Le Havre, France

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Overview

When you drop anchor in Le Havre, delve into the fascinating history of World War II on a private full-day shore excursion. With an accomplished historian guide, browse exhibits in the Juno Beach Center museum for a sensitive introduction to the pivotal role Canada played in the war. Feel emotionally stirred at the brutal battlefield of Juno Beach; honor fallen Canadian soldiers at the Canadian Cemetery; and marvel at the stunning Romanesque architecture of the Abbey d’Ardenne, the site of an unrelenting tragedy involving Canadian prisoners. Relish the flexibility of your private tour and customize your itinerary according to your interests.
  • Private Le Havre shore excursion to Canadian D-Day sites: Juno Beach Center, Canadian Cemetery and Abbey d’Ardenne
  • Pay tribute to the Canadian forces who fought in Normandy at the Juno Beach Center museum
  • See the sectors of Juno Beach where 14,000 Canadian troops landed on June 6, 1944
  • View the graves of over 2,000 Canadian soldiers at the Canadian Cemetery
  • Visit the garden of Abbey d’Ardenne where 20 Canadian prisoners were executed
  • Private tour ensures a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator's worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
Disembark your cruise ship after docking in La Havre and greet your private guide at a pre-arranged location. Get acquainted with the turbulent history of the picturesque region as you drive along Normandy’s beautiful coast towards the Juno Beach Center museum. On arrival, delve into the eloquent exhibitions in the museum and view the scattered remnants of beach obstacles laid by German invaders. 
View Juno Beach from two contrasting vantage points to gain insight into the battle’s scale and stroll beside D-Day relics that decorate the shore. Consider the courage of the 14,000 soldiers who landed here and then revitalize with a traditional French lunch at your own expense. 
Sated, head to the Canadian Cemetery to see the commemorative headstones of more than 2,000 Canadian soldiers. Feel moved by the maple symbols that decorate the cemetery's entrance and then travel to arguably the most poignant stop of the tour, Abbey d’Ardenne. 
Feel emotionally stirred as your guide sets the historical scene of the tragedy that occurred at this beautiful building; hear of how 20 Canadian soldiers were swiftly executed by German forces and read epitaphs of the victims in a moving memorial garden. 
Return to your comfortable vehicle for a journey of quiet reflection and then bid farewell to your guide on arrival in Le Havre. 
Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to Le Havre port for this activity. In the rare event that your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

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c
, Sep 2018

This was a wonderful and memorable tour. Our guide, Oliver was professional and knowledgeable. He picked us up from our ship and drove us to the different parts of Normandy and we all learned and understood geocentric a more detailed understanding of the impact of this historical time during WWII . We also did a stop in Bayeux for lunch and then saw the 68 meter long historical tapestry. A great day!

K
, Aug 2017

This was an excellent tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, explaining a lot of the history of the region as well as the story of the D-Day landing and the roll the Canadian forces played. We toured the Juno Beach Center as well as the Canadian cemetery. Very emotional at times.

N
, Jul 2017

i booked this for myself and family members instead of a cruise ship tour. We were very impressed with the guide and enjoyed the local colour he provided. He also recommended a great place for lunch. Had a fabulous day!

R
, Jul 2017

Hats off to our guide, Roman!

He gave us an excellent, insightful, emotional step by step journey of the Canadian troops from the DDay Juno landing beach through the various villages to the final goal for operation overlord. He took the time to help us find a plaque for a friend's father and later took us to a site of an old farmwhere the man likely saw battle. Not only did he present the tour very well, but you could tell that he has continually added to his knowledge about the Canadian DDay contribution.

Well done, this will stay with us forever.

J
, Jun 2016

Excellent tour despite awful weather. Our guide Sunny was well informed and passionate about the history of the Canadian experience.

P
, Jun 2016

Truly an amazing tour. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the role of Canadian troops in the D Day invasion of Europe and took us through a journey of the successes and hardships of the Canadian soldiers leading to the defeat, by allied troops, of the Nazi Regime.

Visiting Juno Beach, the Juno Centre, the memorials, various sites where Canadians advanced at great human cost and finally the Canadian Cemetery at Beny Sur Mer was a humbling and emotional experience that will never be forgotten.

Thank you to our wonderful guide Jean-François for this memorable day.


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