NORMANDY AMERICAN AIRBORNE AFTERNOON GROUP TOUR FROM BAYEUX

Discover the American Airborne sectors of the Normandy Invasion

82nd and 101st Airborne Tour
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  • Guided tour in English only
  • Maximum of 15 passengers per tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Air-conditioned minivan
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Free on board Wi-Fi
  • On board audio visual system
  • Free time at each stop to take photos
  • Highly rated on TripAdvisor
  • Featured in the Rick Steve's travel book
  • Best American Airborne tour from Bayeux
 

These tours sell out fast; please book early to avoid disappointment!

Tour Schedule - Operates from April until October

Tour timings

If you are planning to take a train back to Paris after this tour, we will happily drop you off at Bayeux Station. We will arrive at 18:10 and the next direct train to Paris will depart at 18:35 (please check the SNCF website for the precise departure time as it may vary slightly). 25 minutes is more than enough time to connect with the train as Bayeux station is very small.

What You Can Expect

Four hours and thirty minutes packed full of information and anecdotes from our English speaking guide. On board, our GPS mapping system will show you where we are at all times and key points, will display small movie clips related to the sites we pass and visit.

Once we arrive at the locations listed, we will leave the vehicle, and you will receive comprehensive explanations regarding the events that occurred, personal stories and much more. We also allow time for you to have a look around at your leisure to take photos.

Check in at our booking office & coffee shop

Check in for this tour is available from 07:45. Our booking office and coffee shop is the first port of call for your tour, and our team is happy to welcome you.

Before the tour starts, come and have breakfast or great tasting coffee. You can find our coffee shop located in the heart of Bayeux at 1, Rue Larcher. Located opposite the tourist office. We kindly ask you to come here to check in for your tour at least 20 minutes before.

Tour Itinerary

Once we have departed Bayeux, we will head off to the American Airborne sector of the Normandy landings and show you the sites listed below:

La Fiere

We will start the tour at a location which witnessed fierce combat from June 6th until June 10th. After describing the American Airborne operation, we will then explain the significance of this site and the heroic deeds of the men of the 82nd Airborne Division that had to hold this key strategic objective.

 

Please note that we stop here for around 30 minutes.

Sainte Mere Eglise

This small Norman town was situated on the main N13 road that linked Cherbourg to Bayeux and Caen. This was the main route that both Germans and Americans would have to utlise to mobilise much needed equipment during the battle of Normandy.

Ste Mere Eglise was an objective for 82nd Airborne Paratroopers and has been made famous by the movie, The Longest Day. American Paratrooper John Steele was unfortunate to get caught on the church steeple during the drop.

Copyright © MCMLXII by Darryl F. Zanuck Productions,Inc. & Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp.

 

Please note that we stop here for 20 minutes. Rest rooms are available at this location. 

Glider Landing Zones

As we drive from Ste Mere Eglise, we will explain the importance of the role played by the Glider Infantry Men from the American Airborne. We will show you a planned landing zone where gliders should have landed to support the Airborne mission.

 

Please note that this part of the tour will be delivered inside the vehicle as we drive.

Holdy Battery

This concealed German gun battery wreaked havoc on the morning of D-Day by firing from inland at Utah Beach. Hear about the heroic struggle by the men of 101st Airborne who managed to silence this four-gun field battery.

 

Please note that we stop here for around 10 minutes.

Brecourt Manor

Brecourt Manor has become famous thanks to the TV mini-series, "Band of Brothers". This location is featured in episode 2. American Paratroopers, under the command of Richard Winters, managed to silence a concelead German gun battery position that was firing at Utah Beach.

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Please note that we stop here for around 15 minutes.

Utah Beach

Utah beach was the code name given to the western most landing beach on D-Day.

The American 4th Division under the command of Theodore Roosevelt Jr were tasked with assaulting this section of the Normandy coastline. 

The planned landing point should have been around two kilometers further north but due to a number of factors, the Americans landed in the wrong location.

 

Please note that we stop here for 30 minutes. Rest rooms are available at this location. 

Richard Winters - Leadership Monument

We will stop briefly to show you one of our favourite monuments in Normandy. Richard Winters was chosen to represent leadership due to his world wide fame from the TV mini-series, Band of Brothers.

 

Please note that this part of the tour will be delivered inside the vehicle as we drive.

Sainte Marie Du Mont

We will take the time to explain the significance of this beautiful small village. This was an objective for the 101st Airborne to help the forces landing on Utah Beach.

 

Please note that we stop here for 20 minutes. Rest rooms are available at this location.

Things to consider

We want you to have a fantastic experience so please bear these in mind when preparing for your tour:

The weather can be unpredictable in Normandy so dress in layers.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
Gratuities are welcomed.

One last thing!

If you decide to take a tour with us, we will be over the moon. However, even if you don't and decide to choose another company, we are still grateful. Without you, Normandy as a whole would suffer so thank you, thank you, thank you!