D-Day Tours are pleased to offer 3 & 5 day self drive greenlane introductions to the Normandy campaign, including the landing beaches and main airborne sites, linked where possible by beautiful green lanes.
Our routes include some gentle, non damaging, greenlanes around the Normandy battlefields and across the main landing zones, along the beaches and into the stunning Normandy Countryside. We will visit some of the movie filming locations from The Longest Day & Band of Brothers plus the real battlefield locations.
Please note all information is based on 2018 tours. All information for 2019 will be confirmed in Feb 2019, but it is hoped will remain substantially similar.
The tour includes 3 or 5 nights* (* to allow a nice rested start on the first day) B&B in a beautiful Normandy farmhouse and the last day of activities finishes around lunchtime in the Caen area, allowing quick access to the Ouistreham ferry or only 1.5 hours to Cherbourg.
The tours start Saturday to Wednesday or Friday to Sunday, arriving on the night before and finishing in the afternoon of the last day to allow time to get back to the ferry.
There will be a some road work between the major sites, but we endeavour to use green lanes where possible. For example following the tracks off Utah beach to the German gun emplacements on the inland ridge overlooking the beach. Other routes include green lanes around Ste Maire du Mont following the route of the famous 506 PIR/101st Airborne.
All green lanes are gentle and non-damaging, suitable for any well maintained 4x4, but occasionally heavily waterlogged or muddy areas are come across. To avoid damage we scout routes but once in a while vehicles do get stuck due to clogged road tyres. For this reason we ask you know your recovery points and carry a suitable recovery rope. All Terrain tyres offer a noticeable improvement over road tyres, without the damaging aspects of pure Mud Terrains.
Our current* B&B is located in Southern Normandy, roughly halfway between Caen & St Malo. This offers the choice of visiting Mont St Michel, the beautiful walled cities of St Malo & Dinan and the western Normandy coast. The strategically significant towns of Carentan, Avranches & St Lo are all within an hour’s drive. It does mean, however, that to get to the main D-Day locations is a main road drive of 1.5 hours to the furthest point. For this reason we start in the North on day 1 and progressively work South, reducing the drive for each successive day.
*We will be visiting some potential new locations in January 2019 to reduce the initial tarmac driving distances, so any potential clients will receive an update in Feb 2019 with full details and the meeting address. We are hoping for to find somewhere half way between Cherbourg & Caen, to allow easy access to either ferries. St Malo ferry will be roughly an hour further away.