Tours covered in the guidebook

 

Tours through the Orne bridgehead

 

Tour 1 - From Bénouville to Gonneville-en-Auge

Route: Bénouville/Ranville/Sallenelles/Orne-Delta/Merville-Franceville-Plage/

le Home-Varaville/Merville/Gonneville-en-Auge

Highlights: Pegasus Bridge/Café Gondrée/Museum Memorial Pegasus/CWGC cemetery Ranville/Merville Batterie Museum

Distance: about14 km, with detours approx. 24 km

Recommaneded maps: IGN Série Bleue 1612OT

Duration without pauses: 6-7 hours, including visits to museums and cemeteries

 

Tour 2 - From Varaville to Troarn

Route: Varaville/Grangues/Petiville/Bavent/Robehomme/Bures-sur-Dives/Troarn

Highlights: Bridges over the Dives River at Robehomme, Bures and Troarn/

Memorial at Grangues

Distance: about 22 km, with detour to Grangues about 40 km

Recommended maps: IGN Série Bleue 1612E, 1612OT

Duration without pauses: 3-4 hours

 

Tour 3 - From le Maizeret to Amfréville

Route: Le Maizeret/Manoir du Bois/Touffréville/Escoville/Ste-Honorine-la Chardronnette/ Longueval/Hérouvillette/le Mesnil/ Château St-Côme Haras/ Bréville/Amfréville

Highlights: Memorial to Thomas W. Billington and Arthur Platt in Touffreville/51st Infantry (Highland) Division Memorial at the Château St-Côme Haras/Place Brigadier James Hill   at le Mesnil/Ferme des Commandos 6 Juin 1944 at Amfréville

Distance: about 29 km

Recommended maps: IGN map Série Bleue 1612OT

Duration without pauses: 3-4 hours

 

 

Tours through sector SWORD

 

Tour 4 - From la Brèche d’Hermanville to Saint-Contest

Route: La Brèche d’Hermanville/Hermanville/Lion-sur-Mer/Luc-sur-Mer/Douvres -

la Délivrande/Périers-sur-le-Dan/Château de la Londe/Cambes-en-Plaine/Galmanche/ Epron/Saint-Contest

Highlights: Place du Cuirassé Courbet in la Brèche d’Hermanville/Sundial in Lion-sur-Mer/Radar-Museum in Douvres - la Délivrande/CWGC Cemeteries at Hermanville, Cambes-en-Plaine and la Délivrande

Distance: about 41 km

Recommended maps: IGN map Série Bleue 1612OT

Duration without pauses: 6-7 hours, including visits to museums and cemeteries

 

Tour 5 - From Colleville-Montgomery-Plage to Biéville-Beuville

Route: Colleville-Montgomery-Plage/Ouistreham/Saint-Aubin-d’Arquenay/

Colleville-Montgomery/Blainville-sur-Orne/Biéville-Beuville

Highlights: Statue Field Marshal Montgomery in Colleville-Montgomery-Plage/Musée N° 4 Commando and Museum Le Grand Bunker in Ouistreham/

WN-17 (Hillman) at Colleville-Montgomery

Distance: about 26 km

Recommended maps: IGN map Série Bleue 1612OT

Duration without pauses: 6-7 hours, including visits to museums

 

Tour 6 - Tour of Caen

Route: Mémorial de Caen/Avenue du Président Coty/Maison d’Arrét/Place de l’Ancienne Boucherie/Place Monseigneur des Hameaux/Place Gambetta/Pont de Vaucelles/Place de la Gare/Place de la Résistance/Château Ducal/Lébisey/Hérouville-St-Clair

Highlights: Mémorial de Caen/Place de la Résistance/Château Ducal

Distance: about 16 km

Recommended maps: IGN map Série Bleue 1612OT, "Caen - agglomération Plan de Ville" from Blay-Foldex

Duration without pauses: 5-6 hours, including visits to museums

 

 

Tours through sector JUNO

 

Tour 7 - From Courseulles-sur-Mer to Secqueville-en-Bessin

Route: Courseulles-sur-Mer/Beach of Graye-sur-Mer/Graye-sur-Mer/Sainte-Croix-sur-Mer/Banville/Reviers/Fontaine-Henry/Thaon/le Fresne-Camilly/Cairon/Rosel/Lasson/Rots/ le Hamel/Bretteville-l’Orgueilleuse/Farm Cardonville/Norrey-en-Bessin/le Mesnil-Patry/ Cristot/ Audrieu/Brouay/Putot-en-Bessin/Secqueville-en-Bessin

Highlights: DD tank and Centre Juno Beach at Courseulles-sur-Mer/Cross of Lorraine and AVRE tank at Graye-sur-Mer beach/CWGC Cemetery at Bény-sur-Mer-Reviers/Regina Rifles Memorial at Bretteville/Memorial to 66 murdered Canadians at Audrieu/CWGC Cemeteries at Brouay and Secqueville-en-Bessin

Distance: about 65 km

Recommended maps: IGN Série Bleue 1612OT, 1512OT

Duration without pauses: 8-10 hours, including visits to museums and cemeteries

 

 

Tour 8 - From Bernières-sur-Mer to Carpiquet

Route: Bernières-sur-Mer/St-Aubin-sur-Mer/Langrune-sur-Mer/Bény-sur-Mer/Basly/ Colomby-sur-Thaon/Anguerny/Anisy/Villons-les-Buissons/Buron/Authie/Ancienne Abbaye d’Ardenne/Carpiquet

Highlights: Maison De The Queen’s Own Rifles Of Canada/Memorial of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada at Bernières-sur-Mer/Casemate with 50-mm KwK at St-Aubin-sur-Mer/Hells Corner at Villons-les-Buissons/Ancienne Abbaye d’Ardenne/Carpiquet airfield

Distance: about 40 km

Recommanded maps: IGN Série Bleue 1612OT, 1512OT 

Duration without pauses: 6-8 hours

 

 

Tours through sector GOLD

 

Tour 9 - From Ver-sur-Mer to Bazenville

Route: Ver-sur-Mer/Crépon/Tierceville/Creully/Lantheuil/Martragny/Vaux-sur-Seulles/ Bazenville

Highlights: America Gold Beach Museum in Ver-sur Mer/Green Howards Denkmal at Crépon/Château de Creully/CWGC cemetery Ryes - Bazenville

Distance: about 35 km

Recommended maps: IGN map Série Bleue 1512OT

Duration without pauses: 6-8 hours, including visits to museums and cemeteries

 

Tour 10 - From Asnelles to Tour-en-Bessin

Route: Asnelles/Saint-Côme de-Fresné/Sommervieu (ALG B-8)/Manoir du Petit Magny/Vaux-sur-Aure/Bayeux/Vaucelles/Tour-en-Bessin

Highlights: Statue of General Eisenhower/Musée Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie/CWGC Cemetery/Bayeux Mémorial/Mémorial des Reporters, all highlights are located in Bayeux

Distance: about 20 km, including detour about 25 km

Recommended maps: IGN map Série Bleue 1512OT

Duration: 5-6 hours, including visits to museums

 

Tour 11 - From Arromanches-les-Bains to Port-en-Bessin

Route: Arromanches-les-Bains/Longues-sur-Mer/Port-en-Bessin

Highlights: Cinéma Circulaire Arromanches 360°/D-Day 75 garden/Musée du Débarquement/

Phoenix caissons at Arromanches/Batterie de Longues at Longues-sur-Mer/WN-57 at Port-en-Bessin/

Musée des Épaves Sous-Marines Du Debarquement - D-Day Wrecks

Distance: about 24 km

Recommended maps: IGN map Série Bleue, 1512OT

Duration: 6-8 hours, including visits to three museums

 

 

Tours through sector OMAHA

 

Tour 12 - From Vierville-sur-Mer to Colleville-sur-Mer and back

Route: Vierville-sur-Mer/les Moulins/St-Laurent-sur-Mer/Colleville-sur-Mer/Vierville-sur-Mer

Highlights: WN-72/Memorial "Les Braves"/Musée Omaha 6 Juin 1944/WN-62/American Battle Monuments Commission Cemetery Colleville – St-Laurent/Musée D.Day Omaha

Distance: about 20 km by car, 3.5 km on foot

Recommended maps: IGN map Série Bleue 1412OT

Duration without pauses: 6-7 hours, including visits to museums and cemetery

 

Tour 13 - From le Haut Chemin nach Isigny-sur-Mer

Route: Le Haut Chemin/Pointe du Hoc/Grandcamp-Maisy/la Cambe/Cricqueville-en-Bessin/Isigny-sur-Mer

Highlights: La Pointe du Hoc/Maisy Batterie les Perruques/German military cemetery at la Cambe

Distance: about 36 km

Recommended maps: IGN maps Série Bleue 1412OT, 1311E, 1312E

Duration without pauses: 6-7 hours, including visits to museums and cemetery

 

Tour 14 - From Formigny nach Étréham

Route: Formigny/Trévières/Blay/Étréham

Highlights: World War I memorial at Trévières/Map of General Montgomerys headquarters

Distance: about 18 km

Recommended maps: IGN map Série Bleue 1412OT

Duration without pauses: 2 hours

 

 

Tours through sector UTAH

 

Tour 15 - From Ste-Mère-Église to les Forges

Route: Ste-Mère-Église/Neuville-au-Plain/Manoir de la Fière/Caugingy/Guetteville/

Les Helpiquets/Amfreville/Gourbesville/Orglandes/Hémevez/Hameau de l’Epine/

la Bonneville/la Lande/Picauville/Château de Bernaville/Pont l’Abbé/Picauville/ Cretteville/Franquetot/Founecrop/le Port Filiolet/Caponnet/Chef-du-Pont/les Forges

Highlights: Airborne Museum and Notre Dame de la Paix at Ste-Mère-Église/

Parc Memorial de la Fière/Parc Memorial du Regiment Parachutiste 507 at les Helpiquets/German military cemetery at Orglandes/IX Troop Carrier Command memorial at Picauville.

Distance: 58 km, of which 1.5 km will be on foot

Recommended maps: IGN Série Bleue 1311E, 1211E

Duration without pauses: 8-9 hours, including visits to museums and cemeteries

 

Tour 16 - From Hiesville to la Haute Addeville

Route: Hiesville/Château de Colombières/Le Holdy/Boutteville/Ste-Marie-du-Mont/Brécourt Manoir/

Audouville-la-Hubert/la Croix aux Bertots/Foucarville/Les Dunes de Vareville/la Madeleine/ Pouppeville/Brucheville/Angoville-au-Plain/la Haute Addeville

Highlights: Notre-Dame de l’Assomption at Ste-Marie-du-Mont/Monument Leclerc/Utah Beach Museum/Église Saint-Côme-et-Saint-Damien at Angoville-au-Plain

Distance: 43 km

Recommended maps IGN Série Bleue 1311E

Duration without pauses: 8-9 hours, including visits to museums

 

Tour 17 - From St-Côme-du-Mont to Catz

Route: St-Côme-du-Mont/Carentan/Donville-Méautis/Carentan/le Moulin/Brévands/Catz

Highlights: Dead Man’s Corner Museum/la Barquette lock/Manoir de Donville-Mémorial de Bloody Gulch

Distance: 38 km

Recommended maps: IGN Série Bleue 1311E, 1312E, 1313O

Duration: 5-6 hours, including visits to museums

 

Tour 18 - From Ste-Mère-Église to Quinéville

Route: Ste-Mère-Église/la Londe/Beuzeville-au-Plain/Ravenoville/Azeville/St-Marcouf - Crisbecq/Dangueville/Quinéville

Highlights: HKB Azeville/MKB St-Marcouf - Crisbecq/World War II Museum Quinéville

Distance: 23 km

Recommended maps: IGN Série Bleue 1311E 

Duration without pauses: 5-6 hours, including visits to museums

 


 

 

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