5 star rating: Highly Recommended 41 Reviews

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  • Location:Paris, France
  • Duration:14 hours (approx.)

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

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.


  • 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 October 2015

This was also an excellent tour!!!
The guides were very knowledgeable and made the trip interesting the taking us to the actual Omaha Beach which wasn't scheduled was an extra bonus and made the whole trip!!!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This was a very long day trip, but well worth the effort and time investment. Our guides were Daniel and Felix, and both were very knowledgeable. They provided interesting and detailed information regarding all of the stops on the tour, and kept us moving throughout the day. During the visit to the American cemetery, we were able to see the tombstone and grave of Brigadier General Teddy Roosevelt, Jr. We were there near the end of the day and the American Flag was lowered and Taps played....Quite a moving experience. We went to Utah Beach and toured the museum there, and at the end of the day we were able to visit Omaha beach.

I recommend this trip for anyone who is interested in the D-Day beaches and the history of the Allied landing. The side trip to the cider tasting was interesting, and lunch in a quaint fishing village was excellent. Overall a great trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Long day but is well worth the trip! - Lunch was awesome and cider tasting was a lot of fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Loved this day trip to Normandy!! Our tour guides Patrice and Linda were great, particularly Patrice. It is a long day, but the organization and flow of the trip make it fly by. The lunch was amazing, the cider delicious, and the tour guides were very warm, knowledgeable and informative. Well worth the 12 hour day and the money spent!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Wonderful experience.
Well worth it.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was an awesome tour...our tour guide was unsurpassed in her knowledge and had a great sense of humor during what was a long day.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Felix and Patrice were great! They kept the historical accounts going the entire time and ensured we knew what we were looking at and that we got everywhere we needed to on time. Of course, it would always be great to have more time at each place, but it is a day trip with a long drive by someone else! from Paris, so it is to be expected. Overall, great trip!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Amazing day! Our guides on August 5th were remarkable and a storehouse of knowledge. We were delighted with their expertise, the sites were amazing and the lunch was a lovely break. We would highly recommend this experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was great! It is a long day, but definitely worth it. The day was extremely well-planned and tightly packed, so we were able to see all of the sights without feeling completely rushed. If you are the kind of person who likes to read every single placard in a museum, then you might feel a bit rushed at some of the sights Utah Beach and Omaha Beach especially, where there are museums, but my fiance and I thought the timing was perfect. The lunch is delicious, as is the cider tasting. Those were fun additions to an otherwise somber day. Overall, we had a wonderful and fascinating day.

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.

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