Our Normandy tours all start and end in the beautiful, historic town of Bayeux, Normandy. It is your responsibility to get to Bayeux.
4 DAY TOUR – We begin our tour at the D Day landing beaches and follow the battlefields of Normandy to the closing of the Falaise Gap. Highlights include;
Day 1 – We visit Juno Beach today and spend time at the famous Juno Beach Centre. Stops at Courseulles-sur-Mer, St. Aubin-sur-Mer, Bernieres-sur-Mer. On to the beautiful Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. We will spend some time at the Abbaye d’Ardenne- where Col. Kurt Meyers infamous 12th SS Hitlerjugend executed 20 Canadian Prisoners. Important stops today at Cairon, Authie, ‘Bloody’ Buron, Carpiquet Airport, Verrières Ridge, Hill 67 Memorial.
Day 2 – The Falaise Gap. One of the bloodiest events of WWII. Important stops at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian cemetery, where a number of my fathers mates are buried, Hill 140 – BCR Memorial, Falaise, Trun, St. Lambert-sur-Dives where Major David Currie, with the South Albertas earned his VC, Moissy, Chambois, Hill 262 Polish Memorial, the Vimoutiers Tiger Tank.
Day 3 – The British Experience. Today we visit Pegasus Bridge/Ranville/Merville Battery area, Le Mesnil X Roads, Varaville (1st Canadian Para. Bn.), Sword Beach/French Commando Memorial La Rive Belle, Gold Beach/Asnelles – vestiges of the Mulberry harbour, Creully/Creullet Chateau – Monty’s HQ.
Day 4 – The American Experience. Today we revisit the American actions and tour Omaha & Utah Beaches, the American Cemetery, the La Cambe German Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte-Mère-Église.
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Additional Tour Information
As with our other tour options, this tour will be a private, personalized tour, available anytime on a first come-first serve basis, ideally for groups of 1-3 people. As with our other tours, our personalization service allows you to participate in the structure of the tour. If you have any special requests, like following the footsteps of a particular Veteran or unit, we are happy to accommodate, whenever possible. If you do have an interest in a particular soldier or unit, please provide us with his details and we will do some preliminary research, to make your tour an even more meaningful experience.
This tour, as well as our others, will be priced on the following basis. The price quoted will be for all ground transportation within the battlefield areas, with professional guide(s). It does not include anything else. Of course, we are happy to make recommendations to help with your travel planning, like hotels, B&B’s. There are many hotel booking sites but we have always liked booking.com.
GETTING TO BAYEUX
OPTION 1: Via Car
RENTING A CAR at CDG Airport, agencies located in Terminal 1.
Bayeux is 288 km from Terminal 1 at Charles-de-Gaulle airport near Paris. The drive is approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes from here on the E46 & A13 highways. Drivers are encouraged to have payment ready for numerous toll booths.
RENTING A CAR in Caen or Bayeux
You can also rent a car in Caen or Bayeux. Information regarding car rentals is available by contacting the tourist office in Caen or in Bayeux. Renting a car in Paris is also an excellent option.
The Bayeux Tourist Office:
Phone: 00 33 (0)2 31 51 28 28
The Caen Tourist Office:
Phone: 00 33 (0)2 31 27 14 14
OPTION 2: Via Train
Take the train (TER) to Bayeux or Caen from the Paris St Lazare in Paris. There are a number of direct trains to Bayeux that takes 2 hr. 10 minutes and about 15 trains to Caen daily, where you would then transfer to the train to Bayeux. This option takes 2½ hours. Fewer trains run on Sunday. You can find all the train schedules at www.voyages-sncf.com.