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Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc

Pointe du Hoc, France

The Basics

Pointe du Hoc rises between Omaha and Utah beaches in Normandy, where American troops landed during the D-Day events of June 1944. Though well-fortified by German troops, the United States Army Ranger Assault Group was able to scale the cliffs—the highest point in the area—and ultimately wrest back control of the coast from German forces. A monument to fallen American troops is situated atop the remains of a German bunker.

Pointe du Hoc features on numerous World War II history tours of Normandy, including full-day trips from Paris that also visit the Normandy beaches, the Normandy American Cemetery, and other pivotal sites.

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Pointe du Hoc,Omaha Beach, American Cemetery - Day trip from Paris to Normandy
Pointe du Hoc,Omaha Beach, American Cemetery - Day trip from Paris to Normandy
$291.77 per adult
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The entire experience was...
The entire experience was awesome. The guide Regis was very friendly and accommodative. He made the history come alive.
Jayanti_D, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Bayeux

star-5
Fantastic tour of Normandy
lisalawson421, Oct 2019
Pointe du Hoc,Omaha Beach, American Cemetery - Day trip from Paris to Normandy
Regi is an incredible tour guide. He is very personable, knows the area and its history, and overall provides a wonderful day touring Normandy. I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Powerful and Moving Day Trip
James_P, Jul 2019
Normandy D-Day Beaches Utah, Omaha, Pointe du Hoc Day Trip from Paris
This is an absolute must-do! This is a very moving trip and wonderfully educational concerning the bravery of American soldiers during Operation Overlord and the storming of Utah Beach and Omaha Beach. This day trip was long on my bucket list, if for nothing more than to pay respects at the American War Memorial and Cemetery at Omaha Beach.
star-5
Highly Recommend
Justine_F, Jul 2020
Pointe du Hoc,Omaha Beach, American Cemetery - Day trip from Paris to Normandy
We really enjoyed the day! The tour was a very comprehensive overview of the key sites around Omaha Beach. We saw some really interesting landmarks narrated by a very knowledgeable tour guide, Regis. He even took us off-piste to visit the lesser known areas of Omaha Beach, which demonstrated his level of interest in the subject and enthusiasm in teaching it to others. Very much recommend the tour for anyone wanting a well-rounded visit to Omaha Beach and to better understand the events of summer 1944.
star-5
Guide and tour were exceptional!
Karen_R, Jun 2019
Normandy D-Day Beaches Utah, Omaha & Pointe du Hoc Day Trip
Our guide picked us up early at our hotel and drove us and 2 others to see the beaches of Normandy. He stopped a couple of times along the way for restroom breaks and refreshments. We also stopped in the town where Joan of Arc was killed. There is a beautiful old church and quaint town to see as well. A great bonus! Our guide was very helpful filling in the facts about the different beaches and the cemetery at Omaha and Utah beach. Our trip back to Paris was comfortable. I would highly recommend this guide and tour to anyone wanting to see these sites.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Unlike many other World War II landmarks, Pointe du Hoc has been left largely untouched, and somber remnants of the conflict are still visible today.

  • A monument to Lieutenant Colonel James Earl Rudder, who led the Rangers in the Pointe du Hoc assault, also stands on site.

  • The clifftop memorial is always free to visit.

  • The events of D-Day have been immortalized in numerous Hollywood movies, including “The Longest Day” and “Saving Private Ryan.”

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How to Get There

Pointe du Hoc is located between Utah Beach to the west and Omaha Beach to the east. From Bayeux, the nearest major city, it is roughly a 30-minute drive via the N13. Guided tours from Paris make visiting the coastal site easier than ever.

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When to Get There

The Pointe du Hoc Memorial is always open and accessible to visitors. To take in the full grandeur of the site, it’s best to visit during typical daytime hours—preferably on a sunny day, when views overlooking the coast below are at their clearest.

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Normandy’s World War II Sites

Pointe du Hoc is just one of coastal Normandy’s important World War II landmarks. For visitors planning a full-day tour of the surrounding area, other essential stops include Omaha and Utah Beaches, the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in Colleville-sur-Mer, the Caen Memorial Museum, the D-Day Museum in Arromanches-sur-Mer, and the Airborne Museum in Sainte-Mère Église.

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