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Things to do in Normandy

Things to do in  Normandy

Welcome to Normandy

Normandy in northwestern France has played an important role in history, making it a popular destination for visitors from around the world. You'll find a variety of private and small-group tours to introduce you to the historic region, whether you'd like to see battlefields, beaches, or a medieval village. Explore the picturesque town of Bayeux, roughly 163 miles (262 kilometers) from Paris, known for the Bayeux Tapestry. This extraordinary piece of embroidery depicts scenes from the Norman conquest of England and dates back to the 11th century. Book a group or private tour with a knowledgeable guide to discover World War II's D-Day beaches, Omaha and Utah among them. Stop at the Mémorial de Caen museum and war memorial, as well as some of the battlefields and cemeteries. Or head to the remote abbey rising from the rocks at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Mont-Saint-Michel. A guided tour rewards you with skip-the-line access to one of the most-visited sights in France—step into the refectory, cloister, and church to marvel at the architecture. Food lovers can join a culinary tour to taste the region's famous cuisine, including Camembert cheese and Calvados (apple brandy). Alternatively, hop on a sightseeing tour through Rouen, Normandy's largest city, to take in the cathedral that Monet immortalized and wander through an antique district. Finally, tours to the beautiful port of Honfleur allow you to understand just why the town has attracted so many artists over the years.

Top 10 attractions in Normandy

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Mont Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel

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Crowned by a Gothic abbey, the UNESCO-recognized medieval island village of Mont Saint-Michel rises dramatically from the tidal flats of the bay, creating one of France’s better-known images. This island, situated at the mouth of the Couesnon River, is a must-see for history buffs and those interested in religious sites, and is surrounded by some of the largest tidal variations in Europe.More
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Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach

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As one of Normandy’s D-Day landing beaches, Omaha Beach was the backdrop to one of the most significant events of World War II, immortalized in the movie Saving Private Ryan and forever etched into history. Today, visitors to Omaha Beach can follow in the footsteps of the Allied soldiers and pay their respects at the American Cemetery.More
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Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial

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Located above Omaha Beach, just outside Bayeaux, the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial is a moving site. The cemetery is the final resting place of more than 9,000 soldiers, the vast majority of whom lost their lives fighting the D-Day battles of Normandy. Other World War II heroes are buried here as well.More
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Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

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One of France’s most important World War II landmarks, Pointe du Hoc is best known for its role in the D-Day Landings. Today, the promontory overlooking the Normandy coast is a destination for history buffs, those with personal ties to the conflict, and others wishing to pay tribute to the many soldiers who lost their lives here.More
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Honfleur

Honfleur

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Famously painted by artists, such as Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet, and Eugene Boudin, the picturesque waterfront and colorful harbor of Honfleur are among the most memorable in Normandy. The historic port is renowned for its architecture, especially Vieux Bassin harbor’s 16th-century buildings and the wooden church of Sainte Catherine.More
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Utah Beach D-Day Museum (Musée du Débarquement)

Utah Beach D-Day Museum (Musée du Débarquement)

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Utah Beach was the westernmost landing point on D-Day. The main attraction at the site of the landing is the Utah Beach D-Day Museum (Musée du Débarquement), which focuses on the extraordinary battle. The museum also holds exhibits that offer a deep dive into French life under German occupation.More
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Caen Memorial Museum (Mémorial de Caen)

Caen Memorial Museum (Mémorial de Caen)

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Located a short drive from the D-Day Landing Beaches, the Caen Memorial Museum (Mémorial de Caen) puts one of the most significant battles of World War II into historical context. The museum gardens serve as a poignant tribute to the international soldiers that lost their lives on Norman soil.More
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Juno Beach Centre (Centre Juno Beach)

Juno Beach Centre (Centre Juno Beach)

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The Juno Beach Centre (Centre Juno Beach) is a museum dedicated to the heroism of Canadian troops in the D-Day landings and the entirety of the Second World War. Located in Normandy, the center draws visitors from Canada and across the world wanting to remember their fallen patriots and learn more about France’s role in the Allied victory.More
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Sainte-Mere-Eglise

Sainte-Mere-Eglise

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What was an otherwise little-known village of the Cotentin Peninsula suddenly became infamous after it was visited by American troops on June 6th 1944 as part of Operation Overlord – making Sainte-Mère-Église one of the first villages to be liberated of the Nazis after four long years of occupation. Sainte-Mère-Église, along with Utah Beach, was one of the two airborne landings on D-Day, because of its strategic position between Cherbourg and Paris. Sainte-Mère-Église is also where the Airborne Museum is located (14 rue Eisenhower), entirely dedicated to the D-Day paratroopers. It includes authentic artifacts like a DC3 aircraft, insightful information and an entire section devoted to the movie The Longest Day, which depicts a well-known incident involving paratrooper John Steele of the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. His parachute caught on the spire of the town church, from which he observed the fighting going on below, hanging limply for two hours and pretending to be dead before the Germans took him prisoner.More
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La Cambe German War Cemetery

La Cambe German War Cemetery

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As the largest German WWII cemetery in France, the La Cambe German War Cemetery serves as a poignant reminder of the lives lost on both sides of the war. It’s a moving site, with its grey schist crosses and dark, flat headstones offering a more somber atmosphere than that of the American and Commonwealth cemeteries nearby.Although initially serving as a temporary American cemetery, today 21,222 soldiers from the German Armed Forces are buried at La Cambe. At the center of the cemetery, a 6-meter-high grassy hillock is capped with a single cross and serves as a mass grave for 296 soldiers, many of which are unknown. Just outside of the cemetery, the La Cambe Peace Garden opened in 1996, and is home to 1,200 maple trees, each planted by an individual or organization to symbolize reconciliation and lasting peace. A visitor center is also located at the entrance to the cemetery and offers further insight into the soldiers buried on-site.More

Top activities in Normandy

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Recent reviews from experiences in Normandy

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Amazing day visiting the D-Day sites.
Janna_O, Dec 2021
Private Tour: D-Day Beaches from Bayeux
Our family visited Normandy specifically to see the D-Day sites as my grandfather was there in WWII with the 82nd Airborne.
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Even if you think you know it all, take this tour
Fiona_P, Sep 2021
Omaha and Band Of Brothers Full Day Tour
If you are fortunate enough to visit Normandy and are a WW2 history buff, I highly recommend this tour.
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Our Memorable Day in Normandy
Lance_S, Sep 2021
Omaha Morning Half Day Tour to visit the landing areas at Omaha Beach
It was a well paced tour that allowed us to see everything we wanted to see and gain an incredible amount of history along the way.
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Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites
Todd_H, Sep 2019
Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites
Got to see all the relevant sites for the Canadian portion of the Normandy invasion.
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Excellent overview of the key sites
JTSLY, Aug 2019
D-Day Omaha Beach Area Morning or Afternoon Group Tour from Bayeux
This is a great opportunity to see the key sites of Normandy.
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Well worth a full day!
Lori_C, Jul 2019
Utah & Omaha Beaches D-Day Group Tour from Bayeux
I wasn’t sure whether we would need an entire day to see the WWII sites in Normandy, but I’m so glad to have taken the full day tour!
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Excellent Tour!
Elizabeth_R, May 2019
D-Day Omaha Beach Area Morning or Afternoon Group Tour from Bayeux
If you want to see Normandy, but don't have a lot of time, then this is the tour for you.
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Mont St Michel
Brett_R, Jul 2018
Normandy WW2 British Jeep Tour
Mont St Michel is unique, amazing place to visit.
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Our tour guide was excellent - and I...
Valerie C, Oct 2015
Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites
Our tour guide was excellent - and I highly recommend if you want to see the sights of Normandy, that you have a guide.
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Great tour and we enjoyed Eric as...
James F, Mar 2018
Normandy American D-Day Beaches Full Day Tour from Bayeux
Definitely the way to go if you want to see the sites of Normandy in one day.
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Our tour guide was excellent and we...
Jessica A, Sep 2017
Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux
Our tour guide was excellent and we got to see many of the important features of the American portion of Normandy.
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We decided to drive ourselves from...
Gary H, Nov 2017
Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux
We were able to see the lowering of the flag at the American Cemetery and many of the beaches of Normandy.
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Our guide spoke excellent English...
Sandy C, Sep 2016
Utah & Omaha Beaches D-Day Group Tour from Bayeux
We thoroughly enjoyed the entire day and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to see the beaches of Normandy and hear the the events that occured on that day.
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Our guide was wonderful. His...
Nancy M, Nov 2015
Private Day Tour including Normandy Landing Beaches & Battlefields from Bayeux
His english was perfect and his knowledge of the events leading up to and during the Normandy Invasion was superb!
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It was amazing to see all the...
Alyssa Rachelle M, May 2015
Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites
It was amazing to see all the historic Canadian sites.
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Great way to see normandy...
shannon b, Jul 2013
Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites
Great way to see normandy battlefields, but 8 hrs is a little too long for my taste.
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Normandy was incredible, and even...
lennylev, Jan 2012
Private Day Tour including Normandy Landing Beaches & Battlefields from Bayeux
It is the only way to see Normandy; especially if you only have one day.
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Although the tour was extremely...
Kayla M, Apr 2011
Omaha Beach Half-Day Trip from Bayeux
Although the tour was extremely quick, we were able to see enough to give us a good idea of what occurred in the American sector on D-Day.
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Wow! What an amazing experience to...
Michelle_M, Mar 2018
Normandy Beaches Half-Day Trip from Bayeux
What an amazing experience to see the DDay beaches and Normandy American Cemetery.
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We had an excellent guide. He made the...
Dean D, Jul 2007
Omaha Beach Half-Day Trip from Bayeux
His English was very easy to understand and his vocabulary was very good.
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