My wife and I will be in Paris in early April and would like to tour the D-Day beaches. The big problem we have is that we will be taking the train from Paris and therefore wouldn't be able to arrive in time to take any of the full day tours that leave in the early morning (earliest train doesn't arrive until 09:27). We are Canadian and therefore primarily interested in the Juno Beach area and other points of Canadian interest.
It would seem that we therefore have three options:
2. hire a car in Bayeux and do it ourselves
3. rely on the public bus system to get around
Various questions that I'm hoping someone might be able to help with:
Has anybody used Normandy Sightseeing Tours? Are their tours restricted to the beaches and museums or do you get to visit the towns a little bit too?
I have not learned to drive a car with a manual transmission (e.g. stick shift), but my understanding is that it is virtually impossible to find a car with an automatic transmission in France. Is this true?
Finally, I cannot make any sense of the bus schedules at all. I know that Line 74 travels to the areas I'm interested in but the schedules seem very sparse.
Bayeux towards Courseulles is found at busverts.fr/_hiver/…L74S2.pdf
The return bus schedule is found at busverts.fr/_hiver/…L74S1.pdf
Does anyone understand these? Are there really only that few buses running each day at those very few times, or am I missing something? To be clear, it looks to me that there are only 4 buses leaving all day from Bayeux, with the earliest being at 1200. Can that be right?
Any help or suggestions would be really appreciated.