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5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

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  • Location: Bayeux, France
  • Duration:  9 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 Beach, the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, Pegasus Bridge, the Merville Battery Museum, Sword Beach and the Hillman Bunker as your guide tells you about the events of D-Day involving British forces. If you have a relative who fought in the war or are simply interested in 20th-century history, you'll find this Normandy beaches tour a fascinating and moving experience.

Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour by minivan, ensuring a more personalized day trip.

Highlights

  • Full-day tour to the Normandy battlefield beaches from Bayeux
  • Learn about Britain’s role in World War II and the D-Day landings
  • Explore the desolate landscape of Pointe du Hoc
  • Visit Omaha Beach, the bloodiest of Normandy’s WWII beaches
  • Pay your respects at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial and the Bayeux War Cemetery
  • Explore Sword Beach and the nearby Hillman Bunker complex
  • Small-group tour limited to eight ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

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

Visit the American Cemetery at Omaha Beach on your battlefields day trip

This full-day Normandy battlefields tour starts with pickup from Bayeux by minivan. Your first stop is Pointe du Hoc, where the German battery was attacked by US Rangers on D-Day. Hear about the daring feat of the Rangers who scaled the cliffs to destroy the German gun position — a scene that was portrayed in the war film Saving Private Ryan. The massive fortifications and bunkers were completely destroyed, leaving the site like an eerie lunar landscape.

Next, drive along the coast to Omaha Beach, the battlefield that saw the most causalities of any D-Day landing. Then make your way up to the beautiful Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, where 9,387 service men rest in peace.

See Pegasus Bridge and its sister bridge, the sites of one of the most successful D-Day operations. It was vital for these bridges to be captured intact in order to deny the Germans a crossing point over the Orne river and canal, which together run parallel to the sea from Caen. The paratroopers held their position despite numerous enemy counter-attacks until they were joined by British troops advancing south from Sword Beach.

You’ll then visit the Merville Battery Museum to learn about the men of the 6th British Airborne. This small group of determined British soldiers managed to succeed in their D-Day mission to capture and destroy German guns that were strategically placed to shoot down Allied forces.

Further west you’ll visit Sword Beach, the easternmost landing site of the Allied invasion where the British 3rd Infantry Division landed on their way to Caen. Continue to the Hillman Bunker, part of the inland defenses of the Sword Beach sector. Here, visit the underground bunkers that were once connected by trenches and surrounded by barbed wire and minefields to protect the Germans gun batteries against Allied attacks.

Your last stop is the Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest WWII cemetery of the Commonwealth soldiers in France containing 4,648 graves of soldiers who fought in the Invasion of Normandy.

At the end of the day, relax on the drive back to the original departure point in Bayeux.

Please note: Due to special events taking place to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this tour could be amended on June 5, 6, and 7, 2014. It may not be possible to access the beaches, in which case alternative sites will be included instead.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We did this trip on June 20 our tour guide was fantastic he was a fountain of knowledge would defiantly recommend this trip thank u
Sandra and Mark Caterham ,Surrey UK

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Very good tour, small group, very knowledgeable guide Maz and we visited a lot of sites in one day.
Good value for money.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

This tour was well conducted, planned and documented, it quickly toured a number sites in one full day. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and gave lots of anecdotal information from her parents who directly endured the occupation and subsequently D-Day. There were a number of maps, charts and photos used to thoroughly explain all of the visits and surrounding events. The Normandy area is covered with D-Day sites and they cannot all be covered in one day. This was a best compromise to get a feeling for the battlefield and what went on during the first few days of the allied invasion on D-Day. A trip to Omaha beach effectively showed what the Soldiers were up against once they got on to the beach and off of it into the hedgerows and small fields inland from the beach. Other sites included Sword beach British, the Pegasus Bridge where British glider troops assaulted and held two critical bridges, Merville Artillery Battery which very effectively showed life in a German gun position and a British military cemetery as well as the American cemetery at overlooking Omaha beach. I would recommend this trip for first time visitors to the area or those who have not done extensive reading on the events surrounding D-Day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Francois was very engaging and explained everything really well. He made the tour appropriate to our group of 8 which contained 3 different Nationalities and a wide range if ages.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2014

This tour was superb.Our guide,Mag,was absolutely fantastic and it was a joy to have spent the whole day with her.My son and I hope to come again soon and hope that our guide will be Mag.i would give the tour 6 stars.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Fantastic trip. Our tour guide was excellent and really brought alive the story of the D-Day beaches. Although it is quite a long day, we would certainly recommend this trip to other travellers.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

We thought the tour very informative and were pleased with the content. We got to see all that we could in the time allotted. Very comprehensive and filled our need.

Gary M
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2009

The tour was brilliant, made more so by the young french lady guide who really knew her D Day history and who made the day extremely interesting, GREAT !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2008

Although we had reserved a tour of Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne, luckily we were the only ones on the scheduled afternoon tour, so we could change the itinerary to include St. Mere Eglise and other WWII sites in the area. I couldn't find a totally American tour on the net, but this change gave us exactly what we wanted.

ROY B
United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2008

The tour was fantastic. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the whole trip an unforgettable experience for us. My wife learned more about the war in that one day than she had in her whole life! Well done!
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