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I never realized how long the beaches were. What an amazing undertaking to conquer those beaches despite the fortified references. Very interesting and informative tour.
Six people in our extended family were happy to find that one Volkswagen van would accommodate just us, and the driver/tour guide, Sophia, was not only an excellent driver but also fluent in English and French. Her ability to convey place and time in historical context was excellent. What surprised us was the sheer length of the Normandy landing - some 90 kilometers I believe. That would factor in to just how much could be covered in nine hours.
The tour started in the west at Pont du Hoc, breathtaking view and history, then to Omaha Beach at low tide: utterly empty at ten in the morning. Then to the American and British cemeteries, the former austere and starkly beautiful, the latter more personalized. Lunch back in Bayeaux, the capital of Free France, our guide was proud to inform. Then on to the British sector Sword, with stop at Pegasus Bridge and the legacy of the British commandos and use of gliders in the invasion. From there to the Merville battery, amazing museum with actual Nazi bunkers. Tour ended at Sword beach, by now jammed with Sunday beach goers like the Jersey Shore.
We had gone to St Mere Igles the day before: not to be missed, great Airborne museum.
We loved the tour, all very informative and well led.
Would have liked a little longer in some places but on the other hand perhaps that would have meant not seeing so much? So on balance, excellent, would recommend to anyone.
We did this trip on June 20 our tour guide was fantastic he was a fountain of knowledge would defiantly recommend this trip thank u
Sandra and Mark Caterham ,Surrey UK
Very good tour, small group, very knowledgeable guide Maz and we visited a lot of sites in one day.
Good value for money.
This tour was well conducted, planned and documented, it quickly toured a number sites in one full day. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the area and gave lots of anecdotal information from her parents who directly endured the occupation and subsequently D-Day. There were a number of maps, charts and photos used to thoroughly explain all of the visits and surrounding events. The Normandy area is covered with D-Day sites and they cannot all be covered in one day. This was a best compromise to get a feeling for the battlefield and what went on during the first few days of the allied invasion on D-Day. A trip to Omaha beach effectively showed what the Soldiers were up against once they got on to the beach and off of it into the hedgerows and small fields inland from the beach. Other sites included Sword beach British, the Pegasus Bridge where British glider troops assaulted and held two critical bridges, Merville Artillery Battery which very effectively showed life in a German gun position and a British military cemetery as well as the American cemetery at overlooking Omaha beach. I would recommend this trip for first time visitors to the area or those who have not done extensive reading on the events surrounding D-Day.
Francois was very engaging and explained everything really well. He made the tour appropriate to our group of 8 which contained 3 different Nationalities and a wide range if ages.
This tour was superb.Our guide,Mag,was absolutely fantastic and it was a joy to have spent the whole day with her.My son and I hope to come again soon and hope that our guide will be Mag.i would give the tour 6 stars.
Fantastic trip. Our tour guide was excellent and really brought alive the story of the D-Day beaches. Although it is quite a long day, we would certainly recommend this trip to other travellers.
We thought the tour very informative and were pleased with the content. We got to see all that we could in the time allotted. Very comprehensive and filled our need.
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