NORMANDY D-DAY VETERAN TOUR
Solo Rider (Shared accommodation) £795
Rider carrying pillion (Shared accommodation) £795
Support Vehicle Driver (Shared accommodation) £695
Pillion (Shared accommodation) £795
Beneficiary Pillion (Shared accommodation) £395
Beneficiary Rider (Shared accommodation) £795
Support Vehicle Passenger (Shared accommodation) £695
This eight day tour will provide both the riders and our wounded, injured and sick servicemen and servicewomen with a real incite into what went on prior to, during and immediately after the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944. We have a fantastic relationship with the owners of the 5* campsite that we have used for the last 5 years which is located on Utah beach. Our advanced party will have the everything in place for you prior to your arrival including our tented accommodation and the dining area and field kitchen that will keep you well fed for the duration on this challenge. Each day you will be led out from the campsite to an array of places of interest (see itinerary for full details).
*Pillion place is subsidised by BT4TW for veteran beneficiaries reducing the cost to just £395 for them.
Tour Itinerary (Click on the blue box for details of each days ride)
Poole to Cherbourg
To kick off this eight-day adventure you will be welcomed by our team at the Brittany ferry terminal in Cherbourg, where the group will travel together to Normandy.
From there you will be escorted down to a small coastal village called Ravenoville. Situated directly adjacent to Utah beach is the 5-star campsite that you will call home for the week. Day 1 is your time to unpack, familiarise yourself with the amenities and even (weather-depending) relax by the pool before the evening team briefin.
After breakfast and the morning briefing, our first visit takes us to 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. It was here that American paratroopers from the 505th were scattered around the town and where the story of John Steele, who unfortunately got tangled on the spire of the church, is retold year upon year.
As we wander along the Normandy coast we will call upon the town of Arromanches, famous for one of the greatest engineering feats of World War Two: the Mulberry Harbour.
After lunch we will head up to the 360 degree cinema that overlooks the town, a must-see attraction that transports you back in time to June 1944.
From there we move on to the gun battery at Longues-Sur-Mer, where original guns housed in the many bunkers along the cliffs remain intact.
If you haven't already seen Saving Private Ryan, perhaps you should before today’s morning ride out. We will be retracing the steps of the opening scenes of this film upon our visit to the American Cemetery and Omaha beach.
From there we will ride to the Pointe du Hoc where. 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.
For those wanting to visit Mont St Michel, Day 5 is your chance as it is en route. We can escort you there and meet you again on the way back before returning to camp.
D-Day itself is spent visiting Pegasus Bridge and the memorial museum. Pegasus Bridge was vital to the Allied invasion, allowing the 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. 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 that was this time taken by the British forces.
Museum Day – it is well acknowledged that Normandy boasts one of the most impressive, moving arrays of museums in the world. We will therefore 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.
Cherbourg to Poole
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 or a day in Cherbourg to buy a souvenir for your partner, the day is yours to decide.
Your Tour includes the following:
Daily guided ride outs to all the major D-Day attractions.
7 nights of 5* tented accommodation.
All group breakfasts, packed lunch and evening meals.
Our experienced tour guides will provide daily summaries and inform you of the history of route.
Return Ferry crossing for Beneficiaries only
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.
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).
Shipping of any excess baggage, souvenirs, helmets, etc … To or from to your home.
Comprehensive first aid and tool kits
BC Motorcycle Tours bike stickers
This was my first time with BC Motorcycle Tours and was a great experience, the team were very supportive and the either 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.
What our participants think:
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.
For a long time ive wanted to do somthing for our ex servicemen. I found that Bike Tours for the Wounded along side BC motorcycle tours was perfect. Not only did i vet to see how my money was used to help but i was able to meet and become friends with the people i was supporting.
I can honestly say there was no better feeling. The tour it self was somthing special. The history and knolege of the guids was fantastic. The camping was second to none and food was plentiful and fresh.
I enjoyed it so much ive already booked an American tour later this year. The office staff were so helpful and polite and suportive through out the whole experiance.
I cant wait for my next trip! Thanks guys and please keep up the amazing work with our ex servicemen.