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

Created in recognition of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, this unique one-day tour includes stories of extraordinary bravery and heroism at the most important sites of the dramatic landings: Utah Beach, the American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc, and Omaha Beach. With round trip transportation from Paris and a lunch of authentic local fare, it’s easy to enjoy.

Duration

Duration
14 Hours

Operating Days

Operating Days
Wed, Fri

Start Time

Start Time
07:00

Meeting Point

Meeting Point
Palais de Chaillot
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Tour inclusions: you get all of this

  • Round-trip transportation from central Paris
  • 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
  • An expert guide who will give you a greater understanding of this extraordinary time in history

What makes this tour special?

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.


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

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.


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.

Last 5 Reviews out of 163 Reviews


WILLIAM 17 November 2016
Entertaining, knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history.



CATHERINE 12 November 2016
Felix is one of the best tour guides we have ever had the privilege of having, and we have taken many many tours in many Countries. He really explained a lot of the history, a lot of the area, and really took the time to make sure we understood and we were taken care of. The tour to the beaches was timed very well, the ride was very comfortable, the lunch was great. I highly recommend the tour and Felix.



ALBA 11 November 2016
He is excellent!!! Knows the history and background as a truly professional !!!... the best !!



KAREN 04 November 2016
Kate was fantastic! She was very knowledgeable and friendly. On the way back into Paris she walked around the bus and asked people if they had any questions, wanted recommendations, etc. She is a very sweet young woman.



MARGARET 01 November 2016
excellent guide, give him a raise...........


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