Our guide was very good, and you could tell he liked the subject.
Definitely worth the 12 hours. So impressive. All of our guides have been excellent.
Our guide, Faybien, was the best, and very knowledgeable. My only complaint was there were nine of us in a mini van. I sat in the middle of the front seat with the gear shift. It was too long to travel that way.
Davina R Canada
My family enjoyed this daytrip and it was great to expose/teach/share this piece of history to/with our kids. Our guide was difficult to understand at times his first language was Spanish but he was very nice. Our luxury tour bus was very comfortable and made the drive enjoyable. The lunch we had at a seaside restaurant in Arromanches was a highlight of the day. My only complaint is there was not enough time to see the US War Memorial/Cemetery properly and it felt very rushed. The Normandy countryside is beautiful and it was time well spent. We would recommend this day trip to others.
Dmitri was a great guide, funny and knowledgable. Of course, the sites and history of Normandy and the beaches were not disappointing. The only reason I didn't give this 5 stars was because the van we rode in was very cramped and uncomfortable. Otherwise, it was a tremendous experience we would recommend to everyone!
Camille G USA
The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable. The day moved along well and we saw everything that we wanted. The problem was the transportation. The van used by French Tourism was small! It was not comfortable for the 3 hour ride. Disappointed in that.
Guide should have given more information regarding the landing strategies.
This was a good tour, but as it was a minivan or SUV seating 8, if you were sitting in the back it was difficult to hear the guide, so I would definitely suggest a microphone so everyone can hear everything the guide has to say. Needless to say, the monuments and beaches were incredible. From Paris, it was a very long day as it took us almost 4 hours to return. I would consider doing it by train a better option for maximization of time.
This trip is getting two stars because although the tour guide was friendly and informative, my husband and I were very disappointed in how the trip was broken down.
1st stop - Pointe du Hoc, 30 minutes
2nd stop - Omaha Beach, 10 minutes
3rd stop - Colleville American Cemetery, 1 hour
4th stop lunch - Arromanches, 1 hour
5th stop - Bayeux, 40 minutes
I would have been much happier to spend more time at the landing beaches and no time at Bayeux. It was also a half hour drive to our lunch stop. If we ate closer to Omaha beach, we could have had more than 10 minutes there. Overall I just wasn't happy with this trip at all.
This tour was borderline between okay and disappointing. The day we went, it was drizzling so the weather wasn't in our favor. No big deal because this wasn't anyone's fault. The problem here is that we got ourselves a translator as a guide instead of a professional guide as described in the description. The group was small, only 8 people including us. The guide had to speak English, then French, then Spanish every time he was describing something. Talented, but unfortunately most of the time, all he did was drive us there, left us at the various places and gave us a short amount of time wander before having to meet back. We got very little interesting historical information from him, except at the pointe du hoc, and that was a quick speed walk through some of the points of interests since it was drizzling.
The Omaha beach was a short 5-10 minute photo stop. The free time we had at Arromanches beach was good. We had to split our time between having lunch not included in the tour and seeing the ruins along the beach. We had to rush through our 3 course lunch but fortunately, we picked a good restaurant and we ordered only one portion and shared. In Bayeax, we had to pay for the Normandy museum and/or tapestry museum. We opted for just the Normandy museum and it was good.
This tour was provided by francetours. It was our only time using them, so we don't have any other reference point to know how well the conduct other tours. For the 130 something we paid, we were expecting a better guided, someone more informative, then just a minivan driver.
This tour does not go to Bayeux which is listed in the description. I booked this tour specifically because it went there and I was very disappointed. The places it goes are amazing but the tour itself was very mediocre. I can't recommend this trip. Try something else.
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