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Ophorus Tours - A Private Half Day Trip From Caen to Normandy D-Day Sights, Omaha landing beach & US Cemetery

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A Private Half Day Trip From Caen to Normandy D-Day Sights, Omaha landing beach & US Cemetery

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A Private half day trip from Caen to Omaha beach, Pointe du Hoc and U.S Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer. With your expert guide, visit the major D-Day sites and landing beaches of Normandy.

Highlights

  • Get An Insight Into the US Battles on D-Day
  • Reach Normandy’s Coastal Battlefield Grounds
  • Discover Omaha Beach, One of the Two U.S Landing Areas
  • Pay homage at the U.S Cemetery in Colleville
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • Local Tour Guide, Expert on D-Day & Battle of Normandy
What is Included / Excluded for this tour

Program & Itinerary

Today, meet your English speaking guide who is an expert of the Normandy landing beaches and D-Day event and who will go over the itinerary and program of this half day tour with you. Then, board your spacious, comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to the Quercy region of France.. Your private Sightseeing Tour will take place in one of our very spacious Mercedes ...

Meet your English speaking local guide, expert in WWII  

Today, meet your English speaking guide who is an expert of the Normandy landing beaches and D-Day event and who will go over the itinerary and program of this half day tour with you. Then, board your spacious, comfortable, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to the Quercy region of France.. 

Travel in a spacious Mercedes Minivan 

Your private Sightseeing Tour will take place in one of our very spacious Mercedes Minivans. This vehicle can take up to 8 persons normally but on this occasion, the vehicle will only be for you. This allows you to choose the seat that you think best in terms of social distancing while still enjoying the information passed on by your guide.

All our vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system that allows you to hear the commentary of your driver/guide no matter where you are seated. Also, there is free Wi-Fi access on all tour vehicles. Bottled water is also available in all our vehicles.

Begin your Omaha & D-Day sites excursion

This small group tour from Caen is dedicated to the most significant US battlefield sites of D-Day including Omaha beach, Pointe du Hoc and the US Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer. This tour is a perfect introduction to this period of time for those of you who have only but a short time in the area.

Reach the coastal battlefields road

Departing from Caen, your private tour will first reach the coastal battlefield area and d-day landing beach 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. Your Guide, expert in the battle of Normandy, will retrace for you how it happened and where the fighting took place.

Drive to Pointe du Hoc

After a short drive, you will be taken to the Pointe du Hoc site; located between Utah & Omaha beaches, this prominent position along the coast of Normandy, was a focal point of the amphibious assault by U.S. forces during the early morning hours of D-Day, 6 June 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.

Arrive on the site of Pointe du Hoc. Your half day tour includes a walk along the cliff, surrounded by the incredible lunar, battle scarred landscape. Today, one can imagine the number of shells falling and leaving their print as the grounds are dotted with the craters left by the bombardments.

Visit the Normandy American Cemetery

End your sightseeing tour with a stop at the Normandy American Cemetery. Located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.

Here you will have some time to walk around and pay homage but also visit the Visitor Center that provides a fuller array of visitor services to put the D-Day landings in perspective as one of the greatest military achievements in history. After the visit, return to Caen.

We also organize full day personalized tours in Normandy to the Utah beach area including Saint Mere Eglise and the Airborne Museum. Other sites include Sword Beach and guided tours to Mont Saint Michel.

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  • 09:00 am
    or 02:00 pm

    Meet your Guide at your Accommodation in Caen

  • 09:30 am
    or 02:30 pm

    Guided visit of Pointe du Hoc

  • 10:15 am
    or 03:15 pm

    Visit of Omaha Beach

  • 11:30 am
    or 04:30 pm

    Visit of the Normandy American Cemetery

  • 01:00 pm
    or 06:00 pm

    Drop off at your accommodation in Caen

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Ophorus Tours - A Private Half Day Trip From Caen to Normandy D-Day Sights, Omaha landing beach & US Cemetery
Ophorus Tours - A Private Half Day Trip From Caen to Normandy D-Day Sights, Omaha landing beach & US Cemetery
Ophorus Tours - A Private Half Day Trip From Caen to Normandy D-Day Sights, Omaha landing beach & US Cemetery
Ophorus Tours - A Private Half Day Trip From Caen to Normandy D-Day Sights, Omaha landing beach & US Cemetery
Ophorus Tours - A Private Half Day Trip From Caen to Normandy D-Day Sights, Omaha landing beach & US Cemetery

Know before you book

  • Tour available from March to November (except 1st of May)
  • 4 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 accommodation in Caen, or surrounding area, radius of 30 kms (20 miles) around Caen at no extra cost.

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Included / excluded

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

  • Is it possible to lay flowers at the Normandy Americain 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.
  • Do you pick up at Caen Train Station, Hotel or Accommodation for this half day private tour?

    Yes, absolutely. We will come and pick you up at the Caen train station if you are arriving from Paris. We will also come and pick you up at your Hotel, AirBnB or accommodation in Caen. Finally, we can also come and pick you up in the surrounding area of Caen at a radius of 30 kms (20 miles) at no extra cost.
  • What type of vehicles are used during your half day private tours in Normandy?

    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 your private D-Day trips 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 Caen 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.
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