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How to Spend 1 Day in Caen

How to Spend 1 Day in Caen

Whether you visit Caen on a day trip from Paris or stop over as you travel through Normandy, one day in Caen is just enough time to take in the highlights, visit the D-Day landing beaches, and tuck into some tasty Norman cuisine. Here are some ideas for how to spend one day in Caen.

Morning: Beaches and Battlefields

Caen makes a strategic basecamp for visiting the D-Day landing beaches. To visit all of Normandy's WWII battlefields, taking a full-day tour is best, but it’s possible to visit key sites such as Omaha Beach, Pointe du Hoc, and the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial in one morning. Join a tour to fit as much in as possible. If you prefer to stay in town, head to the Mémorial de Caen (Caen Memorial) museum to pay tribute to the Allied soldiers who lost their lives and learn more about the Battle of Normandy. Prebook your tickets to avoid lines.

Afternoon: Sightseeing in the City

As the one-time home of William the Conqueror, Caen has no shortage of historic landmarks. Take a walking tour to follow in the footsteps of the first Norman king of England at Caen Castle (Château de Caen), which affords panoramic views from its ramparts. Continue to the grand Abbaye aux Hommes, where the Norman king infamously married Matilda of Flanders, and head inside to visit his tomb. Then, stroll around the historic center, where architectural highlights include the Gothic Church of Saint-Pierre and the timber-framed Maison des Quatrans. Don't miss maze-like streets around Place Saint-Sauveur—full of shops, cafes, and bakeries.

Night: Sample Norman Cuisine

Normandy’s cuisine is renowned throughout France, and it’s most famous for its three Cs—Camembert cheese, cider, and calvados (apple brandy). Book a table at one of the restaurants along Quai Vendeuvre and tuck into local specialties such as seafood or fish stew, followed by a classic tarte aux pommes (apple tart). Those who want to carry on the festivities should head to Rue Ecuyère, the heart of Caen’s nightlife scene, where the bars and pubs often have live music and DJs playing until the early hours.

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Normandy D-Day Tour From Paris

Normandy D-Day Tour From Paris

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Ride by train from Paris to Caen during this guided, full-day, World War II history tour that stops at memorial and historic sites. Take a guided tour the Memorial de Caen Museum to learn about D-Day and stop at the cliffs at Point du Hoc and the American cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer and Omaha Beach.
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  • 13 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$350.00
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$350.00
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Private Tour: D-Day Beaches from Caen

Private Tour: D-Day Beaches from Caen

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Visit the Normandy landing beaches of World War II on this customizable, private day trip from Caen. Settle inside an air-conditioned minivan with your private guide — a local whose family lived through the Nazi occupation. Spend the day exploring D-Day sites such as Arromanches, Omaha Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Delve into the landings at the Airborne Museum, pay homage at the American Cemetery, and enjoy a ‘calvados’ (apple brandy) tasting. This is a private tour, so inform your guide if there’s anything you want to see more of.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$593.48
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Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket

Memorial de Caen Museum Admission Ticket

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Explore the critical moments of World War II at the incredibly thorough Mémorial de Caen museum with this admission ticket. Learn about the significant points in a timeline spanning from the conclusion of World War I until the fall of the Berlin Wall, which gives viewers a much deeper understanding of the D-Day events that happened nearby. Start your visit with a film about D-Day, and your ticket is valid for 24 hours after you first enter the museum. Choose to visit the museum with or without an audio guide.
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  • 1 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.11
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$24.11
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Private Day Tour including Normandy Landing Beaches & Battlefields from Caen

Private Day Tour including Normandy Landing Beaches & Battlefields from Caen

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Explore some of the most famous battlefields of World War II during this private Normandy tour from Caen. Visit the D-Day beaches, where Allied soldiers invaded northern France on June 6, 1944. See the landing beaches and battlefields of Normandy, pay homage to the fallen at national cemeteries and visit area museums. Your expert guide can personalize this private tour to suit your interests.
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  • 8 hours
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$876.53
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$876.53
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D-Day private tour Omaha Beach from Caen with audio guide.

D-Day private tour Omaha Beach from Caen with audio guide.

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Learn about World War II history and visit France's most important D-Day sites with this private tour from Caen. Stops along the way include Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery at Colevillle-sur-Mer, and the remains of the German battery Pointe du Hoc. You'll also be provided with an audio guide loaded with important information about the area's history, in English.
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  • 6 hours
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Caen Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Caen Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

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With our walking tours, you’ll skip the mundane historical tours and discover the city through a local’s eyes. Experience a tour that will transform the way you travel to make it as much about the people you meet, as it is the places you see. Our local guides (Lokafyers) are passionate about their city and eager to share their knowledge and perspective. Since Lokafyers are not professional guides and tour occasionally, they provide an experience that’s authentic and personal, like a friend showing you around their city. By the end of the tour, you'll feel comfortable navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay.
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  • 2 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.81
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