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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

Charlene G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Perfect! Nice mix of beach tour and seeing the countryside. Our guide was quite helpful and made the tour more interesting and historically meaningful.

charleygirl1974

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Fantastic and amazing! Getting to Normandy in the comfort of a coach bus with fun and knowledgable tour guides allows you to enjoy the experience stress free. Do not miss the chance to experience this part of history. Kate and Linda were great tour guides!

Allen L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

An amazing tour with a very knowledgeable tour guide, Daniel the Irishman! My husband and I felt it was the highlight of our trip to Paris.

John N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Tour was informative and the guides knew what they were talking about. Only drawback was the rainy weather which did not allow a lot of time at the cemetary but you cannot predict the weather. The lunch at a seaside restaurant was fantastic. I recommend this tour.

Barry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a great tour. The guide Pierre was excellent. The group size was small enough as well. We were blessed with excellent weather and because the group was small enough, we were able to save enough time to actually get to Omaha beach as well as Utah beach.

Both the lunch and the cider tasting stops were VERY good indeed. Great lunch, and I have a personal preference for cider -- we managed to purchase a bottle which we now have at home.

This is a LONG tour -- which is made clear in the description. Because of that, I'd not recommend it for families with small children -- 14 hours is a long time and of course there is quite a bit of bus travel totally unavoidable.

The Utah museum and the other sites including the cemetery were also spot on choices.

I'd highly recommend this tour and our guide.

tbear

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was fantastic! Several times through the years I had planned to do this trip on my own, but I am so glad I did this tour instead. It was so easy, and so much fun! Our guide Felix was absolutely amazing! I can't say enough good about him. The trip from Paris to the beaches was on a comfortable bus and the driver Larry was great. Along the way Felix filled us with details and history. At each stop we learned more. Felix rattled off answers and facts like our personal Google... Amazing! Lunch by the sea was wonderful and the entire trip was just enough, but not rushed. This trip was a great value, I can't believe we did it all in one day! Fantastic!

Ed

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Daniel was excellent, kept thing interesting and moving without anyone feeling rushed. The weather (cool, rainy, and windy) added to the ambiance of the tour. Would recommend him for any tour he leads. Thanks for a great time!

jennaduboise1

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing tour. Many stops and so much to see. Driver Dennis and guide Felix were both great as well.

Erin P Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This is a trip that I have been wanting to take since learning about D-Day in school, and it didn't disappoint. The tour was done through City Wonders the second group tour I have done with them and I can not recommend them highly enough. Felix was our tour guide for this day trip and, being an ex-history teacher, his knowledge was phenomenal. There was enough time at each location to explore the area without feeling rushed. The cider tasting was a real highlight of the day where we were actively encouraged to drink more if our glasses were empty. Lunch was also enjoyed by absolutely everyone. This day tour is great value for money!

Kristen R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Amazing! Wish we had more time there, but we should have arranged to spend more than just a day in the region. Felix and Kate were so knowledgeable, speaking at length on the way there about D-Day and the history of the region, which was interesting and made the drive go fast. Lunch was delicious.

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