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WHAT OUR VISITORS SAY...
‘This was my third and most meaningful trip to Normandy. Seeing it by air really put things in perspective for me BEFORE THE GROUND TOUR. You are a great guide and delightful people to spend the day with.’ ......
Visitor from San Antonio, Texas.
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News for American living in London
Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the Mulberry Harbour are only 2 hours from London with our Normandy D Day Air/Land Tour
NORMANDY TOURS FOR AMERICANS LIVING IN LONDON
SPECIAL BIRTHDAYS, CELEBRATIONS, LEARNING FROM ANOTHER GENERATION -
OMAHA BEACH, THE PARACHUTE AND GLIDER LANDINGS, TRIUMPHS OVER DISASTER AND CHAOS
Four Americans and one Brit - braving a windy March morning at Biggin Hill for a ' birthday surprise ' clandestinely arranged by Sarah for husband, Mason whose brother flew in from Miami the previous afternoon specially for the trip. Bad weather made the decision exactly when to go one of the trickiest we can remember. Despite the gales, rather like General Eisenhower, Sarah kept cool, moreover unlike Ike, did not chain smoke nor read westerns.
Less than hour after take off - approaching the Orne River Bridge and the Pegasus Bridge.
Our day tour of the Normandy D Day Beaches from London makes a wonderful surprise birthday gift for someone special. Forming a group to book the tour allows you to share the cost among family and friends. From our previous careers we know how to keep secrets. Nowadays we arrange birthday cakes as well!
Americans living and working in London are only two hours from a flight along the legendary D Day beaches. Within thirty minutes of landing in France you are standing in the town square of Saint Mere Eglise. An hour later you are walking the sands of Utah Beach, soon afterwards Omaha Beach.
Americans working over here who take our tour remark how, often, they reflected that the D Day beaches are so close, and determined they would not miss this rare chance before returning home across the Atlantic.
There is no better place to understand the awesome risks taken and the heavy price paid for our modern liberal societies than on the bluffs above Omaha Beach.
We've also taken company management teams and their clients. Have a look at our management training and company reward page for ideas.
Eighty-five minutes after take off - Still scarred by gunfire from the USS Texas - Pointe du Hoc, Normandy
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OMAHA BEACH TOURS
On 6 June 2007 the new American Visitor Center opened alongside the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. The center lies about a quarter mile east from the viewpoint shown in the above photo taken beside the map table where most visitors - from Presidents to children - pause to look at the peaceful sands and reflect upon the price paid in young lives on 6 June 1944 for modern Europe's freedom.
Beautifully designed, the new visitor center fits snugly into the slope on the bluff leading down to the eastern curve along the seven thousand yard crescent beach. From the center a new path leads down to the sea shore. There is a security check to enter the visitor center. Our advice is to leave all keys and metal - if at all possible - in your car and then your ' checking ' will take only a few seconds.
The guiding theme links the massive strategic risk - democracy itself was at stake - with individual men and women, some wearing uniform, some civilians, who gave their utmost on D Day. There are three galleries, each with its own theme - courage, competence and sacrifice - brought alive by telling individual stories.
The next of kin help desk to find a loved one's grave has moved into the new center.
Wonderful visual displays combine documents, maps and movies. General Eisenhower on film recalling his own memories of the weeks leading to D Day and the crucial 48 hours around the invasion is a must.
All the superb media and inter actives for the center were made by Max Lewkowicz and Dog Green Productions - who produced the film ' Normandy Five ' - and now are working on a new film about the Rangers at Pointe du Hoc. This film is for a new visitor center on the Pointe du Hoc, at long last bringing an official museum to the headland.
is a historian specialising on World War Two and works on films for the History
Channel and many, many military museums around the world. You can find out more
about his productions at:
We are sometimes asked whether somewhat lurid stories published in recent books about that grim morning are true. May we suggest that the veterans of Omaha Beach are the only people alive who can answer with authority. The link below answers the most frequently asked question. Sometimes it can prove difficult to raise this page, which belongs to a site with a membership system and passwords - in which case, ask Google to find the link.
Now for something new and quite exceptional which you might wish to combine with a Normandy Air/Land Tour.
Mulberry tree beyond an oak tree both planted by Sir Winston Churchill
Founded in 1960 on Sir Winston wishes for a college promoting the sciences, Churchill College is home for the Churchill Archives and the Thatcher Archives. They are a goldmine for historians, authors and students. The archives are open by appointment to anyone and you will find much more information about the Churchill Archives via the college website - you'll find a link below. Obviously the more notice, the better, given that many people wish to study the Archives. Research visitors view the archives on micro-film and the vast majority of the collections are produced in their original format in the reading room. We can arrange a tour of the archives escorted by a member of the staff who will show you some of the original documents - we take great care because we are looking at papers such as the actual notes that Sir Winston used in the House of Commons for his famous speeches. If there is something you would particularly enjoy seeing, please let us know in advance, we can ask the staff. We make a small contribution towards the upkeep of the archives as our way of saying thank you for the personal tour.
We can only recommend this rewarding experience; indeed, would suggest that anyone taking our Normandy Air/Land Tour would find it well worth setting aside a further day for a visit to Churchill College Cambridge, Madingley American Cemetery and the superb collection of aircraft at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford a few miles south of Cambridge. If you would like to see the archives - Adrian Hill can make the appointment on your behalf with the senior staff - and your day includes a walk around Cambridge.
Please have a look Churchill College for more about the Churchill Archives. These consist of Sir Winston Churchill's papers plus much else including the papers of 570 other people thereby providing a window onto the vast canvass of the Churchill era. Their Finest Hour is a quotation from one of Sir Winston Churchill's greatest speeches. Have a look at the page which describes those desperate months throughout summer of 1940.
Baroness Margaret Thatcher was Britain's first and so far, only female Prime Minister. She is a staunch friend of the United States of America. The archives contain Baroness Thatcher's papers and many mementos of more than a decade as Prime Minister.
Among the archives is a speech that Adrian Hill wrote for Mrs Thatcher when as Prime Minister she addressed the Canadian Parliament in September 1983, the first British Prime Minister to speak before both Houses of the Parliament in Ottawa since Winston Churchill's famous ' some chicken; some neck ' address in December 1941.
RED CARPET TREATMENT FOR YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS
While our air/land tours are not unique - we've seen such claims - we've been operating for ten years and like to think our team are second to none.
Once you set foot on these islands, British Sky Tours take care of your family and friends with the same kind of comfort, safety and convenience that years ago everyone took for granted. Nowadays such pleasant touring is possible only through private travel.
We specialise in private air travel and tours designed for families, friends, staff, clients and academic institutions. We show you those places off the usual tourist trails, places we know from living in the countries over many years. You can book our services as a part of your holiday or just for a short trip. We can fly you wherever you wish in Europe, meet you in Normandy or Switzerland, whatever suits your plans.
Our USA agent is Barry Hyatt, whose company was established on Manhattan Island in 1932. Barry has many years experience in the travel business and we regard his representation of our tours as a great compliment.
Why not treat your family, your colleagues, your clients, indeed yourself.
Bill Pritchard and Dave Frost are former British Airways jumbo jet training captains,
both own pilot's log books showing five years in the sky at the controls of big airliners.
You can make enquiries and book all our tours - air, Chunnel/ferry and road - through ourselves in Sedlescombe, East Sussex, UK and through our agent, Barry Hyatt CTC of Air & Marine Travel in Brewster, New York, USA.
The more our visitors know before a tour, the more they get out of the tour. Those taking a tour - and indeed students - will find a great deal of background about the planning and execution of D Day on several briefing pages. We regularly add material. You can find this briefing via our Home and Contact pages.
FINDING YOUR WAY AROUND OUR WEBSITE
Tours with overnight stays are offered by Channel Tunnel, ferry and road.
How we operate is found at the Easy Sky Guide
For sample tour prices glance at the Easy Aircraft Guide
We always quote - please feel welcome to email for price quotes.
We're steadily adding history and opinion pages
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