Full-Day Group Tour of American D-Day Beaches from Bayeux
When you arrive at each location, the guide will show you around, explain in detail what happened, and then allow free time to take photos, etc.
Principal sites visited on this tour:
101st Airborne Briefing - We will stop at one of the key sites in the Utah sector which was an objective for the 101st Airborne. At this point in the tour you will learn about the American missions on D-Day and the important role that the 101st Airborne played. Their mission, code named Albany, was vital for a successful beach landing on the Normandy coast code named Utah Beach.
Utah Beach - The westernmost landing beach that U.S. forces assaulted. Hear how events unfolded and the role that Theodore Roosevelt played in achieving ultimate success against the German defenders.
Lunch stop - Time will be provided for you to have lunch
82nd Airborne Briefing - As we head further inland after visiting Utah Beach, we will give you a detailed explanation of the mission objectives for the 82nd Airborne. Their mission, code named mission Boston was also vital for D-Day success.
Sainte Mere Eglise - An objective for the 82nd Airborne in the early hours of D-Day. Hear the incredible story of paratrooper John Steele, who got caught on the church steeple during the drop.
Pointe Du Hoc - Hear the amazing story of the American Rangers who had to scale nearly 100ft cliffs to silence a German long range gun battery position. You will be in awe when you see the battle damage and the German bunkers that remain at this impressive site.
Omaha Beach - This turned out to be the most difficult landing beach attacked on D-Day. Hear the harrowing stories of sacrifice, see the German positions that were almost impossible to overcome, and hear stories of bravery that finally allowed the U.S. to prevail.
Normandy American Cemetery and Visitor Center - This is a fitting end to the tour. You will be able to spend time in the Visitor Center and walk the magnificent 172 acres of the cemetery. You will be able to pay your respects to many of the people you will have heard about during the tour.
You also pass by other sites of interest where the guide will share stories.
- Maximum of 22 passengers per tour
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Most travelers can participate
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Take this tour. The stops were all of the D-day essentials. While there was a lot to see, the pace and organization of the stops was great. You could obviously spend more time in a spot if you wanted to go deep, but there was plenty of time to take in the experience and it never felt rushed. Ian our guide was fantastic.
The experience from start to finish exceeded our wishes. Because we did not plan for nearly enough time in France's Normandy region, we knew that, above anything else, we should get an expert guided tour of the American D-Day Beaches and cemetery. We chose the Bayeux Shuttle's all-day tour in a small, comfortable van. We met the Shuttle and six other guests at a stop right outside of our hotel - Churchill Hotel. Convenience of that was a good start to the day. Weather good - cloudy but mild temps. Ian, from Britain, was our guide who had visited Normandy several years before and was so inspired, he became a guide. We learned so much from him as we drove along through the lovely countryside and villages. He told us of little known facts and personalities that were important to the operation as were the significant people and events. Along the beaches, not only did we see the remnants of extensive German defenses but learned of their unexpected weaknesses on that fateful day. Of course the beaches and cliffs were sites to behold because of the daunting challenges they presented to the Allied invasion which consisted of thousands of ships and tens of thousands of troops. Almost inhuman. The cemeteries respectfully memorialize the fallen. Ian planned our visit to the American cemetery for the playing of TAPS and the lowering of our flag, an expression our national mourning. Thank you Bayeux Shuttle and a special thanks to Ian.
The tour was fantastic and highly informative. The locations we visited were amazing and sobering. Ian, the tour guide was like a storyteller. My wife and I learned heaps from him. We were very happy to take this tour.That said, the logistical information provided was a problem. Buried in the instructions was the GPS location. There did not appear to be any helpful information on parking near the collection spot. There was no follow-up email before the event containing useful information, nor could I find it online or via the app.
We knew this would be a great tour, but it was better than we imagined. Ian Everingham, our guide, was so knowledgeable and explained everything in great detail. I never expected to learn as much as I did. He answered all questions thoroughly and was very entertaining. We were really glad we had time to take the full day tour. Neither of us will forget the experience.
I really enjoyed the guide's historical background info as well as the tour route he did. I learned a lot and made connection with the history of the area.
Awesome highly recommended. Super friendly and knowledgeable about subject. Very enthusiastic and passionate about the subject.
We travel a lot and do a lot of organized tours. This has been the best ever. Lloyd is amazing, extremely knowledgeable. Everything was top notch. Highly recommend.