Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Tour including Cider Tasting and Lunch
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Stop At: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Utah Beach, 50480 Sainte-Marie-du-Mont France
You’ll join your expert guide in Paris aboard a comfortable, private coach. On the way to Normandy, learn the details of the Allied preparations for D-Day, the largest amphibious assault in history. Your guide, a fluent English-speaker, will stay with you throughout the tour to tell the story of the operation and answer questions from history buffs and curious minds.
On Utah Beach, your first stop, the Allies quickly defeated the German forces. You’ll visit an extraordinary D-Day museum housed in an old German bunker on the landing beach itself. The collection here brings home both the scale and the personal sacrifice involved in the operation, with an original B-26 airplane on display along with collections of soldiers’ letters home.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Office de Tourisme intercommunal de Grandcamp-Maisy, 26 quai Crampon, 14450 Grandcamp-Maisy France
Next, experience some of the culture and traditions of Normandy. Many Allied soldiers found shelter with local farmers. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to tour one, featuring a 17th-century barn, locally-made apple cider and traditional apple brandy. Lunch is served at a restaurant in a quiet port nearby.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Pointe du Hoc, 14450 Cricqueville-en-Bessin France
After your meal, your coach takes you to Pointe du Hoc. From Pointe du Hoc, you’ll get a sense of the challenges the Allies faced, with views of the English Channel – and intimidating cliffs blocking access inland. Cliffs combined with enemy fire to make the landing at Omaha Beach a desperate battle for survival.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Cimetiere Americain de Colleville-sur-Mer, 14710 Colleville-sur-Mer France
We’ll also have the opportunity to pay our respects to the fallen at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. The cemetery is located on a bluff that overlooks Omaha Beach, which was one of the landing beaches of the D-Day invasion. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt and a Medal of Honor recipient, is buried here together with the almost 10,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives. Your guide will use the time spent driving to provide enriching commentary and answer questions, preparing you for each stop on the tour. You'll have time to look around the cemetery, visit the wall of the missing and awe-inspiring memorial, and look down upon Omaha, the beach where the Allies faced the stiffest resistance and suffered the most casualties.
The journey back to Paris gives you time to reflect on all you’ve seen – and the tremendous courage and sacrifice of those who fought here.
Duration: 1 hour
- Professional guide
- Cider and calvados tasting
- Lunch plus 1 glass of cider
- All transfers in an air-conditioned coach
- Small groups of 25 people or fewer
- Entry/Admission - Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
- Entry/Admission - Pointe du Hoc
- Entry/Admission - Cimetiere Americain de Colleville-sur-Mer
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Make a note of specific dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' field when booking
- Near public transportation
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
We had a fabulous day trip to Normandy. There is so much there. John P was fabulous guide and a real history buff. He reviewed back to Norman times setting the stage for WW II in Normandy. The side trip to the Apple Cider farm provided a quick peek into the preserved agricultural economy of Normandy plus the super cool 15th century barns and home. Not to be missed.
An emotional and inspiring tour, but absolutely worth the long bus ride. Every American who visits France should see and experience this trip. A must see while in France.
The tour was excellent. There were 15 of us in the bus. Stopped about an hour and a half in for a bathroom break. Then stopped at Utah Beach first. Then stopped off at a farm to sample cider. Had lunch in a small seaside village. The fish was amazing. Then onto Point du Hoc and Omaha beach. It was an amazing experience. Got back to Paris around 9 pm. It is an all day trip that I highly recommend. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable.
Our guides John and Brad were wonderful. John, especially, prepared a great deal before the trip to impart as much information as he could as we drove to Normandy. He put the events of the landing in perspective which made actually visiting the landing spot on Utah Beach all the more awe inspiring. The side visit for the cider tasting was wonderful. Great tasting - lots of choices and the opportunity to purchase something unique. Lunch was also very good - so nice to have fish seaside. The summation of the day with John sharing a letter and story about a visit to the cemetery was emotional and made us all appreciate even more the incredible sacrifices made 75 years ago that changed the course of history for the better.
This is my SECOND TIME doing this tour and it's just as awesome!!! Our tour guide, Sinse was fabulous. He had just great knowledge of all the sites we went to and then some. He was just a fountain of information on Normandy!! Lunch was great and sipping cider at Calvados was great. I loved this tour and would do it a 3rd time. It is a long bus ride and day but to walk on Utah Beach and walk the cemetery at Point Du Hoc is something that most people dream of doing. EXCELLENT TOUR, worth every penny. Thank you for letting me be part of it.
Thanks so much for this wonderful trip. The guide (sorry, I forget his name) was excellent and very informative about the background to WW1, WW2, and the invasion of the allies at Normandy. We could not have been more pleased. The only minor frustration was the lack of time at each stop. Would have been interested in more time at Utah Beach and the American cemetery, but I understood the constraints of travel and back from Paris. Thanks again. I would recommend this trip highly.
Our guide and driver were excellent. I would recommend this tour hands down. I have wanted to see the Normandy Beachheads all of my life to honor the sacrifices made for our freedom.
First off, if you want to see different features of Normandy, this tour is for you. The guide, John, was excellent, the bus was comfortable, and the restaurant where we ate lunch was good as well as picturesque.. That being said, if you want a tour strictly for history, this probably isn't the tour for you. We had ample time at Utah Beach, and Pont du Hoc, but not as much time at Omaha Beach as I would've liked. There is about a forty-five minute stop at a cider tasting place, which didn't interest me at all. I would've preferred using that time at Omaha Beach. The tour description was clear about the cider tasting stop ,though, so I can't complain. Fortunately for me, there was a cemetery for German war dead about a quarter of a mile from the cider place, so I had time to walk there and get back before the cider stop was finished. At Utah Beach, there was time to watch a ten minute movie, then walk out onto the beach, and at Pont Du Hoc, there was time to walk through the bunkers and see everything that is there. However, at Omaha Beach, the stop is only about forty five minutes long, so there's no time to go down on the beach, and not much time to walk around the cemetery. The visitor's center was closed when we were there, which is just as well since there would've been very little time to go there. It's a little bit of a hike from the parking lot to the cemetery, so you have to hustle to see what you want to see. On our particular tour, probably 95% of the passengers were American, as is John. We had no problems finding the meeting place, and the tour left right on time. There were three entrée choices for the restaurant (fish, beef, and vegetarian). There wasn't a restroom on the bus, but there is a rest stop about halfway both going and coming. One of the bus drivers had a little bit of an attitude when people brought food back to the bus, but John had said it was OK, so everybody just ignored the driver. Good tour, but if you're focus is just history, there are other tours that would probably be more satisfying.
We loved the tour of Normandy, very moving and meaningful. The guide had an accent that we had to really concentrate on to understand, but he was very knowledgeable and friendly. The cider tasting facility was interesting and enjoyable as well. The bus we rode on was very comfortable and the stops were nice, one stop was the ONLY place in Europe that I got to enjoy a Dr. Pepper!
The Normandy Beaches and American Cemetery are all that mattered to us and we were rushed through each of these sites. We spent close to 30 minutes at the cider tasting site and we thought that it should have been skipped altogether. It takes a LONG time to get to Utah and Omaha Beaches, and there was way too little time at these important historical sites.
The idea of the trip was great, hitting one of the Normandy beaches, a cider tasting, lunch, pont du huac, and then the American Cemetery. But we only got an 45 minutes-an hour at each location because it was a four hour drive to get to Normandy and then another 4 hours back to Paris. My advice to them would be to drop either the cider tasting or the lunch, or both, because the reason most people would choose this trip would be to see the sites and the history. I would've liked more time at those places and could have either packed a lunch or bought something at the rest stop we stopped at on the way to Normandy. For almost a $200 investment I expected a bit more time at the sites themselves. Really could've done without the tasting and the lunch.
Highly recommend this excursion! Jon and Brad were excellent. So appreciate their passion and interest in this topic. Also, loved the sweet diversion to the cider tasting. Beautiful represtation of Normandy. Thank you!!
Our experience was the perfect mix of history, leisure and fun. Their deep knowledge of the region and D-Day events made it a truly memorable day. Cider/Calvados tasting was THE BEST!
The day trip overall was incredible. We had a fantastic time at every stop. It was a fantastic way to experience our history. The cider tasting was incredible, the host was very nice and well learned at his craft. The only complaint I had was one of our guides we had two had so many piercings in/around her mouth that she was extremely difficult to understand. Thankfully the other guide did most of the talking.
The amount of information and sites packed into this day makes it worth every penny. When it says “lunch” I envisioned a sandwich and chips and was pleasantly surprised for a lovely sit down lunch with a main course and dessert. Our guides Anatole and Brad struck the right note with information and letting people rest on the bus when needed. It is a LONG day, make no mistake. We left the hotel at 6:15am to meet at the rendezvous point and got back around 9:30pm. It’s worth it. Wear comfortable clothing and settle in for a memorable day.
The trip made the history of D-Day, so much more come alive! Our 2 guides/ hosts could not have done a better job of providing a fantastic experience, And the driver was very competent and accommodating. We heard so many stories of what led up to the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944, as well as what happened on that longest day! Would go back to do the trip over again with those 2 gentlemen! I am fairly knowledgeable in WW2, and I learned things I didn’t know. The cider tour was a lot of fun too. Enjoyed the cider and the dogs. Lunch was excellent! Great setting at harbor restaurant. Could not have asked for anything more! Thank you so much! Dave and Cindy Wilson
We took the tour that included both beaches, the cemetery, museum, cider tasting, and lunch. It was a very long day, but well worth the trip. Our tour guides, Brad and Ansul, were very knowledgeable and entertaining! We were transported in a very comfortable bus with ample space. The tour was very well paced allowing enough time for each stop, to include restroom and snack breaks. We enjoyed visiting the Cider Distillery and the lunch was EXCELLENT! We highly recommend this tour. It is an awe inspiring trip that you will truly enjoy! The tour was provided by City Wonders.
Excellent trip, was able. To honor my father and other World War 2 vets! THis was something we had wanted to do for many years. brad and Anayole were great tour guides.
Amazing tour Brad and Zach were GREAT. Perfect guides with a wealth of information about Normandy but also great tips about Paris. Being on both Utah and Omaha beaches were amazing and surreal. Pointe du Hoc and American Cemetery were just as powerful to visit. The lunch was fantastic and the visit to the apple cider farm house tasting was beautiful and delicious. I look forward coming back and spending more time in Normandy but at least I was able to spend part of a day at a place that has been on my bucket list for many years. I would highly recommend this tour to everybody
Very Informative and professionally organized..Extremely pleased and would recommend to anyone My son was literally captivated
It was a long day of travel, but so worth it. Our guides, Brad and Zach, were very informative and personable.