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Excellent tour by Bertrand, a very knowledgeable and helpful guide. May need to return to see other WW I sites in the future. Time well spent!
This tour was amazing! My guide took me everywhere that I personally wanted to go to as well many hidden gems off the tourist track. Definite five stars from me. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!
Although Paris and its environs were experiencing singular nonseasonal flooding..our trip came off without a hitch. Bertrand is a warm, humorous, and VERY knowledgeable guide, not to mention an excellent driver. He was great with our 4.5 year old, too - not easy for most tour guides. My wife and son and I were joined by one other gentleman who was on his honeymoon, but took a day while his wife haunted the Champs d'l Eysess to see one of the most famous battlefields in U.S.Marines history....a perfect small group...which allowed a great deal of time to interact with Bertrand and learn from him. Belleau Wood is still filled with shallow trench lines and shell holes, and the monument to the AEF at Chateau-Thierry is spectacular. The day ended with two hours at the WWI museum, which has the largest collection of arms and uniforms in France. All in all, this was a wonderful day!
The tour was excellent and the guide was well informed. I was pleased that Viator and its Paris operators allowed the trip to materialize even though I was the only client. I think there should be more marketing of these wonderful tours in the hotels.
We had a wonderful experience due to our guide ,Bertrand .He made history come alive. His love of his job and his pride in doing the BEST job was clearly evident. Keep Him !
My wife and enjoyed a fascinating day with tour guide Nicola Stanyen, who was not only extremely knowledegable, but entertaining and gracious as well. When booking the tour I thought how will we fill the whole day, but actually it could have gone on and on. We drove to the Valley of the Marne, visited 3 cemeteries, including the Aisne Marne American cemetery. Stpped at Vilage of Belleau, walked the Bois de Belleau Belleau Wood battlefield, stopped at Chateau Thiery, saw fusilage of Quentin Roosevelt plane on display at Town Hall and went on to the French Great War Museum. Not only would I highly recommend this tour I would do it again in a heart beat.
Bertrand Bache was a superb guide! Knowledgeable, personable and a great driver. We truly enjoyed this trip.
We loved the ride in the country and the battlefield tour. Our guide was great.
Reading about the fight in Belleau Wood is now thing, walking the battlefield itself brought the history and emotion of it to life. Our guide, Bertrand, proved invaluable in providing context to the experienceof course, that many of the fighting positions have been physically maintained through the years was a major benefit. My thanks to Viator and to Bertrand for a most rewarding tour.
I actually had two guides for this trip, which was actually quite enjoyable! I took this tour having known a bit more than the average museum visitor about WWI, and I felt like I could talk about the origins of the war, turning points in battle, and the legacy of the conflict with the guides ... in addition to everything else they already cover. I highly recommend this trip to history buffs and the passively interested. Thanks again! -Sean
Bertrand, our tour guide, walked us through Belleau Wood's trenches and fox holes (and pointed out how the Americans prefer to call them "fighting holes"), all the way from the wheat field to where the German guns you see in the pictures are at the top of the hill. He provided a very informative trip. I look forward to more tours like his.
Bertrand gave me a wonderful tour of the Aisne-Marne and Belleau Wood Battlefields, also the visit to the Museum of the Great War was not to be missed. Guide extremely knowledgeable about the topic, very professional, thoughtful services throughout the tour, it was the highlight of my visit to France.
Bertrand was very knowledgeable and interesting in discussing the WWI sights. The stop for lunch was below average and a new place should be chosen.
My husband, sister, brother-in-law, and I, all in our 60's, were 4 of the 8 people on this trip. From the moment he picked us up at our Paris apartment, the guide Berthold? was rude my sister is plump, and he apparently felt this gave him license to treat our group, and especially her, without any consideration.
My sister's comments: It was lovely to see the WWI places, which were moving and beautiful, especially the cemetery and the battlefield. However, my experience was very much diminished by the extreme rudeness of our guide he insisted that I could not sit in the front seat, although I told him that I get carsick and we could have fit as easily as the man and woman he chose, who were the last to be picked up. The guide's speech to me when I protested his no seat-changing during the trip policy---in which he said I should be a good citizen--made him sound like Robespierre. He was very knowledgeable about all issues related to WWI warfare, but I couldn't stand being near him the rest of the day, and hence I missed a good deal of the information he offered when cigarettes and coffee put him in a better mood. I have never been charged a lot of money to be treated so rudely, and was rather aghast. Not very good business practice!
On a lesser note, the guide was cavalier to me when I suggested that he let us stay in the museum longer, even though we got dropped back off in Paris before 4 PM, more than an hour before the advertised return time.
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