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D-Day Tour Including Guided Visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum, Lunch and D-Day Landing Beaches

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    What to Expect
    Meet your guide at the train station in Caen—this location makes it easy for day-trippers from Paris to catch a train over (own expense) in time for the tour.

    Begin with a tour of the Mémorial de Caen museum, the exhibits of which spans the period from the end of World War I through the fall of the Berlin Wall. With the assistance of your guide (trained specifically by historians at the museum), gain a deeper understanding of the lead-up to D-Day on both sides of the war, and just how important D-Day was to the eventual end of World War II.

    After your museum visit, enjoy a midday lunch break at La Terrasse, an on-site restaurant at Mémorial de Caen. You're welcome to ask questions of your guide as you dine on a 2-course lunch accompanied by a glass of wine and mineral water.

    At the conclusion of the meal, climb into a climate-controlled minivan to begin a guided visit to many of the area's most significant D-Day sites that you learned about earlier at the museum. 

    See Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, the artificial harbor at Arromanches and the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer. 

    With either tour, the stories shared by your guide will help bring some of the history back to life and add a human touch to enormous events like D-Day and World War II as a whole. By the time your tour concludes, you should have a greater understanding of exactly how crucial D-Day was to the Allied war effort, and perhaps a deeper appreciation for the young people who gave their lives in the war. The cemeteries are the perfect places to pay your respects.

    The tour ends back at the Caen train station where it began, making it easy for you to hop on a train back into Paris if you need to (own expense).

    Please note: From January 28 to March 31 and October 1 to December 31, all tours given on Sundays will only have a half-hour tour at the  Mémorial de Caen museum. The reason for this is that the first train coming from Paris doesn't arrive in Caen until 11am, and the post-lunch tours of D-Day sites leave at 1pm.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Caen, Caen, Calvados, Basse-Normandie, Normandy

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Departure Point: Caen railway station, 15 Place de la Gare, 14000 Caen, France.
    Alternatively, you can come straight to the Memorial de Caen and meet your guide when s/he is back from picking up the rest of the group.
    Meeting time at Caen railway station: 9 AM on weekdays, 10 AM on Saturdays and 11 AM on Sundays and French public holidays.
    In the evening, you will be dropped off at the station around 6:30pm (October to March) or 7:30pm (April to September) to connect with trains back to Paris.
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Guided tour of the museum
    • 2-course lunch at La Terrasse
    • 5-hour guided tour of D-Day sites (only in English and French)
    • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
    • Entry/Admission - Memorial de Caen
    • Entry/Admission - Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema
    • Train ticket to and from Paris
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 4 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • The tour is not suitable for children under 3 years old
    • If you are taking the train from Paris, you will need to make your own travel arrangements and buy your own train ticket. You should aim to arrive in Caen by 9am on weekdays (10am on Saturdays and French public holidays, and 11am on Sundays).
    • You will return to the station at around 6:30pm from October to March and at around 7:30pm from April to September to connect with trains back to Paris.
    • On Sundays and French public holidays, the guided museum visit will only last 30 minutes as the first train from Paris arrives at 11am and the tour of the Landing Beaches starts at 1pm
    • Please find note that the Memorial de Caen will be closed on Mondays in November and December and on 25 December
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Train times are subject to change on weekends and French public holidays and differ in summer and winter. Ensure you check prior to booking by contacting resa@memorial-caen.fr or + 33 (0)2 31 06 06 45.
    • Most travelers can participate
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    The guide, Mario, was excellent The lunch was very good and the museum tour very well planned. The tour of the beaches etc was wonderful.
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    We had. 45 minute synopsis of the lead up to WWII at the Memorial Caen museum. We also had a lovely lunch before heading out to the beaches for our tour. We stopped at Point Du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American cemetery and Arromanches. Many moving memorials. I found it quite
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    Great experience and a must for any American to better appreciate the sacrifice for our freedom. Guide was awesome.
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    We've all heard, read, and seen stuff about D-Day and the overall battle of Europe in WWII, but once you visit the many landmarks, it's even more awing and inspiring. We visited June 7th (to miss the 75th Anniversary crowds)
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    The tour began with a fascinating guided tour of the Caen memorial museum, which is state of the art. However, it's also large so its easy to miss bits that are important. Our really excellent guide used the relevant artefacts and photographs to explain the historical
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    About the operator
    By: Memorial de Caen
    4,308 reviews
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    San Marcos, California
    Very Interesting
    I'm not really into war and war memorials but was on a tour of the area and the memorial was part of the tour. I
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    Sunnyvale, California
    The museum is exceptional!!
    The museum is impressive in size. It has a well presented and large collection of WWII artifacts. The museum
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    Great place!
    What an amazing place! We started our 4-day trip across the Normandy ‘D-Day’ sites in Caen and at this museum.
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    San Antonio, Texas
    Wow! World War II Extensively Documented!
    Absolutely one of the highlights of the day trip here in Caen. Goes through a complete timeline of the war in
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    Roeselare, Belgium
    The start of your Normandy visit!
    As many reviews state: start with a visit to this museum on your tour along the many WW II sights in Normandy. You
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    James I
    New York City, New York
    D Day Museum
    I would have liked to have more time here but I was on a day trip from Paris so had to move quickly and skip
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    Richmond, Indiana
    Plan a full half-day
    The Caen War Memorial was incredibly well-organized and very informative. In order to really feel that you've
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    Newton, Massachusetts
    An excellent museum, and a powerful way to provide context in advance of a visit to the beaches
    The Museum was our first stop on our way to Utah Beach, Saint Mere Eglise, Arromanches, Omaha and Pointe Du Hoc.
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    maria k
    Miami, Florida
    A Must Before You Tour D Day Beaches
    A friend had told us to go to the museum for an hour or two before we were going with Mathias Leclere for our tour
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    Pakostane, Croatia
    Great museum WW2 and Cold War
    Big museum that covers the road to WW2, WW2, the Normandy landings, the Cold War, and Berlin during the Cold War.
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    Milton, Canada
    Wonderful war memorial
    Our tour group, from Canada, visited Normandy on our 15 day trip in France. We visited the Caen Memorial in the
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    Saint Louis, Missouri
    A must before any D-Day tour
    Excellent Museum that should be a must before going on a D-Day tour. We could have spent the entire day there.
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    Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    Short Stay
    Visited here as part of a short visit to Caen, Well worth taking the time to visit, and gives a true meaning to
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    High Point, North Carolina
    The Norman Rockwell exhibit was outstanding. Really well laid out and impressively displayed. Nice to see that
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    Nova Scotia
    Wonderful museum
    This is an excellent museum. It was easy to navigate and told the story of how world conflict arrived at WW1 then
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 8h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English, French
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