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Discover the beaches of the D-Day landings on this guided day trip to Normandy from Paris. Focusing on the sites where heavy losses were suffered by American soldiers, the tour stops at the Omaha Beach Visitor Centre, Utah Beach Museum and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Enjoy free time on the beaches and hear poignant tales about the events of June 6, 1944. During this full but inspiring day of sightseeing, revitalize with a cup of traditional cider and lunch at a waterside restaurant.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Normandy’s D-Day beaches from Paris, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the Normandy Invasion during WWII and the heavy losses suffered by American troops
  • Visit Utah Beach Museum, built on the beach where the first American soldiers landed
  • See one of the original D-Day B-26 fighter planes on Utah Beach
  • Explore the Normandy countryside and stop for a cider and calvados tasting followed by a 2-course lunch
  • Stop at Pointe du Hoc and visit the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer
  • Listen to tales of the Omaha Beach Landings at Omaha Beach Visitor Centre

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What You Can Expect

Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Tour from Paris: Omaha Beach, Cider Tasting and Lunch

Hear the history of Normandy on your day trip from Paris

Spend a day away from Paris and visit the Normandy beaches where thousands of the Allied Powers’ troops landed to free France from Axis control during World War II. During your early-morning ride aboard an air-conditioned coach to northern France, your informative guide shares fascinating commentary on the events of June 6, 1944, better known as D-Day.

Begin at the Utah Beach Museum, housed in an original German bunker and constructed on the beach where the first American troops landed. Here, learn about Operation Overlord (the Allied codename for the Normandy Invasion) and the invaluable assistance from French citizens that made a difference in the war.

Utah Beach is now home to one of only six remaining original B-26 fighter planes that were used during the invasion. Look out onto breathtaking views of the beach from inside the museum before heading down to the beach itself.

Next, head out to the countryside to a 17th-century barn with a traditional cider-making orchard, and savor some of its cider and calvados (an apple-based brandy). With your appetite opened up, settle in for a 2-course lunch at a restaurant overlooking the port of Grandcamp-Maisy. (Lunch typically includes a main course of fish or meat, dessert and a glass of cider.)

After your meal, your coach takes you to Pointe du Hoc, a cliff-top German defense the US troops heroically seized. Continue to Colleville-sur-Mer and pay your respects to the fallen at the American Cemetery.

From the cemetery, you can see Omaha Beach, one of the landing beaches where many American soldiers are buried. Inside the Omaha Beach Visitor Centre, gain insight into the landings that did not fare accordingly to plan.

Then, board your coach for return transport to your departure point in Paris.

Customer Reviews

dennisquach

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

good tour guides!

David V G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This is a great tour and comes highly recommended! We left Paris in a beautiful coach bus on a dark, rainy morning in November and arrived at Utah Beach before 11:00AM. We were greeted by a beautiful sunny day - we left the rain behind us in Paris! The museum at Utah beach was great - full of stories and artifacts from D Day. We then went on to the Cider tasting which was very interesting and relaxing - a nice change from the beaches. We then had lunch at a wonderful French restaurant in a marina a short distance away. We then went on to see more of the beaches and were able to enter the actual bunkers used by the Germans. Next was the American Cemetery which was simply beautiful and very inspiring! Our final stop was a short visit to Omaha Beach. All in all this was a great day - we were back in Paris just before 9:00PM - it was still raining!
Just one more thing to mention - our guide Felix was just great! Beside being very friendly and charming, he was very knowledgeable about World War II and was able to answer the many questions we had abut D Day and the war.

Sarah H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

My husband and I went on this tour and absolutely loved it! Our guides, Emily and Charles, were incredibly knowledgeable and did a fantastic job of educating us and giving us the history of each site that we went to. Each location was incredibly powerful and I wish we had more time to absorb it all. Also, the cider tasting and lunch were delicious!

Michele S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This is a wonderful all-day experience. Our guide was SO knowledgeable and interactive. A former college instructor, he brought an historic perspective that filled the gaps for me.
The cider tasting was an interesting and delightful stop over between sites and a great way to see an active apple farm and experience an unusually rustic and lovely location and product. Highly recommend. It's LONG, but worth it. And ask for Felix if you can get him - he was amazing!

Lenoir M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

My father landed on Omaha beach on the third day of the invasion. I was not prepared for the profound experience I had and shared with others there. This tour is so much more than that, though. The beautiful fall colors and French countryside, Utah beach and the museum, the German cemetery, the cider farm at Vergers de Romilly, the seaside village where we ate an excellent lunch, the American cemetery and Omaha Beach were all amazing! My favorite place Pointe du Hoc, were 225 American climbed a 100 ft. cliff to overtake the highest place on he English Channel. They captured four German machine gun emplacements, six casements and an observation bunker. 135 were to lose their lives. The land looks like a moonscape with huge craters everywhere covered with grass and broken concrete, amongst black grazing sheep and the most incredible view of the English Channel. Why did we never learn about this in school?

Tanisha T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This tour was fantastic! From the early morning start to the finish, Charlie and Emily walked us through everything. Their knowldege about the history and the landscape during that time was awesome. I'd highly recommend this tour for anyone that wants to learn anything about Normandy and D-Day. This is also a nice day away from the hustle and bustle of Paris

Ernesto R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Felix did an incredible job!

Zoe V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Very long day but very enjoyable. Excellent guide very knowledgeable lunch was fantastic

Kelli P United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was a wonderful experience and our guide, Charlie, has ruined us as far as tour guides go. He was so knowledgeable and personable that the day just flew by and was a complete joy. He not only had all the facts and statistics but also had anecdotal stories that just made everything all the more interesting, even if war/military history isn't your thing. Charlie, we should have gotten your number so that next time we're in Paris, you could show us around. You were so personable and knowledgeable, we appreciated it so much...and easy on the eyes to boot! We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Normandy and would recommend this day trip for anyone - the military and history buffs or even those just looking to see a bit of French countryside, the beaches were beautiful.

Gregory T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

An amazing day with passionate and knowledgeable guides, Kate and Felix. We made it to the cemetery in time for the flag ceremony, which was very moving. Highly recommend this tour.

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