80th Anniversary of D-Day: Operation Overlord
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.
On the 80th Anniversary of D-Day: Operation Overlord Tour we will follow the path of America’s best and brightest young men in 1944.
This 80th Anniversary of D-Day Tour covers the planning and launch of the D-Day Invasion, Operation Overlord. During the 8-night tour we visit the invasion beaches of Omaha and Utah and the Normandy American Cemetery, as well as other key sites in Normandy that will live in your memory.
Our D-Day historians are experts in their field and world-renowned authors. Thanks to their experience with the terrain and its history, we are able to present an 80th Anniversary of D-Day Tour that is unmatched in its authenticity. Their years of extensive research and interviews with hundreds of WWII and D-Day veterans on the very battlefields on which they fought add a personal dimension to our D-Day tours that no other WWII tour company can offer. It is a highlight to hear them tell these harrowing tales of bravery and courage of America’s heroes at the very places where they occurred.
All guests on our 80th Anniversary of D-Day Tour: Operation Overlord will attend the official June 6 Commemorative ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery at Colville-sur-Mer, when we will honor and pay tribute to our fallen heroes.
- London: Tour WWII places of interest in London, including Churchill Cabinet War Rooms and the Imperial War Museum
- Portsmouth and Normandy: Depart for Normandy from Portsmouth where Eisenhower set up the advance command post for the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF)
- Ste-Mere-Eglise: Visit Ste-Mere-Eglise, where the effigy of John Steele still hangs from the church steeple
- Normandy Beaches: Tour the invasion beaches of Omaha and Utah, as well as Pointe-du-Hoc, where the rangers scaled the cliffs to silence the German artillery
- Omaha Beach: Pay our respects at the American Cemetery where the graves of 9387 American fighting men lie on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach
- 80th commemoration ceremony: Attend the official June 6 ceremony
DAY 1 Flight to London
Guest travel independently to London on an overnight flight from USA.
DAY 2 London
Arrive in London this morning and check into the hotel, where the entire group will gather for an evening welcome reception. Our historian will treat us to our first lecture, with introductions all around.
DAY 3 London
The morning will feature key sites in London that figured prominently in WWII. We then proceed to the Churchill War Rooms, the underground nerve center for Britain’s war effort. We will also visit the Imperial War Museum, which houses authentic examples of WWII weaponry, tanks, and aircraft, and an exhibit of WWI trench warfare. Free time to enjoy London in the evening.
DAY 4 Portsmouth
Depart London for Bletchley Park where we will visit the center for intelligence gathered and used in the Allied War effort, code name Ultra. Here we will see the Enigma machine, the British device that deciphered German communications and where the team of men and women code-breakers decrypted countless cyphers and messages of the Axis countries during the war.
After Bletchley, our destination is Portsmouth, the seaside town that became the staging center for the D-Day invasion. Here the Allies assembled the armies and equipment for the massive undertaking. Besides the hundreds of thousands of men, there were thousands of armored vehicles and the assemblage of sea vessels: landing craft of all kinds in addition to warships that made up the flotilla for the English Channel crossing. Nearby, General Dwight D. Eisenhower set up the advance command post of Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, where he, Naval Commander Ramsay, Army Commander Montgomery and staff would meet to plan the invasion.
DAYS 5-9 Normandy
We will spend days 5-9 in Normandy (five nights) where guests will visit all the key sites mentioned below and attend the official 80th Anniversary of D-Day Ceremonies at the Normandy American Cemetery.
Following breakfast, we will board the cross-channel ferry and embark for Normandy as the troops did in 1944. In the afternoon, we will begin our visit to Normandy at Ste-Mere-Eglise, one of the villages where the American Airborne Division descended on D-Day. Here we will view and explore the iconic church where John Steele and his landing on the steeple are memorialized. We also visit La Fiere Bridge where the 82nd Airborne Division successfully delayed a German Panzer counter-attack against the Allied landing forces.
We will begin “The Longest Day” at Brécourt Manor where Lt. Dick Winters with members of Easy Company successfully silenced German artillery firing on American troops landing at Utah Beach. From there we will visit Utah Beach itself, where the 4th Division landed, and the Invasion Museum that depicts their heroics. Next we will stop at Ste-Marie du Mont where the unique Renaissance-style steeple used as an observation post by the Germans still stands. From there, we will proceed to the town of Carentan where we will follow the exact steps taken by American Paratroopers during the Battle of Normandy.
There will be a visit to Pointe-du-Hoc, where Rudders’ Rangers scaled the cliffs to neutralize heavy German guns defending the expanse of beaches on D-Day.
We’ll spend the morning at Omaha Beach where the Americans landed and faced the strongest German resistance of the day and incurred the greatest losses. We will walk the beach and visit some of the German defense fortifications. We explore these sands from the tide’s ebb to the distant dunes to understand the emotions of the young soldiers of the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions as they approached the “gates of hell.”
We will pay our respects at the American Cemetery with its 9,387 American soldiers’ graves stretching along the top of the bluff overlooking the beach. In the afternoon we will view the battery at Longues-sur-Mer, a fine example of the great defenses that made up Hitler’s Atlantic Wall. We will proceed along the British Beaches from there to Pegasus Bridge, where the first shots were fired on D-Day. Here the British Sixth Airborne led by Major John Howard with a miraculous glider landing carried out a surprise attack that yielded great success in overtaking this crucial bridge across the Caen Canal.
DAY 10 Paris - CDG
After a final day of visits in Normandy, we drive through the lush, scenic countryside of Normandy and northern France on the way to our final hotel at the CDG airport. Please note that Overlord Elite Group 1 has final night accommodations at a Paris city hotel. Stephen Ambrose Historical Tours can help any guest who would like to book extra nights at a Paris city hotel.
DAY 11 Home
Checkout from the final hotel. Transfers to Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG).
- Overlord Elite Group 1 (May 29 - June 8): $6,990 ($1,890 single supplement) – Four-star experience and hotels, plus stay in Paris city hotel - Waitlist Only!
- Overlord Elite Group 2 (May 29 - June 8): $6,890 ($1,790) – Four-star experience and hotels, but stay at Paris airport hotel - Waitlist Only!
- Overlord Standard (May 30 - June 9): $4,990 ($990) – standard hotels and stay at Paris airport hotel. - Waitlist Only!
TOUR COST: Choose from 3 Options
Overlord Elite Group 1
- $6,990 per person based on double occupancy; for a single room add $1,890 single supplement
- Four-star experience and hotels; final night stay at Paris city hotel
Overlord Elite Group 2
- $6,890 per person based on double occupancy; for a single room add $1,790 single supplement
- Four-star experience and hotels; final night stay at Paris airport hotel
Overlord Standard Groups:
- $4,990 per person based on double occupancy; for a single room add $990
- Standard hotels; final night stay at Paris airport hotel