Our Normandy tour is perfect for someone with limited time but who wants to see the best the region has to offer. With an emphasis on what happened here during World War II, our tour will hit all of the D-Day beaches with guided tours that will leave you in awe of what those soldiers did in 1944. Along with the sights and the history, you will eat at some of the best locations, have time to hit the local stores for that once in a lifetime souvenir and meet wonderful locals. Culture, food, sights and history await.
“I had the immense pleasure to travel with Fred to France some years ago. The trip was incredible! Not only did we experience amazing food, but we explored so many historical places. My trip was focused on the events of D-Day but there was a sprinkling of other history, like the Bayeux Cathedral and Tapestry. I’m excited that Fred is now offering more locations and will be saving up money so that my husband and I can join him on a trip soon. Book a trip with FFC Historical Tours! You will have an amazing trip!!” – Emily L.
Day 1: Saturday (7/10): Arrive in France and settle into accommodations in Bayeux, visit the Bayeux Cathedral
Our tour guides will meet you at the Bayeux train station and guide you to one of Bayeux’s best hotels. Through years of experience, we have found that the first day should not be too taxing for clients. With that in mind we will give you a few hours to relax, unpack, unwind and take a quick nap if need be. Once refreshed, we will take you out in the beautiful ancient town of Bayeux. Founded by the Romans in the first century and called Augustorum, Bayeux has been home to Romans, Vikings, Gauls and Anglo-Saxons. Its cobblestone streets and medieval buildings will give you a real sense of history. We will point out all the local amenities that you may need during your stay, all within easy reach of the hotel. We will also visit the Bayeux Cathedral (pictured in the gallery), the most prominent structure in town. Once done you will be free to wander the town, stop in the shops or grab a coffee at a café and people watch.
Day 2: Sunday (7/11) In the morning, visit the seaside town of Arromanches. Walk the beaches, see the ruins of the D-Day artificial harbor and enjoy the many shops and restaurants. In the afternoon tour Bayeux and visit Operation Overlord Museum
The day will take us first to the picturesque seaside town of Arromanches which was the location of one of two massive artificial harbors constructed on right after the D-Day landings. Massive portions sill sit on the beaches. Two wonderful museums showcase what happened there in 1944. A walk on the beaches or the cliffs surrounding the town helps show of the beauty of Normandy and the numerous restaurants showcase some of the freshest, tastiest seafood anywhere. A stroll along the promenade and a visit to various shops, is a capstone to a perfect day.
In the afternoon, we will return to Bayeux to tour the Bayeux Memorial Museum. The museum reviews the battle of Normandy in 1944. It goes beyond just D-Day on June 6th and gives the visitor an idea of the immense struggle that went on for ninety day in the Normandy area and helped secure Allied victory in WWII. Afterwards we will visit the Bayeux Cemetery, the largest British and Commonwealth cemetery in Normandy and learn some of the stories of the brave soldiers who fought in this grand struggle.
Day 3: Monday (7/12)- Take a driving tour of the Canadian and British Beaches (Gold, Juno and Sword)
Today the tour will travel through the British and Canadian sectors. At the end of the day you have see all of the beaches the Allies landed on on D-Day. The tour will include a visit to Pegasus Bridge where commandos took a key objective linking Sword Beach and airborne landing sector. We will visit numerous German strong points and walk through a British cemetery to hear moving stories of the day. Most tours only go to the American beaches, but in order to truly appreciate what happened on the day, one must also visit these moving locations
Day 2: Tuesday (7/13)- Take a driving tour to the American D-Day Beaches (Omaha and Utah)
Normandy was witness to one of the most massive military engagements in human history. The landing of Allied forces on June 6 and the subsequent weeks that followed are etched into the world’s collective memory. On the this day, we will tour the major sights with the highest rated tour guide in Normandy. An ex British infantry soldier who has been holding tours for the last fourteen years, Dale Booth (you can find a link to his website under the assistant page) will share many moving stories and show you the critical sights in understanding that battle.
The day will end back at our hotel, and thus ends our tour. If you plan on departing Bayeux that evening, we will be happy to get you to the train station to see you off.
Pricing: $1000 double occupancy ($1200 single occupancy)
What is Included
Trips include all accommodations, all transportation once tour begins (flights to France and train from Paris to Bayeux not included), entry to all sites and museums, all tours, and all breakfasts. Also, some lunches and dinners included (these vary on individual trips)