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Bayeux Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, January 2015

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The lovely old town of Bayeux is in the département of Calvados, famed for its sought-after butter, cheese, cider and distinctive apple-flavored brandy. The D-Day beaches extend along almost the entire coast of Calvados, making Bayeux the perfect base for your WWII pilgrimage.

Day 1: Bayeux Tapestry & the Town

There's one reason why several million visitors descend on Bayeux every year - a 230-foot-long (90m) piece of painstakingly embroidered cloth known to the French as La Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde (Tapestry of Queen Matilda), and to the rest of the world as the Bayeux Tapestry.

Of course, there's more to the town than its impressive needlework. Bayeux is one of the few towns in the region to have survived WWII practically unscathed. Its winding streets are crammed with higgledy-piggledy period buildings, including a fine Gothic cathedral and lots of wooden-framed Norman houses.

Day 2: The Normandy Region

Discover the often-missed beauty of Bayeux itself on a private tour of Bayeux, Honfleur, and Pays d'Auge. You'll tour this former capital of 11th-century Normandy, drive through the rich, dairy countryside and visit Honfleur, one of Normandy's most attractive harbor towns. Another day trip can take you on a private tour to Saint Michel, a magical World Heritage-listed island abbey, and the fortified port of Saint Malo.

Day 3: The Historic Normandy Beaches

The D-Day landing beaches - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword - lie just a few miles north of Bayeux. A private tour of the Normandy beaches reveals the history behind the battlefields, taking you to Utah Beach and the American Cemetery, or your choice of the US, British or Canadian sectors. Depending on your interests, you might like to tour the US and Canadian Beaches, or retrace the US and British experience at Omaha and Sword on a full-day Normandy Battlefields Day Trip. Whichever tour you choose, it promises to be a poignant, unforgettable experience.

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Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 287 Reviews

Visit the American D-Day sites where the greatest amphibious landing in history took place during World War II, on this 9-hour Normandy Battlefields Tour from ...  Read more

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

From USD $101.68

Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 600 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 $67.78

Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries from Bayeux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 43 Reviews

Take a private tour from Bayeux to Normandy, where you’ll relive the events of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944 – more famously known as D-Day. You can ...  Read more

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

From USD $87.55

Private Tour: Rouen and Giverny Day Trip from Bayeux

While in Bayeux, take a day trip to Rouen and Giverny to discover Normandy’s medieval past and visit the places that inspired Impressionist painter Claude ...  Read more

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

From USD $87.55

Private Tour: Honfleur, Deauville and Trouville Day Trip from Bayeux

Spend a day touring the coastal cities of Normandy on this day trip from Bayeux to Honfleur, Deauville and Trouville. Visit Honfleur's picturesque harbor ...  Read more

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

From USD $87.55

Mont Saint Michel Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 598 Reviews

Take a full-day tour from Paris to one of the most popular attractions in France, the fairytale island of Mont St-Michel off the coast of Normandy. Your guide ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $192.06

Private Tour: Bayeux Sightseeing and Caen Day Trip from Bayeux

Let a private guide introduce you to Normandy’s fascinating history on a full-day private tour of Bayeux and Caen. Start by exploring Bayeux's medieval ...  Read more

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

From USD $87.55

Private Tour: Caen Sightseeing and Bayeux Day Trip from Caen

Delve into the history of Normandy on a full-day private tour of Bayeux and Caen. Enter Bayeux Cathedral, see the famous Bayeux Tapestry at Bayeux Tapestry ...  Read more

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

From USD $96.03

Private Tour to Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d' Auge from Bayeux

4 star rating: Recommended 3 Reviews

Discover the history, culture and food of the Normandy region on this private tour of Bayeux, Honfleur and Pays d'Auge departing from central Bayeux. See the ...  Read more

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

From USD $87.55

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