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Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne) Tours

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Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne)
The hallowed history of the D-Day landings on the beaches of Normandy draws thousands of visitors a year to this beautiful region of France. Along its now-calm coastline are tours, memorials, cemeteries, museums and stark reminders of the events of June 6, 1944. As you look out over the beaches and aided by the news reels from the time as well as modern-day recreations for the silver screen, it can be almost too easy to feel as though you can see exactly what happened, right in front of you.

But not everyone who fought that day arrived by boat. In the wee hours that morning – in fact, just after midnight - American paratroopers started descending into the region. Through a series of unfortunate events the paratroopers were not able to rally in order to provide organized support for the coming attack, but their scattered arrival sent the Germans running in all directions to defend their hold, a move which ultimately was one of the many factors in the Allies' victory. 

Most of the action from this event, code-named Operation Neptune, centered on the small village of Sainte-Mère-Église, which today is the site of one of the most fascinating WWII sites in Normandy: The Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne). Here visitors can relive the harrowing story of the 82nd and 101st Airborne divisions and see a Douglas C-47 as well as a Waco Glider.  The exhibits, presentations, and items housed in this parachute-shaped museum fill in many of the missing pieces to just how the Allied forces battled their way to victory.

While in the village of Sainte-Mère-Église, don't forget to look for what appears to be a parachute wrapped around one of the spires of the church. This is a memorial to John Steele, who remained stranded up there because of his caught parachute, and who escaped eventual German arrest to go on and help his division retake the town for the Allies.
Address: 14 Rue Eisenhower, Sainte-Mère-Église 50480, France
Hours: Apr-Sept 9am-6:45pm; Oct-Mar 10am-5pm; closed in January
Admission: Adults 8Euro; Children 4.50Euro
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Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites

Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites

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Get an up-close look at the site of America’s D-Day invasion with a visit to the Normandy battlefield beaches from Bayeux. On this 9-hour small-group tour, you’ll stroll Utah and Omaha beaches, explore famous wartime sites like Pointe du Hoc and Sainte-Mère Church, and learn the turbulent history of this key WWII location. Throughout the tour, enjoy free time to take souvenir photos, pay respects and ask questions of your expert guide.
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  • 9 hours
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Private Day Tour including Normandy Landing Beaches & Battlefields from Bayeux

Private Day Tour including Normandy Landing Beaches & Battlefields from Bayeux

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Discover the fascinating history behind the events of the 1944 Allied Invasion on a private full-day tour of Normandy from Bayeux. With an accomplished guide, delve into the tales of D-Day as you marvel at significant sites like the battlefields and landing beaches of Utah Beach and Sword Beach. Visit esteemed museums and moving cemeteries to enrich your knowledge of the historic events and admire the picturesque scenery of the famous French region. Customize the itinerary of the tour according to your interests and receive the undivided attention of your private guide throughout the day.
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  • 8 hours
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US$817.12
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Full Day Private Tour: American D-Day Beaches from Bayeux

Full Day Private Tour: American D-Day Beaches from Bayeux

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→ Our D-Day Private Tour is a great way to discover the landing sites of Normandy in your own Private party, accompanied by a professional native English-speaker Guide (multilingual options too: Fr/De/Es) → All of the D-Day sites listed – as well as other brief stops on our planned route – have been carefully chosen to include the major sites in The American D-Day landing sector. At major sites there is ample free time to walk around and take photos. Plenty of rest stops if required → Our of our D-Day Tours are fully customizable → You will have your own dedicated native-speaker guide for the entire duration of the Private Tour, who will go out of his / her way to make your day memorable and endeavor to answer your every question → Our D-Day Private Tours are conducted in luxury 8-seat Mercedes: Leather reclining seats, tinted windows, fridge with soda & water, coffee & tea, Wi-Fi, USB for your devices. Our vehicles are also equipped with the latest in security & safety technology
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  • 9 hours
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US$603.55
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Airborne Museum (Musée Airborne) hours of operation: Apr-Sept 9am-6:45pm; Oct-Mar 10am-5pm; closed in January. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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