Day Trip: D-Day Beaches of Normandy Tour with Authentic Lunch

Day Trip: D-Day Beaches of Normandy Tour with Authentic Lunch

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Tour Highlights

  • Go to the Utah Beach Museum, housed within an original German bunker
  • Take in D-Day's impact with a visit to Colleville-sur-Mer military cemetery
  • Explore the Omaha Beach visitor center
  • Experience traditional cider-tasting at a local farm and two-course lunch in a restaurant
  • An expert guide who will give you a greater understanding of this extraordinary time in history
  • Round-trip transportation from central Paris

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This unique day tour explores stories of bravery and heroism at the most important sites of the D-Day landings: Utah Beach, the American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. With round-trip transportation from Paris and an authentic local lunch.
Normandy American Cemetery

Four Important Sites

Especially designed for U.S. visitors, this emotional and educational tour visits the four most important sites of the D-Day landings: Utah Beach, the American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc, and Omaha Beach (seen from the cemetery)

Brave Soldiers Sculpture

Stories of Bravery

An expert, English-speaking guide will recount stories of the extraordinary determination and bravery of the soldiers while you marvel at the challenging terrain they faced under fire.

Authentic Apple Cider Tasting

A Taste of Normandy

You’ll relax and enjoy a taste of Normandy with an authentic apple cider and Calvados tasting at a farm and a traditional lunch at a local restaurant in a charming little port.

Tour Description

Normandy's Historical Significance

During heavy air and naval bombing, Allied boats arrived at Normandy on June 6, 1944. In the early light of dawn, the soldiers struggled to reach the beaches. On Utah Beach, they quickly defeated the German forces and joined up with their air support once inland. But, on Omaha Beach, they faced heavy enemy fire in terrain that left them vulnerable; vertical cliffs were another obstacle that led to the loss of life. Despite this, the Allies had control of Omaha Beach, and within a week of D-Day, more soldiers were able to land on Normandy’s beaches and ensure victory.

Journey to Normandy

Your tour begins in central Paris, where you’ll board an air-conditioned bus with your expert guide. As you travel to Normandy, your guide will teach you about the region, pointing out sights along the way. They will share stories about World War II, describing the meticulous planning that led up to D-Day and the largest amphibious attack in history. They will also explain how and why some of these carefully crafted plans came undone. Whether you’re a history buff or not, you're bound to have questions and curiosities, which your guide will happily answer.

Utah Beach Landing Museum

Your first stop is Utah Beach with its extraordinary museum, housed in an old German bunker directly on the landing beach. There are other D-Day museums, but this one has the best exhibition on Operation Overlord, including personal stories, as well as an original B-26 airplane, one of only six in the world and the only one in France. You’ll see actual soldiers’ letters and personal artifacts that reveal the human side of war. The natural beauty of the beach you stand on is a sharp contrast to the events that occurred there.

Sample the Local Culture

You’ll then take some time out to relax and experience the culture and traditions of Normandy. You’ll tour a 17th-century barn and sample regional apple cider and Calvados, a type of apple brandy. Allied soldiers found shelter in farms much like this one. Then, we’ll go to a quiet port for a two-course lunch in a local restaurant.

Ponte du Hoc offers incredible views over the English Channel. At the same time, you’ll still see trace bomb craters as well as seemingly insurmountable cliffs, which will give you a new understanding of the many obstacles that the soldiers of D-Day had to overcome.

Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial

One of our most emotional stops, if not the most emotional, is the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. With 10,000 white crosses throughout, the name of a fallen soldier is engraved on each. This huge cemetery will make you aware of the colossal death count of D-Day. You’ll have time to look around the cemetery or enter the Visitor Center for an overview of the Omaha Beach Landings, one of the most challenging D-Day battles.

Our D-Day Normandy tours from Paris will re-create memories of tremendous courage and sacrifice. At the end of the day, you will have a new appreciation of the history and beauty of Normandy – and memories that you won’t forget.

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What's Included

  • Expert, English-speaking tour guide
  • Small groups of 25 people or fewer
  • Entrance ticket and reservation fee for all sites visited
  • Headsets when appropriate, so you can always hear your guide
  • All transfers in an air-conditioned coach
  • Lunch, including one glass of cider

Sites Visited

  • Utah Beach Museum 
  • Cider farm
  • Omaha Beach Visitor Centre
  • Utah Beach
  • Pointe du Hoc
  • US Military cemetery

FAQs

  • Can I meet the group directly at Normandy?

    This tour includes round trip transport from and back to Paris, as it is designed for visitors staying in the city, therefore it is not possible to meet up directly in Normandy.

  • Does the tour include food?

    Yes. This tour includes a two-course meal at a beautiful local restaurant overlooking the port of Grand camp Maisy.

  • Are there vegetarian options?

    Yes, we can provide a vegetarian option. If you have a special requirement regarding food, please inform us upon reservation or email us at your earliest convenience.

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