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On this Paris to Normandy day trip, you can visit the D-Day beaches of World War II without worrying about transportation for the day. Visit Omaha Beach and its visitor center to learn stories and historical facts about the events in Normandy; walk through the American Cemetery; and stop by the Caen Memorial. With a guide, you’ll gain insight into the sacrifices of Allied soldiers and the French citizens they liberated. When booking, upgrade to a small-group tour for a more intimate experience, if you wish.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour of Normandy's D-Day sites from Paris
  • Visit to Omaha Beach and Arromanches' artificial harbor
  • Enjoy a scenic lunch at Caen Memorial
  • Drive along Juno and Gold Beaches
  • Dive into the history of the area with your guide
  • All transportation and transfers included

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What You Can Expect

Normandy D-Day Battlefields and Beaches Day Trip

Omaha Beach Monument in Normandy

Your Normandy day trip from Paris begins with the 3- to 4-hour drive out of the city to France’s northwest coast. Enjoy pretty views of the French countryside, and stop at the Caen Memorial, dedicated to films and illustrations about World War II and the D-Day landings of June 1944.

Enjoy lunch here before heading to Pointe du Hoc, a German defense site that was captured by American soldiers, and then visit the American Cemetery and Memorial near Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, the final resting place of nearly 10,000 members of the US military. The cemetery overlooks Omaha Beach, where you have free time to walk along the shore, take in the ocean views and reflect on the bloody events that seem a world away from this now-tranquil location. You can also check out the Visitor Centre, home to poignant exhibits that depict the stories and operations of the American soldiers.

Your next destinations are Juno Beach to see the Canadian Memorial and Arromanches, where you can check out remnants of the artificial landing harbor built by the Allies. Your day trip then ends with the drive back to Paris.

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Customer Reviews

Claudia O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This is an amazing trip. If you want to get to Normandy - D-Day beaches, then this is a good trip and a great value. The bus leaves Paris early in the morning and returns in the evening. The museum provided a beautiful hot lunch, with everything you would want and need, and wine too! And the museum was a great introduction to what we would see during the day. We visited about 3 beaches and were able to go out and walk around and see monuments. The tour guide provided narrative throughout the trip. We also stopped at the cemetery. I highly recommend this trip.

Toby W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Comfortable bus and friendly people. Great experience on beaches and in museum. Cemetery was very moving. Learned a lot. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

Bruce M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Comprehensive, well planned tour of Normandy. Knowledgeable guide, although her French accent made it difficult to understand her English at times. Saw everything we hoped to see. First class bus. Long day, but worth it. Very good value.

judy c

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Even though I had taken this tour two years ago on a larger bus, my son, who had not taken this tour, and I both loved this tour! The small van of 5 people and the drive/guide who was excellent, made the day's trip a fascinating success! In addition, being picked up at the hotel and having lunch, which was wonderful, at a small local farmhouse restaurant/hotel, concluded the day.

Natalie G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This was a FABULOUS trip! Our group was pretty small- only 26 and we were so glad we did it!
The only downside is that I wish we had more time at each location although you wouldn't be able to get to every destination.
I highly recommend it! Our guide was also SO fantastic!

Kevin E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide, Ian, was amazing. His knowledge on WWII and all my follow up questions were second to none. Visiting Gold Beach was especially cool. I look forward to hopefully doing this trip again. Paying extra for the smaller bus was worth it...we were able to zoom in and out of Paris traffic and get back at a reasonable time.

Colleen H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My family really enjoyed this tour. It was nice being picked up in a van that seats 8 so that one could interact with a small group. Our tour guide, Elise, was from Normandy and was passionate about the historical significance of D-Day. We were glad to actually be able to walk on Omaha Beach and never felt rushed. Lunch at the medieval manor was excellent. Highly recommended.

Gary W United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was amazing. This guide was extremely good.

Mavis G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Our guide was delightful and the trip was great. Really enjoyed the lunch and company. Well done!

Anthony G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

It was perfect for me since I was only in Paris for 2 days on work. Understand however that, being there only a few hours, it is a quick run through Normandy. To get a thorough appreciation of the museums and sights you should spend a whole day or two in the area. The museum stops were rushed due to the tour schedule but again, it's exactly what I needed.

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