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  • Address: Omaha Beach, Collville-sur-Mer, France 14710
  • Hours: April 15-September 15 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; September 16-April 14 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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American Military Cemetery Tours

The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial may very well be the most visited American military cemetery in the world after Arlington, and with good reason: It is an emotional experience that stays with visitors long after they've returned home from their travels, even if they've never given much thought to World War II battle history.

There are four distinct features to the memorial, located in Colleville-sur-Mer, about half an hour from Bayeux and three hours from Paris. First, there is the cemetery itself, the final resting place of more than 9,000 soldiers. The vast majority of them lost their lives fighting the D-Day battles of Normandy, but there are other World War II heroes buried here as well. The rigid lines of so many thousands of graves are an astonishing sight, and the sense of loss is overwhelming. You'll see small stones placed upon the headstones in the shape of the Star of David for Jewish soldiers; this is a common Jewish custom and they should not be removed.

The next feature is the memorial, which includes a reflecting pool, a chapel and inlaid maps detailing the events of D-Day. The American flag flies here, as France conceded the land to the Americans and it is considered U.S. soil. The memorial and cemetery give way to the next feature, which is the view from from the site's vantage point above the famous Omaha Beach. From news reports and cinematic depictions we've come to recognize the beach from the point of view of the soldiers coming in from the English Channel; to see it from above, though, is to see just how precarious their circumstances were and how incredible it was that victory belonged to the Allies that day.

The final feature of the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is its brilliant visitor center, which puts everything into context. Far from jingoistic chest-thumping, the center instead stands in humble awe of the men who gave their lives on D-Day and pays every ounce of due respect to the enormity of the operation. Inside are items the soldiers carried with them, from ammunition to good luck charms, as well as first-hand accounts recorded by veterans. Learn about the French involvement in the region and the small details that could have made or broken the operation.

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Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip, Paris, null
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Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1773 Reviews

Take a poignant, memorable day trip from Paris to visit the Normandy battlefields and landing beaches of World War II. You'll visit famous wartime sites and ...  Read more

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

From USD $184.44
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Half-Day Small-Group Tour to American D-Day Beaches from Bayeux, Bayeux, Day Trips
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Half-Day Small-Group Tour to American D-Day Beaches from Bayeux

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Explore Omaha Beach and gain insight into US soldiers’ role in World War II on this small-group half-day D-Day landing tour from Bayeaux. Visit key sites of ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.19
Le Havre Shore Excursion: Full Day Guided Tour of American D-Day Beaches including Lunch, Le Havre, ... 
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Le Havre Shore Excursion: Full Day Guided Tour of American D-Day Beaches including Lunch

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Enjoy a full day small group sightseeing tour of the American sectors of the D-Day Normandy invasion, departing from Le Havre cruise ship terminal. An ...  Read more

Location: Le Havre, France
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $184.13
Cherbourg Shore Excursion: Full Day Guided Tour of American D-Day Beaches including Lunch, Bayeux, ... 
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Cherbourg Shore Excursion: Full Day Guided Tour of American D-Day Beaches including Lunch

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Enjoy a full day small group sightseeing tour of the American sectors of the D-Day Normandy invasion, departing from Cherbourg cruise ship terminal. An ...  Read more

Location: Cherbourg-Octeville, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $184.13
Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission and Guided Tour of D-Day Sites from Caen, Caen, Ports of ... 
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Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission and Guided Tour of D-Day Sites from Caen

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 73 Reviews

Learn all about World War II and the momentous events of D-Day on this full-day tour. Explore the Mémorial de Caen museum at your leisure with or without ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.63
Full-Day D-Day Tour of Normandy from Bayeux, Bayeux, Day Trips
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Full-Day D-Day Tour of Normandy from Bayeux

June 6, 1944 forever changed the course of World War II — and of world history — when Allied forces launched a surprise attack on the Nazi-held Normandy coast. ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.29
Private Day Tour to Normandy D-day Beaches from Paris, Paris, Day Trips
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Private Day Tour to Normandy D-day Beaches from Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

Visit the D-day beaches of Normandy and delve into France’s World War II history on this private day tour from Paris. Explore the WWII landings battlegrounds ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $235.82
Small-Group Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Landing Beaches Day Trip from Paris, Paris, Private ... 
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Small-Group Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Landing Beaches Day Trip from Paris

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 51 Reviews

Discover the D-Day landing sites of World War II on this day trip from Paris to Normandy with a driver-guide. You'll visit Point du Hoc, Colleville-sur-Mer, ...  Read more

Location: Paris, France
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $260.32
Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux, Bayeux, Day Trips
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Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 780 Reviews

Pay tribute to the soldiers who fought on Normandy’s World War II beaches on this afternoon tour to Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc from Bayeux. Visit famous ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.89
D-Day Normandy Beaches Tour from Paris, Paris, Historical & Heritage Tours
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D-Day Normandy Beaches Tour from Paris

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Enjoy a full-day sightseeing tour of the American sectors of the D-Day Normandy invasion. An experienced English-speaking guide will show you the battlefield ...  Read more

Location: Carentan, France
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $126.98

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