Normandy from Paris
Duration: 13 hours
- Follow in the footsteps of the Allies where they landed in Normandy
- Explore the famous historic beaches of Arromanches and Omaha Beach
- Experience a memorable small group tour offering more exchanges with our expert guide
- Discover the exceptional remains of a German battery
- Feel a special emotion during the visit to the American Cemetery
Embark on a small group excursion (maximum 15 participants) from Paris to the emblematic sites of the Normandy landing, accompanied by a guide-interpreter. On June 6, 1944, called “D Day”, the Allies opened a new front in Europe against the troops of the Third Reich during the Second World War. It was the largest military operation in history and marked the beginning of the Battle of Normandy that would lead to the end of World War II. More than 150,000 American, British and Canadian soldiers (along with many other nationalities) landed by sea and air on different beaches of Normandy (Utah Beach, Omaha Beach…), as well as at Pointe du Hoc. Departure at 7:00 am from the Pullman Hotel in Paris for a 3-hour trip to the landing beaches.
The first step of the visit will be on the beaches of Omaha Beach (also called “The Beach of Blood”). Stormed by the American Rangers on June 6th, it is one of the strong points of the German fortifications on the Normandy coast, equipped at the time with a large number of heavy artillery pieces. It was the beach where the Allies lost the most troops during the landing.
It is located below the 70-hectare Colleville Cemetery, which you will visit next. The famous St. Lawrence American Military Cemetery is home to 9387 white marble headstones, the memorial, a chapel, and the garden of the missing. It now honors American soldiers who died in the Battle of Normandy during World War II and is one of 25 permanent U.S. burial sites overseas.
Then you will visit Arromanches, a historic site known for its artificial harbor that was installed as part of the Normandy landings. It allowed the unloading of 9000 tons of material on D-Day. Today, floating reinforced concrete caissons called “Phoenix” are still visible.
Enjoy some free time to eat lunch and visit the Cinema 360 museum where you can observe the remains of one of the two artificial harbors built by the Allies. Then you will visit Juno beach at Courseulles-sur-mer, beaches assigned to the Canadian troops. Return to the Pullman Hotel at 6:30 pm.
The itinerary and times listed may be subject to change depending on traffic conditions or changes in site schedules.
Duration of the visit on site: 7h30
The Package Includes:
- Visit in small group up to 15 people
- Visit of the St Lawrence American cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer
- Return transportation from the center of Paris
- Guided tours of Omaha and Juno beach
- Free visit of Arromanches and the 360° cinema museum
The Package Does Not Include:
Excursion is also available as a private tour
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