Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy

9 days from $8,307 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
    Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 2 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day City Tour with Eiffel Tower (5 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
  • Day 3 Paris
    Paris
    • Private Tour - 1/2 Day Versailles (4 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
  • 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 (9 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver-Guide
    • Omaha Beach
    Breakfast
  • Day 6 Bayeux
    Bayeux
    • Private Tour - World War II - US Sites with Utah Beach (9 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    • Utah Beach
    Breakfast
  • Day 7 Bayeux
    Bayeux
    • Private Tour - Mont Saint Michel (8 hrs) - Vehicle/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 8 Bayeux to Paris
    Bayeux to Paris
    • Private Transfer - Bayeux - Paris [via Rouen, 6.5 hrs] -
    • Jules Verne at Eiffel Tower Dinner Reservation & Car Service - Vehicle/Driver
    Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
  • 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 (B) (Superior Room)

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 2019 - 2020 -  Paris
Paris
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Grand Hotel du Palais
Grand Hotel du Palais

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 home to 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.

Please note: Eiffel Tower tickets are subject to availability.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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 (B) (Superior Room)
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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 (4*)

Just opposite the Bayeux Cathedral, the luxurious La Villa Lara Boutique Hotel provides a chic but casual atmosphere, located in the heart of the Bayeux historic center.  The property is mere steps from the tapestry and very close to the D-Day landing beaches.  Each of the rooms ranges between 322 and 495 sq ft and feature decors in various color schemes and furnishings crafted by the famous French cabinetmaker Moissonnier. They offer comfort, harmony and a view of the beautifully illuminated 11th Cathedral at night. Guests at La Villa Lara can make way in the morning to the breakfast area where they will find a delicious buffet with regional offerings. There is a bar-lounge area leading to the library lounge which features a comforting fireplace.  The onsite Fitness room and meeting room are equipped with the latest technologies and available for use throughout the day.

Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Bayeux Cathedral
Bayeux Cathedral
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  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 (4*)
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  American War Cemetery
American War Cemetery
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Omaha Beach
Omaha Beach

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 Mere 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 center 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 (4*)
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Pointe du Hoc
Pointe du Hoc
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Utah Beach
Utah Beach

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 (4*)
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Mont Saint Michel
Mont Saint Michel

Day 8: Bayeux - Paris

Meet your private driver-guide and vehicle for a transfer to Paris, making a detour en route to discover Rouen, rich in its history as one of the most successful cities of medieval Europe. Take in the magnificent 16th century facade of the Gothic Rouen Cathedral, an image which renowned painter Claude Monet would paint many times over his career. Another main sight worth catching is the Gros Horloge, one of the oldest clock movements remaining in France, built over a Renaissance archway in the historic center. You can even stand in Place du Vieux Marche, infamous site of Joan of Arc's pyre, on May 30th, 1431. After your break in Rouen, you'll continue onward to Paris.

Tonight, discover the buzzing gastronomic scene of Paris while admiring majestic views at Le Jules Verne, located on the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. Dinner reservations will be made in advance, and round-trip transportation in a private vehicle will be provided. Bon appetit! 
Please note: Your meal is not included and is payable on the spot. Reservations are confirmed at the time of booking and are subject to availability.

Accommodation: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal (B) (Superior Room)
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Eiffel Tower Dinner
Eiffel Tower Dinner
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Rouen Cathedral
Rouen Cathedral

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.
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  • 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 (B) (Superior Room): 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.

La Villa Lara (4*): Bayeux

Just opposite the Bayeux Cathedral, the luxurious La Villa Lara Boutique Hotel provides a chic but casual atmosphere, located in the heart of the Bayeux historic center.  The property is mere steps from the tapestry and very close to the D-Day landing beaches.  Each of the rooms ranges between 322 and 495 sq ft and feature decors in various color schemes and furnishings crafted by the famous French cabinetmaker Moissonnier. They offer comfort, harmony and a view of the beautifully illuminated 11th Cathedral at night. Guests at La Villa Lara can make way in the morning to the breakfast area where they will find a delicious buffet with regional offerings. There is a bar-lounge area leading to the library lounge which features a comforting fireplace.  The onsite Fitness room and meeting room are equipped with the latest technologies and available for use throughout the day.

Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  La Villa Lara
La Villa Lara
Paris and the Historic WWII Sites of Normandy Tours 2019 - 2020 -  Breakfast Room
Breakfast Room

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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