Operation Overlord Tour

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The Operation Overlord Tour covers the planning and launch of the D-Day Invasion. As one of our D-Day Tours, this itinerary is based on thousands of hours of interviews by Stephen E. Ambrose and our chief historian, Ron Drez, with veterans, studying of the battlefields, and other World War II research. Thanks to their experience with the terrain and its history, we are able to present a D-Day tour that is unmatched in its authenticity.

On our Operation Overlord Tour you will follow along the path, where America’s best and brightest fought in World War II, including a Normandy tour that visits the invasion beaches, especially Omaha and Utah, as well as the American Cemetery.

As Stephen Ambrose said, “The American citizen soldiers knew the difference between right and wrong, and they didn’t want to live in a world in which wrong prevailed. So they fought, and won, and all of us, living and yet to be born, must be profoundly grateful.”

Our Operation Overlord Tour will indeed leave you profoundly grateful.

The Most Qualified D-Day Historians

We have only the most qualified historians lead our Operation Overlord tour. Our historians are experts in their field of history and world-renowned authors. Their years of extensive research and interviewing hundreds of WWII and D-Day veterans on the very battlefields on which they fought add a personal dimension to our tours that no other WWII or D-Day tour company can offer. It is a highlight to hear them tell these stories of America’s heroes at the very places where they occurred. These harrowing tales of bravery and courage capture a moment in time.

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  • London: Tour the WWII places of interest in London, Churchill Cabinet War Rooms, 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

Day-By-Day Itinerary

DAY 1 Overnight Flight to London, England

Guests fly independently to London Heathrow Airport (LHR).

DAY 2 London

Arrive at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and make your way to the tour hotel. The entire group will gather for a 6 p.m. Welcome Reception followed by dinner at the tour hotel. Your historian will treat you to your first lecture, with introductions all around.

DAY 3 London

The morning will feature key sites in London that figured prominently in the War. We then proceed to the Churchill War Rooms, the underground nerve center for Britains war effort. We will also visit the Imperial War Museum, which houses authentic examples of World War II weaponry, tanks and aircraft and an exhibit of WWI trench warfare. We will have free time to enjoy London in the evening.

DAY 4 Portsmouth, England

Depart London for Bletchley Park where we will visit the nerve center for intelligence used in the Allied War effort, code name Ultra. Here we will see the place where the Enigma machine is housed and where the cyphers and codes of several Axis countries were decrypted during the war.

This afternoon we will tour Southwick House, the advance command post of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. In the months leading up to D-Day in 1944, the house became the headquarters of the main Allied commanders, including Naval Commander-In-Chief Admiral Ramsay, Allied Supreme Commander General Eisenhower, and the Army Commander-In-Chief General Montgomery.

DAY 5 - 8 Normandy, France

Following breakfast, we will board the cross-channel ferry and embark for Normandy as the troops did in 1944. For the next few days, site visits in Normandy will include:

  • Ste-Mere-Eglise, one of the villages where the American Airborne 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 successfully delayed a German Panzer counter-attack against the Allied landing forces.
  • We will study 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.
  • We will visit Utah Beach itself, where the 4th Division landed, and the Invasion Museum that depicts their heroics.
  • We will stop at Ste-Marie-du-Mont where still stands the unique Renaissance-style steeple used as an observation post by the Germans.
  • We will proceed to the town of Carentan where we will follow the exact steps taken by American Paratroopers during the Battle of Normandy.
  •  A visit to Pointe-du-Hoc, where Rudder's Rangers scaled the cliffs to neutralize German heavy guns defending the expanse of beaches on D-Day.
  • 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 Divisions as they approached the gates of hell.
  • We will pay our respects at the American Cemetery with its 9387 American soldiers' graves stretching along the top of the bluff overlooking the beach.
  • 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 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 9 Charles de Gaulle Airport

We will spend the first part of the day touring in Normandy. We will then travel to our hotel at Charles de Gaulle Airport, where we will have a farewell dinner.

DAY 10 Flights Home

Guests will be on their own to get to the airport since we are staying at a Charles de Gaulle Airport hotel.


Map for Operation Overlord Tour

Tour Dates

  • July 5 - 14, 2024 - 1 room available!
  • July 12 - 21, 2024
  • September 6 - 15, 2024
  • May 31 - June 9, 2025
  • July 11 - 20, 2025
  • September 5 - 14, 2025
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TRIP COST $4,390

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. For a single room add $1,200.

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