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

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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.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
  • 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 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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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 travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitisation during Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Trip with Cider Tasting & Lunch from Paris?
A:The policy on sanitisation is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
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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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star-4
Normandy Experience
Kenneth_M
, Jul. 2022
The trip was a very long day that probably could have been shortened by removing the cider stop and doing something different for lunch. The experience of seeing where the soldiers had to battle and overcome the German resistance was moving. This is the spot where they gave their lives so we could be free. Visiting the cemetery was a moving experience just to see the resting spot of those who died. It was a memorable experience that could have been shortened a bit. I’m glad I went on the tour.
star-3
Not what was advertised - but beautiful sites.
Susan_B
, Jul. 2022
This was so disappointing. The beaches, museum, the cemetery and historical region were amazing. Guide was very knowledgeable - sometimes too much. Lunch was delicious and the cider tasting was fun. The grounds and house were beautiful. What we were so disappointed about is that we paid $186 a person specifically for a "Small groups of 25 people or fewer". Our bus had 54 people on it. The bus was old, dirty - the flip down tray had gum stuck to the seat & a layer of funk on the tray itself. The AC did not work at our seats. The seats were crammed in like sardines and for being on the bus for 14 hours, it was miserable. I am 5'7" and my husband is 6'4", we had zero room to move - we were so uncomfortable and sore after the trip. It was not what was advertised.
star-5
Great day tour from Paris!
Richard_L
, Jun. 2022
The Utah beach experience and museum were well done. Cemetery at Omaha beach was worth seeing. We had a very good guide with considerable WWII knowledge.
star-3
Meh
Bennett_C
, Jun. 2022
The groups were supposed to be 25 or less. We had at least 40 in our group. In addition kids 11 years and older are only allowed on the trip and we had crying baby so it was difficult to hear the person leading the group.
star-5
Great Way To See Normandy in One Day.
John_C
, Jun. 2022
It was enjoyable to see what an important part of our history looks today. Also, the cider factory tour was very interesting. The battlefield with the craters and chunks of concrete lying around was impressive.
star-5
Wonderful Experience
Darnell_Q
, Jun. 2022
John was awesome!!! The experience was everything that we expected. I would suggest that you cancel the cider tasting and make more time for the museum. Since most of the folks did not see many of the exhibits.
star-5
Best tour of our trip!
Karina_B
, Jun. 2022
This was a FANTASTIC trip and our guide (Sinse) was the most knowledgeable person we’ve had the fortune to encounter; from the history of the tour to any other questions we had, he was kind & so very helpful. This day trip was the favorite part of the tour for our teen boys.
star-5
We had THE best guide...
Sharon_O
, Jun. 2022
We had THE best guide ever. So knowledgeable and happy to share and answer all questions. He was a fascinating described of all the history of the Normandy all the way from Paris. Amazing to me for someone so young.
star-4
A great tour but felt rushed through the last few stops
Barbara_B
, Jun. 2022
Our guide, John, was fantastic!! An American now living in Paris, he’s a history buff so really knew his stuff and he did a wonderful job of story telling to make it all easily understood. We loved the monuments and what we got out of those visits with his narratives. The reason for four stars and not five though was our other host, Minnie. Every time we got to a stop, she practically bolted from the bus and didn’t wait for the group before walking at a fast clip. At one point she led part of the group back to the bus without alerting everyone else and then chastised all of us for being late. A suggestion also for this trip- the stop at the Orchard was kind of cool but we spent as much time there as we did at the American cemetery and since the entire reason for this tour was to see the history of the war, it felt entirely inappropriate when Minnie asked to purchased cider to bring home as gifts.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-5
Terrific tour guide, Powerful tour
Josee_G
, Jun. 2022
Sinsei was amazing. Best tour guide! He was so knowledgeable about everything not just the tour, fun, and kept a bus load of people on schedule without feeling rushed. Wonderful tour, very powerful experience.
star-5
Amazing
Bret_R
, Jun. 2022
What a great guide and experience! It took about 14 hours. We got to see everything and the guide was really informative.
star-3
Inappropriate
Gregory_W
, Jun. 2022
John criticized the US healthcare system and Minnie stated the US was late in contributing to WWII and liberating France. Unbelievable. The emphasis should have been the servicemen and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defeat Nazi Germany and free France. The two brought politics into the experience. Completely inappropriate and disrespectful.
star-5
Incredible Normandy Beach Experience!
Ann_L
, Jun. 2022
The entire trip was excellent. Our tour guide John was very knowledgeable and entertaining and the places they took us really told the story of what happened and gave us a flavor of what Normandy is all about. The additional French history was a plus and helped us understand and appreciate all the amazing sites and scenery we were experiencing.
star-5
Fantastic!
Gloria_S
, Jun. 2022
Wonderful trip! Long day but so much accomplished in one day. Sinse was amazing and so knowledgeable! Worth the time and money.
star-5
Two thumbs up!
Siobhan_G
, Jun. 2022
I reserved this trip for my husband and brother in law, they both loved the experience. Guide was very knowledgeable, scenery was amazing and the alcohol tastings were excellent. They both liked lunch, it was simple but tasty.
star-5
This was a long day of...
Cindy_D
, Jun. 2022
This was a long day of traveling but well worth the time. How exciting to have an American as our tour guide as he was very knowledgeable and able to relate to we tourists. Seeing Omaha Beach, Utah Beach and museum, and the American Cemetery was outstanding. We were actually able to go into a German bunker and see where the battle began. Midway to the site, we had lunch at a very cafe and even went to a cider farm and taste tested the wares. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!
star-1
A sham of an offering - do not go
Eoghan_O
, Jun. 2022
Definitely do not recommend. Very rushed, each stay was circa 40 minutes which leaves very little time to pause and reflect. Tour guide provided zero information about the places we were actually in, just generic world war history from Japan to Italy. Which is good if you’re watching YouTube but passing by the town where the first parachuter was killed behind enemy lines and not even mentioning it shows the level of historic tidbits the entire trip over. The cider tasting was interesting but it’s essentially a paid promotion. You get to sample 3 small (think 1/3 of a shot glass) of ciders which are nice but not remarkable, the rest of the time is then selling you bottles. The food at the restaurant was ok but the entire trip out there seemed pointless. We detoured from the route quite significantly to eat at some sloppy joint. On top of all this, this was due to be an 8 person trip - our bus had circa 40/50…
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-3
Tough start
Cindy_U
, Jun. 2022
We signed up for a 14 hour bus tour to Normandy for up to 25 people; a sprinter van showed up instead and the guide was told by management to just pick 7 people to not go. The guide and his trainee guide had problems doing this. We sat around for over an hour for them to try to get things figured out. The company would not authorize the expenditure of a second vehicle. The owners are from Ireland . . . There was no one available to help at all. Finally some people dropped out and The tour guide was really nice
star-1
Horrible tour company
Jack_O
, Jun. 2022
Horrible service- there were 24 guests waiting to depart but they only had a bus with 19 seats. The guide tried calling his friends to see if they could give the extra people a ride.
2 travellers found this review helpful
star-4
Two Thumbs Up
Tracy_L
, Jun. 2022
The tour was amazing. My 18 year old son absolutely LOVED this tour. It was one of his must-see attractions for our European adventure. Our guide, Carmalita, was fun, energetic & very knowledgeable about the tour. The cemetery was very emotional especially since we were there at 5 pm for the lowering of the flags. The underground bunkers & exhibits were very well done. We could have spent more time at each of the three stops relating to the war. It was really neat seeing all of the French soldiers & preparations for the 60th anniversary event. My only complaint is the food during lunch & return to Paris. Our lunch was cold & bland. However, the chocolate croissants at our first stop were AMAZING. It was heaven on my lips. I would definitely suggest this tour to anyone. A couple of tips include bringing snacks & portable phone chargers as we took so many photos that our phones died & the motocoach did not have outlets for phones.

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