The D-Day battles of Normandy in 1944 were some of the most famous actions in the history of warfare, and Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours offers a range of tours that allows you to visit every corner of the battlefields. Our Normandy Flexi Tours are fully customisable, and allow you to tailor your tour to see the sites that are most important to you. Our D-Day tours operate with a maximum 8 passengers and are fully escorted by battlefield experts, who will bring the stories of courage and sacrifice to life. Visit the D-Day battlefields with Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours and know that you are travelling with the best!
Full Itinerary (Click here)
Normandy D Day Tour
Day 1, Arrive Bayeux
Your D-Day tour begins in the Norman town of Bayeux — the easiest way to get there from Paris is by train. We recommend catching a morning train to give you time to explore this gorgeous town. On arrival, you will check into your central 3-star hotel. We will supply you with a self-guided walking tour of the town’s key sites, as well as admission to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum. This 70-metre-long embroidery depicts the Norman invasion of England in 1066. After exploring the town, your evening is free to sample the delightful Norman cuisine on offer in Bayeux’s quaint restaurants.
STAR INCLUSIONS: Bayeux self-guided walking tour – Bayeux Tapestry Museum admission
Day 2, Depart Bayeux
This morning your expert Guide will meet you at your hotel for a full day exploring the D-Day battlefields. Your tour begins with a visit to the village of Sainte Mere Eglise, one of the first towns liberated by the Allies when it was captured by American Airborne troops early on June 6, 1944. Leaving Sainte Mere Eglise we will drive through the famous Norman ‘bocage’, the ancient hedged countryside that proved such an obstacle for Allied troops during the invasion. We will also drive past several drop zones where Airborne troops landed on D-Day. Our next stop is Utah Beach, the westernmost landing beach, where casualties were relatively light during the landings. While here we will see the remains of German defensive positions, allied vehicles and monuments to the troops who came ashore. After a short break for lunch we will continue to Pointe du Hoc, the German gun emplacement that was captured by US Rangers who had to scale sheer cliffs to reach the position. Today the site is still pockmarked with shell craters and the remains of German concrete pillboxes can be explored. We will then travel to the infamous Omaha Beach, the bloodiest landing site on D-Day, and see where American troops came ashore under a hail of gunfire and suffered thousands of casualties. This was the action famously depicted in Saving Private Ryan. Our final stop of the day is the huge American Cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer, which was also featured in Saving Private Ryan and is the last resting place of more than 9000 servicemen killed in Normandy. Time permitting, our guide will also take us to other D-Day sites of interest on the drive back to Bayeux. On arrival in Bayeux your Guide will transfer you to the train station for a connection back to Paris. (Additional nights’ accommodation in Bayeux can also be booked.) (B)
STAR INCLUSIONS: Full day touring the American sector of the D-Day landing beaches with our expert Guide
Your Tour Includes (Click here)
Normandy D Day Tour
- 1 night’s accommodation in a central 3-star hotel in Bayeux
- A full day touring the D-Day battlefields in the American sector in a small group tour (maximum 8 passengers)
- Comprehensive touring of all the major battle sites in the American sector, including many out-of-the-way sites visited only by Mat McLachlan Battlefield Tours
- Self-guided walking tour of Bayeux
- Admission to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum
- Travel by Deluxe air-conditioned vehicle
- All inclusions and admissions as described in the itinerary
- Reference to period photos and maps carried by our Guides
- Breakfast daily
- Ticket wallet and luggage tags
- The opportunity to discuss your battlefield travel plans with our expert team
Normandy D-Day Tour
HOW TO BOOK: Contact our reservations team on 1300 880 340 or click enquiry button below and leave your details. Deposit is 30% of selling price.
Please Note: This itinerary is an overview of the sites you can expect to see on our Normandy tour. Your Guide may adjust the order of visits during the tour.
If you would like to explore more of the D-Day battlefields, including the British and Canadian sectors, or customise the sites you would like to visit, please enquire about our Normandy Private Tours.
Please note. Itineraries are subject to change due to operational reasons. Any changes will be advised closer to the time of departure.
*From price per person in 2017, twin share, land only. Single price on application. Ask about our airfare deals, which offer great discounts when booked in conjunction with our tours.