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American D-Day Experience
Full day group tour
(day trip from Paris)

10:00 departure from Carentan
110 Per person
  • Guided tour
  • 8 Hours
  • Tour in English
  • Free time
  • Free Wi-Fi

Description

American D-Day Experience - Full day group tour
(day trip from Paris)

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

Carentan, Ste Marie Du Mont, Utah Beach, Ste Mere Eglise, Pointe Du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery.

Highlights

  • This tour is designed to allow you to do it as a day trip from Paris
  • 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

Important

How to join this tour

We will be waiting at Carentan train station for the arrival of your train from Paris. To join this tour, you will need to take the first direct train from Paris to Carentan (departs from Paris St.Lazare station around 07:00 and arrives in Carentan around 09:40). Our guide will be waiting for you at the main station entrance. As this tour is specially designed to meet this train, please don't worry if the train is late as we will still be waiting for you.

Please note that this service starts at Carentan but ends in Bayeux. When booking train tickets to join this tour, please ensure you book the correct trains. Please also note that the train tickets are not included in this tour.


Important

Luggage

As we have limited space on board the vehicles we use for this tour, we cannot carry large items of luggage. Small back packs and small overnight bags are acceptable.

Adult pricing for all seats

European law dictates that all passengers, regardless of age are required to have a seat. Therefore, adult pricing applies to all passengers regardless of age. If you are planning to take this tour with young children, please note they may be required to have a car seat. When booking, please specify their age and if required, we will provide a car seat.

Clients with reduced mobility

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

Wheelchairs (including fold up types)
Mobility scooters
Walking frames

Cancellation policy

If you need to cancel your booking, as long as you have given us at least 7 days notice, we will offer a full refund (minus chargebacks we are forced to pay). If you want total peace of mind, we suggest taking our cancellation insurance when booking. If you take this insurance, you have the right to cancel up to the time of the tour departure.


Schedule

Operates from April 1st until October 31st
Monday 10:00 - 17:45 Carentan, train station
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:45 Carentan, train station
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:45 Carentan, train station
Thursday 10:00 - 17:45 Carentan, train station
Friday 10:00 - 17:45 Carentan, train station
Saturday Does not operate
Sunday Does not operate
Please note that no services will be operating from August 12th - August 26th 2018
We close to allow our team to take some vacation time

Multi-media Tour Experience

All of our vehicles are fitted with our unique multi-media tour system. As we drive, the vehicle location will be shown on a map via our on board screens. As we pass points of interest, small video clips that we have produced will start automatically by GPS. These videos will help explain the sites that we pass and, lay the foundation for the next stop. This system was developed in house and is unique in Normandy!

Please note that this does not mean that this tour will just be multi-media. Far from it! This is an additional bonus while we drive from site to site. The guide will also provide information as we drive and when we arrive at sites, you will have a guided tour outside of the vehicle. Best of all worlds!


Tour Map


Tour timeline

  • Paris St LazareDepart by train

    To join this tour, you will need to take a train from Paris St Lazare station to Carentan. The train departs just after 07:00 and takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach Carentan station. The guide will be waiting for you at the main station exit to start the tour. Please note that the train ticket is not included in the price. More information about how you can purchase train tickets.

    Please note that train timings may be subject to change. Please check the SNCF website.

  • Tour Meeting pointCarentan train station

    Your guide will meet you at the main station exit. As the tour is designed to connect with this train, please do not worry if the train is late. We will be aware so there is no need to contact us. We will wait for you!

    Once you have arrived, you can use the rest rooms at the front of the station. The vehicle will arrive before 10:00 so we kindly ask that you wait for us at the station front. Our vehicles are white and are clearly marked with the Bayeux Shuttle logo so you will have no problem seeing us.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • US Army RangersPointe 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.

  • 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 tourBayeux train station

    We will finish the tour at Bayeux train station in good time for you to catch a direct train to Paris. If you are staying over in Bayeux, no problem. After we have dropped off at Bayeux station, we will head off in to town to drop you at the city centre.

  • Bayeux train stationDepart by train to Paris

    The train will take you back to Paris St Lazare.

  • Paris St Lazare train stationBack in Paris

    The train arrives back in Paris St Lazare just in time for a late dinner!