- 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.
I was impressed by Julian and his effort to go all the way and never stop presenting interesting information for almost 5 hours solid in French and English! What an impressive young man from Detroit (Indiana for university)! It was neat to share how the gas/fuel lines from England to France were built with Julian as I happened to work for the company that made this undersea pipeline during WWII. Being an old Ranger, Pont Du Hoc spoke to me (225 Rangers took it, held it for 3 days against German counterattack, and ~95 made it through). We got a special treat - cold and rainy weather just like on D-Day. The American cemetary was beautiful even on such a gloomy day and gives the respect due to those brave souls that protected our freedom. This was furthered by Julian's knowledge of key aspects about it. The views of the beaches are incredible and it is fascinating to see items in place on the beaches from the day the were put in place during this period. The museum does a good job of walking a person through the history of this period but bring your reading glasses! I would suggest a slightly better microphone system for the van.
Here is the proud history listed on General Cable's website. Julian - If you read this, here's the link
1942 - Produced a series of wartime posters for the World War II Home-Front Campaign to build morale, to speed production and to encourage economy and conservation of critical materials, which were distributed to the armed forces, government officials and manufacturing plants involved in the war efforts.
1943 - Manufactured 140 miles of hollow tube designed to transport 120 million gallons of diesel fuel between England and France for the D-Day invasion — Code name: "Operation Pluto." PLUTO stood for Pipe Line Under The Ocean.
1944 - Produced 80% of the battlefield telephone wire used by the Allies and 50% of the Navy's power and communications cable.
Excellent tour of many interesting sites