From Paris: Day Trip to Normandy Beaches and Memorials
- Ponder the region's history from the 100-foot cliffs of Pointe du Hoc
- Learn how Omaha Beach was a turning point for the Allied Powers in WWII
- Indulge in tastes of the region with a local cider tasting
The first stop on this tour of Normandy is the monument at Pointe du Hoc. These 100-foot cliffs overlook the English Channel and were lined with German artillery during World War II. Omaha Beach is the most well-known and the largest of five landing areas of D-Day’s Normandy Invasion, and the site of a major turning point for the Allies during World War II. You'll have an opportunity to visit the memorial located on the beach and reflect on what took place there.
After a lunch break, you will tour an authentic cider house and sample some of Normandy’s libations. Learn about the region’s famous liqueurs and how they're produced. After the tour, enjoy a tasting of hard cider, Calvados (an apple brandy unique to France’s Normandy region) and Pommeau (a regional blend of apple juice and brandy).
The tour’s final stop is the American Cemetery and Memorial. This site spans over 170 acres and honors over 9,000 Americans who lost their lives in World War II. The American Cemetery is a profound and humbling homage to the brave men of this era who sacrificed their lives fighting for freedom.
- Roundtrip transportation by bus
- Cider and liqueur tasting
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Gratuities (recommended)
Prepare for the activity
Outside the Porte Maillot metro station, 277 Boulevard Pereire, 75017 Paris. This is near the McDonald's restaurant. Your guide will be holding a sign with the local partner's logo.Open in Google Maps ⟶
- Passport or ID card
- Comfortable shoes
- Sun hat
• The total tour time, from the morning departure in Paris to the evening arrival in Paris, is about 13 hours; It takes about 3.5 hours to get to Normandy by coach bus, depending on daily traffic