• Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 14 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 188.69 View price calendar

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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

What You Can Expect

Normandy D-Day Beaches Day Trip with American Cemetery and optional lunch

Omaha Beach Monument in Normandy
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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

Donna T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

I recommend this small group tour if you are planning to visit the D-Day beaches and American cemetery. Ian, our guide and driver, was amazing. His obvious love of history was evident in the in depth background on the preparation for and actual invasion of the D-Day campaign. He has small binders with pictures and details about the phases of planning, people involved, equipment, landing conditions, etc. that make the background so much more real. With Ian's commentary, each stop paints a very vivid picture of the events of D-Day, from the bunkers at Pont Hoc where the initial US troops climbed the cliffs to destroy them, to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery on the overlooking rise. This was an inspiring and moving day for me. Being in a small group allows plenty of times for questions and discussion. In addition, we stopped at a delightful place for lunch and were treated to a lovely French meal!

Max L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

Very efficient. Taxi was on time guide was very good and gave very interesting tidbits along the way about everything, including the Normandy area. We drove by the British and Canadian beaches so if you are expecting to get an in depth view of the mulberries you will not get it. That is the only crititcism if you could call it that. Highly recommend

Scott D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2018

All I could hope for. Punctual, professional, informative. Left with a better working knowledge of what took place, and while I’m very interested, but not a buff, it’s the perfect excursion for someone like me. Which is to say everyone that isn’t an expert already.

hp_patty

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This tour was amazing. Very informative for one day trip. I recommend this tour to anyone who has short time but still want to see everything.

beinsrx

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This was a great trip, long day from Paris, but was able to experience some of everything that we had hoped to see. We had a really great surprise at the cemetery. We had wanted to see if we could find my husbands uncle's cross. Upon arriving, our guide told us where to go and what to do ( as we had limited time there). It worked out perfect. The visitors desk not only gave us the information we needed but also provided a guide and golf cart to drive us there directly. The guide provided a bucket of sand to rub into his engraved name and information on the cross so that it stood out, The sand was from Omaha beach where he was a fallen soldier. She had an American Flag and also a France Flag one on each side of his cross placed there and the after a few photos was presented to us, along with copies of the uncles purple heart and several other papers for us to read and look through. We were so very pleased. The only problem was the bus did not have water, so we were told not to use the toilet on the bus. Which was somewhat of a problem on the 3 hour drive from Paris to Normandy, 3 of us had to us it, and then we were told not to use it on the return trip, but on the return trip the bus provided a toilet stop at at a gas station. Which was very welcomed. Buses for long trips should be prepared.

Mary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Went on a small group tour (8 people) to the D-Day beaches in Normandy with my daughter and two school age grandchildren. Our guide, a young Frenchman, spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable about the D-Day battles. We stopped at the high points, Pointe de Hoc, Omaha, Gold and Juno beaches and the American cemetery giving us a chance to look around and actually stand on the sand of Omaha Beach. Had an excellent 3-course lunch in a Viking fort hotel. Our guide was wonderful with the children. Truly enjoyed the day.

Thomas E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Visiting Normandy has been on my Bucket List for years. It was nice to see the Caen Muesum and and DDay landing sights. Your mind can only imagine what it was like that morning. The best part of the trip was visiting the amazing American Cemetery. Like Arlington Cemetery, it is very moving to see all the headstones for young men in this beautiful setting.

Ranka S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

Emotional historic tour that left us deeply touched.

Glenn J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2018

This excursion is a must if you are interested in World War II, D-Day, and the American effort to win the war in Europe. Although a long trip, it is a great value. The lunch was lovely and tasty, and the attractions were moving. The beaches, the museum, and cemetery were more than I expected. A great guide and driver made the day very enjoyable.

msgin79 Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Very good guide and clear in explaining the history. Recommended!

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