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Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector

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Bayeux, France
Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector

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Overview

Follow in the footsteps of World War II soldiers on an insightful and moving tour of the Normandy battlefields from Bayeux. With a knowledgeable guide, visit significant sites like Pegasus Bridge, the Merville Battery Museum and the Hillman Bunker and delve into the intriguing history of D-Day and the turbulent battles that occurred. Admire the sandy stretch of Omaha Beach, the site of one of D-Day’s bloodiest battles, and pay tribute to fallen soldiers at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to only eight people.
  • Full-day tour to the Normandy battlefield beaches from Bayeux
  • Visit Omaha Beach, the bloodiest of Normandy’s WWII beaches
  • Explore Sword Beach and the nearby Hillman Bunker complex
  • Small-group tour limited to eight ensures a more personalized experience
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Pickup from Bayeux train station or Place de Quebec in Bayeux only
Gratuities
Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Place de Québec , Pl. de Québec, 14400 Bayeux, France

    Place de Quebec, near Villa Lara hotel

  • Gare de Bayeux , Pl. de la Gare, 14400 Bayeux, France

    Bayeux train station, by the taxi line

  • 8:30 AM
    This activity will end right where it started.
    Depart from your centrally located Bayeux hotel and climb aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan destined for Pointe du Hoc, the site of a brutal attack on a German battery on D-Day. On arrival, gaze at an eerie lunar landscape of scattered remnants of ancient fortifications and then return to your vehicle for the scenic drive to Omaha Beach. 

    Disembark at the famous World War II site and listen as your guide reveals the brutal history of the battlefield that saw the most D-Day casualties. Pay tribute to fallen soldiers at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial and marvel at interminable rows of headstones commemorating courageous soldiers. 

    Head next to Pegasus Bridge, the site of one of the most successful D-Day operations, and capture picturesque photographs of the Orne river and canal as you stroll towards the sea at Caen. 

    Continue onto the Merville Battery Museum to discover the tales surrounding the 6th British Airborne and then arrive at Sword Beach, a sandy stretch upon which the British 3rd Infantry Division landed on their way to Caen. Then, descend into the underground bunkers of the Hillman Bunkers to empathise with brave soldiers fighting in claustrophobic conditions. 

    Conclude your moving tour at Bayeux War Cemetery, the largest WWII cemetery of the Commonwealth soldiers in France, and feel emotionally stirred as you see graves containing more than 4,500 soldiers killed in WWII.

    Relax during the journey back to Bayeux, where the tour concludes.
    Itinerary
    Stop At:  
    Omaha Beach
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Pointe du Hoc
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Cimetiere Americain de Colleville-sur-Mer
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Sword Beach
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Pegasus Bridge
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Bayeux War Cemetery
    Duration: 1 minute
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Musee de la Batterie de Merville
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Ouistreham Beach
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    Stop At:  
    Hillman Site
    Duration: 1 hour 
    Admission Ticket Included
    • 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 travelers 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 travelers
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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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    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
    Q:
    What is the policy on sanitization during Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector?
    A:The policy on sanitization is:

    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    See all safety measures taken by Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector.
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    What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword 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 Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector.

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    • "Excellent guide and tour sites for a whole day experience from Pointe du Hoc to Pegasus Bridge." See review

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    star-5
    Moving and fun
    Chris_L
    , Jul 2022
    Very moving, especially the American cemetery. Francois and Celine were both friendly and knowledgeable.
    star-5
    Great Tour
    Marti_C
    , Jul 2022
    Our guide, Luci, was amazing. She was extremely knowledgeable, could answer a wide range of questions, made sure everyone was comfortable (it was about 100F that day). She really brought to life the battles and the problems that plagued some of them. She was a total joy!!!
    star-5
    Fascinating Day
    Graham_H
    , Jul 2022
    A very interesting tour to a number of D-Day sites with so much valuable information given at each. Sunni was the perfect tour guide as she was so knowledgeable and friendly with it.
    star-5
    Great tour !
    Hugh_P
    , May 2022
    Our Guide, Francois Gosselin, was both knowledgeable about the WWII sites we visited and enthusiastic. It's clear he is passionate about the area and its WWII significance.
    star-5
    Great days tour
    Ian S
    , Oct 2019
    Very friendly and knowledgable guide. Small party of 6 in the morning and just 2 in the afternoon that made for a personal and comfortable tour. Well worth it.
    star-4
    trip report
    Dream63021392788
    , Jun 2019
    Was a very good tour, tour guide was very nice and knew the history really well. She spoke very good English but, talked so fast was hard to understand.
    star-5
    Normandy Battlefield Day Tour
    Bob_C
    , Jun 2019
    Excellent guide and tour sites for a whole day experience from Pointe du Hoc to Pegasus Bridge. Well conducted and highly recommended.
    star-5
    I never realized how long the...
    Hendrik B
    , Sep 2017
    I never realized how long the beaches were. What an amazing undertaking to conquer those beaches despite the fortified references. Very interesting and informative tour.
    star-5
    Six people in our extended family...
    craigsadams
    , Jul 2017
    Six people in our extended family were happy to find that one Volkswagen van would accommodate just us, and the driver/tour guide, Sophia, was not only an excellent driver but also fluent in English and French. Her ability to convey place and time in historical context was excellent. What surprised us was the sheer length of the Normandy landing - some 90 kilometers I believe. That would factor in to just how much could be covered in nine hours. The tour started in the west at Pont du Hoc, breathtaking view and history, then to Omaha Beach at low tide: utterly empty at ten in the morning. Then to the American and British cemeteries, the former austere and starkly beautiful, the latter more personalized. Lunch back in Bayeaux, the capital of Free France, our guide was proud to inform. Then on to the British sector Sword, with stop at Pegasus Bridge and the legacy of the British commandos and use of gliders in the invasion. From there to the Merville battery, amazing museum with actual Nazi bunkers. Tour ended at Sword beach, by now jammed with Sunday beach goers like the Jersey Shore. We had gone to St Mere Igles the day before: not to be missed, great Airborne museum.
    star-5
    We loved the tour, all very...
    Sheila D
    , Aug 2015
    We loved the tour, all very informative and well led. Would have liked a little longer in some places but on the other hand perhaps that would have meant not seeing so much? So on balance, excellent, would recommend to anyone.
    star-4
    It was a good day. The tour guide...
    Jerome B
    , Aug 2015
    It was a good day. The tour guide seemed to have the facts accurate as we are history buffs. Would have enjoyed more time at Point du Hoc and American Cemetery. It was too bad the others were not able to see Omaha Beach at Low tide. It has such more of an impact. Luckily we stayed at Omaha and were able to walk the beaches at low tide. I would suggest arranging the day differently. Other low points: The bus has 12 large adults and it was uncomfortable as it felt over-crowded. Pegasus Bridge was reproduction and the original was 1 block away at a museum which we just walked past. With as many places as there are to eat including Hotel du Casino Omaha Beach and many others, were taken to Bayeux and directed to a few streets to pick our own, but it worked. The following day, we had a rented car and did enjoy this much more at our own pace, but the roads can be a bit confusing so the tour does work well for that. We will go back to Normandy as there are is so much to see. If were to do it again, we should have chosen the American Sectors for us.
    star-4
    Francois was great! So enthusiastic...
    julie c
    , Jul 2015
    Francois was great! So enthusiastic and informative about WW2 and always able to answer any extra questions we had. There was no rushing anything Thanks Francois !
    star-5
    We did this trip on June 20 our tour...
    Sandra R
    , Jun 2015
    We did this trip on June 20 our tour guide was fantastic he was a fountain of knowledge would defiantly recommend this trip thank u Sandra and Mark Caterham ,Surrey UK
    star-5
    Very good tour, small group, very...
    Deirdre V
    , May 2015
    Very good tour, small group, very knowledgeable guide Maz and we visited a lot of sites in one day. Good value for money.
    star-4
    Mag was very good as a tour guide.she...
    Annette B
    , May 2015
    Mag was very good as a tour guide.she was very informative and made our day very enjoyable
    star-5
    This tour was well conducted, planned...
    Craig A
    , May 2015
    This tour was well conducted, planned and documented, it quickly toured a number sites in one full day. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and gave lots of anecdotal information from her parents who directly endured the occupation and subsequently D-Day. There were a number of maps, charts and photos used to thoroughly explain all of the visits and surrounding events. The Normandy area is covered with D-Day sites and they cannot all be covered in one day. This was a best compromise to get a feeling for the battlefield and what went on during the first few days of the allied invasion on D-Day. A trip to Omaha beach effectively showed what the Soldiers were up against once they got on to the beach and off of it into the hedgerows and small fields inland from the beach. Other sites included Sword beach British, the Pegasus Bridge where British glider troops assaulted and held two critical bridges, Merville Artillery Battery which very effectively showed life in a German gun position and a British military cemetery as well as the American cemetery at overlooking Omaha beach. I would recommend this trip for first time visitors to the area or those who have not done extensive reading on the events surrounding D-Day.
    star-5
    Francois was very engaging and...
    Clare P
    , Aug 2014
    Francois was very engaging and explained everything really well. He made the tour appropriate to our group of 8 which contained 3 different Nationalities and a wide range if ages.
    star-5
    This tour was superb.Our...
    Ian M
    , May 2014
    This tour was superb.Our guide,Mag,was absolutely fantastic and it was a joy to have spent the whole day with her.My son and I hope to come again soon and hope that our guide will be Mag.i would give the tour 6 stars.
    star-5
    Fantastic trip. Our tour guide was...
    J_A
    , Aug 2013
    Fantastic trip. Our tour guide was excellent and really brought alive the story of the D-Day beaches. Although it is quite a long day, we would certainly recommend this trip to other travellers.
    star-5
    We thought the tour very informative...
    Lawrence S
    , Sep 2011
    We thought the tour very informative and were pleased with the content. We got to see all that we could in the time allotted. Very comprehensive and filled our need.

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