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Being the highest point between Omaha and Utah Beaches, the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc was an important location in the Atlantic Wall strategy of defense against the Allies. So on D-Day, it was an equally important target to overtake so that the liberation of France could proceed.

In what can only be described as old-school warfare, the the American Second Ranger Battalion climbed the 100-foot-high cliff to seize the weapons that could take out approaching Allied boats. It was an epic battle, but the Americans ultimately emerged victorious – albeit with significant loss of life. 

Today, the cliffside of Pointe du Hoc is the location of a monument to this battle, which was built by the French directly on top of the German bunker that was seized by the Americans. Unlike many of the WWII battle sites that have memorials or museums, this location has remained largely untouched since the battle that occurred here; visitors can still see the scars on the ground and it's easy to see why this was such an important stronghold. 

The World War II Pointe du Hoc Ranger Monument is about a half-hour from Bayeux on the way to the American Cemetery and Memorial, and should be a stop during any WWII battle sites tour in Normandy. Although the monument does have an inscription, it's best to visit with a tour guide to put the location as well as the battle fought here into context.

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D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 40 Reviews

Spend a remarkable day learning about D-Day at the Mémorial de Caen museum and exploring historic D-Day sites including the artificial harbor at ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $144.10

Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 583 Reviews

Pay tribute to the soldiers who fought on Normandy’s World War II beaches on this afternoon tour to Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc from Bayeux. Visit famous ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.18

Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission and Guided Tour of D-Day Sites from Caen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Learn all about World War II and the momentous events of D-Day on this tour that includes admission to the Mémorial de Caen museum and a 5-hour morning or ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.45

Omaha Beach Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 124 Reviews

If time is tight and you'd like to visit the Normandy beaches, this quick morning tour from Bayeux is the perfect choice to see the area's most important ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $56.39

Le Havre Shore Excursion: Private Day Tour of Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and Normandy American Cemetery

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

While in port in Le Havre, recall the 1944 D-Day landings by American troops on this full-day private shore excursion. A guide accompanies you to see where ...  Read more

Location: Le Havre, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.44

Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1154 Reviews

Take a poignant, memorable day trip from Paris to visit the Normandy battlefields and landing beaches of World War II. You'll visit famous wartime sites and ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $192.97
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Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 10 Reviews

Retrace the first days of the Battle of Normandy on this World War II battlefields tour from Bayeux. Visit important WWII sites including Pointe du Hoc, Omaha ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.77

Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Tour from Paris: Omaha Beach, Cider Tasting and Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Spend a day away from Paris and visit the Normandy beaches where thousands of the Allied Powers’ troops landed on D-Day to reclaim France during World War II. ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $225.54

2-Day WWII Normandy Tour from Paris: D-Day Landing Beaches, Bayeux and Colleville-sur-Mer

Relive the history of World War II on this 2-day trip from Paris to Normandy, the site of the famous D-Day landings in 1944. You’ll spend two days discovering ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $870.85

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