Numbers are limited to eight passengers on this small-group minivan tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
- Step back in time on a history tour
- Hotel pickup included
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
First, visit the prominent cliff of Pointe du Hoc, one of the largest German coastal batteries. With their long-range guns and canons, they threatened the whole American sector all the way to the coast to Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. On D-Day, American forces landed on the small rocky beach, bravely scaled the sheer cliffs, and successfully located and destroyed the guns. It was quite a feat — many thought it would be impossible — and the total casualties were devastating. With its huge fortifications blown to pieces, the well-preserved site remains as it was when the US Rangers left it — like an eerie lunar landscape.
Next, drive along the coast to Omaha Beach, the most famous of the five D-Day beaches, depicted in the movie Saving Private Ryan. American soldiers had to jump out of their Landing Craft, wade their way out of the cold water, cross the beach and get up onto the bluff, all while being shot at. Due to the site's topography, this operation was D-Day's bloodiest and almost failed, but the bravery, courage and sacrifice of those young men turned it into a victory.
Overlooking the bluff is the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, which you’ll visit next. The final resting place of 9,387 American service men whose graves are marked by beautiful white marble headstones, this site is a poignant tribute to those who fought so valiantly in one of the deadliest battles in history. You’ll see some of the better-known graves including the three Medal-of-Honor recipients and General Theodore Roosevelt Jr, as well as Ollie Reed father and son and the two Niland brothers, who served as inspiration for Saving Private Ryan.
After your tour of the cemetery, hop back in the minivan and relax on the contemplative ride back to Bayeux.
Please note: Due to special events taking place to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings, this tour may be amended on June 5, 6 and 7 2014. It may not be possible to access the beaches, in which case alternative sites will be visited instead.
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Omaha Beach Half-Day Trip from Bayeux
- Small-group tour
- Transport by air-conditioned minivan
- Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entrance fees
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Jane V, August 2016
The trip was just as we hoped it would be. We had only half a day and it was amazing what she covered. We got to the beaches before the huge groups and it was virtually private! We loved that there were only six of us in a small van so we could communicate easily throughout the trip. She was a charming guide and very knowledgeable. Exactly what we wanted.
Reviewed by: Lawrence L, July 2016
Our tour guide was excellent! She and her family are from the area and she brought personal stories with pictures into the text-book history. It made the experience even more special. This was a highlight of our trip, especially being able to experience the area with our military-aged young men on July 4th. We highly recommend spending more time honoring those that went before us!