Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy

9 days from $7,533 per person*
  • Devote consecutive days to exploring Normandy’s WWII sites with a private guide.
  • Walk Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery, and the D-Day Landing Museum.
  • Visit the stunning island commune of Mont Saint-Michel.
  • Explore Paris with a private guide and dine atop the Eiffel Tower.
  • Stay at a handpicked selection of premium accommodations.
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On a drizzly morning in June 1944, a wave of men 156,000 strong rolled across the English Channel. Their destination: The northern coast of France. Their mission: To take back a continent. Their legacy: The beginning of the end of a war that threatened to consume the globe. Peace would come, but many thousands of those men would not live to see it. As the setting for the greatest seaborne invasion in history, Normandy has become synonymous with World War II. The guns are quiet now; the bunkers stand empty. But the towering cliffs and sleepy seaside towns still draw those looking to reflect, to remember, and to pay homage. It remains a place that reminds visitors not only of the cost of peace but of why peace is worth fighting for.

A moving journey that combines the magic of Paris with the solemnity of Normandy, this tour begins in the French capital, where you’ll be treated to an insider’s glimpse of the “City of Lights” on a half-day tour of its landmarks. Later, explore the Palace of Versailles, the fascinating chateau of Louis XIV and symbol of the ancien régime. Then, head north by rail to historic Bayeux, the gateway to Normandy. Spend the next two days as you wish: exploring the D-Day Landing Museum, the American Military Cemetery, Pointe du Hoc, Sainte-Mère-Église, and walking Utah and Omaha beaches in the company of a private guide. Later, go back even further in time courtesy of a full-day tour of spectacular Mont Saint-Michel, a majestic fortified island monastery and UNESCO World Heritage Site before returning to Paris for the quintessential French adieu: dinner atop the Eiffel Tower. ... Show More »

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Paris
    Paris
    • Airport Meet & Greet - Assistant
    • Private Transfer - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver
    • France - Welcome Package Paris & North
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour with Eiffel Tower (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 3 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Versailles (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
  • Day 4 Paris to Bayeux
    Paris to Bayeux
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Paris - Bayeux [2 hrs ] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Bayeux
    Bayeux
    • Private Tour - World War II - US Sites with Omaha Beach (8.5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Omaha Beach
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Bayeux
    Bayeux
    • Private Tour - World War II - US Sites with Utah Beach (8.5 hrs) - Vehcile/Driver-Guide
    • Utah Beach
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Bayeux
    Bayeux
    • Private Tour - Mont Saint Michel (9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Bayeux to Paris
    Bayeux to Paris
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Train - Bayeux - Paris [2 hrs ] - First Class
    • Private Transfer - Train Station - Vehicle/Driver
    • Dinner at Restaurant 58 Eiffel Tower (Menu Sensation) - Dinner
  • Day 9 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Transfer - Airport (CDG or Orly) - Vehicle/Driver
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Day 1: Paris

For your added comfort, a Meet & Greet assistant will be waiting for you outside of airport customs, holding a sign with your name on it. They will help you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

A welcome package with a city map, train tickets (if relevant), and any other touristic information that we deem you may find useful, will be provided to you on your first day in destination.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

Situated between the Louvre and Opera, the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is an essential Parisian address, a refined haven in the heart of Paris where architecture, culture and gastronomy blend with the most exclusive boutiques. The hotel is nestled in a magnificent 18th century building, parts of which are officially designated a historic monument. All 68 rooms and suites are luxuriously equipped with Pierre-Yves Rochon’s decor, while an on-site spa and restaurant, staff trained in the tradition of luxury French hotels, and the unique location in Paris make the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal the new address for Parisian chic.

Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Paris
Paris
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Grand Hotel du Palais (4*)
Grand Hotel du Palais (4*)

Day 2: Paris

With your private guide and driver, embark on a half-day exploration into the history of Paris, while bearing witness to all of the must-see highlights in the City of Lights. Make your way to Ile de la Cite, where the medieval city was focused, and where you can admire the cathedral of Notre-Dame, one of the most famous Catholic churches in the world. In Le Marais district, a chic quarter known for its food, you can see the stunning Place des Vosges, a historic planned square formerly populated by Parisian nobility. After, make your way to see the courtyards of the world famous Louvre, the largest palace and museum in Europe. Admire breathtaking architecture while your guide stimulates the imagination with tales and legends from the palace's past. Continue on to learn about Paris at the time of Napoleon as you see the imposing Arc de Triomphe on the renowned Champs-Elysees, then learn about the World's Fair held in 1900 as you head over towards the Eiffel Tower, and Trocadéro – which boasts the best view of the Tower in the entire city! Head up the Eiffel Tower with your guide, and see the city's true beauty from the third floor observation deck, where the views are remarkable.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Eiffel Tower
Eiffel Tower

Day 3: Paris

Enjoy a half day visiting the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Palace of Versailles, traveling in a private car and English speaking guide. This magnificent Baroque palace is known to the world as a symbol of civilization and pleasure. The Palace of Versailles dates back to 1038 and was the official residence of the Kings of France from 1682 until 1790. Used by Louis XIV initially as a hunting lodge, the property expanded to become the majestic site of French classical architecture complete with extensive manicured gardens. The interior showcases brilliant examples of Baroque furnishings, a rare collection art, and special exhibitions. Your guide will lead you through the most beautiful rooms where you'll be dazzled by their sheer opulence. Free time is allocated at the end of the tour for a walk in the French style gardens which feature exalted statues, busts, and marble vases, before returning to Paris.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Versailles
Versailles

Day 4: Paris - Bayeux

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Paris to Bayeux. Approximate travel time is 2 hours.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Accommodation: La Villa Lara

Just opposite the 11th century Bayeux Cathedral, the luxurious La Villa Lara boutique hotel provides a chic but casual atmosphere, in the heart of Bayeux's historic center. Its twenty-eight elegantly appointed guestrooms are uniquely styled, offering comfort, harmony, and a view of the beautifully illuminated cathedral at night, not to mention fine furnishings crafted by the famous French cabinetmaker Moissonnier. La Villa Lara's casual bar and lounge area leads to a library with a comforting fireplace setting the mood in the colder months. Not far from the D-Day landing beaches, La Villa Lara offers a superb opportunity to explore the history of Normandy.

Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Bayeux Cathedral
Bayeux Cathedral
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  La Villa Lara
La Villa Lara

Day 5: Bayeux

Meet your private driver-guide at your hotel and depart on a full day tour to Normandy’s D-Day Beaches, where you’ll follow in the footsteps of the Allies during World War II. Retrace the events of June 6, 1944, now recognized as “The Longest Day”. This journey back in time will also give you the opportunity to appreciate the charm of the small villages that dot the countryside of Normandy. Start with a visit of Arromanches, where you can view the remains of the artificial harbor constructed during the Second World War, now home to the D-Day Landing Museum. Visit Omaha Beach, witness to the most vicious fighting of World War II, depicted in the opening scenes of Steven Spielberg's film, Saving Private Ryan. Approximately 34,000 soldiers from the 1st, 2nd and 29th Infantry Divisions landed on this beach on D-Day, trying to breach the anti-tank and anti-landing craft obstacles. Just over a mile west along the beach from Omaha is the American Military Cemetery, where the graves of 9,386 American soldiers can be found. This immense place of memory and reflection will amaze you with its calmness and serenity. You can see the graves of some of the 307 unknown soldiers, or visit the resting places of the more famous, such as the Niland brothers, inspiration for Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan.

Please note, as WWII-themed day tours are often tailored on the spot to your personal interests or experiences, all entrances (if desired) are payable locally. Please speak with your guide about visiting optional sites such as the D-Day Museum or the Caen Memorial.

Accommodation: La Villa Lara
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  American War Cemetery
American War Cemetery

Day 6: Bayeux

Set out with your driver-guide for some exploration into World War II territory, focusing on strategic US sites. First, head to Sainte Mère L’Eglise where more than 16,000 paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions landed behind Utah Beach on The Longest Day to assist the seaborne landings. These landings are commemorated in two of the stained-glass windows now to be seen in the town’s church. Continue to Utah Beach: the first beach secured by the Allies in the early hours of Operation Overlord, best known for both its light casualties and its famous commander, Theodore Roosevelt Jr, son of the President of the same name. At the site of La Madeleine, the centre of the landings on Utah, you can see the remains of the German bunkers as well as various different pieces of Allied equipment beside the monuments to the American divisions who opened the “Road of Liberty”. Continue to Pointe du Hoc where a German-built heavy artillery battery represented a formidable threat to Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east, where American troops were going to land. The overpowering of Pointe du Hoc was a long and laborious fight, leading to heavy casualties for the 2nd Battalion. Finish with La Cambe, initially one of a number of temporary American cemeteries, now the somber final resting place of over 21,000 German soldiers who paid with their life following Hitler’s order to “Never Retreat, Never Surrender”.

Please note, as WWII-themed day tours are often tailored on the spot to your personal interests or experiences, all entrances (if desired) are payable on the spot.

Accommodation: La Villa Lara
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Utah Beach
Utah Beach
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Pointe du Hoc
Pointe du Hoc

Day 7: Bayeux

Set out on a full day excursion to one of the most visited sites in all of France - the majestic Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with your private vehicle and English speaking driver-guide. Dating back to the year 708 AD, the abbey of Mont Saint Michel was one of the major pilgrimage destinations in medieval Christendom. The architecture is stunning, the location magical, and the village, one of the quaintest in the country. The final stretch of your near 2.5 hour drive through historic Normandy will be like that of a mirage, approaching the fairytale-like Mont Saint Michel, which from a distance seems to be floating almost in mid-air. On arrival, you'll have a visit of the Gothic and Norman Romanesque abbey, which at 260 feet high towers over the village. You can climb the stone steps to the monastery, roam through the vertical maze of chambers, and take in the beautiful light and surrounding scenery. Lose yourself in the charm of this medieval village before returning to Bayeux at the end of the day. 

Accommodation: La Villa Lara
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel

Day 8: Bayeux - Paris

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Depart by train from Bayeux to Paris. Approximate travel time is 2 hours.

Meet your private driver and vehicle for a train station transfer.

Enjoy a gourmet evening as you dine at Restaurant 58 on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, offering marvelous views across Paris. Your meal includes a lift ticket, privileged seating, a glass of champagne, a 3-course dinner menu, and select wine, mineral water, and coffee. 

Please speak with your Destination Expert if you would like to have private transfers arranged for dinner.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Eiffel Tower at Night
Eiffel Tower at Night

Day 9: Paris

Meet your private driver and vehicle for an airport transfer.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal: Paris

Situated between the Louvre and Opera, the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is an essential Parisian address, a refined haven in the heart of Paris where architecture, culture and gastronomy blend with the most exclusive boutiques. The hotel is nestled in a magnificent 18th century building, parts of which are officially designated a historic monument. All 68 rooms and suites are luxuriously equipped with Pierre-Yves Rochon’s decor, while an on-site spa and restaurant, staff trained in the tradition of luxury French hotels, and the unique location in Paris make the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal the new address for Parisian chic.

Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  Grand Hotel du Palais (4*)
Grand Hotel du Palais (4*)

La Villa Lara: Bayeux

Just opposite the 11th century Bayeux Cathedral, the luxurious La Villa Lara boutique hotel provides a chic but casual atmosphere, in the heart of Bayeux's historic center. Its twenty-eight elegantly appointed guestrooms are uniquely styled, offering comfort, harmony, and a view of the beautifully illuminated cathedral at night, not to mention fine furnishings crafted by the famous French cabinetmaker Moissonnier. La Villa Lara's casual bar and lounge area leads to a library with a comforting fireplace setting the mood in the colder months. Not far from the D-Day landing beaches, La Villa Lara offers a superb opportunity to explore the history of Normandy.

Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2018 - 2019 -  La Villa Lara
La Villa Lara

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
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