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Apr012013

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Omaha Beach Half-Day Trip from Bayeux

Bayeux, France

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

This was a meaningful and informative tour that covered Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and the American cemetery. We hadn't realized the significance of Pointe du Hoc and I'm glad we took this tour for that site alone. Our guide was very knowledgeable, as well as a good driver with a comfortable van. The tour ran right on schedule. If you are staying in Bayeux, before or after the tour you can pay a visit to the local military cemetery in Bayeux and the museum there to get an even better feel for the events in the area in 1944.

Aug292011

Tour/Activity

5-Day Best of Scotland Experience from Edinburgh

Edinburgh, United Kingdom

My Rating
5 star rating: Highly Recommended

My Review

Steve showed us an amazing variety of Highland sights, with colorful details on each one. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the region and its history. I almost feel like I know more about Scotland than I do about my own country! Steve's knowledge means that he can adjust routes and plans based on weather and road conditions, which is great. There was a lot of camraderie on the bus, and we all enjoyed the kilt and sword demonstrations, as well as our evening at the ceilidh and our distillery visit. The fact that the transportation, the itinerary and accomodations were all arranged for us by the tour company made for an unusally relaxing trip. All we had to decide was where to eat, and thhe food ranged from decent (in some of the remote stops) to excellent. Yes, it would have been nice to be in our own car at some points to be able to stop and look at some odd building or another, but we saw more through this tour than we ever could have managed on our own (especially driving on the left). I will say that a five-day bus tour on winding roads is not for those with a weak back or stomach, and if you're not interested in Scottish lore and history, you may want to look elsewhere. This is not a trip designed for pre-teen children or below, though there was one four-year-old with us who did amazingly well. We had used Viator before for day and museum tours, and here we were trusting them with our whole vacation. They didn't disappoint. Their main strength seems to be working with tour guides who are incredibly knowledgeable about their regions.

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  • Castle
  • The Bridge at Invermoriston
  • Our intrepid guide

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