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Normandy Beaches and Fitness led by James Aitchison

20th – 24th September 2021

5 days from £995pp

A unique opportunity to explore the largest naval, air and land operation in history, and join military-style fitness sessions on the beaches where Allied troops came ashore in Operation Neptune on D-Day.
  • Accompanied by experienced military history guide, James Aitchison
  • 4 nights in 3* hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Honour the fallen in a Private Service of Remembrance at Bayeux CWGC War Cemetery
  • Visit to the newly-opened British Memorial at Ver sur Mer
  • Explore Operation Neptune with visits to Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah beaches
  • Fitness Sessions on Sword, Gold and Utah beaches

Normandy Beaches and Fitness, led by James Aitchison

D-Day, 6 June 1944, has gone down in the archives of history as the greatest of all air and seaborne invasions. After four years of Nazi occupation, Operation Overlord launched the Allies’ offensive to liberate France on the fiercely defended beaches of Normandy – Sword, Gold, Juno, Omaha and Utah. An extraordinary event, it was undoubtedly pivotal as a turning point in the Second World War.

This special remembrance tour combines military-style fitness sessions with comprehensive sightseeing tours that give fascinating insight into how the day unfolded, the initial airborne and seaborne assaults, the successes and the losses. We’ll hear heroic stories and learn how, by the end of the day, the Allies had established a foothold on the French coastline. Visits to memorials and war cemeteries are a poignant reminder to the scale of human cost. You have the chance to pay your respects to those with a personal connection, and together we’ll honour all who made the ultimate sacrifice during a private Act of Remembrance.

Fitness Sessions with James Aitchison

The three Fitness Sessions on this tour are led by James, who is an experienced Fitness Instructor. Each session, which takes place outside in natural surroundings, is a military-style workout and starts with a 10-minute warm up. This is followed by 40 minutes of exercise including bodyweight exercises, partner exercises, games, relays, speed and strength training. At the end of the session James will lead you through a 10-minute cooldown and stretch. Exercises can be adapted so they are suitable for all levels of fitness and you will be encouraged to work out with others of a similar level. Those wishing to join the Fitness Sessions will be asked to complete a health form confirming their fitness prior to travel.

Your Accommodation

Hotel de la Marine, Arromanches les Bains

★★★
 
Overview

Situated on the seawall at Arromanches les Bains, and with sweeping views across the beach and sea, the Hotel La Marine has been handpicked for its perfect location! Built around 1837, this historic hotel was occupied during World War Two. Today, it is a charming, family-run hotel with just 33 comfortable guestrooms all served by a lift. Safe deposit facilities, iron & ironing board and daily newspapers are available from the English-speaking reception.

Hotel Facilities & Amenities
Guests can choose between breakfast in their room, or a delicious buffet of local food served in the hotel’s restaurant. Decorated with warm, relaxing colours and offering stunning views over the sea, the restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner. It extends outdoors onto a terrace where guests can enjoy a relaxing drink, or one of the fine wines specially chosen for the hotel’s wine cellar.
Room Facilities & Amenities
All of the guest rooms at Hotel de la Marine are unique and each has its own individual charm. Simply, yet tastefully furnished, they have comfortable beds with quality bedding. Twin occupancy rooms have either a double or twin beds, and sole occupancy rooms have a single bed.

All rooms are equipped with the following:

  • Full bathroom with toiletries and hair dryer
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Complimentary WiFi