We will take you for a guided tour of the Landing Beaches in Normandy including Arromanche where can be seen the remains of a Mulberry harbor. Built thanks to Churchill's vision within a few days after D-Day. This "temporary" port was used to disembark an army with all the men and supplies necessary to liberate Europe. It is one of the most extraordinary industrial and maritime achievement of the war. On the way to Omaha beach, visit the site of the powerful German battery at Longues-sur-mer. In spite of the heavy bombing on the night before, the German ‘pill boxes’ and their 150 mm guns were still operational on the morning of 6 June and they began firing at the allied battleships.
Continue with Omaha Beach and the moving Normandy American cemetery where 9385 Carrara marble crosses stand aligned. A memorial, inscribed with a map of the operations stands in the central alley and in the back, there is a museum.
The name ‘Omaha Beach’ which until 6 June 1944 existed only as an operational code name, has continued to jointly designate the beaches of three villages, Colleville, Saint-Laurent and Vierville, in memory of the soldiers of the 1st American division who landed there and suffered the heaviest casualties on D-Day. Drive and stop along the beach where your guide will show you some of the German bunkers and machine-gun nests.
One of the most impressive site in Normandy, is perhaps Pointe du Hoc where the 2nd battalions of specially trained Rangers under the command of colonel James Earl Rudder captured the position by assault at dawn on 6 June, scaling the cliffs with ropes and extendible ladders but not without heavy losses – 135 rangers out of 225, key action for the success of D-Day.
Option : See the Tapestry of Queen Mathilda in Bayeux, actually a 70 meters (230 feet) long work of embroidery retracing the epic of William the Conqueror's expedition to England in 1066 (battle of Hastings).
The work is the most accurate and lively document to survive from the Middle Ages and provides detailed information of the clothes, ships, arms and general lifestyle of the period.
Return to Paris.
Traveler pickup is offered
Meet your guide in your Paris hotel lobby or outside your Paris apartment building.
If you cancel at least 4 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 3 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
This trip was amazing the guide was very knowledgable
Showed us all the special sites and small beautiful villages I would highly recommend this trip for history buffs of all ages
Most powerful tour I have ever take. Walking along Utah and Omaha beaches was truly walking on hallowed ground. Thinking of the sacrifices made by my grandfathers generation was very emotional. Our tour guide Guy was far and away the best guide we have very had the pleasure to follow
Our guide was fantastic. She was very knowledgeable and brought the history to life. She was a good driver, accommodated required breaks and recommended a great restaurant for lunch.
The only drawback was that the trip advertised that we would be picked up and dropped off at our hotel. Since we were staying a ways outside of Paris, we had to commute by bus and train to meet the guide.
Enjoy a Full -Day tour to the Landing Beaches of Normandy from your hotel or apartment in Paris with a deluxe car or van.
Dive into the WWII History with your English-speaking expert guide and driver and take full advantage of this Private "à la carte" Day-Tour.