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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.


  • 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

Melissa D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

We did this tour as a day trip from Paris. It was a long and emotional day, but well worth it. I would definitely recommend this tour.

Adam K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour was fantastic! Very informative and thorough. The museum itself is very interesting and our guide Rafael was great! Highly recommend for anyone interested in that part of history.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our tour was amazing. Marilynne was such a great tour guide. She was very informative and with it being such a long day with many stops, she kept our interest the entire time. A must do if travelling to France.

Mallory S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Top notch tour from start to finish. The museum tour was very well done, with a highly knowledgeable guide. It is a long day filled with many different sights and facts that I had never heard before. A must do if you have a full day to devote to it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Our guide Maryline was excellent! We had a wonderful and informative day!

Stephen D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Terrific experience. Guides were great.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This was the most memorable trip I made in France! Our guide, Rafael, was outstanding - so knowledgeable and interesting! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone!

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.


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.

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