Learn all about World War II and the momentous events of D-Day on this full-day tour. Explore the Mémorial de Caen museum at your leisure with or without an informative audio guide. Then, tour historic D-Day sites such as the artificial harbor at Arromanches, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc.
Mémorial de Caen
Choose to explore the museum at your own pace on the same day as your guided tour or on a different day, whatever is most convenient for you (your admission ticket will be valid for 24 hours). This museum and war memorial tells the riveting story of D-Day within the larger context of historical events ranging from the end of World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Learn about the preparation for and execution of the massive invasion by exploring on your own, or from your in-depth audio guide, available in six languages. You can enjoy lunch at the museum's restaurant or cafe (own expense).
D-Day Sites Guided Tour
Join your informative guide — trained by the museum's historians — for an educational and poignant morning or afternoon tour of sites related to the Normandy landings on D-Day that helped the Allies win the war. You will set off in a luxury, air-conditioned minivan and travel first to the Arromanches-Les-Bains' artificial harbor, where Allied forces brought in the hundreds of vehicles and many tons of weapons and materials needed for their assault. You will get to watch the 20 minutes' long film "Normandy's 100 Days" at the Arromanches 360 circular Cinema.
Next, you will the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer, where white crosses stretching far in all directions symbolize the terrible cost of war. You will then continue to the clifftop Pointe du Hoc, where the US Army Ranger Assault Group mounted a heroic attack.
Your tour culminates with a drive past the main Normandy landing beaches including Omaha Beach and the opportunity to set foot on one of those beaches yourself.
Return to Mémorial de Caen after your 5-hour tour of D-Day sites with a much clearer understanding of how that fateful day helped define the outcome of World War II.
Sites visited: the artificial harbour at Arromanches, Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema, the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc.