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Normandy D-DAY Beaches Small Group Private Shore Excursion from Rouen

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Visit the Major D-Day sites on this small group private shore excursion from Rouen

Highlights

  • Get An Insight Into the US Battles on D-Day
  • Visit the major Normandy D-DAY landing beaches and sites
  • Pay homage at the American Cemetery in Colleville
  • Tour can be customized to suit your interests
  • English speaking Guides, local Experts of Normandy

Program & Itinerary

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Rouen Port of Call to the main Normandy landing beaches and D-Day sites! Departing from Rouen Cruise Port, this Normandy private shore excursion will take you to the 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 ...

Embark on a vibrant Shore Excursion from Rouen Port of Call to the main Normandy landing beaches and D-Day sites! 

Departing from Rouen Cruise Port, this Normandy private shore excursion will take you to the 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 at Rouen Cruise Port

In the morning we will come and pick you up directly at your ship in Rouen Port of Call. Meet your English speaking private guide who will go over the itinerary and program of the day with you. Then, board your A/C vehicle and begin your day trip to reach the Normandy coastline.

Reach Omaha Beach landing area

Among the allied troops, the Americans landed on two different beaches, later named Omaha and Utah. Today, our Normandy private shore excursion is taking you to Omaha beach, where the deadliest of the landings took place. 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.

Now off to the cliffs

A little bit to the West, your private day tour of Normandy will head to the Pointe du Hoc, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes 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 was rough, as the Pointe du Hoc had been built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall by the Germans – 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 battery there and feel as if it was still this faithful June morning. Follow a guided tour of this unique site.

Normandy American Cemetery

End the 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 Rouen and drop off at your ship.

Order of visits of this tour can be modified depending on traffic conditions and personal wishes. This private tour can accommodate a maximum of 8 persons per minivan. During the whole day, one of our Expert English-speaking driver guides will be by your side to explain the history behind each Normandy tourist site you will visit.

For your day in Normandy we can organise any customized tours. If you would like to add a visit that is missing from this description, do not hesitate to let us know! Other famous sites include Mont Saint Michel, Juno Beach, Sword Beach, Longues sur Mer and many others.

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  • Pick up at Your Ship in Rouen Cruise Port

  • Visit Pointe du Hoc

  • Visit American Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer

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

  • Visit Omaha Beach

  • Return to Cruise Ship in Rouen

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Ophorus Tours - Normandy D-DAY Beaches Small Group Private Shore Excursion from Rouen
Ophorus Tours - Normandy D-DAY Beaches Small Group Private Shore Excursion from Rouen

Know before you book

  • If you want to share your tour with others, you can put it on Cruise Critic. Most of the time this gives good results. You must do this yourself as we are not accepted on their site as a professional business. We accept split payment transactions by credit card.
  • Small group, personalized experiences
  • 8 hour Private Normandy D-Day Experience
  • Worry free shore Excursion, guaranteed return to Ship
  • Minimum number of 2 participants applies.
  • Extras can be pre-paid during booking process
  • Price is per group, not per person.
  • English speaking tour, other languages on request.

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

Quai Emile Duchemin, 76000 Rouen

Departure

Please proceed to exit where your guide will be waiting for you with a sign bearing lead traveler name.

Return

Return to ship.

Included / excluded

Included

  • Services of English speaking driver/guide
  • Small Group Private tour limited to 8 persons
  • Itinerary can be customized
  • Transportation in A/C vehicle

Excluded

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

FAQ

  • How long is the drive from Rouen to the D-Day Sites?

    From Rouen, to reach the D-Day Sites it will take about 2 hours. During the driving time, your guide will speak to you about the history and culture of the Normandy region and make an introduction to what happened on D-Day in Normandy.

    All our vehicles are equipped with a P/A system that allows our guides to safely make commentaries during driving time. The good thing is, everyone can hear no matter where you are seated.
  • What should I expect on a Shore Excursion with Ophorus?

    As a specialized France Tour Operator and tours & activities provider, we organize worry free shore excursions departing from all cruise ports in France. Our professional team of travel advisors, drivers and guides speak fluent English, are experts in the destination and all our shore excursions take place on board premium vehicles.

    All our shore excursions in France include pick up and drop off at your ship, once you have exited the Cruise Port terminal. We will always indicate where your driver/guide will be waiting for you. Our itineraries and programs are customized to suit your needs and never include side visits or stops that you had not confirmed. We guarantee your return to ship on time and have a very flexible cancellation policy. All tours can be cancelled up to 48 hours before the tour.

    All our shore excursions are for small groups only, we do not cater for groups larger than 20 persons. Typically, we use premium minivans that will take up to 7 or 8 persons maximum. If your group is larger, then we will provide a small minibus but no larger than 20 passenger seats.
  • What type of vehicules are used during the private Shore Excursion from Rouen?

    Our company uses only premium cars & minivans that are new or recent, comfortable and fully equipped including individual A/C, shaded windows, large leg space.
  • Who conducts your private shore excursions from Rouen?

    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.

    In some regions where the excursions do not include historical monuments or museum visits, our driver/guides are passionate history experts, as is the case in Normandy. Most of them are retired servicemen or women, history teachers or have a strong ferver for all things WWII.
  • 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.
  • How strenuous is this shore excursion from Rouen?

    This tour is accessible to all as it does not involve a large amount of walking. Normandy beaches are flat and very accessible.
  • Is lunch included on this full day Shore Excursion from Rouen?

    We never include lunch on our private shore excursions from Le Havre. If you would like us to pre-book a specific restaurant for you and your party just let us know and we will organize this for you at no extra cost. Ideally, speak with your guide in the morning and indicate what you are expecting for lunch and she/he will be happy to suggest corresponding options.
  • Should I bring something specific for this Shore Excursion?

    Always check the weather before you follow one of our shore excursions. By doing so, adapt your clothing to the local weather conditions. On one of our shore excursions we will not require you to bring your passport but it is always better to have some type of ID just in case. We strongly recommend that you bring with you a photocopy of any ID. Good walking shoes are always recommended in France as you never know on what type of grounds you might be walking.
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