Tour naar de D-day-stranden in Normandië, inclusief Omaha Beach, ciderproeverij en lunch
De eerste stop is het Utah Beachmuseum, dat is gehuisvest in een originele Duitse bunker en gebouwd op het strand waar de eerste Amerikaanse troepen landden. Het indrukwekkende museum brengt de planning in kaart van Operation Overlord (de codenaam van de geallieerden voor de invasie in Normandië) en vertelt de verhalen van Franse burgers die door hun daden tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog het huidige Europa vorm hebben gegeven.
Ga op verkenning met uw gids en kom alles te weten over de gebeurtenissen van 6 juni 1944, oftewel D-day, toen de landingen in Normandië begonnen. Luister naar de verhalen over Utah Beach, waar de eerste geallieerde troepen aankwamen en neem het ongeëvenaarde uitzicht over het strand vanuit het museum in u op, voordat u naar het strand zelf gaat. Utah Beach is nu de thuishaven voor één van de slechts zes resterende originele B-26 gevechtsvliegtuigen die gebruikt werden tijdens de invasie.
Reis verder over het Normandische platteland en stop voor een bezoek aan een traditionele ciderproducerende boomgaard voor een proeverij van cider en calvados (appelbrandewijn) in een sfeervolle 17e-eeuwse schuur. Daarna gaat u lunchen in een lokaal restaurant met een uitzicht over de haven van Grandcamp-Maisy. Hoewel de geserveerde gerechten kunnen wisselen, worden er altijd twee gangen geserveerd (een hoofdgerecht met vis of vlees gevolgd door een dessert) evenals een glas cider.
Nu de inwendige mens is versterkt, gaat u naar Pointe du Hoc, een Duits verdedigingspunt boven op de kliffen, dat heldhaftig werd veroverd door de Amerikaanse troepen. Nadat u uw benen hebt kunnen strekken gaat de reis verder naar Colleville-sur-Mer waar u op de Amerikaanse begraafplaats eer kunt betonen aan de gevallen soldaten. Kijk vanaf de begraafplaats naar beneden naar Omaha Beach, één van de landingsstranden waar veel Amerikaanse soldaten zijn begraven, en stap vervolgens binnen bij het bezoekerscentrum van Omaha Beach om meer te weten te komen over de landingen op Omaha Beach, waarbij maar heel weinig volgens plan verliep.
Nadat u het centrum hebt verkend met uw gids, gaat u terug naar de bus. De dag eindigt wanneer u wordt afgezet bij het beginpunt in het centrum van Parijs.
- Vervoer per touringcar met airconditioning
- Professionele gids
- Hoofdtelefoons, indien nodig
- Toegang tot: Utah Beachmuseum en bezoekerscentrum Omaha Beach
- Cider- en calvadosproeverij
- Lunch met 1 glas cider
- Fooien (optioneel)
- Ophalen en afzetten bij hotel
- Eten en drinken, tenzij aangegeven
- Bevestiging krijgt u ten tijde van de boeking
- Deze rondleiding bestaat gedeeltelijk uit wandelingen
- Niet rolstoeltoegankelijk
- Geef uw speciale dieetwensen op in het veld 'Speciale verzoeken' wanneer u boekt
Thanks so much for this wonderful trip. The guide (sorry, I forget his name) was excellent and very informative about the background to WW1, WW2, and the invasion of the allies at Normandy. We could not have been more pleased. The only minor frustration was the lack of time at each stop. Would have been interested in more time at Utah Beach and the American cemetery, but I understood the constraints of travel and back from Paris. Thanks again. I would recommend this trip highly.
Our guide and driver were excellent. I would recommend this tour hands down. I have wanted to see the Normandy Beachheads all of my life to honor the sacrifices made for our freedom.
First off, if you want to see different features of Normandy, this tour is for you. The guide, John, was excellent, the bus was comfortable, and the restaurant where we ate lunch was good as well as picturesque.. That being said, if you want a tour strictly for history, this probably isn't the tour for you. We had ample time at Utah Beach, and Pont du Hoc, but not as much time at Omaha Beach as I would've liked. There is about a forty-five minute stop at a cider tasting place, which didn't interest me at all. I would've preferred using that time at Omaha Beach. The tour description was clear about the cider tasting stop ,though, so I can't complain. Fortunately for me, there was a cemetery for German war dead about a quarter of a mile from the cider place, so I had time to walk there and get back before the cider stop was finished. At Utah Beach, there was time to watch a ten minute movie, then walk out onto the beach, and at Pont Du Hoc, there was time to walk through the bunkers and see everything that is there. However, at Omaha Beach, the stop is only about forty five minutes long, so there's no time to go down on the beach, and not much time to walk around the cemetery. The visitor's center was closed when we were there, which is just as well since there would've been very little time to go there. It's a little bit of a hike from the parking lot to the cemetery, so you have to hustle to see what you want to see. On our particular tour, probably 95% of the passengers were American, as is John. We had no problems finding the meeting place, and the tour left right on time. There were three entrée choices for the restaurant (fish, beef, and vegetarian). There wasn't a restroom on the bus, but there is a rest stop about halfway both going and coming. One of the bus drivers had a little bit of an attitude when people brought food back to the bus, but John had said it was OK, so everybody just ignored the driver. Good tour, but if you're focus is just history, there are other tours that would probably be more satisfying.
We loved the tour of Normandy, very moving and meaningful. The guide had an accent that we had to really concentrate on to understand, but he was very knowledgeable and friendly. The cider tasting facility was interesting and enjoyable as well. The bus we rode on was very comfortable and the stops were nice, one stop was the ONLY place in Europe that I got to enjoy a Dr. Pepper!
The Normandy Beaches and American Cemetery are all that mattered to us and we were rushed through each of these sites. We spent close to 30 minutes at the cider tasting site and we thought that it should have been skipped altogether. It takes a LONG time to get to Utah and Omaha Beaches, and there was way too little time at these important historical sites.
The idea of the trip was great, hitting one of the Normandy beaches, a cider tasting, lunch, pont du huac, and then the American Cemetery. But we only got an 45 minutes-an hour at each location because it was a four hour drive to get to Normandy and then another 4 hours back to Paris. My advice to them would be to drop either the cider tasting or the lunch, or both, because the reason most people would choose this trip would be to see the sites and the history. I would've liked more time at those places and could have either packed a lunch or bought something at the rest stop we stopped at on the way to Normandy. For almost a $200 investment I expected a bit more time at the sites themselves. Really could've done without the tasting and the lunch.
Highly recommend this excursion! Jon and Brad were excellent. So appreciate their passion and interest in this topic. Also, loved the sweet diversion to the cider tasting. Beautiful represtation of Normandy. Thank you!!
Our experience was the perfect mix of history, leisure and fun. Their deep knowledge of the region and D-Day events made it a truly memorable day. Cider/Calvados tasting was THE BEST!
The day trip overall was incredible. We had a fantastic time at every stop. It was a fantastic way to experience our history. The cider tasting was incredible, the host was very nice and well learned at his craft. The only complaint I had was one of our guides we had two had so many piercings in/around her mouth that she was extremely difficult to understand. Thankfully the other guide did most of the talking.
The amount of information and sites packed into this day makes it worth every penny. When it says “lunch” I envisioned a sandwich and chips and was pleasantly surprised for a lovely sit down lunch with a main course and dessert. Our guides Anatole and Brad struck the right note with information and letting people rest on the bus when needed. It is a LONG day, make no mistake. We left the hotel at 6:15am to meet at the rendezvous point and got back around 9:30pm. It’s worth it. Wear comfortable clothing and settle in for a memorable day.
The trip made the history of D-Day, so much more come alive! Our 2 guides/ hosts could not have done a better job of providing a fantastic experience, And the driver was very competent and accommodating. We heard so many stories of what led up to the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944, as well as what happened on that longest day! Would go back to do the trip over again with those 2 gentlemen! I am fairly knowledgeable in WW2, and I learned things I didn’t know. The cider tour was a lot of fun too. Enjoyed the cider and the dogs. Lunch was excellent! Great setting at harbor restaurant. Could not have asked for anything more! Thank you so much! Dave and Cindy Wilson
We took the tour that included both beaches, the cemetery, museum, cider tasting, and lunch. It was a very long day, but well worth the trip. Our tour guides, Brad and Ansul, were very knowledgeable and entertaining! We were transported in a very comfortable bus with ample space. The tour was very well paced allowing enough time for each stop, to include restroom and snack breaks. We enjoyed visiting the Cider Distillery and the lunch was EXCELLENT! We highly recommend this tour. It is an awe inspiring trip that you will truly enjoy! The tour was provided by City Wonders.
Excellent trip, was able. To honor my father and other World War 2 vets! THis was something we had wanted to do for many years. brad and Anayole were great tour guides.
Amazing tour Brad and Zach were GREAT. Perfect guides with a wealth of information about Normandy but also great tips about Paris. Being on both Utah and Omaha beaches were amazing and surreal. Pointe du Hoc and American Cemetery were just as powerful to visit. The lunch was fantastic and the visit to the apple cider farm house tasting was beautiful and delicious. I look forward coming back and spending more time in Normandy but at least I was able to spend part of a day at a place that has been on my bucket list for many years. I would highly recommend this tour to everybody
Very Informative and professionally organized..Extremely pleased and would recommend to anyone My son was literally captivated
It was a long day of travel, but so worth it. Our guides, Brad and Zach, were very informative and personable.