CANADIAN D-DAY BEACHES & SITES SHORE EXCURSION FROM CHERBOURG
Discover Juno Beach Sector Including the Museum Dedicated to Canadian WWII history
Visit of the Major Canadian War Cemetery Located at Bény-Sur-Mer
Hear About the Tragic Massacre that Took Place at Ardenne Abbey
750 € per group of 2 to 8 persons maximum.
Departure time will depending on Cruise Ship timing. TBC at time of booking.
8 Hours (approx.)
Full Day Shore Excursion from Cherbourg.
Minimum 2, Maximum 8. Larger groups please contact us.
Pick up and drop off at Ship – Cherbourg Cruise Port
- Services of English speaking driver/guide
- Small Group Private tour limited to 8 persons
- Itinerary can be customized
- Transportation in A/C vehicle
- Entrance fees to monuments or attractions
- Meals, drinks unless mentioned in the program
- Personal insurance and expenses
- Gratuities for the driver/guide
*Note: It will be possible for you to book entrance fees to museums or attractions adapted to this tour during the booking process.
Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Cherbourg Port of Call to the main Canadian Normandy landing beaches and D-Day sites!
Pick up at your Cruise Ship in Cherbourg
First, we will come and pick you up directly at your Cruise Port in Cherbourg. Meet your English speaking driver guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you. Then, board your comfortable A/C vehicle and begin your private tour of the Normandy Canadian D-Day sites.
A historical insight of Canadian Battles on D-Day.
Begin your drive along the Normandy coastline and get a historical insight of Canadian battles on D-Day on this full day D-Day Normandy day tour. Did you know Canadian troops had the second highest number of casualties after the Americans during the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy? The French certainly owe them a lot, and they played a crucial part in the liberation of Caen.
Reach the Juno sector, its beach & museum as an introduction to the tour:
As an introduction to this D-Day landing tour, you will reach Juno Beach, where Canadian Armed Forces landed on the morning of June 6, 1944. Even though German troops were not very present in this sector, the Canadian Army was welcomed with landmines and obstacles which killed close to half of the men.
However, after that, the Allied troops did not lose hope and made the furthest advancement by the end of the day, about 16km inland. Unfortunately, the next day the Germans were ready to fight to push the Allies back to the sea. From the Normandy battlefield sites, our guide will tell you all the details and how the Allied forces finally managed to keep gaining ground.
Chart the story of Canadians through photos, archives & artifacts:
Located close to Juno Beach, the Juno beach center is the next stop of our full day D-Day tour. It is the only Canadian museum in the D-Day beaches area. There, you will be able to chart the story of Canadians through photos, archives, and artifacts (entrance fees to the museum not included in price). Remains of German bunkers can still be seen on the nearby Courseulles Sur Mer beach.
The museum expo goes further than just the Normandy battle history and retraces the involvement of Canadian Armed Forces all along World War II. Visitors can also learn more about Canada today.
Hear about the tragic massacre that took place at Ardenne Abbey:
Eventually, you will be able to hear the story of the Ardenne Abbey, where eighteen Canadian soldiers were executed without mercy. The church is built in the early Gothic style and is surrounded by medieval farm buildings encircled by walls. A small Canadian memorial is still located there.
Another option is to visit the Canadian cemetery of Beny sur Mer that is located nearby and pay homage to those who lost their lives on that very special day. The majority of Canadian soldiers buried at Bény-sur-Mer were killed during the assault on D-Day, when the Allies landed on Juno Beach.
The soldiers who fell on D-Day are now laid to rest at the Canadian cemetery at Bény-sur-Mer in Calvados, close to the village of Reviers. Like many Canadian cemeteries in France, that at Bény-sur-Mer is Canadian territory on French land.
Our other Shore Excursions from Cherbourg
We also organize a large number of different Shore Excursions from Cherbourg to all the major sites of the region. It is also possible to visit Omaha Beach, Sainte Mère Eglise village, Pointe du Hoc as well as Utah Beach. Mont Saint Michel is also a very popular option and we also conduct shore excursions from the Cruise Port of Le Havre.
Good to Know
- English speaking tour.
- Minimum number of 2 participants applies.
- Prices are per group.
- Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – Read More Here.
See you soon in Normandy!
Contagious Enthusiasm – ‘We had the most terrific guide! Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic’ – Virginia B. (Delaware, US)
Flexibility – ‘The guides really took an interest in what WE wanted to do’ Paul C. (UK)
Area Locals – ‘He was so much more than a driver. He really added local color and local flavor.’ Daniel W. (Georgia, US)
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