Relive the history of World War II on this 2-day trip from Paris to Normandy, the site of the famous D-Day landings in 1944. You’ll spend two days discovering Normandy's most notable cemeteries, beaches, battlegrounds and museums related to WWII and the D-Day operation, when Allied forces began the liberation of Europe from the Nazi regime. Hear tales about the Normandy Invasion and learn the story behind each site you visit including Utah Beach, Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Arromanches-les-Bains plus the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Offering convenient round-trip transport from Paris, this 2-day historical tour is a fantastic addition to your France vacation.
Numbers are limited to 12 on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
Day 1: Paris – Sainte-Mère-Église – Sainte-Marie-du-Mont – Pointe du Hoc – Bayeux (D)
Meet near the Ecole Militaire metro stop in central Paris in the morning. Hop aboard a climate-controlled minivan and begin the 4-hour drive north to Normandy.
You'll first visit Sainte-Mère-Église, the first French village to be freed from the German invasion. Visit the Airborne Museum and then drive to Sainte-Marie-du-Mont and Utah Beach, the code name for the westernmost landing beaches of the Allies. As General Theodore Roosevelt said about Utah Beach, “We’ll start the war from here!”.
Continue to Pointe du Hoc, a prominent cliff overlooking the English Channel that was the highest point between Utah Beach and Omaha Beach. As you'll learn, the Germans fortified Pointe du Hoc with concrete casements and gun pits, and on D-Day the United States Army Ranger Assault Group successfully assaulted the area after scaling the cliffs.
After a long day of WWII sightseeing, head to your hotel in the city of Bayeux for check-in, dinner and an overnight stay.
Overnight: Campanile Bayeux, or similar, in Bayeux
Day 2: Bayeux – Colleville-sur-Mer – Arromanches-les-Bains – Longues-sur-Mer – Paris (B)
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before spending your second day discovering more fascinating WWII sites with your guide. Leaving Bayeux behind, head to Colleville-sur-Mer to visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, with its stark white gravestones. A visit here is a truly moving experience.
Next, head to Omaha Beach, the principle landing site of American forces, before continuing to Arromanches-les-Bains. Browse historical exhibits at the Arromanches Museum and visit the remains of Port Winston, named after Winston Churchill. Your final stop on this tour is at Longues-sur-Mer, where you can see the impressive German artillery battery.
At the end of your WWII Normandy tour, board your minivan and relax on the drive back to Paris, arriving around 7pm.