D-Day Beaches (Plages du Debarquement de la Bataille de Normandie)

D-Day Beaches (Plages du Debarquement de la Bataille de Normandie), Basse-Normandie

D-Day Beaches (Plages du Debarquement de la Bataille de Normandie)

D-Day Beaches (Plages du Debarquement de la Bataille de Normandie)
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia11,396 contributions
Oct 2021
Europe has several religious pilgrimage paths.
Visiting the D-day beaches should be a freedom pilgrimage path, as without that huge sacrifice the outcome of WWII could be different. D-day landing is considered the biggest and most complicated war operation in mankind history.
Visiting all 5 beaches was a highlight of our 10 days Normandy-Brittany tour.
If you want to visit all of them, I suggest splitting your visit into 2 days. We're talking about an area of around 100 km. Putting all of them in one day is possible, but it won't be a pleasant, relaxed and quality visit.
Make Caen your base. On the first day you can visit Sword, Juno and Gold beaches. They are in this order in the east-west direction, and pretty close to Caen.
Entire day 2 will cover Omaha and Utah beaches. They're further away, specially Utah, and they require more time to visit as there's more to see. I would call them the most developed landing sites with big museums, monuments and good signage and information.
Also, bear in mind that on their way is a fab town of Bayeux, which is a must see and requires 3-4 hours for itself only. It host the best D-day museum, the William Conqueror 11 c tapestry and an amazing Cathedral.
The only reason I give 4 stars is pretty bad signage of sights, specially for the Sword beach. I think French authorities should improve that, as these places deserve it for sure.
Entry to all beaches, monuments, bunkers,... is free. Usually there're enough parking places, which are also free. Paying are the museums, but the fees are reasonable.
You can read more on every beach and attraction in my separate reviews.
Written December 21, 2021
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia36,194 contributions
Sep 2019
We spent the best part of a day visiting the D-Day Beaches, in Normandy. It was quite an emotional trip. This is an amazing stretch of nature which now brings up such terrible images to visitors. The areas have been well maintained and it is easy to walk around and inspect the various sites. There are still some remnants of the war, such as battlements and others, as well as some wonderful memorials to the fallen and to those who participated in the war effort.
Written August 25, 2020
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Zubkow
Zurich, Switzerland208 contributions
Sep 2019
We had booked a guided tour (in French, but our guides English was impeccable. We chose the local language for study purposes). I'd suggest everyone do that. The information given was concise and just about right to process in the time used for the tour. There was enough quiet time on the sites so that everybody could digest the input, ask even more questions privately or just suck in the scenery and steep oneself in history.
The sites and sights are fantastic - and as much as natural beauty is present there is an ubiquitous loom of the war and the ghosts (not literally, of course) of the past.
Written June 9, 2020
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Dee_in_DE
Hockessin, Delaware303 contributions
Dec 2019
Our Viking Cruise offered a full day bus trip to the D-Day beaches. Such an emotional experience. They arranged a memorial service at the American cemetery. While the Star Spangled Banner was played, I had tears in my eyes. Then they asked veterans and those who served in the military to step forward and be recognized. So many on the tour did so. We are so blessed to have such brave veterans, past and present in our midst.
Written January 11, 2020
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RhondaP13
NY133 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
There is only one way to describe this experience... Chilling and overwhelming! The site of all the crosses in the Cemetery, the beach where you could picture what happened on that day!

Our guide was a wealth of information. I especially liked the story of vets who had visited and whom the guide had talked to. Our guide was a little chatty and I think a place like this needs some quiet time in which to reflect!

Written November 13, 2019
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marcmgvanhoey
Antwerp Province, Belgium219 contributions
Oct 2019
Perfect location to start a visit for this historical region. Good film, huge maquette and each country and armies participating.
This is one of the locations where we also met the belgian Brigade Piron and iTS role in liberation of europe.
Also THE view on the remains of THE mulberry is Unique.
Written November 1, 2019
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kerrym037
Leicester, UK51 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
So very humbling to visit the beaches.We started off atJuno beach as we was staying near by the museum was fantastic and informative as was the others you just don't realise how much hard work , courage and sacrifice there's men/ woman gave us it brings a tear just by typing this . You have got to visit.Thank you for all you have done for us.
Written October 25, 2019
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Lynda H
29 contributions
Aug 2019
Touring the beaches of Utah, Omaha, and the American Cemetery will leave you breathless. It is absolutely amazing to realize the coordination and effort the allied forces went through. I highly recommend making time if visiting London/Paris to visit here, you won't be sorry.
Written October 9, 2019
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27StephenH27
Lutherville Timonium, MD16 contributions
Sep 2019
The beaches at Normandy that our solidier had to climb give a real sense of what our soldiers accomplished in WW 2. They had to climb cliffs from which Nazi soldiers were attacking them. The graves of thousand of soldiers who lost their lives fighting for our country are very moving.
Written October 8, 2019
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Brady Finney
6 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
I have read a number of books on WWII and DDay and thought it would be great to see what I’ve read about. I didn’t realize how much I didn’t know or understand.
The tour was great and our guide Michael was super knowledgeable and could relate places we were to different books and movies.
He made the tour fun and interesting without being corny.
If you are in Paris, you will definitely want to stay in Bayeux the night before.
I can’t recommend the tour enough, and if you can request Michael, I would!
Written October 6, 2019
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