Enjoy a D-Day Normandy Beaches Private Tour that will deepen your history knowledge around this important historical event that marks the commonly known D-Day. On June 6, 1944, the Allied forces landed on the sandy beaches of Normandy marking the beginning of the liberation of the german-occupied France and the end of WWII, hence the use of the"D" which stands for "departure", "decision".
Your private english-speaking driver will pick you up in your hotel in Paris and take you to the Coast of Normandy where nature and breathtaking landscapes, bring historical moments to life. Normandy was in fact an ideal strategic place for the landing. In fact, since currents and meteorological factors were perfect for such a big operation, soldiers from different nations could easily land by sea and air on a number of beaches along the Normandy coastline and the steep cliffs at pointe du Hoc.
Visit the landing beaches one by one starting at Courseulles Sur Mer and Croix Lorraine where more than 14,000 Canadian soldiers stormed its 8-kilometre stretch. Later, at Croix sur Lorraine, you will be able to visit the de Gaulle’s memorial in a beautiful park by the sea.
Continue to Arromanches which is renowned for its artificial “Mulberry” harbour, known as “Port Winston”. Its remains are both impressive and moving and a reminder of the remarkable technical feat of taking 600,000 tonnes of concrete and equipment across the Channel in wartime to serve as a base for Allied troops. If you wish, visit the Arromanches 360 circular cinema.
You can also stop by the US Cemetary at Colleville Sur Mer located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach and the English Channel. It covers 172 acres (70 ha), and contains the remains of 9,387 American military men, most of whom were killed in Normandy. Finish the Normandy Beaches Private Tour reaching the Pointe Du Hoc, a clifftop location situated between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east, and stands on 30m tall cliffs overlooking the sea. You can also visit the German cemetery whose dark gravestones are a stark contrast to the all-white tombstones of the American cemetery.