D-Day Beach Normandy
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Full Day D-Day Beaches of Normandy Tour from Paris with Authentic Lunch

Unique Experience
4.90
Out of 211 Reviews
  • Duration
    14 h.
  • Start time
    Morning
  • Meeting Point
    Palais de Chaillot (Details at Booking)
  • Operating Days
    Wed, Fri
  • Language
    English
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.

We had a great tour and I would highly recommend it as a way to maximize a single day in Normandy.

Robert

Tour Highlights

  • Admission to the Utah Beach Museum and visits to Pointe du Hoc and the Normandy American Cemetery and Visitor Center overlooking Omaha Beach.
  • Traditional cider-tasting at a local farm and two-course lunch in a restaurant
  • Round-trip transportation from central Paris
  • An expert guide who will give you a greater understanding of this extraordinary time in history
  • Groups of no more than 23 people
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.

Description

During heavy air and naval bombing, Allied boats approached Normandy on June 6, 1944. In the early light of dawn, soldiers struggled to reach the beaches. On Utah Beach, they quickly defeated 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 loss of life. Nevertheless, at the day’s end, 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 an Allied victory.

Your tour begins in central Paris, where, together with your expert, English-speaking guide, you’ll board an air-conditioned bus. As you travel to Normandy, your guide will teach you about the region, pointing out sights along the way. Your guide 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, we’re sure you’ll have questions for your guide, and they will be glad to answer them.

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 personal, human side of war. You’ll want to spend time contemplating the beach, its natural beauty a sharp contrast to the dramatic events that occurred there.

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 appreciation for the obstacles the soldiers of D-Day had to overcome.

One of our most emotional stops, if not the most emotional, is the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer with 10,000 white crosses, the name of a fallen soldier on each. This huge cemetery makes clear the enormity of the losses of D-Day. You’ll have time to look for a familiar name or to enter the Visitor Center for an overview of the Omaha Beach Landings, probably the most challenging D-Day battle.

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 new memories of the history and beauty of Normandy – 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

What's not included

  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pick-up/drop-off
  • Extra beverages at lunch (a glass of cider is served with lunch)

Meeting Point

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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Daniel was a delight!...

Daniel was a delight! Full of information that made all the sites come together. The cider tasting was the cherry on top! Thanks!

Laura Moore and Zach were...

Laura Moore and Zach were the actual guides on this tour. Both were very nice. Laura seemed to be senior member of the two because she imparted more information throughout the tour. My wife and I enjoyed the tour. It was a long day. We appreciated the timing of the stops and the location of the visit sites and that we actually went down to Omaha Beach besides Utah Beach. By the way, the lunch stop restaurant was ideal and the food was very good too!

Raphael has a gift for...

Raphael has a gift for sharing his extensive knowledge of history and making it entertaining at the same time. This was a well-paced, informative tour that my wife and I enjoyed thoroughly. The weather was unsettled with periods of rain and hail, but with each stop the clouds parted and gave us generous amounts of sunshine. Just a wonderful tour. Merci!

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