Guided Tour of the D-Day Beaches from Paris

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Enjoy a full day excursion from Paris to the D-Day Beaches in Normandy in the company of an official guide, who will bring these historic sites to life. 

On June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, the Allies opened a new European front against the troops of the Third Reich during the Second World War. It was the largest military operation in history, which marked the beginning of the Battle of Normandy and would lead to the end of the Second World War. More than 150,000 soldiers from America, Britain, Canada and many other nations landed by sea and air on a number of beaches along the Normandy coastline (Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Juno Beach, etc.) and at the steep cliffs at Pointe du Hoc. 

Leave our agency in Central Paris at 7 a.m. for a unique day in Normandy. Relax on the luxury air-conditioned coach journey and admire the beautiful landscapes of the Normandy countryside as you reach the Caen Memorial Museum at around 10:15 am.

The Caen Memorial Museum, also known as the Peace Museum, tells the story of the various stages of the Second World War, in particular the Battle of Normandy and the advance of the Allied forces across France. You will have the chance to see everyday objects from life under occupation, maps, and models of military vehicles, as well as film screenings that recreate the emotions of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Lunch is included at the restaurant in the Caen Memorial Museum.

Menu*

White wine aperitif

Starter buffet
Selection of cold meat (Country terrine, garlic and pork sausage
“Freshly prepared“ raw vegetables and vinaigrette, (Freshly prepared mixed salads, tomato, cucumber, red beetroot, lettuce or chicory)
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Table served hot dish
Stuffed turkey with wild mushrooms
Served with: potato cake and trio of vegetables
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Cheese and Desserts buffet
Normandy apple tart, chocolate tart,
« Teurgoule » (cinnamon rice pudding), fruit salad 
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Drinks:
Bordeaux, farmhouse cider and bottled water (1 bottle for 4 people)
Coffee

* Example of menu, subjet to modification without any notice

 

In the afternoon, your tour will continue to several of the iconic landmarks that played a part in the landings.

Your first stop will be at the Pointe du Hoc, overlooking the hundred-foot-high cliffs between Utah and Omaha beaches. Stormed by the American Rangers on June 6, it was one of the key German fortified sites along the Normandy coast and was equipped, at that time, with extensive heavy artillery. 

You will then visit the famous American Cemetery at Saint Laurent, located just above Omaha Beach, near the town of Colleville-sur-Mer. This 170-acre site is home to 9,387 white marble headstones, lined up perfectly across the grass, a memorial, a chapel, and the Garden of the Missing. It pays tribute to the American soldiers that died during the Battle of Normandy and is one of 25 permanent burial sites in the United States and abroad. A small trail leads down the hill to Omaha Beach, giving you the opportunity to walk across the sand. You will have one hour to explore the site.

Following this visit, you will stop at Arromanches, a historic town known for its artificial port, which was built to assist the Normandy landings. On D-Day, the harbour saw the unloading of almost 10,000 tons of equipment. You can still make out the floating reinforced concrete "Phoenix" constructions in the water. 

Otherwise, you will make a short photo-stop near the sandy Juno Beach and its cemetery, one of the key D-Day landing beaches for Canadian troops on June 6, 1944.

Return to Paris scheduled for approximately 9 pm.

Please note: 

- The people of the city of Caen and its surrounding area keep the memory of these events alive for veterans and their families
- The region is also home to beautiful landscapes typical of Normandy and picturesque villages of timber-framed houses decorated with flowers
- The tour includes a stop at Arromanches or Juno Beach 
- On-site visit duration: 7h

The price includes:

* Transport to and from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
* Services of a tour guide
* Admission to the Caen Memorial Museum 
* Lunch with drinks at the Caen Memorial Museum
* Visit to the American Cemetery in Saint Laurent

The price does not include:

* Transfers to and from your hotel (or other accommodation)

Further information on your confirmation voucher:
You will receive your confirmation and your tour voucher in 2 separate emails. Please print your tour voucher and redeem it to the PARISCityVISION office on the day of your departure.

  • Duration 14 hour(s)
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  • Full day excursion to Normandy from Paris by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Our guide will tell you everything you need to know about the day the Allies landed on the Normandy beaches in 1944
  • Visit on your own the Caen Memorial Museum, dedicated to the D-Day landings and the Second World War, including lunch
  • Explore the Pointe du Hoc, the American Rangers' landing site
  • Visit the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, with free time to walk on the famous Omaha Beach

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November 01, 2016 - March 31, 2017
Adult: 185 € / Child (3-11 years old): 120 €

Wednesday and Sunday except December 25, from January 1 to 23 (subject to modification), January 30 and special events
Departure: 07.00 AM

April 01 - October 31, 2017
Adult: 187 € / Child (3-11 years old): 121 €

Everyday except Thursday and special events
Departure: 7.00 AM

Departures Mon. Tue. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sat. Sun.
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Address : PARISCityVISION Agency
2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris
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Metro: Tuileries , Pyramides

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Number of reviews : 50
Average rating : 4.6 /5
5/5
This is a great tour if you want to see Normandy, but don't have a lot of time. Its a long day, but worth it. The tour guide doesn't take you around the sites, but rather discusses the history on the ride between sites then you explore on your own. Nice for people who want to go at their own pace, take pictures and have a moment in these places in their own thoughts; maybe not for people who want to be walked about each site. I personally enjoyed having that time to myself, the experience felt more reverent than "ok now follow the flag over here..." I am someone who knows a fair amount of history, but still learned some things from our guide. Thank you!
5/5
It was very moving to be on Normandy Beach. Our guide was very pleasant and knowledgable. It was a very long day, but well worth it. Highly recommend.
5/5
Loved it, very informative and nicely done.
4/5
Omaha beach was too rushed and there was too much time allotted for the cemetery.
5/5
Very efficient and economical for those who only have one day to visit the D-Day beaches. The tour guide was informative and communicated well. The bus driver was skillful and the equipment was immaculate and comfortable.
5/5
Very long but also aa complete view of the D-Day battles. Excellent guide.
3/5
The guides are great they reallly know the history andd give you an awesome narrative through the tour. Downside is the limited amount of time you get to spend at each stop. Don't really give you enough time to do one stop in detail. You just got to walk really fast of your time will be up before you know it.
5/5
My 16 year old son and I really enjoyed the DDay tour, it was the best way to travel from our Paris Hotel for the day and see the most important sites. Our guide was fantastic and our bus was very comfortable and modern (even had wifi). I would highly recommend this day trip!
5/5
Outstanding guide - clear English, gave us enough information but still let us explore on our own as well. The stops we made were all great, even though this is a long day of travel. We left each stop right on time as well. Very comfortable seating on the double decker bus. The only negative was the food - it was just fair at the museum for lunch, and then we stopped at a rest stop for a few minutes on the way home. Other than that, perfect!
5/5
The whole day went without a hitch- so smooth. The bus was very nice and had wifi, the sites we visited were amazing and we had the perfect amount of time at each stop. Lunch was great. Would definitely recommend.
5/5
Excellent tour! We would have enjoyed more time at the museums and cemetery and perhaps skipped Juno beach. Otherwise, our guide was wonderful, funny, and full of knowledge! A+++ +++
5/5
Tour description was true to actual experience. The bus was exceptionally clean and comfortable. The tour guide Joelle was knowledgeable and anticipated our needs 100%. The meal provided was excellent. The tour completely exceeded our expectations. We would gladly use and recommend this company again!
4/5
The ride was comfortable, the provided meal was exceptional and the guide had good information., I would have liked to spend more time at the memorial at Caen, but then we would not have time for the rest of the well organized tour. The tour was a good value and covered a lot for a one day tour that needed six hours of road time to get from and back to Paris.
5/5
Our tour of the Normandy Beaches was amazing. A must for any History buff, but also excellent for anyone wanting to see a part of France's beautiful countryside. Our guide was so knowledgeable and informative. It was a wonderful experience.
4/5
Our guide was great. Would have liked more time at sights. Less time or no time in Caine
5/5
Exceeded expectations
5/5
Excellent guide and very good meal
5/5
The tour was very impactful, with lots of history and sites to appreciate
5/5
Normandy excursion was excellent!
4/5
Trip was well planned. Guide was pleasant.
5/5
Great tour. Very knowledgeable guide.
5/5
Had an excellent tour guide, knowledgeable and also witty. Really enjoyed having her as a guide. This is a very moving tour of the beaches and American cemetery.
4/5
It was too rushed. More time is needed at the museum in order to visit the exhibits and watch the film. A choice shouldn't have to be made. The same was true for the American cemetery. More time was needed to fully pay your respects and admire the thought put into the grounds.
5/5
Perfect in all aspects! Great guide. Very knowledgeable and congenial.
5/5
Very enjoyable.
5/5
The bus is very comfortable and had wifi and USB connection. The tour guide, Joelle, was very nice, extremely informative and made a very long day enjoyable. The D-Day museum is very good and it is a very moving visit. I highly recommend it.
4/5
Very enjoyable groop. Always felt rushed
4/5
The tour was a great way to see Normandy. The museum was amazing and to see the actual locations was truly an experience.
5/5
The guide Francoise (?) was very good - very pleasant and knowledgable ... the trip was exactly what I thought it would be - in a few hours - we saw and learned a lot. Jim & Margaret
4/5
It was a great experience but I wish we spent more time at the locations
5/5
Guide was very knowledgeable, great day to relax and not have to figure out how to get around on our own.
5/5
Awesome tour!
4/5
Tour duration was longer than necessary. The visit to Juno Beach could have been excluded, as it did not significantly contribute to the value of the overall experience.
5/5
The tour to Normandy was well organized and well executed. I enjoyed all of it.
3/5
Great tour. Very long but that was expected. Suprised the bus did not have a bathroom and the seats were very tight. Would have liked less time for lunch and more for the Normandy area. Overall well worth it.
4/5
As an American, I am appreciative of where we visited. I felt some stops were too rushed while others were too long.
5/5
Really enjoyed the tour of D-day beaches. It is an all day tour.
5/5
Knowledgeable tour guides, enough time at the beaches but would have liked a little more time at the cemetery, good lunch at the museum, comfortable and clean bus. We enjoyed greatly the tour!
4/5
Great tour, amazing trip and a great guide. All well covered
5/5
We had an excellent time on our Normandy tour. Amaury did a great job as our guide
4/5
Great tour. Our tour guide was very relaxed and knowledgeable. The bus had a bathroom which is great seeing as Normandy is more than 3 hours from Paris. I also liked that we could leave stuff on the bus at every stop, since I brought my travel pillow, a book, and a journal. I liked how we went to the museum first for the knowledge refresher and then saw the beaches. The lunch was nothing to write home about but it was sufficient and the dessert was very good. My only complaint would be the time crunch...we only had about 40 min to explore the museum...we only had about 20 min at point du hoc. Considering the tour was from Paris I could see why it had to beso rushed, but I think I would've preferred cutting out Juno to have more time at Omaha and point du hoc. I understand there were Canadians on our tour though so that wouldn't have been fair. Overall great tour. I would recommend to a friend. Seemed like a good price too for everything included.
5/5
Loved the tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgable! The only thing I would warn of is the duration of the trip, you will be tired but it is worth it.
5/5
Helene and Amaury were excellent guides and did the most amazing job even though the weather was not cooperating, I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in the Normandy D-Day tour from Paris.
5/5
Wonderful trip
5/5
Best way to see as many of the sites in the time available with a knowledgeable tour guide at a fair price.
5/5
This tour was a great value and well organized. If your focus is to be surrounded by history and step-foot on those sites, then this is the tour for you. I would recommend this tour for those who want to see the D-Day sites and learn about that time period.
5/5
This was the second Paris City Vision tour I took while staying in Paris. I cannot say enough about how wonderful both of my experiences were. Our guide was a wealth of information and very sweet. The bus was very comfortable and clean. Our driver was kind and did an outstanding job of getting us thought those narrow streets and roads. When I first signed up for my tours and it said we would have a lunch provided, I pictured some quick sandwich and a bottle of water. Much to my surprise and delight, we had a wonderful meal with wine, appetizers, and beautifully prepared and delicious food. This was definitely a grand experience and quite a value for the money.
4/5
Tour itself was excellent but a little expensive or I would have given 5 stars. Bus was comfortable, stops were at the places I wanted to see (Caen Museum, Omaha beach, American Cemetery), and tour guide was very good. Bus driver was not very friendly but he drove the bus well, so that's the most important thing in that role.
5/5
A very emotional experience. Would reccommend to anyone wanting to see the after math of the D-Day invasion..