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Oct112012

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2-Day Normandy, Saint Malo and Mont St Michel Tour from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

We took this tour because we had been to Paris before and this time really wanted to get out of the city to explore some other regions. We were looking to see Mont St. Michel and stumbled upon this option.

Overall, I think this was a really great value and a great way to see other areas of France if you're interested. We actually visited Honfleur in addition to what's on the itinerary and found it to be a really charming little harbor town -- one of the highlights.

Something to note, when it says you "See the D Day Landing Beaches of Omaha" that's pretty literal as Omaha beach is actually considered a picture stop. I think everyone on our tour was hoping for a little more than 7 minutes there (actually the amount of time given), so just a little heads up.

Mont St Michel is pretty impressive but I'm glad we didn't see it as a single day trip. It's quite the drive and the two days definitely broke it up a little.

Oct092012

Tour/Activity

Giverny and Versailles Small Group Day Trip from Paris

Paris, France

My Rating
1 star rating: I do not recommend this

My Review

We had a horrible guide (texting while driving, talking on his cell phone), so it almost seems unfair to rate this so low. However, it's worth a reminder to everyone that sometimes you just end up with a bum guide.

We really used this as a time saving/easier way to get to both of this places. After our experience, we might try to do it on our own with public transportation, but it's still really convenient to do them both in one day, which I don't think we would have managed on our own.

If you're at all interested in Monet/Giverny I highly recommend making the trip. It was pretty cool to see the gardens and his house. Versailles is one of those things it seems like you need to see, but be prepared for ridiculous crowds inside the palace. My suggestion would be to get in and out of the palace as quick as you can manage it and hit the gardens. I had been told to bike ride around the gardens, but this tour doesn't really allow time for that as we were only at Verailles for 2 hours. That meant an hour inside and an hour outside when it came down to it.

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