D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches

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D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches information and booking

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$146
Duration
10 hours
Departs from
Caen railway station, central Caen
Returns to
Returns to original departure point
Time of departure
Monday - Friday: 9amSaturday: 10amSunday: 11amThe exact departure time will be provided when you reconfirm your tour.
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Tour description provided by Viator

Spend a remarkable day learning about D-Day at the Mémorial de Caen museum and exploring historic D-Day sites including the artificial harbor at Arromanches, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc on this comprehensive guided tour. Designed for day-trippers from Paris, this tour starts at the Caen railway station and includes a 1.5-hour guided tour of the Memorial de Caen Museum, a 2-course lunch at La Terrasse Restaurant and a 5-hour guided tour of pivotal D-Day sites.

This small-group tour is limited to seven people to ensure more personalized attention from your guide.

Your tour begins at the Caen railway station, making it especially easy to join if you're coming into the city by train from Paris (own expense). Follow your guide to the Mémorial de Caen, a museum covering major historical events from the end of World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Your guide -- trained by the museum's historians -- will explain the intense preparations for D-Day by both sides, and the tremendous significance of the day in the outcome of World War II.

Feel free to ask your guide any questions you may have about D-Day as you indulge in a 2-course lunch at La Terrasse, a restaurant at the museum.

In the afternoon, board a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan and embark on a 5-hour guided tour of some of the key D-Day sites you learned about during your Mémorial de Caen museum tour. See an impressive Mulberry harbor at Arromanches, one of the portable harbors built by the British to help Allied troops bring in hundreds of vehicles, tons of weapons and other materials for their assault. Visit the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, a poignant reminder of the terrible cost of war.

Continue to the battery at Longues-sur-Mer and learn how German forces defended the coast. Hear about the incredibly heroic efforts of the US Army Ranger Assault Group at the clifftop Pointe du Hoc. Travel past the main landing beaches of D-Day, including Omaha Beach, and set foot on one of these beaches yourself. Imagine the din and chaos of that fateful day when Allied forces covered the sands that today seem so serene.

Throughout your small-group tour, your guide will share stories that will humanize the stark statistics of World War II and D-Day. By the end of this powerful tour of historic sites, you'll understand just how much was at stake on D-Day and have a new appreciation for the men who fought and died in the war. Your tour ends at the Caen railway station in the evening so you can easily catch a train back to Paris (own expense) if you wish.

What's included

  • Admission ticket to the mémorial de caen museum
  • 1.5-hour guided tour of the museum
  • 5-hour guided tour of d-day sites
  • 2-course lunch at la terrasse
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan

What isn't included

  • Train ticket to and from paris
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off