You will start your day off by taking a train from Paris to Normandy. Your guide will pick you up just outside of the train station. Then, set off in the mini-van to experience a piece of History!
You will spend the day exploring the historical significance of the American sector. Your English-speaking guide will explain the significance of small towns such as Carentan, in between Utah and Omaha beaches, where the American Paratroopers landed many years ago. You will continue your tour by visiting many points of interests. You will have ample time to explore and reflect on the stop at Utah beach before continuing the guided minivan tour.
Then you will stop for lunch either in a historic “café” (for those visiting from March to October) or in a traditional coffee shop in Bayeux. Lunch will consist of a large fresh French baguette sandwich with your choice of fillings, potato chips, cold & hot drinks, and additional snacks (vegetarian and gluten free options also available).
After lunch, you will continue the tour by visiting various historic attractions located in Normandy. You will visit Sainte-Mère-Église and see the main route that both the American and German troops alike utilized to transport their equipment. Shortly after, you will see Pointe du Hoc and Omaha Beach. At Omaha Beach you will see first-hand where many American troops arrived via boat. To end the tour, you visit the Normandy American Cemetery and the adjacent visitor center that will provide the historical context of the region. Here you will have time to explore and reflect upon the fallen soldiers of Normandy such as Theodore Roosevelt Jr and many many others.
You will then be driven back to the train station where you will take the train back into Paris to arrive in the city around 9 pm.
✓ Book well in advance! This excursion is often sold out early.
✓ Wear comfortable walking shoes for the day.
✓ Dress in layers as the weather is unpredictable in Normandy.
✓ Tipping is usually not expected in France, but if you liked the service of your guide, feel free to tip him/her to show the level of your satisfaction.
→ Tour is available year-round but does not offer service on Saturdays, Sundays, national holidays, or the last two weeks of August.
→ Only small bags or rucksacks will be accepted in the minivan, don’t bring big piece of luggage with you as they are not permitted.
→ Cancellation policy: up to 2 months in advance: 100% refund / between 2 month and 2 weeks: 50% refund / less than 2 weeks : no refund.