• Location: Bayeux, France
  • Duration: 5 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 88.41 View price calendar

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Enrich your knowledge of the fascinating history of World War II on a full-day tour of the Normandy battlefields from Bayeux. With an accomplished guide, discover facts surrounding Canada’s lesser-known involvement in the liberation of Europe and pay your respects at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. Hear of the tragic Canadian massacre at Ardenne Abbey and listen to intriguing narration that reveals poignant and probing information. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to onely eight people. 

Highlights

  • Tour of Normandy’s Canadian World War II sites from Bayeux
  • Gain unique insight on Canada’s role in the war from your expert guide
  • Explore the Juno Beach Centre, Normandy’s only museum dedicated to Canadian WWII history
  • See German bunkers and Canadian artillery equipment on Juno Beach
  • Visit the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, where thousands of Canadian soldiers are buried
  • Learn about the dark history of Ardenne Abbey
  • Small-group tour limited to eight ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites

See the native Canadian Inukshuk outside the Juno Beach Centre

After departing from your centrally located Bayeux hotel or a prearranged meeting point, begin your half-day tour of Normandy's Canadian World War II sites. Get acquainted with your knowledgeable guide and enjoy the scenery of the 30-minute drive to the Juno Beach Centre, a unique museum dedicated to the Canadian soldier’s involved in World War II. 


Learn about the pivotal role played by Canada in the war and see moving commemorations to the sacrifices made by courageous soldiers. See the German bunkers and beach obstacles that surround the museum and get up close to historical monuments that speak eloquently of the area’s fascinating history. 


Stop next at Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery to feel emotionally stirred my mire than 2,000 headstones dedicated to British, French and Canadian soldiers killed during the D-Day attacks. Admire spectacular views of the rugged Atlantic coast and then continue to Ardenne Abbey to marvel at a masterpiece of Norman architecture. Follow your guide on a guided tour of the 12th-century structure and hear of its turbulent history before returning to the vehicle and relaxing during the scenic journey back to Bayeux. 


Customer Reviews

Heather T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Tour guide was very informative. Tour was intimate and very touching.

Natalie D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

This was an absolutely fascinating tour with an extremely knowledgeable and passionate host. Although the topic is quite heavy and sad, it was incredibly interesting. We went to all of the important sites. The tour guide was an absolutely pleasure and answered all our questions. Would suggest to anyone who will be in the area!

Janice K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Our guide was very knowledgeable.

Thomas B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

My wife's father had flown cover with the RCAF over Juno Beach, so, the tour was meaningful.
We were pleased with the depth of knowledge of our guide, who had to shorten the tour a bit to accommodate our
train schedule. Particularly impressive were the Juno Beach Center, Canada House and the Canadian Cemetery.
Part of a bucket list taken care of very well.

Pamela K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

I recommend this tour to anyone going to visit the D-Day beaches to do this tour and learn about Canada's involvement on that day. Eye opening!

Gray M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Amazing tour. Guide was incredible and spent time looking up the specific history of my relative and showing me historical places, monuments, etc. relevant to him. Even knew of his regiment and showed me where it landed on the beach, pointed out people who would have fought alongside him, and EVEN knew of a book in the Juno Beach Book Store that had a quote from my grandfather. Incredible. His historical knowledge of the Canadian involvement in WWII was extremely impressive for a non-Canadian. Kudos.

Allan Z

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Amazing, we had such an amazing time. Sonny was an awesome tour guide. I learned so much, and the experience was very emotional at times for me. These young men enlisted to go fight a war that they were not required to go fight. It sure made me proud to be a Canadian.

James C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

''Tis was the second year in a row that we took this tour, this time with our youngest adult son. We had a different guide but one who was no less knowledgeable and engaging as the last. This is a great tour. It will help keep an important part of history alive.

Brian M M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent time. Well organized.

mackinaw42

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

The absolute highlight of my time in France. Our guide, Antoine, was engaging, friendly, knowledgeable and very well prepared with visual aids and anecdotes about many individuals, towns, and strategies. The thought of what happened on that beach, the displays and movies at the Juno Beach Centre, and the overwhelming sight of the cemeteries was extremely moving. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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