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Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector

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Bayeux, France
Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector

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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Discover the scenic beauty and historical richness of the Norman battlefields on a half-day tour of Sword Beach and the Hillman Bunkers from Bayeux. With a knowledgeable guide, enjoy a sensitive introduction to one of Europe’s most difficult periods and visit significant sites related to WWII. Browse intriguing exhibitions in the Merville Gun Battery and Museum; hear turbulent tales of the events that occurred on Sword Beach; and descend into the Hillman Bunkers to gain an understanding of the conflict that took place there. Pay tribute to fallen soldiers at the Commonwealth Military Cemeteries and enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour.
  • Half-day tour of Normandy Battlefields from Bayeux
  • See Sword Beach, where the D-Day landings began
  • Explore the Hillman Bunker complex outside Colleville-sur-Orme
  • Small-group tour by minivan
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Driver/guide
Pickup from Bayeux train station or Place de Quebec in Bayeux only
Transport by air-conditioned minivan (maximum 8 people)
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified

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1:00 PM
Bayeux train station and city center (la place de Québec)
Depart from a centrally located Bayeux location and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle destined for Pegasus Bridge. Get acquainted with the turbulent history of this deceptively picturesque region and then continue onto the Melville Gun Battery and Museum to delve deeper into the history of this formerly war-torn French enclave. 

After hearing of how courageous D-Day soldiers completed their difficult mission at Sword Beach, admire the coastal splendor of the sandy stretch and listen to tales of the heavy artillery fire that 28,000 soldiers came under.  Spend some enriching time exploring the Hillman Bunkers and gain insight into the pivotal roles the concrete shelters played in the midst of the conflict. 

Continue onto the Commonwealth Military Cemeteries to pay tribute to interminable rows of graves commemorating fallen soldiers, and take a moment of quiet reflection while reading moving epitaphs of each courageous fighter. 

After a day of enriching exploration, return to your minivan and relax during the scenic journey back to Bayeux.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sword Beach
Stand where the Sword Beach landing happened.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Pegasus Bridge
Be where the very first ally forces landed during d-day.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Musee de la Batterie de Merville
Discover the Merville gun battery.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Ouistreham Beach
Follow the way of the british and french number 4 commandos.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ranville War Cemetery
Take some time to pay your respect in the Ranville war cemetery
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note that the tour departs from Bayeux - Normandy. There is no hotel pickup from Paris.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travellers can participate
  • NST provides you with masks as well as hydroalcoholic gel. Our vehicles are disinfected after each use and the distance is respected.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Normandy Sightseeing Tour
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector?
A:The policy on sanitisation is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector.

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star-5
Marvellous, brilliant guide. So...
Theresa T
, Sep. 2017
Marvellous, brilliant guide. So glad we went on it, much better than just driving ourselves about and missing half of what we saw.
star-3
We were a bit disappointed with this...
Christine_L
, Sep. 2017
We were a bit disappointed with this tour. What we wanted to see most was Sword beach as we were very interested in the British landings, but there was very little time spent there. On the other hand we had too much time left to wander round a war cemetery. Our guide was very knowledgeable, but not very engaging. And he was hard to hear because the mike in the van was broken.
star-5
Excellent tour. Our guide was so...
Julie M
, Aug. 2017
Excellent tour. Our guide was so lovely - great combination of enthusiastic and knowledgable and made for a very interesting afternoon.
star-3
Good to see a more comprehensive...
vanessadeguz
, Aug. 2017
Good to see a more comprehensive perspective of the region and its history, as a companion to the American sector. Guide was accommodating but we left wanting more insight to such an important part of modern history.
star-4
Very knowledgeable guide. We were a...
Terry J S
, Aug. 2015
Very knowledgeable guide. We were a little disappointed that we did not go to the Sword museum as this was the main reason for booking. However we enjoyed many aspects of the tour and we were pleased that after asking we actually went to the Sword beach and paid our respects to family.
star-5
Excellent tour, for a half day a lot...
Daphne_P
, Sep. 2014
Excellent tour, for a half day a lot was packed in, our guide was very informative.
star-4
The tour was excellent, but the...
Linton Mark E
, Jul. 2014
The tour was excellent, but the British-French tour guide was condascending in attitude toward us when we had a question and was definitely very biased against the American perspective of Normandy D-Day. We did not appreciate that he constantly was telling us that the Americans should have listened to the Brits on strategy, etc. Other than that, we loved the British Sector Tour and respected all that the British did and the lives sacrificed on D-Day. It was sobering. One very nice part of this tour was being picked up and taken back to our bed and breakfast location.
star-5
Great tour, very moving. Sly...
Glen C
, Nov. 2013
Great tour, very moving. Sly our guide and was very knowledgeable and made the day. Especially loved the story of Pegasus bridge with Paras and Marines Thanks for making our trip so memorable Sly
star-5
Very Good. Our guide was full of...
NivekNagrom
, Aug. 2013
Very Good. Our guide was full of insights and kept it interesting
star-5
Excellent! Our tour guide for the...
richard r
, Jul. 2013
Excellent! Our tour guide for the British sector was Sylvain "Sly" Kast. He was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant, and patient-fielding many questions from the tourists. I have advised friends anticipating a trip to Normandy to contact me in advance so that I can guide them to Sly! Please share this with Sly Thank you, Dick Robins
star-4
Well worth the effort to do this...
BRUCE C
, Jul. 2013
Well worth the effort to do this tour but probably should have completed an all day one to allow more time at Pegasus bridge for example.The quide (Matthew) was brilliant and obviously had researched the history of the area extremely well - he was very informative on not only the tour aspects but also all other things in the region.
star-5
Olivier was a knowledgeable and...
Louise H
, Aug. 2010
Olivier was a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide who is generous enough to share his extensive knowledge with his clients. If you have longer, consider doing a full day tour. Or, if you have a specific request, do ask for a personalised private tour.
star-5
We had a very interesting afternoon in...
Margaret D
, May 2010
We had a very interesting afternoon in which we were taken to a range of places. Well beyond our expectations and despite the threat of bad weather we managed to keep mainly dry. Our guide was excellent and made us feel comfortable enough to ask a whole range of questions which he answered in detail.
star-5
The tour was very thought provoking...
LAUREL M
, Oct. 2009
The tour was very thought provoking! Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful an excellent survey of the beaches, highly recommended.
star-5
Our guide, a charming young French...
WICKHAM D
, Sep. 2008
Our guide, a charming young French woman with excellent English, arrived promptly at the hotel. The tour packed in a lot in a short time with visits to Pegasus Bridge, Ranville Cemetary, Hillman and Sword Beach. At each stop her detailed knowledge made for a most informative and enjoyable experience.
star-5
Excellent trip, the driver knew...
Gary H
, Aug. 2008
Excellent trip, the driver knew everything that he could about this and was able to answer all of our questions.

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