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WW 2 tours in Normandy

We are staying in Bayeaux for 2 nights. Any hotel recommendations in town and good tours.? We are booked at Hotel Lion D'Or. We have a car. Can we do a self guided tour or should we book a tour? Thanks for your help.

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We are doing this as well in April 2020. We booked a private Overlord tour for 3 people which is pricey but I feel worth it as WWII is my area and it matters to me. If you don't want something as pricey but still a small group they have small group tours available. But depending on when you are going you need to start booking. I had also tried several independent guides that Rick recommends and many of them are already booked. You can do it on your own but I think with a tour you would get more out of it.

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Assuming you don't have a WWII expert in your travel group, I think a tour is the best approach. The driver/guide will know exactly how to get to each site with no wasted time and will provide a lot of information about the invasion that the casual tourist will not otherwise have. I was happy with my small-group Overlord tour, and there are other companies that have been recommended on this forum. Most of the tours depart from Bayeux, so you are well-positioned. If you have extra time in the area, the museum on the outskirts of Bayeux is excellent.

In case you end up on the American-focused Overlord tour: When I took the tour in 2017, the lunch break was in St-Mere-Eglise, also the location of the Airborne Museum. If you want to see the museum, you'll have to settle for a grab-and-go lunch, probably a sandwich consumed while sitting on a park bench. If you plan to do that anyway, I'd take lunch with me (but you can't eat in the van) to save an extra 5 or 10 minutes.

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I did the Normandy WWII in May 2016 and used Malcolm Clough who specializes in small group tours. He is extremely knowledgeable and very accomandating. His web page is and his email is
I stayed at Hotel Tardif Noble Guesthouse, a great place with reasonable prices and wonderful breakfast. I also recommend A U George VII on Rue Saint Jean. It is not a fancy place, just great food and a place locals go.