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Caen: Guided D-Day Sites Tour & Caen Memorial Museum Ticket

Caen: Guided D-Day Sites Tour & Caen Memorial Museum Ticket

Learn about the history of World War II and the D-Day events with a small group guided tour of key D-Day sites, along with admission to the unmissable Mémorial de Caen Museum. The tour consists of a self-guided visit of the Mémorial de Caen Museum and a guided tour of the D-Day key sites. You can spend as much time as you wish discovering the Mémorial de Caen on the same day as your D-Day guided tour or another day.  The Mémorial de Caen is a museum and war memorial which you can explore at your own pace. Here, go on an historical journey through the 20th century, discovering major events from the end of World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The museum features an entire section devoted to D-Day, and is the only museum in Normandy to relate the intensity of the invasion and explain its preparation in both enemy camps. You'll get the chance to visit the Normandy landing beaches in the company of an expert guide from Le Mémorial de Caen. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the key sites: the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. This is a small group tour with a maximum of 7 passengers.

Caen: Memorial Museum Entrance Ticket

Caen: Memorial Museum Entrance Ticket

Discover one of Europe's leading memorial centres and experience the dark chapters of 20th Century history with this entrance ticket to the Caen Memorial. Learn about the events of World War II that destroyed most of Caen, the tribulation of occupation, and the joy of liberation as you walk through the numerous exhibits. Step into the museum and begin your visit with a film about D-Day to understand the events that took place during World War II. Find out how Normandy and the 100 days following the invasion of Normandy changed the course of history. Walk through the various fascinating exhibits spanning from the end of the First World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Discover original battle artefacts, historical documents, film and audio testimonies. Pause to reflect on peace and gain unique perspectives to understand the world and its transformations. To wrap up your experience, make your way to the three memorial gardens dedicated to the three allied forces that helped liberate France. Take a break at one of the museum's two on-site restaurants or pack a picnic on the museum lawn.

Small-Group Canadian Normandy D-Day Juno Beach from Paris

Small-Group Canadian Normandy D-Day Juno Beach from Paris

On June 6th, 1944 the largest seaborne invasion ever attempted in history took place. The Allied troops waged an extremely difficult attack on the German forces who were entrenched in bunkers along the coast of Normandy. More than 14,000 Canadian soldiers landed or parachuted into France on that day. Though the soldiers knew that they were fighting against the odds they carried on with courage and helped to win the battle for Normandy. During this insightful tour, you will take a guided journey through many of the historical landmarks that are pivotal to this moment in history. Take a walk on Juno Beach, just like the Canadian troops did in 1944, you can walk on the same sand they did on that very day. Whilst at Juno Beach, your guide will take you to see Juno Beach Center, the most comprehensive museum about the Canadian landings in Normandy. Visit the Canadian Cemetery in Beny-sur-Mer. There, stroll through the beautiful cemetery whilst paying your respects to the fallen Canadian soldiers. Also see "Hell's Corner," the furthest advance inland taken by Canadian troops on D-Day, 5-miles from the city of Caen. You'll also be able to see Abbey d'Ardenne, a HQ point for the nazis. Whether you’re a great admirer of military history or someone who is just curious about how the events really played out on D-Day, this tour will help you better appreciate the remarkable acts of courage that took place on Juno Beach. For they are well worth learning about and being remembered by all free folk today.

From Paris: 2-Day Normandy & Brittany Tour

From Paris: 2-Day Normandy & Brittany Tour

Discover the historic D-Day Beaches on a 2-day trip around the stunning French regions of Normandy and Brittany. Detailed Itinerary Day 1: Paris - Caen (Meals: D) Take the Normandy motorway and make your first stop at Rouen for a walking tour in the old town before continuing to Honfleur. On the way between Rouen and Honfleur, enjoy a view of the newly built Pont de Normandie, a cable-stayed bridge. Take free time for lunch once in Honfleur, then continue to the beaches of Normandy and pass by the landing area at Omaha Beach. Visit the American cemetery of Saint-Laurent, stop off in Arromanches, and then continue on for dinner and an overnight stay at Novotel Caen (or similar). Day 2: Caen - Paris (Meals: B) Leave Caen in the direction of Saint-Malo located in the Brittany region. Take a guided tour of the town, including a walk along the ramparts and the cathedral. After free time for lunch, depart for Mont-Saint-Michel, the frontier between the Brittany and Normandy regions. Continue your afternoon with a guided visit of the abbey and free time for strolling and shopping, before returning to Paris.

From Paris: Mont Saint-Michel Tour with Hotel Pickup Service

From Paris: Mont Saint-Michel Tour with Hotel Pickup Service

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Paris, and then travel by luxury air-conditioned coach to the fortified city of Mont Saint-Michel off the Normandy coast. Enjoy stunning views of the countryside as your guide explains the area's rich history. Discover the traditional Norman village of Mont Saint-Michel on this full-day tour from Paris. As you drive through Normandy, your guide will tell you about the region's rich history, first invaded by the Romans and then by barbarians before the region was contested in the Hundred Years War. Visit the famous abbey and admire centuries-old Gothic structures such as the cloister and the monks' refectory. You'll then have the chance to wander through the village, taking in the medieval atmosphere of its narrow cobbled streets.

Guided Tour of the Landing Sites and the Memorial of Caen

Guided Tour of the Landing Sites and the Memorial of Caen

Go on a journey back through time on a day-long sightseeing tour of the World War II sites and landing beaches of Caen and Normandy. The excursion starts with a guided tour of the Memorial de Caen Museum. Here, go on an historical journey through the 20th century, discovering major events from the end of World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The museum features an entire section devoted to D-Day and is the only museum in Normandy to relate the intensity of the invasion and explain its preparation in both enemy camps. Pause for lunch at the lovely Les Pommierse Restaurant. Then, continue your tour to the Normandy landing beaches, in the company of your bilingual guide from Le Mémorial de Caen. Travel by air-conditioned minivan to the key D-Day sites visiting the American Military Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach and the Pointe du Hoc.

From Paris: Normandy Landing Beaches D-Day Tour by Minibus

From Paris: Normandy Landing Beaches D-Day Tour by Minibus

Explore some of the most important sights in Normandy – the remains of historic Allied landings that changed the course of the Second World War. The full-day tour from Paris will take you to the German battery of Longues sur Mer, part of the German's Atlantic Wall of defense. You will also stop at the American Cemetery in Colleville, for an emotional visit, where 9,386 soldiers now rest. In 2007 a new Visitor Center was created to commemorate the operations of the D-Day Landings, and you will have time to learn more about these dramatic events. Continue to Omaha Beach, where more bloody events took place, and spend some time contemplating those moments before you break for lunch. In the early afternoon, you will see the ruins of the Arromanches’ artificial harbor, built by the Allies in less than 15 days. Finally, continue along the coast past Gold Beach to Juno Beach, where you will get a guided tour of the remains of the Atlantic Wall, before your return to Paris.

Caen Like a Local: Customized Guided Walking Tour

Caen Like a Local: Customized Guided Walking Tour

Skip the usual historical tours and discover the city of Caen through a local's eyes on this customized tour that can run for anything between 2-6 hours. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel, making it as much about the people you meet as the places you see. Meet your guide at your accommodation in Caen to get familiar with the neighborhood, find out about the best places to eat, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. Through conversations with your local guide, learn about cultural differences, local events, and what it's truly like to be a Caen local. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most out of your stay. Since the local partner's guides are not professional, they provide an experience that's authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around the city. The more notice, the better, as these tours are organized on demand and are completely personalized. Choose between 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6-hour options. With this experience, you won't just be passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

Small Group Guided Tour of the Secret History of Rouen

Small Group Guided Tour of the Secret History of Rouen

Stop At: Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen, 3 rue Saint Romain, 76000, Rouen France Description of the facade and its history Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Abbatiale Saint-Ouen, Place du General de Gaulle, 76000, Rouen France The Saint-Ouen abbey in Rouen is one of the main monuments of the city of Rouen; its abbey church is a completed example of Gothic architecture in Normandy. The abbey is the subject of a classification as historical monuments by the list of 1840 Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Aitre Saint-Maclou, 186 rue Martainville, 76000, Rouen France L'aître Saint-Maclou is a former mass grave dating from the 16th century, located at 186, rue de Martainville in Rouen, France. It is one of the rare examples of such an ossuary surviving in Europe. The Saint-Maclou is the subject of a classification as historical monuments by the list of 1862 Duration: 10 minutes Stop At: Gros-Horloge, Rue du Gros Horloge, 76000, Rouen France The Gros-Horloge is one of the emblematic monuments of the city of Rouen. The building, attached to a belfry, consists of a Renaissance arch spanning the rue du Gros-Horloge surmounted by an astronomical clock from the 14th century. Duration: 15 minutes Stop At: Place du Vieux-Marche, Esse endereço na França é em Rouen e não em Caen onde se encontra a atração, Rouen France It was on this square, in the middle of the Hundred Years' War that Joan of Arc was burnt alive on May 30, 1431. The place, as Joan of Arc could see it, did not resemble what it was. is today. The square was smaller and its space was occupied by the Saint-Sauveur church, the Saint-Michel church and by a large market hall. It was also the usual place of executions. A large cross was erected on the site of the pyre. In the middle of the square, the remains of the old Saint-Sauveur church have been unearthed. It is in this modest parish church that Pierre Corneille was baptized, his birthplace, rue de la Pie, now transformed into a museum located nearby. Today it is a lively square, around which are restaurants and bars Duration: 20 minutes

Full day Canadian battlefields & sites of Normandy tour

Full day Canadian battlefields & sites of Normandy tour

On this full day tour, you will discover the key role that the Canadian forces played on D-Day. Our journey begins at Juno Beach, where Canadian forces stormed ashore on June 6th, 1944. You will visit the Juno Beach center, with its immersive exhibits, personal stories, and artifacts, you will gain a deep understanding of the challenges faced by the soldiers who fought here. Explore the intricate network of bunkers that served as vital command posts during the D-Day landings. These underground structures offer a glimpse into the strategic planning and coordination that took place amidst the chaos of battle. Visit the quaint villages of Bernieres and Saint Aubin; walk through the charming streets that once echoed with the sounds of conflict and learn about the experiences of the residents caught in the crossfire. The next stop is the Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian Cemetery; rows of white markers stand in silent testimony to the sacrifice made by Canadian soldiers. The serene atmosphere invites reflection on the price of liberty and the importance of preserving the memory of those who gave their lives. Hell's Corner, a name etched in history, was a crucial point in the battle for Normandy. Learn about the intense fighting that took place here and the significance of this location in the broader context of the D-Day landings. Our tour keeps on at the Ardenne Abbey, explore the abbey's grounds and gain insight into the challenges faced by soldiers on both sides. The abbey stands as a silent witness to the complexities of war and the human stories that unfolded amidst its walls. As you embark on this tour, you will gain a profound appreciation for the bravery and sacrifices made on the beaches of Normandy. Each site tells a unique story, contributing to the rich tapestry of history that defines this pivotal moment in World War II.

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