Be prepared to be moved by the most important sites of World War IIs D-Day landings from Utah Beach to the American Cemetery and Omaha Beach. Our expert guides will share the stories and details that bring the sites to life show their human side and make this tour a most moving and memorable one.Hear stories of the extraordinary bravery shown on these shores by soldiers who using only sea-battered ladders scaled sheer cliff faces in the wind.Experience the beautiful region of Normandy with a cider tasting at a local farm and a traditional regional lunch at a small restaurant nestled in a quiet port.
Visit the sites and hear the incredible stories behind the D-Day landings on our full-day Normandy tours from Paris. Designed with U.S. visitors in mind we visit the three most important sites for U.S. forces and hear tales of brave young men who faced huge adversity to end Nazi rule in Western Europe. And because you're in a group of 25 people or less the experience is more personal.
On June 6 1944 during heavy air and naval bombing Allied boats approached Normandy. Under the cover of darkness soldiers disembarked and made their way towards the beaches with varying success. On Utah Beach they quickly defeated Nazi forces making their way inland to join their air support. On Omaha Beach they came up against heavy resistance. Struggling with difficult terrain that left them open to attack with no space for shelter they were forced to scale steep cliffs while under fire. Nevertheless by the end of the day Omaha beach was under Allied control and within a week of D-Day the beaches of Normandy were linked and fortified ready for the arrival of more soldiers who would bring an end to World War II.
Our tour meets in central Paris where you’ll meet your expert English-speaking guide and climb aboard a comfortable air-conditioned bus. On the drive to Normandy your guide will explain the history and culture of this incredible region. You’ll learn about World War II and all the events that led up to D-Day – the careful planning that went into the world’s largest-ever amphibious attack and how even the best-laid plans can sometimes fall apart. Our guides will answer any of your questions so that you’re fully prepared for this memorable experience.
Our first stop will be Utah Beach. We’ve chosen this spot for its incredible museum housed in an old German bunker right on the landing beach. Of all the D-Day museums it offers the best Operation Overlord exhibition and describes some of the more personal stories of bravery and triumph. You’ll see an original B-26 airplane (one of only six in the world and the only one in France) displayed alongside letters and personal artifacts belonging to soldiers. Then you’ll visit the beach itself reflecting on the events that took place here only 70 years ago.
While we’re in Normandy we’ll also take time to explore the region itself – rich in culture and tradition. We’ll visit a 17th century barn tasting the region’s cider and Calvados (the apple-based alcoholic drink) and exploring a farm much like those that would have sheltered Allied soldiers as they made their way inland. Afterwards we’ll visit a quiet little port town where we’ll enjoy a traditional two-course lunch in a small local restaurant (with apple-based deserts of course).
Our next stop is Ponte du Hoc a German defense heroically taken by U.S. soldiers from where you’ll have incredible views over the English Channel. On a more solemn note you’ll see trace bomb craters still visible today and the steep cliff-faces once scaled by U.S. soldiers. Seeing these sites for yourself will give you an idea of the adversity faced and overcome on the shores of Normandy.
Perhaps the most moving stop of the day is next – the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Here you’ll find 10000 white crosses stretching across a wide expanse each one bearing the name of a fallen soldier. Even for those not personally connected to D-Day witnessing the immensity of this cemetery and understanding the extent of the casualties is an emotional experience.
We’ll give you free time here to search for a familiar name or to visit the Omaha Beach Visitor Center where you’ll find a fantastic overview of the Omaha Beach Landings – perhaps the most difficult of all the D-Day battles where nothing went as planned.
Our Normandy tours from Paris are specially designed to visit the most important sites for U.S. visitors to the D-Day beaches. With an expert English-speaking guide on hand throughout the day you’ll learn about the personal stories behind these sites gaining a deeper understanding of the importance of this great victory as well as its toll.
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