Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris

Duration: 14 hours
Destination: France, Île-de-France, Paris
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  • 14 hours
  • Paris
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Overview

Remember the victories and the losses of the D-Day landings with a tour of Normandy’s four most significant World War II sites. Visit a museum in a real German bunker on Utah Beach. Walk among memorials to 10,000 fallen at the American Cemetery, with a poignant view over Omaha Beach, where Allied forces faced terrible odds. The, experience this region’s rich culinary history with a two-course lunch and some local apple cider.

Itinerary
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Stop At: Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach, Plage de la Madeleine 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

Stop At: Omaha Beach, Avenue de la Liberation, Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer France

From the American Cemetery, you can see Omaha Beach, one of the landing beaches where many American soldiers are buried. Inside the Omaha Beach Visitor Centre, gain insight into the landings that did not fare accordingly to plan.

Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions
  • Professional guide
  • Cider and calvados tasting (not available on Sundays)
  • 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
  • Entry/Admission - Omaha Beach

Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • 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
  • Please note that the cider tasting is not available on Sundays.
  • Please note that due to the venue’s annual closure from November 30th to December 18th 2021, the stop at Utah Beach Museum is replaced by a visit of the Overlord Museum.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required for travelers
  • Government-imposed COVID restrictions for entering countries and venues (e.g. booster shot, negative COVID test, vaccine certificate with a QR code) may change with little notice. It is the responsibility of all visitors to ensure they check the official travel advice on the government websites.
Departure Point

Trocadéro Square, Place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris, France


Departure Time

7:00 AM

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

14 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Gloria_S

17 Jun, 2022

Wonderful trip! Long day but so much accomplished in one day. Sinse was amazing and so knowledgeable! Worth the time and money.

kristena957

15 Jun, 2022

We were really looking forward to this day, however our tour guide John, was fair at best. We thought would learn more about the D-day invasion than we already knew!

Siobhan_G

14 Jun, 2022

I reserved this trip for my husband and brother in law, they both loved the experience. Guide was very knowledgeable, scenery was amazing and the alcohol tastings were excellent. They both liked lunch, it was simple but tasty.

Cindy_D

11 Jun, 2022

This was a long day of traveling but well worth the time. How exciting to have an American as our tour guide as he was very knowledgeable and able to relate to we tourists. Seeing Omaha Beach, Utah Beach and museum, and the American Cemetery was outstanding. We were actually able to go into a German bunker and see where the battle began. Midway to the site, we had lunch at a very cafe and even went to a cider farm and taste tested the wares. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!

Eoghan_O

11 Jun, 2022

Definitely do not recommend. Very rushed, each stay was circa 40 minutes which leaves very little time to pause and reflect. Tour guide provided zero information about the places we were actually in, just generic world war history from Japan to Italy. Which is good if you’re watching YouTube but passing by the town where the first parachuter was killed behind enemy lines and not even mentioning it shows the level of historic tidbits the entire trip over. The cider tasting was interesting but it’s essentially a paid promotion. You get to sample 3 small (think 1/3 of a shot glass) of ciders which are nice but not remarkable, the rest of the time is then selling you bottles. The food at the restaurant was ok but the entire trip out there seemed pointless. We detoured from the route quite significantly to eat at some sloppy joint. On top of all this, this was due to be an 8 person trip - our bus had circa 40/50…

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Utah Beach

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Pont du hoc

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Normandy Memorial Cemetery

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Pont du hoc

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Normandy Memorial Cemetery

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Utah Beach Museum

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Utah Beach Museum

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Utah Beach Museum: Nazi prisoners of war

Utah Beach Museum: Nazi prisoners of war

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Utah Beach, so beautiful and peaceful the day we were there.

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Laura, our tour guide, as well the lovely lady host of our Cider Tasting.

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Normandy cemetary

A view of the cemetary in Normandy. ALL the graves face west towards the USA.

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Omaha Beach Memorial

Memorial to the soldiers who died at Omaha Beach

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B-26 at Utah Beach museum

Restored aircraft actually used in bombing the area.

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Omaha Beach

Site of the Rangers

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