• Location: Caen, France
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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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

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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

Maurina M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour is incredible. What an amazing in-depth experience that really immerses yourself in the history. Our guide Mario was extremely knowledgeable, fun and answered all our questions. The beaches and cemetery were somber but fascinating to see. Lunch was yummy. Take this tour!

simoesd1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Svetlana was a wonderful tour guide who was knowledgeable, kind, and very considerate. She truly was a great tour guide and provided us with lots of information in an easy to understand way. I would highly recommend this tour! It was a full day, but well worth every minute of our trip! A MUST DO!

RUTH R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Rosie was a fabulous tour guide. We greatly enjoyed everything about the tour. Thank you!

Harvey B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Best tour of our trip. Our guide was knowledgeable and the day couldnt have been better. We learned causes of World War I and II. My husband and hi highly recommend this tour.

James L C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

What a wonderful, informative and emotional tour. We had a very special, knowledgeable guide who made this trip extra special for all of us in our group.

Helen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Sorry for the long delay in this review but this is a definite MUST! Very moving experience to see the sacrifices that men took to ensure our freedom. Lest we forget.

Marilyn J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The tour was awesome. Our guide, Mario, did a fantastic job! He was very knowledgeable and shared with us so much history and many facts about battles that took place in the war. We were able to walk through and touch places where our brave soldiers fought and died for us and our country. I liked that our group was small only six, which made it easy tfor Mario to answer all of our questions. We were served a delicious lunch together in the middle of the tour. I would highly recommend this Tour and Mario as a guide.

Ann S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Fabulous tour !! Lauren was a fabulous guide. He never passed up an opportunity to explain what we were seeing, and was SO knowledgeable. Great lunch at Caen Museum. Loved it.
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Paul G United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

We started with a tour of the Memorial. a little crowed but very impressive. The American Memorial Garden was especially nice, a water fall several benches and walking paths. Seeing Pont du Hoc was a highlight looking down that cliff and trying to imagine what those Rangers must have experienced! We we then went on to Utah and Omaha beaches then to the American Cemetery like a small Arlington.I was lucky to be there when the flags were retrieved and taps played very moving.
Our guide was very well informed, interesting, accommodating, and personable.

Grace O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent tour and guide. Learned a lot from our well informed tour guide. Great lunch with wine . very much recommend if you have never done this tour!

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