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
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
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 3 days (approx.)
This two day tour will take you to the heart of the Normandy and Brittany regions of France.
Duration: 2 days (approx.)
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.
Duration: 4 days (approx.)
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
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)