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Tour the historic locations of World War II with this tour of D-Day sites and the Mémorial de Caen museum. See Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc and other important D-Day sites, as well as a guided tour of Mémorial de Caen. Select either the American D-Day sites or Canadian ones. This is an ideal day trip from Paris, especially since it begins at the Caen train station. Group size is limited to seven for the American sites and 15 people for the tour of Canadian sites, both ensuring a personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Mémorial de Caen museum and D-Day sites tour, departing from Caen railway station
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the Mémorial de Caen museum
  • Take a 5-hour minivan tour of D-Day sites likes Arromanches and Normandy American Cemetery
  • Choose to see a mixture of American D-Day sites, or opt to focus on key Canadian sites
  • Learn the stories behind the statistics of D-Day and World War II from the knowledgeable and passionate guide
  • Savor a 2-course lunch at La Terrasse Restaurant at Mémorial de Caen following the museum tour
  • Small-group tour limited to seven or 15 people for a more intimate experience

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

If you want a fascinating, in-depth tour of the Normandy beaches and other D-Day sites, this is the one to take! Seeing the grave markers in the American cemetery after hearing the heroic and harrowing stories of the invasion was especially moving for me.

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What You Can Expect

D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches

See the famous beaches where the dramatic D-Day Landings took place

Meet your guide at the train station in Caen – this location makes it easy for day trippers from Paris to catch a train over (own expense) in time for the tour.
Begin with a tour of the  Mémorial de Caen museum, the exhibits of which spans the period from the end of World War I through the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the assistance of your guide (trained specifically by historians at the museum), you'll gain a deeper understanding of the lead-up to D-Day on both sides of the war, and just how important D-Day was to the eventual end of World War II.
After your museum visit, enjoy a midday lunch break at La Terrasse, an on-site restaurant at Mémorial de Caen. You're welcome to ask questions of your guide as you dine on a 2-course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine and mineral water.
At the conclusion of the meal, climb into a climate-controlled minivan to begin a 5-hour guided visit to many of the area's most significant D-Day sites that you learned about earlier at the museum. The specific places you visit will depend on whether you have chosen to tour important American sites or Canadian sites.
Those on the American tour will see Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, the artificial harbor at Arromanches and the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Those on the Canadian tour will see the Juno Beach Centre, the Abbaye d'Ardenne, Bernières-sur-Mer and the Canadian Cemetery in Bény-sur-Mer.
With either tour, the stories shared by your guide will help bring some of the history back to life and add a human touch to enormous events like D-Day and World War II as a whole. By the time your tour concludes, you should have a greater understanding of exactly how crucial D-Day was to the Allied war effort, and perhaps a deeper appreciation for the young people who gave their lives in the war. The cemeteries are the perfect places to pay your respects.
The tour ends back at the Caen train station where it began, making it easy for you to hop on a train back into Paris if you need to (own expense).
Please note: From January 28 to March 31 and October 1 to December 31, all tours given on Sundays will only have a half-hour tour at the  Mémorial de Caen museum. The reason for this is that the first train coming from Paris doesn't arrive in Caen until 11am, and the post-lunch tours of D-Day sites leave at 1pm.

Customer Reviews

carol b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I am not a history buff in the least and would highly recommend this tour. It was informative, interesting, nice small groups, comfortable traveling and well organized.

CAROL ANN L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide was fabulous. We thoroughly enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in D-Day.

Melanie B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My husband and I took this day trip from Paris, and it was a real treat from start to finish. We really appreciated that we had only 6 people, and we were driven around in a van, not a bus. Our guide was wonderful - she was knowledgeable about the area and the history behind the events that occurred there. I am not a history buff, but I found the subject matter fascinating and sobering. We were well taken care of from the moment we stepped off the train in Caen until the van dropped us off again that afternoon. Even the lunch at the museum was incredible I would recommend this tour to anyone interested in the Normandy sites.

LESLEY F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This tour was amazing!!!!! Our tour guide was the best! He was French but had traveled to the US to learn about our culture and talk with WWII vets. We did the American tour and we spent just enough time at each site to learn all the background. Only 6 people in the van so our guide made it personable and was able to answer all of our questions. The lunch at the Caen Museum was out of this world!!! Definitely recommend this tour!

Lars R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was fantastic. We were lucky enough to have beautiful weather(didn and #39;t pay extra for it either!)
We were met at the train station and made to feel comfortable from the first moment. guides were knowledgable and personable. Even my teenagers enjoyed it! Thank you Cecile and Laurent!

Antoinette J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It is a long day from Paris, but worth every minute. The American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer is one of the most moving places I have ever been.

Brady S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

If you want to do a day trip to Caen and experience the Dday beaches from Paris, this is the tour to take. Our guide Mario was incredibly nice and knowledgeable. Keep in mind!- you could spend 2 weeks here learning about everything so it does feel a little rushed, but that and #39;s a day tour for you.

Michael T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Excellent tour! The drivers and guides were prompt, courteous, professional, and very knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend it. It is an all day tour...small group 6-7 people in mini vans. Good lunch included.

Lindsay S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

My mom and I spent the day on the D-Day Tour during our visit to Paris. It was so well worth it! Pray that you get Mario- he was absolutely amazing! The train system was easy and they were right there when we arrived to Caen. You start off at the museum which is so well spent and organized. I recommend taking time to wander outside to the gardens then go into the bunker. We didn't feel rushed at different sites, they gave you time to wander on your own, and some of the places have little stores for snacks, coffees, beverages etc. Again, I highly recommend this for a day trip.

PSH

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

What a wonderful tour. Very educational. Our guide, Mario, did a great job. He gave us details we would not have picked up on our own. It made the whole tour so much meaningful.
It rained some and was cool and sometimes windy. Definitely bring layers for your comfort, no matter the time of year.

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