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.
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.
Tours & Tickets
Spend a remarkable day visiting the Mémorial de Caen museum and exploring historic D-Day sites such as Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Designed for ... Read more
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
Learn all about World War II and the momentous events of D-Day on this full-day tour. Explore the Mémorial de Caen museum at your leisure with or without ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
Spend two days exploring France’s Normandy and Brittany regions on this tour from Paris with an overnight stay in Caen. Visit the beautiful historic cities of ... Read more
Duration: 2 days (approx.)
Discover three contracting regions of France and see some of the country’s finest landmarks on this 4-day tour of Normandy, Saint-Malo, Mont Saint-Michel, and ... Read more
Duration: 4 days (approx.)
Visit three different corners of France and discover some of the country’s most beautiful landmarks on this 3-day tour of Normandy, Saint-Malo, Mont ... Read more
Duration: 3 days (approx.)