About this tour

Dates: 24-29 August 2020

Twenty years after the end of WW1, Europe was at war again.

Hitler’s early victories had led to the building of the Atlantic Wall to protect ‘Fortress Europe’. However, it would not be enough. On 6 June 1944, the forces of the British Empire and USA breached the Wall on the beaches of Normandy - ‘Operation Overlord’ had been launched and the liberation of Europe from the dark rule of the Third Reich had begun.

Join our expert battlefield guides as they take you back in time to honour those whose determination was to lead ultimately to the defeat of Nazism and the overthrow of the Third Reich

• Visit Pegasus Bridge and St Mere Eglise, where the first airborne troops landed in the early hours of D Day
• Stand with respect at the grave of the first man to die in the battle
• Trace the footsteps of those who landed at Juno and Gold beaches
• Scale the cliffs above Bloody Omaha
• Lay a wreath to the fallen in Bayeux

The Longest Day – when the course of World War II was finally changed.  

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Itinerary, Rates and Schedule

24-29 August 2020

Mon 24 Aug: Departure

  • Assemble at 10.00 am on Waterloo Place, Edinburgh
  • Leave 10.30 am
  • Lunch en route*
  • Overnight journey from Hull to Zeebrugge. Ensuite cabins provided.
  • Dinner and breakfast on board*

Tues 25 Aug

  • Arrive Zeebrugge and depart for Bayeaux
  • Visit Dunkirk Beaches
  • Arrive at hotel at 7pm
  • Dinner (All dinners and breakfasts at the hotel are price inc)

Wed 26 Aug

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Depart hotel to visit Pegasus Bridge, Merville Battery
  • Lunch in Ouistreham*
  • Visit to British and Canadian sector. 
  • Sword/Juno/Gold Beaches, Arromanches and Mulberry Harbours
  • Dinner 

Thurs 27 Aug

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Visit American Sector.
  • German cemetery at La Cambe, St Mere Eglise.
  • Lunch in St Mere Eglise*
  • Pointe Du Hoc, Colleville- St Laurent/Omaha Beach
  • Dinner 

Fri 28 Aug

  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Depart hotel for Zeebrugge
  • Visit to Ranville Cemetery
  • Arrive Zeebrugge. Overnight journey to Hull. Ensuite cabins provided.
  • Dinner on board *

Sat 29 Aug

  • Breakfast*
  • Arrive Hull
  • Arrive Edinburgh
* denotes meals not included in package



  • A trained, experienced Mercat Tours International guide
  • All transport to and from departure point
  • All accommodation 
  • Dinner, breakfast and packed lunch options
  • Free entry to all museums and sites on the itinerary

Tour Rates

£790 pp + £200 single room supplement

If you would like to find out more about our upcoming World War II Experience, get in touch.

What our customers think

"A very interesting and moving experience leaving us all with much to think about and remember."

The variety of the visits and the personal stories made it even more memorable. the supporting materials of appropriate videos, songs and information booklets made us realise that much thought and preparation and enthusiasm had gone into the planning and execution of our Battlefields experience. Thank you very much.

Mrs Shiela Allan, The WWI Battlefield Experience,

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