Our family will be visiting Paris in June. We would like to visit the beaches of Normandy for the day. How can we get there from Paris? We are staying at a Marriott in Paris. Do we need to take a train or bus? Is there a guided tour from Paris? We will not have a car during our stay. What are your recommendations for visiting the beaches? Our children are ages 12, 11, and 5. My son is a huge WWII buff.
If you are not going to have a car there are tours that leave from Paris and go to Normandy for the day. I would think they have a very early departure. Paris Vision has tours that leave from Rue de Rivoli at Pyramides and I think does have a Normandy tour as well as many others. You could also do a Google search for Normandy tours that leave from Paris. There are other providers I can't recall but would come up in a search. Paris Vision is probably the biggest tour provider...and their coaches are first class!
If it's a day trip only, I agree with everything already said. French trains are fabulous -- though always check to see whether there will be strikes.
However, if you can stay for more days, it would be worth it, depending what time you arrive in Paris, to head straight for Normandy via Rouen (not a long trip). You could stay there overnight and then use that as a base for exploring the Normandy beaches and cemeteries. A car rental would be best to visit the most places, but otherwise the trains/SNCF buses will serve admirably.
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