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  • Location: Bayeux, France
  • Duration:  5 hours (approx.)
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 July 2015

My family loved this tour. Our tour guide Kate was great. We especially enjoyed her personal stories as she grew up in Bayeux and her family lived through the war. We were all humbled by seeing this beautiful area and knowing what happened there.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Kate was wonderfully engaging. Her enthusiasm for the subject, born out of her personal family experience was very contagious. She was kind enough to pick us up and drop us off at the Bayeux train station, otherwise we could not have gone when we did. It also gave us the opportunity to experience the French rails as opposed to driving in a bus.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide, Kate, was very knowledgeable on the topic. We really enjoyed this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great Tour. Highly recomended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Guide was one of our best we have ever had. Only bad thing was too many people in the van. It was very tight and uncomfortable.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our tour was everything we hoped it would be. Our guide, Mattieu, was delightful and so knowledgeable. We learned much. A beautiful, inspirational and memorable day. Merci beaucoup. Sally Graves

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

What a fabulous experience! Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the afternoon that more interesting -

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The guide was outstanding! Informed, passionate, professional.... He could not have been better. Thank you!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Our guide was very professional and deep in knowledge. We hit all the highlights and even an off-the-beaten-path surprise. It was well worth the cost.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

My husband and I had the pleasure of a half-day afternoon tour with Adrian. He was incredibly knowledgeable, kind, and funny. He did an excellent job polling the group for interest in certain topics and ensuring that we had a wonderful time. The weather was not great, so he made some great adjustments to accommodate: some informational pieces were in the very large, comfortable van, others inside bunkers at Pont du'Hoc, and umbrellas were offered when we were outside. He took extra steps to make sure we got to see some hidden features and sites, and as a result, we had an amazing time. I can't stop telling everyone to take this tour!

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