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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

Linda A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

This was a 5-star experience all the way. I'm so glad we chose this tour --we would have been lost in Caen and floundering to find the beaches. We were met at the train station as promised and taken to the museum-immediately the guide started to tell us the history of the area and the museum. We had an English speaking guide so that made everything much easier. The museum also had each plaque in several languages including English. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the museum, the area and the history. We spent the morning at the museum, then were provided a first rate lunch I was expecting sandwiches, but these were hot plated lunch choices and on to the van where our party of 5 was taken to 5 or 6 stops along the Channel and the countryside. It was quite a positive experience we learned so much in a relatively short period of time and it was fun learning it. We were dropped off back at the train station at 6:30. We had been picked up at 9am. Again, so much was packed into this day it was amazing. Highly recommend. One constructive criticism -- the headphones used in the museum were very helpful I would recommend using them in the van as well.

Hugh V United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

On a father/son trip to London we decided to take the ferry to Normandy and visit the D-Day landing beaches. Very moving experience, particularly when the French military veterans lowered the American flag at the Omaha Beach US Cemetery at sunset. A must for history buffs, family of veterans who took part in WWII, and all who appreciate the sacrifices made by our Allied military, whether American, Canadian, French, or British to liberate the Continent and preserve our freedoms.

Edmond T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour guide is very professional. The lunch is great. I enjoy the tour so much and learn a lots from it.

Laura Ann H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Breathtaking and sorrowful. Take the tour, you won't regret it.

George R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Solid driver for 7-passenger van excellent guide. Well-structured tour. Special opportunity: because the tour was experienced on November 30 when sunset was about 4:45pm, we were able to observe the formal Taps ceremony at the American Military Cemetery. A very solemn and poignant occasion. The Cemetery stop did not include a tour of the Visitor's Center however, if you hustle during free time, it is worth the effort and time to experience the VC no charge. The lunch at the Caen Memorial that was included in the package far exceeded the norm for a tour group.

Katherine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was fascinating! Our guide Laurent brought history alive for us. He was so interesting, knowledgeable and extremely passionate. I think he enjoyed the day as much as we did. The day was very well organized and easily manageable.

I have been on hundreds of tours over the years and tnis one was one of my all time favorites!p

Katherine G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This tour was fascinating! Our guide Laurent brought history alive for us. He was so interesting, knowledgeable and extremely passionate. I think he enjoyed the day as much as we did. The day was very well organized and easily manageable.

I have been on hundreds of tours over the years and tnis one was one of my all time favorites!p

Lori H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Mario was an informative and friendly guide. The tour may sound long, but there was never a moment that we felt overwhelmed. The lunch was better than expected. And there was just enough time at each venue to have a full experience.

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.

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