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From Le Havre: D-Day Beaches Shore Excursion Day Trip by Bus

1. From Le Havre: D-Day Beaches Shore Excursion Day Trip by Bus

Immerse yourself in the indelible history of World War II with a full-day journey tour that is a profound tribute to the courage, sacrifice, and unyielding spirit of those who shaped the course of history on the beaches of Normandy. Discover important sites like Mulberry harbor in Arromanches. Be picked up from the cruise terminal in Le Havre and hop aboard a comfortable bus for the journey to the remnants of the Mulberry Harbor which silently narrates a tale of ingenuity and determination Hear how This artificial harbor, a marvel of engineering, played a pivotal role in the success of the Allied forces' landings. Stroll along the serene shoreline, where the echoes of the past mingle with the tranquility of the present. Feel the weight of history in every step as you immerse yourself in the stories of the soldiers who landed here amid the chaos and uncertainty of battle. Leaving Arromanches, travel to the poignant American Cemetery, a place of reverence and reflection. The sight of row upon row of white crosses and Stars of David is a humbling reminder of the immense sacrifices made for freedom. Stand before the Memorial, gazing out over Omaha Beach, where the tide of history was turned through unwavering determination and selflessness. This sacred ground offers a profound opportunity to pay your respects and honor the lives laid down for a better world. Take in the serenity of the surroundings which belies the profound impact of the events that unfolded here. Walk among the graves and be reminded of the profound price of liberty. Make your way to the tour's pinnacle at Pointe du Hoc, where the U.S. Army Rangers' heroic climb up the fortified cliffs rewrote the annals of bravery. Stand atop these rugged heights, as the wind whispers tales of the audacious assault that helped secure victory. The impact of the battle scars and the fortified German positions that once stood here are a testament to the extraordinary valor that led to their capture. Take in panoramic views of the English Channel from this vantage point, which serves as a tribute to the courage that reshaped the course of history. Throughout the excursion, listen as your guide weaves the stories of heroism, strategy, and sacrifice that unfolded on these shores. Amidst the backdrop of picturesque landscapes, gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced and the triumphs achieved during Operation Overlord. Return to the port with a deeper understanding of history at the end of the tour.

From Paris: Normandy D-Day Beaches Day Trip

2. From Paris: Normandy D-Day Beaches Day Trip

Enjoy a full-day trip from Paris to the D-Day Beaches in Normandy in the company of a guide, who'll bring these historic sites to life. Learn about the military operation, and visit the American Cemetery, Arromanches, and Juno Beach. Board the air-conditioned coach in central Paris and get set to enjoy a unique day in Normandy. Relax and admire the beautiful landscapes of the French countryside. Visit the well-known American Cemetery at Saint Laurent. Explore this 170-acre site that features 9,387 white marble headstones lined up perfectly across the grass, a memorial, a chapel, and the Garden of the Missing. Follow a small trail down to Omaha Beach, too. The next stop is in Arromanches, a historic town known for its artificial port that was built to assist the Normandy landings. On D-Day, the harbor saw the unloading of almost 10,000 tons of equipment. You can still make out the floating reinforced concrete Phoenix constructions in the water. Before returning to Paris, make a short stop near sandy Juno Beach and its cemetery, one of the key D-Day landing beaches for Canadian troops on June 6, 1944. Get the opportunity to see everyday objects from life under occupation, maps, and models of military vehicles, as well as film screenings recreating the emotions of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

From Paris: 2-Day Normandy & Brittany Tour

3. From Paris: 2-Day Normandy & Brittany Tour

Discover the historic D-Day Beaches on a 2-day trip around the stunning French regions of Normandy and Brittany. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Paris - Caen (Meals: D) Take the Normandy motorway and make your first stop at Rouen for a walking tour in the old town before continuing to Honfleur. On the way between Rouen and Honfleur, enjoy a view of the newly built Pont de Normandie, a cable-stayed bridge. Take free time for lunch once in Honfleur, then continue to the beaches of Normandy and pass by the landing area at Omaha Beach. Visit the American cemetery of Saint-Laurent, stop off in Arromanches, and then continue on for dinner and an overnight stay at Novotel Caen (or similar). Day 2: Caen - Paris (Meals: B) Leave Caen in the direction of Saint-Malo located in the Brittany region. Take a guided tour of the town, including a walk along the ramparts and the cathedral. After free time for lunch, depart for Mont-Saint-Michel, the frontier between the Brittany and Normandy regions. Continue your afternoon with a guided visit of the abbey and free time for strolling and shopping, before returning to Paris.

Caen: Guided D-Day Sites Tour & Caen Memorial Museum Ticket

4. Caen: Guided D-Day Sites Tour & Caen Memorial Museum Ticket

Learn about the history of World War II and the D-Day events with a small group guided tour of key D-Day sites, along with admission to the unmissable Mémorial de Caen Museum. The tour consists of a self-guided visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum and a guided tour of the D-Day key sites. You can spend as much time as you wish discovering the Mémorial de Caen on the same day as your D-Day guided tour or another day.  The Mémorial de Caen is a museum and war memorial which you can explore at your own pace. Here, go on an historical journey through the 20th century, discovering major events from the end of World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The museum features an entire section devoted to D-Day, and is the only museum in Normandy to relate the intensity of the invasion and explain its preparation in both enemy camps. You'll get the chance to visit the Normandy landing beaches in the company of an expert guide from Le Mémorial de Caen. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the key sites: the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. This is a small group tour with a maximum of 7 passengers.

From Bayeux: Half-Day Normandy WWII Sidecar Tour

5. From Bayeux: Half-Day Normandy WWII Sidecar Tour

Picture yourself with the wind in your hair, riding in our retro sidecar with your Gentleman Sider by your side. You will discover the historical sites that changed the course of history, from Gold Beach and its artificial port to Longues-sur-Mer and its German battery, and not forgetting Omaha Beach and its military cemetery and if time allows, we will also introduce you to the remarkable Pointe du Hoc. Your passionate guide, knowledgeable about the history of World War II, will tell you interesting anecdotes and fascinating facts throughout the tour. And who knows, they might even teach you a few words in French! But that's not all! Imagine yourself taking unforgettable selfies in this iconic vehicle that attracts admiring glances and smiles wherever you go. In summary, this private vintage sidecar tour on the D-Day beaches is a unique experience that combines history, adventure, and fun. So get ready to live an exceptional moment that you will never forget! This tour is perfect for solo travelers, couples, families, or groups of friends, as each sidecars can accommodate up to 2 passengers (one person behind our guide/pilot and one person in the sidecar basket).

From Paris: Private Normandy D-Day Beaches Tour

6. From Paris: Private Normandy D-Day Beaches Tour

Depart from your hotel in Paris and then, after 2.5 hours driving, arrive at Colleville Cemetery. Nearly, 9387 American soldiers died during the landing and you will see the perfectly aligned gravestones across this expansive green lawn. The Cemetery visitor center is also very helpful if you wish to know more about the details of Operation Overlord. Omaha Beach was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion. the beach is just under the cemetery and was the theater of one of the most intense periods of fighting. The beach was nicknamed the Bloody Beach. You will stop by Arromanche, the seaside city which was a priority target of Allied troops. You will be able to have lunch at one of the restaurants that your driver will recommend to you. To end the visit, you will be driven to Pointe du Hoc. Symbolizing the courage of the young American soldiers involved in its storming, the famous Pointe du Hoc was one of the strongest German fortifications and was taken by force on the morning of 6th June by Colonel Rudder’s Rangers. The site, full of emotional memories, has been completely redeveloped; its impressive appearance bears witness to the intensity of the battle which took place here. You will then return to Paris.

From Paris: Normandy Landing Beaches D-Day Tour by Minibus

7. From Paris: Normandy Landing Beaches D-Day Tour by Minibus

Explore some of the most important sights in Normandy – the remains of historic Allied landings that changed the course of the Second World War. The full-day tour from Paris will take you to the German battery of Longues sur Mer, part of the German's Atlantic Wall of defense. You will also stop at the American Cemetery in Colleville, for an emotional visit, where 9,386 soldiers now rest. In 2007 a new Visitor Center was created to commemorate the operations of the D-Day Landings, and you will have time to learn more about these dramatic events. Continue to Omaha Beach, where more bloody events took place, and spend some time contemplating those moments before you break for lunch. In the early afternoon, you will see the ruins of the Arromanches’ artificial harbor, built by the Allies in less than 15 days. Finally, continue along the coast past Gold Beach to Juno Beach, where you will get a guided tour of the remains of the Atlantic Wall, before your return to Paris.

Guided Tour of the Landing Sites and the Memorial of Caen

8. Guided Tour of the Landing Sites and the Memorial of Caen

Go on a journey back through time on a day-long sightseeing tour of the World War II sites and landing beaches of Caen and Normandy. The excursion starts with a guided tour of the Memorial de Caen Museum. Here, go on an historical journey through the 20th century, discovering major events from the end of World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The museum features an entire section devoted to D-Day and is the only museum in Normandy to relate the intensity of the invasion and explain its preparation in both enemy camps. Pause for lunch at the lovely Les Pommierse Restaurant. Then, continue your tour to the Normandy landing beaches, in the company of your bilingual guide from Le Mémorial de Caen. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the key D-Day sites visiting the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc.

Normandy DDay beaches private tour from your hotel in Paris

9. Normandy DDay beaches private tour from your hotel in Paris

Duration: about 12-hour tour. MORNING: • Recommended pick up time: 7:30am (The tour takes about 12 hours) • Cross the magnificent Normandy countryside with its green meadows and its cow farms (around 3,5 hours drive. Stops at will) • With your knowledgeable private guide, explore the untamed “Pointe du Hoc” where US rangers scaled 90-foot cliffs on June 6th. Visit a genuine bunker from WWII and the German “pillboxes” scattered along the hillside. From this cliff, you'll enjoy a 360-degree view of the English Channel, with Utah beach to the west and Omaha beach to the east in the distance. AFTERNOON: For lunch, we recommend you the best restaurants where you can try local products such as Camembert cheese. – Walk on Omaha Beach called “Bloody Omaha” where more than 1000 young american soldiers gave their lives for our freedom on June 6, 1944. This is the beach featured in the movie “Saving private Ryan”. – Visit the Normandy American Cemetery with its 9000 aligned tombs, its memorial and museum that are very well made. Watch there a short film about DDay that will make you understand the context of the landing. We may attend the Taps with the American flag ceremony inside the cemetery which usually takes place at 4 pm in low season and at 5 pm in high season (it can change depending on the dates). The tour will take you through sites which still carry remnants of battle. You will see along the way war machines like Sherman tank and cannons. • At the end of the day we will head back to Paris (Arrival time will depend on traffic in Paris area) AFTERNOON OPTIONS: To choose one of the following options, please let us know when booking: - Discover Utah beach, the American D-Day beach where General Theodore Roosevelt – the son of the US President – landed with his cane the 6th of June 1944. Then, go to the village of Sainte Mère Eglise where the paratrooper John Steel got stuck on the church steeple as he was trying to evade enemy lines. This would be instead of the Normandy American Cemetery. – A unique encounter with a local cheese producer who will explain the traditional process of making traditional and world-renowned Normandy cheeses. (We will of course enjoy a tasting of some of his finest cheeses!). This would be instead of Pointe du Hoc. – Gold Beach in Arromanches and the remnants of Mulberry Harbor, one of the largest artificial ports ever built to land Allied troops . This would be instead of Pointe du Hoc. – Personal family history investigation: if you have relatives who fought in the 1944 Battle of Normandy, we can pinpoint exactly where and when your ancestor set foot on Norman soil using historical Please check out our amazing reviews online by typing "Finding France" in your search engine as we operate this tour for many years.

From Rouen: Normandy D-Day Beaches Private Full-Day Tour

10. From Rouen: Normandy D-Day Beaches Private Full-Day Tour

Visit the beaches of Normandy that keep the memory of fallen heroes alive. Depart on a full-day tour from the port town of Rouen. Learn about the events that took place in Normandy, from the D-Day landings to the Battle of Normandy, from an expert guide. Make your first stop at Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the village of the US Airborne Division. Understand how 14000 paratroopers played a crucial role in the town's liberation. The site still bears traces of the Battle of Normandy. Visit the Airborne Museum where your guide will explain the details of the exhibit. Then, head for the hedgerows to see the natural fences where many German soldiers hid to accomplish their mission. Next, see one of the two American landing zones in Normandy, Utah Beach. Learn how this beach was so quickly and successfully taken on D-Day of the invasion. Stop for a gourmet lunch on Omaha Beach facing the monument to the Allies. Listen to the details of the deadly 1944 battle which took place at this spot. After lunch, head to the Pointe du Hoc. See the many German bunkers and machine-gun posts that were taken by the US 2nd Rangers Battalion. Finally, visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, honoring American troops who died in the D-Day landings and ensuing operations. Attend the ceremony of the colors to remember those who lost their lives while bringing World War II to an end. If time allows, you'll also see the Longues-sur-Mer battery, the last WWII German artillery battery, whose 150-mm guns were operational on D-Day. Benefit from round-trip hotel transfers at a time that's convenient for you. Enjoy refreshments like fresh coffee and croissants. You'll be dropped back at your pier-hotel at the end of the tour. The itinerary will be adapted to fit your schedule.

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Igor had an encyclopedic knowledge of the Normandy battles. He conveyed his knowledge in an engaging and very creative way. We learned so much from him. He helped us get an extremely realistic view of not only the battles, but a feel for what the of the local French inhabitants of the surrounding countryside lived through being occupied for years before the D Day invasion. He also helped us understand how the local terrain affected the battles by taking us on small roads to experience the thick hedgerows and the elevation changes of the ground especially along the coast. We all came away feeling we learned so much more than if we had just visited a museum. I would highly recommend Igor for your tour guide.

Wonderful tour of the Normandy D Day beaches. Our guide was very informative and interesting.

Excellent tour, guide was on time and very knowledgeable. I recommend this tour

Long day but you get to see a lot. And pickup/drop off in Paris was simple.

Enjoyed this trip so much. It was haunting and beautiful.