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Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris

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Discover the beaches of the D-Day landings on this guided day trip to Normandy from Paris. Focusing on the sites where heavy losses were suffered by American soldiers, the tour stops at the Omaha Beach Visitor Centre, Utah Beach Museum, and the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. Enjoy free time on the beaches and hear poignant tales about the events of June 6, 1944. During this full but inspiring day of sightseeing, revitalize with a cup of traditional cider and lunch at a waterside restaurant.
  • Day trip to Normandy’s D-Day beaches from Paris, led by a knowledgeable guide
  • Learn about the Normandy Invasion during WWII and the heavy losses suffered by American troops
  • Visit Utah Beach Museum, built on the beach where the first American soldiers landed
  • See one of the original D-Day B-26 fighter planes on Utah Beach
  • Explore the Normandy countryside and stop for a cider and calvados tasting followed by a 2-course lunch
  • Stop at Pointe du Hoc and visit the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer
  • Listen to tales of the Omaha Beach Landings at Omaha Beach Visitor Centre

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Cider and calvados tastings are included on this Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches tour. 
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Professional guide
Cider and calvados tasting (not available on Sundays)
Lunch plus 1 glass of cider
All transfers in an air-conditioned coach
Small groups of 25 people or fewer
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Trocadéro Square , Place du Trocadéro, 75016 Paris, France

Meet on the steps of the Palais de Chaillot, at the Trocadero. Arriving by metro or tram: Take lines 9 or 6 and get off at the metro stop Trocadero. Follow the exit signs to the Eiffel Tower (the signs are brown). The exit is number 1. As you exit the metro you will see the Palais de Chaillot directly in front of you on the left. Your guide will be waiting on the steps holding a sign. Arriving by taxi: Ask your driver to take you to the Trocadero and then ask to be dropped in front of the Palais de Chaillot Arriving by foot: The Palais de Chaillot is one of the two identical large building on the Place du Trocadero. If you are facing the Eiffel Tower it is the one on the left.

7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
Spend a day away from Paris and visit the Normandy beaches where thousands of the Allied Powers’ troops landed to free France from Axis control during World War II. During your early-morning ride aboard an air-conditioned coach to northern France, your informative guide shares fascinating commentary on the events of June 6, 1944, better known as D-Day.

Begin at the Utah Beach Museum, housed in an original German bunker and constructed on the beach where the first American troops landed. Here, learn about Operation Overlord (the Allied codename for the Normandy Invasion) and the invaluable assistance from French citizens that made a difference in the war.

Utah Beach is now home to one of only six remaining original B-26 fighter planes that were used during the invasion. Look out onto breathtaking views of the beach from inside the museum before heading down to the beach itself.

Next, head out to the countryside to a 17th-century barn with a traditional cider-making orchard, and savor some of its cider and calvados (an apple-based brandy). With your appetite opened up, settle in for a 2-course lunch at a restaurant overlooking the port of Grandcamp-Maisy. (Lunch typically includes a main course of fish or meat, dessert, and a glass of cider.)

After your meal, your coach takes you to Pointe du Hoc, a cliff-top German defense the US troops heroically seized. Continue to Colleville-sur-Mer and pay your respects to the fallen at the American Cemetery.

From the cemetery, you can see Omaha Beach, one of the landing beaches where many American soldiers are buried. Inside the Omaha Beach Visitor Centre, gain insight into the landings that did not fare accordingly to plan.

Then, board your coach for return transport to your departure point in Paris.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Musee du Debarquement Utah Beach
You’ll join your expert guide in Paris aboard a comfortable, private coach. On the way to Normandy, learn the details of the Allied preparations for D-Day, the largest amphibious assault in history. Your guide, a fluent English-speaker, will stay with you throughout the tour to tell the story of the operation and answer questions from history buffs and curious minds. On Utah Beach, your first stop, the Allies quickly defeated the German forces. You’ll visit an extraordinary D-Day museum housed in an old German bunker on the landing beach itself. The collection here brings home both the scale and the personal sacrifice involved in the operation, with an original B-26 airplane on display along with collections of soldiers’ letters home.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Office de Tourisme intercommunal de Grandcamp-Maisy
Next, experience some of the culture and traditions of Normandy. Many Allied soldiers found shelter with local farmers. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to tour one, featuring a 17th-century barn, locally-made apple cider and traditional apple brandy. Lunch is served at a restaurant in a quiet port nearby.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pointe du Hoc
After your meal, your coach takes you to Pointe du Hoc. From Pointe du Hoc, you’ll get a sense of the challenges the Allies faced, with views of the English Channel – and intimidating cliffs blocking access inland. Cliffs combined with enemy fire to make the landing at Omaha Beach a desperate battle for survival.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Cimetiere Americain de Colleville-sur-Mer
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. Your guide will use the time spent driving to provide enriching commentary and answer questions, preparing you for each stop on the tour. You'll have time to look around the cemetery, visit the wall of the missing and awe-inspiring memorial, and look down upon Omaha, the beach where the Allies faced the stiffest resistance and suffered the most casualties. The journey back to Paris gives you time to reflect on all you’ve seen – and the tremendous courage and sacrifice of those who fought here.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Omaha Beach
From the American Cemetery, you can see Omaha Beach, one of the landing beaches where many American soldiers are buried. Inside the Omaha Beach Visitor Centre, gain insight into the landings that did not fare accordingly to plan.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Make a note of specific dietary requirements in the 'Special Requirements' field when booking
  • Near public transportation
  • Please note that the cider tasting is not available on Sundays.
  • Please note that due to the venue’s annual closure from November 30th to December 18th 2021, the stop at Utah Beach Museum is replaced by a visit of the Overlord Museum.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Wonders Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "Wear comfortable clothing and settle in for a memorable day." See review
  • "It was a long day of travel, but so worth it." See review
  • "It's a little bit of a hike from the parking lot to the cemetery, so you have to hustle to see what you want to see." See review

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Bell Family Europe vacation
Frankie_B
, Aug 2022
Witnessing the actual site of such and important event in our lifetime!! We were moved at the amount of graves in this small sector of France. Imagine the amount of sacrifice coming as we moved inland…
star-5
Great tour for a long day!
Tobie_S
, Aug 2022
Our tour guides were very knowledgeable. They told history as a fantastic story instead of a data dump which was great because we had teenagers with us. It was a super long day, but the bus was very nice and comfortable. If you do not have any interest in WWII, I would not recommend this as a tour. The several stops were quick, so we never felt like we were standing around and it broke the trip up since it was such a long day.
star-5
Normandy
Allison_F
, Aug 2022
This was a wonderful tour. Our tour guide Carmina was wonderful. She was Informative and personable. I enjoyed each stop on the tour and how it was organized. I would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
History and Bravery
Elaine_T
, Aug 2022
Great tour with lots of history and great guides. Very well organized and professional. Whole day helps you to understand the noble sacrifice and bravery of the D-Day soldiers and the long friendship of the French and the Americans.
star-5
It was totally worth it....
Taru_R
, Aug 2022
It was totally worth it. Everything was perfect. Our guide was awesome, bus and lunch was super and the sites were amazing.
star-5
Well worth the price.
Hezzel_J
, Jul 2022
The guides John Pryce and his partner were versed in the history of the events that culminated in D Day invasion. They maintained a good pace and kept the tour very entertaining. Lunch was amazing and the cider tasting made a touch of class.
star-5
Neat experience
Kayla_B
, Jul 2022
This was a great day trip! I would have preferred a smaller group. We had 33, so we were on a large, comfortable bus. But being in a bus it took what felt like forever to get there. I was expecting 2 hours, but it took at least 3.5. They did stop for a break half way. We didn’t have breakfast because nothing was open, including room service before we left. Other than the trip to and from not being the greatest, Normandy and our tour guide John, we’re INCREDIBLE. He was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. He gave us a lot of info on the way, while we were there as well as on the way back to Paris. I wish we had a chance to pick our lunch spot, but again with a group that large it’s impossible. Would do again with a smaller group or on my own
star-5
First Class Experience
Kent_L
, Jul 2022
John and his partner work very hard to put on a first class experience visiting the Normandy beaches and cemetery. While they don't cover every area, they maximize the time given of 14 hours. John's wealth of history is inspiring, and he's lavish in sharing, while teaching in a story format so that we can understand more clearly. Highly recommend!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Visit to Normandy
Benedetta_C
, Jul 2022
Everything was amazing John was amazing and knowledgeable Very professional and very organized I’m so happy I did this tour A must do put it on your list
star-4
Tour guide was extremely...
MarkD_M
, Jul 2022
Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and provide detailed information. We had issue with the bus and the lunch provided. Both could be improved.
star-4
Great American Normandy tour
Maria_M
, Jul 2022
We really enjoyed the day with our guide John who was very informative. Overall enjoyed the day but wish we would have had more time at the museum This tour was geared more for the American side of things. We would have enjoyed more history of Canada’s involvement.
star-3
Great but more time needed!
Gary_M
, Jul 2022
John and his partner (forgot her name)as guides were excellent! We needed more time at the museum at Utah Beach and at The cemetery. Cider tasting could also have been better explained before so people could have time to purchase products.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great way to see Normandy in a day!
bethwilkie
, Jul 2022
John was an amazing tour guide! He was super knowledgeable and shared lots of information. The tour was very organized which made the time well spent.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Good Tour, Long Day
Matthew_M
, Jul 2022
Seeing the beaches and the museum at Utah Beach were great. Got to go down to Utah Beach and get a real sense of the background of the shore. John was an outstanding tour guide. LOTS of information. Maybe a little too much. It’s a long day. Three hours each way with stops enroute for snacks and bio breaks. Cider side trip was nice but not necessary. Be prepared to do a decent amount of walking. Also, our bus did not have WiFi or electrical outlets. Would do the tour again. Another good experience with Viator.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-2
Rushed
Raechel_T
, Jul 2022
The one tour guide was very knowledgeable and shared a lot of history, BUT. The whole tour was very rushed. It was a huge group of people which takes time. Everywhere we stopped we had an hour or less. Which wounds like a good amount of time, but once you pile out of the bus and go to the bathroom you don’t have time to see much. The food was terrible and it was hotter in the restaurant than outside. I wish we would have just rented a car and went on our own.
star-5
D Day experience!
Lisa_T
, Jul 2022
This was a great day trip from Paris. We got to see a lot of places in a very short time. The lunch and cidre tasting was a nice touch to break up the trip. We visited all the historical places related to D day. It was such a great day.
star-4
Worth spending a full day
Gail_H
, Jul 2022
Seeing countryside from the bus was beautiful. Guides were knowledgeable. Fascinating to see D Day sites.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Wonderful experience
Maureen_M
, Jul 2022
Visiting the d-day beaches and the American Cemetery absolutely breathtaking. Guide was very sweet and knew her history.
star-3
Guide was knowledgeable I...
Andrea_E
, Jul 2022
Guide was knowledgeable I wish we would not have been in a rush to get back to Paris. He was excited to make it back 30 min early but I’d love to have that time in Utah museum. The cider tasting was 50 people crammed in a hot old barn listening to an infomercial to up sales for hard cider in America we didn’t see anything about an orchard and I’d rather more time for museums. Bus was very hot. People nice. Lunch was good. I can’t decide if I’d recommend.
star-5
On vacation
Marilyn_H
, Jul 2022
The tour guy educating us. I am on vacation and do not want to be bothered. This is ridiculous I do not want to be bothered

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