Day Trip from Paris to Normandy Beaches and WWII Memorials

Transport included to D-Day battlefields,

5 / 5 See All 23 Reviews · 13.0h 18 max · Paris, France

This full day trip from Paris to Normandy will capture the beauty of Normandy's beaches and describe the region’s historical significance. Visit Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery and even a cider house for a quick taste of local delicacies.

Tour Details
  • Meet in Paris
  • Cider Tasting
  • Pointe du Hoc
  • Omaha Beach
  • American Cemetery
  • Return to Paris
  • Local Lunch*

What is D-Day? On this tour, you’ll learn the many details of the day that became a turning point in WWII. D-Day took place on June 6, 1944 when Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. D-Day began what we now know as the Battle of Normandy, which lasted for three months. Now, we look back at D-Day and consider it the beginning of the end of World War II. This tour will provide the full scoop on the historical significance of Normandy, and even take you to a local cider house where you will be able to try some specialty drinks. This full-day trip includes:

 

  • - A professional English-speaking tour leader
  • - Round-trip transportation between Paris and Normandy
  • - Cider tasting and tour
  • - Visits to Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

After your transportation from Paris to Normandy, your first stop will be Pointe du Hoc, a scenic area with beautiful cliffs. Though the Germans took control of this area during WWII, the Allied forces made it their mission to seize control of these cliffs and take over the coastline. As you stand atop the Pointe du Hoc cliffs overlooking the gorgeous beaches of Normandy, learn about the heroic acts that took place in the same spot. See true artifacts left behind from the war, including bomb craters and bunkers while your guide elaborates on the gritty details surrounding the Battle of Normandy.

Omaha Beach

On D-Day, the German troops stormed five different beaches. Out of these, Omaha Beach was the largest. Now a gorgeous seascape that’s difficult to think ever involved militant activity, this beach serves as a reminder of the Allied troops’ turning point in WWII.

 

Break for Lunch

After a morning of learning the historical significances of Normandy and D-Day, it’s definitely time for a bite to eat. We’ll stop at a local restaurant for you to enjoy a relaxing and fulfilling break.

*Cost of lunch is not included in the price of this tour.

 

Cider Tasting and Tour

After a relaxing lunch break, you’ll visit a local cider house for a tour and tasting of the local nectars. Learn about the liqueur of the land and get a taste of some French delicacies. Specifically, you’ll taste an apple brandy known as Calvados and another apple mixture called Pommeau. Maybe even pick out a bottle to bring home with you to remember your fabulous Normandy day trip.

 

American Cemetery

Before returning to Paris, visit the American Cemetery which serves as the final resting place for many American soldiers who lost their lives in combat. Covering over 170 acres of land, this burial site honors more than 9,000 American soldiers. After paying a visit, head back to Paris to conclude your Normandy day trip.

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6/19/2020
Great Tour! Tour guide Anatol was the best!

I am a little late leaving this review since I took the tour in late June of 2019. The tour takes you all over as described in other reviews. Our tour guide, Anatol (?) , went above and beyond. When we were at the beach, the winds were particularly strong that day & it was raining. With the heat wave in Paris, I was in shorts and t-shirt - yes I was unprepared! However, Anatol gave me his jacket to wear during the beach tour until we got back to the van. Who does that?! Anyway, I would take this tour every week if I could. I just hope after the COVID 19 stuff passes, all of you get to experience what it was like back in the days of Normandy on those beaches. And with Anatol to give you his expert descriptions & knowledge of those times. I would give this a 10 star tour! And Anatol, if you are reading this, thank you again for lending me your jacket!!

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Roberta Hollingsworth
3/11/2020

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Sherry Smalling
10/19/2019
So moving

It was such a moving experience to see the site of the infamous D-Day invasion. I have been on many tours over the years and this is one that definitely stands out in our books. We have found that the biggest thing to an enjoyable experience is having the perfect guide. Our guide was always there to make sure no one got left behind on missed out on any aspect of the tour. You can tell she has a true care for the history of her beautiful country. Thank you guys so much for a wonderful experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where to meet?

Outside the Porte Maillot metro station, at 277 Boulevard Pereire, 75017 Paris (near the McDonald's restaurant). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Tour Guy".

What to bring?

The tour is a 13-hour day which does include a stop for lunch. We do though, encourage you to bring some light snacks and bottled water. Outside of the summer months, it can be quite cold at the cliffs and on the beach. Because of this we definitely recommend bringing a light jacket.

Where to meet?

Outside the Porte Maillot metro station, at 277 Boulevard Pereire, 75017 Paris (near the McDonald's restaurant). A representative will be there holding a sign reading “The Tour Guy".

Am I able to stay longer at a certain spot and catch up later on the way back to Paris?

No. In order to keep track of everyone and ensure you get the full Paris Guy experience, we kindly ask that everyone in the group stay together to follow the scheduled tour itinerary with your guide.

Can I join the tour if I make it to the site myself?

No, because of logistical reasons, everyone on the tour must depart from Paris with the rest of the group.

Will we see all the beaches that were part of the D-Day Invasion?

We will be stopping at Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc.

How long is the bus ride, and how long will we be spending in Normandy?

You will be spending a total of about 6 hours exploring the Normandy region. The total tour time, from the morning departure in Paris to the evening arrival in Paris, is about 13 hours. It takes about 3.5 hours to get to Normandy by coach bus, depending on daily traffic.

I don't drink alcohol. Is there anything else I can taste on the tour?

Yes, apple juice and pear juice will be offered for those who do not want to taste an alcoholic drink.

Can children join this tour?

Yes! Children are welcome and will still be able to enjoy the wonders of the region. Non-alcoholic substitutions will be available in the place of cider.

Are lunch and the cider tasting included in the price of this Paris day trip?

While lunch is NOT included in the price of the tour, the cider tasting is. We'll be happy to recommend some nearby eateries for you. Just send us an email or call us at one of the toll-free numbers below.

What to bring?

The tour is a 13-hour day which does include a stop for lunch. We do though, encourage you to bring some light snacks and bottled water. Outside of the summer months, it can be quite cold at the cliffs and on the beach. Because of this we definitely recommend bringing a light jacket.

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