A Historic Trip to Normandy

4 days | History & Culture

A trip to discover of all the must-sees historical sites in Normandy including the WWII memorials and Bayeux.

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This private tour offers the perfect experience for those fascinated by World War II and its history. Learn all about the historic Normandy landings and Operation Overlord. See the famous Omaha, Utah, Gold, Sword, and Juno beaches, the somber military cemeteries, and impressive war museums. Tour the American, Canadian, and British sites while paying homage to the brave soldiers who sacrificed so much during the summer of 1944 to liberate France. Want to extend your trip? Combine these tours with a stay in Paris, discover Normandy’s other fascinating highlights, or see World War I sites too.

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Day 1: Paris - Bayeux

Train from Paris to Bayeux in First Class

Private Transfer from Bayeux Train Station to Bayeux

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between Bayeux train station and Bayeux.

Guided Walking Tour: The Cathedral and the Old Bayeux

A gem of Normand-style architecture, situated in the heart of the conservation area, the Bayeux Cathedral was consecrated on July 14th 1077 by Bishop Odo of Conteville, in the presence of his illustrious brother, William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England. It is believed that Odo commissioned the Bayeux Tapestry. The masterpiece from the Middle Ages was probably intended to be hung in the cathedral nave.

Around the cathedral, the historic center was luckily untouched during the events of 1944. You’ll take in the rich heritage with timber-framed houses, manors and townhouses.

Day 2: Bayeux

Full-Day Private Driving Tour of the D-Day US Sector

Your guide will take you back in time to the different emblematic places of Operation Overlord. Explore the D-Day landing beaches and gain insight into World War II history. Learn the names of the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Your first stop will be the American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer, located on the top of the cliff overlooking the famous Omaha Beach. The cemetery is one of the largest American World War II cemeteries constructed on foreign soil. Next is Omaha Beach, which is sadly known for being the most devastating but glorious moment of the Normandy invasion, marking the beginning of the end of World War II. You will also get to see the Pointe du Hoc, an ominous piece of land jutting into the English Channel. It provided an elevated vantage point from which large German guns with a range of 15 miles (25 kilometers) could deliver fire upon both Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. The neutralization of these guns by the allied forces was the key to victory.

Visit Sainte-Mère-Église, one of the first French villages to be liberated. It is famous for a paratrooper who remained attached to the bell tower of the church. Close to the church stands the Airborne Museum. There, you will learn more about the role the paratroopers played in Operation Overlord. The final stop will be Utah Beach, the westernmost beach in the combat zone, where 23,200 American soldiers landed on D-Day.

Day 3: Bayeux

Morning Private Jeep tour of the D-Day Canadian Sector

Haven’t you always dreamed of boarding an original jeep? See and uniquely discover the Normandy coast in an authentic World War II Willy’s Jeep! Manufactured from 1941 to 1945, these small utility vehicles are considered the iconic Jeep of the Second World War and inspired a crowd of similar cars. Over time, military models have evolved into the Civilian Jeep.

You will get to discover the different sectors of Juno Beach, where the Canadian divisions landed. The Juno Beach Center reflects the passionate vision of Canadian D-Day veteran Garth Webb, who wanted to commemorate and celebrate their sacrifice. Bernières-sur-Mer, the tiny village which was liberated street by street in heavy hand to hand fighting by the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Unit, is a town with many symbolic places such as Canada House and the Queen’s Own Rifles and Canada Unit monuments.

You will visit the Canadian Cemetery, at Beny-sur-Mer, where Canadian soldiers who died on D-Day and in the Battle of Normandy now rest. Don’t miss the opportunity to see the original German bunkers at Tombette Woods.

Afternoon at Leisure to Visit the Bayeux Tapestry Museum

The Bayeux Tapestry tells the epic story, in wool thread embroidered on linen cloth, of William, Duke of Normandy who became King of England in 1066 after the Battle of Hastings. The visit to the museum is organized in three sections, providing an understanding of the work and its context.

The Bayeux Tapestry is presented in a darkened space in which only the artifact itself is lit. After looking at the Tapestry itself, the visit continues with a permanent exhibition, which presents the secrets of its creation, and an overview of the historical context and the Anglo-Norman kingdom in the 11th century. Finally, on the second floor, a 16-minute film screened alternately in French and English, shows how the story told by the Bayeux Tapestry unfolds, including reconstructions of real scenes from the Battle of Hastings.

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Day 4: Bayeux - Paris

Private Transfer Bayeux to Bayeux Train Station

A chauffeur will meet you for a private transfer between Bayeux and Bayeux train station.

Train from Bayeux to Paris in First Class

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About This Trip:

    • Enjoy 24/7 English-spoken telephone assistance while traveling
    • This itinerary includes transport, activities, guides, accommodations with breakfasts, and other listed services
    • Price is in USD per person, assuming double occupancy. Note that prices and availability are subject to change.

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