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American D-Day Experience
Full day group tour
(day trip from Paris)
2018 Tour Itinerary

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

Description

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

Our full day tour that starts in Carentan is perfect for those who want to visit Normandy as a day trip excursion from Paris.

Your guide will be at Carentan train station waiting for you to arrive on the first Intercity departure from Paris St Lazare station. Sit back and relax for the 2 hours and 30 minute journey by train from Paris to Carentan and arrive stress free by not having to drive. We will then set off on a journey of discovery, visiting the main sites in the American Sector including, both Utah and Omaha beaches.

Main sites we visit

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 16 clients per tour
  • Guided visits with free time to take photos and explore
  • Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor - the worlds largest 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.


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 during the last two weeks of August
We close to allow our team to take some vacation time

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.

  • Welcome to Normandy!Carentan train station

    There will be restrooms at all the sites we visit however, to allow for an on-time departure from Carentan, please use the restrooms on board the train before you arrive in Carentan.

  • 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!

    The vehicle and guide will be waiting for you at the station front. Our vehicles are white and are clearly marked with the Bayeux Shuttle logo so you will have no problem finding us.

    We are normally parked just outside the station front next to the taxi rank (as you can see in the photo below).

  • 101st AirborneSte Marie Du Mont
    30 minute visit - Guided tour and free time

    We will start the tour by giving you a detailed explanantion of Operation Overlord; the allied plan for the start of the march to Germany. As Ste Marie Du Mont was at the heart of the Airborne part of the operation, it is a perfect location to start the tour.

  • 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 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!