• 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. Choose to visit either the important American D-Day sites or the principal Canadian sites. Tour group size for the American sites is limited to seven, and for Canadian sites 15, 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
  • Choose to see important American D-Day sites, or opt to focus on key Canadian sites
  • 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. Focus on either the key American sites or Canadian sites, 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.
On a tour of the Canadian D-Day sites, the itinerary visits only the sites relevant to Canadian forces during World War II. With either tour, 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. The Canadian tour itinerary includes Bernières-sur-Mer, the Juno Beach Centre, the Canadian Cemetery in Bény-sur-Mer and the Abbaye d’Ardenne.

Customer Reviews

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.

beeclaire615

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Our tour guide was a walking encyclopedia! It was a very pleasant experience and we learned a lot. The museum is huge and it is actually better to skip the audio tour because it doesn't match up too wel to the museum...easier just to look and read.

parisengland1912

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

I am so glad I did this. I wish I would have had more time in the museum but I'm so glad I was able to see what I saw. A very moving day. Taps and the flag lowering at the American cemetery was especially moving. It brings history to life. The tour guide was fantastic, very informative and open and able to answer any questions we had. While we had time limits for each stop on the tour she was very accomodating if we needed more time.

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