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Witness a profound side of French and American history with a visit to Omaha Beach from Bayeux. On this 3-hour small-group tour, you’ll stroll the Normandy beaches, explore critical wartime sites like Pointe du Hoc and the Normandy American Cemetery, and learn fascinating facts and histories about WWII from your guide. In the company of a small group, you’ll have the chance to personalize the journey, stopping to take souvenir photos and ask questions.

Highlights

  • 3-hour guided tour of Omaha Beach from Bayeux
  • See the crater-riddled cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, a critical German outpost that was attacked by US forces
  • Step upon the Normandy battlefield beaches and learn about the battles that ensued there
  • Pay your respects at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial
  • Roundtrip hotel transport by minivan included
  • Small-group format ensures personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Omaha Beach Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

See where the US Rangers of the 2nd Battalion came ashore at Pointe du Hoc

You’ll be picked up from central Bayeux or your hotel and driven by comfortable 8-passenger minivan to three of Normandy's most important World War II sites. Throughout your 3-hour morning tour, your guide will tell stories about the events surrounding D-Day, the infamous day in 1944 when the Allies invaded German-occupied Normandy.
First, visit the prominent cliff of Pointe du Hoc, one of the largest German coastal batteries. With their long-range guns and canons, they threatened the whole American sector all the way to the coast to Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. On D-Day, American forces landed on the small rocky beach, bravely scaled the sheer cliffs, and successfully located and destroyed the guns. It was quite a feat — many thought it would be impossible — and the total casualties were devastating. With its huge fortifications blown to pieces, the well-preserved site remains as it was when the US Rangers left it — like an eerie lunar landscape.
Next, drive along the coast to Omaha Beach, the most famous of the five D-Day beaches, depicted in the movie Saving Private Ryan. American soldiers had to jump out of their Landing Craft, wade their way out of the cold water, cross the beach and get up onto the bluff, all while being shot at. Due to the site's topography, this operation was D-Day's bloodiest and almost failed, but the bravery, courage and sacrifice of those young men turned it into a victory.
Overlooking the bluff is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which you’ll visit next. The final resting place of 9,387 American service men whose graves are marked by beautiful white marble headstones, this site is a poignant tribute to those who fought so valiantly in one of the deadliest battles in history. You’ll see some of the better-known graves including the three Medal-of-Honor recipients and General Theodore Roosevelt Jr, as well as Ollie Reed father and son and the two Niland brothers, who served as inspiration for Saving Private Ryan.
After your tour of the cemetery, hop back in the minivan and relax on the contemplative ride back to Bayeux.
Please note: Due to special events taking place to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this tour may be amended on June 5, 6 and 7 2014. It may not be possible to access the beaches, in which case alternative sites will be visited instead.

Customer Reviews

Jane V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The trip was just as we hoped it would be. We had only half a day and it was amazing what she covered. We got to the beaches before the huge groups and it was virtually private! We loved that there were only six of us in a small van so we could communicate easily throughout the trip. She was a charming guide and very knowledgeable. Exactly what we wanted.

Lawrence L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide was excellent! She and her family are from the area and she brought personal stories with pictures into the text-book history. It made the experience even more special. This was a highlight of our trip, especially being able to experience the area with our military-aged young men on July 4th. We highly recommend spending more time honoring those that went before us!

Lori P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Very good tour, our guide was from Normandy so she was very informative and enthusiastic. Went to Point du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery. Definitely worth doing.

Daniel C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Scott C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was amazing!

Paul D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great short tour if you are pressed for time. Would be better to do longer if you can. Our guide spoke good English and was very knowledgeable. Well worth doing.

Stephen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Hadrian was an excellent guide-very well informed and spoke excellent English. I highly recommend.

Geoffrey C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Francois provided a very detailed and thorough explanation of events.

SHEILA B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Our guide was so knowledgeable and the group size was perfect. We loved being at Pont du Hoc first thing. We were alone out there and it just added to the tour. Thank you so much for such a great experience!

tammy s

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Great tour. Our guide picked us up on time and was full of information about the history and the area. The guide was from the area and spoke English well. We only had time for a half day tour and would recommend it if you don't have time for the full day tour. Thanks for the wonderful experience!

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