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This was one of the most memorable experiences of my life! The guide, Svetlana, was AMAZING. She was extremely knowledgeable and kind! Highly recommended for everyone!
Outstanding tour - Our guide Svatlana performed a great job of explaining Operation Overload, and answering questions. We were impressed with her level of knowledge and detail. Our family would like to visit again and we highly recommend this tour - again, outstanding!!
The tour was amazing. Our guide, Svetlana, spoke flawless English and provided a through and interesting history of D-day and the sights. She paced both the tour and her commentary perfectly. Our 18 year-old said it was the highlight of her week in Paris.
Fabulously knowledgeable guide Mario really made our day, and brought back to life the courage, determination, bravery and suffering of all those who took part whether combatants or civilians. The museum added more horrific yet poignant memories of a world that can so easily slip into conflict and spotlight the impotence and failure of humankind to learn the lessons of history. An experience not to be missed.
Great Tour experience with comfort and very knowledgable tour guide..Enjoyed it very much....
The tour and museum was an excellent, 5-star, highly recommended experience. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and did a superb job covering the D-Day details. It was an emotional and highly rewarding experience. There is so much to see in the museum that we ran out of time. The folks were very accommodating and we were allowed to come back within a 24-hour period. Needless to say, we were back first thing in the morning and spent the day. Exceptional!
Very well organized;very comprehensive to be able to fit everything into a single day. Would highly recommend.
I was impressed by Julian and his effort to go all the way and never stop presenting interesting information for almost 5 hours solid in French and English! What an impressive young man from Detroit (Indiana for university)! It was neat to share how the gas/fuel lines from England to France were built with Julian as I happened to work for the company that made this undersea pipeline during WWII. Being an old Ranger, Pont Du Hoc spoke to me (225 Rangers took it, held it for 3 days against German counterattack, and ~95 made it through). We got a special treat - cold and rainy weather just like on D-Day. The American cemetary was beautiful even on such a gloomy day and gives the respect due to those brave souls that protected our freedom. This was furthered by Julian's knowledge of key aspects about it. The views of the beaches are incredible and it is fascinating to see items in place on the beaches from the day the were put in place during this period. The museum does a good job of walking a person through the history of this period but bring your reading glasses! I would suggest a slightly better microphone system for the van.
Here is the proud history listed on General Cable's website. Julian - If you read this, here's the link
1942 - Produced a series of wartime posters for the World War II Home-Front Campaign to build morale, to speed production and to encourage economy and conservation of critical materials, which were distributed to the armed forces, government officials and manufacturing plants involved in the war efforts.
1943 - Manufactured 140 miles of hollow tube designed to transport 120 million gallons of diesel fuel between England and France for the D-Day invasion — Code name: "Operation Pluto." PLUTO stood for Pipe Line Under The Ocean.
1944 - Produced 80% of the battlefield telephone wire used by the Allies and 50% of the Navy's power and communications cable.
We were not able to make the scheduled tour because our flight was delayed and luggage was lost. However, we went to the museum at Caen on June 28th. I talked to the tour people, who called the manager for me. He told me that the tour with the mini-van that was scheduled for that day was full, but they could put us on the bus tour, as a compromise. As it turned out, there were seven of us who spoke English, so we had the same number of people with the English-speaking guide as we would have had in the mini-van. Everything else was the same as what we had paid for originally... a win-win situation.
The tour was excellent in every way. All the members of my party were gratified by the arrangements, and I was able to talk about it last night at a meeting I had here in the U.S. Your guide was superb, so well-informed and historically accurate. She was from Mali, but I cannot remember her name. The four of us in my group (my husband and I and friends) are all veterans, and this was a very meaningful trip for us because our fathers fought in WWII. The remainder of our two-week stay was spent in a rented thatched cottage near Pont-Audemer, but I would recommend the Caen Memorial tour to anyone who visits Normandy.
Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
This was one of the highlights of our holiday thanks to our guide Lawrence. We thoroughly enjoyed his commentary and insight into D-Day and the sites we visited. We definitely have a better understanding of how and what happened on that day. I suggest you allow a few hours to visit the Museum as it is well worth seeing. Make sure you visit the "Bunker" while you're there too. This is a must see.
Our tour was fantastic....our guide Marilyn was very well informed and presented the material very well. We had the right amount of time at the beaches....just sorry we could not get into the Canadian tour too. But she did review some of the events which included the Canadian Army.
Wonderful!! Loved Carly, the tour guide that we had...extremely knowledgeable and very willing to help in any way possible! Will go back for future tours.
5 Stars! Our guide was Thierry who spoke perfect English and gave us a wonderful history lesson of World War2. It was as if you stepped back in time. The bus ride was so nice. The views spectacular. We never felt rushed. Visiting the US Cemetery,Omaha Beach and the other sites was priceless. Merci!!
We are very happy with both the museum and the beaches tour. Our beaches guide, Svetlana, was very well-informed and very enthusiastic. The museum itself is surprisingly small but well-done, and easily visited in one stop.
Great guide. He was the key to a great experience. But it was also easy to book and access. We had a wonderful experience. One of best guided tours experiences that we have known.
We felt it would have been better if there were all English speaking people on the bus as we thought the French native speaking guide spent more time giving information in French than in English. There were 4 French tourists and we were 3 English speaking.
However, we all generally enjoyed the experience.
Excellent tour guide, great value for the price, museaum was very nicely executed. I would highly recommend!
Once we actually found the right bus to get up to the Museum it was well worth the visit. Give yourself plenty of time as there is so much to read and observe. The history covers so much. A great facility and well set out. The guided tour to D-Day sites was rushed. There was just too much to see in 1/2 a day. The guide was very knowledgeable. Felt that we arrived at the cemetery too late to really appreciate the site.
The Museum is extraordinary - I spent twice as long there as I have ever done in any other museum and still was not sure I had seen everything.
The Tour too was excellent, with a very knowledgeable and interested guide (Prisca). If I have a quibble, it is that the tour, and therefore the commentary, focussed on US actions. I was told that there was no demand for a similar tour concentrating on British landing beaches and specific actions, like Pegasus Bridge, but is that a real reflection of interest or cause and effect - no tour therefore no demand?
On a more general note, the tour understandably looks at Normandy in isolation rather than as a key part of WW2. In particular, I think that it would enlighten many Americans to be told why their troops took part. It was not altruism or 'coming to the rescue' - it was because immediately after Pearl Harbour Hitler declared war on the US so the US had no choice. Apologies if these comments sound like complaints - they are not. I was very glad to have made the trip - I am 73 and was born and grew up in London so DDay has always been part of my history - and I think it marvellous that Caen and the Region devote so much effort to keeping the memory of the sacrifice of so many alive 70 years on.
Tour was great. Pluses were an excellent guide; Celeste; originally Irish but fluent French and English speaker who gave us very detailed history of events of WW2 in relation to tour sites. We also had a lovely summer day and a small group. Please commend Celeste on our behalf- she was superb.
Negative was lack of direction re finding a bus to take us from Caen railway station to Museum. Shop people near bus stop , plus hotels and tourist agencies did not seem to know which bus for us to take to Museum. None spoke English so my limited French made it hard going.Ended up getting a taxi; is approx 4k to museum from Caen railway station. Fortunately Celeste took us straight back to station after tour and was very helpful identifying restaurants etc before our train trip back to Paris. Suggest you tell people to catch a taxi from station to Museum rather than trying to find a bus.
It was a little confusing getting in the museum. The tour starts at 9:00 am, but the museum doesn't open until 9:30. There should be a sign or something to indicate directions for those on the tour. Our tour guide was Hakim, a history major who attended university right there in Caen. He was very nice, professional and accommodating. It was a little disappointing that he was a little difficult to understand at times. It detracted from the experience. All of the sites were great, the information was great. We felt a little hurried on the morning tour. The guides have to be back in time for the 2:00 pm tour, so the morning tour is a little rushed. There are no real breaks for snacks, etc. Bring your own. The Caen museum itself is wonderful. Take the 2 days to see it. Your ticket is good for 48 hours. Overall recommend.