5 star rating: Highly Recommended 32 Reviews

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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  14 hours (approx.)
Spend a day away from Paris and visit the Normandy beaches where thousands of the Allied Powers’ troops landed on D-Day to reclaim France during World War II. Focusing on the sites where heavy losses were suffered by American soldiers, this full-day tour visits Utah Beach Museum, the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer and Omaha Beach Visitor Centre. Listen to poignant tales about the D-Day landings, enjoy time on the beaches and experience other Normandy highlights, too, with a traditional cider and calvados tasting plus a 2-course lunch in the countryside.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Normandy’s D-Day beaches from Paris, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the Normandy Invasion during WWII and the heavy losses suffered by American troops
  • Visit Utah Beach Museum, built on the beach where the first American soldiers landed
  • See one of the original D-Day B-26 fighter planes on Utah Beach
  • Explore the Normandy countryside and stop for a cider and calvados tasting followed by a 2-course lunch
  • Stop at Pointe du Hoc and visit the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer
  • Listen to tales of the Omaha Beach Landings at Omaha Beach Visitor Centre

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What You Can Expect

Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Tour from Paris: Omaha Beach, Cider Tasting and Lunch

Hear the history of Normandy on your day trip from Paris

Leave Paris by air-conditioned coach in the early morning, and travel toward the shores of northern France. Listen to your guide’s tales of the bloody battles that took place in Normandy during WWII, and compare the stories to the sights of countryside tranquility that abound in the area today.

Your first stop is Utah Beach Museum, housed in an original German bunker and built on the beach where the first American troops landed. The impressive museum charts the planning of Operation Overlord (the Allied codename for the Normandy Invasion) and documents the stories of French citizens whose actions during WWII shaped the face of Europe today.

Explore with your guide, and learn about the events of June 6, 1944 — or D-Day — when the Normandy landings commenced. Hear of Utah Beach, where the first Allied troops arrived, and gaze out at unparalleled views of the sands from inside the museum before heading down to the beach itself. Utah Beach is now home to one of only six remaining original B-26 fighter planes that were used during the invasion.

Continue into the Normandy countryside and stop to visit a traditional cider-making orchard for a tasting of cider and calvados (an apple-based brandy) inside an atmospheric 17th-century barn. Then, enjoy a break for lunch in a local restaurant with a view that overlooks the port of Grandcamp-Maisy. While the dishes served are subject to change, two courses are always served (a main course of fish or meat, followed by dessert) as well as a glass of cider.

Feeling revitalized, head to Pointe du Hoc, a German defense on the cliff tops that was heroically seized by US troops. After stopping to stretch your legs, travel onward to Colleville-sur-Mer and pay your respects to the fallen at the American Cemetery. Gaze down from the cemetery to Omaha Beach, one of the landing beaches where many American soldiers are buried, and then step inside Omaha Beach Visitor Centre to learn about the Omaha Beach landings when very little went as planned.

Having explored the center with your guide, return to your coach and finish your day with a drop-off at the start point in central Paris.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was a great tour. The guide was very knowlegable and very entertaining. I would highly recommend it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great trip! Felix was a wonderful guide, and had many interesting stories to tell. Lunch was very good, and the bus comfortable. Would highly recommend this tour and Felix.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Great tour. The cider tasting was a highlight for sure and the lunch was very good. well organized and on time - no complaints.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Wonderful day... we had two tour guides, one was an expert on the history and the other on French culture - a perfect combination of knowledge and information. I highly recommend this tour!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Felix and Violet were great. Long trip on a bus though, thankfully both of them made the extra effort on the way back to talk to each individual about anything. Only issue was breakfast in the morning, nothing was open before we got on the bus, and you don't get to stop until 930.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great tour - we really enjoyed it. The tour guides were excellent.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

As Americans, this day trip was very special for us. We've seen many portrayals of these battlegrounds in movies, but to experience them in real life was quite surreal. Walking out on Utah Beach and seeing how beautiful it is today, it was hard to picture the horrors of what happened on that fateful day. We were very surprised that we were able to walk around at Pont du Hoc, even walking into former German bunkers. The cider tasting added a nice, welcome break from the somberness of the day and the cider/calvados were very good!. Our lunch was very good as well. My wife has some dietary restrictions and our guide, Violet, went out of her way to ensure that the restaurant was able to accommodate her, which we very much appreciated. Our last stop was the American Cemetery. This was a nice cap to the day, allowing us to reflect on the events that transpired here. It was amazing that there were so many people there, yet it was so still and quiet. Violet did a great job of providing us with some context for each of the sites. She was very attentive and took great care of us.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Wonderful experience!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Professional and informative tour to Normandy and the D-Day landing beaches. Very informative and enjoyable. Great tour guide and driver. A great experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Although a long day, this tour was excellent and our guide, Linda, fantastic. We visited Utah Beach, the American Cemetary at Omaha Beach, and Pont du Hoc. Instead of just a fact based history, Linda provided a very human insight into what was occurring at that time. For a break in the history, we visited an apple orchard and producer of cider, calvados and liqueur, and had a lovely lunch at a seaside restaurant for some traditional Normandy fare. All in all a great day and we can thoroughly recommend this tour and Linda.

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