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American D-Day Experience
Full day group tour

08:15 departure from Bayeux (2018 Tours)
08:45 departure from Bayeux (2019 Tours)
110 Per person
  • Guided tour
  • 9.5 Hours
  • Tour in English
  • Free time
  • Free Wi-Fi

Description

American D-Day Experience - Full day group 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.

Main sites we visit

La Cambe German war cemetery, Carentan, Ste Marie Du Mont, Utah Beach, Ste Mere Eglise, Pointe Du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery.

Highlights

  • Maximum of 15 clients per tour
  • Guided visits with free time to take photos and explore
  • Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor - the worlds largest travel review site

Schedule

Operates from April 1st until October 31st
Monday 08:15 - 17:45 Bayeux, Place de Quebec
Tuesday 08:15 - 17:45 Bayeux, Place de Quebec
Wednesday 08:15 - 17:45 Bayeux, Place de Quebec
Thursday 08:15 - 17:45 Bayeux, Place de Quebec
Friday 08:15 - 17:45 Bayeux, Place de Quebec
Saturday 08:15 - 17:45 Bayeux, Place de Quebec
Sunday 08:15 - 17:45 Bayeux, Place de Quebec
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

Tour Map


Tour timeline

  • Meeting pointWe recommend arriving by 08:05

    We kindly ask that you be at the tour departure point at Place De Quebec in Bayeux at least 10 minutes before the tour is due to depart.

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  • 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.

  • German War CemeteryLa Cambe
    30 minute visit - Guided tour and free time

    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.

  • 101st AirborneCarentan

    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.

  • 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.

  • American ForcesLeadership 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.

  • US 4th InfantryUtah Beach
    45 minute visit - Guided tour and free time

  • 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.

  • 4th InfantryWN8

    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.

  • Lunch timeCafe Phillipe

    We will stop at our very own historic lunch stop. The Bayeux Shuttle team have loving restored this incredible house and have packed it full of relics from the battle of Normandy. Lunch is included in the price of the tour and will consist of a freshly made sandwich baguette, drinks and snacks.

  • 82nd AirborneSte Mere Eglise
    30 minute visit - Guided tour and free time

    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.

  • US Army RangersPointe Du Hoc
    60 minute visit - Guided tour and free time

    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.

  • 29th and 1st InfantryOmaha Beach
    45 minute visit - Guided tour and free time

  • Time to reflectAmerican Cemetery
    60 minute visit - Guided tour and free time

    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.

    To conclude this tour, you will see the flag lowering at the cemetery. The two flags will be lowered, with the second flag being accompanied by taps. This is a fitting end to the day and, this is one thing that we are sure you will never forget.

  • End of the tourBayeux

    We will finish the tour at the same location as we started. However, if you wish to be dropped off at the train station, please notify the guide after we depart the American Cemetery. Please note that we do not drop off at hotels.