While spending the day in Cherbourg, France, with senior travel groups, soak up the history of the D-Day landing beaches.
Allied troops took control of Cherbourg on June 27, sealing the fate of German occupation in Europe.
Make a Stop in Arromanches
Just a short distance from Cherbourg is the D-Day Museum in Arromanches. Here, guests will experience the history of the June 6, 1944 landing at the beach. On D-Day 70 years ago, American, British and Canadian troops invaded Normandy to bring an end to World War II.
The museum overlooks one of the Mulberry Harbors just yards from the shore, and provides galleries of different WWII remnants, a film with archive footage and a diorama of the event. While navigating along the shore, guests can also visit Omaha and Gold beaches, where the U.S. forces landed. There's also the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial that serves as the final resting place for more than 9,000 U.S. servicemen.
Visit the Liberation Museum
Known as the "Gateway to France," Cherbourg is home of the Liberation Museum. Guests and visitors can explore the museum on top of Mont Roule, an important location seized by Allied troops.
The fortress of Cherbourg was a principal port in Europe and played a major role in supplying the Allied troops during their attack. On the walk up to the museum, visitors take a winding path leading through the shadow of the occupation up to the lights of the landings.
Affordable travel packages can help travelers take these delightful strolls along the beaches in Cherbourg and the coast to experience history first-hand. No one will ever be mad to have stopped here, so all visitors coming to France should be sure to include Cherbourg in their travel plans.