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

Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

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 D-Day battlefield sites while hearing about the bloody events that happened there, and end with a guided visit of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial and its visitor center on a bluff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Numbers are limited to eight people on this small-group tour by minivan, the perfect way to get to Normandy’s out-of-the-way sites in one day.


  • Afternoon tour to Normandy’s battlefield beaches from Bayeux
  • Hear about the events of World War II and the D-Day landings from your guide
  • Walk the lunar landscape of Pointe du Hoc
  • Visit Omaha Beach, the bloodiest of Normandy’s WWII beaches
  • See the graves of thousands of US soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
  • Tour the cemetery’s visitor center to learn about the bravery, sacrifice and achievements of the Allied forces

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What You Can Expect

Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

See the remains of a German bunker complex at Pointe du Hoc

After pickup from Bayeux, your guide will take you to the three important World War II sites in Normandy. Your first stop is Pointe du Hoc, the German battery that was attacked by US Rangers on D-Day.

Hear how the Rangers, commanded by Lt Col James Rudder, scaled the cliffs to get to the German gun position — a scene that was famously depicted in the war film Saving Private Ryan. With its huge fortifications blown to pieces, the site remains as it did when the US Rangers left it: like an eerie lunar landscape.

Then drive along the coast to Omaha Beach, where soldiers of the Vierville 29th and Colleville 1st Divisions landed. By far the most difficult place to land on D-Day, Omaha Beach was the bloodiest of the five beaches and the operation almost failed, but the bravery of those young men turned this operation into a victory. You’ll make two stops along the 4-mile (6-km) beach, one on each end, to give you an appreciation of the sheer scale of the events that took place here.

Overlooking the eastern end of Omaha Beach is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which you’ll visit next. This cemetery — the largest American cemetery in Europe — holds the bodies of 9,387 soldiers who fought to liberate Western Europe from the Germans. Pay tribute to the 307 unknown soldiers or visit the resting place of more famous figures such as General Theodore Roosevelt Jr.

End with a tour of the Normandy American Cemetery Visitor Center, where you’ll learn more about the scenes that took place on Omaha Beach in 1944. Through personal stories, narrative texts, photos, films, interactive displays and artifacts, you’ll grasp the bravery and sacrifice of the American soldiers who fought at the D-Day landings, culminating in the victory of the Allied forces.

After this insightful and moving experience, your guide will drive you back to Bayeux to conclude your tour.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The tour was fabulous. My family wife, two children, mother and father in law and my mother all enjoyed a week in France. During our stay in France, we had the opportunity to book a half day tour with your company. The tour was more than what we expected. The tour guide I apologize for not remembering her name was extremely knowledgeable. She was able to answer all of our questions and provide us with an in depth history lesson from each place we visited. I highly recommend your company for future travelers touring through Normandy. Thank you for making our first trip to Normandy a memorable one.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Wonderful tour. Tour guide was excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Francois was exemplary! He is the best guide we've ever had. So knowledgeable and passionate. We enjoyed the small group, never felt rushed and learned so much. Wonderful experience!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The Normandy half-day tour was one of our favorite experiences. The tour was so informative, interesting, and powerful. Mag was our guide and her personal stories and wealth of knowledge made the trip extremely special. I'd highly recommend this tour to friends and family.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our guide Sunny was outstanding. Well done.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Tour guide was very informative and friendly.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

the Normandy Beaches tour was very good

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide was Sunny. She was very prompt, pleasant and so fun. She gave us so much information about the D-Day battle and more. We would recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Our tour guide Francais was passionate with the subject matter and spoke pretty good English. He worked very hard to make sure we understood, kind when asked to repeat. He answered all our questions to the best of his knowledge, which was immense. The half day tour worked very well for my tight timeline. We experienced the crater landscape between Utah and Omaha. Then traveled to Omaha Beach and finally the American Cemetery. Having only seven people made the event more personal and intimate. Francais let us stay a bit longer than expected to watch the lowering of the flags and performance of Taps, He felt since we were all American's it would be a memorable experience we would be glad to witness. It was. We all made it back to our drop off sites in plenty of time. For me it was the train station back to Paris. I highly recommend Viator if you want to see Normandy and have a short timeline. Take the half day tour, you won't regret it. Wear good walking shoes. As a 65 year old single woman traveler who is a bit overweight this worked well.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

great tour guide very knowledgable would do it again

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