A World War II historic guide to discover the D-Day Landing Beaches in Normandy

Travel Normandy guide François Gauthron offers tours of the Normandy landing beaches, World War II battlefield. Come and discover the most famous part of Normandy where took place the Landing and the battle of Normandy in June 1944 to liberate France and Europe. You will be escorted by a qualified bilingual guide who will show you round the major sites of the beaches. Visit the highlights of World War II sites in Normandy with an expert license guide, first the most important sites of the landing beaches.

Normandy Travel

Travel in Normandy with Francois Gauthron

Customized Tours

Claude Monet's House and Gardens: the painter who founded the Impressionist school lived in Giverny.

North Cotentin Peninsula.

Cider manufacture.

Medieval tradition at Chateau Fontaine-Henry.

Horsing at Arromanches.

A fascinating history

From the Roman and the Vikings to the Conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 and all the cities and abbeys evocating this period, until the tragedy of the WWII and the Landing beaches.

Famous painters and authors

Discover tours around literature to evocate Flaubert, Proust, Victor Hugo and many others.

You will follow their steps through the Norman countryside and famous cities.

Painting is also well represented with the impressionist movement in the river Seine valley, along the Alabaster coast and in the north Cotentin Peninsula.

The Beaux Arts museums in Rouen and Caen as well as the A. Malraux's museum in Le Havre are worth a visit.

Mont-Saint-Michel.

Nature

Numerous gardens and parks, private properties can be visited and open their doors from spring to autumn: ancient trees, odd gardens, thematic parks...

A large choice for the amateur or the expert.

Horses

Normandy is really the paradise for horses and we have lots of stud farms in the area including two national ones.

In the scenic pays d'Auge, in the flat Bessin or in the Orne and Manche regions you can find numerous stud-farms breeding race-horses, draught-horses (cobs and percherons), thoroughbred horses...

Normandy is the world of champions well known throughout the world.

We suggest you to discover this fascinating world with us including the visit of a national stud-farm, a private horse breeding, a racecourse... and why not spending the night or having lunch in one of this pleasant place.

Lots of horse racing are taking place all the year long. Take this opportunity to learn more about our country.

Beuvron in Pays d'Auge.

Etretat chalk cliffs.

Architecture and Normans Traditions

To qualify it we could just say "splendid and varied".

Houses built in local stone, half-timbered manors, thatched or slated-roof cottages, amazing roof fanials and decorations... wonderful villas dated C19 in the seaside resorts, large manor houses and farms in the countryside, medieval castles and porches... the area will always surprise you.

Gastronomy

Also "splendid and varied" and not offering only butter, cream and camembert!

We have 12 "AOC" (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée, very controlled product of a delimited area) with a large choice of products from the land but also from the sea: cheeses like Neufchâtel and Pont-l'Evêque, oysters, mussels and scallops, cider, calvados and pommeau (apple alcohol), poiré (pear's cider), lamb of Mont-Saint-Michel's bay... discover with us a gourmet meal, a market with a specialist, a cooking lesson with a Chef...

Technical tourism

Discovery of the coast and the harbours, visit of companies like a Truck and cabs manufacture, a leather work shop, a nuclear power station, an umbrella maker, distilleries, a chocolate factory... so many possibilities to fit with the interest of your group.
Some companies can open their doors to the visitor.


Rates and some details

Customized Tours

Thematics

Normandy is famous for its past, its traditions and its gastronomy. It is well known also for its agriculture and breeding and the region offers lots of possibilities to the visitor who really wants to discover it.

Take your time to stroll and explore its cities, valleys and plains... From the Alabaster coast with its impressive chalk cliffs, the Mont-Saint-Michel salt marshes, the "mountains" of the Suisse Normande region...

We offer you to build your tour including one - or more - topics.

... And so much more, whether you want to spend one day or several days in the area you will be delighted with the possibilities that the area offers you. After a visit in Normandy, you will just wish to come back and spend more time with us!

Many customized guide services

What's about a tour for your family only?

What's best than someone who really takes care of you personally, who adapts the tour to your wishes, your rhythm?

We will meet you at your hotel, in Bayeux or in Caen or in any other cities where you would like to start the tour. With or without transport, we can provide you the service of a qualified guide who will adapt the program of the day according to your wishes.
Just ask for it !

Around Europe guide

I also guide on other sites than Normandy as long they are related to WWI or WWII.

I can act as driver everywhere in Europe for extended tours.

Information

For Day trip / D-Day tour from Paris
I recommend the morning train from St Lazare (7.07 am - But later on Sat and Sun) to Carentan. Return journey from Bayeux (6.41 pm train); Caen is no more a good option.

New interpretive center
American Cemetery, the ABMC did open in 2007 a new interpretive center, which is a lot better than Caen Memorial and FREE of charge.

 

From
1 to 6 pax
Public

From
7 to 8 pax
Public

Supplementary mileage including tolls, parking

D-DAY TOUR FULL DAY
Round trip from P/U point; 300 km included; 9 hours tour (supplementary hour is 50.00 euros)

Bayeux

500

600

0.8

Caen

530

650

0.8

Le Havre

860

980

0.8

Rouen

860

980

0.8

Cherbourg

750

860

0.8

St Malo

860

975

0.8

HALF DAY
Round trip from P/U point; 150 km included; 4.30 Hours; from 8.00 am to 12.30 and from 1.00pm to 4.30 pm

Bayeux

350

450

0.8

Caen

380

490

0.8

MSM TOUR FULL DAY
Round trip from  P/U point; 350 km included; 9 hours tour

Bayeux

515

630

0.8

Caen

555

670

0.8

Le Havre

975

1090

0.8

Rouen

850

1090

0.8

Cherbourg

860

975

0.8

TRANSFER with some sightseeing not exceeding 2 hours
For P/U before 9.00 am add 100 euros

P/U Paris
D/O Bayeux

650

750

0.8

P/U CDG / ORLY D/O Bayeux

685

790

0.8

P/U Rouen   D/O Bayeux

555

640

0.8

P/U St Malo

555

640

0.8

Driver at disposal and chauffeured tour

Driver at disposal 9 hours 300 km included

450

550

0.8

Driver at disposal 4.30 hours
Round trip from P/U point
150 km included
4.30 Hours
from 8.00 am to 12.30 and from 1.00pm to 4.30 pm

280

380

0.8

Chauffeured tour on long trip, no more that 300 km per day, all driver expenses included

550

650

0.8

STEP ON GUIDE in client's car, not driving

Bayeux round trip or Caen round trip ( 9 hours )

 

350

 

Meeting point out of Bx or Caen add 0.6 per km.

 

 

0.6

On Extended tour motor coach

All guide's expenses has to be covered by the group such as meals, accommodation, transportation.

400