Eighty years ago to the day plans were being made for one of the most audacious invasions in human history. The allies second attempt to take the battle for Europe back to European soil was to become D-Day. Operation Neptune was the name of the beach landings and we are going to visit the scene of so much bravery and so much loss in our D Day Beaches motorcycle tour.
Your tour will cross the channel on the ferry from Poole to Cherbourg in considerably more comfort than the brave soldiers of seven decades ago. Your guide will be Eugenie Brooks, a retired Metropolitan Police Royalty Protection Department firearms supervisor. Eugenie who is an active member of the International Guild of Battlefield Guides and is a volunteer speaker and guide for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, will take you on a four day tour of the critical and now iconic locations that mark this most important action of World War II.
You will visit Sword and Gold Beaches where the British forces came ashore as well as Juno and Omaha, scene of the heaviest casualties with its high cliffs. You will also visit Pegasus bridge captured by British glider forces in the early hours of D-Day to prevent its destruction by German forces and scene of the first British casualty of the invasion. Old fortifications, bunkers and museums will all be on the ride as Nigel takes you around Normandy imparting his knowledge and giving you an insight into this seminal battle.
While the focus is historical the tour will also be an enjoyable and relaxed ride, with low daily mileages there will be plenty of opportunities to unwind and enjoy the culture and cuisine of France. You will be based in Bayeux in a lovely thee star hotel for the three nights in France. Due to the nature of the tour there is an element of group riding from one venue to the next. Nigel will endeavour to tailor the routes and sites to any particular interests of the group.
Motorrad Tours welcome all makes and models of bike on tour. We also have a range of BMW bikes that you can hire. All our hire bikes for Classic and European Explorer Tours are current model BMW’s complete with ABS, Heated Grips, Panniers, Top Box, Tank Bag, Inner bags for all boxes and a pre programmed BMW Navigator GPS included.
|Price option||Solo Shared Single Room||Solo Single Room||*Rider and passenger|
|Riding Your Own Motorcycle||1295||1595||1795|
|Including an F800GS, F900GS or F900XR Hire Bike||1715||2015||2215|
|Including an R1300GS, R1250RS or R1250RT Hire Bike||1795||2095||2295|
|Including an S1000XR Hire Bike||1815||2115||2315|
|Including an R1250GS Adventure Hire Bike||1855||2155||2355|
|Including a K1600 Grand America Hire Bike||1875||2175||2375|
HIRE BIKES: If you are booking with a hire bike we will hand your bike over on the afternoon prior to the first tour day. This will give you a chance to get familiar with the bike, make any adjustments, arrange your packing and not waste any time on the first day riding.
Day 1 Meet at Poole for the ferry to Cherbourg which means we can get right into visiting the sites as we ride to Bayeux where we will be based for three nights
Day 2 Our program visits to sites along the coast including Sword and Gold the British beaches as well as the Pegasus bridge
Day 3 Another day spent visiting beaches and memorials as well as lesser known but important locations
Day 4 More sites, including Sainte-Mere-Eglise,to visit as we head along the coast towards Cherbourg for our ferry home
- Sword and Gold Beaches – British Beaches on D-Day
- Juno and Omaha Beaches – US and Canadian Beaches on D-Day
- Visit to Pegasus Bridge
- Visit the Merville Battery captured by British paratroopers
- Visit Sainte-Mere-Elgise where US paratrooper John Steele was snagged on the church tower
- Pre tour pack including tour information, Michelin maps, route notes and GPS routes in Garmin/BMW format
- Electronic copy of the World of BMW Touring Essentials Book
- All accommodation as listed in the itinerary a 3-star hotel
- All breakfasts
- Welcome and farewell dinners (excludes beverages)
- Motorrad Tours Tour Leader throughout the Tour
- Ferry – UK – France – UK
- Commemorative Polo Shirt for all riders and passengers
- Expert advice and support throughout
- The protection of booking with a fully bonded tour operator
- Dinners other than those listed
- Travel Insurance
- Anything not listed as included