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  • Location:Caen, France
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches

Tour the historic locations of World War II with this tour of D-Day sites and the Mémorial de Caen museum. See Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc and other important D-Day sites, as well as a guided tour of Mémorial de Caen. Select either the American D-Day sites or Canadian ones. This is an ideal day trip from Paris, especially since it begins at the Caen train station. Group size is limited to seven for the American sites and 15 people for the tour of Canadian sites, both ensuring a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Mémorial de Caen museum and D-Day sites tour, departing from Caen railway station
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Mémorial de Caen museum
  • Take a 5-hour minivan tour of D-Day sites likes Arromanches and Normandy American Cemetery
  • Choose to see a mixture of American D-Day sites, or opt to focus on key Canadian sites
  • Learn the stories behind the statistics of D-Day and World War II from the knowledgeable and passionate guide
  • Savor a 2-course lunch at La Terrasse Restaurant at Mémorial de Caen following the museum tour
  • Small-group tour limited to seven or 15 people for a more intimate experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you want a fascinating, in-depth tour of the Normandy beaches and other D-Day sites, this is the one to take! Seeing the grave markers in the American cemetery after hearing the heroic and harrowing stories of the invasion was especially moving for me.

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What You Can Expect

D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches

See the famous beaches where the dramatic D-Day Landings took place

Meet your guide at the train station in Caen – this location makes it easy for day trippers from Paris to catch a train over (own expense) in time for the tour.

Begin with a tour of the  Mémorial de Caen museum, the exhibits of which spans the period from the end of World War I through the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the assistance of your guide (trained specifically by historians at the museum), you'll gain a deeper understanding of the lead-up to D-Day on both sides of the war, and just how important D-Day was to the eventual end of World War II.

After your museum visit, enjoy a midday lunch break at La Terrasse, an on-site restaurant at Mémorial de Caen. You're welcome to ask questions of your guide as you dine on a 2-course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine and mineral water.

At the conclusion of the meal, climb into a climate-controlled minivan to begin a 5-hour guided visit to many of the area's most significant D-Day sites that you learned about earlier at the museum. The specific places you visit will depend on whether you have chosen to tour important American sites or Canadian sites.

Those on the American tour will see Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, the artificial harbor at Arromanches and the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Those on the Canadian tour will see the Juno Beach Centre, the Abbaye d'Ardenne, Bernières-sur-Mer and the Canadian Cemetery in Bény-sur-Mer.

With either tour, the stories shared by your guide will help bring some of the history back to life and add a human touch to enormous events like D-Day and World War II as a whole. By the time your tour concludes, you should have a greater understanding of exactly how crucial D-Day was to the Allied war effort, and perhaps a deeper appreciation for the young people who gave their lives in the war. The cemeteries are the perfect places to pay your respects.

The tour ends back at the Caen train station where it began, making it easy for you to hop on a train back into Paris if you need to (own expense).

Please note: From January 28 to March 31 and October 1 to December 31, all tours given on Sundays will only have a half-hour tour at the  Mémorial de Caen museum. The reason for this is that the first train coming from Paris doesn't arrive in Caen until 11am, and the post-lunch tours of D-Day sites leave at 1pm.

Customer Reviews

Dona M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Best Viator tour yet! Our guide met us at the train station at 9AM and never left our side until we were back at the train station at 7PM! She was pleasant and so very knowledgeable. We enjoyed every part of it. Not to be missed!

Charlene D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We loved the DDay tour in Normandy. Olivia and another female were our tour guides, and they were fabulous. We loved the tour, and will recommend this one to our friends.

Denise N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

WOW! By far the most moving, heart-tugging and felt experience I've had. Everyone should visit these sites. Our tour guide was fabulous...very knowledgeable about history, France, life...and personable. We felt as if we were spending the day with a dear friend. I strongly recommend this tour, especially if you aren't a big tour person. There were only three others besides my husband and myself, making for a perfect paced day with lots of additional information that only a small group can allow. Everything about this tour was excellent.

Michael S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We LOVED our tour. Our tour guide Rosine was amazing. We can't say enough good things about her. And our diver was wonderful too. we enjoyed our whole day there!

Sophia K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

It was great!

Scott C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

We were picked up at the train station and taken by coach bus to the Mémorial de Caen. We were broken up into small groups and lead around the museum relating to WWII. We would have spent most of the day just at the museum which covers WWI, WWII and the Cold War. Great exhibits and well laid out. After a nice lunch, we boarded our van 7 people plus guide and driver and headed out to see the D-Day sites. Along the way, Theiry our Guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. We started with Omaha beach and Point du Hoc and then headed to the American Cemetery. Everywhere we stopped, out guide had great information and pictures to show us of how the area looked before the invasion. This tour exceeded all our expectations. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants a great overview of D-Day and what went on during that part of the war.

Charles F B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

I was not feeling very good that day but the tour was great our tour guide was very good .When everyone was turned loose to look at the museum she had another tour guide who knew the area walk me to a pharmacy and helped me talk to the pharmicist about help with my cold .I will always be grateful.From the beaches to the lowering of the American flag at the cemetary the day was very emotional and I will never forget it.

Alecia F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The entire day was well-planned and covered everything anyone would want to see regarding this important historic event. Our guide was intelligent, concise, and incredibly knowledgeable - he answered all questions and provided side stories that enhanced the experience. This type of tour can be tricky because it is of great historical interest, but numerous people died - the guide did an excellent job emphasizing the former while paying tribute to the latter. My only complaint was the duck I had for lunch - it was dry and stringy, but the rest of the meal was really good and the dessert almost made up for the duck. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Normandy.

Jayne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This tour was fabulous! Our guide, Lena, made the tour come alive for all of us. She was attentive, very knowledgeable, and indefatigueable..just what you want in a guide! Five star tour for sure!!

Glenn W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was by far our favorite tour! Our guide was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable and had so many stories to tell us about the people and events that occurred during this time of war. I highly recommend this tour!

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