Normandy Day Trip from Paris 2023
About the Normandy Day Trip from Paris
On this full-day trip from Paris, you will be able to see the famous Landing Beaches of Normandy. Travel back in time to the days of World War II and learn all about the Allied campaigns that liberated Europe from the Nazis. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a delicious Norman lunch made with seasonal ingredients.
Day Trip to Normandy from Paris
Explore the beautiful countryside of Normandy on a full-day tour of the D-Day landing sites. Discover the rich history and traditions of Normandy at the Calvados farm.
From Paris, this tour will take you to areas of historical battlefields and landing beaches, including the Utah Beach Museum, which is located in a former German bunker on the beach where the first American soldiers landed. You will be able to learn about the complicated planning behind Operation Overlord and listen to the touching stories of ordinary men and women whose actions shaped the face of Europe as we know it today. In addition to offering exceptional views over Utah Beach, the museum also houses one of the last remaining B-26s in the world.
The next stop of the day tour will be at a traditional cider-making orchard, where you will taste the ciders and Calvados (apple brandy) typical to the region in a 17th-century barn. After that, enjoy a Norman-style lunch of freshly prepared seasonal products in a restaurant overlooking the port of Grandcamp Maisy.
The trip will continue with a drive to Pointe du Hoc. While being there, you will see the German cliff-top defense that US Rangers heroically took during the D-Day landings. The site remains as it was over half a century ago, with original German fortifications and the crater scars of bombs.
You will have a chance to pay your respects to the fallen at the American Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer, which is located on a cliff overlooking Omaha Beach. A Medal of Honor recipient and son of President Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., is buried here, along with nearly 10,000 soldiers.
- Entrance ticket to the Utah Beach Landing Museum
- English-speaking guide
- A small group of max. 25 people
- Visit to the cider farm
- Visit to the Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and US Military cemetery
- Headsets (if needed) to better hear your guide
- Transportation in an air-conditioned vehicle
- Hotel pick-up and drop off
- Extra beverages at lunch
- People with mobility impairments
- Wheelchair users
Upon arrival at the Trocadero, your guide will meet you on the steps of the Palais de Chaillot. Follow the signs to the Eiffel Tower. After you leave the station from Exit 1, you will see the Palais de Chaillot on the left side in front of you. Your tour guide will be holding a big sign. If you’re traveling by taxi, ask the driver to drop you in front of the Palais de Chaillot on Place de Trocadero.
Explore Utah Beach Museum – home to one of the only remaining B-26 airplanes in the world.
Learn how US Rangers captured the Pointe du Hoc from the Nazis by listening to stories from your expert tour guide.
Visit the Colleville-sur-Mer cemetery and pay your respects to the fallen American soldiers.
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Good to know before you go
- This day trip involves a fair amount of walking, so wearing a comfortable pair of shoes is highly recommended.
- This day tour cannot accommodate guests with wheelchairs, strollers, or any impairments requiring special assistance.
- The cider tasting isn’t available on Sundays.
- You will have enough free time to explore on your own.
- Any special requirements need to be advised at the time of booking.
- Tours are organized in small groups of 25 people or fewer.
- At the end of the day tour, you will be returned to central Paris.
FAQ – Normandy Day Trip from Paris
Is a day trip to Normandy from Paris worth it?Absolutely! Normandy is home to many historical and picturesque sites that are worth visiting. If you want to better understand World War II history and see more of the French countryside, taking a Normandy day trip from Paris is a must-do!
How far are the D-Day beaches from Paris?The Normandy beaches are located approximately 250km (155,3 miles) from Paris, and it takes around 3 hours to get there.
When can I book Normandy D-Day Landing Beaches Day Tour?Normandy tours from Paris are available throughout the entire year. You just need to pick the date of your visit, and there will be an available day tour. We recommend booking your Normandy day trip from Paris in advance and online. By doing so, you’ll save much more money and time.
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DOS & DON’TS when visiting the Normandy region
DON’T forget to pay your respect at the Normandy American Cemetery.
The main focus of a Normandy day trip is the famous American Cemetery which is situated in Colleville-sur-Mer. Nearly 10,000 American soldiers who died fighting in Normandy are laid to rest in this peaceful cemetery.
Do visit the Memorial Museum.
A small museum located right next to the cemetery offers displays of military vehicles, uniforms, and even objects of civilians from the war battles. The museum entrance has an infinity pool that leads to a beach where you can reflect on what happened there.
DO stroll around german bunkers at Pointe Du Hoc.
One of the main reasons you must visit Pointe Du Hoc is because today’s battle site looks the same as it did on June 6, 1944. Other sites, including Juno Beach, were cleaned up, and gruesome German bunkers were destroyed. But at Pointe Du Hoc, you can enter the bunkers and walk through the big craters made by the bombing of the ground.
DON’T miss the chance to see “The Brave” monument.
At the west end of Omaha Beach, you will find an impressive sculpture called “The Brave.” The artist, Anilore Banon, said that he created this to honor the courage of the sons, fathers, and husbands who faced danger during World War II.
DO go on a guided Normandy day trip from Paris.
Going on a guided day trip to Normandy is the best way to fully understand the history behind all those important war sites you’ll be visiting.
Amazing tour guides!
What a wonderful day! It was quite long, but with the help of Melissa and David (our tour guides), it was very informative and fun. There is so much to see, and they helped us to explore it all. They were both very knowledgeable about the history that led up to the Normandy invasion and the invasion itself. I would recommend this day trip to anyone who wants to learn more about the history of the USA. You will have an even better time if you get Melissa and David to guide you.
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We enjoyed every minute of our day tour with John. He was very knowledgeable about everything we saw, and it was entertaining listening to him. Utah Beach and the museum were amazing, and so was Pointe du Hoc. We really enjoyed learning and tasting at the cider farm - such a sweet owner and beautiful place! We highly recommend visiting Normandy!
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