This year's D-Day anniversary celebrations have been a hauntingly poignant reminder of the sacrifices the armed forces made for us and future generations to come.
Travel on the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris' Gare du Nord station. On arrival, transfer to the Gare Saint-Lazare. This is easy by either public metro or local taxi. From here, catch the local rail service to the medieval city of Bayeux and check into your 4-Star hotel for a 3-night stay.
After breakfast, this morning, meet your specialist battlefield guide in Bayeux before setting out on a full-day tour. The first stop of your explorations is Longues-sur-Mer, the site of a German coastal gun battery and still equipped with guns that were firing on D-Day. Next, you'll stop at Gold Beach, a section of coast designated to the British army. There'll also be an opportunity to see the remains of the artificial harbours built by the allies to help supply the push inland. Juno Beach is also included, here you can visit the Juno Beach Centre Museum and learn more about the Canadian involvement in WW2 before paying your respects to the fallen at the Canadian War Cemetery.
Following lunch, continue to Omaha Beach, the area where American forces landed and which would later become known as 'Bloody Omaha'. Learn about the events of that day as they unfolded, then visit the cemetery at Colleville to pay your respects to the men and women who died during the assault. The coach will then return you to central Bayeux.
Enjoy some free time today. Perhaps make a visit to the historically significant Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the events of a much older, though no less famous, battlefield. You could also visit the city's 13th-century cathedral or the Museum of the Battle of Normandy, to round off your D-Day experiences.
Check out of your hotel and begin the return journey back to London by rail.
The itinerary above is just a suggestion and you are free to make adjustments to suit your exact requirements. Please call 01904 734 358 to speak to one of our Tailor-Made Holiday Specialists about tailoring your holiday with GRJ independent.
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The high speed Eurostar trains link St Pancras International in London with Paris and Lille in France as well as Brussels in Belgium.
Eurostar's Standard Class coaches feature two seats on either side of the central aisle, most of which is arranged in an 'airline' seating configuration with drop down tray tables. There are two tables for four per carriage. Passengers travelling in Eurostar Standard Class coaches can take advantage of the Bar-Buffet which sells a range of snacks, meals, hot and cold drinks - including Champagne!
The highest class of Eurostar travel available for leisure customers is Standard Premier Class. In your dedicated Standard Premier carriage you'll find a less dense seat configuration, meaning the seats are larger and you have ample space to relax and stretch out. As part of the service you'll enjoy complimentary drinks and refreshments, served at your seat by friendly, helpful waiting staff.
For the class of travel used on your chosen tour, please refer to the 'What's Included' section of the tour page.
• The services of a personal travel specialist
• Return rail travel from London to Bayeux
• 3 nights' 4-Star hotel accommodation, with breakfast
• Full-day sightseeing tour of the D-Day battle sites with an expert guide
We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!
Please call one of our Tour Advisors on 01904 734 358 to discuss upgrading your rail travel to First Class and/or upgrading your hotel to a 5-star option.