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Full-Day American Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour from Bayeux

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Sainte-Mere-Eglise, France
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Overview

Chart the story of the World War II D-Day landings by American forces on this day trip from Bayeux. Learn about the objectives and achievements of the US assaults on June 6, 1944 as you visit the key beaches of Utah and Omaha, and German battery at Pointe du Hoc. Plus, visit the Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mère-Église and the US cemetery overlooking Omaha. Air-conditioned minivan transport, entrance fees, and central Bayeux pickup and drop-off included.
  • Full-day tour of Normandy’s US sector D-Day sites from Bayeux
  • Discover the key US battle sites and events of June 6, 1944
  • Visit Utah Beach and the Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mère-Église
  • See the craters and German gun casements at Pointe du Hoc
  • Stop at ‘Bloody Omaha’ and visit the US Cemetery overlooking the sands
  • Break for lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant
  • Small group of eight or fewer, with minivan transport, entrance fees, and central Bayeux pickup and drop-off
After pickup in central Bayeux, settle inside your air-conditioned minivan with your guide and small group of eight or fewer. Then, begin your 8- to 8.5-hour tour of the battlefields involved in the American troop landings of D-Day in June 1944.

As you travel between the sites, hear about the American military action on that long-ago day, together with background on the wider war, including tales of the German occupation of France and French Resistance, and the stories of individual soldiers.

Make your way to Utah Beach, where the US 4th Infantry Division made their assault. Hear about the events that unfolded here, and call at Sainte-Mère-Église, the small nearby town where paratroopers landed in the early hours of D-Day.

Visit the town’s Airborne Museum to chart the assault before continuing to Pointe du Hoc, a prominent cliff that was the highest point between the Utah and Omaha Beaches. See the bunkers, craters, and German casements and gun pits here, and learn how US Army Rangers scaled the cliffs to seize the battery.

View the monument honoring the rangers and visit Omaha, dubbed ‘Bloody Omaha,’ for being the most intensely fought after of all the landing beaches. Hear why the landings were difficult, and contemplate the vastness of the 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) beach.

After lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant, pay a visit to the US cemetery on the cliffs overlooking Omaha. Explore this heart-rending place with its impressive memorial, and take in the beach from the different vantage point of the cliffs. Before leaving, enjoy time to stroll around independently, perhaps visiting the graves or exploring the Visitor Center to learn about the landings and 9,387 Americans buried here.

Your tour concludes with an early-evening drop-off at Bayeux’s station or Place de Quebec.

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Matthieu tour guide
scotcop69
, Nov 2019
Matthieu, our tour guide was great! Good sense of humor, knowledgeable, and was very good overall. Very happy. Thank you, Matthieu!
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Excellent Tour
crzycrtclk
, Nov 2019
This was an all day tour of the D-Day sights in Normandy. This was an excellent tour that anyone that is interested in history or WWII should take. Our guide was well versed in the history of the area & answered all questions. We visited Omaha & Utah Beaches, LaPointe Du Hoc, Sainte-Mere English, different war museums in between & ended the tour at the American Cemetery. Our guide told us many stories of went on during the D-Day invasion, things we were never taught in school. This is a tour that I highly recommend. You will not be disappointed.
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Excellent day in Normandy
Mary A
, Nov 2019
I had looked forward to this tour especially of the four I took with Viator. Matt turned out to be a fantastic guide. We went to Utah Beach in the morning, practically the only tour that goes there. My father landed there in 1944. When Matt found out I had a personal interest, he made sure I had time and privacy to relate to Dad. He also had me sign the wall of the restaurant that faces the beach. So moving. These are first-rate, licensed, professional guides who spend their entire year working or researching information to provide great tours. No part-time college kids here. They are dedicated.
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Full day D-Day Tour from Bayeux
drjclewis
, Oct 2019
Our last day in Bayeux we took this tour. Sophia? was our guide and quite knowledgeable. AS with all our tours we only touched on the highlights of our D-Day experience, and are very glad we were able to see all we did in the 4 days we were there. We hope to come back one day and spend more time.
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A lot to see in one day!
Lois L
, Oct 2019
This is a great kind of tour if you don't have a lot of time to spend in Normandy. We got to see the American sites in the Airborne Museum which I think was great. Our guide Oliver was very nice and helpful and it was nice having a small group. However, it was rather difficult to understand him sometimes and many people had to ask him to repeat what he was saying. But that's part of what goes along with having a local guide. And because he was local he offered a lot of perspective. We had ample time at the American cemetery, but we wish we could have had more time at the beaches. However, it was a cold rainy day so maybe usually there is more time to be spent at the beaches
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Excellent tour!!
stephenfreeman14
, Oct 2019
Roman was an excellent guide. Very personable and fun. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history and events of all areas, including areas we were not able to visit (inland). Overall an outstanding tour. I would go with them again to hear about more events.
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All Day D DAY Normandy Tour
Dave605
, Oct 2019
Olivier Criquet was our tour guide for the day. He was thoroughly versed in D Day history and did an outstanding job helping us understand. He was personable and went well beyond our expectations.
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Perfect Tour if you only have a day in the area
CarlainAlaska
, Sep 2019
This tour picks great places to visit. Our female guide was an expert in WWII and included many stories we had never heard. She was entertaining and likeable. She has two first names. Our favorite locations were the air museum, which includes four separate buildings, Utah Beach, and the cemetery. The ride home was short.
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Excellent tour presentation!
alfredg441
, Sep 2019
We chose this tour since we would visit the main sites in which the American forces participated, especially Utah Beach where one of our father's landed in the D-Day battle. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the background history as well as the events that occurred on D-Day. What was particularly good was our tour guide's organization. We were given a general description of the full day's activities before starting as well as a more detailed description at each venue. Timelines were also presented so we had a very good idea of how much time we would spend. She also made suggestions as to what particular locations we should be sure to see. At each venue, the tour guide spent some time with us and then gave us time to freely explore. Her use of the microphone in our tour vehicle was helpful. There were 8 of us in the van, all adults over age 60. The tour guide provided personal assistance with accessing the van and guidance for purchasing lunch. Our group of 4 drove into Bayeux and she gave us directions well ahead of the tour for parking, which is very important, as well as helping us with the translation at the parking kiosk (free parking but a ticket required which was confusing but she provided so much help). Thank you Anne Sophie for your wonderful presentation/tour!
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Outstanding Tour!
cliffordstraub
, Sep 2019
Our guide was outstanding. He was knowledgeable, friendly and very informative. Best guide we ever had on any tour.

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