- Admission to Mémorial de Caen museum and guided tour of D-Day historic sites from Caen
- Explore the Mémorial de Caen museum at your own pace with or without an audio guide available in six languages
- See major D-Day sites such as Arromanches, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc on a 5-hour guided tour
- Learn about World War II and D-Day from your knowledgeable guide trained by the museum's historians
- Small-group site tour limited to seven people for a more intimate experience
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
World War II history comes to life on this tour! The museum is full of fascinating information about D-Day and seeing where the action took place makes it all seem so much more real. A truly eye-opening experience!
What You Can Expect
Choose to explore the museum at your own pace on the same day as your guided tour or on a different day, whatever is most convenient for you. This museum and war memorial tells the riveting story of D-Day within the larger context of historical events ranging from the end of World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Learn about the preparation for and execution of the massive invasion by exploring on your own, or from your in-depth audio guide, available in six languages. You can enjoy lunch at the museum's restaurant or cafe (own expense).
D-Day Sites Guided Tour
Join your informative guide -- trained by the museum's historians -- for an educational and poignant morning or afternoon tour of sites related to the Normandy landings on D-Day that helped the Allies win the war. In a luxury, air-conditioned minivan, travel with your small group to the Arromanches artificial harbor, where Allied forces brought in the hundreds of vehicles and many tons of weapons and materials needed for their assault.
Visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, where white crosses stretching far in all directions symbolize the terrible cost of war. Continue to the battery at Longues-sur-Mer and learn how it was defended by the Germans, and see the clifftop Pointe du Hoc, where the US Army Ranger Assault Group mounted a heroic attack.
Your tour culminates with a drive past the main Normandy landing beaches including Omaha Beach and the opportunity to set foot on one of those beaches yourself. Return to Mémorial de Caen after your 5-hour tour of D-Day sites with a much clearer understanding of how that fateful day helped define the outcome of World War II.
We were not able to make the scheduled tour because our flight was delayed and luggage was lost. However, we went to the museum at Caen on June 28th. I talked to the tour people, who called the manager for me. He told me that the tour with the mini-van that was scheduled for that day was full, but they could put us on the bus tour, as a compromise. As it turned out, there were seven of us who spoke English, so we had the same number of people with the English-speaking guide as we would have had in the mini-van. Everything else was the same as what we had paid for originally... a win-win situation.
The tour was excellent in every way. All the members of my party were gratified by the arrangements, and I was able to talk about it last night at a meeting I had here in the U.S. Your guide was superb, so well-informed and historically accurate. She was from Mali, but I cannot remember her name. The four of us in my group (my husband and I and friends) are all veterans, and this was a very meaningful trip for us because our fathers fought in WWII. The remainder of our two-week stay was spent in a rented thatched cottage near Pont-Audemer, but I would recommend the Caen Memorial tour to anyone who visits Normandy.
Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
This was one of the highlights of our holiday thanks to our guide Lawrence. We thoroughly enjoyed his commentary and insight into D-Day and the sites we visited. We definitely have a better understanding of how and what happened on that day. I suggest you allow a few hours to visit the Museum as it is well worth seeing. Make sure you visit the "Bunker" while you're there too. This is a must see.