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Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites

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Bayeux, France
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icon5 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Enrich your knowledge of the fascinating history of World War II on a full-day tour of the Normandy battlefields from Bayeux. With an accomplished guide, discover facts surrounding Canada’s lesser-known involvement in the liberation of Europe and pay your respects at the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery. Hear of the tragic Canadian massacre at Ardenne Abbey and listen to intriguing narration that reveals poignant and probing information. Receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to onely eight people.
  • Tour of Normandy’s Canadian World War II sites from Bayeux
  • Gain unique insight on Canada’s role in the war from your expert guide
  • Explore the Juno Beach Centre, Normandy’s only museum dedicated to Canadian WWII history
  • See German bunkers and Canadian artillery equipment on Juno Beach
  • Visit the Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, where thousands of Canadian soldiers are buried
  • Learn about the dark history of Ardenne Abbey
  • Small-group tour limited to eight ensures a more personalized experience
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Transport by air-conditioned minivan
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Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only) in Bayeux
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Food and drinks, unless specified

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1:00 PM
Bayeux train station and city center (place de Québec)
After departing from your centrally located Bayeux hotel or a prearranged meeting point, begin your half-day tour of Normandy's Canadian World War II sites. Get acquainted with your knowledgeable guide and enjoy the scenery of the 30-minute drive to the Juno Beach Centre, a unique museum dedicated to the Canadian soldier’s involved in World War II. 

Learn about the pivotal role played by Canada in the war and see moving commemorations to the sacrifices made by courageous soldiers. See the German bunkers and beach obstacles that surround the museum and get up close to historical monuments that speak eloquently of the area’s fascinating history. 

Stop next at Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery to feel emotionally stirred my mire than 2,000 headstones dedicated to British, French and Canadian soldiers killed during the D-Day attacks. Admire spectacular views of the rugged Atlantic coast and then continue to Ardenne Abbey to marvel at a masterpiece of Norman architecture. Follow your guide on a guided tour of the 12th-century structure and hear of its turbulent history before returning to the vehicle and relaxing during the scenic journey back to Bayeux.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Juno Beach Centre
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Juno Beach
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Abbey d’Ardenne
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note that the tour departs from Bayeux - Normandy. There is no hotel pickup from Paris.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • NST provides you with masks as well as hydroalcoholic gel. Our vehicles are disinfected after each use and the distance is respected.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Normandy Sightseeing Tour
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "A car is really essential to see all of the Canadian related D day sights and having a friendly, knowledge guide who spoke excellent English made it a perfect day." See review
  • "This is a wonderful half day tour from Bayeaux that encompasses the Juno Beach Centre, Juno Beach itself, the Canadian Cemetery, and the Abbey." See review
  • "The train station location was convenient as we had to take a train, then a bus back to our hotel in Cabourg." See review

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Canadians from Manitoba
Janice_T
, Aug 2022
Queen’s Own Canada House was a special for my husband. Visiting the sites and hearing the stories made the soldiers sacrifice very real and meaningful. Our guide (young man) was very informative, and sensitive to our feelings to allow us as much time as possible. Very much appreciated. Having a small group of 4 also made the tour much better.
star-5
So worth while!
Marilyn_M
, Jul 2022
Romain, our tour guide went above and beyond to learn if any of our relatives were in WWII. Sorry this took so long to write Romain. I went on Weds, May 11, 2022. I told him that I thought that my mom's cousin landed on D-Day. He was a 1st Hussar and a tanker. Romain was able to confirm that indeed MP Marcus A616 6th Armd. Regt., 1st Hussars did land on D-Day and drove across the very beach that we were standing on. Sadly, he was killed closing the Falaise gap outside Versainville August 15, 1944 at age 24. I had been to Bayeux Memorial a few time but this time, I noticed the book with the cross on it nearby. Romain kindly explained it's significance at one of our sites and that we can write a sentiment in it. He also made sure that we all saw the movie in Juno Beach Centre. Visiting Abbey d’Ardenne was particularly moving. This tour was so worth while; I haven't stopped thinking about it. I will definitely return. Just wish the tour was a little longer. Thanks again Romain. Marilyn
star-5
Great Tour of Canadian Beaches
Mark_T
, Sep 2021
A truly knowledge and passionate guide brought us to the all the important spots involving Canadian forces in the Battle of Normandy. He highlighted both the overall picture as well as added more personal details from the lives lost.
star-5
Absolutely fabulous!
merediths1970
, Jan 2020
Can not say more about this tour! Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave everyone ample time to see the sites. Definitely recommend!
star-5
Normandy Battlefields Tour- Canadian World War 2 Sites
Darlene_D
, Jan 2020
My adult daughter and I enjoyed this tour immensely. It was a lovely sunny day and our tour guide was so informative. Given that my Dad had landed on Juno Beach on D-Day, it meant a lot to us to have this opportunity. The Beny-sur-Mer Cemetery was very moving to see all those graves of Canadians as well. There is so much history in the area and it made me want to know more!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Canadian World War II Sites
Elizabeth R
, Oct 2019
Booking online was easy. Our guide and driver Caroline was very knowledgeable and we were given an adequate amount of time at each of our stops. The train station location was convenient as we had to take a train, then a bus back to our hotel in Cabourg. The Juneau Beach Centre was excellent with interactive displays and a very emotional film. We very much enjoyed walking on Juneau Beach and viewing the historical monuments there. Reading the headstones at the Beny-sur-Mer cemetery was also very emotional. We were disappointed that the write-up about the tour included a visit to Ardenne Abbey but there wasn't time to include that. Either the description should be changed or extra time allowed to include this important Canadian war site.
star-5
Worth Every Penny
Scott M
, Oct 2019
Our guide was not only knowledgeable and thorough, she had a great sense of time. She not only gave us a comprehensive tour of the sites, and tons of useful information, but she also gave the group time to explore on their own. That's good teaching ;) Thanks for a fantastic experience; would definitely recommend.
star-5
The best way to be introduced to Juno beach
mark_y
, Sep 2019
We were picked up promptly and our tour guide was an excellent driver. She was full of knowledge about Juno beach and kept the conversation going when it lulled. A car is really essential to see all of the Canadian related D day sights and having a friendly, knowledge guide who spoke excellent English made it a perfect day. She also has us back at the train station in plenty of time for the 1830 train back to Paris.
star-5
Nice tour
canadiangal2019
, Sep 2019
We had a wonderful tour, our tour guide was very informative. We learned a lot of information not taught in school.
star-5
Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites
Todd_H
, Sep 2019
My half-day tour was fantastic. Got to see all the relevant sites for the Canadian portion of the Normandy invasion. The tour guide, Celine, was very knowledgeable and was able to answer all our questions. Not to mention, she has excellent parking skills:)
star-5
Excellent Canadian History tour
Donald_P
, Aug 2019
This is a wonderful half day tour from Bayeaux that encompasses the Juno Beach Centre, Juno Beach itself, the Canadian Cemetery, and the Abbey. Our guide Celine was excellent with her detailed descriptions, pictures, and patience with all our questions. While it is a sombrr experience, she was also able to inject stories that helped us understand the personal side of the Normandy battle. Thank you so much for a wonderful and educational tour.
star-5
Great homage to the Canadian contribution
Kirk_C
, Jul 2019
Tour van was waiting for us as we were a tad late and our right away made us feel comfortable . Our guide was most informative on dates names troop movements etc for D day and the weeks following. I was glad as a Canadian to see the places of our contribution and the flag flying in so many spots . I would recommend all Canadians to take this tour .
star-4
❤️❤️❤️
Patricia_G
, Jun 2019
It was good tour!, I would recommend it to anyone! Did not feel rushed at all! Expectations were clear! And we had lots of time at each stop! Maybe a little more time at the juno beach centre would have been nice. Other then that it was well organized and very well explained loved Sunny our tour guide!
star-4
Great tour of Canadian battlefield and beach
Denise_A
, Jun 2019
We were so pleased to have finally found a tour that does the Canadian battlefields as most do the US sites. Tour included all the important areas - Juno Beach Centre, battlefield beach at Beny-sur Mer, Canadian cemetery and l’Abbaye d’Ardenne. The tour guide gave detailed information at each site along with pictures and she gave us enough free time to fully appreciate each area. The pick-up and drop off at our hotel was appreciated.
star-5
fascinating tour
Stephanie_S
, Jun 2019
Emilie was so knowledgable and kept the tour moving. She helped bring the stories of D Day and the Canadian soldiers to life
star-5
Highlight of our trip
Wanderer32273390294
, May 2019
Highlight of our trip! Incredibly knowledgeable host was able to answer all of our questions and had such a passion for history. Your see a lot in a few hours but it does not feel rushed. Its a very moving tour and I couldn't recommend it more. Bayeux is an easy train ride from Paris if your staying there and you can arrange pickup at the station.
star-5
Tour of Canadian WWII Sites in Normandy
Dawn W
, Apr 2019
Our tour guide was Gwin and he was amazing! He was very knowledgeable and was able to depart his knowledge in a very engaging manner. This was only a half day tour (5 hours) and yet we were able to see the various allied forces landing sites on Juno Beach, the Canadian Cemetery, the Juno Beach Canadian War museum and the Abbey at Verdennes. It was a very moving and educational day and Gwin was able to keep us on track without us feeling rushed. I would highly recommend.
star-5
Memorable and moving to visit the beach and then reflect on the lives lost while walking through the cemetery.
Patricia B
, Nov 2018
David, our tour guide had a wealth of knowledge and was pleasant and accommodating to both myself and adult son. While in the cemetery we happened to meet a local historian who was planting flowers at six graves. This gentleman is an author and it was an extra special treat to chat with him.
star-5
We had a very good experience on...
J W
, Jul 2018
We had a very good experience on this tour. Philip was a very knowledgeable and energetic tour guide. He gave us great insights into preparations for D-Day, great detail of D-Day itself and the days and weeks afterwards. A very humbling experience and something we would recommend for anyone, Canadian or otherwise. Some logistical notes we took the train from Paris, and with the length of the tour, it worked out to be a very good day trip. We were picked up at Bayeux train station at 13:00 although other pickups in the area can be arranged , and we were able to make the 18:35 back to Paris we had originally booked on the 20:09, but pulled it ahead, note: some train tickets have restrictions and can not be changed, we were only able to rebook because the later train was delayed 40 min.
star-5
Amazing experience
Paras_K
, Jul 2018
My wife and I visited the Canadian World War II sites and we were in complete awe. It was a very humbling experience and our tour guide, Philip, made it so much better. He gave us a visual journey of D-Day and many other Canadian contributions during WW2.

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