Normandy D-Day Beaches & Sites Private Half Day Trip From Bayeux or Caen

Visit the Normandy Landing Beaches & Sites

Visit Pointe du Hoc, the site of a German artillery battery

Omaha Beach, listen to the story of the most bloody battle fought on D-day

Pay tribute to the American war dead at the U.S Military Cemetery in Colleville

Tour conducted by Experienced Guide that can be tailored to your wishes

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Trip Details

Price:

From 390€ per group of 2 -8 persons


When:

Everyday on request

From March to end of November


Duration:

4 Hours (approx.)


Trip style:

Private half-day sightseeing tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8
Larger groups please contact us


Meeting point:

Pick up from train station or hotel in Bayeux or Caen

 


Inclusions:

  • Sites as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English-speaking qualified guide/driver
  • Travel in recent, fully equipped A/C minivan
  • Small group option – maximum 8 passengers per group
  • Bottled water in the vehicles

Exclusions:

  • Entrance fees or tasting fees unless mentioned
  • Personal insurance & expenses
  • Meals & drinks
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

PICK UP IN BAYEUX 

First we will come and pick you up at the train station or hotel in Bayeux, Caen or the surrounding area. En route, your guide will introduce you to the area and to the different sites that you will be seeing on this private half day tour dedicated to the most significant US battlefield sites of D-Day that took place on June 6 1944. This tour is a perfect introduction to this period of time for those of you who have only but a short time in the area.

ARRIVE AT POINTE DU HOC

The first suggested stop on the tour is the Pointe du Hoc, a headland with cliffs about 100 feet high, situated halfway between Utah & Omaha beaches. On this headland as part of the German defensive line ‘The Atlantic Wall’, German forces had put in place an artillery battery of 6 long range cannons which could target the 2 American landing beaches. These cannons were a huge threat to the landings and as such became a focal point of the amphibious assault by U.S. forces during the early morning hours of D-Day, 6 June 1944. The task of destroying them fell to the 2nd battalion of the U.S Rangers under the command of Lt Col James E Rudder. He received the mission to land at 6:30 a.m., scale the 100 foot cliffs, and disable the German positions. Lt. Col. Max F. Schneider’s 5th Ranger Battalion would follow and reinforce them.

REACH THE COASTAL BATTLEFIELDS ROAD

The next proposed stop is the coastal battlefield area of Omaha Beach, one of the most difficult and bloodiest operations of Operation Neptune due to the strength of the German defenses along the beach. Here, listen to your guide as you are taken back in time to hear the tale of one of the boldest and most successful large scale invasions in military history. Omaha was by far the toughest assignment in Overlord and was the most heavily defended of all the beaches; its bunkers, fighting positions, and obstacles were intended to repel any Allied landing. Two American divisions the 1st and the 29th comprising a total of 34,000 men landed in 7 waves beginning at 06:30 on the morning of Tuesday June 6th 1944, sustaining 10% casualties giving Omaha Beach its nickname ‘Bloody Omaha’.

NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY

End the tour with a stop at the Normandy American Cemetery. Located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II. Overlooking Omaha Beach and covering an area of approximately 165 acres this cemetery is by far the largest military cemetery in Normandy in terms of area. 9,386 American service men and women are laid to rest here with a further 1,557 names listed on the wall in the Garden of the Missing of soldiers, sailors and airmen who’s bodies remain unaccounted for.

Here you will have some time to walk around and pay homage. You can also visit the Visitor Center that provides a fuller array of visitor services to put the D-Day landings in perspective as one of the greatest military achievements in history.

After the visit, return to Bayeux.

Our other private day trips from Bayeux or Caen:
We also organise full day or half day group tours and private tours in Normandy to the other landing beaches of Sword, Juno, Gold and Utah. In addition to other full day tours to attractions in the region such as Mont-Saint-Michel, Honfleur and Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, we also offer group and private tours to Normandy from Paris and shore excursions from Le Havre to all the major battles sites, cemeteries and memorials relating to the battles of Normandy. All our tours can be organised as a day trip from Paris.

Good to Know

  • English speaking tour
  • Tour requires 2 adults to operate
  • Prices are per group of 2 to 8 persons maximum
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour

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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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