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Full-Day American Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour from Bayeux

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Bayeux, France
Full-Day American Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour from Bayeux
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Chart the story of the World War II D-Day landings by American forces on this day trip from Bayeux. Learn about the objectives and achievements of the US assaults on June 6, 1944 as you visit the key beaches of Utah and Omaha, and German battery at Pointe du Hoc. Plus, visit the Airborne Museum at Sainte-Mère-Église and the US cemetery overlooking Omaha. Air-conditioned minivan transport, entrance fees, and central Bayeux pickup and drop-off included.
  • Full-day tour of Normandy’s US sector D-Day sites from Bayeux
  • Discover the key US battle sites and events of June 6, 1944
  • Stop at ‘Bloody Omaha’ and visit the US Cemetery overlooking the sands
  • Small group of eight or fewer, with minivan transport, entrance fees, and central Bayeux pickup and drop-off
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Pickup from Bayeux train station or Place de Quebec in Bayeux only
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Local professional driver/guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
  • Place de Québec , Pl. de Québec, 14400 Bayeux, France

    Near the Villa Lara hotel

  • Gare de Bayeux , Pl. de la Gare, 14400 Bayeux, France

    By the taxi line

  • 9:30 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    After pickup in central Bayeux, settle inside your air-conditioned minivan with your guide and small group of eight or fewer. Then, begin your 8- to 8.5-hour tour of the battlefields involved in the American troop landings of D-Day in June 1944.

    As you travel between the sites, hear about the American military action on that long-ago day, together with background on the wider war, including tales of the German occupation of France and French Resistance, and the stories of individual soldiers.

    Make your way to Utah Beach, where the US 4th Infantry Division made their assault. Hear about the events that unfolded here, and call at Sainte-Mère-Église, the small nearby town where paratroopers landed in the early hours of D-Day.

    Visit the town’s Airborne Museum to chart the assault before continuing to Pointe du Hoc, a prominent cliff that was the highest point between the Utah and Omaha Beaches. See the bunkers, craters, and German casements and gun pits here, and learn how US Army Rangers scaled the cliffs to seize the battery.

    View the monument honoring the rangers and visit Omaha, dubbed ‘Bloody Omaha,’ for being the most intensely fought after of all the landing beaches. Hear why the landings were difficult, and contemplate the vastness of the 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) beach.

    After lunch (own expense) at a local restaurant, pay a visit to the US cemetery on the cliffs overlooking Omaha. Explore this heart-rending place with its impressive memorial, and take in the beach from the different vantage point of the cliffs. Before leaving, enjoy time to stroll around independently, perhaps visiting the graves or exploring the Visitor Center to learn about the landings and 9,387 Americans buried here.

    Your tour concludes with an early-evening drop-off at Bayeux’s station or Place de Quebec.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Sainte Mere Eglise
    St Mère Eglise
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Airborne Museum
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Utah Beach
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Pointe du Hoc
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Omaha Beach
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Cimetiere Americain de Colleville-sur-Mer
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • Infant seats available
    • A maximum of 8 people per booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Please note that the tour departs from Bayeux - Normandy. There is no hotel pickup from Paris.
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • NST provides you with masks as well as hydroalcoholic gel. Our vehicles are disinfected after each use and the distance is respected.
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    • OPERATED BY Normandy Sightseeing Tour
    You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • 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.

    Learn more about cancellations.

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Full-Day American Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour from Bayeux?
    A:The policy on sanitization is:

    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Full-Day American Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour from Bayeux.
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full-Day American Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour from Bayeux?
    A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    See all safety measures taken by Full-Day American Battlefields and Sites of Normandy Tour from Bayeux.

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    • "The tour guide provided personal assistance with accessing the van and guidance for purchasing lunch." See review
    • "These are first-rate, licensed, professional guides who spend their entire year working or researching information to provide great tours." See review

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    star-5
    Normandy tour
    Tina_M
    , May 2022
    Our guide, Sunny, made the experience very personal; connecting what happened on Omaha Beach 78 years ago with the peace and freedom that Europeans enjoy today. Also, what a moving moment when they played "Taps" and lowered the flags at the American Cemetery.
    star-5
    The entire tour was...
    Kyle_K
    , May 2022
    The entire tour was memorable and we learned so much just driving thru the villages. Our tour guide Bert was very knowledgeable and made sure we saw everything that we wanted to during the day.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Tour guide was incredibly...
    Jared_M
    , Sep 2021
    Tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the history! He did an excellent job of providing sufficient background on the war. Bayeux was a great town to soend some time in prior to leaving for the tour.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Great coverage in 8 hours
    Robert_N
    , Sep 2021
    Excellent guide. Thorough explanations of historical time period, causes and consequences. Good selection of D-Day sites visited. Plenty of time at each.
    star-5
    Enjoyable and very friendly guide.
    Curtis_S
    , Sep 2021
    Pont DU Hoc was amazing. Lots of information we didn't know and great description really helped out into perspective.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    D-Day Tour in Normandy
    Robin_S
    , Aug 2021
    Our very knowledgeable guide did an extraordinary job of keeping us fascinated for more than eight hours! The tour was thorough, his access at each site was amazing, and he had so much information to share. We highly recommend this tour.
    icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
    Dear Robin, Thanks for your nice comments. Take care Regards Frederic Guerin
    star-5
    Through Stained Glass
    Carl_B
    , Jun 2021
    Most moving were the two stained glass windows in Saint Mere Eglise commemorating the paratroopers who dropped in on their small town, risking or losing their lives to free them from 4 years of German occupation. Thank you Romain for guiding us there and for the other June 1944 memories and sights.
    star-5
    Knowledgeable guide brings D-Day experience to life
    Sean_F
    , Jul 2020
    I want to thank my guide, Celine, for such an outstanding day. She was informative, personable, and made the experience worthwhile. I highly recommend this tour.
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    An absolutely OUTSTANDING Day.
    Gloria_G
    , Mar 2020
    Exceptional day-long small group tour of Normandy D-Day Battlefields with terrific tour-guide Rom. Clear reservation confirmation and reminder. Timely pick up... Rom was incredibly knowledgeable and gave terrific context and specific detail about the numerous (but not too many) sites. We covered Marie St. Eglise and the associated museums about the details of the Pathfinder and paratrooper landings that preceded the landings on Omaha and Utah beaches. Terrific stories that were personal, emotional -- and none of the time did we feel we were getting a "canned" spiel. He answered our questions... had just the right amount of info and time spent. Great balance between structure and freedom. We moved on to Utah Beach... walked out on the beach... showed us incredible "then and now" photos with real people and associated stories, particularly about the Roosevelt cafe (later named). Went on to Pointe du Hoc and view bomb craters and German Bunkers. Incredible to see first hand. Then to other sites including Omaha Beach. Context well balanced with facts (stunning!) and again human stories. I never understood the scale of the battle of Normandy on this emotional AND intellectual level. While standing on Omaha beach, a man walking his dog came up to us to show us to fistfull's of bullets that were lying on the sand. He gave us each one. 75 years later this stuff is still showing up. Of course the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer was the capstone of the day. Powerful. Evocative. Humbling. Emotional. We happened to arrive whebn a veran's family members were helping cemetery staff to fold the flag being taken down to TAPS. Not a dry eye. This company is smart, professional, committed to service and highly recommended.
    star-5
    We were able to take a little sand with us from the Beaches. The American Cemetery was so amazing.
    Christine_W
    , Feb 2020
    It was great and the guide was very knowledgeable. We visited all of the stops and the guide squeezed in one more surprise stop and it was awesome. I wish we could have stopped at Utah beach a little longer, to inclement the main area to see the sculptures and statute. That was the only stop that was really rushed. I’d also wished we could have stopped at Omaha Beach Museum but we drove by and the guide gave us an overview. It was off season so very little crowd which was perfect for us! We really enjoyed everything!
    star-5
    Great Tour. Lots of history and local color
    BEN_W
    , Jan 2020
    Gwen did a fantastic job of explaining the history or the region, the order of battle and local interest area. Highly recommend him and this tour.
    star-5
    Matthieu tour guide
    scotcop69
    , Nov 2019
    Matthieu, our tour guide was great! Good sense of humor, knowledgeable, and was very good overall. Very happy. Thank you, Matthieu!
    1 traveler found this review helpful
    star-5
    Excellent Tour
    crzycrtclk
    , Nov 2019
    This was an all day tour of the D-Day sights in Normandy. This was an excellent tour that anyone that is interested in history or WWII should take. Our guide was well versed in the history of the area & answered all questions. We visited Omaha & Utah Beaches, LaPointe Du Hoc, Sainte-Mere English, different war museums in between & ended the tour at the American Cemetery. Our guide told us many stories of went on during the D-Day invasion, things we were never taught in school. This is a tour that I highly recommend. You will not be disappointed.
    star-5
    Excellent day in Normandy
    Mary A
    , Nov 2019
    I had looked forward to this tour especially of the four I took with Viator. Matt turned out to be a fantastic guide. We went to Utah Beach in the morning, practically the only tour that goes there. My father landed there in 1944. When Matt found out I had a personal interest, he made sure I had time and privacy to relate to Dad. He also had me sign the wall of the restaurant that faces the beach. So moving. These are first-rate, licensed, professional guides who spend their entire year working or researching information to provide great tours. No part-time college kids here. They are dedicated.
    star-5
    Full day D-Day Tour from Bayeux
    drjclewis
    , Oct 2019
    Our last day in Bayeux we took this tour. Sophia? was our guide and quite knowledgeable. AS with all our tours we only touched on the highlights of our D-Day experience, and are very glad we were able to see all we did in the 4 days we were there. We hope to come back one day and spend more time.
    star-5
    A lot to see in one day!
    Lois L
    , Oct 2019
    This is a great kind of tour if you don't have a lot of time to spend in Normandy. We got to see the American sites in the Airborne Museum which I think was great. Our guide Oliver was very nice and helpful and it was nice having a small group. However, it was rather difficult to understand him sometimes and many people had to ask him to repeat what he was saying. But that's part of what goes along with having a local guide. And because he was local he offered a lot of perspective. We had ample time at the American cemetery, but we wish we could have had more time at the beaches. However, it was a cold rainy day so maybe usually there is more time to be spent at the beaches
    star-5
    Excellent tour!!
    stephenfreeman14
    , Oct 2019
    Roman was an excellent guide. Very personable and fun. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history and events of all areas, including areas we were not able to visit (inland). Overall an outstanding tour. I would go with them again to hear about more events.
    star-5
    All Day D DAY Normandy Tour
    David_W
    , Oct 2019
    Olivier Criquet was our tour guide for the day. He was thoroughly versed in D Day history and did an outstanding job helping us understand. He was personable and went well beyond our expectations.
    star-5
    Perfect Tour if you only have a day in the area
    CarlainAlaska
    , Sep 2019
    This tour picks great places to visit. Our female guide was an expert in WWII and included many stories we had never heard. She was entertaining and likeable. She has two first names. Our favorite locations were the air museum, which includes four separate buildings, Utah Beach, and the cemetery. The ride home was short.
    star-5
    Excellent tour presentation!
    Diane_G
    , Sep 2019
    We chose this tour since we would visit the main sites in which the American forces participated, especially Utah Beach where one of our father's landed in the D-Day battle. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the background history as well as the events that occurred on D-Day. What was particularly good was our tour guide's organization. We were given a general description of the full day's activities before starting as well as a more detailed description at each venue. Timelines were also presented so we had a very good idea of how much time we would spend. She also made suggestions as to what particular locations we should be sure to see. At each venue, the tour guide spent some time with us and then gave us time to freely explore. Her use of the microphone in our tour vehicle was helpful. There were 8 of us in the van, all adults over age 60. The tour guide provided personal assistance with accessing the van and guidance for purchasing lunch. Our group of 4 drove into Bayeux and she gave us directions well ahead of the tour for parking, which is very important, as well as helping us with the translation at the parking kiosk (free parking but a ticket required which was confusing but she provided so much help). Thank you Anne Sophie for your wonderful presentation/tour!

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