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  • Embark on a thrilling private full day trip to the main US Normandy D-Day sites !
  • Departing from Bayeux, this private tour from Bayeux will take you to the Normandy coastal battlefield grounds. On June 6, 1944, the allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches, marking the beginning of a fierce and deadly battle that would culminate in the liberation of France a few months later.
  • Pick up in Bayeux or the surrounding area.First, we will come and pick you up directly at your accommodation in Bayeux or the surrounding area. Meet your English speaking guide/driver who will go over the itinerary & program of the day with you. As this is a private tour, your guide will be flexible and the tour will be adapted to your wishes in case you have specific requests and as long as the timing allows it. 
  • However, please note that your guide knows the area inside out and will show you the most significant landmarks of the region. Below is a selection of the major sites linked to the U.S forces on D-DAY that it will be possible to visit with your guide. For lunch and depending on the sites that you have chosen to visit, your tour guide will make appropriate suggestions or we can pre-arrange restaurant reservations for you.
  • Our travel advisors will design the best possible itinerary, adapted to your wishes and that will respect the timing of the tour. Possible visits included:1. OMAHA BEACH
  • Among the allied troops, the Americans landed on two different beaches named Omaha and Utah. Even though bombings occurred before the landing itself, they failed to neutralize the German positions in that sector. In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under German fire.
  • First, you will first reach the coastal battlefield area of Omaha Beach. Here, listen to your guide as you are taken back in time to hear the tale of one of the boldest and most successful large scale invasions in military history. Omaha was by far the toughest assignment in Overlord and was the most heavily defended of all the beaches; its bunkers, fighting positions, and obstacles were intended to repel any Allied landing.
  • In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under heat German fire. The assault on this beach was perfectly depicted in the opening scenes of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ movie. Learn more about the landing and the following days as your tour guide explains all the events that took place on the beach and how the battle raged and evolved inland.
  • 2. POINTE DU HOC
  • Also located in the American sector, visit Pointe du Hoc, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes, stunning bomb craters and a magnificent viewpoint over the English Channel. Given the toughness of the operation, the Pointe du Hoc was given to Rangers to land upon.
  • The battle site, dotted with German bunkers was rough, as the Pointe du Hoc had been built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall. It was the highest point between Utah beach and Omaha beach and provided a great observation spot to notice any unfriendly arrivals from the sea. You can still see an artillery gun battery there and feel as if it was still 1944.
  • Here, Lt. Col. James E. Rudder, commanding the 2nd Ranger Battalion, received the mission to land at 6:30 a.m., scale the 100 foot cliffs, and disable the German positions. Lt. Col. Max F. Schneider’s 5th Ranger Battalion would follow and reinforce them. As you arrive, follow your guide who will give you more information on the site and take in some incredible views of the Normandy beaches.3. AMERICAN CEMETERY IN COLLEVILLEThe impressive American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer contains the remains of 9.387 American soldiers who fell during the Battle of Normandy. The cemetery reflects and honors the sacrifices that the USA made for the liberation of Europe. From this point one can overlook Omaha Beach, the deadliest landing beach of Operation Overlord.
  • The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. Great care has been given to its esthetic qualities. Many elements combine to make a lasting impression: the half circle of columns, the elaborate statuary, the great reflecting pond, and the immaculate park enclosing the graves.
  • Large maps and commentaries in the loggias explain the Allied operations in Normandy and Northwestern Europe. A vantage point offers a panoramic view of Omaha Beach and an orientation table clarifies the strategic movements during the first days of the invasion. Since 2007 a visitor center welcomes visitors and sheds light on the course of the battles.
  • 4. LONGUES SUR MER - GERMAN ARTILLERY BATTERYThe German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer was perfectly located to oppose the landings of 6 June 1944. Its guns were positioned right between Omaha and Gold Beaches. On D-Day, this battery fought a duel with the Allied fleet before it was silenced at sunset.
  • One of the most important elements of the Atlantic Wall, the battery at Longues Sur Mer included a range-finding post and four casemates, each housing a 150 mm gun. It was built on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel. In the heart of the Allied assault sector, it played a strategic role during the Normandy Landings on June 6th 1944.
  • Today, the site is one of the best preserved in France and the only one where you can still see some of the original cannon, capable, at the time, of firing shells weighing 45 kg at a distance of 22 km. The view from the firing command post, dug into the cliff, offers a vast panorama over the Bay of the Seine.5. UTAH BEACHUtah Beach was the codename of D-Day’s westernmost landing beach. Here the U.S. 4th Infantry Division came ashore. The Utah Beach landing was quite successful, partially thanks to the Airborne troops who prevented any significant counter attacks against the landing area.
  • The German strongpoint on the beach of La Madeleine was composed of various shelters and bunkers, a grenade launcher and four canons assigned to cover an antitank zone. These modest defences could not withstand the terrible air and naval bombardments of D-Day. 
  • Five hours before the first seaborne landings, U.S. airborne troops were dropped behind the coastal defences. Fighting their way towards the beach, they cleared the enemy positions that threatened the Allied exit from the beaches. The paratroopers managed to prevent any significant counterattacks.6. SAINTE MERE EGLISEShortly after midnight on 6 June 1944, D-Day began with the landing of American and British airborne troops on French soil. Two U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead in the sector of Sainte-Mère-Église, to back up the landing of the U.S. infantry on Utah Beach.
  • The 82nd and 101st U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead on the Western flank of the Allied assault. 13.348 paratroopers jumped from 821 Douglas C-47 planes, while 4.400 soldiers were transported in gliders. Their mission was to back up the landing of the American infantry troops at Utah Beach and to help them take Cherbourg as fast as possible.7. AIRBORNE MUSEUMThe Sainte-Mère-Église museum was inaugurated in 1964 right where American paratroopers were involved in fierce battles during the night of 5 to 6 June and the following days. The museum holds an important collection of uniforms, weaponry and other war memorabilia. Two additional buildings opened in June 2014.
  • This museum is essentially dedicated to the memory of American paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who were dropped over the base of the Cotentin Peninsula. Visitors can appreciate the weapons used by American airborne units during the Second World War. The American paratroopers and their role in the Landing in Normandy are the focus of the Sainte-Mère-Église Museum. The collection features the deservedly famous troop transportation plane Douglas C-47 (also known as ‘Skytrain’) as well as a Waco glider which cannot be seen anywhere in France other than in Sainte-Mère-Église.
  • Embark on a thrilling private full day trip to the main US Normandy D-Day sites !
  • Departing from Bayeux, this private tour from Bayeux will take you to the Normandy coastal battlefield grounds. On June 6, 1944, the allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches, marking the beginning of a fierce and deadly battle that would culminate in the liberation of France a few months later.
  • Pick up in Bayeux or the surrounding area.First, we will come and pick you up directly at your accommodation in Bayeux or the surrounding area. Meet your English speaking guide/driver who will go over the itinerary & program of the day with you. As this is a private tour, your guide will be flexible and the tour will be adapted to your wishes in case you have specific requests and as long as the timing allows it. 
  • However, please note that your guide knows the area inside out and will show you the most significant landmarks of the region. Below is a selection of the major sites linked to the U.S forces on D-DAY that it will be possible to visit with your guide. For lunch and depending on the sites that you have chosen to visit, your tour guide will make appropriate suggestions or we can pre-arrange restaurant reservations for you.
  • Our travel advisors will design the best possible itinerary, adapted to your wishes and that will respect the timing of the tour. Possible visits included:1. OMAHA BEACH
  • Among the allied troops, the Americans landed on two different beaches named Omaha and Utah. Even though bombings occurred before the landing itself, they failed to neutralize the German positions in that sector. In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under German fire.
  • First, you will first reach the coastal battlefield area of Omaha Beach. Here, listen to your guide as you are taken back in time to hear the tale of one of the boldest and most successful large scale invasions in military history. Omaha was by far the toughest assignment in Overlord and was the most heavily defended of all the beaches; its bunkers, fighting positions, and obstacles were intended to repel any Allied landing.
  • In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under heat German fire. The assault on this beach was perfectly depicted in the opening scenes of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ movie. Learn more about the landing and the following days as your tour guide explains all the events that took place on the beach and how the battle raged and evolved inland.
  • 2. POINTE DU HOC
  • Also located in the American sector, visit Pointe du Hoc, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes, stunning bomb craters and a magnificent viewpoint over the English Channel. Given the toughness of the operation, the Pointe du Hoc was given to Rangers to land upon.
  • The battle site, dotted with German bunkers was rough, as the Pointe du Hoc had been built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall. It was the highest point between Utah beach and Omaha beach and provided a great observation spot to notice any unfriendly arrivals from the sea. You can still see an artillery gun battery there and feel as if it was still 1944.
  • Here, Lt. Col. James E. Rudder, commanding the 2nd Ranger Battalion, received the mission to land at 6:30 a.m., scale the 100 foot cliffs, and disable the German positions. Lt. Col. Max F. Schneider’s 5th Ranger Battalion would follow and reinforce them. As you arrive, follow your guide who will give you more information on the site and take in some incredible views of the Normandy beaches.3. AMERICAN CEMETERY IN COLLEVILLEThe impressive American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer contains the remains of 9.387 American soldiers who fell during the Battle of Normandy. The cemetery reflects and honors the sacrifices that the USA made for the liberation of Europe. From this point one can overlook Omaha Beach, the deadliest landing beach of Operation Overlord.
  • The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. Great care has been given to its esthetic qualities. Many elements combine to make a lasting impression: the half circle of columns, the elaborate statuary, the great reflecting pond, and the immaculate park enclosing the graves.
  • Large maps and commentaries in the loggias explain the Allied operations in Normandy and Northwestern Europe. A vantage point offers a panoramic view of Omaha Beach and an orientation table clarifies the strategic movements during the first days of the invasion. Since 2007 a visitor center welcomes visitors and sheds light on the course of the battles.
  • 4. LONGUES SUR MER - GERMAN ARTILLERY BATTERYThe German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer was perfectly located to oppose the landings of 6 June 1944. Its guns were positioned right between Omaha and Gold Beaches. On D-Day, this battery fought a duel with the Allied fleet before it was silenced at sunset.
  • One of the most important elements of the Atlantic Wall, the battery at Longues Sur Mer included a range-finding post and four casemates, each housing a 150 mm gun. It was built on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel. In the heart of the Allied assault sector, it played a strategic role during the Normandy Landings on June 6th 1944.
  • Today, the site is one of the best preserved in France and the only one where you can still see some of the original cannon, capable, at the time, of firing shells weighing 45 kg at a distance of 22 km. The view from the firing command post, dug into the cliff, offers a vast panorama over the Bay of the Seine.5. UTAH BEACHUtah Beach was the codename of D-Day’s westernmost landing beach. Here the U.S. 4th Infantry Division came ashore. The Utah Beach landing was quite successful, partially thanks to the Airborne troops who prevented any significant counter attacks against the landing area.
  • The German strongpoint on the beach of La Madeleine was composed of various shelters and bunkers, a grenade launcher and four canons assigned to cover an antitank zone. These modest defences could not withstand the terrible air and naval bombardments of D-Day. 
  • Five hours before the first seaborne landings, U.S. airborne troops were dropped behind the coastal defences. Fighting their way towards the beach, they cleared the enemy positions that threatened the Allied exit from the beaches. The paratroopers managed to prevent any significant counterattacks.6. SAINTE MERE EGLISEShortly after midnight on 6 June 1944, D-Day began with the landing of American and British airborne troops on French soil. Two U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead in the sector of Sainte-Mère-Église, to back up the landing of the U.S. infantry on Utah Beach.
  • The 82nd and 101st U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead on the Western flank of the Allied assault. 13.348 paratroopers jumped from 821 Douglas C-47 planes, while 4.400 soldiers were transported in gliders. Their mission was to back up the landing of the American infantry troops at Utah Beach and to help them take Cherbourg as fast as possible.7. AIRBORNE MUSEUMThe Sainte-Mère-Église museum was inaugurated in 1964 right where American paratroopers were involved in fierce battles during the night of 5 to 6 June and the following days. The museum holds an important collection of uniforms, weaponry and other war memorabilia. Two additional buildings opened in June 2014.
  • This museum is essentially dedicated to the memory of American paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who were dropped over the base of the Cotentin Peninsula. Visitors can appreciate the weapons used by American airborne units during the Second World War. The American paratroopers and their role in the Landing in Normandy are the focus of the Sainte-Mère-Église Museum. The collection features the deservedly famous troop transportation plane Douglas C-47 (also known as ‘Skytrain’) as well as a Waco glider which cannot be seen anywhere in France other than in Sainte-Mère-Église.

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  • Embark on a thrilling private full day trip to the main US Normandy D-Day sites !
  • Departing from Bayeux, this private tour from Bayeux will take you to the Normandy coastal battlefield grounds. On June 6, 1944, the allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches, marking the beginning of a fierce and deadly battle that would culminate in the liberation of France a few months later.
  • Pick up in Bayeux or the surrounding area.First, we will come and pick you up directly at your accommodation in Bayeux or the surrounding area. Meet your English speaking guide/driver who will go over the itinerary & program of the day with you. As this is a private tour, your guide will be flexible and the tour will be adapted to your wishes in case you have specific requests and as long as the timing allows it. 
  • However, please note that your guide knows the area inside out and will show you the most significant landmarks of the region. Below is a selection of the major sites linked to the U.S forces on D-DAY that it will be possible to visit with your guide. For lunch and depending on the sites that you have chosen to visit, your tour guide will make appropriate suggestions or we can pre-arrange restaurant reservations for you.
  • Our travel advisors will design the best possible itinerary, adapted to your wishes and that will respect the timing of the tour. Possible visits included:1. OMAHA BEACH
  • Among the allied troops, the Americans landed on two different beaches named Omaha and Utah. Even though bombings occurred before the landing itself, they failed to neutralize the German positions in that sector. In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under German fire.
  • First, you will first reach the coastal battlefield area of Omaha Beach. Here, listen to your guide as you are taken back in time to hear the tale of one of the boldest and most successful large scale invasions in military history. Omaha was by far the toughest assignment in Overlord and was the most heavily defended of all the beaches; its bunkers, fighting positions, and obstacles were intended to repel any Allied landing.
  • In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under heat German fire. The assault on this beach was perfectly depicted in the opening scenes of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ movie. Learn more about the landing and the following days as your tour guide explains all the events that took place on the beach and how the battle raged and evolved inland.
  • 2. POINTE DU HOC
  • Also located in the American sector, visit Pointe du Hoc, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes, stunning bomb craters and a magnificent viewpoint over the English Channel. Given the toughness of the operation, the Pointe du Hoc was given to Rangers to land upon.
  • The battle site, dotted with German bunkers was rough, as the Pointe du Hoc had been built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall. It was the highest point between Utah beach and Omaha beach and provided a great observation spot to notice any unfriendly arrivals from the sea. You can still see an artillery gun battery there and feel as if it was still 1944.
  • Here, Lt. Col. James E. Rudder, commanding the 2nd Ranger Battalion, received the mission to land at 6:30 a.m., scale the 100 foot cliffs, and disable the German positions. Lt. Col. Max F. Schneider’s 5th Ranger Battalion would follow and reinforce them. As you arrive, follow your guide who will give you more information on the site and take in some incredible views of the Normandy beaches.3. AMERICAN CEMETERY IN COLLEVILLEThe impressive American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer contains the remains of 9.387 American soldiers who fell during the Battle of Normandy. The cemetery reflects and honors the sacrifices that the USA made for the liberation of Europe. From this point one can overlook Omaha Beach, the deadliest landing beach of Operation Overlord.
  • The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. Great care has been given to its esthetic qualities. Many elements combine to make a lasting impression: the half circle of columns, the elaborate statuary, the great reflecting pond, and the immaculate park enclosing the graves.
  • Large maps and commentaries in the loggias explain the Allied operations in Normandy and Northwestern Europe. A vantage point offers a panoramic view of Omaha Beach and an orientation table clarifies the strategic movements during the first days of the invasion. Since 2007 a visitor center welcomes visitors and sheds light on the course of the battles.
  • 4. LONGUES SUR MER - GERMAN ARTILLERY BATTERYThe German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer was perfectly located to oppose the landings of 6 June 1944. Its guns were positioned right between Omaha and Gold Beaches. On D-Day, this battery fought a duel with the Allied fleet before it was silenced at sunset.
  • One of the most important elements of the Atlantic Wall, the battery at Longues Sur Mer included a range-finding post and four casemates, each housing a 150 mm gun. It was built on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel. In the heart of the Allied assault sector, it played a strategic role during the Normandy Landings on June 6th 1944.
  • Today, the site is one of the best preserved in France and the only one where you can still see some of the original cannon, capable, at the time, of firing shells weighing 45 kg at a distance of 22 km. The view from the firing command post, dug into the cliff, offers a vast panorama over the Bay of the Seine.5. UTAH BEACHUtah Beach was the codename of D-Day’s westernmost landing beach. Here the U.S. 4th Infantry Division came ashore. The Utah Beach landing was quite successful, partially thanks to the Airborne troops who prevented any significant counter attacks against the landing area.
  • The German strongpoint on the beach of La Madeleine was composed of various shelters and bunkers, a grenade launcher and four canons assigned to cover an antitank zone. These modest defences could not withstand the terrible air and naval bombardments of D-Day. 
  • Five hours before the first seaborne landings, U.S. airborne troops were dropped behind the coastal defences. Fighting their way towards the beach, they cleared the enemy positions that threatened the Allied exit from the beaches. The paratroopers managed to prevent any significant counterattacks.6. SAINTE MERE EGLISEShortly after midnight on 6 June 1944, D-Day began with the landing of American and British airborne troops on French soil. Two U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead in the sector of Sainte-Mère-Église, to back up the landing of the U.S. infantry on Utah Beach.
  • The 82nd and 101st U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead on the Western flank of the Allied assault. 13.348 paratroopers jumped from 821 Douglas C-47 planes, while 4.400 soldiers were transported in gliders. Their mission was to back up the landing of the American infantry troops at Utah Beach and to help them take Cherbourg as fast as possible.7. AIRBORNE MUSEUMThe Sainte-Mère-Église museum was inaugurated in 1964 right where American paratroopers were involved in fierce battles during the night of 5 to 6 June and the following days. The museum holds an important collection of uniforms, weaponry and other war memorabilia. Two additional buildings opened in June 2014.
  • This museum is essentially dedicated to the memory of American paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who were dropped over the base of the Cotentin Peninsula. Visitors can appreciate the weapons used by American airborne units during the Second World War. The American paratroopers and their role in the Landing in Normandy are the focus of the Sainte-Mère-Église Museum. The collection features the deservedly famous troop transportation plane Douglas C-47 (also known as ‘Skytrain’) as well as a Waco glider which cannot be seen anywhere in France other than in Sainte-Mère-Église.
  • Embark on a thrilling private full day trip to the main US Normandy D-Day sites !
  • Departing from Bayeux, this private tour from Bayeux will take you to the Normandy coastal battlefield grounds. On June 6, 1944, the allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches, marking the beginning of a fierce and deadly battle that would culminate in the liberation of France a few months later.
  • Pick up in Bayeux or the surrounding area.First, we will come and pick you up directly at your accommodation in Bayeux or the surrounding area. Meet your English speaking guide/driver who will go over the itinerary & program of the day with you. As this is a private tour, your guide will be flexible and the tour will be adapted to your wishes in case you have specific requests and as long as the timing allows it. 
  • However, please note that your guide knows the area inside out and will show you the most significant landmarks of the region. Below is a selection of the major sites linked to the U.S forces on D-DAY that it will be possible to visit with your guide. For lunch and depending on the sites that you have chosen to visit, your tour guide will make appropriate suggestions or we can pre-arrange restaurant reservations for you.
  • Our travel advisors will design the best possible itinerary, adapted to your wishes and that will respect the timing of the tour. Possible visits included:
  • OMAHA BEACH
  • Among the allied troops, the Americans landed on two different beaches named Omaha and Utah. Even though bombings occurred before the landing itself, they failed to neutralize the German positions in that sector. In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under German fire.
  • First, you will first reach the coastal battlefield area of Omaha Beach. Here, listen to your guide as you are taken back in time to hear the tale of one of the boldest and most successful large scale invasions in military history. Omaha was by far the toughest assignment in Overlord and was the most heavily defended of all the beaches; its bunkers, fighting positions, and obstacles were intended to repel any Allied landing.
  • In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under heat German fire. The assault on this beach was perfectly depicted in the opening scenes of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ movie. Learn more about the landing and the following days as your tour guide explains all the events that took place on the beach and how the battle raged and evolved inland.
  • 2. POINTE DU HOC
  • Also located in the American sector, visit Pointe du Hoc, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes, stunning bomb craters and a magnificent viewpoint over the English Channel. Given the toughness of the operation, the Pointe du Hoc was given to Rangers to land upon.
  • The battle site, dotted with German bunkers was rough, as the Pointe du Hoc had been built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall. It was the highest point between Utah beach and Omaha beach and provided a great observation spot to notice any unfriendly arrivals from the sea. You can still see an artillery gun battery there and feel as if it was still 1944.
  • Here, Lt. Col. James E. Rudder, commanding the 2nd Ranger Battalion, received the mission to land at 6:30 a.m., scale the 100 foot cliffs, and disable the German positions. Lt. Col. Max F. Schneider’s 5th Ranger Battalion would follow and reinforce them. As you arrive, follow your guide who will give you more information on the site and take in some incredible views of the Normandy beaches.3. AMERICAN CEMETERY IN COLLEVILLEThe impressive American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer contains the remains of 9.387 American soldiers who fell during the Battle of Normandy. The cemetery reflects and honors the sacrifices that the USA made for the liberation of Europe. From this point one can overlook Omaha Beach, the deadliest landing beach of Operation Overlord.
  • The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. Great care has been given to its esthetic qualities. Many elements combine to make a lasting impression: the half circle of columns, the elaborate statuary, the great reflecting pond, and the immaculate park enclosing the graves.
  • Large maps and commentaries in the loggias explain the Allied operations in Normandy and Northwestern Europe. A vantage point offers a panoramic view of Omaha Beach and an orientation table clarifies the strategic movements during the first days of the invasion. Since 2007 a visitor center welcomes visitors and sheds light on the course of the battles.
  • 4. LONGUES SUR MER - GERMAN ARTILLERY BATTERYThe German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer was perfectly located to oppose the landings of 6 June 1944. Its guns were positioned right between Omaha and Gold Beaches. On D-Day, this battery fought a duel with the Allied fleet before it was silenced at sunset.
  • One of the most important elements of the Atlantic Wall, the battery at Longues Sur Mer included a range-finding post and four casemates, each housing a 150 mm gun. It was built on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel. In the heart of the Allied assault sector, it played a strategic role during the Normandy Landings on June 6th 1944.
  • Today, the site is one of the best preserved in France and the only one where you can still see some of the original cannon, capable, at the time, of firing shells weighing 45 kg at a distance of 22 km. The view from the firing command post, dug into the cliff, offers a vast panorama over the Bay of the Seine.5. UTAH BEACHUtah Beach was the codename of D-Day’s westernmost landing beach. Here the U.S. 4th Infantry Division came ashore. The Utah Beach landing was quite successful, partially thanks to the Airborne troops who prevented any significant counter attacks against the landing area.
  • The German strongpoint on the beach of La Madeleine was composed of various shelters and bunkers, a grenade launcher and four canons assigned to cover an antitank zone. These modest defences could not withstand the terrible air and naval bombardments of D-Day. 
  • Five hours before the first seaborne landings, U.S. airborne troops were dropped behind the coastal defences. Fighting their way towards the beach, they cleared the enemy positions that threatened the Allied exit from the beaches. The paratroopers managed to prevent any significant counterattacks.6. SAINTE MERE EGLISEShortly after midnight on 6 June 1944, D-Day began with the landing of American and British airborne troops on French soil. Two U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead in the sector of Sainte-Mère-Église, to back up the landing of the U.S. infantry on Utah Beach.
  • The 82nd and 101st U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead on the Western flank of the Allied assault. 13.348 paratroopers jumped from 821 Douglas C-47 planes, while 4.400 soldiers were transported in gliders. Their mission was to back up the landing of the American infantry troops at Utah Beach and to help them take Cherbourg as fast as possible.7. AIRBORNE MUSEUMThe Sainte-Mère-Église museum was inaugurated in 1964 right where American paratroopers were involved in fierce battles during the night of 5 to 6 June and the following days. The museum holds an important collection of uniforms, weaponry and other war memorabilia. Two additional buildings opened in June 2014.
  • This museum is essentially dedicated to the memory of American paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who were dropped over the base of the Cotentin Peninsula. Visitors can appreciate the weapons used by American airborne units during the Second World War. The American paratroopers and their role in the Landing in Normandy are the focus of the Sainte-Mère-Église Museum. The collection features the deservedly famous troop transportation plane Douglas C-47 (also known as ‘Skytrain’) as well as a Waco glider which cannot be seen anywhere in France other than in Sainte-Mère-Église.

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  • We can handle any group size (from 8 people) ranging from small groups to large groups of hundreds of people. Transportation options include private vehicles, mini-vans, mini-buses and large buses.
  • Just get in touch to find out more! Contact us by email: [email protected] (groups from 8 people)
  • For groups of 2-8 people please fill out this form: ophorus.com/contact-us/
  • Ophorus is the new standard of quality when it comes to group tours in France.
  • You have decided to travel to France in a group of over 8 persons then this section is for you. As a licensed Tour Operator member of Atout France and registered ETOA (European Tourism Association) member, you are in good hands for any france travel.
  • From the time of your request to the moment you fly or drive back home, we will be there to make certain that everything runs smoothly during your stay. For both small group tours or larger ones, we offer all the services that you will need to make your france tour the most enjoyable experience.
  • Our services can begin by creating a personalized itinerary for you and your party. If you already have a program then let us handle all the services that you require during your european vacation. Upon arrival from London to Paris or from further away, we can take care of your transfers as well as book your accommodation in any area of the country from Boutique Hotels to Chain Hotels.
  • Then, let us take care of your days as we find the most expert guides that will be with you in Paris or in the regions of France. Full days of touring mean a number of activities. We can provide walking guided tours in all the major french cities, culinary tours, wine tours, historical and cultural tours, or tours including the most emblematic landmarks or the best restaurants in town. We have a large selection of great activities that can be offered in both Paris and the regions.
  • Need some insight while in France on your europe vacation? Let us take you to the most beautiful regions of France including the French Riviera, the Loire Valley, Provence or Alsace & Burgundy. Let us nor forget some of the bucket list monuments of France such as the Eiffel Tower, Mont Saint Michel and so many more.
  • We can handle any group size (from 8 people) ranging from small groups to large groups of hundreds of people. Transportation options include private vehicles, mini-vans, mini-buses and large buses.
  • Just get in touch to find out more! Contact us by email: [email protected] (groups from 8 people)
  • For groups of 2-8 people please fill out this form: ophorus.com/contact-us/

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  • Please contact us for all our terms & conditions
  • WINE TOURS
  • Ophorus reserves the right (and delegates to its drivers the right) to refuse to carry any person who is thought to be under the influence
  • of alcohol or drugs and/or whose behavior is considered to pose a threat to the chauffeur, the vehicle or the other passenger(s). Customers who soil the interior of a van are liable to an on the spot fine of 50 €. This fine is payable immediately to Ophorus driver. If the customer refuses to pay, or has no money with which to pay, then a 50.00 € valet cleaning fee will be taken on their credit card. Parents, or minders (or friends over 18 years old) of children and adolescents under the age of 18 years old, are responsible for the conduct of these minors while in the vehicles, and will be held responsible for any damage caused by the aforementioned minors.
  • Legal drinking age in France is 18 years old and therefore parents or minders will be responsible for minors during the wine tours as to alcohol consumption. Any damage caused to an Ophorus vehicle by a customer must be paid for immediately. If payment cannot, or will not be made then Ophorus will be forced to take legal action against the customer(s) in question. Passengers are not allowed to take onto our vehicles any alcoholic drinks for the purpose of consuming them, or to drink such drinks on our vehicles. Smoking is not permitted in Ophorus vehicles.
  • OPERATOR CANCELLATION OR SUBSTITUTION
  • Ophorus may cancel any Tour at any time before departure for any reason, including without limitation, if Operator deems the number of Guests signed up for a given Tour to be insufficient to operate such Tour. Operator may in its’ sole discretion substitute a service or good of similar quality for any service or good stated in a Tour itinerary without notice. Operator shall attempt to notify Guest of the cancellation of a Tour for which Guest has paid a deposit or Tour Fee as soon as possible after Operator’s final decision to cancel such Tour. If a Tour is cancelled, Operator’s liability is limited to a full refund of affected Guest’s Tour deposits and Tour Fees, and Operator will not be liable for any other costs, damages, or refunds of any kind for any loss, delay, inconvenience, disappointment, or expense whatsoever in such circumstances. Operator is not responsible for any loss incurred on account of non-refundable or non-transferable air, train or any other transport tickets. Operator Itineraries are subject to change. Due to circumstances beyond its control, Operator may make partial changes to the stated itinerary. Every effort is made to keep changes to a minimum, and its high quality is always maintained. If Guest encounters any problem during the delivery of a Tour, Guest is requested and responsible to bring the problem to the lead guide’s attention immediately in order to give the guide and Tour team the chance to correct the problem. Uncompleted or unused portions of any tour itinerary are not cause for complaint or refund. If for reasons beyond Operator’s control, a Tour in progress must be interrupted or cancelled, Operator will in good faith refund a portion of the Tour Fees depending on Operator’s actual costs incurred compared to the Tour as originally contemplated.
  • PRICES/FEES
  • Prices are subject to change without notice. Once Operator receives Guest’s completed Credit Card booking form and Tour deposit payment, Guest’s Tour price is guaranteed and the Tour price will NOT increase. Operator reserves the right to charge an administrative fee to process Tour balance payments made by credit card or wire transfer. Operator promotions are valid per person or per minivan only during the stated promotional dates, are applicable towards one Tour, and are subject to change without notice.
  • RESPONSIBILITY
  • Operator expressly limits its’ performance to the delivery of a Tour with accompanying food (when applicable), lodging and ground transportation from site to site. Operator and its’ agents expressly exclude all other guarantees and warranties including but not limited to, the warranty of workmanlike performance of Operator and its’ agents. Furthermore, Operator and its’ agents will not be responsible for any direct or indirect consequential damages or injury that may result from a Tour. The Guest is completely responsible for all actions and agrees to hold harmless Operator and its’ agents for any accident, damages or injury. Operator and its’ agents are not responsible for Acts of God or acts of war/terrorism, and Guest agrees to hold Operator and its’ agents harmless for any incident or injury resulting from the same, or as a result of any force majeure. Only Operator may finalize an order or Tour booking and make it a binding contract to provide the services of Operator to Guest. Responsibilities of Guest include, but are not limited to the adherence of all local laws, respecting customs, culture, guides and local professionals, assessing abilities, respecting other Guests’ privacy and following the suggestions and advice of the Operator and Tour guide during a Tour. Operator reserves the right to decline, accept or retain at any time, any Guest, as a participant of a Tour, if Operator deems that Guest behavior is disruptive to the group or Tour, is inappropriate and offensive to the Group or interferes with the delivery of services of the Tour. Operator reserves the right to remove any Guest from a Tour should Operator determine that the Guest cannot meet the physical requirements of the Tour, as stated in the Tour itinerary, or is disruptive to the Tour time schedule, or is adversely affecting the overall group dynamics. In the event that a Guest is removed from a Tour, Operator will not refund any monies to the Guest. Transportation costs to return home, airline penalties and any other expenses will be the responsibility of the Guest. In the event that a Guest voluntarily chooses to leave a Tour, Operator will require a written signed statement of the Guest’s intent to depart from the Tour. In the event that a Guest voluntarily departs from a Tour, Operator will not refund any monies to the Guest. Transportation costs to return home, airline penalties and any other expenses will be the responsibility of the Guest. During a Tour, Guest participates in as many or as few activities of interest to Guest and at Guest’s discretion. No refunds for unused services, activities, tastings, excursions, workshops or portions of a Tour for any reason will be made to Guest.
  • CHILD POLICY
  • Infants aged 0 to 4 years old are not accepted on any of our shared semi-private tours. Our private tours can be adapted to all families with infant friendly activities on request. Adultes travelling with children over 4 years old have the obligation to inform operator of age and weight of child so that we may provide the adequate child or booster seat. Without this information, operator will not accept the child on the tour and no refund will be possible for child and accompanying adult(s). Children aged from 4 to 12 years old will benefit of a 50% reduction on adult price.
  • HEALTH
  • By completing either an online booking form or a print/fax booking form and by sending a deposit toward your trip purchase, Guest certifies that he/she does not have any physical condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/her or other travelers, certifies that he/she is physically able to participate in the Tour and certifies that he/she is aware of all Tour walking and standing disclosures and requirements of the Tour.
  • INSURANCE
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is highly recommended, but not required to participate in a Tour. Trip cancellation/interruption
  • insurance will protect Guest should he or she need to cancel for certain necessary reasons such as illness, unemployment, death, and provides Guest refunds for air and Tour. Additional insurance for baggage, health/accident is also strongly recommended and available through most major travel insurance providers. Operator is not responsible for additional expenses that may occur, as a result of Guest not purchasing travel insurance.
  • USE OF GUEST IMAGES/FEEDBACK
  • In Operator’s Promotional Materials: Photographs and video taken by Operator’s Tour leaders and other Operator representatives during a Tour are the property of Operator, and may be used in promotional materials. Feedback, both verbal and/or written, provided by Guest to Operator about a Tour is also the property of Operator, and may be used in promotional materials, including Operator’s website and social medias.
  • ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • Acceptance of the initial services to be provided on the Tour shall constitute an acceptance by the Guest of these Terms and Conditions recited above. Guest understands that this is a legally binding and enforceable contract. By paying the deposit to Operator, the depositor, also known and referred to herein as Guest, therefore agrees to be bound by the above-recited Operator Terms and Conditions.

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Know Before You Go
  • please be ready 10 minutes before departure time, tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended.

Know Before You Book
  • currency is in euros., english speaking tour, other languages on request, maximum 8 persons per tour, larger groups contact us., not wheelchair accessible., price is per group, not per person, this product is on request. we will confirm availability within the shortest possible time after we receive your order., tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate.
  • english speaking tour, other languages on request, minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 persons per tour., price is per group, not per person

Cancellation notes
  • Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule:
  • Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Master Card. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%.
  • For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund:
  • Up to 48 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees.
  • 48 hours prior to departure and less > no refund
  • No show - no refund.
  • Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule:
  • Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Master Card. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%. For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund:
  • Up to 24 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees.
  • 24 hours prior to departure and less > no refund
  • All semi private tours depart on time. Clients should present themselves at the allocated meeting point at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Driver/guide will not wait unless Ophorus has been previously informed that the client will be late with a maximum waiting time of 10 minutes. Beyond that waiting time, tours will depart and Ophorus cannot be held responsible for clients missing their tour.

Cancellation cutoff
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Voucher info
  • If any hotel or predetermined meeting place changes, notify Orphorus immediately.  Otherwise be at location 10 minutes prior to pick up time.

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  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate.Offered all year round on request except Sundays. Tour does not run on May 1st.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available

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  • WINE TOURS
  • Ophorus reserves the right (and delegates to its drivers the right) to refuse to carry any person who is thought to be under the influence
  • of alcohol or drugs and/or whose behavior is considered to pose a threat to the chauffeur, the vehicle or the other passenger(s). Customers who soil the interior of a van are liable to an on the spot fine of 50 €. This fine is payable immediately to Ophorus driver. If the customer refuses to pay, or has no money with which to pay, then a 50.00 € valet cleaning fee will be taken on their credit card. Parents, or minders (or friends over 18 years old) of children and adolescents under the age of 18 years old, are responsible for the conduct of these minors while in the vehicles, and will be held responsible for any damage caused by the aforementioned minors.
  • Legal drinking age in France is 18 years old and therefore parents or minders will be responsible for minors during the wine tours as to alcohol consumption. Any damage caused to an Ophorus vehicle by a customer must be paid for immediately. If payment cannot, or will not be made then Ophorus will be forced to take legal action against the customer(s) in question. Passengers are not allowed to take onto our vehicles any alcoholic drinks for the purpose of consuming them, or to drink such drinks on our vehicles. Smoking is not permitted in Ophorus vehicles.
  • OPERATOR CANCELLATION OR SUBSTITUTION
  • Ophorus may cancel any Tour at any time before departure for any reason, including without limitation, if Operator deems the number of Guests signed up for a given Tour to be insufficient to operate such Tour. Operator may in its’ sole discretion substitute a service or good of similar quality for any service or good stated in a Tour itinerary without notice. Operator shall attempt to notify Guest of the cancellation of a Tour for which Guest has paid a deposit or Tour Fee as soon as possible after Operator’s final decision to cancel such Tour. If a Tour is cancelled, Operator’s liability is limited to a full refund of affected Guest’s Tour deposits and Tour Fees, and Operator will not be liable for any other costs, damages, or refunds of any kind for any loss, delay, inconvenience, disappointment, or expense whatsoever in such circumstances. Operator is not responsible for any loss incurred on account of non-refundable or non-transferable air, train or any other transport tickets. Operator Itineraries are subject to change. Due to circumstances beyond its control, Operator may make partial changes to the stated itinerary. Every effort is made to keep changes to a minimum, and its high quality is always maintained. If Guest encounters any problem during the delivery of a Tour, Guest is requested and responsible to bring the problem to the lead guide’s attention immediately in order to give the guide and Tour team the chance to correct the problem. Uncompleted or unused portions of any tour itinerary are not cause for complaint or refund. If for reasons beyond Operator’s control, a Tour in progress must be interrupted or cancelled, Operator will in good faith refund a portion of the Tour Fees depending on Operator’s actual costs incurred compared to the Tour as originally contemplated.
  • PRICES/FEES
  • Prices are subject to change without notice. Once Operator receives Guest’s completed Credit Card booking form and Tour deposit payment, Guest’s Tour price is guaranteed and the Tour price will NOT increase. Operator reserves the right to charge an administrative fee to process Tour balance payments made by credit card or wire transfer. Operator promotions are valid per person or per minivan only during the stated promotional dates, are applicable towards one Tour, and are subject to change without notice.
  • RESPONSIBILITY
  • Operator expressly limits its’ performance to the delivery of a Tour with accompanying food (when applicable), lodging and ground transportation from site to site. Operator and its’ agents expressly exclude all other guarantees and warranties including but not limited to, the warranty of workmanlike performance of Operator and its’ agents. Furthermore, Operator and its’ agents will not be responsible for any direct or indirect consequential damages or injury that may result from a Tour. The Guest is completely responsible for all actions and agrees to hold harmless Operator and its’ agents for any accident, damages or injury. Operator and its’ agents are not responsible for Acts of God or acts of war/terrorism, and Guest agrees to hold Operator and its’ agents harmless for any incident or injury resulting from the same, or as a result of any force majeure. Only Operator may finalize an order or Tour booking and make it a binding contract to provide the services of Operator to Guest. Responsibilities of Guest include, but are not limited to the adherence of all local laws, respecting customs, culture, guides and local professionals, assessing abilities, respecting other Guests’ privacy and following the suggestions and advice of the Operator and Tour guide during a Tour. Operator reserves the right to decline, accept or retain at any time, any Guest, as a participant of a Tour, if Operator deems that Guest behavior is disruptive to the group or Tour, is inappropriate and offensive to the Group or interferes with the delivery of services of the Tour. Operator reserves the right to remove any Guest from a Tour should Operator determine that the Guest cannot meet the physical requirements of the Tour, as stated in the Tour itinerary, or is disruptive to the Tour time schedule, or is adversely affecting the overall group dynamics. In the event that a Guest is removed from a Tour, Operator will not refund any monies to the Guest. Transportation costs to return home, airline penalties and any other expenses will be the responsibility of the Guest. In the event that a Guest voluntarily chooses to leave a Tour, Operator will require a written signed statement of the Guest’s intent to depart from the Tour. In the event that a Guest voluntarily departs from a Tour, Operator will not refund any monies to the Guest. Transportation costs to return home, airline penalties and any other expenses will be the responsibility of the Guest. During a Tour, Guest participates in as many or as few activities of interest to Guest and at Guest’s discretion. No refunds for unused services, activities, tastings, excursions, workshops or portions of a Tour for any reason will be made to Guest.
  • CHILD POLICY
  • Infants aged 0 to 4 years old are not accepted on any of our shared semi-private tours. Our private tours can be adapted to all families with infant friendly activities on request. Adultes travelling with children over 4 years old have the obligation to inform operator of age and weight of child so that we may provide the adequate child or booster seat. Without this information, operator will not accept the child on the tour and no refund will be possible for child and accompanying adult(s). Children aged from 4 to 12 years old will benefit of a 50% reduction on adult price.
  • HEALTH
  • By completing either an online booking form or a print/fax booking form and by sending a deposit toward your trip purchase, Guest certifies that he/she does not have any physical condition or disability that would create a hazard for him/her or other travelers, certifies that he/she is physically able to participate in the Tour and certifies that he/she is aware of all Tour walking and standing disclosures and requirements of the Tour.
  • INSURANCE
  • Trip cancellation/interruption insurance is highly recommended, but not required to participate in a Tour. Trip cancellation/interruption
  • insurance will protect Guest should he or she need to cancel for certain necessary reasons such as illness, unemployment, death, and provides Guest refunds for air and Tour. Additional insurance for baggage, health/accident is also strongly recommended and available through most major travel insurance providers. Operator is not responsible for additional expenses that may occur, as a result of Guest not purchasing travel insurance.
  • USE OF GUEST IMAGES/FEEDBACK
  • In Operator’s Promotional Materials: Photographs and video taken by Operator’s Tour leaders and other Operator representatives during a Tour are the property of Operator, and may be used in promotional materials. Feedback, both verbal and/or written, provided by Guest to Operator about a Tour is also the property of Operator, and may be used in promotional materials, including Operator’s website and social medias.
  • ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
  • Acceptance of the initial services to be provided on the Tour shall constitute an acceptance by the Guest of these Terms and Conditions recited above. Guest understands that this is a legally binding and enforceable contract. By paying the deposit to Operator, the depositor, also known and referred to herein as Guest, therefore agrees to be bound by the above-recited Operator Terms and Conditions.
  • Protection of personal data
  • NCDK – OPHORUS attaches great importance to respecting the right to privacy. The policy on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies is thus based on Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018.’Personal data’ means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person; an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his or her identity. In principle access to the information available on or via the website of Ophorus does not require any personal data to be supplied by the user. However, to book online services and tours, you will be asked to supply information about yourself, such as contact details (name and first name, profession, postal address, e-mail address, telephone number or nationality) when filling in a form as well as payment information.
  • In this regard:
  • NCDK – OPHORUS will collect personal information only to the extent necessary to fulfill a precise purpose, in this case payment for Tours & Activities offered on the website. The information will not be reused for a purpose incompatible with the original purpose.
  • NCDK – OPHORUS will disclose information to third parties only if that is necessary for the purposes specified and only to the categories of recipients mentioned. NCDK – OPHORUS will not divulge your personal data for direct marketing purposes. NCDK – OPHORUS undertakes to take appropriate security measures to safeguard these data from misuse by third parties.
  • Any individual concerned (data subject) has the right to obtain access to and rectification of his or her personal data. Data subjects may also under certain circumstances ask to have these data blocked and for the erasure of data about them which they consider to have been unlawfully processed. Finally, they have the right to object, on compelling grounds, to the processing of their data.
  • To exercise your rights or to obtain any further information, please contact us at [email protected].
  • OPHORUS website provides links to other internet sites. We suggest that you review their privacy policies when redirected.
  • USE OF GUEST IMAGES/FEEDBACK
  • In Operator’s Promotional Materials:
  • Photographs and video taken by Operator’s Tour leaders and other Operator representatives during a Tour are the property of Operator, and may be used in promotional materials. Feedback, both verbal and/or written, provided by Guest to Operator about a Tour is also the property of Operator, and may be used in promotional materials, including Operator’s website and social medias.

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  • Name: Bayeux
  • Search name: Bayeux, France

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  • 8.50 am - Meeting point at your accommodation in or near Bayeux9.00am - Depart from Bayeux- Stop at Sainte Mère Eglise- Stop at Utah Beach- Stop at Pointe du hoc- Stop at Omaha Beach- Stop at U.S Cemetery in Colleville sur Mer5.00pm -Return to Bayeux

Full Description
  • Embark on a thrilling private full day trip to the main US Normandy D-Day sites !
  • Departing from Bayeux, this private tour from Bayeux will take you to the Normandy coastal battlefield grounds. On June 6, 1944, the allied troops landed on the Normandy beaches, marking the beginning of a fierce and deadly battle that would culminate in the liberation of France a few months later.
  • Pick up in Bayeux or the surrounding area.First, we will come and pick you up directly at your accommodation in Bayeux or the surrounding area. Meet your English speaking guide/driver who will go over the itinerary & program of the day with you. As this is a private tour, your guide will be flexible and the tour will be adapted to your wishes in case you have specific requests and as long as the timing allows it. 
  • However, please note that your guide knows the area inside out and will show you the most significant landmarks of the region. Below is a selection of the major sites linked to the U.S forces on D-DAY that it will be possible to visit with your guide. For lunch and depending on the sites that you have chosen to visit, your tour guide will make appropriate suggestions or we can pre-arrange restaurant reservations for you.
  • Our travel advisors will design the best possible itinerary, adapted to your wishes and that will respect the timing of the tour. Possible visits included:
  • OMAHA BEACH
  • Among the allied troops, the Americans landed on two different beaches named Omaha and Utah. Even though bombings occurred before the landing itself, they failed to neutralize the German positions in that sector. In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under German fire.
  • First, you will first reach the coastal battlefield area of Omaha Beach. Here, listen to your guide as you are taken back in time to hear the tale of one of the boldest and most successful large scale invasions in military history. Omaha was by far the toughest assignment in Overlord and was the most heavily defended of all the beaches; its bunkers, fighting positions, and obstacles were intended to repel any Allied landing.
  • In addition, troops and amphibian vehicles were disembarked too far from the shore, leading to an absolute failure and thousands of men being killed under heat German fire. The assault on this beach was perfectly depicted in the opening scenes of ‘Saving Private Ryan’ movie. Learn more about the landing and the following days as your tour guide explains all the events that took place on the beach and how the battle raged and evolved inland.
  • 2. POINTE DU HOC
  • Also located in the American sector, visit Pointe du Hoc, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes, stunning bomb craters and a magnificent viewpoint over the English Channel. Given the toughness of the operation, the Pointe du Hoc was given to Rangers to land upon.
  • The battle site, dotted with German bunkers was rough, as the Pointe du Hoc had been built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall. It was the highest point between Utah beach and Omaha beach and provided a great observation spot to notice any unfriendly arrivals from the sea. You can still see an artillery gun battery there and feel as if it was still 1944.
  • Here, Lt. Col. James E. Rudder, commanding the 2nd Ranger Battalion, received the mission to land at 6:30 a.m., scale the 100 foot cliffs, and disable the German positions. Lt. Col. Max F. Schneider’s 5th Ranger Battalion would follow and reinforce them. As you arrive, follow your guide who will give you more information on the site and take in some incredible views of the Normandy beaches.3. AMERICAN CEMETERY IN COLLEVILLEThe impressive American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer contains the remains of 9.387 American soldiers who fell during the Battle of Normandy. The cemetery reflects and honors the sacrifices that the USA made for the liberation of Europe. From this point one can overlook Omaha Beach, the deadliest landing beach of Operation Overlord.
  • The American Military Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is the most famous war cemetery in Normandy. Great care has been given to its esthetic qualities. Many elements combine to make a lasting impression: the half circle of columns, the elaborate statuary, the great reflecting pond, and the immaculate park enclosing the graves.
  • Large maps and commentaries in the loggias explain the Allied operations in Normandy and Northwestern Europe. A vantage point offers a panoramic view of Omaha Beach and an orientation table clarifies the strategic movements during the first days of the invasion. Since 2007 a visitor center welcomes visitors and sheds light on the course of the battles.
  • 4. LONGUES SUR MER - GERMAN ARTILLERY BATTERYThe German artillery battery at Longues-sur-Mer was perfectly located to oppose the landings of 6 June 1944. Its guns were positioned right between Omaha and Gold Beaches. On D-Day, this battery fought a duel with the Allied fleet before it was silenced at sunset.
  • One of the most important elements of the Atlantic Wall, the battery at Longues Sur Mer included a range-finding post and four casemates, each housing a 150 mm gun. It was built on a cliff top overlooking the English Channel. In the heart of the Allied assault sector, it played a strategic role during the Normandy Landings on June 6th 1944.
  • Today, the site is one of the best preserved in France and the only one where you can still see some of the original cannon, capable, at the time, of firing shells weighing 45 kg at a distance of 22 km. The view from the firing command post, dug into the cliff, offers a vast panorama over the Bay of the Seine.5. UTAH BEACHUtah Beach was the codename of D-Day’s westernmost landing beach. Here the U.S. 4th Infantry Division came ashore. The Utah Beach landing was quite successful, partially thanks to the Airborne troops who prevented any significant counter attacks against the landing area.
  • The German strongpoint on the beach of La Madeleine was composed of various shelters and bunkers, a grenade launcher and four canons assigned to cover an antitank zone. These modest defences could not withstand the terrible air and naval bombardments of D-Day. 
  • Five hours before the first seaborne landings, U.S. airborne troops were dropped behind the coastal defences. Fighting their way towards the beach, they cleared the enemy positions that threatened the Allied exit from the beaches. The paratroopers managed to prevent any significant counterattacks.6. SAINTE MERE EGLISEShortly after midnight on 6 June 1944, D-Day began with the landing of American and British airborne troops on French soil. Two U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead in the sector of Sainte-Mère-Église, to back up the landing of the U.S. infantry on Utah Beach.
  • The 82nd and 101st U.S. Airborne Divisions were tasked to establish a bridgehead on the Western flank of the Allied assault. 13.348 paratroopers jumped from 821 Douglas C-47 planes, while 4.400 soldiers were transported in gliders. Their mission was to back up the landing of the American infantry troops at Utah Beach and to help them take Cherbourg as fast as possible.7. AIRBORNE MUSEUMThe Sainte-Mère-Église museum was inaugurated in 1964 right where American paratroopers were involved in fierce battles during the night of 5 to 6 June and the following days. The museum holds an important collection of uniforms, weaponry and other war memorabilia. Two additional buildings opened in June 2014.
  • This museum is essentially dedicated to the memory of American paratroopers from the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions who were dropped over the base of the Cotentin Peninsula. Visitors can appreciate the weapons used by American airborne units during the Second World War. The American paratroopers and their role in the Landing in Normandy are the focus of the Sainte-Mère-Église Museum. The collection features the deservedly famous troop transportation plane Douglas C-47 (also known as ‘Skytrain’) as well as a Waco glider which cannot be seen anywhere in France other than in Sainte-Mère-Église.
  • ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: D-Day Beaches (Plages du Debarquement de la Bataille de Normandie), Comite Regional de Tourisme de Normandie 14 Rue Charles Corbeau, Evreux, 27000 FranceVisit both Utah and Omaha Landing Beaches including the U.S. Cemetery.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Pointe du Hoc, 14450 Cricqueville-en-Bessin FranceWalk upon Pointe du Hoc and learn how U.S. rangers scaled this vertical cliff.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sainte Mere Eglise, Sainte-Mere-Eglise FranceTo finish your Normandy battlefield tour, you will go to the village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, heart of the jump zone for the 82nd Airborne U.S. forces. Duration: 1 hour

Highlights
  • discover sainte-mère-l’église, heart of the jump zone for the 82nd airborne., pay tribute to those fallen at the u.s cemetery in colleville, visit both utah and omaha landing beaches., walk upon pointe du hoc and learn how us rangers scaled this vertical cliff.

Included
  • bottled water in the vehicles, free wifi access on board, itinerary & program can be fully customized, pick up at your accommodation in bayeux or the surrounding area, professional english speaking driver/guide, travel in fully equipped, air conditioned mercedes minivan.
  • bottled water in the vehicles, free wifi access on board, professional english speaking driver/guide, transport by air-conditioned minivan (maximum of 8 people)

Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children under 4 years old are not allowed on the tour
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

Know Before You Book
  • english speaking tour, other languages on request, minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 persons per tour., price is per group, not per person

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  • Utah & Omaha Beaches U.S. Sector D-Day Trip From Bayeux (Private)
  • Normandy - Utah, Omaha & U.S. D-Day Sites Full Day Tour From Bayeux

Full Description
  • ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: D-Day Beaches (Plages du Debarquement de la Bataille de Normandie), Comite Regional de Tourisme de Normandie 14 Rue Charles Corbeau, Evreux, 27000 FranceVisit both Utah and Omaha Landing Beaches including the U.S. Cemetery.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Pointe du Hoc, 14450 Cricqueville-en-Bessin FranceWalk upon Pointe du Hoc and learn how U.S. rangers scaled this vertical cliff.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sainte Mere Eglise, Sainte-Mere-Eglise FranceTo finish your Normandy battlefield tour, you will go to the village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, heart of the jump zone for the 82nd Airborne U.S. forces. Duration: 1 hour
  • ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: D-Day Beaches (Plages du Debarquement de la Bataille de Normandie), Comite Regional de Tourisme de Normandie 14 Rue Charles Corbeau, Evreux, 27000 FranceVisit both Utah and Omaha Landing Beaches including the U.S. Cemetery.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Pointe du Hoc, 14450 Cricqueville-en-Bessin FranceWalk upon Pointe du Hoc and learn how U.S. rangers scaled this vertical cliff.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Sainte Mere Eglise, Sainte-Mere-Eglise FranceTo finish your Normandy battlefield tour, you will go to the village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, heart of the jump zone for the 82nd Airborne U.S. forces. Duration: 1 hour

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  • 8

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Available tiers
  • adult
  • adult, child

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  • adult:
  • from: '18'
  • to: '64'
  • child:
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  • to: '11'

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  • adult:
  • from: '18'
  • to: '64'
  • child:
  • from: '5'
  • to: '11'
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  • infant:
  • from: '0'
  • to: '4'
  • child:
  • from: '5'
  • to: '11'
  • youth:
  • from: '12'
  • to: '17'
  • adult:
  • from: '18'
  • to: '64'
  • senior:
  • from: '65'
  • to: '120'

Cancellation notes
  • Operator strictly adheres to its cancellation policy and will make no exceptions to the policy. If Guest chooses to cancel his or her reservation, Operator must receive written notice of said cancellation in writing via certified mail, fax or e-mail sent to [email protected] (with confirmation of receipt from Operator), and Guest shall be subject to the following cancellation fee schedule:
  • Ophorus requires full payment by credit card, internet payment (through our website) or wire transfer (Wire transfer fees at the charge of the Guest) to make a reservation. We accept payment by AMEX, Visa and Master Card. There is no charge or service fee for processing credit card payments except with American Express +3%. For any cancellation, the following fees will be deducted from the refund:
  • Up to 24 hours prior to departure: no cancellation fees except the booking fees.
  • 24 hours prior to departure and less > no refund
  • All semi private tours depart on time. Clients should present themselves at the allocated meeting point at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the tour. Driver/guide will not wait unless Ophorus has been previously informed that the client will be late with a maximum waiting time of 10 minutes. Beyond that waiting time, tours will depart and Ophorus cannot be held responsible for clients missing their tour.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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