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Beaches & pastoral countryside with a powerful memory. A visit to the D-Day landing beaches in Normandy can be an emotional experience. As you look across the expanse of sand you envision the 24,000 Allied soldiers who invaded France on June 6, 1944 and started the beginning of the end of World War II.
It's amazing how close the battlefields of Normandy and the D-Day beaches are to Paris, yet it took the Allied troops another two months, two weeks, and five days after they had landed to liberate the city.
On these tours you visit the Normandy beaches and battlefields, including Omaha, Juno and Gold. Or choose our Paris Concierge's creation that adds a tour of the Normandy countryside. Of course, you're picked up and returned to your Paris hotel.
Here we review our favourite D-Day tours that begin in Paris. Spend some time exploring the most important battlefields of World War II.
What we like about tours such as this one is that you are picked up at your Paris address and returned the same day.
In between, you walk the Normandy battlefields and landing beaches of World War II. You see famous wartime sites as well as the American and Canadian cemeteries. Hear the poignant stories of the Allied soldiers and the eventual liberation of France.
A drive through the rolling Normandy countryside brings you to the Caen Memorial. You also visit Pointe du Hoc, an important German defense position captured by US soldiers.
There is free time to walk along Omaha Beach and reflect on the site's history. Afterwards you stop at the Omaha Beach Visitor Center, and before returning to Paris, you visit the Canadian Memorial at Juno beach.
For more personalized service, we like this private tour of the US landing beaches created by our Paris Concierge. We really like how you drill deep into the history of the battle.
Your driver meets you at your Paris address and whisks you to the English Channel at Arromanches to see the remains of the artificial harbour that the Allied army built in England and towed to France. You learn all about what happend there on that day in June.
Then you get a chance to visit the only German coastal batteries still in place at Longues sur Mer. It's eerie to stand where the Wehrmacht fired on the landing Allied forces.
After lunch at Port en Bessin there's still more to see — Colleville sur Mer at Omaha Beach, to visit the American Cemetery and, finally, the Pointe du Hoc, the 90-foot-high cliff where US Rangers landed to take on one of the strongest points of the German fortifications.
The idea behind this unique private tour (created by our hardworking Paris Concierge) is to let you experience Normandy and all it has to offer, including a D-Day beaches tour.
So, you visit places like Bayeux to see the legendary tapestry the depicts the conquest of England by William the Conquerer. (Known, less affectionately, as William the Bastard to those he conquered.)
There's an extensive D Day history tour at Arromanches, at the American Cemetery of Saint Lauren, and at Omaha beach.
You're not done yet! To finish the tour, visit the picturesque fishing village of Honfleur where you might participate in a a cider and calvados tasting at a local cave à vin before the ride back to Paris.
This 2-day tour takes you to the beaches of Normandy as well as into the heart of Brittany.
On the coast of of Normandy you will visit the landing beach of Omaha and visit the American Cemetery of Saint-Laurent and Arromanches.
You then make your way to Saint Malo, the heart of Brittany, where you explore the town before continuing onto Mont Saint-Michel for a guided visit of this famous and fabulous abbey.
Highlights of the Normandy 2-day trip include —
• Visit the D-Day landing beaches of Omaha.
• Visit the American Cemetery of Saint-Laurent and Arromanches.
• Guided tour of St Malo.
• Guided tour of Mont St Michel.
• Free time at Mont Saint-Michel.
• Transportation, accommodation and meals are included.