Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting and Lunch

Pay respects on your visit to Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, and the US Military cemetery from Paris

Travel Flexibly 5 / 5 See All 9 Reviews · 14.00h · Paris, France

Whether you’re a history enthusiast or have a personal connection to the tragedies and victories of World War II, seeing the Normandy beaches where history’s largest amphibious invasion took place is an experience not to be missed. Join a passionate, knowledgeable guide on a journey into the beautiful French countryside to see the important sites of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy and visit the memorials to those we lost. This tour includes a hearty regional lunch with local cider tasting.

  • Normandy WWII tour from Paris
  • Comfortable air-conditioned transportation
  • Stop to try local cider
  • Utah Beach and museum
  • Learn about the heroes of D-Day
  • Hearty regional lunch
  • Pointe du Hoc
  • Omaha Beach
  • Omaha Beach Memorial
  • Local Insights
  • Commemoration and Reflection

After gathering your expert guide and group at the designated meeting point, in Place du Général Kœnigy, you'll hop on board a comfortable private bus for a journey into the Normandy countryside, and to the most important sites of this historic battle.

Your guide will tell stories of the battle as you visit Utah Beach where the first American troops landed, as well as Omaha Beach, the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, the cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, and more. Normandy is now peaceful, fertile countryside once more. For lunch you'll enjoy a hearty meal of fresh regional ingredients and try some delicious local ciders .

Normandy D-Day Landing from Paris Tour Description

Your full-day trip to Normandy includes:

  • Comfortable round-trip transportation from Paris

  • Guided tour of historic D-Day and Battle of Normandy sites

  • Visit Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and more

  • Cider tasting experience

  • Authentic Norman-style lunch

  • A knowledgeable English-speaking local guide

From Paris to Normandy

Travelers who visit the historical battlefields of Normandy often come away describing the experience as moving, emotional, and deeply memorable. Standing in the midst of the landing beaches is certainly an experience that should not be missed.

You'll meet at the Trocadero in Paris where you'll be welcomed by your expert local guide, before setting off on the scenic journey to Normandy. This carefully-planned itinerary is designed to bring together the most poignant historical sites of Normandy with the opportunity to appreciate the rich traditions that characterize this beautiful part of France.

As you travel through the charming Normandy countryside, it’s hard to imagine that this area once served as the violent stage for the largest amphibious invasion in history. Your expert English-speaking guide will provide plenty of commentary during the drive to help you comprehend the series of events behind this historic place and moment in world history.

Utah Beach

Arriving at the Normandy coast, your first stop is at the exceptional Utah Beach Museum, housed in an original German bunker and built on the very beach where the first American troops landed. This internationally recognized museum offers the opportunity to learn about the complicated planning behind Operation Overlord.

It also tells the touching stories of the ordinary men and women whose actions during those momentous days and weeks shaped the face of Europe as we know it today. The museum offers unparalleled views of Utah Beach and is home to one of the only six remaining B-26 airplanes left in the world.

The D-Day landings took place on June 6, 1944, when Allied troops stormed the beaches of Normandy. It was the beginning of a 3-month battle that finally brought World War II to an end.

Authentic Food & Drink Experience

Part of gaining a full understanding of the events of D-Day is experiencing the Normandy countryside and the people and traditions that characterize this region that soldiers fought so bravely to reclaim. Along the journey, you'll taste some of the delicious local produce that this now fertile land is famous for. You’ll stop for a brief visit in a traditional Norman cider-making orchard where you'll enjoy a tasting of the cider in an original 17th-century barn.

You'll continue your exploration of Normandy with a typical Norman-style lunch, freshly prepared for us with only the very best seasonal ingredients. You'll enjoy your meal in a charming, local restaurant with a view overlooking the port of Grandcamp Maisy.

Pointe du Hoc

After lunch, you'll travel to Pointe du Hoc. Though the Germans took control of this area during WWII, the Allied forces made it their mission to seize control of these cliffs and take over the coastline. As you stand atop the Pointe du Hoc cliffs overlooking the gorgeous beaches of Normandy, learn about the heroic acts that took place in the same spot. See true artifacts left behind from the war, including bomb craters and bunkers while your guide elaborates on the gritty details surrounding the epic Battle of Normandy.

Omaha Beach

On D-Day, the Allied troops stormed five different beaches. Of these, Omaha Beach was the largest. Now a gorgeous seascape that's difficult to believe was ever marred by warfare, this beach serves as a reminder of the turning point of the war for the Allied troops.

The American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer is located on a bluff that overlooks Omaha Beach. Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., son of President Theodore Roosevelt and a Medal of Honor recipient, is buried here together with the almost 10,000 soldiers who sacrificed their lives. It's a somber but deeply meaningful experience to stand here and pay your respects to the fallen.

You'll have time to look around the cemetery, visit the memorial and wall of the missing, and look down upon Omaha Beach where the Allies faced the stiffest resistance and suffered the most casualties.

Whether you are a history buff, a veteran, or are simply interested in the significant events that happened here, this comprehensive Normandy day trip from Paris is a perfect way to look back on this pivotal moment in world history. The tour ends back at the original meeting point in Place du Général Kœnigy.

What you get with this tour
Comfortable round-trip transportation from Paris
Guided tour of historic D-Day and Battle of Normandy sites
Visit Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and more
Authentic Norman-style lunch
A knowledgeable English-speaking local guide
Cider tasting experience
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Great Guide
04 July 2024
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Scott Kramer

Our trip to the Normandy beaches and cemetery was significantly enhanced by the historical background provided by John, our excellent guide. His knowledge and passion about the area and its history was evident and he made it come alive. John also clearly communicated and kept us moving at each of our stops. While we could have stayed longer at each of our stops (except the cider tasting which we would have skipped), the day was long enough already. I highly recommend John as a tour guide to Normandy.

Wonderful
16 June 2024
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Reviewed by
Donna Bearman

Sam was an excellent guide. He gave us just enough information without being boring. We loved the music he played, the notes he read, the clips he played. All of that made the trip so interesting. We appreciated that he thought of rest stops as well. Learning more of this part of our history was a dream come true for us. Thank you.

02 June 2024
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RoseAnne N Bianchi

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Frequently Asked Questions

What to bring?

A water bottle, comfortable shoes, and layers to suit the changeable Normandy weather.

What to bring?

A water bottle, comfortable shoes, and layers to suit the changeable Normandy weather.

Is this tour run by The Tour Guy?

This tour is operated by one of our trusted and vetted partners in Paris.

Is lunch included?

Yes, a full lunch is included along with cider and Calvados tasting.

What if I have special dietary requirements?

Please contact us after you book and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

How long is the drive to Normandy?

The drive from Paris to your first stop at Omaha Beach is usually around 3 hours, but your driver will make a rest stop along the way.

Does this tour include hotel pickup?

No hotel pickup is included on this tour. You’ll meet your guide at the designated meeting point.

What if I'm worried about my mobility?

If you have any doubts about your mobility, you might prefer a Private Tour. Private tours offer more flexibility and the ability to accommodate your personal needs.

Where does this tour end?

The tour ends back at the original meeting point in Place du Général Kœnigy-

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