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D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches Tour

You can take a guided tour of the Normandy Beaches with various D-Day tour companies or hire a personal guide, but these are expensive. If you plan your own visit then you will see more than any tour offers, and you can visit sites tailored to your personal interest.

The D-Day beaches are 90 minutes from our bed and breakfast near Alençon but some of our guests drive to the Normandy Landing Beaches so we compiled this D-Day map of sites to visit. There are also Battle of Normandy sites between us and the coast, such as the Canadian War Cemetery at Cintheau (Bretteville-sur-Laize), the Polish War Cemetery at Langannerie-Urville and the Falaise Visitor Centre at Mont Ormel near Falaise, the site of the bloody German retreat from Normandy.

Use this page to design your own self-guided tour of the Normandy Landing Beaches and key sites related to Operation Overlord, the Allied Invasion of Normandy. Make sure you take advantage of the "Normandy Pass" scheme, which gives you a substantial discount on entry to the museums etc. Ask for details at any participating visitor centre.

If you have GPS we recommend you spend half an hour inputting the locations of the D-Day sites you want to visit before you set out. The great advantage is that you can choose where you want to visit from the sites on offer, and stay as long as you want at each. All sites have brochures/descriptions in English so you don't need fluent French.

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If you’re looking for accommodation on the Normandy coast, click this box or consult the ACCOMMODATION MAP under the D-Day Battle Sites Map.

If you are seeking a central base for multiple day trips, not just the D-Day Beaches but also Chartres, Rouen, Le Mans, Monet's Garden ... then contact us.

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If you prefer to take a bus tour of the D-Day Beaches, there is a 4-5 hour bus tour which starts at the Caen Memorial; the tour takes you to the Arromanches Museum, the German gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer, the American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc before returning you to the Caen Memorial. Contact the Caen Memorial for details.

A self-guided tour can take in all of the above and gives the option of visiting a number of equally memorable sites:

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Normandy D-Day Sites

  1. Pegasus Bridge British Airborne Museum, Benouville
  2. "Le Grand Bunker" German Atlantic Wall Defence Post, Ouistreham
  3. German Gun Battery and 9th Paras Memorial, Merville
  4. Canadian Juno Beach Centre, Bernières-sur-Mer
  5. Arromanches 360o Cinema, Arromanches
  6. D-Day Landings Mulberry Harbour Museum, Arromanches
  7. German Gun Battery, Longues-sur-Mer
  8. American Cemetery, Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach
  9. German Gun Battery, Pointe du Hoc
  10. Utah Beach Museum, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Utah Beach
  11. US Airborne Museum, Ste Mère Eglise
  12. "Dead Man's Corner", Ste Côme du Mont
  13. German Cemetery, La Cambe
  14. British Cemetery and Battle of Normandy Museum, Bayeux
  15. Caen Memorial
  16. Canadian Cemetery, Cintheaux, Bretteville-sur-Laize
  17. Falaise Pocket and Mont Ormel-Coudehard Memorial

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D-Day Landing Tour of Normandy Coast

The following list of the principal sites mentions more places of interest along the D-Day Tour route than can be visited in a day - pick and choose the sites to suit your personal interests and allow at least half an hour at each location.

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If the history of the Resistance and the liberation of Normandy interests you, you may also like to read this account of events as they affected Ancinnes in the wartime between 1943 and 1944.

If you are making this tour starting from Ancinnes, take the A28 autoroute from Junction 19 to Sées, where you turn onto the A88 motorway and the N138 to Caen.

Arriving on the southern outskirts of Caen follow the ring road, called the 'Péripherique Est', signposted towards Paris and the Car Ferry. Keep following the Péripherique and signs for the Car Ferry. It takes 1hr 45mins to arrive at the first suggested place on the tour, Pegasus Bridge (or you can break the journey after 90 minutes and visit the Canadian Cemetery at Cintheaux, Bretteville-sur-Laize en route).

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1. Pegasus Bridge, Bénouville, Normandy

Continue in the direction of Ouistreham and the Car Ferry and at Exit 3a (called "Porte d'Angleterre") of the Péripherique take the D515 to the coast, following the river Orne in the direction of Ouistreham. Turn off at the sign for Benouville and visit Pegasus Bridge: this was the site of an audacious landing by gliders of the British 6th Airborne Division in dead of night on June 6th shortly before the sea invasion, in order to secure two vital bridges. Visit the Pegasus Bridge Museum where you can see a glider, one of the bridges and displays which illustrate this remarkable story.

Nearby at Ranville the cemetery holds the graves of many British servicemen who died in this area in the days immediately following the invasion but it is hard to find - it is actually near the church.

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2. Grand Bunker, Ouistreham, Normandy

Continue along the D515 to Ouistreham and visit Le Grand Bunker was part of the German Atlantic Wall defences. It is located on Avenue du 6 Juin, which runs between the port and the Casino, parallel to the Boulevard Maritime. The museum is housed on the site of a German position guarding the harbour entrance that held out for days until it was eventually taken by British troops, and its rooms recreate the post as it would have been on D-Day.

Nearby is the British 4th Commando museum.

3. German Battery, Merville-sur-Mer, Normandy

Just north of Ouistreham is the German Battery at Merville-sur-Mer, another heavy artillery position guarding the port and coastline. One German gun position has been recreated and there is a 10-minute "son-et-lumière" recreation of the sights and sounds of the attack on the battery, from the massive bombing by Lancasters that announced the start of the attack, to the German shelling of Sword Beach and the harbour, to the remarkable attack on the battery by the 9th Battalion the Parachute Regiment of the British army.

The actual landing beaches run westwards from Ouistreham in the order Sword (British and French), Juno (Canadian), Gold (British), Omaha and Utah (American) and each has a number of visitor sites.

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4. Canadian Memorial Centre, Juno Beach, Normandy

At Bernières-sur-Mer is the Canadian Memorial and museum dedicated to the Canadian forces who took Juno beach; one of two major Canadian war grave cemeteries is located nearby at Reviers, near Bény-sur-Mer, with a total of 2048 burials. There is an even larger Canadian war grave cemetery inland on the road from Caen to Alençon at Cintheaux, near Bretteville-sur-Laize; almost every unit of the 2nd Corps is represented here. There are 2,793 Canadian soldiers buried in the cemetery at Cintheaux, 91 of them unknown. With them lie 79 members of the R.C.A.F.

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5-6. 360o Cinema and Mulberry Harbour Museum, Arromanches, Normandy

At Arromanches, on top of the cliff before you descend into the town itself, is the 360 degree cinema - there you can watch a film "in the round" which cleverly mixes archive and modern footage.

If you park at the cinema, a short walk down a cliffside path brings you to the Landing Museum built near the site of the Mulberry Harbours, which were constructed to aid the Allies in getting supplies ashore. NB There is a charge for parking at both the cinema and the Arromanches museum - park at one and walk to the other if you plan to visit both.

The Arromanches Harbour Museum has excellent exhibits, films and models to illustrate the D-Day landings and the extraordinary creation of the floating Mulberry harbour.

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7. German Gun Battery, Longues, Normandy

West of Arromanches is the German gun battery at Longues-sur-Mer, part of the Atlantic Wall defences. A major defensive position in the Atlantic Wall, this battery had a command post and four bunkers, each with a 150-mm gun permanently in place. Located in the middle of the assault sector and on top of a cliff overlooking the Channel, it played a strategic part in the Allied Landings of June 6th, 1944. Longues Battery is the only one in the region to have kept its guns; because of its excellent state of preservation it is well worth a visit.

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8. American Cemetery, Omaha Beach, Normandy

Further along the coast at Colleville-sur-Mer you arrive in the American sector where you can visit the American Cemetery, overlooking Omaha Beach. It closes at 5.00pm each day with the playing of the Last Post by a bugler.

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9. Point du Hoc, Normandy

From the American Cemetery continue along the coast to Point du Hoc - site of a daring raid by American Rangers who scaled the cliffs to attack a strategic German gun battery. You can see where the guns were and massive crater holes caused by the advance Allied bombardment - you also get panoramic views of the coast in both directions, this dominant position explaining why it was important that this battery was taken out early in the day.

Nearby at Grandcamp there is a small museum on the seafront road dedicated to the Rangers who took and held Point du Hoc.

10. Utah Beach Museum, Sainte-Marie-du-Mont, Normandy

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From Point du Hoc if you venture further along the coast past Isigny and Carentan you arrive at the Utah Beach Museum at Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. The Utah Beach museum tells the story of the American landings and fighting to control this sector. The displays include actual landing craft used by American troops during the Normandy landings.

11. US Airborne Museum, Ste Mère Eglise, Normandy

A few kilometres inland is the village of Ste Mère l'Eglise. Here is the church where a wounded American parachutist famously hung from the spire for hours before being dragged inside by German soldiers who were hiding there. A slightly macabre dummy hangs from the spire and there are a couple of beautiful stained glass windows commemorating the American parachutists who liberated the town after fierce fighting. There is also a museum dedicated to the airborne divisions who dropped in this area on D-Day, exhibits including a WACO glider and Douglas C-47 airplane.

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12. Dead Man's Corner, Ste Côme du Mont

Near the neighbouring village of Ste Côme du Mont is the place known as Dead Man's Corner, now a superb little museum with an excellent memorabilia shop. This spot was named after an American soldier whose tank was disabled by German guns on the corner where the house stands, which was a German command post on the important road from the coast to Carentan. The soldier's dead body remained hanging from the turret until the Americans finally overran the command post - hence the name of the site. The house contains a lot of personal effects donated by American soldiers who landed at Utah Beach and their families.

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13. German Cemetery, La Cambe, Normandy

On the N13 road back to Bayeux and Caen is the German cemetery at la Cambe (do not confuse it with a second German cemetery at Orglandes further west of St Mère l'Eglise). The understated scale of the monument and the sombre granite grave markers make a strong contrast with the American cemetery.

14. British Cemetery and Battle of Normandy Museum, Bayeux, Normandy

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At Bayeux is the largest British and Commonwealth WW2 cemetery in France. It holds not only the remains of almost 4,000 British soldiers but also those of 181 Canadians plus a smaller number of Australians, New Zealanders, South African, Poles, Frenchmen, Czechs, Italians, Russians and 466 Germans.

Over the road a memorial bears the names of 1,808 Commonwealth soldiers whose bodies remain missing. Also near the cemetery is the Bayeux War Museum, which tells the story of the Battle of Normandy from June to August 1944 through illustrated texts, maps, 3D relief models and video projections. There is a collection of tanks, heavy guns, arms, uniforms and archive film footage.

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15. Caen Memorial, Normandy

The Caen Memorial is dedicated to explaining the causes and consequences of the Second World War. This can take a couple of hours to visit and many visitors prefer to spend more time visiting the smaller museums and exhibits described above, which give glimpses of the conflict on a human and intimate scale at the spot where it happened.

The Memorial uses displays, models and archive film to explain the causes of the conflict, the Occupation, the Holocaust, D-Day and the aftermath of the war and was revamped in 2010.

16. Canadian Military Cemetery, Cintheaux, Bretteville-sur-Laize, Normandy

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The largest Canadian war grave cemetery is situated inland on the road from Caen to Sées at Cintheaux, Bretteville-sur-Laize; this is on the infamous route taken by the retreating German troops, the "Corridor of Death" from Caen to Falaise. Almost every unit of the 2nd Corps is represented here. There are 2,793 Canadian soldiers buried in the cemetery, 91 of them unknown. With them lie 79 members of the R.C.A.F.

17. Falaise Pocket, Montormel - Coudehard, Normandy

The valley between Coudehard and Montormel marks the spot where the Allies finally won the Battle of Normandy; this is the area where the Battle of the Falaise Pocket raged between 18th-22nd August 1944, with 12,000 soldiers killed and heavy casualties among fleeing refugees, as the German forces attempted to retreat towards Paris. The route from Caen to this spot was named the "Corridor of Death" at the time and the area was infested with flies for months afterwards. The 1st Polish Armoured Division succeeded in holding this strategic position despite suffering heavy casualties and repeated assaults by superior German forces.

The hilltop memorial and museum, with armoured vehicles and exhibits describing the battle, is built into the hillside on the spot occupied by the Polish armour and looks down over the valley where the fighting took place.

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For your information an extract from Wikipedia on the Normandy conflict is reproduced below.

A brief description of the D-Day Landings

The following is an extract from the Wikipedia account of the D-Day Landings

The French Resistance

The BBC in its French service from London would regularly transmit hundreds of personal messages. Only a few of them were really significant. A few days before D-Day, the commanding officers of the French Resistance heard the first line of Verlaine's poem, Chanson d'Automne, "Les sanglots longs des violons de l'automne" (Long sobs of autumn violins) which meant that the "day" was imminent. When the second line "Blessent mon coeur d'une langueur monotone" (wound my heart with a montonous langour) was heard, the Resistance knew that the invasion would take place within the next 48 hours. They then knew it was time to go about their respective pre assigned missions, which included destroying selected water towers, telephone lines, roads and railways.

Airborne landings

The British 6th Airborne Division was the first full unit to go into action, at sixteen minutes past midnight, in Operation Tonga. One set of objectives was Pegasus Bridge and other bridges on the rivers at the east flank of the landing area. The bridges were very quickly captured by glider forces and held until relieved by the Commandos later on D-Day. Another objective was a large gun battery at Merville. Although this larger glider and paratroop force was widely scattered, the battery was destroyed. However, the diminished assault team suffered 50% casualties in the attack.

The 82nd (Operation Detroit) and 101st Airborne (Operation Chicago) were less fortunate in quickly completing their main objectives. Partly owing to unmarked landing zones, radio silence, poor weather and difficult terrain, many units were widely scattered and unable to rally. Efforts of the early wave of pathfinder teams to mark the landing zones were largely ineffective. Some paratroopers drowned when they landed in the sea or in deliberately flooded areas. After 24 hours, only 2,500 of the 6,000 men in 101st had assembled. Many continued to roam and fight behind enemy lines for days. The 82nd occupied the town of Sainte-Mère-église early in the morning of June 6, giving it the claim of the first town liberated in the invasion.

Sword Beach

On Sword Beach, the regular British infantry got ashore with light casualties. They had advanced about five miles (8 km) by the end of the day but failed to make some of the deliberately testing targets set by Montgomery. In particular, Caen, a major objective, was still in German hands by the end of D-Day.

1 Special Service Brigade went ashore in the second wave led by No.4 Commando with the two French Troops first, as agreed amongst themselves. The British and French of No.4 Commando had separate targets in Ouistreham: the French a blockhouse and the Casino, and the British two batteries which overlooked the beach. The blockhouse proved too strong for the Commando's PIAT (Projector Infantry Anti Tank) guns, but the Casino was taken with the aid of a Centaur tank. The British Commandos achieved both battery objectives only to find the gun mounts empty and the guns removed. Leaving the mopping-up procedure to the infantry, the Commandos withdrew from Ouistreham to join the other members of 1st SAS Brigade (Nos.3, 6 and 45), in moving inland to join-up with the 6th Airborne.

Juno Beach

The Canadian forces that landed on Juno Beach faced 11 heavy batteries of 155 mm guns and 9 medium batteries of 75 mm guns, as well as machine-gun nests, pillboxes, other concrete fortifications, and a seawall twice the height of the one at Omaha Beach. The first wave suffered 50 percent casualties, the second highest of the five D-Day beachheads.

Despite the obstacles, within hours the Canadians were off the beach and beginning their advance inland. The 6th Canadian Armoured Regiment (1st Hussars) was the only Allied unit to meet its June 6 objectives, when it crossed the Caen-Bayeux highway over nine miles (15 km) inland.

By the end of D-Day, 15,000 Canadians had been successfully landed, and the 3rd Canadian Division had penetrated further into France than any other Allied force, despite having faced such strong resistance at the beachhead. The 21st Panzer division launched the first D-Day counterattack between Sword and Juno beaches, and the Canadians held against several stiff counterattacks by the 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend on June 7 and 8.

Gold Beach

At Gold Beach, the casualties were also quite heavy, partly because the swimming Sherman DD tanks were delayed, and the Germans had strongly fortified a village on the beach. However, the 50th division overcame its difficulties and advanced almost to the outskirts of Bayeux by the end of the day. With the exception of the Canadians at Juno Beach, no division came closer to its objectives than the 50th. No.47(RM) Commando was the last British Commando unit to land and came ashore on Gold east of Le Hamel. Their task was to proceed inland then turn right (west) and make a ten-mile (16 km) march through enemy territory to attack the coastal harbour of Port en Bessin from the rear. This small port, on the British extreme right, was well sheltered in the chalk cliffs and significant in that it was to be a prime early harbour for supplies to be brought in including fuel by underwater pipe from tankers moored offshore.

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach was the bloodiest landing beach on D-Day. Elements of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division and U.S. 29th Infantry Division faced the German 352nd Division, one of the best trained on the beaches. Omaha was the most heavily fortified beach, and the pre-landing bombardment (from the Navy and Air Force) of the bunkers had proved to be ineffective. On the Eastern sector, 27 of the 32 DD tanks deployed never reached the beach. On the Western sector the DD's were landed directly on the beach, but suffered heavy losses due to German 88s defending the beach.

The official record stated that "within 10 minutes of the ramps being lowered, the leading company had become inert, leaderless and almost incapable of action (mostly every officer and NCO had been killed or wounded ...). It had become a "struggle for survival and rescue". There were about 1,000 killed (and overall more than 3,000 casualties), most in the first few hours. Commanders considered abandoning the beachhead, but small units, often forming ad hoc groups, eventually took the beach and pressed inland.

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Pointe du Hoc

The massive, concrete cliff-top gun emplacement at Pointe du Hoc was the target of the U.S. 2d Ranger battalion. The task of the 225 men, led by Lt. Col. James Earl Rudder, was to scale the 100 foot (30 metre) cliffs under enemy fire with ropes and ladders, and then attack and destroy the guns, which were thought to command the Omaha and Utah landing areas. Only 90 or so of these men survived the onslaught of being picked off by Germans at the top of the cliffs, who bombarded them with grenades, bullets, and even rocks and bottles. The guns, unbeknown to the Rangers, had already been moved to a different position.

Utah Beach

Casualties on Utah Beach, the westernmost landing zone, were 197 out of around 23,000 landed, the lightest of any beach. The U.S. 4th Infantry Division was able to press inland relatively easily and succeeded in linking up with parts of the airborne divisions, which had helped secure the beachhead and distract the enemy before the landings.

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FAQs

Can you tour Normandy on your own? ›

You can take a guided tour of the Normandy Beaches with various D-Day tour companies or hire a personal guide, but these are expensive. If you plan your own visit then you will see more than any tour offers, and you can visit sites tailored to your personal interest.

What is the best time to visit Normandy France? ›

The best time to visit Normandy is June to August. Though this is the height of the peak tourist season – which can last from May to mid-October – this period also promises the most pleasant weather.

Which D-Day beach was the best? ›

Juno Beach

Juno Beach
Juno or Juno Beach was one of five beaches of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944 during the Second World War. The beach spanned from Courseulles, a village just east of the British beach Gold, to Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, and just west of the British beach Sword.
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and the Juno Beach Centre

But, they did have the most success when it came to distance. The Canadian troops that landed on Juno Beach got the farthest inland of any of the 5 landing
landing
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sites by the end of the day on June 6.

Can Normandy be a day trip from Paris? ›

You can explore the gorgeous countryside, woodlands, coastline, castles, churches, ancient towns and so much more. It is absolutely worth taking a day trip from Paris to Normandy as you will be able to soak in the scenery throughout the ride and enjoy the glorious countryside and you drive past the coastline.

How long is the train ride from Paris to Normandy? ›

From Paris to Normandy by Train

A direct train from the Gare Saint-Lazare station takes two hours and 20 minutes to arrive in Bayeaux.

How far is Mont Saint Michel from D-Day beaches? ›

Yes, the driving distance between Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel
Mont-Saint-Michel (French pronunciation: ​[lə mɔ̃ sɛ̃ miʃɛl]; Norman: Mont Saint Miché; Breton: Menez Mikael ar Mor; English: Saint Michael's Mount) is a tidal island and mainland commune in Normandy, France. Le Mont-Saint-Michel. Commune. View from the southeast during sunrise, 2018.
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to Normandy landings is 136 km. It takes approximately 1h 47m to drive from Le Mont-Saint-Michel to Normandy landings.

Is it better to stay in Bayeux or Caen? ›

Caen

Caen
Caen (/kɒ̃, kɑːn/, French: [kɑ̃] ( listen); Norman: Kaem) is a commune in northwestern France. It is the prefecture of the department of Calvados.
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is a lot bigger and has the castle where many resistance people were killed on the morning of D Day. It was the German Garrison HQ at the time. But Bayeux is a lovely town and well worth a visit even if you decide not to stay there. I would definitely recommend staying in Bayeux.

What is the best way to visit Normandy? ›

Travelling by car is the best way to explore Normandy. You can either bring yours on the ferry to Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre or Dieppe, or rent one at Caen airport or in Paris, as Normandy is less than a two-hours drive from the French capital.

Do you need a car in Normandy? ›

The best option to get to Normandy without a car, it turned out, was the bus. French national railway company SNCF offers a fleet of buses for budget travelers called OuiBus. It did take twice as long as a train, four hours instead of two, and it left Paris really early in the morning, but it was cheap.

Which beach was worst on D-Day? ›

Omaha, commonly known as Omaha Beach, was the 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.
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Omaha Beach
Casualties and losses
2,000–5,000+1,200
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Which D-Day beach has the least casualties? ›

Utah Beach.

Casualties were the lightest of all landings

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Desant (from the French: descendre, "to disembark") is a pan-Slavic general term for airborne or parachute drops and naval infantry amphibious landing operations.
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– out of 23,000 troops, only 197 men were killed or wounded. It was divided into zones assigned Tare Green, Uncle Red and Victor.

Which beach had the most casualties on D-Day? ›

The highest casualties occurred on Omaha beach, where 2,000 U.S. troops were killed, wounded or went missing; at Sword Beach and Gold Beach, where 2,000 British troops were killed, wounded or went missing; and at Juno beach, where 340 Canadian soldiers were killed and another 574 wounded.

How many days should I stay in Normandy? ›

You definitely should! Depending on how much you want to do, you can visit Normandy as a day trip from Paris if you only visit Rouen or spend three to four days road tripping in Normandy to enjoy the tranquility of the countryside in Normandy.

Is Normandy worth visiting? ›

With its beautiful, varied scenery and rich history, Normandy has much to offer visitors. This distinctive region in northern France boasts a gorgeous countryside, coastline, and woodlands, as well as impressive castles, splendid churches, and picturesque ancient towns such as Rouen.

Is there a high speed train from Paris to Normandy? ›

The LGV Normandie is a French high-speed rail line project to link Paris and Normandy. Trains will run at 250 km/h (155 mph) with a new TGV

TGV
The TGV (French: Train à Grande Vitesse, "high-speed train"; previously TurboTrain à Grande Vitesse) is France's intercity high-speed rail service, operated by SNCF.
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station serving Rouen.

How far are the D-Day beaches from Paris? ›

The Normandy beaches are located at approximately 250km / 155,3 miles from Paris and the average time to get to the most famous D-Day beach Omaha Beach from Paris is 3 hours.

What airport do you fly into for Normandy? ›

Normandy is surrounded by three international airports – Paris Charles de Gaulle, Paris Orly and Nantes International Airport, with daily flights from destinations all over the world.

What is there to see between Normandy and Paris? ›

Day Trip from Paris to Normandy by Car
  • Giverny. Most known as the home of Claude Monet's famous garden, Giverny is a must-see stop at the beginning of your drive. ...
  • Rouen. The medieval city of Rouen is a masterpiece. ...
  • Jumièges. ...
  • Honfleur. ...
  • Le Pays d'Auge. ...
  • Bayeux. ...
  • Mont St-Michel.

Is Le Mont Saint Michel worth visiting? ›

For most tourist destinations like Mont Saint Michel's magnitude is definitely worth visiting. In fact, it has an immense beauty that constantly appeals to millions from all over the world. Indeed, the island commune knows how to treat visitors right with its 240 acres area.

Is Omaha Beach worth visiting? ›

Although this is a public beach and you may see swimming and sunbathing there, it is still worth the visit. This beach marks an American troops landing point in WWII, which felt some of the greatest casualty numbers.

Where can I base in Normandy? ›

For this Normandy itinerary, you'll have three bases: (1) Rouen (2 nights); Honfleur (3 nights); and Bayeux (2 nights). If you don't want to move bases, you can just pick one. The destinations in this Normandy itinerary aren't far apart.

How many days do you need in Bayeux? ›

Bayeux is ideally situated for exploring Normandy; three days gives you plenty of time to tick off all of the surrounding sights.

Is Bayeux Tapestry worth visiting? ›

Bayeux is a wonderfully tranquil and historic Normandy town that has beautiful buildings, a very French air to it and an abundance of history; it's well worth visiting on your France itinerary.

How do I get from Bayeux to Omaha Beach? ›

If you would like to take a bus from Bayeux to the D-Day landings sites, the number 70 goes to Omaha beach, the American cemetery and Pointe Du Hoc. The 74 goes to Arromanches beach, the location of the Mulberry harbors.

Is Deauville worth visiting? ›

Deauville

Deauville
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offers plenty of things to see and do throughout the year—golden-sand beaches with colorful umbrellas, elegant shops, historic hotels, and a posh casino—and is especially good for a short visit.

Is Honfleur worth visiting? ›

Honfleur is a charming town located in Normandy, in the north of France. With more than 1000 years of history, it's really worth a visit if you love the ocean and medieval architecture. From the twelfth century onwards, it became an important crossing point for goods transiting via the sea to England.

Is Le Havre worth visiting? ›

Highlights of Le Havre include the Perret show flat, impressive modern art museum and picturesque marina and beach. It is also an important cross-Channel ferry port and the largest container port in France.

Is there Uber in Normandy? ›

Uber is available in all of the major cities in Normandy, including Rouen, Caen and Le Havre.

How long is the car ride from Paris to Normandy? ›

Yes, the driving distance between Paris to Normandy is 190 km. It takes approximately 1h 53m to drive from Paris to Normandy.

Where should I stop in Paris and Bayeux? ›

The top cities between Paris and Bayeux are Versailles

Versailles
The Palace of Versailles (/vɛərˈsaɪ, vɜːrˈsaɪ/ vair-SY, vur-SY; French: Château de Versailles [ʃɑto d(ə) vɛʁsɑj] ( listen)) is a former royal residence built by King Louis XIV located in Versailles, about 12 miles (19 km) west of Paris, France.
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, Rouen, Honfleur, Etretat, Caen, Deauville, and Le Havre. Versailles is the most popular city on the route — it's less than an hour from Paris and 2 hours from Bayeux.

What were the odds of surviving D-Day? ›

It's all about the odds. Using new studies, for the first time we can forensically analyse the chances of survival. As 2,000 paratroopers face 345,000 bullets, across an area of sky covering 9 squares miles, the chances of survival were 1 in 4. But 50% of the men survive.

Which beach was the easiest on D-Day? ›

5 Very Different Experiences: The D-Day Beaches
  • Utah Beach. The American landings at Utah Beach were among the easiest, as the Germans had not prepared heavy defenses. ...
  • Omaha Beach. By contrast, the other American landings, at Omaha Beach, were the toughest of the day. ...
  • Gold Beach. ...
  • Juno Beach. ...
  • Sword.
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Can you walk on Normandy beach? ›

If you go to Normandy, you can walk on this beach and imagine the events of June 1944. You can feel the sand between your toes; the waves lap at your feet. Children will be playing around you, and families will be out for a stroll, enjoying the sun and the sea.

Was Saving Private Ryan realistic? ›

While much of the movie is a fictional account, the premise behind Capt. Miller's mission is based on a true story. That is the story of the Niland brothers — Edward, Preston, Robert, and Frederick — from Tonawanda, New York. The two middle brothers, Preston and Robert, had enlisted prior to the beginning of the War.

What percentage of soldiers died on D-Day? ›

The Allies lost more than 11% of their troops

Of those, 72,911 were either killed or missing and 153,475 were wounded.

Which D-Day landing was most successful? ›

The invasion of northern France in 1944 was the most significant victory of the Western Allies in the Second World War.

Can you swim at Omaha Beach? ›

It's 4 km beautiful white sandy beach is perfect for swimming as they are monitored by life guards during the swimming season. The protected all-tides harbour provides a safe swimming environment for children. Omaha is also an extremely popular surfing, boating and fishing location.

How many German soldiers died on D-Day? ›

In total, the Germans suffered 290,000 casualties in Normandy, including 23,000 dead, 67,000 wounded and around 200,000 missing or captured. Some 2,000 tanks had been committed to the battle, but the panzer divisions were left with about 70 tanks between them.

What beach was Saving Private Ryan? ›

You may recognise some of the views as Curracloe beach was famously used in the filming of the D-Day landings scenes of the 1997 film, Saving Private Ryan.

How long does it take to see D-Day beaches? ›

A daytrip from Paris requires a 3½-hour drive—about the same for a train+drive—to the Pointe du Hoc/Omaha Beach area of the Landing Zone, so a daytripper typically has about five to seven hours to visit the sights these and other sights.

Which train station in Paris goes to Bayeux? ›

The Paris-Bayeux train leaves from the Paris Gare Saint-Lazare, located in the northwest of Paris (adress: 13 Rue d'Amsterdam, 75008 Paris). Arrival station: Bayeux is the main terminal station for people traveling to or from Bayeux (adress: Pl. de la Gare, 14400 Bayeux).

How do I get to the D-Day beaches? ›

From Bayeux train station, you can catch a bus to some of the D-Day beaches. On the bus website there is a map of the bus route to the D-Day beaches. Bus 70 takes you to Omaha beach, the American cemetery, and to Pointe Du Hoc. Bus 74 takes you to Arromanches Beach, the location of the Mulberry harbors.

What is the best time of year to visit Normandy? ›

The best time to visit Normandy is June to August. Though this is the height of the peak tourist season – which can last from May to mid-October – this period also promises the most pleasant weather.

Where is the Bayeux Tapestry 2022? ›

The Bayeux Tapestry is still displayed in Bayeux Museum

Since the announcement of the eventual loan of the Bayeux Tapestry to the UK, an administrative arrangement has been signed between the French and British Ministries of Culture, opening the way for cultural exchanges between the two countries.

What food and drink is Normandy famous for? ›

Normandy is renowned for its andouillette d'Alençon, marmite dieppoise, mirlitons de Rouen, escalope à la normande, estouffade, rabbit in cider, duckling à la Rouennaise, chicken or omelette vallée d'Auge, mussels à la crème, and tripe à la mode from Caen.

Can you do a day trip from Paris to Normandy? ›

Why Take a Day Trip from Paris to Normandy? Discover the beautiful and varied scenery while you are on your day trip from Paris to Normandy. Explore the glorious countryside, woodlands, castles, glorious churches, and the coastline. Learn all about the WWII history of the region.

How do I get to Bayeux France? ›

The nearest airport to Bayeux is Caen (CFR) Airport which is 20.7 km away. Other nearby airports include Jersey (JER) (108.5 km) and Guernsey (GCI) (138.1 km). How long does it take to get to Bayeux from the Airport? It takes 7h 24m to get from Bayeux to London Gatwick (LGW) Airport.

Is there a high speed train from Paris to Normandy? ›

The LGV Normandie is a French high-speed rail line project to link Paris and Normandy. Trains will run at 250 km/h (155 mph) with a new TGV

TGV
The TGV (French: Train à Grande Vitesse, "high-speed train"; previously TurboTrain à Grande Vitesse) is France's intercity high-speed rail service, operated by SNCF.
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station serving Rouen.

Is Omaha beach open to the public? ›

Due to security concerns, the pathway from Normandy American Cemetery

Normandy American Cemetery
Overview. The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.
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to the beach is not open to the public. However, public beach access is available nearby. Omaha Beach can be accessed by taking D514 west from the cemetery to St Laurent sur Mer.

How do you get to Normandy France? ›

Normandy itself boasts four airports mainly for domestic flights; however, Caen-Carpiquet and Deauville Airports also run regular international flights.
  1. Caen-Carpiquet Airport.
  2. Deauville Airport.
  3. Cherbourg Airport.
  4. Le Havre Airport.
  5. Rouen Airport.

How many American soldiers were killed in Normandy? ›

There is no “official” casualty number for D-Day; however, research efforts have come to conclude estimates. From this research, there were about 1,465 American deaths, 3,184 wounded, 1,928 missing, and 26 captured. Of the total U.S. figure, about 2,499 casualties were from the airborne troops.

How much is a train ticket from Paris to Normandy? ›

Paris to Normandy train services, operated by SNCF

SNCF
SNCF operates almost all of France's railway traffic, including the TGV (Train à Grande Vitesse, meaning "high-speed train"). In the 1970s, the SNCF began the TGV high-speed train program with the intention of creating the world's fastest railway network.
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, depart from Paris St Lazare station. Train or bus from Paris to Normandy? The best way to get from Paris to Normandy is to train which takes 3h 13m and costs €27 - €65. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs €12 - €17 and takes 3h 36m.

Do you need a car in Normandy? ›

The best option to get to Normandy without a car, it turned out, was the bus. French national railway company SNCF offers a fleet of buses for budget travelers called OuiBus. It did take twice as long as a train, four hours instead of two, and it left Paris really early in the morning, but it was cheap.

Is Normandy worth visiting? ›

With its beautiful, varied scenery and rich history, Normandy has much to offer visitors. This distinctive region in northern France boasts a gorgeous countryside, coastline, and woodlands, as well as impressive castles, splendid churches, and picturesque ancient towns such as Rouen.

What was the worst beach on D-Day? ›

Omaha Beach

Surrounded by steep cliffs and heavily defended, Omaha was the bloodiest of the D-Day

D-Day
D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion in military history. According to the D-Day Center, the invasion, officially called "Operation Overlord," combined the forces of 156,115 U.S., British and Canadian troops, 6,939 ships and landing vessels, and 2,395 aircraft and 867 gliders that delivered airborne troops.
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beaches, with roughly 2,400 U.S. troops turning up dead, wounded or missing. The troubles for the Americans began early on, when Army intelligence underestimated the number of German soldiers in the area.

Are you allowed to walk on Normandy beach? ›

If you go to Normandy, you can walk on this beach and imagine the events of June 1944. You can feel the sand between your toes; the waves lap at your feet.

Can you swim in the beaches of Normandy? ›

The shallow water is ideal for children to swim in. In addition, the tides provide a pleasant temperature. At low tide, the sea retreats far out onto the sandy beach, making the place particularly suitable for fishing on foot.

How long is the ferry from Dover to Normandy? ›

The Dover

Dover
Dover (/ˈdoʊvər/) is a town and major ferry port in Kent, South East England. It faces France across the Strait of Dover, the narrowest part of the English Channel at 33 kilometres (21 mi) from Cap Gris Nez in France. It lies south-east of Canterbury and east of Maidstone.
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Calais ferry route connects England with France and is currently operated by 2 ferry companies. The DFDS Seaways service runs up to 15 times per day with a sailing duration of around 1 hour 30 minutes while the P&O Ferries service runs up to 23 times per day with a duration from 1 hr 30 min.

Is there Uber in Normandy? ›

Uber is available in all of the major cities in Normandy, including Rouen, Caen and Le Havre.

What city is near Normandy France? ›

The closest major city outside of Normandy is Paris, and there are several ways you can access this northern region during your trip to France.

What were the odds of surviving D-Day? ›

It's all about the odds. Using new studies, for the first time we can forensically analyse the chances of survival. As 2,000 paratroopers face 345,000 bullets, across an area of sky covering 9 squares miles, the chances of survival were 1 in 4. But 50% of the men survive.

How many German soldiers died on D-Day? ›

In total, the Germans suffered 290,000 casualties in Normandy, including 23,000 dead, 67,000 wounded and around 200,000 missing or captured. Some 2,000 tanks had been committed to the battle, but the panzer divisions were left with about 70 tanks between them.

How many German soldiers were killed on D-Day? ›

German casualties on D-Day have been estimated at 4,000 to 9,000 men. Allied casualties were documented for at least 10,000, with 4,414 confirmed dead.

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