British D-Day ExperienceRéf Tour : # B2
If you stay in Paris, you can take a train from Paris St Lazare station at around 7 am and it takes 2 hours and half to get to Bayeux or Caen train station. Our guide will welcome you at the train station. Then after you will experience the main highlights in the Normandy landing beaches and pay tribute to these brave men who fought and died here. The standard tour will finish at 6 pm in order to catch the train for Paris with an arrival time at around 9 pm. We can operate on request on Saturdays, on Sundays and Banks holidays with an adapted program because the tour is shorter. We suggest you to stay around Paris St Lazare station. We can give a list of a few hotels.
Website and timetable for the train company (sncf)SNCF – Timetables, Trains, Traffic, Services, International | SNCF
Type Paris-St-Lazare to Caen or Bayeux station. Caen is the first stop and Bayeux is 20 minutes after. Bayeux is a better choice for US and Gold sectors, Caen for Sword and Juno sectors. Be careful on saturday, sunday and bank holidays. Trains are not so frequent. You need about 2h15 to reach Normandy. Over you probably have a connection to reach your final destination. During the week, a departure at 7 am is required from Paris for an arrival time at 9 am in Bayeux. And a return at around 6 pm from Bayeux is advised for an arrival time at around 9 pm in Paris.
Pick-up/Drop-off places : Rates are valid for Bayeux or Caen train stations. Other places on request.
Pick-up time/Drop-off time : operating all year around but restricted program during winter period, on week-ends and bank holidays.
Duration : 8 hours for a standard tour with 1 h for lunch timeRates for 1 to 7 pax : from 550€Inclusions
Lunch of the guide/driverExclusions
Entrance fees or tasting fees, unless mentioned
Gratuities for the driver/guide
Meals and drinks, unless specified
Personal insurance and expensesDescriptionPégasus Bridge – Cafe Gondrée – Ranville War Cemetery – Sword Beach – The Artificial harbor of Arromanches (Mulberry B) – cinema 360 – Gold Beach – The German battery of Longues-sur-Mer
Explore with your licensed driver-guide the details of Overlord operation and discover key British D-day sites and the different divisions (Infantry, Navy, Airforce, Support) involved in the landing of Sword and Gold areas. During that highly personalised tour, your guide will give you some full explanations to better understand what went wrong and what whent right for each battlefield site. By the end of your visit, you will understand the strategic choices for the Allied invasion of Normandy and you will feel that you have proudly fulfilled your duty of remembrance by paying tribute to all those young men who sacrificed themselves to save France, Europe and the world.
The day will start by the visit of Sword sector with the most emblematic site, Pégasus Bridge. The movie The Longest Day made it famous thanks to its bagpiper crossing the bridge over the Caen Canal. You will also discover a Memorial in honour of the men of the 3 gliders that realized a fantastic landing in a tiny space. On the other bank, you will observe the first house liberated in France called Café Gondrée.
Then, you will pay tribute to the 2.563 men who died fighting for freedom in the Ranville War Cemetery devoted mainly to the 6th British airborne division. You may honor among those young soldiers, Den Brotheridge, considered to be the first Allied soldier to be killed, Robert Bobby who died at 16 years old or Emile Corteil burried with his paratrooper dog.
The late morning will conclude with a visit to Sword Beach and a lunch break before continuing on to Gold Beach where the 50th Infantry Division landed. Your guide will explain you the key facts of the success of the Battle of Normandy thanks to the construction of the artificial port of Arromanches (Mulberry B). Located on the heights of the town, Arromanches 360 circular cinema dominates the remains of the artificial port (Phoenix Caissons, floating platforms, …). You will live a true immersion at the heart of the story of the landing and the battle of Normandy with the projection of some archives footages.
The tour will end in another stunning location used for the movie The Longest Day with the famous scene of this German officer who sees from his command post thousands of Allied ships arriving from England. The Longues-sur-Mer artillery battery covering Gold and Omaha beaches includes a firing command post and four casemates, 3 of them still housing a 150mm artillery piece. This element of the Altantic wall is the only place with the guns in place in Normandy. Your guide will give you some full explanations about the construction of the Atlantic wall.