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How to Spend 2 Days in Bayeux

How to Spend 2 Days in Bayeux

Two days in Bayeux gives you time to tick off the top sights—which include the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry—and to discover more of Normandy on a day trip. Day tours often visit multiple sights in one day, while private tours let you customize your itinerary. Here’s how to spend two days in Bayeux.

Day 1: The best bits of Bayeux

Morning: Head straight to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum (Musée de la Tapisserie) to admire the UNESCO-listed artwork before the tour buses arrive. Afterwards, browse stalls at the lively Bayeux Market (only on Saturdays) for a taste of local life and cuisine—pick up a bottle of Normandy cider or calvados (apple brandy) as a souvenir.

Afternoon: Explore Bayeux Old Town on a walking tour, which typically cover must-see sights such as the Gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral of Bayeux, the Old Conservatoire de la Dentelle (Conservatory of Lace), the Botanical Gardens, and the Memorial Museum of the Battle of Normandy.

Night: Book a table at a restaurant in the Old Town to sample local delicacies such as fish stew or a meat dish à la Normande (with a creamy sauce); be sure to finish with a cheese plate— camembert is a favorite throughout France—and a classic tarte aux pommes (apple tart). A glass of Normandy cider is also a must.

Day 2: Explore Further Afield

Morning: Day trips from Bayeux typically visit the UNESCO-listed floating monastery of Mont Saint Michel or the nearby cities of Rouen and Caen. If you’ve only got time for one, opt for a tour that explores Normandy’s WWII sites, which include the D-Day Beaches of Omaha and Utah, and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.

Afternoon: Visiting the D-Day beaches with a guide provides important historical context, but for greater insight, there are a number of museums worth visiting. Most notable are the D-Day Landing Museum of Utah Beach and the Arromanches 360° Cinema, which shows never-before-seen archive footage—pre-book your tickets to avoid waiting in line.

Night: Summer visitors can enjoy a number of seasonal events in and around Bayeux. Nearby seaside towns such as Cabourg, Ouistreham, and Luc-sur-Mer host lively night markets, while Bayeux presents a dazzling light show several nights a week, against a backdrop of the cathedral.

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D-Day Omaha Beach Area Morning or Afternoon Group Tour from Bayeux

D-Day Omaha Beach Area Morning or Afternoon Group Tour from Bayeux

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Short on time in Bayeux but keen to see Normandy’s World War II US D-Day sites? Visit some key 1944 American locations on this half-day tour from Bayeux. Journey by air-conditioned minivan to Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc, where US troops landed on June 6th. Gaze at the cliffs and beaches as your expert guide shares detail and stories of the landings and forces involved. Finish at the American Cemetery to pay homage to those who lost their lives. Numbers are limited to 15 for a more personalized experience.
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Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites

Normandy Battlefields Tour - American Sites

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Get an up-close look at the site of America’s D-Day invasion with a visit to the Normandy battlefield beaches from Bayeux. On this 9-hour small-group tour, you’ll stroll Utah and Omaha beaches, explore famous wartime sites like Pointe du Hoc and Sainte-Mère Church, and learn the turbulent history of this key WWII location. Throughout the tour, enjoy free time to take souvenir photos, pay respects and ask questions of your expert guide.
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Normandy American & British D-Day Beaches Half Day Tour from Bayeux
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Normandy American & British D-Day Beaches Half Day Tour from Bayeux

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Learn about the pivotal role that Normandy’s beaches played in World War II—and pay tribute to the thousands of fallen soldiers—during this half-day history tour from Bayeux. Board your air-conditioned minivan and head to the coast, where you'll see landmarks ranging from Omaha Beach and La Pointe du Hoc to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
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Mont Saint Michel Experience

Mont Saint Michel Experience

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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mont Saint Michel the hassle-free way. You’ll be transported in a comfortable minivan with a restricted number of passengers, for personalized service. Tour the scenic countryside of Normandy first, then explore the medieval town and monastery upon a rock in the sea. Your English-speaking driver will ensure you learn all about the history of this beautiful place.
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Private Tour: D-Day Beaches from Bayeux
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Private Tour: D-Day Beaches from Bayeux

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Step back in time to June 1944 with a private day trip to Normandy’s D-Day beaches from Bayeux. With an informative local guide, hear insider tales of the World War II Allies’ landings and visit the key locations of Sword Beach, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. See the Longues sur Mer German bunkers, visit Sainte-Mere-Eglise and the Airborne Museum, and enjoy lunch overlooking Arromanches beach, the site of Mulberry Harbour. As this is a private tour, your itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your preferences.
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Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema Entrance Ticket

Arromanches 360 Circular Cinema Entrance Ticket

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Relive the Battle of Normandy and gain a unique insight into French history at the Arromanches 360° circular cinema. Watch the memorable film 'Normandy's 100 Days' on the high-definition panoramic screens and learn about the D-Day landings, see previously unseen footage from the archives, and follow in the footsteps of the Allied soldiers
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Private Tour : Normandy Specialties Food Tour from Bayeux
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Private Tour : Normandy Specialties Food Tour from Bayeux

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Indulge in a day of good French food and drink on this tour around Normandy. As this is a private tour you will receive personalized attention from your guide and be able to customize the itinerary to suit your tastes. See how local specialties are produced and visit local restaurants, all while learning about regional French cuisine and being inspired by delicious food.
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