AMERICAN D-DAY EXPERIENCE - PARIS TO NORMANDY DAY TRIP BY TRAIN

09:45 Departure from Carentan Train Station

How to Join this tour from Paris

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.

What You Can Expect

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.

Tour Itinerary

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

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.

You will learn about the overall plan for the American forces on D-Day and then the heart warming 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 30 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.

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 20 minutes. Rest rooms 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, it was considered impregnable by the Nazi high command.

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.

 

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

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach has become synonymous to D-Day due to the horrific casualties the American forces suffered on the morning of June 6th 1944.

The 4.2 miles of coastline that is now referred to as Omaha Beach was assaulted at 06:30 on D-Day morning by American Rangers, the 29th Infantry Division and the 1st Infantry Division.

 

Please note that we stop here for 45 minutes. Rest rooms 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 centre before taking time to reflect in the cemetery itself.

4 woman, 3 Medal of Honor recipients, including Theodore Roosevelt Jr are some of the most notable people buried here.

 

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

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!