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  • Location:Caen, France
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)
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 either the key British or Canadian sites. This small-group tour is limited to seven people for the American sites and 12 for British and Canadian sites. All options ensure personalized attention from the guide.

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 either key British or 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 12 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 either British or 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. Or, choose the British tour to explore Pegasus Bridge in Bénouville, Ranville Commonwealth Cemetery, Ouistreham, Hermanville sur mer and the Hillman Strongpoint at Colleville-Montgomery.

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 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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Our guide, Mario, was outstanding. My family and I truly appreciated his knowledge and passion about the D-Day landings, and history of the area. This is a tour every American coming to France should take to appreciate the sacrifices the French, Americans, Canadians, British and all of our allies did to make this world a better world.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Wonderful wonderful. A highlight of our time in France.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

We had an awesome day! Our tour guide was friendly, engaging and very professional. We are so glad that we signed up for this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This D-Day tour was truly incredible. It was by far one of the best tours I've ever been on. Everything was so well-organized, from the tours to the site visits to transportation to lunch which was just delicious. One of the best things about the tour is being in small groups. As I came to the tour by myself, I was put with a family of 5, and it was the perfect size for a tour like this.

My tour guide Sandrine was really spectacular. She is so knowledgable about everything related to World War II and D-Day, and her passion for it all really shows. Sandrine also has a terrific personality, so if you get her as your tour guide, you're in for a real treat!

I would highly, highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in World War II, D-Day, France, world affairs, but I would also recommend this tour to anyone regardless of their interests! It is a very touching and moving experience. One that I know I will never forget.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Highly recommend...great tour and great guide ...

Michael P
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great day out.Very informative tour and what our guide Mario didnt know about this subject wasnt worth knowing.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Our guide, Mario, was terrific! The tour was informative and memorable. The only downside was the cafeteria lunch. I had the vegetarian plate and it was white rice, overcooked carrots and overcooked zucchini. Blah. Overall a great experience, though.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Very informative. Ran on time. Guide very knowledgable and answered all questions. Lunch was great. Well worth the money,

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