We will be travelling on the Crown Princess, British Isles Cruise stopping in le Harve, France. I am looking for any excursion options to visit the Canadian Highlights and burial sites. Princess just offers the US perspective. Looking for alternative tour companies. Any suggestions please.
Normandy tour of Canadian Contribution to D-Day
I really enjoyed my full day on the D-Day Normandy beaches. You want to visit "Juno" for sure, that was Canada. "Sword" and "Gold" were Britt and "Utah" and "Omaha" were US. Trouble is, the entire stretch is so long having one day is almost impossible to do it all.
I ran into the about the same problem with HAL that you have. We ported in Cherbourg, but the only beach offered for a HAL shore excursion was Utah since it was so close to Cherbourg. I didn't want to see Utah because it was a cake walk compared to Omaha. There were independents offering tours of Omaha as well as Mulberry B museum (the piers and staging area between Omaha and Gold is Mulberry B, Mulberry A didn't make it due to a storm back then). But my wife didn't want to go and they would only take couples. But at the last minute HAL came through for us and put on a real good all day tour that did Omaha, Mulberry B and Utah. One of the best shore excursions I have ever taken.
We just visited the US sites which was fine with us.
I used a tour group called overlord if memory serves me correctly you can check their website and see if they offer a Canadian tour.
We had an overnight in Le Havre and rented a car. On the first day we were able to visit the Canadian and British landing sites, as well as Mulberry Harbour. I wouldn't recommend this on a single day visit, but since we could stay out late it worked well. We did a lot of reading before deciding where we wanted to go. It was very moving and more meaningful to us than the American themed tours offered by the ship.
Friends used Overlord Tours and were very satisfied. They offered Canadian/British tours as well as American, but we thought they were rather expensive.
Thank you, might do the car rental. Most, including Overlord, are very expensive unless you can fill the tour. Thanks again.