This eight day tour will provide both the riders and our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and servicewomen with a great insight into the history of D-Day.
The Normandy landings on June 6th 1944 (termed D-Day) were part of the allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German – occupied north – Western Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the allied victory on the Western Front.
This eight day tour will provide both the riders and our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and servicewomen with a great insight into the history of D-Day. We set up camp at an award winning 5* campsite on Utah Beach. High standard amenities including hot showers, swimming pools both indoor and out, bar, restaurant and mini market for your convince. Tents will be ready to use upon arrival and three meals a day are freshly prepared.
We will be visiting the beaches, museums and attractions to take you back in time to the events of the 6th June 1944.
We will meet all of you at the Brittany ferry terminal in Cherbourg where we will pick up the WIS on the first day.
From there you will be escorted down to Ravenoville to Le Cormoran a 5 star campsite adjacent to Utah beach, which will be your base for the week to unpack and relax by the pool.
We will visit the British War Cemetery in Bayeux this cemetery was completed in 1952 and contains 4,144 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
From there we will travel North to St Mere-Eglise one of the many picturesque towns in Normandy where the American paratroopers from the 505th were scattered around the town. John Steele unfortunately got tangled on the spire of the church and the story will be told on this day!
Traveling down the Normandy coast we will visit the town of Aromanches for the morning famous for the Mulbery Harbour. The Mulberry Harbour’s purpose was to ease and speed up the unloading process so that Allied troops were supplied as they advanced across France.
After breaking out from Normandy; the harbour was one of the greatest engineering feats of World War Two.
After lunch we will visit the 360 degree cinema which takes you back in time to June 1944 and puts you in the battle for Normandy, this is a must see attraction.
From there we will visit the gun battery at Long Sur-Mer the guns albeit a bit rusty! are housed in the many bunkers along the cliffs and considering bombs landed on these bunkers they are still very much intact.
Who hasn’t seen ‘Saving Private Ryan’ perhaps you should before today’s morning ride out.We will be visiting the opening scenes of this film when we visit the American Cemetery and Omaha beach. Steven Spielberg wanted to make it as realistic as possible the visit here will take your breath away.
From there we will ride to the Pont du Hoc, due to bad weather and navigation problems. The American Rangers had to climb the 100ft cliffs only to be confronted by an arsenal of German fortification. Bring your head torches to enter the bunkers, machine gun posts, barrack rooms, medical centre and much more.
This is the day we have a rest from D-Day tour but go for a long ride out to Cacale covering a distance in the region of 230 miles. Cancale is famous for its oysters for those who wish to partake.
For those that want to visit Mont St Michel then this is on route and we can escort you there meeting you on the way back before returning to camp.
This is the day that we will never forget in the early hours of this morning many ships set sail across the English Channel and history was written. To all those Commonwealth and American allies who fought so bravely. We thank you and to those that lost their lives may they rest in peace ‘Lest We Forget’.
It is important today that during the D-Day tour we visit the British sector. We traveling past Utah and Omaha beach down to the beaches of Gold, Juno and Sword. Where the British and Canadian forces landed.
We take the morning on D-Day visiting Pegasus Bridge and the memorial museum. Pegasus Bridge was vital to the Allied invasion and the need to secure the bridge to enable the assault to move forward through France.. Major ‘John’ Howard with the Horsa Gliders had the task of taking the bridge and we will be following the story of the landings with a museum tour.
We will also take refreshments in the famous Café Gondree which is still run by the daughter. The information supplied by the Gondree family to the British forces was vital to the success of this mission. In the afternoon we will be visiting the Merville museum another gun battery this time taken by the British forces.
Museum Day – We will be visiting the museum on Utah beach, the Tank museum and the Overlord Museum.
We will also visit the picturesque harbour of Grandcamp Maisy and the German cemetery at La Cambe.
Time to pack your bikes, but you still have the whole day to yourselves before meeting at the ferry port in Cherbourg at 1730hrs to return to the UK.
So whether it is a trip back down the coastline, a ride over to the west coast. A chance to re-visit your favourite attraction or museum, a day in Cherbourg to buy a souvenir for your partner, the day is yours to decide.
£895 for riders including camping and meals.
£895 for pillion including camping and meals.
£395 for a beneficiary including camping, meals and ferry.
Your D-Day Tour includes the following:
♦ 7 nights of 5* tented accommodation.
♦ All group breakfasts, lunch and evening meals.
♦ Our experienced tour guides will provide daily summaries and inform you of the history of route.
The D-Day Tour Prices are exclusive of (does not include) the following:
• Your cross channel ferry unless you area WIS Pillion.
• Airbeds, roll mats, camp cots, sleeping bags, pillows etc.
• Alcoholic beverages, meals other than those supplied.
• Trip Cancellation Insurance or Personal Travel Insurance.
• Personal D-Day Souvenirs.
• All Fuel and Oil for your Motorcycle.
• Shipping of any excess baggage, souvenirs, helmets, etc … To or from to your home.
• Any necessary riding gear and or personal effects.
• Transfers to the ferry port.
• Admission fees to all Museums and National Parks (on our scheduled route).
• Parking fees.
This was my first time with BTFTW and was a great experience, the team were very supportive and the oither veterans were great, the sites we saw were really interesting, great people, well worth it for Veterans like myself and owners to take us on their bikes.
I was introduced to Bike Tours for The Wounded (BT4TW) some 4 years ago, to which I was very apprehensive about as I did not like motorbikes. But I can honestly say that I love them now, this WWT that I have just completed is my 3rd tour with BT4TW.
Why a 3rd time some people may ask! it's because everytime you go on one of these tours there is something new to see & someone new to befriend. You meet new people all the time, to be put together with like minded individuals you become one again with yourself, we all fall into the same mentality and humour that we travelled through the forces with and that is something that is always with us.
I feel that the WIS / Veterans are treated with the utmost respect by the USA, something that we do not get in this country! more or less we are left to our own devices. But in the states we are all recognised and that is something pretty special.
The scenery whilst riding / pillion is awesome, you just don't know what is around the next corner. Riding through canyons, deserts, towns and villages it is a real eye opener something also that is a once in a lifetime experience.
I am also a pillion to the Normandy tour next year for the 75th anniversary which I am so excited to be a part of. We need many people to keep these tours operating which means that we need sponsors, fund raising events, collection buckets etc to keep the funds coming in for future veterans.
For the BT4TW team I thank you all for the great opportunities that you have given me, and to the tour pillion & riders thank you for making it another awesome experience. Hope to meet up again soon.