Our Normandy tours all start and end in the beautiful, historic town of Bayeux, Normandy. It is your responsibility to get to Bayeux. If you are renting a vehicle, we will pick you up where you are staying. If by train, we will pick you up at the train station and drop you there when the tour ends.
GETTING TO BAYEUX
To get to Bayeux from Paris, there are two options.
Via Car: Our Preferred Option
RENTING A CAR at CDG Airport, agencies located in Terminal 1.
Bayeux is 288 km from Terminal 1 at Charles-de-Gaulle airport near Paris. The drive is approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes from here on the E46 & A13 highways. Drivers are encouraged to have payment ready for numerous toll booths.
RENTING A CAR in Caen or Bayeux
You can also rent a car in Caen or Bayeux. Information regarding car rentals is available by contacting the tourist office in Caen or in Bayeux. Renting a car in Paris is also an excellent option.
Take the train (TER) to Bayeux or Caen from the Paris St Lazare in Paris. There are a number of direct trains to Bayeux that takes 2 hr. 10 minutes and about 15 trains to Caen daily, where you would then transfer to the train to Bayeux. This option takes 2½ hours. Fewer trains run on Sunday. You can find all the train schedules at www.voyages-sncf.com.
We begin our tour at the D Day landing beaches and follow the battlefields of Normandy to the closing of the Falaise Gap. You will visit the Abbeye d’Ardennes, where Col. Kurt Meyers infamous 12th SS Hitlerjugend executed 20 Canadian Prisoners. We take our time at the Juno Beach Centre, Beny-sur-Mer & Bretteville-sur-Laize cemeteries, Buron, Authie, Carpiquet Airfield, Cairon, Verrieres Ridge, Pt. 67, Hill 112, Falaise, St. Lambert-sur-Dives, where Major David Currie earned his VC, plus much more.
• Pegasus Bridge/Ranville/Merville Battery area (1st Canadian Para. Btn.)
• Abbaye d’Ardenne
• Sword Beach/French Commando Memorial La Rive Belle
• Juno Beach/Juno Beach Centre
• Beny-sur-Mer Canadian cemetery
• St. Aubin-sur-Mer
• Gold Beach/Asnelles – vestiges of the Mulberry harbour
• Creully/Creullet Chateau – Monty’s HQ
Two-Day Tour – Everything in the One-day tour, plus the following:
Maple Leaf route to the Falaise Gap via;
• Hill 67 Memorial
• Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian cemetery
• Hill 140 – BCR Memorial
• St. Lambert-sur-Dives
• Hill 262 Polish Memorial
• The Vimoutiers Tiger tank (time permitting)
Three-Day Tour – Everything in Two-Day tour, plus the following:
• Omaha Beach/WN62
• American Cemetery
• Point du Hoc
• La Cambe German Cemetery
• Utah Beach
• St. Mere Eglise
• Other places of interest in between
For an explanation of our detailed itinerary policy please see Detailed Itineraries.
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Additional tour information
As with our other tour options, this tour will be a private, personalized tour, available anytime on a first come-first serve basis, ideally for groups of 1-3 people. As with our other tours, our personalization service allows you to participate in the structure of the tour. If you have any special requests, like following the footsteps of a particular Veteran or unit, we are happy to accommodate, whenever possible. If you do have an interest in a particular soldier or unit, please provide us with his details and we will do some preliminary research, to make your tour an even more meaningful experience.
This tour, as well as our others, will be priced on the following basis. The price quoted will be for all ground transportation within the battlefield areas, with professional guide(s). It does not include anything else. Of course, we are happy to make recommendations to help with your travel planning, like hotels, B&B’s. There are many hotel booking sites but we have always liked booking.com.
Single day tours from Paris are also available.