Normandy: WWII and the D-Day Beaches

4 Days | History & Culture

Private Tours of the American, Canadian and British Landing Beaches

From $2,399

This is the trip for people fascinated by World War 2. 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 1 sites too.

Day by Day

Day 1: Paris and Bayeux

Private transfer from CDG Paris Airport to Paris train station

Train in 1st Class from Paris to Bayeux

Private Transfer from the train station to your Hotel in Bayeux

Street view of Bayeux, France

Private guided walking tour of medieval Bayeux

After traveling and before two intense days touring the battlefields, we suggest a guided walking tour of beautiful Bayeaux. The city remarkably-well preserved with old alleys, half-timbered houses, and superb private mansions. Its exceptional architectural heritage dates primarily to the Middle Ages.

Stop in the Tapestry Museum to see the stunning Bayeux Tapestry. The immense 11th-century embroidery recounts the conquest of England by the William, Duke of Normandy. It is recognized by UNESCO as a “Memory of the World” because it is a unique work of significant cultural interest. Nothing similar exists.

See the Bayeux Cathedral, consecrated in 1077 by William the Conqueror himself. It’s a Romanesque and Gothic architectural jewel. Finally, the Baron Gérard Art and History Museum (MAHB) showcases a rich collection of works of art, impressionist paintings, porcelain, and lace.

The 11th Century Bayeux Tapestry

Day 2: WWII Sites

Private Full-day D-Day Jeep Tour

Spend a full day with a private driver-guide in a classic Jeep.Retrace the steps of British and American soldiers at Normandy’s most significant World War II sites.

jeep tour d-day ww2 sites

Stops can include:

  • The Gold, Omaha, and Utah landing beaches that hosted one of WWII’s defining moments on the morning of June 6th, 1944.
  • The Arromanches Mulberry Harbor, also known as Port Wilson. Shortly after the landing beach sites were secured the United Kingdom installed two massive temporary harbors, here and at Omaha Beach, assembled in Britain and towed across the English Channel. The one at Omaha Beach was destroyed fewer than two weeks later, but the Mulberry Harbor was essential to the war effort. Over the following 10 months, 2.5 million soldiers, 500,000 vehicles, and 4 million tons of supplies came through here.
  • The Longues-sur-Mer German Battery. Built-in 1943, this is the sole German artillery battery still intact today in Normandy. The battery sat atop a 200-foot (60-meter) cliff between Gold and Omaha beaches. The site impresses when seen in person. You’ll understand the strategic importance of the site
  • The Normandy American Cemetery is the resting place of 9,387 American soldiers who fought to liberate Normandy. The Walls of the Missing list an additional 1,557 names.
  • La Pointe du Hoc: This is the site of one of the most dramatic stories of the Normandy Landings where Lieutenant Colonel Rudder lead 200 men from the 2nd Ranger Battalion up a 100-foot cliff to destroy a gun battery located between Utah and Omaha beaches. Upon reaching the top they discovered that the guns had already been removed, but fought back counter-attacks for two days until reinforcements arrived.
  • Sainte-Mère-Église: This small town was one of the first ones to be liberated by American paratroopers, who sustained heavy casualties. Paratrooper John Steele famously got caught on the spire of the town church for hours. He was taken as a prisoner of war before escaping from the Germans four days later.
  • Airborne Museum: Learn about the battle in Sainte-Mère-Église and the major role played by the paratroopers and glider troops in Operation Overlord.

 

Day 3: WWII Sites

Private Full-day D-Day Tour (Canadian Sites)

Spend a full day with a private driver-guide touring Normandy’s essential Canadian World War II sites.

Stops include:

  • Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, Villons-les-Buissons, known as Hell’s Corner, and Couseulles-sur-Mer: These small towns were part of the Canadian landing sites located on Juno Beach. Major General Keller landed 15,000 Canadian and 9,000 British soldiers on the Calvados coast. The fighting here was fierce after rough seas slowed the landing and the preliminary naval and air bombardments were less successful than hoped.
  • Bernières-sur-Mer is a particularly poignant visit. It was here that The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada sustained 143 casualties capturing the town. They were the only Regiment to make it to their objective on D-Day, the town of Anisy 13.5 kilometers inland. The celebrated French-speaking Le Régiment de la Chaudière also fought here.
  • The Juno Beach Centre museum opened in 2003 to honor the 45,000 Canadians who died serving in the Second World War.
  • Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery: This cemetery is the resting place for 2,044 Canadians, three British, and one French soldier.
  • Carpiquet: This was a site of heavy fighting during Operation Windsor in July 1944 for control of the town and the adjacent airfield.  

Day 4: Return to Paris

Private Transfer from your hotel in Bayeux to the train station

1st Class Train from Bayeux to Paris (1st class)

Private transfer from the Paris train station to the airport

 

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