Trips to Normandy for History Students
With its beautiful coastline and pretty seaside resorts, Normandy is a very popular destination for an educational study tour. From Mont St Michel to the D-Day landing beaches and the Peace Museum in Caen, there are plenty of excellent town and city excursions to fill your history trip itinerary.
Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.
|1||Executive coach transfer to accommodation||Audio tour of Bayeaux Tapestry||Local orientation. Evening meal|
|2||Caen Peace Museum||D-Day Landing Beaches including Omaha & Utah||Free time. Evening meal|
|3||Arromanches Invasion Museum, 360 Cinema in Arromanches & Mulberry Harbour||Executive coach transfer home|
|Morning||Executive coach transfer to accommodation|
|Afternoon||Audio tour of Bayeaux Tapestry|
|Evening||Local orientation. Evening meal|
|Morning||Caen Peace Museum|
|Afternoon||D-Day Landing Beaches including Omaha & Utah|
|Evening||Free time. Evening meal|
|Morning||Arromanches Invasion Museum, 360 Cinema in Arromanches & Mulberry Harbour|
|Afternoon||Executive coach transfer home|
Price Shown includes
- 2 nights’ full board accommodation
- Executive coach transport from & to college & throughout your stay
- Extensive group travel insurance
- 1 in 10 free place ratio
The visits shown in the sample itinerary above are not included in your quoted price unless indicated. If you would like to add any of these activities to your quote price, please get in touch.
Price shown is based on 30 paying passengers departing from a selected departure point on selected dates and is subject to availability.
Additional on-tour support available...
- Pre-booked meals at great group prices
- Pre-booked and pre-paid public transport tickets
- Services of a Local Guide
Top visits for college groups in Normandy
The scene of vicious fighting after the D-Day landings, Caen was largely destroyed. There is the opportunity to view the impressive castle ramparts as well as the beautifully restored centre.
Mémorial de Caen
A journey into the heart of 20th century history, passing through WWII, the Cold War and the world today. A school visit can include a 30-minute D-Day and the Battle of Normandy film. Activities based around several themes can be organised, subject to reservation.
Online teacher resources available.
Arromanches Invasion Museum
This museum contains a collection of models, photographs, dioramas, arms and equipment of the WW2 Allied forces.
Arromanches 360 Cinema
A new film entitled ‘Normandy’s 100 days’ projected on 9 screens, tells the story of the battle of Normandy with images gathered from around the world. After the film groups can enjoy the panoramic view of the artificial harbour set up by the Allies from the roof of the Arromanches 360 Cinema.
This great engineering feat built for D-Day sped up the unloading process so that allied troops were supplied as they advanced across France. The remains of this enormous structure can clearly be seen lying off the coast of Arromanches.
La Cambe German Cemetery
In the years following WWII, the German War Graves Commission decided to establish six main German cemeteries in the Normandy area. La Cambe, started in 1954 is the main German cemetery in the beach area. A total of 21,222 German soldiers are commemorated there.
Memorial ‘Pegasus’ Museum
The capture of this bridge over the Caen Canal was vital to the success of the British airborne assault on D-Day. The original bridge was replaced when the canal was widened but it may still be seen in the Airborne Museum nearby.
The village of Ranville was captured on the morning of D-Day and the cemetery there contains the graves of many of the men of the Airborne Division killed on that day and in the subsequent fighting, including some of the casualties from Pegasus Bridge.
D-Day Landing Beaches
Tours of several of the landing beaches, such as Omaha, Utah, Sword or Juno can be arranged. Possible stop-offs include the Canadian-focused Juno Visitor Centre.
Pointe du Hoc
The shattered remains of one of the most powerful German coastal batteries in the area stand amidst a sizeable area of preserved battlefield on top of the impressive cliffs, from which men of the American Rangers made their famous attack on D-Day.
The Utah Beach Landing Museum is set up at the site of the US landing on the 6th of June, 1944. Guided tours are offered to explain German defences and the different stages of the landing on Utah Beach.
- Wars & Welfare
- The Norman Conquest