Send this page to a friend

Paris Notre Dame Side View
Paris View of City from Above
Paris Eiffel Tower

Flanders Fields and Normandy D Day

Date:
Thursday 16th May 2019
Location:
Belgium
  • 7 day motorcycle tour
Adult
€799.00
Child
€799.00
Enquire Now
Send this to mail

Package Includes

A unique escorted Motorcycle Tour from Ireland to the famous battlegrounds of World War I and World War II (75th Anniversary of D-Day).

 

Your ferries:-

Irish Ferries

Out 08.30hrs ex North Wall Thursday 16th May (arrives Holyhead 10.30hrs)

Ret 18.00hrs Ex Cherbourg Tuesday 21st May (arrives Rosslare 11.30hrs on 22nd May)

 

P&O Ferries

Out ex Dover 09.25hrs Friday 17th May

(NB: all ferry sailing schedules for 2019 have to be confirmed and could cause the itinerary to be revised)

 

Your Accommodation

  • 1 nights DBB at the Ramada Hotel Dover 4*
  • 2 nights 4* Hotel Ariane, Ypres / Ieper, Belgium on B&B basis
  • 2 nights 4* Novotel Hotel Bayeaux on B&B basis

 

Cost:

  • 2 pax – 1 bike – 1 room                  €799.00pps
  • 2 pax – 2 bikes – 1 room                €899.00pps
  • 1 pax -1 bike – 1 room                    €1198.00pp

 

Not Included:

  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Meals other than stated
  • Museum admittances

 

NB: For this particular tour, both Deposit and Second Stage payments are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Cancellation Terms for this particular Tour are:

a)     cancellation between date of booking and 16th Nov 2018 - loss of initial deposit €250 per

 person

b)     cancellation between 16th Nov 2018 and 15th March 2019 - loss of initial deposit and

second stage payment totalling €425 per person

c)    cancellation on or after 16th March 2019 - there is 100% cancellation fee, no refunds.

All notices of cancellation MUST be in writing without exception.
 
 

Itinerary

Day one - 16th May

07.45hrs          Check-in at Irish Ferries, Dublin Port

08.30hrs          Irish Ferries Swift departs

10.30hrs          Arrive Holyhead

18.30hrs          Arrive Ramada Hotel, Dover

                        Dinner at the hotel

 

Day two – 17th May

08.00hrs          Check-in at P&O terminal

09.25hrs          Depart Dover (90-minute crossing)

11.00hrs          Arrive Calais

11.45hrs          Arrive Dunkirk

Opportunity to visit Operation Dynamo Sites of World War II in Dunkirk

The Operation Dynamo Museum (Mémorial du Souvenir) is a small museum devoted to the Battle of Dunkirk and Operation Dynamo. 

Dunkirk war memorial

15.30hrs          Depart Dunkirk

16.30hrs          Arrive Ieper/Ypres & check-in at 4* Ariane Hotel

20.00hrs          The Last Post at the Menin Gate commences

 

Day three – 18th May

Visit various sites today including Tyne Cot, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, , “Comingworldremerberme” at De Palingbeek, the Island of Ireland Peace Park & the Irish Round Tower

 

Day four – 19th May

09.30hrs          Depart Hotel

14.00hrs          Arrive Pegasus Bridge, Benouville

This is the location of the very first D-Day action with the capture of Pegasus Bridge by paratroops. The original bridge is still there and part of the local museum. Spend some time at leisure here

Continue on towards Ouistreham and Sword Beach and then onwards along the coast road past Juno and Gold beaches.

Time to head to Bayeux for tonight’s hotel.

 

Accommodation is in Novotel Bayeux on B&B basis.

Day five – 20th May

Drive to Arromanches. There are two attractions in Arromanches dedicated to the town's role in the Normandy landings:

  •  a museum with information about Operation Overlord and the Mulberry Harbour and a lot of WWII weaponry - you will see other related objects such as a tank elsewhere in the town.
  •  a 360° cinema with nine screens together showing the film «Le Prix de la Liberté». The film contains archive footage of the D-Day landings and immerses the visitor in a recreation of the experience.

             On the beach in front of you are remnants of the Mulberry Harbour.

Travel along towards Omaha beach but stop at Longues sur Mer to see the German Gun Battery. This is a must. 15 minutes drive.                 

This was a key element of the Atlantic Wall. The battery at Longues sur Mer included a range-finding post and four casemates, each housing a 150-mm gun.  

It was built on a clifftop overlooking the English Channel. In the heart of the Allied assault sector, it played a strategic role during the Normandy Landings on June 6th 1944. Despite numerous allied air raids in the night of 5th June 1944, the battery was still operational on the morning of 6th June. It was disabled later that day by bombardments from allied battle ships at sea. On 7th June, the battery surrendered to British soldiers from the Devonshire Regiment.

Continue on to the American war cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer ( 25 minutes drive)  if they wish en route to Omaha Beach. 10 minutes drive.

Omaha Beach... The largest of the D-Day assault areas, Omaha Beach stretched over 10  km (6 miles) between the fishing port of Port-en-Bessin on the east and the mouth of the Vire River on the west. Today, the beach is dotted with the remains of German bunkers. On the shore, the stainless-steel sculpture Les Braves commemorates American soldiers. Behind the beach is the Musée Mémorial d'Omaha Beach, also documenting the invasion. Nearby, the Overlord Museum displays WWII tanks, artillery and dioramas.

From Omaha Beach to Point du Hoc – this is where the US had to climb 100ft cliffs but the guns were already removed by the Germans with just telegraph poles in their place. 15 minutes drive. 

 

Overnight in Novotel Bayeux.

Day six – 21st May

Early start, lots to see!

First stop will be Angoville-au-Plain to see the church where the amazing heroic story of two US medics (Robert Wright & Kenneth Moore) can be learned in full. Essentially, they set up a first-aid post here during a 3-day battle, they treated Allied and German soldiers as well as locals saving 80  lives. Their only requirement was that weapons were left outside the church. In the small cemetery, look for a simple tombstone “R.E.W.”

Continue on to Utah Beach (40 minutes drive) and then into St Mere Eglise – 15-20 minutes drive - this is where the guy hung in his parachute from the church steeple. His name was John Steele.

John Steele was hit in the foot by a burst of flak. He could not control his parachute and landed finally on the steeple of the church around 1:00 a.m. John swung and tried to free himself from his parachute while on the square around the church, the battle raged.

He tried in vain to loosen his parachute. After more than two hours, two German soldiers freed him from this situation. John was taken prisoner and his leg taken care of. He escaped and three days later joined the Allied lines and was transferred to a hospital in England. The incident was documented in the film “The Longest Day”.

Plenty of time to visit the various museums in the area.

From there is it about 35 minutes to the ferry in Cherbourg.

17.00hrs          Check-in at Cherbourg Port

18.00hrs          Irish Ferries departs Cherbourg

          

Day seven – 22nd May

11.30hrs        Arrive Rosslare



Enquire Now

Web Prices

(per person)
Adult
€799.00
Child
€799.00

Extras

Travel Insurance

Adult
€0.00
Child
€0.00

Please Note:

What to Bring

Warm Weather Riding Gear

* Mesh Riding Jacket
* Neck Cooler/ Bandana
* Hydration Pack

Cold Weather Riding Gear

* Leather Jacket
* Wind Proof Jacket
* Wind Proof Pants

Wet Weather Riding Gear

* Waterproof Jacket
* Waterproof Pants

Protective Riding Gear

* Goggles
* Sun Glasses
* Riding Boots
* Riding Gloves

 

FAQ

How many people are in a group?

We allow a maximum of 15 bikes per group. At rare occasions there can be a few more bikes but if the number exceeds 15 we may add a second tour guide on a motorcycle to the group.

Will I receive some kind of information about my tour before I arrive?

A road book for each specific tour will be sent to you via email as a pdf file; the book contains all important and necessary information about your tour, route, general information, etc.

Will there be enough photo stops on a guided tour?

While one just likes to ride and is hardly to be kept off his bike another may want to stop every five minutes to get this very special photo shot. We try to find a good average of stops to accommodate everyone's needs.

Can I book additional nights before or after the tour through Celtic Horizon Tours?

Yes, we are happy to book additional accommodation before or after the tour for you. Please be aware that once an additional reservation has been made any changes or cancellation will result in a €50 handling fee per occurrence. Reservations for additional nights must be made at time of booking.

What is the weather going to be like?

If you've all been good the weather will be too...honestly, we can never be certain; this is one factor on our tours that we still haven't been able to influence. In general you can say that during mid summer months you have a 90% chance of staying dry and hot weather on any of our tours. It'll always be a little cool along the west coast and you can always expect some rain along Route 66. Please come prepared, bring your raingear and a variety of clothing to be armed for all weather conditions.

Do I have to wear a helmet?

For your own safety we require you to wear a helmet at all times when you ride a motorcycle.

Do all bikes have a windshield?

The only models that are equipped with a windshield are Electra GlideRoad GlideRoad King and Heritage SoftailGoldwing, and BMW. Especially during mid summer you will face very hot temperatures on your rides. A windshield will not only hold off dust and stones but also keep away direct hot air to your body