with Juno Beach & Canadian Cemetery
Small Group Tour
Retrace the footsteps of the Canadian troops who fought for the liberation of France on this small group day trip to Juno Beach and the D-Day sites of Normandy. On this tour you’ll walk the sands of Juno Beach, explore inside German bunkers, visit the Juno Beach Center, and pay your respects to those who sacrificed everything at the Bény-Sur-Mer Canadian Cemetery.
On June 6th, 1944 the largest seaborne invasion ever attempted in history took place. The Allied troops waged an extremely difficult attack on the German forces who were entrenched in bunkers along the coast of Normandy. More than 14,000 Canadian soldiers landed or parachuted into France on that day. Though the soldiers knew that they were fighting against the odds they carried on with courage and helped to win the battle for Normandy.
Whether you’re a great admirer of military history or someone who is just curious about how the events really played out on D-Day, this tour will help you to better appreciate the remarkable acts of courage and bravery that took place on Juno Beach. For they are well worth learning about and being remembered by all free folk today.
Meet up in the morning with your guide close to the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and head off in a small group of 8 people to retrace the amazing events of D-Day and the Normandy Invasion. Juno Beach is only 2 hours away from Paris! You’ll enjoy the ride through the beautiful French countryside in our luxury van with leather seats and A/C.
Arriving in Normandy you’ll get right to the point by following your guide down onto the sands of Juno Beach. Using detailed maps and pictures your guide will explain how the landings unfolded. You’ll even see the famous “Canada House” said to be the first house liberated by the Allied Troops on D-Day.
Then you’ll visit the Juno Beach Center in Courseulles-sur-Mer. It is the most comprehensive museum detailing the Canadian operations in Normandy. After your visit of the Museum is over you’ll follow one of the official Juno Beach Center guides into two of the original German bunkers that had been part of the Atlantic Wall. These bunkers, normally closed off to the public, are a real treat to be able to explore!
When you’re done exploring the German bunkers it will be lunch time. The guide will take you to a nearby restaurant that has many local specialties, all very reasonably priced. You’ll be able to choose whatever your taste and budget allows directly off of their menu. It has fresh seafood, salads, and meat dishes as well as savory and sweet crepes. You’ll have one hour to rest and enjoy your lunch.
You will then visit the Canadian Cemetery in Beny-sur-Mer and learn the personal stories of some of the more than 2000 Canadian men who are buried there. Afterwards your guide will take you to Hell’s Corner, the furthest point reached by Canadian troops on D-Day. Hell’s Corner is located only 5km from the city of Caen, which was the actual objective for the Canadian troops on D-Day.
Due to the ferocious defenses of the Germans it took the Allied troops another 30 days to reach Caen itself. During the battle for Normandy 156 Canadians were captured and then executed in cold blood by a group of fanatics trained as “Hitler Youth”. At the Ardenne Abbey you’ll pay your respects to some of these men who died unjustly during the Ardenne Abbey Masacre.
Afterwards you’ll have free time to explore inside of The Grand Bunker: Atlantic Wall Museum. This museum is inside of the 5 story tall former Shooting Command of the German forces and has an amazing panoramic view over the English Channel. It’s collection details the Atlantic Wall’s impressive defenses and also has individual soldiers gear, landing craft, and an M3A3 Stuart light tank!
The ride back to Paris will take a little over 2 hours long and will include a stop for you to use the restroom and stretch your legs. You’ll arrive back in Paris at about 8pm and say goodbye to your guide next to the Arc de Triomphe.
Max. 8 pers. per tour
Back in Paris around 8PM
All of our tours are commented in English
Dates & Times
All year round
Thursday + Sunday at 7AM
6 Avenue de Wagram, Paris
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For the D-Day Beaches of Normandy Day Trip from Paris you will meet with your driver-guide outside of 6 Avenue de Wagram in Paris, it's located 300ft from the Arc de Triomphe.
Juno Beach Center
Visit the Juno Beach Center, the most comprehensive museum about the Canadian landings in Normandy.
Walk on the sands of Juno Beach in Normandy just like the Canadian troops did in June 1944.
Visit 2 bunkers on Juno Beach
Join an official Juno Beach Center guide and enter 2 (closed off to the public) German bunkers on Juno Beach.
See the famous “Canada House” on Juno Beach, said to be the first house liberated in Normandy.
Canadian Cemetery in Beny-sur-Mer
Pay your respects to the fallen Canadian soldiers at the Canadian Cemetery.
Lunch in Courseulles-sur-Mer
Enjoy 1hr of free time in Courseulles-sur-Mer for lunch (lunch not included in tour price)
The furthest advance inland taken by Canadian troops on D-Day, 5 miles from the city of Caen.
On June 1944, 20 Canadian soldiers were illegally executed at the abbey by members of the “Hitler Youth”.
Atlantic Wall Museum
Visit the command center for the German defenses and discover all kinds of objects/tanks/landing craft used during the Normandy Campaign.
Frequently Asked Questions
We accept children that are at least 7 years old on this tour. While this tour’s content was not planned out with kids in mind we do allow children that are aged at least 7 years old to join it with one of their parents. Kids younger than 7 years cannot join this tour as we do NOT have the suitable baby/child seats for them to ride in that are required by European law.
There is no legal drinking age in France for minors who drink under the supervision of a parent. It is illegal to allow a minor to become inebriated (drunk). The legal age to buy alcohol is 18.
No, sorry we cannot do this on one of our public small group tours. The other tour participants are expecting us to keep our word and run the tour in the way it has been advertised on our website.
We can create a custom made tour just for you if you decide to book a private tour. If you are interested in taking a private tour to Normandy, with one of our guides then please send us an email with your travel dates and how many people are in your party. We’ll get back to you right away with our guides availability.
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You remember that we we are in no way responsible for the weather and that our guides actually have to give 110% of themselves to you on days when the weather is not as nice in order to help you enjoy the tour.
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Children who will be riding on their own may be subject to a very short test run before the tour starts in which they will be expected to demonstrate: that they are well suited for their bike’s size and settings, that they know how to brake properly and that they are, in general, good cyclists who can be trusted to follow their tour guide in a safe manner.
We own 20” and 24” kids bikes (size of the wheel). Adult bikes are 26”. If the guide, or manager, finds that the child is not, for any reason, a good enough cyclist then the guide, or manager, has the right to refuse to let the child follow the tour on a personal bike.
This means they will either be asked to ride on one of our ‘tandem attachments’ which is attached to the back of a parents bike OR asked to ride in a child seat attached to the back of a parents bike. If the child refuses the change, then the guide or manager has the right to cancel the reservation, and not allow you and your child on the bike tour.
Refunds will not be issued if your reservation is cancelled because of your child not being able to cycle and their refusal to ride attached to you. Baby seats are for kids that are between the ages of 1 and 3 years old (max weight 22 kg (48 lbs)).
We also have some cool Burley™ tandem attachment bikes that are suitable for little kids who are too big for the baby seat but too small to cycle on their own (max weight 38 kg (85 lbs) - max height 137 cm (4 ft 6 in)).
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