Travel from Paris through the beautiful Norman countryside to visit the WWII US landing beaches in Normandy, site of the D-Day landings on June 6th 1944. Discover the Normandy that the Allied troops fought to preserve, with age-old traditions that still exist today, with a visit and tasting at a traditional cider-making orchard. Get to visit the moving Utah Beach Museum, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach Visitor Center and pay your respects to those who fell at the American military cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Also enjoy a Norman-style lunch freshly prepared with seasonal ingredients, while overlooking the port of Grandcamp-Maisy.
Whether you are a history buff, served in WWII or are simply interested in the epic events of this historic moment, you may want to consider this comprehensive tour of Normandy, which includes a typical Norman lunch and cider tasting.
We'll depart from central Paris on a luxury motor coach in the early morning, heading toward the shores of northern France. Part of gaining a full understanding of the events of June 6th 1944 is experiencing the Norman countryside itself - the people and traditions that make up the area that the soldiers fought so bravely to reclaim. As we 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. Travelers who visit the historical battlefields of Normandy often come away describing the experience as moving, emotional and memorable. Standing in the midst of the landing beaches is certainly an experience that should not be missed.
We'll first arrive 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 not only the opportunity to learn about the complicated planning behind Operation Overlord, but also 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 over Utah beach and is home to one of the only six remaining B-26 airplanes left in the world.
We'll stop for a brief visit in a traditional Norman cider-making orchard where we'll enjoy a tasting of the cider and Calvados (an apple-based alcoholic drink for which this region is famous) in an original 17th century barn. Then we'll continue our exploration of Normandy with a Norman-style lunch, freshly prepared for us with only seasonal ingredients. We'll enjoy our meal in a charming, local restaurant with a view overlooking the port of Grandcamp-Maisy.
After lunch we will travel to Pointe du Hoc, a German defense situated on the cliff tops and heroically taken by US Rangers. This cliff overlooking the English Channel today remains very much as it was left over half a century ago by the Rangers. Many of the original German fortifications have been left in place and the area is still scarred by bomb craters.
We'll also have the opportunity to pay our respects to the fallen at the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. The cemetery is located on a bluff that overlooks Omaha Beach, which was one of the landing beaches of the D-Day invasion. 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. Our stop in the area includes a visit to the Omaha Beach Visitor Center, where we'll learn that despite meticulous planning of the Omaha Beach landings, very little went as planned.
Utah Beach Museum
Pointe du Hoc
US Military cemetery
Omaha Beach Visitor Center
I would skip the stop for cider.
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Utah Beach Museum
Visit the Utah Beach museum and have the opportunity to learn about the Operation and the touching stories of the ordinary people whose actions during those days shaped the face of Europe. It is home to one of the six remaining B-26 airplanes.
Tasting of the Cider and Calvados
Stop for a brief visit in a traditional Norman cider-making orchard where you will enjoy a tasting of the cider and Calvados (an apple-based alcoholic drink for which this region is famous) in an original 17th-century barn.
Enjoy Typical Norman-style lunch
Continue your exploration of Normandy with a typical Norman-style lunch, freshly prepared for you with only seasonal ingredients. Enjoy our meal in a charming, local restaurant with a view of the port of Grandcamp Maisy.
Pointe du Hoc
Head to Pointe du Hoc, a cliff overlooking the English Channel today and remains very much as it was left over half a century ago. Many of the original German fortifications have been left in place and the area is still scarred by bomb craters.
American Cemetery and Omaha Beach Visitor Centre
Continue to the cemetery, one of the landing beaches of the D-Day invasion. 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.
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Price & Options
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
You can order extra beverages at lunch (a glass of cider is served with lunch).
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
I would skip the stop for cider.
The group consisted of only 12 people, our driver and our guide.
The guide, Manto Felix Zorich, was absolutely incr...edible. Feliz emigrated to France from Croatia, where he earned a degree in world history. His knowledge and understanding of world events gave him a rich perspective into the nuances of the Allies' invasion of the Normandy beaches.
I would imagine that visiting Normandy without a tour guide would give a visitor ample understanding of the historical relevance of that region.
However, this tour guide made our experience one of the best travel adventures ever.
Springfield, Illinois more
Ordering: no personal contact when we had trouble with our charge card; hard to tell where the problem was. Excellent guides: know...ledgeable , interesting, prepared you on the bus ride before arrival, which enhanced the experience. I am not a fan of military history, but I gained a whole new perspective and appreciation of it, due to both the guides and sites visited. Lunch was lovely, with great food, service, and speed of completion.nBus was okay; not the most comfortable.nFor the fees, you could have provided a bottle of water person...would be a nice touch!nWe would definitely recommend this to others. more
We wanted to go to the beaches of Normandy since we were fairly close in Paris. This was the perfect tour for us! Felix was our gu...ide and did a fantastic job giving us enough of a history lesson that it really took us back to that day and everything leading up to the battles. Honestly I feel that it gave me a better appreciation for the locations we visited because I hadn't learned about them since high school and being an adult gives you more of an appreciation for those events. The sights were breathtaking and emotional. The museum and movie was also well done. The break to go to a cider farm was also a nice break from the seriousness of d-day. The cider was AWESOME!!! The lunch was delicious and was at a Michelin star restaurant. Overall the only "negative" is that there simply was not enough time to take everything in, but this tour did a pretty good job at it! Highly recommend this tour. more
Most memorable trip to Normandy seeing Utah and Omaha Beaches, Pointe du Hoc and the meticulously maintained American Cemetery. Th...ese sites will hold everlasting memories of so many who sacrificed so much during the D-Day Campaign in 1944.
Our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the campaign history and the cider tasting at a local farm was really nice. more
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