This tour is possible as a day trip from Paris (Monday to Friday).
I will greet you at Bayeux train station or at your hotel/accommodations and we’ll travel in my comfortable 9 seater, air-conditioned van, solely for you and your travel companions.
This is a typical Canadian tour but it may be possible to integrate any special requests – please contact me.
We will discuss the events leading up to D-Day en route to Graye-sur-Mer where the tour commences. On this western-most portion of Juno Beach, I will tell you more about the famed ideal behind the Atlantic Wall and the Allied preparations to ensure the success of the landings, wave after wave, which would establish the beachheads.
We will then make our way towards the Juno Center at Courseulles-sur-Mer. I highly recommend a visit here to learn more about the Canadian war effort and to see some extremely well-preserved bunkers.
Lunch will usually be at a nice little bistrot with a good choice of food and drink.
After lunch, we’ll head out to Bernières-sur-Mer to see the famous landmarks of “Canada House” and the old railway station, featured in many D-Day photographs.
The Canadian Commonwealth War Cemetery at Bény-sur-Mer will be our next stop to pay our respects to the 2,048 fallen who are buried there. There will be some time to appreciate the beautifully-kept grounds and to reflect on the ultimate price that these brave men paid.
On our way to our last stop of the afternoon, we will find out more about the Canadians’ successful push inland towards the city of Caen – the furthest of D-Day. I’ll also tell you about the gathering storm of what they were about to encounter and of the dreadful events ahead.
We arrive at the beautiful 12th century Abbaye d’Ardenne, which was requisitioned by the infamous 12th SS “Hitler Youth” Panzer Division on June 7th 1944, and we will discover more about its dark secrets of cruelty and murder.
On the return journey, we will talk about the unfolding of the Battle of Normandy and the ordeal faced by the Allied troops.
We will have covered a lot during the day – yet it is still just a brief insight into the Canadian actions during this historic campaign.