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Discover the scenic beauty and historical richness of the Norman battlefields on a half-day tour of Sword Beach and the Hillman Bunkers from Bayeux. With a knowledgeable guide, enjoy a sensitive introduction to one of Europe’s most difficult periods and visit significant sites related to WWII. Browse intriguing exhibitions in the Merville Gun Battery and Museum; hear turbulent tales of the events that occurred on Sword Beach; and descend into the Hillman Bunkers to gain an understanding of the conflict that took place there. Pay tribute to fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth Military Cemeteries and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour. 

Highlights

  • 5-hour tour of Normandy Battlefields from Bayeux
  • Visit the Merville Gun Battery and Museum
  • See Sword Beach, where the D-Day landings began
  • Explore the Hillman Bunker complex outside Colleville-sur-Orme
  • Visit the Commonwealth Military Cemeteries
  • Small-group tour by minivan

What You Can Expect

Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector

See the famous Pegasus Bridge; one of the key D-Day sites

Depart from a centrally located Bayeux location and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle destined for Pegasus Bridge. Get acquainted with the turbulent history of this deceptively picturesque region and then continue onto the Melville Gun Battery and Museum to delve deeper into the history of this formerly war-torn French enclave. 

After hearing of how courageous D-Day soldiers completed their difficult mission at Sword Beach, admire the coastal splendor of the sandy stretch and listen to tales of the heavy artillery fire that 28,000 soldiers came under.  Spend some enriching time exploring the Hillman Bunkers and gain insight into the pivotal roles the concrete shelters played in the midst of the conflict. 

Continue onto the Commonwealth Military Cemeteries to pay tribute to interminable rows of graves commemorating fallen soldiers, and take a moment of quiet reflection while reading moving epitaphs of each courageous fighter. 

After a day of enriching exploration, return to your minivan and relax during the scenic journey back to Bayeux. 

Customer Reviews

norproducts

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Excellent tour, for a half day a lot was packed in, our guide was very informative.

Glen C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Great tour, very moving.
Sly our guide and was very knowledgeable and made the day.
Especially loved the story of Pegasus bridge with Paras and Marines
Thanks for making our trip so memorable Sly

NivekNagrom USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2013

Very Good. Our guide was full of insights and kept it interesting

richard r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Excellent! Our tour guide for the British sector was Sylvain "Sly" Kast. He was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant, and patient-fielding many questions from the tourists. I have advised friends anticipating a trip to Normandy to contact me in advance so that I can guide them to Sly! Please share this with Sly Thank you, Dick Robins

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2010

Olivier was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who is generous enough to share his extensive knowledge with his clients. If you have longer, consider doing a full day tour. Or, if you have a specific request, do ask for a personalised private tour.

Margaret D United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2010

We had a very interesting afternoon in which we were taken to a range of places. Well beyond our expectations and despite the threat of bad weather we managed to keep mainly dry. Our guide was excellent and made us feel comfortable enough to ask a whole range of questions which he answered in detail.

LAUREL M Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2010

The tour was very thought provoking! Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful an excellent survey of the beaches, highly recommended.

Gary H United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2008

Excellent trip, the driver knew everything that he could about this and was able to answer all of our questions.

WICKHAM D United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2008

Our guide, a charming young French woman with excellent English, arrived promptly at the hotel. The tour packed in a lot in a short time with visits to Pegasus Bridge, Ranville Cemetary, Hillman and Sword Beach. At each stop her detailed knowledge made for a most informative and enjoyable experience.

Terry J S

4 star rating: Recommended August 2015

Very knowledgeable guide. We were a little disappointed that we did not go to the Sword museum as this was the main reason for booking. However we enjoyed many aspects of the tour and we were pleased that after asking we actually went to the Sword beach and paid our respects to family.

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