American D-Day ExperienceRéf Tour : # B1
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.
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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 expensesDescriptionOmaha beach – The US cemetery – The German Battery Pointe du Hoc (the Ranger Memorial) – Utah Beach – The Utah Landing Museum – Sainte-Mère-Eglise
Explore with your licensed driver-guide the details of Overlord operation and discover key American D-day sites and the different divisions (Infantry, Navy, Airforce, Support) involved in the landing of Omaha and Utah areas. During that highly personalised tour, your guide will give you some full explanations to better understand what went wrong and what went 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.
You will start your day in « Bloody Omaha » with two stops, elements of the German Atlantic Wall: the famous strongpoint WN 62, one of the main German defenses on Omaha Beach where the Big Red One division landed and the second strongpoint WN 72 located on the Dog sector which had to face the first assault wave, the 29th division. You will be able to observe the remains of the artificial harbour of Omaha called Mulberry A. Naturally, a stop at the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach is planned in order to honour the memory of the 10,000 American soldiers buried or missing in action.
The visit will continue to the German battery at Pointe du Hoc, the only place where huge craters are still visible due to naval and aerial bombardments. 250 rangers bravely climbed up the 100 feet cliffs to capture the 4 guns. They will be encircled by the Germans and liberated a day and a half after intense fighting.
For the lunch, you will be heading to Utah beach. We suggest you to have a quick meal in a special place a few meters from the dunes of Utah Beach where Theodore Roosvelt Junior landed here exactly. The restaurant was a a fisherman's house before the war. Then during the german occupation, it served as an office for the Todt Organisation and became after the landing, the headquarters of the 1rst Engineer Brigade. Adjacent to the house, the US Navy communications center was set up. Both operated from june until november 1944. You will have maybe the opportunity to visit that private bunker with german and american equipments from the time. Inside the restaurant and bunker, hundreds of veteran autographs decorate the walls.
The visit continues on Utah Beach to pay tribute to the memory of the men of the engineers, the navy and the 4th and 90th infantry divisions. Then, you will admire in the Utah Landing Museum, a rich collection of objects, artifacts, vehicles, boats, materials among them, an original B26 bomber, one of the only six remaining examples of this airplane in worldwide.
Then your guide will drive through the countryside and the hedgerows to take you to Sainte-Mère-Eglise, made famous in the movie « The Longest Day » with an accidental drop of some paratroopers of the 82nd airborne division in the center of the village. Among them, John Steel stayed hanging at the church steeple for a few hours. The tour will end with the visit of that roman church with some military stained glass windows devoted to the 82nd airborne division.