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We were very fortunate to have Julian for out guide. His knowledge of events of D-Day, plus his way of presenting it, made this tour an outstanding one ! The pacing of this tour allows you time to reflect on the importance of these sites. As mentioned this is a good five hour tour !
We had taken the late morning train to Caen and started the 2:00 tour so did NOT have time to visit the Museum, but was able to do that the next day, which in itself is an all day event. At least it was for us.
If one has any interest at all about D-Day do take this tour. It is a WONDERFUL one !!!!!
Amazing experience. Our guide Olivia was outstanding! I would highly recommend this tour!
It rained for most of our tour but it was still an unforgettable experience. The museum was also eye-opening! It was a very solemn and heart-rendering display.
This was a wonderful tour and very personal as it turns out my husband and I were the only ones in the group. As it is, they never have more than 7 people in the van. Our tour guide, Prisca, was very well informed and did an excellent job of relaying lots of information about Normandy and what came before that. We felt the tour was interesting and moving.
Half day trip to American Beaches. Excellent guide, Julian, which gave as a lot of information. He also had some maps and photos to better present what he explained. Very small group, some 7 people, so very personal and I could ask question anytime. I took this trip, because I was not able to find some good bus connections between places I wanted to visit. I think, this is the bes way how to visit this area. Now, after 2 weeks I still see those places and remember what I learned. I also think about our guide and our driver, which as a duo or brothers, made this great trip unforgettable. Thank you to both of you again.
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.