A Short Trip to Normandy

4 days | History & Culture

Discover Normandy’s historical must-sees including the World War II landing beaches and the legendary Mont Saint-Michel

Liberty | From $1,299 pp

This short private tour offers the perfect experience for those fascinated by history and culture. 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. You'll then travel to the impressive Mont Saint-Michel. 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.

Day by Day

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.

Suggestion: Explore Bayeux

The Bayeux Tapestry is, without doubt, the most famous tapestry in the world and an unmissable site when you are in this part of Normandy. The tapestry depicts the conquest of England by the Normans, led by William the Conqueror, in the 1077 Battle of Hastings. An extraordinary feat, the tapestry is about 80 meters long and 50 centimeters high and is a fascinating document that provides a great deal of valuable information about life at that time.

Bayeux itself is an attractive town with a well-preserved medieval center surrounding its renowned cathedral. Notre Dame dates in part from 1077, although most of what we see today is in gothic style and was built in the 13th to 15th centuries. The medieval streets around the cathedral also have medieval houses, some half-timbered, and many other historic buildings of interest.

Bayeux is a popular base for exploring the beaches where the allied forces landed in 1944 at the beginning of the reconquest of Europe. The Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy recounts the action seen in Normandy from June 6th to August 29th 1944. Nearby, Bayeux also houses the British war cemetery in Normandy. The cemetery is very moving and immaculately kept. A lovely mix of perennials and red roses decorates each of the graves.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a 3-star Hotel in City Center of Bayeux

Day 2: Bayeux- Port-en-Bessin

Full Day Shared Small Group 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 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 km (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.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a 3-star Hotel in City Center of Bayeux

d-day beach american cemetary

Day 3: Bayeux and Mont Saint-Michel

Full-Day Small-Group Driving Tour of Mont Saint-Michel

You will depart from Bayeux for a day trip to visit one of the most popular and emblematic sites in France: Mont Saint-Michel and its bay, a unique place between sky and sea. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has the distinct characteristic of being built on a rocky islet, surrounded by a magnificent bay with the highest tides in continental Europe.

Your certified guide will help you discover all aspects of Mont and reveal all the secrets of its famous abbey. From here, you will admire one of the most beautiful and largest bays in the world. Stroll through the maze of streets in the village. Visit the Benedictine Abbey founded at the beginning of the 8th century. It is one of the most important places of pilgrimage in the Middle Ages. A jewel of Romanesque, Gothic and flamboyant arts, don’t miss the cloister, the refectory, and the garden overlooking the sea.

At the end of the visit, you will have free time to have lunch and fully enjoy Mont Saint-Michel for two hours before heading back to Bayeux.

Overnight Stay with Breakfast in a 3-star Hotel in City Center of Bayeux

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

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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