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We enjoyed it, especially Normandy and Honfleur. The tour schedule was switched around and we were at Mont St Michel in the cold rain. By afternoon, when the tour was originally scheduled, it was sunny. That was disappointing. The Novotel in Caen had booked two large groups at the same time so the eating arrangement was restricted, someone in the other group became a little upset! But we enjoyed meeting the travelers in our group. The switching of the buses for the return caused confusion and an inaccurate headcount caused us to be delayed leaving. However, the driver made up the time and we arrived in Paris on schedule. All in all a good tour.
The tour itself was wonderful- the sites that we visited. It was also good to have the evening dinner included as that is a good time to talk with fellow travelers. Unfortunately, the guide spoke English with such a heavy accent that all of the English speaking group continually commented that he was very hard to understand. In contrast, the woman guide on our return to Paris was extremely easy to hear and understand- wish we had had her for the entire trip. Would also like to have been directed to the visitor center for an introductory video initially at the American cemetery. The guide walked us all the way across to the water and then we had to walk all the back to the visitor center near the parking lot to use the toilet and the visit the Information area. Stopping there first would have saved time and given us some personal vignettes about the soldiers and the battle. Written information about each site would also be helpful since the guide was hard to understand.
This was a great trip, but we expected it to be more focused on WWII history. Other than seeing Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery, the remainder of the trip was just about the local area. Still a great trip, just not what was expected.
Fabulous tour! Stop in Honfleur was not on the agenda but was a very nice surprise and great place for lunch. Guides were very friendly and informative. The only blemish was the hotel and dinner in Caen. If you could upgrade this, tour would be superb!
What an enjoyable tour. Our guide Florence was extremely knowledgeable. Met some lovely fellow travelers.
Overnight accommodations and dinner was subpar.
The guide was excellent. The Novotel in Caen was very good. The bus was more comfortable than the one used for the Loire tour. I'm so glad I got to see these wonderfully interesting places in spite of the bad weather! Thank you.
First day of trip was fantastic. However, we had to pay for drink with the dinner(inlcluded) meal. That seemed a bit cheap. On the second day we visited Mont St Michael and then were left at St. Malo for 3 hours. Then we were taken back to Mont St Michael and put on a different bus with a group returning to Paris. Wasted time that we could have used to see Reims on way back to Paris.
Helpful guides, delivered us efficiently to the major sites on the trip. The overnight accomodations in the Novotel in Caen were satisfactory, as was the dinner there.
This tour gives a good overview of what the region has to offer but don't expect to have much time in any one location. We felt very rushed at the D-Day sites and there was no time to go to museums or the visitors center at the cemetary. Mont St. Michel felt rushed too but there was plenty of time shop and eat at the more touristy locations.
Thoroughly enjoyed this trip - very packed itinerary but our guide - Layla - was wonderful and full of interesting information - saw more than we would ever have managed under our own steam in two days - just excellent - and much better standard hotel than I was expecting as well!
Highlight of our trip to France; a perfect break from Paris. I was worried some poor reviews of Paris tours, and the overnight to Normandy/Brittany is expensive. Day one was great, especially the small towns before Normandy. Hotel was fine, dinner was ok. St Malo and MSM were ok, hoards of tourists (it was a French holiday). The ride back was hot upstairs, driver seemed helpless or clueless even after mentioning it. Average age onboard about 60 and fit. A professional job.
The best part was that they made all the travel arrangements. Accommodations were very good for the overnight stay and bus was comfortable. Two dings were that St Malo and Utah Beach were too touristy without having anything unique over the other sites we visited. Second, I would have liked to have more time in some of the other places (the cemetery, Honfleur) rather than pack extra stops in.
Our guide was good, knowledgeable....
Very good but I would have liked more time in the Normandy invasion area
Tour is worth doing as it covers a lot of ground in 2 days however too much time spent at St Malo and not enough at Mont St Michel.
The tour was wonderful. We had a hard time understanding the tour guide and she did not understand us at time. She seemed to always be rushing. She would say don't go to the toilet it would take too much time. So we always felt like we would be holding up the group if we used the bathrooms. Perhaps she was a bit new. The hotel was also below expectations. Rather dirty and smelly.
tour was ok. the main reason for this tour was to see omah beach and the memorial.no where near enough time at these 2 places.(very disappointing)to much time spent looking at churches on the way,a wast of time.there are 2 museums at the beach that we could only drive past.can only hope you change this for future tourists.
The places we visited were wonderful, but I did not think we had sufficient time at the cemetary and museum to do it justice. I would have liked to have an hour or two to spend in the museum and learn more about the historic invasion. The commentaries given by our tour guide were very helpful and informative.
The tour was worth doing, but you need to have tour guides who can speak better English. Our guide really tried, but she struggled with her English. Also the tour said that you furnished two breakfasts and two dinners. We received one breakfast and one dinner. The bus stopping at a truck stop for bathroom break and my purchasing my own sandwich and drink for dinner was pretty pathetic. Other than that, it was a nice trip and I got to see a lot of the French countryside, which is beautiful.
Sites were great, but I wasn't to impressed by the tour guide. It really didn't seem like he wanted to be there. I also felt, at times, that he spoke to the group in a condescending manner.
Tour provider was experiencing strike issues, therefore the tour guide chosen to fill in could have been more knowledgeable. Unable to get to Juno beach for us Canadians!