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Classic Paris & the Normandy D-Day beaches

9 days from $6,675pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Paris
  • Bayeux
  • Caen
  • Visit two American D-Day beaches: Omaha and Utah.

  • Tour Saint-Mère-Église, the first French town liberated by the Americans.

  • Walk among the gravestones at the American Cemetery.

  • Discover the significance of renowned Parisian monuments during WWII.

  • Learn about French military history.

Audley Travel Country Specialist Samantha

What our specialists say...

This trip is perfect for those interested in World War II history, especially the beginning of the war’s end, D-Day. Starting in Paris, you’ll receive an informative overview of WWII, and find out how some of Paris’s famous monuments affected or were affected by the war. Continuing on to Normandy, you’ll walk on the D-Day beaches, tour the first French village liberated by the Allies, Saint-Mère-Église, and explore many other significant WWII sights in the area. At the end of the journey, you should have a deeper understanding of WWII, D-Day, and the heroics of the soldiers that fought to protect freedom.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Paris
  • Bayeux
  • Paris
  • Bayeux

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Day 1 Paris

Paris

Upon arrival in Paris, you're met at the airport and driven to your centrally located hotel. In the afternoon, enjoy a short leisurely cruise along the Seine River to take in all that the city has to offer. You can sit back and relax while taking in views of the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral and more. We'll provide the champagne to celebrate your arrival.

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Day 2 Paris

Paris

Your private guide meets you in your hotel lobby and together you walk to the two Islands, Île de la Cité and Île Saint-Louis. Here you visit the Gothic-style Notre Dame Cathedral before walking over to Sainte-Chappelle to admire its remarkable stained glass windows. Next, you walk the short distance from the islands to the Louvre. Here, your guide will help you to navigate this historic palace, which has been turned into an extensive museum, ensuring you see its most famous pieces, including the Mona Lisa.

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Day 3 Paris

Paris

This morning, you're met by your driver-guide in the hotel lobby and taken to Château de Versailles. Escorting you through the royal apartments, the Hall of Mirrors, the opera, galleries and chapel, your guide will explain the rich history of the palace and the reign of the Sun King, Louis XIV. The tour ends with a stroll through the beautiful French gardens and fountains surrounding the chateau. When you've finished your visit your driver-guide will take you back to your hotel, and you have the rest of the day at leisure in Paris. We recommend exploring the bustling Marais district and the beautiful Places des Vosges.

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Day 4 Paris

Paris

Today you start diving deep into French military history, particularly that of World War II, with your private guide. Your day begins with a visit to Les Invalides, Napoleon's tomb and the Army Museum. As you explore, your guide will explain the significance of Napoleon's reign, provide an overview of French military history, and spend more time walking through the World War II portion of the Army Museum as you learn about this area of history in more detail. Next, you're escorted to the Eiffel Tower for your shared behind-the-scenes Eiffel Tower tour, which will help you to discover the fascinating role of the Eiffel Tower during World War II as well as ascend to the second floor.

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Day 5 Paris

Paris

You have the whole of today at leisure to explore Paris at your own pace. The city has an endless list of museums, monuments, cafes, and districts to explore. We recommend the Musée Rodin and the Centre Pompidou for the modern art and some excellent views of the city.

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Day 6 Bayeux

Paris , Bayeux

Today your private driver meets you in your hotel lobby and drives you to the train station for the next leg of your journey. Leaving Paris and heading northwest, you'll arrive in Bayeux, Normandy. After checking in to your centrally located hotel, you're met by your private guide for a walking tour of Bayeux. The tour includes a visit to the famed Bayeux Tapestry, which depicts the exploits of William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy and King of England during the 11th century.

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Day 7 Bayeux

Bayeux

Today you visit the American D-Day landing sites, Utah and Omaha beach. Your private guide will expertly recount the events and challenges of the Allied forces that led up to the fateful landings on 6th June, 1944, as well as how the day itself unfolded in dramatic detail. You then have time to walk along the beaches, following in the footsteps of the many brave soldiers who sacrificed their lives here. Next, you proceed with your guide to the American Cemetery, where you're given an introduction to the memorial site. You'll have time to walk through the solemn rows of white gravestones and pay your respects to the many thousands of soldiers who died here.

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Day 8 Bayeux

Bayeux

After being met at your hotel by your driver-guide, your day starts at Saint-Mère-Église, the first village to be liberated by American Forces. Here you can tour the captivating museum, whose exhibits transport you to Normandy in June 1944 and into the minds of the soldiers. The next stop is Pointe-du-Hoc, where you'll navigate large craters left behind from the bombings to explore original German bunkers. You'll also learn about Commander Rudder's heroic covert attack. The final stop of the day is Arromanches, where you can watch a short film about the events surrounding D-Day shown in an immersive 360-degree auditorium using original footage.

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Day 9 Bayeux

Caen , Paris , Bayeux

On your final day you set off early as you're driven to Caen to visit the Caen Memorial. Providing closure to the trip, the Caen Memorial does a superb job of displaying how the war unfolded after D-Day. Allied forces marched across Europe, pushing the Third Reich back until 8th May, 1945, when the Axis powers surrendered. On finishing the museum, you're driven to the train station for your trip back to Paris. In Paris, a driver will be waiting to transfer you to the airport in time for your onward flight.

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