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    The Juno Beach Centre’s permanent exhibit draws on photographs, documents, firsthand accounts, multimedia, maps, and artifacts to tell the story of the Canadians who volunteered for military service or mobilized at home to contribute to the war effort. It also presents the battles that took Canadian units from Sicily to Italy and from Normandy to the Netherlands. The Centre is not only a museum about the war. It also portrays the personal accounts and real-life stories of the society that these soldiers bequeathed to their children and that now forms Canada.
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Ophorus Tours - Canadian D-Day Beaches & Sights Private Day Trip from Bayeux

Bayeux

Canadian D-Day Beaches & Sights Private Day Trip from Bayeux

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A historical insight of Canadian Battles on D-Day.

Highlights

  • Get An Insight Into the Canadian Battles on D-Day
  • Visit Juno Beach Centre Canadian War Museum
  • Learn about Abbey d'Ardenne
  • Stop at Hill 67 Memorial site
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • English speaking Driver Guide, Expert of Normandy

Program & Itinerary

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your hotel, accommodation or train station in Bayeux or surrounding area. Meet your English speaking tour guide who will be with you throughout the day on this full day Canadian sector landing beaches and sights tour.Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your premium, air conditioned ...

Meet your English Speaking Driver/Guide who is a local Expert on WWII and the Normandy landings

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your hotel, accommodation or train station in Bayeux or surrounding area. Meet your English speaking tour guide who will be with you throughout the day on this full day Canadian sector landing beaches and sights tour.

Once you have met your guide, he/she will go over the program and itinerary of the day with you. Then, board your premium, air conditioned Mercedes minivan and begin to make your way to visit Juno beach.

All our tour company vehicles are equipped with an on board P/A system which means that everyone will hear the guide's commentary during driving time, even if you are seated in the back of the van! Also, we have bottled water at your disposal and you can use our free wifi as you travel from one destination to another.

Juno Beach Sector visit, including Museum dedicated to Canadian WWII history

Did you know Canadian troops had the second highest number of casualties after the Americans during the D-Day landings and the Battle of Normandy? The French certainly owe them a lot, and they played a crucial part in the liberation of Caen.

As an introduction to this D-Day landing tour, you will reach Juno Beach, where the Canadian Armed Forces of the 3rd infantry division and 9th brigade landed on the morning of June 6, 1944. Even though German troops were not very present in this sector, the Canadian Army was welcomed with landmines and obstacles which killed close to half of the men.

However, after that, the Allied troops did not lose hope and made the furthest advancement by the end of the day, about 16 km inland. Unfortunately, the next day the Germans were ready to fight to push the Allies back to the sea. From the Normandy battlefield sites, our guide will tell you all the details and how the Allied forces finally managed to keep gaining ground.

Located between St Aubin sur Mer and Courseulles sur mer, Juno Beach has become one of the most popular Normandy tourist sites and boasts a beautiful museum: the Juno Beach centre museum dedicated to Canadian involvement in the D-Day landing and World War II. To honor the Canadian army, it was built in the shape of a modern maple leaf. Stop at Juno Beach and guided tour of the museum with your expert guide and chart the history of the Canadians on this full day tour.

Visit of the major Canadian War Cemetery in Bény sur Mer

Our Canadian D-Day Normandy private tour carries on to Bény sur Mer Canadian War Cemetery. Many of those buried in Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery were men of the 3rd Canadian Division who died either on 6 June or during the early days of the advance towards Caen, when the Division engaged a German battle group formed from the 716th Division and the 21st Panzer Division.

The cemetery, designed by P.D. Hepworth, contains 2,048 Second World War burials, the majority Canadian, and 19 of them unidentified. The war memorial is now taken care of by the Commonwealth War Graves Commissions and is kept beautifully landscaped and immaculate.

Hear about the tragic massacre that took place at Ardenne Abbey 

Hear the story of the Abbey d'Ardenne, where twenty Canadian soldiers, members of the North Nova Scotia Highlanders and 27th Armoured Regiment (part of the Sherbrooke Fusilier Regiment), were captured and executed by Waffen SS forces in a monastery near Caen, France.

The Abbaye d'Ardenne was liberated by the Regina Rifles shortly before midnight on July 8. Their members discovered the body of Lt. Williams (who is buried in the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery), however no trace of LCpl. Pollard was ever found. The Bayeux Memorial (near the Bayeux War Cemetery) lists him as missing. Your comprehensive tour continues towards the Verrières Ridge.

Final stop at Hill 67 of the Verrières Ridge

Your final stop of the day will be at Verrières Ridge where Point or Hill 67 is located. The area was of great importance to the Allies after the fall of Caen. The Germans defended the western part of the Ridge and were supported by other troops that were holding the west side of the River Orne. The first assault of the Ridge took place on July 19th and for the first - and last - time, the pipers were allowed to play the troops forward. 

For more than 5 days Canadian and British forces made numerous attempts to take the Ridge from the Germans who fiercly defended the area and counter attacked causing a great number of casualties. One of the most contreversial attack in Canadian Military History made by the Royal Highland regiment - known as The Black Watch - took place here on July 25th. Out of 325 soldiers, 315 were either killed, wounded or captured making it the costliest battle for Canadians since Dieppe.

After the stop at the Hill 67 memorial, it will be time to return to Bayeux.

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  • Meet your guide at your hotel, accommodation or train station in Bayeux

  • Stop at Juno Beach

  • Visit Juno Beach Centre

  • Pay hommage at Canadian War Cemetery in Bény sur Mer

  • Free time for lunch in a local restaurant (at own expense)

  • Stop at Abbey d'Ardenne

  • Stop at Hill 67 Memorial

  • Return to Bayeux

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Ophorus Tours - Canadian D-Day Beaches & Sights Private Day Trip from Bayeux
Ophorus Tours - Canadian D-Day Beaches & Sights Private Day Trip from Bayeux
Ophorus Tours - Canadian D-Day Beaches & Sights Private Day Trip from Bayeux
Ophorus Tours - Canadian D-Day Beaches & Sights Private Day Trip from Bayeux
Ophorus Tours - Canadian D-Day Beaches & Sights Private Day Trip from Bayeux

Know before you book

  • Tour available from March to November (except 1st of May)
  • 8 hour Private Normandie D-Day Tour
  • Entrance fees can be purchased during booking process
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Tour involves some walking, good walking shoes recommended
  • 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 Bayeux

Departure

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

Other possible pick up locations :

Caen 
Port en Bessin (Chateau La Cheneviere)
Port en Bessin (Mercure Bayeux-Omaha)
Audrieu (Chateau d'Audrieu)
Aurseulles (Chateau du Bû)
Sainte Croix Grand Tonne (Domaine de la Cour des Lys)

Return

Tour returns to original departure point.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Pick up at hotel or train station in Bayeux
  • 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 pick up at the train station or hotels in Bayeux?

    Yes, absolutely. We will come and pick you up either at the train station if you are arriving from Paris or at any accommodation, hotel or AirBnB in Bayeux. We can also pick you up in the surrounding area of Bayeux at a 30 kms (20 miles) radius.
  • 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.
    Another interesting option is to depart from Caen. We also pick up directly at Caen hotels and train station. The city is larger and is perfect for those that wish to have more options when it comes to activities, cultural events and restaurant options.
  • Who conducts your Normandy Private 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.
  • Where is Juno Beach in France?

    Juno or Juno Beach in Normandy, France is among the five landing areas of the Normandy Invasion that took place on June 6, 1944. This particular area was assaulted by units of the Canadian 3rd Infantry Division. The landing beach was approximately 10. kilometers (6 miles) wide and stretched on either side of the small port of Courseulles sur Mer. The villages is located at a 30 minute driver from the town of Bayeux which makes a perfect starting point for all our Normandy sightseeing day trips from Bayeux.
  • Why was Juno Beach important to Canada?

    Juno or Juno Beach in Normandy, France is important to Canada because this is where units of the 3rd Infantry Division landed on Normandy Invasion Day. The Canadian landings were one of the most successful operations carried out on D-DAY. However, the Canadian Armed Forces suffered heavy casualties in the first wave but by the end of the day were able to control the area from defending German Troops. The number of Canadian casualties was of 1,200 out of 21,400 troops who landed at Juno that day.
  • How many Canadian soldiers died on D-Day?

    Three hundred and fifty-nine (359) Canadian soldiers were killed on D-Day. 
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