good tour guides!
This is a great tour and comes highly recommended! We left Paris in a beautiful coach bus on a dark, rainy morning in November and arrived at Utah Beach before 11:00AM. We were greeted by a beautiful sunny day - we left the rain behind us in Paris! The museum at Utah beach was great - full of stories and artifacts from D Day. We then went on to the Cider tasting which was very interesting and relaxing - a nice change from the beaches. We then had lunch at a wonderful French restaurant in a marina a short distance away. We then went on to see more of the beaches and were able to enter the actual bunkers used by the Germans. Next was the American Cemetery which was simply beautiful and very inspiring! Our final stop was a short visit to Omaha Beach. All in all this was a great day - we were back in Paris just before 9:00PM - it was still raining!
Just one more thing to mention - our guide Felix was just great! Beside being very friendly and charming, he was very knowledgeable about World War II and was able to answer the many questions we had abut D Day and the war.
My husband and I went on this tour and absolutely loved it! Our guides, Emily and Charles, were incredibly knowledgeable and did a fantastic job of educating us and giving us the history of each site that we went to. Each location was incredibly powerful and I wish we had more time to absorb it all. Also, the cider tasting and lunch were delicious!
This is a wonderful all-day experience. Our guide was SO knowledgeable and interactive. A former college instructor, he brought an historic perspective that filled the gaps for me.
The cider tasting was an interesting and delightful stop over between sites and a great way to see an active apple farm and experience an unusually rustic and lovely location and product. Highly recommend. It's LONG, but worth it. And ask for Felix if you can get him - he was amazing!
My father landed on Omaha beach on the third day of the invasion. I was not prepared for the profound experience I had and shared with others there. This tour is so much more than that, though. The beautiful fall colors and French countryside, Utah beach and the museum, the German cemetery, the cider farm at Vergers de Romilly, the seaside village where we ate an excellent lunch, the American cemetery and Omaha Beach were all amazing! My favorite place Pointe du Hoc, were 225 American climbed a 100 ft. cliff to overtake the highest place on he English Channel. They captured four German machine gun emplacements, six casements and an observation bunker. 135 were to lose their lives. The land looks like a moonscape with huge craters everywhere covered with grass and broken concrete, amongst black grazing sheep and the most incredible view of the English Channel. Why did we never learn about this in school?
This tour was fantastic! From the early morning start to the finish, Charlie and Emily walked us through everything. Their knowldege about the history and the landscape during that time was awesome. I'd highly recommend this tour for anyone that wants to learn anything about Normandy and D-Day. This is also a nice day away from the hustle and bustle of Paris
Felix did an incredible job!
Very long day but very enjoyable. Excellent guide very knowledgeable lunch was fantastic
Kelli P United States of ...
This was a wonderful experience and our guide, Charlie, has ruined us as far as tour guides go. He was so knowledgeable and personable that the day just flew by and was a complete joy. He not only had all the facts and statistics but also had anecdotal stories that just made everything all the more interesting, even if war/military history isn't your thing. Charlie, we should have gotten your number so that next time we're in Paris, you could show us around. You were so personable and knowledgeable, we appreciated it so much...and easy on the eyes to boot! We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Normandy and would recommend this day trip for anyone - the military and history buffs or even those just looking to see a bit of French countryside, the beaches were beautiful.
An amazing day with passionate and knowledgeable guides, Kate and Felix. We made it to the cemetery in time for the flag ceremony, which was very moving. Highly recommend this tour.
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