VAL DE SAIRE (full day)

full day 9 hours

Description

Departure is from your port of call with your driver and your requested language speaking guide to Omaha Beach  by freeway.
A 9 hours full day tour dedicated to Scenery, Wild sites and Shore Architecture conducted by a German speaking guide.

Barfleur

Barfleur was the Principal harbor of the old Anglo-Norman Kingdom and William the Conquerors boat sailed from here on his invasion of England in 1066.
Consecrated by medieval cultural tourism, this is also the place where the famous historic departure point of the "Chemins de Saint-Michel" "Road of St Michael" and the Roads of the Plantagenet dynasty from the Kingdom of Anjou started, who for more than three centuries ruled over the Kingdom of White Albion.

La Pernelle

This tiny village offers an amazing panoramic view on the Cotentin landscape.
Also a grotto dedicated to "Notre Dame de Lourdes" was erected in 1929.

St Vaast la Hougue

The name of St Vaast la Hougue goes back to the Battle of la Hougue in 1692 opposing Lord Anne Hilarion de Tourville to an English-Dutch coalition commanded by Admiral Russel, this port also been one of the departure point to the Conquest of England by William’s troops.

Tatihou Island

Tatihou Island is a very interesting site fortified by Vauban with museum exhibits.

Valognes

Valognes, steeped in 2000 years of history and with a prestigious architectural heritage to show for it, is a "Ville d'Art and d'Histoire". Badly damaged in the fighting in 1944, the town however still boasts fine examples of 18th century town houses earning it the name of the Versailles of Normandy. This charming little town is the ideal starting point for exploring the Cotentin.

Cherbourg

From the Galo-Roman period, Coriallo was mentioned in the schedule of Peutinger, the actual road map of the Roman legions. From a fishing village it gradually became a small town under the impetus of William le Conqueror. In 1786, Louis XVI visited the construction work of the harbor sea wall. Napoleon III came on a visit on the first train in 1858 .The Arsenal grew, and from the end of the 19th century French submarines were built there. The Transatlantic Terminal and Art Deco masterpiece, was inaugurated in 1933.In 1944, Cherbourg became the most important port in the world, when the allied war material was landed on its quaysides. In 2002, The Cite de La Mer opened within the old Transatlantic Terminal giving a new boost to local tourism. Since then the town has launched a program of urban renewal and development of its quaysides, which will transform its image.

Gatteville

When you leave Gatteville village you arrive at the lighthouse by a winding and narrow road that runs along the coast. It will take you to the jetty.
The granite tower raises in the sky endlessly, a metallic lantern at its top.  It is Europe’s second highest lighthouse with its 75 meters (around 240 feet), 365 steps and 52 windows. It is one of the most visited sites for Normandy’s after the "Mont St Michel". From the top of the lighthouse you can see very far. You can see the land and the sea for 40 km around, and the large ships on the horizon. It has inspired some famous painters such as Signac, and filmmakers such as Beinex.

Tocqueville

A small Norman village, where Alexis was born and buried. Only aged 26 when he came to America in 1831, Alexis Charles-Henri de Tocqueville traveled extensively, recording his observations of life in the young nation. Though he only spent nine months in the United States, he gleaned an insightful view of American society. His observations, readings and discussions with eminent Americans formed the basis of Democracy in America, a detailed study of American society and politics published in two volumes, in 1835 and 1840.