• Location: Caen, France
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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Spend a day visiting the excellent Memorial de Caen Museum and key D-Day sites on this full-day tour from Caen. After a self-guided tour of the museum (with or without an audio guide), join your knowledgeable guide for a tour of D-Day sites like Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc and the artificial harbor of Arromanches. Tour group size for the American sites is limited to seven, ensuring plenty of personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Admission to Mémorial de Caen museum and guided tour of D-Day historic sites from Caen
  • Explore the Mémorial de Caen museum with or without an audio guide available in six languages
  • See major D-Day sites such as Arromanches, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc on a 5-hour guided tour
  • Learn about World War II and D-Day from a knowledgeable guide
  • Small-group site tour limited to seven or 15 people for a more intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Mémorial de Caen Museum Admission and Guided Tour of D-Day Sites from Caen

See the wartime exhibits in the Memorial de Caen Museum

Mémorial de CaenVisit this impressive museum on the same day as your guided tour of D-Day sites or on another day – whichever option suits your schedule best. Your museum visit is self-guided, with the use of an informative audio guide (available in six languages) or on your own. The museum and war memorial covers a timeline of events starting right after the end of World War I through the fall of the Berlin Wall, which helps put the D-Day events which took place here into a larger historical context. Find out about the complex planning and execution of the D-Day invasion. Have lunch at the museum (own expense).
D-Day Sites Guided TourMeet your expert guide (guides are specifically trained by the historians at the Mémorial de Caen museum) for a morning or afternoon tour of the important D-Day sites in Normandy, where battles took place that eventually led to the end of World War II, traveling in a comfortable minivan for either option.
On a tour of the American D-Day sites, the first stop is the artificial harbor at Arromanches. This is where the Allies brought ashore hundreds of vehicles as well as tons of weapons, all of which were used in their invasion.
The next stop is the American Cemetery and Memorial near the town of Colleville-sur-Mer, where more than 9,300 soldiers are buried. Continue to Pointe du Hoc, the clifftop location from which a US Army Ranger Assault Group began a heroic attack.
The final stop is to the most famous Normandy beaches, including Omaha Beach, with an opportunity to disembark from the minivan to walk on one of the beaches.
You'll end the day better able to put the D-Day battles into historical context.
At the conclusion of your 5-hour tour, travel by minivan back to the Mémorial de Caen.
Please note: The American tour itinerary includes Arromanches' artificial harbor, the American Military Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc.

Customer Reviews

Miranda

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Overall great tour, would highly recommend. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and gave us a ton of information about all the D-Day sites that we wouldn't have known by just driving to them ourselves.

Inquiring Minds United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour was wonderful, a highlight of our trip for all six of us. The vehicle was clean and comfortable. The guide was well-spoken, friendly, and enthusiastic, as well as full of information at each stop -- she was a terrific guide and we felt comfortable with her driving as well! We thought the tour length was good, not too long or short, and the selection of points of interest to stop at were great. We specially enjoyed Point du Hoc and the American Cemetery.

The museum itself is also excellent -- if you have any interest in D-day or WWII, this is the best place to get a broad perspective coupled with terrific details of life and trials of the time. Although there are many military artifacts, the emphasis is less on equipment and more on the lives of those impacted by the war and how they coped with it.

The price was reasonable, and when we needed to amend our order to add an additional person, it was smoothly handled.

Overall we were very pleased.

However, we would make two comments for improvement. First, the air conditioner in the van was so loud, that those in the back seat could not hear the guide. It was a hot day, so we kept the air on, and rotated seating among ourselves.

Second, we specifically requested and were booked for a morning tour. We took special pains to drive to Caen early, to be certain we were there not later than 8:45 AM, arriving at 8:15. When we arrived we found the doors don't open until 9 AM, and when admitted, we were told by museum staff that morning tours were not offered at all this year, but they had booked us for the afternoon. Viator should have known the morning tours no longer exist, and advised us in advance, since we booked months ahead of time. This was an annoying discovery, because the 5-hour afternoon tour starts at 1 PM -- if we had a train to catch or other obligation in the afternoon before 6 PM or so, we would not have been able to take the tour at all -- not a good situation. This was our first Viator tour, so we will be wary of future bookings.

Grandma

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

This tour was exceptional and our guide Mario made it more so with his knowledge of the area and historical facts

Julie P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Fantastic tour!! Axel was a phenomenal tour guide, providing a wonderful historical lesson about DDay history, battles and beaches. Kept me and my 11 year old captivated. Comfortable van, small group of six, perfect!!

Suzanne L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

GREAT DAY! Plenty of time to explore the Museum on your own. Our guide to the landing beaches was well-spoken and shared a lot of knowledge and history. I had visited the site previously several times but still learned things I had never heard before. I particularly enjoyed a bit of time to actually walk on Omaha Beach--very humbling experience.

Kathryn B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour! We went to the key WWII sites in a comfortable van. Our guide was very informative with maps and photos to better explain everything. We toured through the museum on our own the day before our guided tour. We learned a lot about the events leading up to D-Day as well as what occurred on D-Day and the days following. We had some free time at every stop as well, to explore a bit on our own.

Ellen S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Top notch in every way! We enjoyed our half day tour with Chloe, who was informative without being too technical! Her English was excellent, and her personal stories added a new dimension to our experience. We have tried to do this once on our own and spent all our time trying to navigate from location to location. Our driver dropped us off with excellent access to all the locations visited. I would definitely recommend this tour, or the whole day tour to heighten your experience of the D-Day sites. My advice would be to try to arrive early enough to enjoy museum before tour. Our train was late arriving from Paris to Caen, and we had to rush through museum. Thank you Chole for an unforgettable experience!

VIVIAN T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

The 5 hour guided tour followed by the Memorial de Caen Museum was SUPERB. Our tour guide, LAURA BARBOSA, provided excellent narrative on the setting and events of the D-Day invasion -- would highly recommend her for well-paced, comprehensive, and pleasant presentation skills, fluent in both French and English. Starting with the explanation of the Normandy environment and what led to the timing of D-Day in the comfortable van driven by a wonderful driver, the guided tour stops at all significant stops with in-depth description that was packed with insights. For my husband, a US History teacher of 25 years, this was a WOW experience to illuminate and expand on WW II history. Laura was responsive to any questions posed by the tour group and clearly committed to assuring that each member was satisfied in their learning. One might drive through the Normandy D-Day sites on a self guided tour but could not be able to capture all the important take-aways as provided by a skilled tour guide with stops including Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery. So glad we participated in the tour -- THANKS for the terrific experience.

CARLOS M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Al in this tour was simply PERFECT

jimskinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

An excellent tour. We learned a great deal about D-day, the preparations, the assault on the beaches, and the crawl through 'hedgerow hell' of Normandy. I especially enjoyed the tour of the American Cemetery -it was most touching, and a perfect resting place for those of the greatest generation that gave their all so we could be free.

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