the British forces was vital to the success of this mission.  In the afternoon we will be visiting the Merville museum another gun battery this time taken by the British forces.

German cemetery at La CambeMuseum Day – We will be visiting the museum on Utah beach, the Tank museum and the Overlord Museum.

We will also visit the picturesque harbour of Grandcamp Maisy and the German cemetery at La Cambe.

 

 

D Day NormandyTime to pack your bikes, but you still have the whole day to yourselves before meeting at the ferry port in Cherbourg at 1730hrs to return to the UK.

So whether it is a trip back down the coastline, a ride over to the west coast. A chance to re-visit your favourite attraction or museum, a day in Cherbourg to buy a souvenir for your partner, the day is yours to decide.

 

♦ 7 nights of  5* tented accommodation.
♦ All group breakfasts, lunch and evening meals.
♦ Our experienced tour guides will provide daily summaries and inform you of the history of route.
• Your cross channel ferry unless you area WIS Pillion.
• Airbeds, roll mats, camp cots, sleeping bags, pillows etc.
• Alcoholic beverages, meals other than those supplied.
• Trip Cancellation Insurance or Personal Travel Insurance.
• Personal D-Day Souvenirs.
• All Fuel and Oil for your Motorcycle.
• Shipping of any excess baggage, souvenirs, helmets, etc … To or from to your home.
• Any necessary riding gear and or personal effects.
• Transfers to the ferry port.
• Admission fees to all Museums and National Parks (on our scheduled route).
• Parking fees.
 

 
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 3 reviews
by Gordon Joy on D-Day Normandy Challenge
Amazing experience

For a long time ive wanted to do somthing for our ex servicemen. I found that Bike Tours for the Wounded along side BC motorcycle tours was perfect. Not only did i vet to see how my money was used to help but i was able to meet and become friends with the people i was supporting.I can honestly say there was no better feeling. The tour it self was somthing special. The history and knolege of the guids was fantastic. The camping was second to none and food was plentiful and fresh.I enjoyed it so much ive already booked an American tour later this year. The office staff were so helpful and polite and suportive through out the whole experiance.I cant wait for my next trip! Thanks guys and please keep up the amazing work with our ex servicemen.

by Ted Foulger on D-Day Normandy Challenge
The way to see Normandy

I have been to Normandy and France many, many times but when I heard Bike Tours 4 The Wounded were planning to use BC Motorcycle Tours Ltd to take some of our wounded injured and sick military personnel out there for the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings well I just had to sign up. I had been out several of BC Tours American challenges in the past and I know them to be a professional, well organised and reliable tour company so I knew that I was in good hands . Every thing was laid on with a fantastic campsite as our base. it was an amazing tour! Being on our bikes meant we were able to get through the traffic jams and the chaos that went with the huge crowds from all over the world that had come for this event. Because you are camping albeit 5 star camping, everybody mucks in and strangers quickly become good friends.
At the time of writing this I have been on 3 of the Normandy tours and I am booked in for the 74th and the 75th Anniversary tours as well. Why? Because there is something special about being in Normandy at the time of the D-day anniversary that you don't get visiting at any other time of the year and at the same time helping some of a wounded, sick or injured veterans to share that experience, that's a real bonus but its the tour company doing all the leg work, the planning and troubleshooting meaning you don't have to worry about anything that really makes it a special and a stress free experience

A great experience

Travelled to Normandy by ferry was very apprehensive but the team supported me though my time away. The guys who were my riders we fantastic. I felt very safe on the motorcycle as we rode down the country lanes in Normandy. As an injured veteran this was a great experience, I was taken out of comfort zone and it was worth every minute to feel alive again.