D Day 75th anniversary tours go beyond the beaches
With the 75th anniversary of D Day being commemorated on 6 June 2019 much of the focus will be on the events of that momentous day when the largest amphibious landing in history took place. After the ever dwindling number of veterans has gone home however, many will forget that the battle for Normandy took 100 days and not just one. A fiercely determined and resilient German force of occupation made Allied progress slow and costly.
As part of their range of battlefield tours, Green Jersey Cycling Tours have developed an updated itinerary to reflect the aftermath of the landings, right up to the closure of the Falaise Pocket on 22 August 1944.
'Away from the coastal strip there is some fantastic cycling to be enjoyed through a lush and verdant landscape which is still very rural in nature and thus unaffected by busy roads. Added to which, cycling is the best way to appreciate this landscape and to follow in the footsteps of the brave men who fought so hard to free France' says Charlie Bladon, director of the company and who devised the route. ' Normandy is particularly well suited to an historical tour as you can, with a few minor exceptions, follow the events chronologically which makes an appreciation of them all the easier to understand.'
Covering the landing beaches of the British, Canadian and American sectors, Pegasus Bridge, Bayeux, Hill 112, Villers-Bocage, the Falaise Pocket and many other sites along the way, the fully supported tour option offers luggage transfer, full vehicle back up, cake and coffee stops and accommodation in good quality hotels as well as the services of a guide to show you around the battlefield.
With three tours running this summer, and a bespoke option and larger group travel also possible on further dates, this is the ideal time to visit what is an incredibly beautiful part of France that is also remarkably easy to get to.
Charlie Bladon, Green Jersey Cycling Tours
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