School WW2 Battlefield Tour to Normandy
No war has affected so many people over such a wide area. On a history tour to Normandy, your group will explore the largest and most ambitious operation ever staged - the Normandy landings of June 1944. We can arrange visits to the sites of the British and American beach landings along the coast, supplemented with museum visits. With purpose-built school group accommodation along the coast, this tour is a perfect choice for enthusing your history students.
Study themes: Britain at war, Hitler’s foreign policy, the development of warfare – tactics and technology in the Second World War, the impact of war and the transformation of British society, the origins of World War 2
Specifications & Topics Supported
• AQA ‘B’ Britain at War - controlled assessments
• Edexcel ‘A’ War and the Transformation of British Society (1931-1951): D-Day and the Defeat of Germany
|Day 1||Travel from school||Evening meal|
Merville Gun Battery
Grand Bunker Museum
Arromanches Landings Museum
Gold Landing Beach
German Battery Longues-sur-mer
Bayeux War Graves Cemetery
|Day 4||Return travel to school|
This price includes:
- Return executive coach travel (TV/video/WC/seatbelts)
- 3 nights' half-board accommodation
- Return ferry or Eurotunnel crossings
- Free staff place ratio 1:8
- Detailed information pack
- Comprehensive travel & medical insurance
- Itinerary planning service
- Motorway tolls & taxes
Built on the harbour at Arromanches overlooking Gold Beach, this museum uses original artefacts, dioramas and audio-visual presentations - including archive film of the building of the Mulberry harbours - to document the landings on the Normandy coast and the subsequent battle of Normandy.
This museum tells the story of the airborne invasion, in particular the 6th Airborne Division's capture of this strategically vital bridge and holding of the Eastern end of the landing grounds.
Omaha Beach was the code name for one of the landing points of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France during the Normandy landings of June 6, 1944. The beach was located on the northern coast of France and was 5 miles long from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer. Landings here were necessary in order to link up the British landings to the east on Gold Beach with...
The centre consists of seven exhibit rooms containing documents, maps, photos, audio and audiovisual accounts and artefacts, which allow different atmospheres to be created alternating between emotion, reflection, discovery and information.
'The Price of Freedom' shown in this innovative 360-degree cinema, blends original documentary film of the invasion with pictures of the battlefields as they are today, and takes the viewer into the maelstrom of 1944. It's great introduction to what happened here in Normandy half a century ago.
Gold Beach was the Allied codename for the centre invasion beach during the invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944. The task of invading Gold Beach was given to the British 50th (Northumbrian) Infantry Division and the British 8th Armoured Brigade. Their primary objectives were to seize the town of Bayeux, the Caen-Bayeux road, and the port of Arromanches with the secondary objectives being to make ...
Hotel le Canada
Offering twenty en-suite guest rooms, the hotel usually accommodates students in multi-bedded rooms and staff in twins, all with a TV and desk.
Hotel Le Canada takes pride in providing a full board service to all its guests.
Hôtel Crocus Caen Mémorial
Although it has no lift, the hotel does offer two specially-adapted rooms for disabled guests. Students will usually stay in rooms of 2-4 people, with staff normally accommodated in twins. The rooms are all en-suite with a TV and a desk.
The reception staff, who work from 0700 to 2300, speak French, English and Spanish. The hotel has two large meeting rooms which can be hired for an additional fee.
Both breakfast and dinner are served in the hotel restaurant, which also opens for lunch in the middle of the day. Breakfast times are earlier in the week than on the weekends and bank holidays. On fine days, the restaurant's terrace is also open.
Centre Bon Sejour
Students will be accommodated in one of 70 twin, triple or quad rooms all with en-suite facilities. A lift makes for easy access to the 3 floors. View on map
The dining rooms have a view of the sea and the artificial harbour of Arromanches left from D-Day. The chef and his team provide a varied menu including regional specialities such as fish and seafood. View on map
What our teachers had to say about this destination
Every excursion was excellent.
Superb area to visit. Almost too much to see and do. Our students requested MORE museums! The ones we went to were superb. The Canadian museum on Juno looked first class too. We had brilliant weather which made it even better. Highly recommend it to other schools.
Another fantastic trip - the accomodation was excellent and the staff there very helpful - thank you!
From the moment I enquired about a quote, everybody has been incredibly helpful in ensuring I could run this trip as smoothly as possible. The final pack received was particularly good regarding all the maps. All the bookings were accurate and easy to follow up. The location chosen was brilliant! Centre Bon sejour is well-situated, truly next to the beach, which made it ideal when we had a little bit of spare time to take the children out. The staff there were beyond helpful, particularly ensuring that we had adequate evening entertainment (board games, disco night,etc...) The rooms were exactly right for the students. The excursions were excellent - Mont Saint Michel was everybody's favourite but we also thoroughly enjoyed the Bayeux Tapestry, Arromanches museum and cinema, the cheese factory and the chocolate factory. Overall we have had a brilliant time and cannot wait to do it all over again.