Lower Normandy Guided tours

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From Bayeux: Normandy D-Day Half-Day Tour by Vintage Sidecar

1. From Bayeux: Normandy D-Day Half-Day Tour by Vintage Sidecar

Spend the day visiting four locations over three and a half hours. Visit the Longue-sur-mer battery, typical of German coastal defense batteries. Built in September 1943 and comprising 4 casmates and a fire direction post. Arrive at Omaha Beach, known for by its code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944, during World War II. Visit Gold Beach located between Port-en-Bessin on the west and La Rivière on the east. High cliffs at the western end of the zone meant that the landings took place on the flat section between Le Hamel and La Rivière, in the sectors code-named Jig and King.

From Paris: Private Normandy D-Day Beaches Tour

2. From Paris: Private Normandy D-Day Beaches Tour

Depart from your hotel in Paris and then, after 2.5 hours driving, arrive at Colleville Cemetery. Nearly, 9387 American soldiers died during the landing and you will see the perfectly aligned gravestones across this expansive green lawn. The Cemetery visitor center is also very helpful if you wish to know more about the details of Operation Overlord. Omaha Beach was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion. the beach is just under the cemetery and was the theater of one of the most intense periods of fighting. The beach was nicknamed the Bloody Beach. You will stop by Arromanche, the seaside city which was a priority target of Allied troops. You will be able to have lunch at one of the restaurants that your driver will recommend to you. To end the visit, you will be driven to Pointe du Hoc. Symbolizing the courage of the young American soldiers involved in its storming, the famous Pointe du Hoc was one of the strongest German fortifications and was taken by force on the morning of 6th June by Colonel Rudder’s Rangers. The site, full of emotional memories, has been completely redeveloped; its impressive appearance bears witness to the intensity of the battle which took place here. You will then return to Paris.

Caen Like a Local: Customized Guided Walking Tour

3. 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.

Canadian D-Day Sites Tour in Normandy from Bayeux

4. Canadian D-Day Sites Tour in Normandy from Bayeux

After meeting your guide conveniently at the Place de Québec, you’ll set off towards Juno Beach, where Canadian Armed Forces landed on the morning of June 6, 1944. Met with devastating losses as a result of landmines and other obstacles, nearly half of the soldiers died on Juno Beach, before pushing 16 kilometers inland. As you walk across the hallowed ground, your guide will describe how the Allied forces managed to keep gaining ground against seemingly insurmountable resistance. Your next stop is the Juno Beach Center, the only Canadian museum on the D-Day beaches. There, you will be able to chart the story of Canadians through photos, archives, and artifacts, amidst remains of German bunkers. The various exhibitions in the museum go further than just Normandy, charting Canada’s general involvement in World War II. Next stop is the Abbey d’Ardenne, where Canadian troops were held prisoner by the Germans and executed within the church’s walls. Afterwards, head to Hill 67, which serves as a Canadian memorial to the troops who fought during the battle of Normandy. At the end of the Normandy D-Day tour, you driver will take you conveniently back to the original meeting point in Bayeux. With options for both half- and full-day tours, tailor your experience to your meet interest and schedule.

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What people are saying about Lower Normandy

This was a wonderful way to see the Normandy D-Day sites. My gentleman driver, Manuel, was knowledgeable with a quick wit. Manuel knew the best spots to take terrific shots with my camera- and he took some excellent photos of me as well. As a single traveler, it was refreshing to have someone to chat with- he spoke English fluently. It was fun to watch people's faces light up when they saw the motorbike and side car. I waved to them all and they returned the wave! This was a highlight of my trip- you should do it, too!

The vintage bikes were sure to please. My 10 and 13 year old Grandkids loved it. It was comfortable for the four of us. The guides were flexible to the weather and our train schedule from Paris. The guides also were concerned for our comfort as we stopped for rain gear change. The scenery is magnificent and the war information with a map to show where the landings took place was a good visual guide. I would do this trip again!

We had a wonderful time visiting the landing beaches and learning more about D-Day and the area with our tour guide. The side car was a great way to transport between sites and enjoy the lovely terrain that Normandy has to offer. We loved everything about this tour!

Fred our driver/guide was extremely friendly as well as a historian who explained everything we saw. He walked along with us and was great at answering questions. It was a wonderful day all around!

Thierry was our driver/guide. The sidecar ride was so much fun and Thierry was so knowledgeable about the history of all the sites we visited. Highly recommend!