Preceded by air attacks along the French coast and paratroops landing behind enemy lines, the 6th June, 1944 or D-Day marked the start of the Allied Forces invasion of mainland Europe and its liberation from the Nazis.
Visiting the Normandy Landing beaches will enable your students to gain a greater insight into the monumental events that took place, bringing history to life. Our dedicated and specially trained animateurs will lead your tour, ensuring you get the most out of each visit, both from a historical and linguistic perspective. Each visit and experience is seen as an opportunity to speak and understand French language, as well as seeing at first-hand some of the most momentous arenas of the Second World War.
Our staff will also provide a full evening programme and help each pupil to complete their own special workbook. We have programmes that are especially designed for Primary, Middle, Secondary and Sixth Forms, and for every level of French including complete beginner.
Our French native staff team of professional animateurs will accompany you during the whole of your stay. They will be guiding your visits and speaking in French with your group, in the evenings and at mealtimes. Not only will they ensure your group are speaking French at every opportunity, they will make it fun and their local knowledge will guarantee you get the most out of every visit.
We have many tried and tested evening entertainment options, including giving your students the opportunity to meet and mix with local French students, promoting better mutual understanding within a fun environment. As ever, we encourage students to speak and listen to French at every opportunity, but our animateurs will always be on hand to offer support.
Normandy Landing Beaches
Follow the execution of Operation Overlord by following the ‘Circuit du Debarquement’ along Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah landing beaches.
See the remains of the mile long Mulberry Harbour which played a critical role in the landings, plus informative museum and 360° cinema showing film of the events. www.arromanches360.com
Battle of Normandy Museum, Bayeux
Superb museum, exhibits, documents and photographs from the landings and battles.
Where Allied paratroopers landed early on D-Day to secure the strategically important bridges crossing the River Orne and Caen Canal. www.normandy1944.com
Pointe du Hoc
One of the best preserved battlefield sites, including gun positions and bunkers.
Famous tapestry telling the story of William and Harold, plus cathedral and markets on Wednesday and Saturday.