Discover the beaches of the D-Day landings on this guided day trip to Normandy from Paris. Focusing on the sites where heavy losses were suffered by American soldiers, the tour stops at the Omaha Beach Visitor Centre, Utah Beach Museum and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Enjoy free time on the beaches and hear poignant tales about the events of June 6, 1944. During this full but inspiring day of sightseeing, revitalize with a cup of traditional cider and lunch at a waterside restaurant.
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
Why Travellers Choose This Tour
Cider and calvados tastings are included on this Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches tour.
Spend a day away from Paris and visit the Normandy beaches where thousands of the Allied Powers’ troops landed to free France from Axis control during World War II. During your early-morning ride aboard an air-conditioned coach to northern France, your informative guide shares fascinating commentary on the events of June 6, 1944, better known as D-Day.
Begin at the Utah Beach Museum, housed in an original German bunker and constructed on the beach where the first American troops landed. Here, learn about Operation Overlord (the Allied codename for the Normandy Invasion) and the invaluable assistance from French citizens that made a difference in the war.
Utah Beach is now home to one of only six remaining original B-26 fighter planes that were used during the invasion. Look out onto breathtaking views of the beach from inside the museum before heading down to the beach itself.
Next, head out to the countryside to a 17th-century barn with a traditional cider-making orchard, and savor some of its cider and calvados (an apple-based brandy). With your appetite opened up, settle in for a 2-course lunch at a restaurant overlooking the port of Grandcamp-Maisy. (Lunch typically includes a main course of fish or meat, dessert and a glass of cider.)
After your meal, your coach takes you to Pointe du Hoc, a cliff-top German defense the US troops heroically seized. Continue to Colleville-sur-Mer and pay your respects to the fallen at the American Cemetery.
From the cemetery, you can see Omaha Beach, one of the landing beaches where many American soldiers are buried. Inside the Omaha Beach Visitor Centre, gain insight into the landings that did not fare accordingly to plan.
Then, board your coach for return transport to your departure point in Paris.
Viator Traveller's Reviews
, Oct 2018
The day trip overall was incredible. We had a fantastic time at every stop. It was a fantastic way to experience our history. The cider tasting was incredible, the host was very nice and well learned at his craft. The only complaint I had was one of our guides we had two had so many piercings in/around her mouth that she was extremely difficult to understand. Thankfully the other guide did most of the talking.
The trip made the history of D-Day, so much more come alive! Our 2 guides/ hosts could not have done a better job of providing a fantastic experience, And the driver was very competent and accommodating. We heard so many stories of what led up to the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944, as well as what happened on that longest day! Would go back to do the trip over again with those 2 gentlemen! I am fairly knowledgeable in WW2, and I learned things I didn’t know. The cider tour was a lot of fun too. Enjoyed the cider and the dogs. Lunch was excellent! Great setting at harbor restaurant. Could not have asked for anything more! Thank you so much! Dave and Cindy Wilson
The amount of information and sites packed into this day makes it worth every penny. When it says “lunch” I envisioned a sandwich and chips and was pleasantly surprised for a lovely sit down lunch with a main course and dessert. Our guides Anatole and Brad struck the right note with information and letting people rest on the bus when needed. It is a LONG day, make no mistake. We left the hotel at 6:15am to meet at the rendezvous point and got back around 9:30pm. It’s worth it. Wear comfortable clothing and settle in for a memorable day.
We took the tour that included both beaches, the cemetery, museum, cider tasting, and lunch. It was a very long day, but well worth the trip. Our tour guides, Brad and Ansul, were very knowledgeable and entertaining! We were transported in a very comfortable bus with ample space. The tour was very well paced allowing enough time for each stop, to include restroom and snack breaks. We enjoyed visiting the Cider Distillery and the lunch was EXCELLENT! We highly recommend this tour. It is an awe inspiring trip that you will truly enjoy! The tour was provided by City Wonders.
Amazing tour and very educational. Brad and Zach are the best tour guides that I have had all week here in Paris! You learn a lot and laugh even more with these two, don’t be the last one on the bus... you may just have to tell a joke! A common complaint is wanting more time at certain places, I do agree, however I wouldn’t be able to choose what to take out of the tour, it’s all so wonderful! I would highly recommend this this tour to my friends and family.
Brad and Zach were GREAT.
Perfect guides with a wealth of information about Normandy but also great tips about Paris. Being on both Utah and Omaha beaches were amazing and surreal. Pointe du Hoc and American Cemetery were just as powerful to visit. The lunch was fantastic and the visit to the apple cider farm house tasting was beautiful and delicious. I look forward coming back and spending more time in Normandy but at least I was able to spend part of a day at a place that has been on my bucket list for many years. I would highly recommend this tour to everybody
Normandy beaches were absolutely worth every minute. It was a great tour however one of our tour guides Fred was nice but made numerous anti-American comments that he passed off as jokes but it was obvious that he doesnt care much about people from the US. Everybody on the tour was from the United States and that was definitely not the place for those comments. The cider tasting was a big let down and lunch was only okay but again the beaches were fantastic.