At Paris Luxury Tours, we offer three private Normandy D Day Tours from Paris. For those interested in the US sector of the invasion, our American D Day Tour focuses on Ste. Mere Eglise and its Airborne Museum, Utah Beach, the Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the Colleville sur mer cemetery, which is the only American cemetery in Normandy.
For those interested in including some of the Canadian and British beaches in their private tour, we offer our Three Allies Tour which curtails the US sector to allow visits along the British (Gold and Sword) and Canadian (Juno) beaches.
We also offer private D Day tours that focus entirely on the British and/or Canadian Beaches; and we accommodate particular requests such as visits at the German Cemetery at La Cambe. The itineraries provided below are only suggestions since all our tours can be customized in any way you wish.
However, what all of our private D Day Tours have in common is our provision of guides who speak English as their natural first language and who have expert knowledge of the planning, strategies, key players, and events of Operations Neptune and Overlord, and the Battle of Normandy, which they will relate to you in informative and compelling ways, as they take you to many of the very spots where decisive combat was joined, and the fate of Operation Overlord and the entire second world war hung in the balance.
Our guides also have extensive knowledge of the history and culture of Normandy and France, dating back to Druid, Celtic and Roman eras, so we can orient you to the complete context of what you see, as well as other aspects of World War Two, and as it played out in France in in June, 1944.
Our D Day tour guides are expert drivers for whom your safety and comfort are paramount considerations, and they transport our clients in upscale vehicles. Since all of our escorted tours are private services, our clients can modify their itineraries at will.
Our American D Day Tours collect our clients early in the morning in Paris and drive them directly to Ste Mere Eglise, the town where Private John Steele’s parachute snagged on the town church steeple. This US sector D Day tour includes a stop at the Airborne Museum, devoted to the role of American paratroopers in the invasion, one of the best of the nearly 60 museums related to Operation Overlord that are sprinled along the Normandy coastline.
The next stage of our American tour includes a drive along Utah Beach and a stop to view the memorials on top of a German bunker which overlooks the beach, which we can enter to provide you with the German perspective of the invasion. We suggest stopping for lunch in Grandcamp Maisy, before proceeding on to the Pointe du Hoc, which was scaled by Col. James Rudder’s Rangers. We then continue this tour with a drive along Omaha Beach, stopping at the break-out point and visiting one of the German bunkers that is largely intact and overlooks the beach. This bunker, WN62, is covered today with memorials to many of the soldiers who fell victim to its guns.
We conclude our American D Day Tours with a visit at the Colleville sur mer cemetery, one of the most eloquent and poignant sights along the beaches. We can also include a visit at its Interpretation Center, which is filled with fascinating multimedia that evoke the horror and unimaginable sacrifice of June 6, 1944. We then drive back to Paris, normally arriving around 8 pm, depending on traffic.
Three Allies Tour
To include the British and Canadian beaches in our D Day Tours from Paris, we forego visiting Ste. Mere Eglise and Utah Beach. Instead, we start with the Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach and the Colleville sur mer cemetery as described above. For lunch we recommend stopping at Port en Bessin, focus of Operation Pluto, before proceeding into the Gold Beach sector, stopping first at Longues sur mer to see the long range German artillery battery that still retains its original guns. We then drive on to Arromanches les Bains, site of Port Winston, one of the two Mulberry ports, which is largely intact. There we visit the Debarkation Museum in Arromanches, which is devoted to ingenuity of the Allies in solving the logistics of supplying an invasion force of up to 850,000 men who landed in Normandy by the end of June, 1944.
Our Three Allies Tour then proceeds along Juno Beach to reach Sword Beach, where we stop in Ouistreham at the Great Bunker, a German fire control tower that directed a powerful artillery battery, which is maintained today as it was at the time of the invasion. The final stop of this tour is Pegasus Bridge, captured brilliantly by British paratroopers, at the extreme eastern end of the theater of operations of the invasion.
British and/or Canadian Tour
For those clients who want a day tour from Paris of the Normandy D Day beaches that focuses only on the British and/or Canadian Beaches, we provide D Day Tours from Paris that include visits that focus on Port Winston and the Debarkation Museum at Arromanches, the Canadian Juno Beach Center, and the haunting Canadian Cemetery at Beny-sur-Mer, or the British Cemeteries at Banneville la Campagne and/or Douvre la Delivrande, the Great Bunker in Ouistreham, as well as the Café Gondrée, the first building liberated in the invasion. We can conclude this British/Canadian Normandy D Day Tour with a visit at the Pegasus Memorial Museum, which is devoted to the exploits of British paratroopers in Operations Tonga and Overlord. Let us know your specific interests, and we will design your private Normandy D Day Tour to perfectly match your requirements.
There is so much to see that is related to Operations Neptune and Overlord and the Battle of Normandy that the ideal choice for complete Normandy D Day Tours are multi-day tours that consist of one or two overnights and two or three days of touring. Multi-day D Day Tours also give you the luxury of including unrelated sites to your itinerary, such as: the Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel Abbey, Honfleur, Giverny or Rouen.
For more information or to schedule your D Day tour, please contact us at our US number (631) 600-1120.