London & Normandy
D-Day Tour 2023
1-8 June 2023
D-DAY TOUR 2023 - 79TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NORMANDY LANDINGS - OPERATION OVERLORD
2023 marks the 79th anniversary of D-Day and Twynhams Tours are hosting a special remembrance D-Day Tour from June 1st-8th to commemorate this monumental event in world history. Commencing in the UK, this inclusive seven-night tour will visit strategically important sites including a private guided tour and dinner on HMS Belfast, an original D-Day warship.
Following in the footsteps of the Allied forces in 1944 we make our way to Normandy and the infamous beaches Omaha, Utah, Gold, Juno and Sword where the amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment. A highlight of your tour will be a 30-minute helicopter flight over the historic Normandy beaches and landmarks.
We also visit key Allied locations such as Pegasus Bridge, the iconic church and steeple of Ste-Mere-Eglise, the American Rangers landing zone at Pointe-du-Hoc and finally, we pay our respects at the Allied cemeteries. Numerous official remembrance ceremonies are planned throughout the week and we will attend the major events during the tour.
A unique, engaging, informative and relaxing tour which includes charming hotels, premium transfers in our own luxury coach, hand-picked restaurants and knowledgeable tour guides. This is an event that no military history enthusiast will want to miss.
"Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force:
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months.
The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.
In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped, and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944. Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned. The free men of the world are marching together to victory. I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty, and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full victory.
Good Luck! And let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking".
General Dwight D Eisenhower. Supreme Commander of Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe
D-Day Pre-invasion Order June 1944
Thursday. The Tour commences on Thursday morning with complimentary private transfers from local airports and stations to the luxury 4* Brooklands Hotel in Weybridge. Nestled in the heart of the Brooklands Estate, home to the historic Brooklands motor racing circuit, it is a modern boutique hotel that effortlessly combines contemporary style with classic elegance. The award-winning 1907 restaurant, bar & grill pay homage to the golden age of motor racing and the modern, luxurious rooms feature contemporary architecture and iconic art deco-inspired interiors.
The Brooklands Hotel & Spa, your exceptional 4* hotel for the first night of the tour
At lunchtime we make our way to Winston Churchill's family home, Chartwell. A country estate near the town of Westerham in Kent, it was Churchill's home for 40 years. Now owned by the National Trust it is decorated in original 1930's designs and is displayed as if the family are still in residence. Throughout the house there are some fascinating insights into D-Day including a scale model of the famous Mulberry Harbour that was used during the landings.
The magnificent country estate and 'Chartwell', Churchill's family home
Leaving Chartwell in the mid-afternoon we head for the River Thames in Central London and visit the D-Day warship, HMS Belfast. Here you will have a private guided tour of the famous Second World War survivor, now an iconic London landmark. Get up close to the inner workings of this warship from the guns that fired some of the first shots on D-Day right down to the engine rooms three metres below sea level. After our tour we have a private dinner arranged on board to help you get to know your fellow shipmates!
HMS Belfast an original D-Day warship completes day one of your tour
Friday. It's time to leave the UK and make our way to Normandy just as the troops did in June 1944 (although we will be using the slightly faster route via Eurotunnel to make the crossing). After lunch en-route we arrive at our charming hotel in Bayeux, your home for the next six nights. Ideally located in the heart of the region, it's perfectly situated for all of the D-Day landing beaches and events that will be taking place during the 78th anniversary commemorations.
Our charming hotel surrounded by magnificent formal gardens in central Normandy
As well as the classic rooms of the mansion house, we also have more modern rooms available in the stunning new Orchard Suites, located in the grounds of the main house.