Normandy D-Day Beaches Day Trip with American Cemetery and Lunch
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Stop At: Place des Pyramides, 75001 Paris France
We make it so easy for you to get to Normandy and all the highlights. Choose from large- or small-group options depending on your budget and how you want to experience this outstanding day.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Office de Tourisme des Portes de l'Eure, 12 rue du Pont, 27200 Vernon France
Let us do the driving while you discover history. Your Normandy day trip from Paris starts with the 3-4-hour drive to France’s northwest coast
Pass By: Office de Tourisme de Caen, 12 Place Saint Pierre, 14000 Caen France
Appreciate views of the changing French countryside, and stop at the award-winning Caen Memorial for a fascinating journey through WW2 and the D-Day landings.
Stop At: Memorial de Caen, Esplanade General Eisenhower, 14050 Caen France
you will start the tour by visiting the Caen Memorial Museum, recounting the history of World War II and the D-Day Landing. Then Lunch will be served at the Memorial of Caen with a 3-course menu with wine, apple cider and coffee.For those with free lunch, The guide will suggest places to grab a snack.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Stop At: Omaha Beach, Avenue de la Liberation, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer France
Short photo-stop at Omaha Beach, where the Allied took advantage of the Germans
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Pointe du Hoc, 14450 Cricqueville-en-Bessin France
Off to Pointe du Hoc, a strategic German defense base captured by American soldiers.
Duration: 40 minutes
Stop At: Cimetiere Americain de Colleville-sur-Mer, 14710 Colleville-sur-Mer France
You will then be able to pay your respects in the eery calm of the American Cemetery and Memorial, where nearly 10,000 US military war dead lie in this most humbling tribute.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, Chemin du Calvaire, 14117 Arromanches-les-Bains France
You will complete your day either with a stop at the old artificial port in
Arromanches, used to supply the landed troops
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Juno Beach, Saint-Aubin-Sur-Mer France
Or a stop at the Juno Beach Center, witness of the Canadian soldiers' struggle to end the Nazi tyranny.
Duration: 15 minutes
Pass By: 8th Arrondissement, Paris France
Time to return back to Paris!
Stop At: Louvre Museum, 99 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris France
You will be dropped at the departure point in central Paris bearby the Louvre. Unless you have opted for minibus tour or pivk up and drop option, a driver will take you back to your hotel in Paris
Duration: 15 minutes
- 3-course Lunch with wine, apple cider and coffee ( when standard option selected)
- Round-trip transportation by luxury air-conditioned coach from Paris
- Service of a Normandy D-Day expert licensed guide
- Departure from Paris Central Agency ( if Standard option selected)
- Tour departing from your hotel in Paris( if Pick up option selected)
- Visit of the Pointe du Hoc.
- Visit of the American Cemetery.
- Photo-stop at Arromanches or at Juno Beach.
- Photo-stop at Omaha Beach.
- Free time for lunch( at your own expenses) ( when option no lunch selected)
- Entry/Admission - Memorial de Caen
- Entry/Admission - Pointe du Hoc
- Entry/Admission - Cimetiere Americain de Colleville-sur-Mer
- Entry/Admission - Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema
- Entry/Admission - Juno Beach
- Entry/Admission - Louvre Museum
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (unless option selected)
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- The coach journey from Paris to Normandy takes approximately 3 - 4 hours and you will spend 4 hours in Normandy itself
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Near public transportation
- Possibility to buy souvenirs at the Caen Memorial Museum's Boutique.
- Toilets are available at the Caen Memorial Museum, American Cementery, Juno Beach Center, at the comfort stop and possibly inside the bus
- A warm coat is recommended during the winter period, a raincoat during the summer and a good pair of walking / flat shoes are suggested to avoid discomfort
- Please advise at the time of the booking of any allergies or dietary restrictions
- Template Menu : Selection of country style starters: Vegetable platted with grated carrots, tomato salad, beetroot salad, taboulleh and salad Main course: Chicken fillet with cider sauce, potato gratin, green beans Cheese buffet Dessert: Normandy style selection of desserts: apple tart, teurgoule (cinnamon rice pudding), baked apple Drinks: Bordeaux wine, farmhouse cider and mineral water (1 bottle for 4 people) +Coffee * Vegetarian dish on request on the spot
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Really enjoyed the tour. Only complaints, the lunch was not good, and it was a bit rushed at a few of the stops.
Excellent day.Saw a lot,the tour guide did a wonderful job,she explained everything .It was very touching yet interesting. The price was fair the lunch was great and we learned alot
Our guide, Celine, gave us a lot of excellent information on our trip to prepare us for our visit - and while on site. She did a wonderful job!
Coach is comfortable and it was really nice to get out of Paris for a day. You had enough time to look through the museum and also to spend time at the beaches. Our guide was very knowledgeable and shared lots of information with us. Lunch was good. Overall a good day out.
Fantastic Guide! Fantastic sites and the history was alive! Food was chicken in mushroom sauce dauphinois potatoes cheese plate, salads and apple and pear tarte tartain with red wine.
Visiting the American Cemetery and seeing the places where so many died to ensure a better life for us all was overwhelming. Our guide was able to put many things in perspective when it came to the history behind the D-Day Invasion. I understand that there was a lot to do on this tour. I would have given this tour a five star rating if the guide had taken into account that those on this tour were older, so it was tougher for us to keep up with her.
A MUST for every history lover. That said, I would have appreciated a little more of a guided experience at the beaches. The guide was interesting and knew his stuff but at the beaches we were left just to walk around. I also would have liked more time in the museum (it's awesome!), but I understand there's just so much you can do in one day. Lunch was a delicious three courses with two wines and cheese. I appreciated them accommodating my vegetarian diet. The bus was very comfortable. Very glad I did this.
The trip was wonderful. The guide, Helene was very well versed in many details. It is a very long day and wish we had more time. Take the tour. It is great!
We had an option of choosing going to Juno or a Midieval town Bayvineau. We chose Bayvineau. That was a mistake. Nothing to see there at all. Definitely go to Juno if you have an option. The guide Frederick was absolutely wonderful!
We were part of a group of five tourists who shared the day viewing the Normandy landing sites. Our guide informed us that we would not be viewing any museums but that the sites alone together with his commentary would be better. Our guide was right, and I am happy we did not take the time looking at exhibits. The most moving part of the day was our visit to the American Cemetery with its thousands of meticulously carved white marble crosses (and a few Jewish stars). We would highly recommend this tour.
The bus trip was long and tiring but interesting for a first time visitor. Viator could have given the passengers a free bottle of water instead of offering for sale with a high profit margin; of course, in a country that charges 50 Eurocents for a public toilet, what else could you expect? The museum in Caen was very interesting but the time was too short. The American cemetery was impressive and done in good taste. I was disappointed that there was so little of the ruins and bunkers remaining. The Omaha beach is highly commercialized, which seemed almost sacrilegious. All in all, I am glad that I took the tour for the experience, but would probably not recommend it to others as a "must see".
Was a great trip to actually visit the Normandy site where the battle took place and to learn more about the history of this war.
We had so much fun seeing Normandy. we had a wonderful guide was so knowledgeable, was able to answer every question we had.
Very enjoyabe, guide ok but would have like more detail information from her. Was very upset at end because I paid extra for door to door service and the company did not honor the last piece of the trip i paid for. I had to find my on way to get back to where I was stsyi.g
What an amazing experience! Definitely worth the time and money! Hervé was an excellent tour guide. He had a vast knowledge of the area and the history of the war. Lunch at the country home was superb. It is a long day, but worth it. My on con was not having time to visit the museum.
I was honoring my father for his service in the 82nd Airborne on June 6, 1944. Sebastain provided a very thourough presentation on our 12 hour tour.
We had a good bus driver, great guide, very knowledgeable. Trip over and back was long but comfortable. We enjoyed seeing the Museum in Caen and we certainly enjoyed the Memorial Cemetery and the stops at Omaha Beach. We did not know that it was going to be a 13 hour day, although we knew it would take time to get there. The museum was awesome, lunch was just ok. We had some kind of meat that we did not know what it was.....it was fatty and tasteless, the rest of the meal was alright. The stop on the way home along the highway to get food was pretty much a joke. Food was terrible that we purchased, sandwiches. Surely you could make a better stop than this place. Things that we did not like about the tour itself was the fact that we went all that way to Normandy and only had 45 minutes at the memorial and I think 20 minutes at Omaha beach. You can't see the memorial in 45 minutes. We were rushing around......it was crazy. As far as going to the Canadian memorial at the beach, it took one hour to get there and we were there for maybe 30 minutes. I would take that 1-1/2 hours and give more time at the Memorial Cemetery. It was just very disappointing when we looked so forward to being at Normandy, only to have to rush through it with minimal amount of time.
This was a very long day, but glad we did it. Very emotional seeing where the Allied Forces landed, and the American cemetery was overwhelming. Seeing rows and rows of white ivory crosses as far as the eye could see, especially when you know the soldiers average ages were 18-19. As a Canadian I would have appreciated a bit more detail on the involvement of the Canadian soldiers at Juno Beach, but understand that the Americans had a much larger troop. Filled with pride to see so many Canadian flags along the villages and to know that the French have not forgotten the sacrifices made by the Canadians, the British and the Americans.
I went on this trip with my 16 year old son and the sites we stopped at were great. We felt like we didn't have enough time at some stops and to much at others. The tour guide didn't give any indication of what we should do at each stop, bathroom or food/drink. We had 30 people jammed at a vending machine only to find out that our next stop was a place for food and drinks. We also didn't know which stops had restrooms, so we again had long lines and the next stop had huge restrooms.
I enjoyed this tour of the Normandy beaches and the American Military Cemetery. Our guide, Dominique, was excellent, pointing out places of interest and history all along the tour - from the start of the trip to the very end. It is a long tour - 14 hours, but worth it to me. With my limited time to visit Paris, only the weekend, I got to see more of Paris and France than I could have on my own. I recommend this for history buffs, educators, and for anyone who is interested in learning more about one of the most momentous events of the last century.
To be honest, I'm not sure how I feel. I found the booking details a touch vague, relying heavily on previous reviews to piece together how I thought the day would go. Here's the breakdown of our day: - To Caen from Paris: 3 hours - Time at Caen Museum + Lunch : 2 hours - Travel from the Museum to Pointe du Hoc: 45 minutes - Time at Pointe du Hoc: 30 minutes - Travel from Pointe du Hoc to Omaha: 20 minutes - Time at Omaha Beach: 10 minutes - Travel from Omaha to Cemetery: 20 minutes - Time at Cemetery: 50 minutes - Travel from Cemetery to Juno Beach: 50 minutes - Time at Juno: 30 minutes - Return to Paris (+1 rest stop): 3.5 hours Pros: - We departed RIGHT on time, 7:00am ON THE DOT. - Our route out of central Paris took us by some sights I hadn't yet seen, such as Concorde, Champs-Elysees, and Arc du Triomphe, and our guide kindly shared tidbits as we entered the rural area outside the city (and when we returned to the city at night). - Everything along the trip was seamless. There was no time spent waiting in lines or useless downtime. Our guide gave us rendezvous locations and times and stuck to them promptly. - Lunch was phenomenal. Although being served in the museum bistro was a major disappointment (other reviews mentioned beautiful restaurants), the food itself was excellent and plentiful. As a solo traveller, this provided a fun opportunity to bond with my fellow tour members. - The bus was the most comfortable bus I've EVER been on, and the drive was beautiful. Miles of yellow canola fields and beautiful farmhouses and villages. Cons: - The hugest disappointment: Actual time spent on battle sites was INCREDIBLY upsetting. Let's be real, the entire reason you booked this trip is to spend time in the place where it happened. Not in a museum, miles from the coast, looking at pictures and videos we've all seen already. We spent less than 10 minutes at Omaha; barely enough time to make it down to the sand and back. After an unnecessary hour at the cemetery, we drove RIGHT PASSED the Arromanches - piece of history best observed up close just flew by our windows. - Our guide was friendly, but gave very basic information - nothing that I hadn't read for myself on wikipedia or plaques. Seeing guides from other groups show maps/photos and tell interesting and interesting stories made me very jealous. - Bus wifi was "broken". My conclusion: A solid day trip, but your $200 toward a hotel in Caen or Bayeaux and a rental car and see SO much more.
The tour was great, but long. Very moving at the beaches and the cemetery. Natasha was a wonderful and knowledgeable guide. I would do this tour again.
Our guide Sabastiien was very good. It is a long day, but worthwhile. We were a party of 4 as were the other members of our group. The day was sunny and warm, and seeing the monuments, the beaches and the cemetery are so unbelievably moving. We also had a very good lunch with wine, in a nice setting. We highly recommend the tour.
Normandy beach was good, but the guides and lunch was very ordinary. The worst tour I have experienced traveling annually overseas since 2007.
The bus was very comfortable and clean. The tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable, however, she spoke very softly , had no microphone while out of the bus and was very difficult to understand.
Great tour! Tour guide was excellent! Very knowledgeable and had a sense of humor. Lunch was great! Only wish we had spent more time at the American Cemetery and the museum. Would add that this trip may be difficult with young kids.
I am a serious history buff so this was high on my bucket list. The plusses...highly emotional day for the son of a WW II American vet. The realism of the severity of the bombardment is evident at Pont du Hoc. Huge shell craters and the remains of the German bunkers attest to the force of the shelling. To be able to walk on Omaha Beach was quite moving. The negatives...too long at the Caen museum. While this is like a quick highlight tour of the war and the causes leading to it, I would have liked more about D Day itself and not about the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the Blitz, etc. it was a very long day made longer by a pointless ride to Juno Beach but not access to the Canadian Memorial there. The tour guides were pleasant and informative to a degree but had a number of misstatements and exaggerations.