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Sword Beach Tours

For the historian as well as the curious traveler, the WWII battle sites along the coast of Normandy can be a powerful draw. However, in the interest of time, many choose to stick to the more popular memorials and museums of Omaha and Utah Beaches. But by heading east from Bayeux instead of west, one hits a veritable jackpot of sites, memorials and museums dedicated to D-Day, but are blessedly under-visited.

It can be easy to pass through the sleepy coastal towns of Ouistreham and Lion-sur-Mer and forget that anything as monumental as the D-Day landings happened here. But the pristine beaches you see were filled with British soldiers on that fateful day, sent in to shore up this flank and take care of some German bunkers as well. And in just these few miles, there are roughly ten points of interest to discover. Here are the highlights of what not to miss when visiting the area from Bayeux.

First, there is the Grand Bunker Atlantic Wall Museum in Ouistreham. It's located inside the German headquarters that took three days to be secured by the British. The museum has taken great pains to recreate the bunker as it was at the time, down to the smallest detail, and within it is incorporated various exhibits and presentations about the Atlantic Wall and its importance in the Allies' victory.

To gain perspective on how the events at Sword Beach played into the overall D-Day landings, visit the Musée No. 4 Commando, also in Ouistreham. Here you will find a well laid-out story that takes you through the day and what followed as well. This is especially popular with British visitors, and is a powerful reminder to Americans that it was indeed Allied forces participating in D-Day. The town of  Ouistreham also has several monuments in honor of the fallen.

There are monuments, museums, and remnants from the war in Lion-sur-Mer, Hermanville-sur-Mer, and Douvres la Délivrande, as well as the Pegasus Bridge in Ranville. WWII buffs will know these places by heart; if you're not as knowledgeable, it really is best to take a guided tour, as many important sites can be easily overlooked by the untrained eye.

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Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries from Bayeux, Bayeux, ... 
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Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries from Bayeux

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Take a private tour from Bayeux to Normandy, where you’ll relive the events of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944 – more famously known as D-Day. You can ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $102.73
Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries from Caen, Caen, ... 
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Private Tour: Normandy Landing Beaches, Battlefields, Museums and Cemeteries from Caen

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Take a private tour from Caen to Normandy, where you’ll explore sites of the Allied invasion on June 6, 1944 – more famously known as D-Day. You can ...  Read more

Location: Caen, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.16
Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector, Bayeux, Private ... 
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Normandy Battlefields Day Trip: Omaha, Sword and the British Airborne Sector

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Retrace the first days of the Battle of Normandy on this World War II battlefields tour from Bayeux. Visit important WWII sites including Pointe du Hoc, Omaha ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.93
Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector, Bayeux, Historical & ... 
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Normandy Battlefields Tour - Sword Beach and the British Airborne Sector

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Explore the Normandy battlefields with a guide on this 5-hour tour, and learn of the struggles that took place here during World War II. Offering a sensitive ...  Read more

Location: Bayeux, France
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $83.25
Le Havre Shore Excursion: Private Day Tour of Pegasus Bridge, British Cemetery and Sword Beach, ... 
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Le Havre Shore Excursion: Private Day Tour of Pegasus Bridge, British Cemetery and Sword Beach

When your ship docks in Le Havre, chart the story of the World War II Normandy D-Day landings by British forces on this full-day private shore excursion. Meet ...  Read more

Location: Le Havre, France
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $132.69

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