Falaise Pocket Battlefield
& the Corridor of Death
1 Day for Camembert & Honfleur
4 Full Days
Including return ferry crossing Portsmouth - (Caen) Ouistreham,
Le Havre - Portsmouth
with; Pick-ups (Caen) Ouistreham &
Drop-offs at Le Havre ferry port.
Staying in the quiet depths of the Normandy Countryside, you will be barely 2 miles from where one of the most important battles in the European campaign took took place. Through Operation 'Cobra' General Patton made the breakout and started a speedy push eastwards. The Germans were becoming surrounded and found themselves in a 'pocket' with the Allies on virtually all sides
In 4 Days, in an area roughly 7km by 11km, 10,000 German soldiers perished. This was the final Battle of Normandy - the Battle of the Falaise Pocket/Gap, sometimes refered to as Stalingrad in Normandy.
Stand on Hill 262; the 'Gap' through which the 7th Army would attempt escape, except the Poles were already there looking down on both the escaping soldiers and the narrow tract of land that was to earn the name 'The Corridor of Death'.
This was a Battle that, logically, should never have taken place in this region.
Come and learn why it took place. And, how the geography helped dictate the destruction of the German 7th Army.
French Tours with a difference:- Escorted Tours through historic rural Normandy.
Normandy Battlefield Tour, Normandy Beach Tour, Normandy Tour, Omaha Beach Tour, Garden Tour, History Tour, Chateaux Tour: Richard-the-Lionheart Tour, William the Conqueror Tour.
All rolled into one.
Travel in a group of no more than six persons.
Stay in comfortable country accommodation in a peaceful setting.
Stay in the same accommodation 5 nights. No packing and unpacking each day.
Have a chauffeur/guide at all times to help you enjoy the Normandy Experience.
Have relaxing picnics overlooking the River Seine and, the D-Day Landing Beaches.
Look down, with amazement, on the concrete caissons floated across the channel soon after D-Day to form the harbour walls for the Mulberry Harbour off Arromanches.
Stand on Omaha Beach, dip your toes in the sea and discuss the problems faced by the invading troops.
See, and sit on top, one of only two 'Tiger' Tanks in France.
Gaze at, and cross, the killing-field that was the Falaise Pocket - the Canadian and the Polish Battlefields.
Travel the road where Field Marshal Rommel was wounded when his staff car was strafed by a lone Spitfire.
Enjoy the delights of walking through Monet's Garden and, the tranquility of his lily pond.
See his house and where he worked. Learn of his love for Japanese prints.
Wonder at the sheer magic of the Bayeux Tapestry, made to depict the successful invasion of England nearly 1000 years ago!
Tour through the beautiful countryside and see some of the prettiest Chateaux in Normandy.
Visit picturesque Honfleur. Have lunch on the quayside. Peruse the multitude of art shops and galleries. See one of the oldest and most magnificent wooden churches in France. Built in 1461 to celebrate the English leaving!
And, enjoy some very nice food.
We do our utmost to adjust the Itinerary to suit your special interests and needs
Truly, a vacation with only you in mind.
This is a tour designed to go at your pace.
Why Tour with us?
Because we are the best at what we do.
We do not ram the war down your throat.
We know that there are two of you. And, that the girls are not wildly excited by 'Boys Toys'.
We therefore try to make it interesting for everyone
And, we appear to succeed.
UK Office at:- "Manley House", Thorne,
Yeovil, BA21 3PZ, UK
Tel: 00 44 - (0)19 35 59 36 76
Normandy Office at: 61310 Survie, France
Tel: 0033 - (0)2 33 35 31 98
6 Days, 5 Nights.
Day 1 - Sunday
Pick-up Lisieux railway station (16.20hrs).
Pick-up Ouistreham continental Ferry Port approx. 15.00hrs (Leaving Portsmouth 08.15hrs).
Leisurely drive through the rich Normandy countryside to our charming country accommodation.
Day 2 - Monday
Pegasus Bridge taken by British airborne commandos at 15 minutes past mid-night on the morning of D-Day.
Lunch - (French style in local restaurant)
Chateau de Crevcoeur-en-Auge
Chateau de St.Germain-de-Livet
Day 3 - Tuesday (the Longest Day)
Bayeux - Tapestry, Cathedral.
Omaha Beach & Museum Click for short Filmbr>
Picnic lunch with Pointe du Hoc in the distance
Pointe du Hoc (Colonel Rudder's Rangers)
American War Cemetery.
Longues -sur-Mer, Gun emplacements
Arromanches - Remains of Mulberry Harbours, part of D-Day Beaches.
Dinner 'French style' in local Bistro / restaurant before returning home
Day 4 - Wednesday
Giverny - Monet's Gardens and House.
American Museum of Impressionist Painters.
Lunch with a most wonderful view.
Les Andelys - Chateau Gaillard (Richard the Lionheart's Castle).
Dinner 'French style' in local Brasserie / restaurant
Day 5 - Thursday
Falaise, (William the Conqueror's birthplace.)
William the Conqueror's Castle.
St Lambert-sur-Dives and the 'Corridor of Death'
Picnic lunch with a fabulous view
Mont Ormel - the Polish Battlefield (Battle of the Falaise Gap) and museum.
Day 6 - Friday
Drive up to Honfleur for Lunch on the picturesque quayside and some select souvenir shopping
1600hrs Le Havre railway station or Ferry Port for the Portsmouth ferry
1700hrs Lisieux. Drop-off for the 17.34hrs Paris train.