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We had our tour at the end of our Paris stay. We had a couple of people on our Paris tour cancel, so it was just my mom and I with Sebastian, the greatest tour guide in Paris! Nothing like having a history teacher give you a tour of a WW1 sites. As a Canadian, I must say this tour is a must for any trip to France. Kudos to Viator for having WW1 tours leave from Paris! Much appreciated. Would do the tour again if I could..
This was a terrific tour! An absolutely must-do for Canadians - the very best way to visit Vimy and surrounds easily from Paris. In particular, the guide I had, Sebastien, was so knowledgeable - really, an encyclopedia on military history - and really pleasant and accommodating as well - I strongly recommend trying to arrange to have him as your guide. We were also accompanied by Nicola, who is new to the company and is in training, and was a super addition to our little group. I've taken other day trips from Paris with Viatours and this local tour company, and they've all been great - this one was just as good!!
It was great and our guide was wonderful. Full of knowledge but not boring which sometimes happens when talking about history. He gave just the right amount of dates without making our eyes cross. The stories made it all come alive. I have already recommended this tour to some friends who are going to Paris next week.
Our guide, Sebastien, was absolutely terrific. He provided historical commentary throughout and was able to relate stories of local participation during the war. His knowledge of the area and the time period made the tour a highlight of our trip. Our time at the Vimy memorial will be a favourite memory. Thanks, Sebastien.
This was a great experience. The driver was at the hotel at the time indicated. He was extremely knowledgable on WW 1. I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Great trip. It was just us and the guide. He was very knowledgeable with respect to the history of the area. He took us to a local restaurant in Arras where we experienced food from the area. We enjoyed the tour of the battlefield and through the trenches led by Canadian students studying there.
I really wanted to enjoy this trip. My father did as well. It was on one of our last day's in France, and we were looking forward to another trip out in the countryside after a few other prior trips.
We were picked up promptly at our hotel, and we were told that we were the only two travelers for the day. Our driver/guide was polite enough. Yet, the car smelled of cigarette smoke. Our driver made constant stops and continuously smoked two packs of cigarettes the entire day (including in the cemeteries)!. As someone who is allergic to cigarette smoke, and the smell bothers my father, we were not pleased.
While my father and are both history lovers, we were disappointed in the historic information given out on this trip. We got way more information about the designs of cemeteries than anything else. Highlight of the trip was seeing the trenches and tunnels from World War I.