AMERICAN D-DAY EXPERIENCE - FULL DAY GROUP TOUR FROM BAYEUX

Discover the Utah and Omaha sectors of the Normandy Landing Beaches

Visit the main sites in the American sector of the D-Day landing beaches
Highlights
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110€

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LUNCH INCLUDED

 
  • Guided tour in English only
  • Maximum 15 passengers per tour
  • Lunch included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Air-conditioned minivan
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Free onboard Wi-Fi
  • Free time at each stop to take photos
  • Highly rated on TripAdvisor
  • Featured in the Rick Steve's travel book
  • Best D-Day group tour from Bayeux
 

This tour is popular and sells out fast. If you are thinking of booking, please don't leave it too late as you may miss out!

D-Day Normandy invasion map - which sectors does this tour cover?
Important Information

As we have limited space onboard the vehicles we use for this tour, we are sorry but it is not possible to carry on our vehicles any of the following:

Wheelchairs (including fold up types)
Mobility scooters
Walking frames
Luggage (large suitcases)

If you wish to bring one of the above items, we suggest booking a private tour.

Summer Tour Schedule

This tour operates from April until October. If you would like to take a tour between November until March, please check out our winter tour.

 
Tour Departure Point

To ensure that we depart at the advertised time, we kindly ask that you are at this departure point at least 10 minutes before we are due to depart.

Excursions departure point - Place De Quebec in Bayeux
GPS location: 49.275601, -0.700619

Tour Itinerary

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

La Cambe - German Military Cemetery

La Cambe German Cemetery is the final resting place for over 21,000 axis soldiers who died during the battle of Normandy.

Situated just under 6 miles from where American forces landed on Omaha Beach, this cemetery is a stark reminder of the terrible price the Germans paid during the heavy fighting on D-day and the subsequent inland battles.

 

Please note that we stop here for 25 minutes. Rest rooms are available at this location. 

Carentan

This small town was one of the major objectives for the US forces post D-Day. As this was strategically important and plays a major part in understanding the D-Day objectives, we will pass through this town and point out many places of interest. 

 

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

101st Airborne Division Briefing

Once we arrive in the American sector, our first mission is to explain the objectives for the 101st Airborne Division in the assault phase of Operation Overlord, known as Operation Neptune.

We will show you maps and explain the strategy of the 101st, also knows as the "Screaming Eagles". The beach landings that took place on the section of coastline known as, "Utah Beach", relied heavily on the success of these brave men who jumped behind enemy lines in advance of the seaborne assault.

Angoville-Au-Plain

Situated approximately 5 miles from Carentan, the small village of Angoville-Au-Plain witnessed heavy fighting between the German Paratroopers and American Paratroopers that dropped close by at dropzone D.

After our 101st Airborne briefing, you will then hear the incredible story of two Airborne Medics. Kenneth Moore and Robert Wright displayed not only courage but also humanity during the desperate struggle to take this small area of Normandy.

 

Please note that we stop here for around 35 minutes. Restrooms are available at this location.

Sainte 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.

 

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

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.

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 40 minutes. Rest rooms are available at this location. 

WN8 - German defensive position

WN8

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. 

 

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

Hedgerow 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.

 

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

Lunch stop (included in the price)

Just after midday, we will stop at our very own cafe located at the heart of the American parachute drop zones. As it is our own place, no time is wasted. We do not have to wait to be served as lunch is pre-ordered in advance. We prefer to give you more time at sites than waiting to be served in a restaurant.

This historic house has been transformed by the team at Bayeux Shuttle and you will be transported back in time. The rooms have been decorated in the style of the 1940's and are packed full of artifacts from the Normandy invasion. This house is exclusive to Bayeux Shuttle so you will have privileged access to this incredible house that was used by German soldiers during the occupation and American soldiers following the liberation of this area.

Lunch is included in the price of this tour and will consist of a large sandwich with a choice of fillings on a freshly baked French baguette. Potato chips, cold & hot drinks and snacks are also provided. Vegetarian and gluten free options are also available.

Please note that this stop will only be available from March until the end of October. At all other times, lunch will be served in our coffee shop in Bayeux.

 

Please note that we stop here for 45 minutes. Rest rooms are available at this location. 

82nd Airborne Division Briefing

To conclude the Utah Sector of the D-Day landings, we will take the time to brief you on the missions conducted by the 82nd Airborne Division. Known as the "All American".

At this point in the tour, you will start to fully comprehend the magnitude of the Airborne operation of D-Day. This final piece in the story will ensure that when you leave the Utah Sector, you will truly understand the sacrifice made by the men who played their part in ensuring that the landings that took place at Utah Beach were a perfect success.

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.

 

Please note that we stop here for 25 minutes. Restrooms are available at this location. 

Pointe Du Hoc

During World War Two, the Nazis were in the process of building the Atlantik Wall; a series of fortifications from Norway to the border of France and Spain. Stretching for over 2000 miles, this formidable construction of fortifications was designed to try and prevent an Allied landing in the west.

One such site was located at the Pointe Du Hoc in Normandy. Consisting of 6 long range gun positions and many other concrete bunkers, it posed a real threat to Allied shipping on D-Day. As this battery was right between the two American landing beaches, Allied planners had no choice but to knock out this position. Here you will hear the incredible stories of bravery shown by US Army Rangers who had to scale nearly 100 feet of cliffs to destroy the guns.

 

Please note that we stop here for 60 minutes. Restrooms are available at this location. 

Omaha Beach

Walk on the sand where over 34,000 Us soldiers landed on that fateful morning of June 6th, 1944. This 4.2 miles of coastline has become synonymous to D-Day as the United States suffered more casualties here than any other landing 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".

 

Please note that we stop here for 45 minutes. Restrooms are available at this location. 

Normandy American Cemetery and Visitor Centre

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 woman, three Medal of Honor recipients, including Theodore Roosevelt Jr are some of the most notable people buried here.

The photo above is of Bayeux Shuttle guide, Lloyd Scott. Taken while conducting a tour of the American Cemetery.

 

Please note that we stop here for 60 minutes. Guided visit with around 45 minutes free time. Restrooms 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:

As this is a shared group tour, we have to respect the scheduling. We do not include museum visits but if you prefer to use the time to do so, no problem. If you do prefer to visit a museum, please note that you will have to forego the guided 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!