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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

Spend a remarkable day visiting the Mémorial de Caen museum and exploring historic D-Day sites such as Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Designed for day-trippers from Paris, this tour departs from Caen railway station and includes a guided visit to Memorial de Caen, lunch and a tour of pivotal D-Day sites. Choose whether you want to see the significant American D-Day sites, or if you’d prefer to visit the key Canadian sites. This small-group tour is limited to seven people for the American sites and 15 for Canadian sites. All options ensure personalized attention from the guide.


  • 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

Your tour begins at Caen railway station, making it especially easy to join if you're coming into the city by train from Paris (own expense). Follow your guide to the Mémorial de Caen, a museum covering major historical events from the end of World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Your guide - trained by the museum's historians - will explain the intense preparations for D-Day by both sides, and the tremendous significance of the day in the outcome of World War II.

Feel free to ask your guide any questions you may have about D-Day as you indulge in a 2-course lunch served with mineral water and a glass of wine at La Terrasse, a restaurant at the museum.

In the afternoon, board a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and embark on a 5-hour guided tour of some of the most important D-Day sites you learned about during your Mémorial de Caen museum tour. The sites you see are dependent on whether you wish to visit the key American D-Day sites, or if you'd prefer to focus on Canadian sites instead.

If you've opted for the American tour, visit the artificial harbour at Arromanches, the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc. Alternatively, select the Canadian tour to see Bernières-sur-Mer, the Juno Beach Centre, the Canadian Cemetery in Bény-sur-Mer and the Abbaye d’Ardenne

Throughout your small-group tour, your guide will share stories that will humanize the stark statistics of World War II and D-Day. By the end of this powerful tour of historic sites, you'll understand just how much was at stake on D-Day and have a new appreciation for the men who fought and died in the war. Your tour ends at Caen railway station in the evening so you can easily catch a train back to Paris (own expense) if you wish.

On Sundays from January 28 to March 31 and from October 1 to December 31 the guided visit of the Memorial de Caen museum will only last 30 minutes. This is because the first train from Paris arrives at 11am and the guided tour of the D-Day landing sites departs at 1pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Very well done -- the experience was perfect from start to finish. Organization and pace were commendable. Best was our guide, Lena -- knowledgeable, responsive and simply charming.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was the best tour ever! Patricia was wonderful. She really helped us to understand the chronology of the war, and we learned so much! The museum was great with a wonderful lunch, and then to see the landing beaches was truly an experience we won't forget. It makes me appreciate our brave soldiers even more, after seeing first hand how difficult it was for them to maneuver up the cliffs and forge ahead.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This tour was phenomenal! It is well planned out, with the visit to the museum being a perfect set up before actually visiting the beaches and cemetery. Our guide - Raphael - was outstanding - he seems to know everything about the history and geography of the place. He was always ready to answer the questions we had.
Very intimate since the tours is limited to six persons. Definitely my wife and I recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an excellent tour. Our tour guide was fantastic! Our train was late leaving Paris the morning of our tour, but the tour guide waited for us to arrive as most people taking the tour were on the same train. I recommend this tour.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour, one of the highlights of our trip. and you definitely need the full day to get the minimum experience. Guides were all knowledgeable and local, and spoke great english. The whole tour is built to work around the trains from Paris you get picked up right from the Caen train station so everything wen't very smoothly both at pickup and drop-off. Highly recommended.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour, our guide Lena was the best. Highly informative and a lovely person..

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Everything went smoothly from our pick up at the train station to our visit at the Memorial Museum to the W11 historical sites. Our Guide was outstanding and her knowledge was impressive. A very wonderful day that will long be remembered. I would not hesitate to recommend this trip !

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour. Guide was well informed and provided a great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Had a really great day out on the tour being shown all the main sites of the Normandy invasion. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the history of WWII.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was an excellent tour. Our guide was great and very informative. We highly recommend this tour. It is much easier than trying to see the various sites on your own.

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