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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 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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a wonderful afternoon with our tour guide Sunny. She was charming and full of interesting information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderfull city . Nice restaurants, very friendly people. English spoken in hotels and some restaurants. World war 2 sites a must. Half day excursion to Le Mont St. Michel very worthwhile

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The tour was great. Romain was a brilliant guide. He made the afternoon very informative and interesting and it wouldn't have been the same visiting those places without him. We only had four people on the tour usually max. 8 which also made it great and much more personal. Would definitely recommend.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Had a magic tour ,the guide was great , highly recommend

Claire Z
United States of America

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The best tour we did. The driver/ tour guide was fabulous, gave quite a bit of information about Normandy, the battles, the cemetery, etc. I can't recommend this tour highly enough.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Great overview of the area that hit the highlights of the area for just the right amount of time. Our tour guide was fantastic, she had been raised in the area which gave her excellent local knowledge.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent. Sonny was humorous, knowledgeable and informative.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Francois was a very informative and entertaining tour guide. This is a tour our family will NEVER forget. Thank you for making it so memorable.

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