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Ophorus Tours - D-Day Tour: Utah & Omaha Beaches, Ste Mère Eglise, Pointe du Hoc & US Cemetery

Bayeux

D-Day Tour: Utah & Omaha Beaches, Ste Mère Eglise, Pointe du Hoc & US Cemetery

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  • Small Groups ( 1~8 )

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This day trip will take you to D-DAY sites such as the inescapable Omaha and Utah landing beaches, U.S. cemetery, the preserved Pointe du Hoc site and historic Sainte-Mère-Eglise village. Immerse yourself in the poignant period of D-Day.

Highlights

  • Visit both Utah and Omaha landing beaches including the US cemetery
  • Walk upon Pointe du Hoc and learn how US rangers scaled this vertical cliff
  • Discover Sainte-Mère-l’Église, heart of the jump zone for the 82nd Airborne
  • English speaking Guides, local Experts of Normandy
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Program & Itinerary

Unveiling the D-Day Battlefields: A Guided Journey Through HistoryJoin us on an unforgettable journey through the hallowed grounds of Normandy, where the tide of World War II turned. Immerse yourself in the history of D-Day alongside a local expert, your English-speaking guide, who will bring the events of June 6, 1944, to life. Your Normandy D-Day adventure begins in Bayeux, where you'll meet your ...

Unveiling the D-Day Battlefields: A Guided Journey Through History

Join us on an unforgettable journey through the hallowed grounds of Normandy, where the tide of World War II turned. Immerse yourself in the history of D-Day alongside a local expert, your English-speaking guide, who will bring the events of June 6, 1944, to life.

Your Normandy D-Day adventure begins in Bayeux, where you'll meet your friendly guide at a central location. Step aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned Mercedes minivan, equipped with an onboard P.A. system for clear and engaging commentary throughout the day.

Our first stop takes us to Sainte-Mère-Église, a village forever marked by its role as a drop zone for the 82nd Airborne U.S. forces on D-Day. Explore the village, including the iconic church where a paratrooper famously remained entangled in the steeple throughout the battle.

Next, we head to Utah Beach, the second landing site for American troops on D-Day. Here, your expert guide will share the fascinating story of the successful Allied assault on this sector. Pay your respects at the nearby US military cemetery, a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during this pivotal moment in history.

Prepare to be awestruck by the dramatic cliffs of Pointe du Hoc, a strategic point heavily fortified by the Germans as part of the Atlantic Wall. Learn about the daring Ranger mission to scale these cliffs and take out the German positions, a crucial operation that helped secure the flank of the Utah Beach landings.

Our journey continues to Omaha Beach, a name synonymous with the immense challenges faced by the Allied forces on D-Day. Stand on the very same sands where thousands of soldiers bravely fought for freedom. Your guide will paint a vivid picture of the events that unfolded here, including the difficulties encountered due to ineffective pre-landing bombardments. History buffs will appreciate the connection to the iconic opening scenes of the movie "Saving Private Ryan."

Visit the Omaha Beach American Cemetery and memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, a place of profound reverence where you can pay homage to the fallen soldiers. The Omaha Beach Visitor Center offers a deeper understanding of the D-Day landings through exhibits and displays (time permitting).

Throughout the day, your expert guide will provide expert commentary, ensuring you gain a comprehensive understanding of the D-Day landings and their lasting impact. Lunch recommendations will also be provided by your guide, allowing you to fuel up and continue exploring.

Don't miss this opportunity to embark on a moving and educational journey through the Normandy D-Day battlefields. Book your tour today and delve into this significant chapter of World War II history!

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  • 08:50 am

    Meet your Guide at Place Québec in Bayeux

  • 09:00 am

    Depart from Bayeux towards Sainte Mère Eglise

  • 09:45 am

    Visit of Sainte Mère Eglise

  • 10:45 am

    Discover the Utah Beach landing area

  • 12:00 pm

    Guided visit of Pointe du Hoc

  • 01:00 pm

    Free time for lunch near Pointe du Hoc

  • 02:45 pm

    Visit of Omaha Beach

  • 03:45 pm

    Visit of the Normandy American Cemetery

  • 05:00 pm

    Drop off at Place Québec in Bayeux

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Ophorus Tours - D-Day Tour: Utah & Omaha Beaches, Ste Mère Eglise, Pointe du Hoc & US Cemetery
Ophorus Tours - D-Day Tour: Utah & Omaha Beaches, Ste Mère Eglise, Pointe du Hoc & US Cemetery
Ophorus Tours - D-Day Tour: Utah & Omaha Beaches, Ste Mère Eglise, Pointe du Hoc & US Cemetery
Ophorus Tours - D-Day Tour: Utah & Omaha Beaches, Ste Mère Eglise, Pointe du Hoc & US Cemetery
Ophorus Tours - D-Day Tour: Utah & Omaha Beaches, Ste Mère Eglise, Pointe du Hoc & US Cemetery

Know before you book

Important Note : Due to the commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings in 2024, access to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery will be limited until June 7th.

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  • Bayeux day trips: Explore Normandy from Bayeux.
  • Minimum 2 adults: Tour requires at least 2 bookings to operate (we'll reschedule or refund if needed).
  • English guided tour: Experience the tour in English with our expert guide.
  • Small group experience: Enjoy personalized attention with a maximum of 8 participants.
  • Comfortable shoes: Tour involves walking, so comfortable footwear is recommended.
  • Accessibility: Please note this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
  • Pricing: Prices are listed per person in Euros (EUR).
  • Child policy: All participants, including children, require a booked seat. Carrying children on laps is not allowed.
  • Child age: Indicate child's age at booking for a proper car seat (if needed).
  • Reduced rates: Children aged 4-12 qualify for discounted rates.
  • Age restriction: Children under 4 years old are not permitted on the tour.
  • Bring your own water bottle: We're eco-friendly and no longer provide plastic bottles.

Meeting point

Place de Québec 14400 Bayeux

Departure

Pick up at Place de Québec, at designated Tour Operator pick up and drop off point. Guide will have a sign with company logo and tour name. Please be ready 10 minutes before tour departure time. All tours leave on time!

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

4.9/5 (155 reviews)
  • Matthias Horst

    02, Mar 2024

    Die Tour hat unsere ohnehin schon hohen Erwartungen bei Weitem übertroffen und ist damit absolut empfehlenswert. Wir haben sehr viele beeindruckende Schauplätze...
  • 152BillB1

    01, Mar 2024

    We spent a spectacular January day with Matt Turner as our guide touring the memorial sites of Normandy. His knowledge was very impressive and his presentation...
  • Charles Pugh

    26, Feb 2024

    Matt, our guide was super. He persevered in wind and cold and rain. He is so passionate about the details of our tour and it was so informative and interesting....
  • Jennifer Scarlata

    20, Feb 2024

    Matt was FANTASTIC! So knowledgeable about the events of D Day and from many points of view. I highly recommend this tour!!!
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Included / excluded

Included

  • Sites as mentioned in the itinerary
  • English-speaking driver/guide
  • Travel in premium A/C minivan

Excluded

  • Personal travel insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks 
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you pick up at hotels on your Normandy shared tours?

    All our scheduled/shared tours have a precise departure location that is mentioned on your voucher in each city. If you wish to be picked up at your accommodation then you will need to book a private tour.
  • What happens if we do not find the meeting point for our Shared Tour from Bayeux?

    You have to be at the meeting point at least 10 minutes prior to tour departure. If you are having difficulties finding the meeting point you must call us on our office number +33 556 152 609 so that we may help you find the exact area. Please note that tours leave on time and if you are not there at the designated area and indicated time the driver/guide will leave. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.
  • What type of vehicles are used during a day trip from Bayeux?

    Our company uses only Mercedes Vito Tourer 8 seater minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space and on board P/A system for commentaries by the guide.

  • Who conducts these Normandy shared tours from Bayeux?

    We mainly employ accredited and licensed tour guides that are also the drivers for all tours that need visits to be conducted by certified guides. Good examples are: the visit of museums, guided walking tours in cities, visit of historical monuments such as Mont Saint Michel and so on. For some tours, such as the day trips from Bayeux dedicated to WWII, passionate guides that were history teachers, ex servicemen will be with you to explain the details of the battles that raged. All our guides are first and foremost very skilled drivers and all of them speak impeccable English.
  • Is Bayeux the ideal town and departure point for Normandy D-DAY tours?

    If you are looking to experience Normandy in the best possible way, then our day trips from Bayeux make for an ideal departure point. The charming small town of Bayeux has a large number of options when it comes to accommodation and dining. Moreover, the historic medieval city centre as well as the famous Tapestry are part of the best things to do while in Bayeux.
  • How did Utah beach get its name?

    Utah beach is the most westerly beach of operation Overlord. It was added at the last moment to the Allied Plan with the aim of seizing the Port of Cherbourg. It was one of two landing areas for the U.S forces, the other one being Omaha located between the villages of Colleville sur Mer and Vierville sur Mer. The names of both U.S landing beaches is believed to have come from the place of origin of 2 NCO's who were working for D-Day ground troops commander General Omar Bradley. The two men were carpenters and were assigned to prepare a London Headquarters for invasion planners. Even though this anecdote has never been proven, it is known that the names were random and that the most important was that the beaches were named with radio clarity in mind.

  • What is the best way to experience Pointe du Hoc?

    The best way to experience Pointe du Hoc is to travel with one of our English speaking guides, who is an expert in WWII and especially the Normandy landings. You have the possibility of booking a private tour where you will have transportation and guide just for you and your party. We also offer full day shared tours from Bayeux that include the visit of Pointe du Hoc. These small groups are limited to 8 persons maximum.
  • Where is Pointe du Hoc located ?

    Located halfway between Omaha Beach and Utah beach, Pointe du Hoc is at a distance of just under 30 kilometers (18 miles) from Bayeux. The site is famous for being one of the assault areas on June 6th 1944 Normandy Invasion of WWII. It was a key feature of the German defensive fortifications. The site reminds us of what an artillery battery looked like.

  • What is the best way to experience Omaha Beach?

    The best way to experience Omaha Beach is to travel with one of our English speaking guides, who is an expert in WWII and especially the Normandy landings. You also have the possibility of booking a private tour where you will have transportation and guide just for you and your party. We also offer full day shared tours from Bayeux that include the visit of Omaha Beach. These small groups are limited to 8 persons maximum.
  • Where is Omaha beach located ?

    Omaha Beach is one of the assault beaches part of the Normandy Invasion that took place on June 6, 1944. The beach is located 21 kilometers - 13 miles - to the west of Bayeux, on the coast of Normandy facing the English Channel. The town of Bayeux makes a perfect departure point to visit the D-DAY landing beaches of Normandy and all our shared tours depart from here.

  • How many people died on Omaha Beach ?

    Omaha Beach was the largest of the D-DAY assault areas. It stretched over 10 kilometers (6 miles). The area was assigned to the U.S First Army under Lieutenant General Omar Bradley. From the beginning everything went wrong at Omaha. Special tanks sank in choppy waters of the Channel, no unit of the 116th landed were it was planned as strong winds and tidal currents carried the landing crafts from right to left. By the end of the day, the Americans had suffered 2,400 casualties but had landed 34,000 troops.
  • What is the best way to experience the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial?

    The best way to experience the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is to travel with one of our English speaking guides, who is an expert in WWII and especially the Normandy landings. You have the possibility of booking either a private tour where you will have transportation and guide just for you and your party. We also offer shared tours that include the visit of the Cemetery located in Colleville sur Mer. These small groups are limited to 8 persons maximum and can be taken on a half day (morning & afternoon) or full day trip from Bayeux.
  • Is it possible to lay flowers at the Normandy American Cemetery?

    Yes, it is possible to lay flowers at gravesites at the American Cemetery of Colleville sur Mer. However, if you would like to organize a formal wreath laying ceremony this can be done but you will need to book one of our private tours. Also, there is a Wreath laying ceremony request that must be made at the American Battle Monuments commission.
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