The lovely old town of Bayeux is in the département of Calvados, famed for its sought-after butter, cheese, cider and distinctive apple-flavored brandy. The D-Day beaches extend along almost the entire coast of Calvados, making Bayeux the perfect base for your WWII pilgrimage.
Day 1: Bayeux Tapestry & the Town
There's one reason why several million visitors descend on Bayeux every year - a 230-foot-long (90m) piece of painstakingly embroidered cloth known to the French as La Tapisserie de la Reine Mathilde (Tapestry of Queen Matilda), and to the rest of the world as the Bayeux Tapestry.
Of course, there's more to the town than its impressive needlework. Bayeux is one of the few towns in the region to have survived WWII practically unscathed. Its winding streets are crammed with higgledy-piggledy period buildings, including a fine Gothic cathedral and lots of wooden-framed Norman houses.
Day 2: The Normandy Region
Discover the often-missed beauty of Bayeux itself on a private tour of Bayeux, Honfleur, and Pays d'Auge. You'll tour this former capital of 11th-century Normandy, drive through the rich, dairy countryside and visit Honfleur, one of Normandy's most attractive harbor towns. Another day trip can take you on a private tour to Saint Michel, a magical World Heritage-listed island abbey, and the fortified port of Saint Malo.
Day 3: The Historic Normandy Beaches
The D-Day landing beaches - Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword - lie just a few miles north of Bayeux. A private tour of the Normandy beaches reveals the history behind the battlefields, taking you to Utah Beach and the American Cemetery, or your choice of the US, British or Canadian sectors. Depending on your interests, you might like to tour the US and Canadian Beaches, or retrace the US and British experience at Omaha and Sword on a full-day Normandy Battlefields Day Trip. Whichever tour you choose, it promises to be a poignant, unforgettable experience.