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    Live the history of the Normandy invasion at the Airborne Museum !

    At the heart of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, facing the church where John Steele famously was caught, hanging from the bell tower by his parachute. The Airborne Museum makes you live and understand the D-Day from the invasion preparations in England, through to the battles for liberation. Few miles from Normandy landing beaches, the Airborne Museum has become the largest museum in Europe dedicated to the american paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne engaged in the context of the Normandy invasion in 1944, during the Second World Word.
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Ophorus Tours - Omaha & Utah Beaches D-DAY Sites Private Day Trip From Caen

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Omaha & Utah Beaches D-DAY Sites Private Day Trip From Caen

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A vibrant excursion to the major Americain D-Day sites & landing beaches

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
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert in Normandy landing Beaches and World War II

Program & Itinerary

Embark on a vibrant excursion to the main US D-Day sites!  Departing from Bayeux, this private tour from Bayeux will take you to the Normandy coastal battlefield grounds. On June 6, 1944, the allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches, marking the beginning of a fierce and deadly battle that would culminate in the liberation of France a few months later.First, we will come and pick you up directly ...

Embark on a vibrant excursion to the main US D-Day sites! 

Departing from Bayeux, this private tour from Bayeux will take you to the Normandy coastal battlefield grounds. On June 6, 1944, the allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches, marking the beginning of a fierce and deadly battle that would culminate in the liberation of France a few months later.

Pick up in Bayeux or surrounding area

First, we will come and pick you up directly at your accommodation in Bayeux or the surrounding area. Meet your English speaking guide/driver who will go over the itinerary & program of the day with you. As this is a private tour, your guide will be flexible and the tour will be adapted to your wishes in case you have specific requests and as long as the timing allows it. 

However, please note that your guide knows the area inside out and will show you the most significant landmarks of the region. Below is a selection of the major sites linked to the U.S forces on D-DAY that it will be possible to visit with your guide. For lunch and depending on the sites that you have chosen to visit, your tour guide will make appropriate suggestions or we can pre-arrange restaurant reservations for you.

Our travel advisors will design the best possible itinerary and guided tours, adapted to your wishes and that will respect the timing of the tour.

Create your own personalized tour in Normandy on this full day landing beaches & sites sightseeing tour

1. Omaha beach

Among the allied troops, the Americans landed on two different beaches named Omaha and Utah. Even though bombings occurred before the landing itself, they failed to neutralize the German positions in that sector. In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under German fire.

First, you will first reach the coastal battlefield area of Omaha Beach. Here, listen to your guide as you are taken back in time to hear the tale of one of the boldest and most successful large scale invasions in military history. Omaha was by far the toughest assignment in Overlord and was the most heavily defended of all the beaches; its bunkers, fighting positions, and obstacles were intended to repel any Allied landing.

In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under heat German fire. The assault on this beach was perfectly depicted in the opening scenes of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ movie. Learn more about the landing and the following days as your tour guide explains all the events that took place on the beach and how the battle raged and evolved inland.

2. Pointe du Hoc

Also located in the American sector, visit Pointe du Hoc, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes, stunning bomb craters and a magnificent viewpoint over the English Channel. Given the toughness of the operation, the Pointe du Hoc was given to Rangers to land upon.

The battle site, dotted with German bunkers was rough, as the Pointe du Hoc had been built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall. It was the highest point between Utah beach and Omaha beach and provided a great observation spot to notice any unfriendly arrivals from the sea. You can still see an artillery gun battery there and feel as if it was still 1944.

Here, Lt. Col. James E. Rudder, commanding the 2nd Ranger Battalion, received the mission to land at 6:30 a.m., scale the 100 foot cliffs, and disable the German positions. Lt. Col. Max F. Schneider’s 5th Ranger Battalion would follow and reinforce them. As you arrive, follow your guide who will give you more information on the site and take in some incredible views of the Normandy beaches.

3. Normandy American cemetery in Colleville

The impressive American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer contains the remains of 9.387 American soldiers who fell during the Battle of Normandy. The cemetery reflects and honors the sacrifices that the USA made for the liberation of Europe. From this point one can overlook Omaha Beach, the deadliest landing beach of Operation Overlord.

The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. Great care has been given to its esthetic qualities. Many elements combine to make a lasting impression: the half circle of columns, the elaborate statuary, the great reflecting pond, and the immaculate park enclosing the graves.

Large maps and commentaries in the loggias explain the Allied operations in Normandy and Northwestern Europe. A vantage point offers a panoramic view of Omaha Beach and an orientation table clarifies the strategic movements during the first days of the invasion. Since 2007 a visitor center welcomes visitors and sheds light on the course of the battles.

4. Longues Sur Mer - German artillery

The German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer was perfectly located to oppose the landings of 6 June 1944. Its guns were positioned right between Omaha and Gold Beaches. On D-Day, this battery fought a duel with the Allied fleet before it was silenced at sunset.

One of the most important elements of the Atlantic Wall, the battery at Longues Sur Mer included a range-finding post and four casemates, each housing a 150 mm gun. It was built on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel. In the heart of the Allied assault sector, it played a strategic role during the Normandy Landings on June 6th 1944.

Today, the site is one of the best preserved in France and the only one where you can still see some of the original cannon, capable, at the time, of firing shells weighing 45 kg at a distance of 22 km. The view from the firing command post, dug into the cliff, offers a vast panorama over the Bay of the Seine.

5. Utah beach

Utah Beach was the codename of D-Day’s westernmost landing beach. Here the U.S. 4th Infantry Division came ashore. The Utah Beach landing was quite successful, partially thanks to the Airborne troops who prevented any significant counter attacks against the landing area.

The German strongpoint on the beach of La Madeleine was composed of various shelters and bunkers, a grenade launcher and four canons assigned to cover an antitank zone. These modest defences could not withstand the terrible air and naval bombardments of D-Day. 

Five hours before the first seaborne landings, U.S. airborne troops were dropped behind the coastal defences. Fighting their way towards the beach, they cleared the enemy positions that threatened the Allied exit from the beaches. The paratroopers managed to prevent any significant counterattacks.

6. Sainte Mere Eglise

Shortly after midnight on 6 June 1944, D-Day began with the landing of American and British airborne troops on French soil. Two U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead in the sector of Sainte-Mère-Église, to back up the landing of the U.S. infantry on Utah Beach.

The 82nd and 101st U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead on the Western flank of the Allied assault. 13.348 paratroopers jumped from 821 Douglas C-47 planes, while 4.400 soldiers were transported in gliders. Their mission was to back up the landing of the American infantry troops at Utah Beach and to help them take Cherbourg as fast as possible.

7. Airborne museum

The Sainte-Mère-Église museum was inaugurated in 1964 right where American paratroopers were involved in fierce battles during the night of 5 to 6 June and the following days. The museum holds an important collection of uniforms, weaponry and other war memorabilia. Two additional buildings opened in June 2014.

This museum is essentially dedicated to the memory of American paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who were dropped over the base of the Cotentin Peninsula. Visitors can appreciate the weapons used by American airborne units during the Second World War.

The American paratroopers and their role in the Landing in Normandy are the focus of the Sainte-Mère-Église Museum. The collection features the deservedly famous troop transportation plane Douglas C-47 (also known as ‘Skytrain’) as well as a Waco glider which cannot be seen anywhere in France other than in Sainte-Mère-Église.

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  • Meet your Guide at your Accommodation in Caen

  • Visit of Sainte Mère Eglise

  • Discover the Utah Beach landing area

  • Guided visit of Pointe du Hoc

  • Free time for lunch near Pointe du Hoc

  • Visit of Omaha Beach

  • Visit of the Normandy American Cemetery

  • Drop off at your accommodation in Caen

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Ophorus Tours - Omaha & Utah Beaches D-DAY Sites Private Day Trip From Caen
Ophorus Tours - Omaha & Utah Beaches D-DAY Sites Private Day Trip From Caen
Ophorus Tours - Omaha & Utah Beaches D-DAY Sites Private Day Trip From Caen
Ophorus Tours - Omaha & Utah Beaches D-DAY Sites Private Day Trip From Caen
Ophorus Tours - Omaha & Utah Beaches D-DAY Sites Private Day Trip From Caen

Know before you book

  • Tour available from March to November (except 1st of May)
  • 8 hour Private Normandy D-Day Tour from Caen
  • Entrance fees to museums can be paid on the spot, or purchased during booking process
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per group from 2 to 8 persons - Larger groups please contact us
  • Currency is in Euros

COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available for travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

Meeting point

Train Station, Hotel or Accommodation in Caen

Departure

We will come and pick you up at your hotel, accommodation, AirBnB or train station in Caen, or surrounding area, radius of 30 kms (20 miles) around Caen at no extra cost.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Reviews

1 reviews
  • Jeffrey_A

    03, Oct 2021

    Great tour with Steven, even on a rainy and wind day. He made the experience meaningful and enjoyable.
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Included

  • English-speaking driver & guide, Experts in Normandy
  • Travel in modern, comfortable & fully equipped minivan
  • Bottled water in the minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board

Excluded

  • Entrance fees to monuments & attractions unless specified in program
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Meals, drinks 
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

FAQ

  • Do you organize pick up and return at accommodation for private tours?

    Yes, absolutely. We will come and pick you up at your hotel, accommodation or train station in Caen or within a 30kms (20 miles) radius at no extra cost.
  • What type of vehicles are used during your private tours from Caen?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows and large leg space.
  • Who conducts these Normandy private tours from Caen?

    We only 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 and so on.

    On this particular tour your guide is an expert in the Battle of Normandy and D-Day beaches and sites.
  • How strenuous is this tour?

    This tour is adapted to everyone. Even though it is a long day, the tour does not involve a great amount of walking. Our guides will make the explanations on site and on / or near the beaches. This tour is not wheelchair accessible though.
  • What can we expect on this D-Day private full day trip from Caen ?

    This tour includes the possibility to visit a very large number of sites during a full day tour. Start with the Utah beach sector including Sainte Mère Eglish drop zone. During the booking process you will be able to include the entrance fees to the Airborne museum if you wish to visit. Then reach Pointe du Hoc and the Omaha beach landing sector. End your D-Day tour at the American Cemetery of Colleville Sur Mer.
  • Can we choose which D-Day sites we would like to visit?

    Yes, absolutely you can let our team of travel designers know which sites you would like to include and they will adapt the tour to your wishes.
  • Is lunch included on this private tour from Caen?

    No, we never include lunch on our private tours. However, let us know if you would like us to suggest and pre-book a local restaurant reservation. Our team will be happy to organize this for you at no extra cost. You can also talk with your guide directly in the morning. Let him know your wishes and she/he will adapt the tour accordingly and suggest the best possible options.
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