Things to do in Caen

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Small-Group Canadian Normandy D-Day Juno Beach from Paris

1. Small-Group Canadian Normandy D-Day Juno Beach from Paris

On June 6th, 1944 the largest seaborne invasion ever attempted in history took place. The Allied troops waged an extremely difficult attack on the German forces who were entrenched in bunkers along the coast of Normandy. More than 14,000 Canadian soldiers landed or parachuted into France on that day. Though the soldiers knew that they were fighting against the odds they carried on with courage and helped to win the battle for Normandy. During this insightful tour, you will take a guided journey through many of the historical landmarks that are pivotal to this moment in history. Take a walk on Juno Beach, just like the Canadian troops did in 1944, you can walk on the same sand they did on that very day. Whilst at Juno Beach, your guide will take you to see Juno Beach Center, the most comprehensive museum about the Canadian landings in Normandy. Visit the Canadian Cemetery in Beny-sur-Mer. There, stroll through the beautiful cemetery whilst paying your respects to the fallen Canadian soldiers. Also see "Hell's Corner," the furthest advance inland taken by Canadian troops on D-Day, 5-miles from the city of Caen. You'll also be able to see Abbey d'Ardenne, a HQ point for the nazis. Whether you’re a great admirer of military history or someone who is just curious about how the events really played out on D-Day, this tour will help you better appreciate the remarkable acts of courage that took place on Juno Beach. For they are well worth learning about and being remembered by all free folk today.

From Paris: 2-Day Normandy & Brittany Tour

2. From Paris: 2-Day Normandy & Brittany Tour

Discover the historic D-Day Beaches on a 2-day trip around the stunning French regions of Normandy and Brittany. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Paris - Caen (Meals: D) Take the Normandy motorway and make your first stop at Rouen for a walking tour in the old town before continuing to Honfleur. On the way between Rouen and Honfleur, enjoy a view of the newly built Pont de Normandie, a cable-stayed bridge. Take free time for lunch once in Honfleur, then continue to the beaches of Normandy and pass by the landing area at Omaha Beach. Visit the American cemetery of Saint-Laurent, stop off in Arromanches, and then continue on for dinner and an overnight stay at Novotel Caen (or similar). Day 2: Caen - Paris (Meals: B) Leave Caen in the direction of Saint-Malo located in the Brittany region. Take a guided tour of the town, including a walk along the ramparts and the cathedral. After free time for lunch, depart for Mont-Saint-Michel, the frontier between the Brittany and Normandy regions. Continue your afternoon with a guided visit of the abbey and free time for strolling and shopping, before returning to Paris.

From Paris: Normandy Landing Beaches D-Day Tour by Minibus

3. From Paris: Normandy Landing Beaches D-Day Tour by Minibus

Explore some of the most important sights in Normandy – the remains of historic Allied landings that changed the course of the Second World War. The full-day tour from Paris will take you to the German battery of Longues sur Mer, part of the German's Atlantic Wall of defense. You will also stop at the American Cemetery in Colleville, for an emotional visit, where 9,386 soldiers now rest. In 2007 a new Visitor Center was created to commemorate the operations of the D-Day Landings, and you will have time to learn more about these dramatic events. Continue to Omaha Beach, where more bloody events took place, and spend some time contemplating those moments before you break for lunch. In the early afternoon, you will see the ruins of the Arromanches’ artificial harbor, built by the Allies in less than 15 days. Finally, continue along the coast past Gold Beach to Juno Beach, where you will get a guided tour of the remains of the Atlantic Wall, before your return to Paris.

Caen Like a Local: Customized Guided Walking Tour

4. Caen Like a Local: Customized Guided Walking Tour

Skip the usual historical tours and discover the city of Caen through a local's eyes on this customized tour that can run for anything between 2-6 hours. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel, making it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Meet your guide at your accommodation in Caen to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. Through conversations with your local guide, learn about cultural differences, local events, and what it's truly like to be a Caen local. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most out of your stay. Since the local partner's guides are not professional, they provide an experience that's authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around the city. The more notice, the better, as these tours are organized on demand and are completely personalized. Choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6-hour options. With this experience, you won't just be passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Mont-Saint-Michel: Private Full Day Tour from Caen or Bayeux

5. Mont-Saint-Michel: Private Full Day Tour from Caen or Bayeux

Enjoy a guided day trip to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Marvel at its coastal, Gothic splendor. Start your day with pickup in Caen or Bayeux at 9 AM, or straight off the train from Paris. Your knowledgeable, expert guide will tell you the story of the island during your journey before arriving at Mont-Saint-Michel by 10.30 AM. Take time to visit the village and explore its ancient cobblestone streets. Head to the top to discover the Abbey in all its glory. Look in wonder at a structure dating back to 708 AD. Pause for a delicious gourmet lunch in the island's best restaurant. Enjoy a walk on the bay, admiring the view of Mont-Saint-Michel from the ground. Next, experience an afternoon visit to Avranches and its medieval manuscripts, and stop at the bell-making factory in Villedieu les Poêles. Finally, sit back and relax for your journey back to Caen, Bayeux, or your train, arriving back at around 7PM.

From Caen or Bayeux: Normandy History Private Full-Day Tour

6. From Caen or Bayeux: Normandy History Private Full-Day Tour

Discover Normandy’s historical sites, rich heritage, and hidden gems on a private full-day tour with an expert guide. Be introduced to the region’s medieval history, architecture, and Viking roots as you walk through a historical crash course. Start your tour by visiting the Falaise Castle — a solid stone fortress built by the Dukes of Normandy around 1000 A.D. See how dukes and knights lived, fought, and ruled, and take your time to read the poems they wrote, to listen to their songs, and to try the food they liked as you stop for lunch here. Next, head to Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives to walk around the fantastic old marketplace, stepping on stones that have belonged to the market since they were laid down in 1066. Then, visit the medieval Crèvecœur Castle in Crèvecoeur-en-Auge for another step back in time before heading to your final stop in Bayeux. There, see and learn about the remarkable and unique Bayeux Tapestry — a medieval embroidery showcasing the Norman conquest of England in 1066. Finally, sit back and relax in the comfort of your private car as you head back to your accommodation.

Normandy: D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Caen or Bayeux

7. Normandy: D-Day Beaches Private Tour from Caen or Bayeux

Spend the day getting to know the Normandy WWII sites on a private guided tour from Caen or Bayeux. Visit Ste Mère Eglise, the hedgerow country, Utah Beach, the Airborne Museum, and the American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer. Enjoy included snacks and a stop for lunch. Your tour starts in the morning, with pickup directly from your accommodation in Caen or Bayeux. Prepare for the day with a fresh coffee and croissants before heading to the first Normandy WWII site on the itinerary. During the ride, benefit from the on-board audio system to hear your guide in the van. There will be digital resources provided during your ride so you can get some content about the places visited throughout the day. First, arrive at Ste Mère Eglise, the iconic village of the US Airborne, to understand how 14000 paratroopers played a crucial role in preparing for the success of D-Day. Visit the Airborne Museum (entry ticket included), where your guide will the exhibit to you. Then, head for the hedgerow country where you'll see the natural fences where so many German soldiers hid during the Battle of Normandy. On Utah Beach, your guide will explain why this beach could be so quickly and successfully taken. You'll then get to recharge with a gourmet lunch on Omaha Beach facing the monument to the Allies, The Braves (lunch costs not included). Learn the details of the battle that took place here 77 years ago. After lunch, you'll head for the Pointe du Hoc where you'll see many of the German WWII bunkers taken by the U.S. 2nd Rangers Battalion. Finally, at the Normandy American Cemetery, you'll have time to visit the site and the memorial before attending the Casing of the Colors ceremony. If time allows, see the Longues-sur-Mer battery, the last WWII German battery, whose 150-mm guns were shooting on D-Day. By the end of the tour, you’ll have made your way round-trip back to your accommodation.  

Normandy: Private Full-Day Foodie Tour

8. Normandy: Private Full-Day Foodie Tour

Explore Normandy’s villages and discover the best food on this guided foodie tour perfect for food enthusiasts. Sightsee, learn about local cuisine, and enjoy many opportunities to taste local drinks and food. Visit Camembert, Lisieux, the seafood market in Trouville, and more. Get picked up from Bayeux, Caen, Deauville, Trouville-sur-Mer, or Honfleur to start your adventure. During the tour, taste French Camembert (French cheese), hard cider, and Calvados (Normandy apple brandy), Normandy's liquid gold. While tasting local cuisine, enjoy driving and walking through the villages of the Pays d'Auge area. Learn about the architecture and history of these villages from your guide and digital resources. Later, get the opportunity to meet Jérome, the cheese producer and chairman of the Pont L'Evèque AOC Board. Learn everything about French cheese in Camembert. Afterward, have an optional lunch at a Michelin-rated restaurant by the river, admiring the Normandy cows and scenic views. The full tour includes: • A stop in Camembert • A quick stop at Orbec Ferme du Bec d'Or • A stop in Lisieux • A lunch at the Fossard (optional) • A stop at the Breuil en Auge Chateau and the distillery • A stop in Trouville & the seafood market • A stop at Deauville • A stop in Honfleur

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What people are saying about Caen

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 64 reviews

Oct 6 2022: Our guide, Johnathan was amazing. Made it interesting, informed, congenial and understanding of the emotion we as a group were going through. He took the tidbits of information some of the group impated and integrated the information for later discussions. He kept us on time, (not an easy thing to do) let us know how much time we had at each stop. Never felt rushed. A great driver. Loved the L'Arch de Triomphe at the end of the day. Makes me laugh each time I think of it. Johnathan I loved being the co pilot and would do it again in a heart beat. It was an emotional day. It is one of those pilgrimages that as Canadians if you are able to visit, you need to. It humbles you to know that after 80 years Canadians are still revered. Brings both tears and pride all at once. To those who never made it home, and those who did simply a heart felt Thank You. Lest We Forget

Igor had an encyclopedic knowledge of the Normandy battles. He conveyed his knowledge in an engaging and very creative way. We learned so much from him. He helped us get an extremely realistic view of not only the battles, but a feel for what the of the local French inhabitants of the surrounding countryside lived through being occupied for years before the D Day invasion. He also helped us understand how the local terrain affected the battles by taking us on small roads to experience the thick hedgerows and the elevation changes of the ground especially along the coast. We all came away feeling we learned so much more than if we had just visited a museum. I would highly recommend Igor for your tour guide.

Our trip was amazing, some how we lucked out and had the tour to our selfs. Our tour guide was fantastic, he bought us umbrella when we were walking in the beach then met us again with are umbrellas the the Juno Beach centre. We was lovely! Super knowledgeable, and passionate! Yeh tour it’s self is set up very beautiful and the meeting location is super easy to find and get too. I would recommend the Blue Fox Company to everyone and this trip is so amazing to do if you are Canadian or not. It helps keep the memories of our fallen alive. 10000/10 would do again!

I've followed the history of both WW's. This experience left me quite sombre

Our guide was knowledgeable about the topic. He is friendly also.