Explore the famous D-Day landings in Normandy! See the Omaha and Utah Beaches, American Cemetery and Pointe du Hoc in a full-day tour straight from Paris.
See paradoxical mixture of beauty and harshness in one place! This unique one-day tour will bring to life the notorious events of D-Day, and will remind you of extraordinary bravery and heroism at the famous landings and attraction sites of Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, American Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc. The tour goes straight from Paris to Normandy and back, and it includes sightseeing admissions. Just relax and enjoy!
What makes this tour special? D-Day has notoriously entered the history as the largest amphibious attack in history. Allied boats approached the Beaches of Normandy on june 6, 1944, but soldiers struggled to reach the shores because of the heavy air and naval bombing. On Utah Beach, they managed to defeat German forces and join up with their air support once inland. But, on Omaha Beach, they faced heavy enemy fire because of the vulnerable position - the nature was not on their side and various obstacles led to loss of many lives. Nevertheless, by the end of the day, the Allies had control of Omaha Beach. Within a week of D-Day, more soldiers were able to land on Normandy beaches and ensure the Allied victory.
The tour begins at your hotel in Paris, from where you will board on a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan together with experienced English-speaking tour assistant. Along the way to Normandy, your tour assistant will share exciting stories about the region and give some essential insights into World War II, describing the thorough planning that led up to invasion of Normandy.
The first stop will be the remarkable Utah Beach Museum, housed in an old German bunker directly on the beach. During the museum tour, you will not only appreciate the historical aspect of all the artifacts, but also will see the personal and human side of the war. After such a strong exhibit you will want to spend some time contemplating on the beach, because there is a stark contrast between today and the dramatic D-Day events that occurred there.
After the beach we will have a relaxing tour to explore the culture and traditions of Normandy. You will see a 17th century barn and sample regional apple cider and Calvados, a pear and apple-based brandy. Then, the final and probably most emotional stop will be the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, which is the final resting place for nearly 10,000 American soldiers, airmen and navy personnel. You will have a free time for a peaceful walk around the Cemetery surroundings to look for a familiar name or to see an overview of the Omaha Beach Landings in Visitor Center.
At the end of the day, you will be overwhelmed with many emotions and loaded with new memories and experiences that you will never forget! If you love history or simply want to learn something new and valuable, this unique tour will be the right choice for you.