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Omaha Beach was the location of one of the most significant moments of fighting in World War II. On June 6th 1944, American troops were given the task of securing the beach as part of a strategy to land Allied troops along five points on the coast of Normandy, France. Due to unforeseen tidal forces and stronger than expected German defenses, the American soldiers suffered massive losses, 2,400 casualties, in a day of bloody fighting. Eventually however the landing was successful with 34,000 troops securing the area for the Allies, and thus beginning the end of the war.

The landings on Omaha Beach are perhaps best known these days from the film Saving Private Ryan which opens with this battle and shows the impact of the fighting and loss of life on families back home in the USA. The American Cemetery sits above Omaha Beach and is a well-kept memorial to the events.

Practical Info

The easiest way to get to Omaha Beach is by organized tour or private car. Public transport can be lengthy due to the need to take a train from Paris to Caen or Bayeux, then a bus to the beach. The American Cemetery is easy to find and from there a long walkway goes to the beach itself.

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Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 182 Reviews

Visit the American D-Day sites where the greatest amphibious landing in history took place on this Normandy Battlefields Tour from Bayeux. See the famous sites ...  Read more

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

From USD $126.40

Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 503 Reviews

Pay tribute to the soldiers who fought at Omaha Beach on this afternoon tour of the Normandy beaches from Bayeux. You'll visit the famous battlefield sites ...  Read more

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

From USD $84.27

Omaha Beach Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 81 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 $63.20

Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Retrace the main assaults undertaken by the British forces during the first days of the Battle of Normandy on a poignant battlefields tour you'll never forget. ...  Read more

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

From USD $126.40

3-Day Normandy, St Malo, Mont St Michel, Chateaux Country Tour from Paris

4.5 star rating: Recommended 22 Reviews

This three day tour will take you to three contrasting French regions where you will see some of the country's most famous landmarks and spectacular ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $793.52

2-Day Normandy, Saint Malo and Mont St Michel Tour from Paris

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

This two day tour will take you to the heart of the Normandy and Brittany regions of France.

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

From USD $533.69

4-Day Normandy, St Malo, Mont St Michel, Chateaux Country

4 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

This four day tour will take you to three contrasting French regions where you will see some of the country's most famous landmarks and spectacular countryside.

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $1,074.41

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

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 $161.51

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

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 $89.89

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