NORMANDY | LANDING BEACHES

NORMANDY | LANDING BEACHES

Visit Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, American cemetery…

The D-Day Landing Beaches

The Normandy landings (codenamed Operation Neptune) were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. The largest seaborne invasion in history, the operation began the liberation of German-occupied northwestern Europe from Nazi control, and contributed to the Allied victory on the Western Front.
Planning for the operation began in 1943. In the months leading up to the invasion, the Allies conducted a substantial military deception, codenamed Operation Bodyguard, to mislead the Germans as to the date and location of the main Allied landings. The weather on D-Day was far from ideal, but postponing would have meant a delay of at least two weeks, as the invasion planners had requirements for the phase of the moon, the tides, and the time of day that meant only a few days in each month were deemed suitable. Adolf Hitler placed German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel in command of German forces and of developing fortifications along the Atlantic Wall in anticipation of an Allied invasion.
The amphibious landings were preceded by extensive aerial and naval bombardment and an airborne assault—the landing of 24,000 American, British, and Canadian airborne troops shortly after midnight. Allied infantry and armoured divisions began landing on the coast of France at 06:30. The target 50-mile (80 km) stretch of the Normandy coast was divided into five sectors: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. Strong winds blew the landing craft east of their intended positions, particularly at Utah and Omaha. The men landed under heavy fire from gun emplacements overlooking the beaches, and the shore was mined and covered with obstacles such as wooden stakes, metal tripods, and barbed wire, making the work of the beach-clearing teams difficult and dangerous. Casualties were heaviest at Omaha, with its high cliffs. At Gold, Juno, and Sword, several fortified towns were cleared in house-to-house fighting, and two major gun emplacements at Gold were disabled, using specialised tanks.
The Allies failed to achieve any of their goals on the first day. Carentan, St. Lô, and Bayeux remained in German hands, and Caen, a major objective, was not captured until 21 July. Only two of the beaches (Juno and Gold) were linked on the first day, and all five beachheads were not connected until 12 June; however, the operation gained a foothold which the Allies gradually expanded over the coming months. German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead. Museums, memorials, and war cemeteries in the area now host many visitors each year..*

Small Group from Paris with Hotel Pick up

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Small-Group D-day Normandy Tour with Audio guide & hotel pick up from Paris

Our audio-guided tour is ideal for you if you want to discover the D-landings beaches at your own rhythm but don’t want to do it on your own neither. You will be picked up at your hotel in Paris by our professional guide-driver. After around 3 hours drive, you will have time for your lunch break in Bayeux where your audio guided tour will get started. First discover Saint-Mère-Eglise, the first town liberated by the allied on June 06th 1944. Then enjoy some more free time with your audioguide at Utah Beach, one of ...

14 hour(s) | English
From 279 €

Small-Group D-Day Normandy with local guide and pick up from your Hotel

Follow our Professional touristic guide through the events of the Second World War and learn more about what happened during the D-day and the end of that war. Pick up at your Paris accommodation between 7:00 am and 07:30 am for a minibus journey of around three hours to Bayeux, where your tour will get started with your touristic guide. During 4 hours and within a 15 person maximum group, visit the Pointe du Hoc, a prominent headland situated at the west of Omaha Beach, better known as “Bloody Omaha”, which you ...

14 hour(s) | English
From 299 €

Normandy Bayeux Full Day Visit | Small-group

You want to discover Bayeux and his surroundings on your own. Enjoy a worry-free transfer day-trip from Paris to Bayeux, a small medieval town, capital of Bessin, which was liberated on June 7th of 1944 right after the allied landings. Make the most of your free time on site, to explore on your own this beautiful city and surroundings and organize your time as you please. This worry-free transfer from Paris to Bayeux, the Capital of Bessin, will give you the opportunity to discover this little medieval town once ...

14 hour(s) | English
From 239 €

Private Tour From Paris

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D-DAY Beaches with Local Guided Tour | Full Day Private Group

Follow our professional guide through the events of the Second World War and learn more about what happened during the D-day and the end of the war. Your D-Day Normandy tour starts with a pickup at your Paris accommodation between 7:00 am and 07:30 am for a journey of around 3 hours to Bayeux, where your guided tour will start. During approximately 4 hours, visit the Pointe du Hoc, a prominent headland situated at the west of Omaha Beach, better known as “Bloody Omaha”, which you will also set foot on. At last, the ...

14 hour(s) | English
From 1490 €

Normandy D-DAY Beaches | Full Day Audioguide Private Group

Our audio-guided tour is ideal for you if you want to discover the D-Day landing beaches at your own rhythm. You will be picked up at your hotel in Paris by our professional guide-driver. After around 3 hours drive, you will have time for your lunch break in Bayeux where your audio guided tour will get started. First discover Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the first town liberated by the allied on June 06th 1944. Then enjoy some more free time with your audioguide at Utah Beach, one of the 4 landing beaches of the D-Day. Afterward, ...

14 hour(s) | Francais - English
From 1290 €

Bayeux Private Round Trip with Hotel Pick up from Paris

You want to discover Bayeux and his surroundings on your own. Enjoy a worry-free transfer day-trip from Paris to Bayeux, a small medieval town, capital of Bessin, which was liberated on June 7th of 1944 right after the allied landings. Make the most of your free time on site, to explore on your own this beautiful city and surroundings and organize your time as you please. This worry-free transfer from Paris to Bayeux, the Capital of Bessin, will give you the opportunity to discover this little medieval town once ...

14 hour(s) | Francais - English
From 1150 €

From Paris by Coach

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Guided Tour of the D-Day Beaches from Paris | NP1

Enjoy a full day excursion from Paris to the D-Day Beaches in Normandy in the company of an official guide, who will bring these historic sites to life. On June 6, 1944, known as D-Day, the Allies opened a new European front against the troops of the Third Reich during the Second World War. It was the largest military operation in history, which marked the beginning of the Battle of Normandy and would lead to the end of the Second World War. More than 150,000 soldiers from America, Britain, Canada and many other nations ...

14 hour(s) | English
From 175 €