The Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in France is located in Colleville-sur-Mer, on the site of the temporary American St. Laurent Cemetery, established by the U.S. First Army on June 8, 1944 as the first American cemetery on European soil in World War II.
TOUR #1 Omaha Beach – Half Day Tour
Half Day Tours: Our Shuttle in Bayeux departs from Place de Quebec, Normandy – Near the Tapestry
Tour # 1 is intended for visitors having only half a day to visit the landing areas at Omaha Beach. This is our comprehensive Omaha Beach Tour
MORNING TOUR : perfect for those who have only a few hours left in Normandy before their holidays move on to another region or wish to spend their afternoon time discovering what else the area has to offer.
AFTERNOON TOUR : ideal for those who are coming from Paris in the morning and wish to visit the medieval town of Bayeux before boarding a guided tour to the D-Day sites. Also to be enjoyed by those already in Bayeux of course!
Beginning at the infamous Omaha Beach , on to the American cemetery and then to Pointe du Hoc. The detailed story of what was the deadliest part of the liberation of Europe will be described to you in this historical tour, which will be supplemented with maps and pictures of the area.
From the German weapons strong hold of “WN 62” with its unmistakable view of Easy and Fox sectors on Omaha Beach, and the beach exit “D1” of Vierville sur Mer, we will take you back 60 years ago and relive the history again of our liberators.
This is a complete tour, giving you maximum information about the Omaha sector, from Omaha Beach to Pointe du Hoc in a four hour tour segment. When you choose this tour, you will undoubtedly understand why Omaha is such a mystical place in the Invasion landings, and will be remembered into eternity as “Bloody Omaha” on June 6th, 1944
This is an unmissable Normandy Beach Tour.
Hours 8.30 AM1.30 PM5.30 PM
Number of spots 16
This tour will take you to sectors where the American V Corps and VII Corps landings occurred at Omaha and Utah beaches. You will follow the steps of the famous 1st, 29th, and 4th American Infantry Divisions and the other units that linked up with them. You will also be taken to the misplaced drop zones of the 82nd and 101st Airborne Units that landed in the early morning hours of the D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944.
Lunch is not included in our fee.
Omaha and the WN
Here we will see many WN’s - (wiederstandnest- meaning German weapons strong point emplacements) from Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to Vierville. We will visit some of these strong points, which were the better-defended German Positions along Omaha. We will stop at WN 62 and WN 65 in Fox Green and Easy Red sectors of the American landing, and WN 73 in Dog Green at Vierville. This beach assault was a difficult assignment, given to US V Corps (General Gerow) whose Force O was made up of the 1st Infantry Division, 29th Infantry Division, the Rangers and several attached Units.
American Cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer
This Cemetery, extends over 172.5 acres, and is one of fourteen permanent American World War II cemeteries constructed on foreign soil. It contains the remains of 9387 servicemen and women killed for our freedom. The American Cemetery of Colleville conveys an unforgettable feeling of honor, peace and serenity.
Pointe du Hoc
Located on a cliff 8 miles west of the Cemetery, this monument was created by France to honour elements of the 2nd Rangers Battalion under the command of LTC James E. RUDDER which scaled the 100-foot cliff. Admiral Hall’s Intelligence officer remarked: "It can’t be done. Three old women with brooms could stop the Rangers scaling that cliff!". RUDDER replied to General BRADLEY: "Sir, my Rangers can do the job for you".
The German army fortified the area with concrete casemates and gun pits. On D-Day (6 June 1944) the United States Army Ranger Assault Group assaulted and captured Pointe du Hoc after scaling the cliffs.
Exit D3 limit Dog Red Easy Green onto Bloody Omaha. Omaha Beach was the code name for one of the five sectors of the Allied invasion of German-occupied France in the Normandy landings on 6 June 1944, during World War II. 'Omaha' was on the coast of Normandy, France, facing the English Channel, and was 8 kilometers (5 mi) long, from east of Sainte-Honorine-des-Pertes to west of Vierville-sur-Mer on the right bank of the Douve River estuary.