- Guided tour
- 7.5 Hours
- Tour in English
- Free time
- Free Wi-Fi
American D-Day Experience - Full day private tour
Experience the main highlights in the Utah and Omaha sectors of the Normandy landing beaches. An experienced guide will lead you through the action from start to finish, ensuring that you feel the bravery of the men that fought and died here.
This tour picks up from Cherbourg Cruise Terminal so you will be able to leave your ship, board our vehicle, see the sites in the American sector and re-join your ship in time for dinner. A hassle free way of visiting the Normandy landing beaches!
Main sites we visit
Sainte Mere Eglise, Utah Beach, Bayeux, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery.
- Maximum of 7 clients per tour
- Tour exclusive to your group
- Guided visits with free time to take photos and explore
- Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor - the worlds largest travel review site
|Operates from April 1st until October 31st|
|Monday||08:30 - 16:00||Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal|
|Tuesday||08:30 - 16:00||Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal|
|Wednesday||08:30 - 16:00||Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal|
|Thursday||08:30 - 16:00||Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal|
|Friday||08:30 - 16:00||Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal|
|Saturday||08:30 - 16:00||Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal|
|Sunday||08:30 - 16:00||Cherbourg, cruise ship terminal|
Please note that no services will be operating during the last two weeks of August
We close to allow our team to take some vacation time
Meeting pointTour check in
Our vehicles will arrive in the car park lot adjacent to the terminal building. Please ensure you are in the correct location so we can ensure an on-time departure. It will be a very good idea if you use the restrooms in the terminal building before we depart.
Meeting pointDeparture time
We like to run on time and if you are not at the departure point by the advertised departure time, we will depart. There will be others on board that have arrived on-time and we do not want to impact their experience. If you do arrive late, you will need to take a cab at your own expense to catch up with the tour. We strongly advise you to arrive early for the tour as no refunds will be considered if you miss the service.
82nd AirborneSte 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.
We will stop and show you some German bunkers known in German as weiderstandsnest 8 (WN8). This is the location where men from the 4th Division should have landed on the morning of D-Day.
US 4th InfantryUtah 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 landings did not go to plan and the American 4th Division landed around 2 kilometers from their designated spot. By mistake, American forces landed behind German resistance postion WN5. At this site, we will explain the defences, why US forces landed in the wrong location and, ultimately how the beach was secured.
Once we have given you a detailed account, you will be given free time to look at the many monuments that have been erected in honour of the different US Divisions that started their journey to Germany from this point.
101st AirborneRichard Winters 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.
101st AirborneSte Marie Du Mont
We will take 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.
4th InfantryHedgerow Battles
As we drive, we will show you some of the typical hedgerow terrain that the allies had to battle through. We will explain how the Germans utilised the Norman countryside to their defensive advantage and how the allies overcame them.
As we are very close to Bayeux, we will return to allow you to have lunch. Lunch is not included in the price of this tour so once we arrive, you will be given sufficient time to grab a quick lunch in this beautiful medieval town before we head back off for the afternoon part of the tour. Please note that the afternoon portion of the tour may be delivered by a different guide.
29th and 1st InfantryOmaha Beach
The US 1st Infantry and 29th Infantry Divisions, as well as elements of the US Army Rangers were tasked with opening up 5 exit points to start the movement inland. Supported with incredible air and sea pre-bombardment, Allied planners expected to be moving off the beach area within 2 hours. Sadly, this was not the case and this is why many documentaries and movies have been made about this location. When you hear the stories from your guide, you will understand why this beach is known as, "Bloody Omaha".
Time to reflectNormandy American Cemetery
The Normandy American Cemetery covers 172 acres and is the final resting place for 9386 service men and women. You will have sufficient time to explore the visitor center before taking the time to reflect in the cemetery .
Four women and three Medal of Honor recipients, including Theodore Roosevelt Jr, are some of the most notable people buried here.
End of the tourCherbourg cruise terminal
We will finish the tour at the same location as we started in good time to board your ship.