T09A - Normandy D Day Tour : Battlefields and Landing Beaches day trip from Paris
Let our experienced driver-guide pick you up at your Paris hotel for a journey
through the history of World War II. You will travel to the Beach of Normandy
in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle. First you will stop at "The Pointe
du Hoc", 90 feet high cliffs, where 225 Rangers landed on the morning of
June 6, 1944. It was one of the strong points of the German fortifications.
Then you will continue your day of remembrance and stop at Colleville sur Mer
to visit the American Cemetery, Overlooking Omaha Beach, which contains over
9,000 white crosses perfectly aligned on 170 acres. A chapel and memorial add
the finishing touches to this moving scene allowing visitors to reflect on the
price of war. You will then leave and stop at other famous WWII locations such
as Arromanches and the vestiges of the artificial harbour (Mulberry Bridge),
Longues-sur-Mer and the German artillery battery, which gave the allied a pounding
on the morning of 6th June. It is actually the only coastal battery to have
kept its guns, giving an impressive picture of what an atlantic wall gun emplacement
was really like. Before returning to your Paris hotel, you will visit the Caen Memorial, a place for reflecting on war in general and
on what WWII meant, and still means, to the world.
THIS TOUR WILL NOT BE CONDUCTED during the month of JANUARY.
|THIS TOUR WILL NOT BE CONDUCTED ON JUNE 6TH, DECEMBER 24TH, 25TH, 31ST AND JAN 1ST.
All Year Round
Scheduled days: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
From 6:10 am
Approximately 12 hours
| Feedback on 30/09/2014 from Terri|
It was a nice introduction to the historical areas. The guide spoke wonderful English and was well versed in all the subjects needed to explain the history and the artifacts.
| Feedback on 22/09/2014 from Roberta|
The trip to Normandy was memorable. The visit to the American Cemetery was moving. The guide was excellent & having a pick up at the hotel allowed for a stress free road trip.
| Feedback on 21/09/2014 from Richard|
My brother and I took this Normandy Tour on Sept 4. It was a wonderful experience from beginning to end. Our guide, Fabrice, has a great personality, a good command of the English language, and an expansive knowledge of French history. Our uncle is buried at the cemetery, and Fabrice not only personally guided us to the grave site, but was able to share with us all kinds of specific information about where his unit landed on the beach, etc.. We traveled in a very comfortable late model vehicle (Fabrice is also an excellent driver), and were able to stay pretty much on schedule for the entire day. Very much worth the price.
| Feedback on 20/09/2014 from Carl M|
Super tour on a magnificent day.....
Thankyou for having it available...
| Feedback on 14/09/2014 from Fran|
Our Normandy tour was the highlight of our trip! It was a very moving experience. We were picked up promptly from our hotel in a comfortable van. Our other tour attendees were from also from the the US. I''m very happy to report that the weather held and we saw the 5 minutes of sunshine for which Normandy is famous! Our tour guide, Ricardo, was very informed and entertaining, and we highly recommend this tour. Thank you very much.
| Feedback on 14/09/2014 from Lynne|
We really enjoyed the day trip to Normandy. The coastline is beautiful and the sites are all awe inspiring, when you think of what the troops went through for our freedom. The minibus was comfortable and our guide was excellent! We had free time at our stops to wander a bit, which was really nice. An excellent tour!
| Feedback on 12/09/2014 from Judy and Mike|
The Normandy day trip was very nice. We enjoyed the entire day, but would have loved more time in the Caen Memorial Museum and Point du Hoc. Would love if you offered a guided tour by train with an overnight stay in Caen.
| Feedback on 12/09/2014 from Jack|
My wife, our ten-year-old granddaughter and I took the tour of Normandy on Tuesday, August 19. The weather was wonderful, the guide was fantastic, and the D-Day locations, especially the American cemetery, were awe-inspiring. Our experience can best be summed up by my wife''s comments the next day, "When you told me that we had to be outside the hotel at 0630, I thought that you had lost your mind. But I wouldn''t have missed this tour for the world."
| Feedback on 26/05/2014 from Chad|
My wife and I loved our tour of Normandy and the D-Day sites. It was our favorite part of our trip to France. Our guide, Vincent, was excellent and knowledgeable about the sites we visited.
| Feedback on 25/05/2014 from martin weber|
My wife and I took the day trip to Normandy with Lionel as the guide. He was outstanding, completely knowledgeable about the battlefields and beaches. He also imparted to us a great deal of information about the history and culture of France. We felt so fortunate to have him as our guide.
| Feedback on 10/05/2014 from Robert|
Had a wonderful trip. Worth the price. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone.
| Feedback on 03/05/2014 from Tommye Wright|
Bob and I thoroughly enjoyed our day trip to Normandy with Ricardo. He was very personable, helpful, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. It was a moving experience we will never forget. Thanks for a wonderful day.
| Feedback on 28/04/2014 from George|
I really enjoyed this tour. It was the first time that I had seen the area and I was very much impressed by the requisite solemnity and effective crowd control. The grounds were beautifully maintained.
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about Normandy and the history of France. He answered all questions that the tour members gave him. It was obvious that he enjoyed his work. He also expressed his appreciation to all Allied forces, especially the US, concluding "Otherwise, I would be speaking German."
My brother-in-law joined me on the tour. We are both veterans of Viet Nam and like to read historical novels and research on WWII - especially those that deal with events that occurred between D-Day and Victory in Europe Day. The tour gave a special understanding to us, especially as we visited the pill boxes and other fortifications. It reminded all of us on the tour about the great sacrifice our soldiers made to restore and maintain freedom throughout the world.
All in all, the trip was enjoyed immensely. I will definitely recommend this trip to those inquiring.
Larry N. Graham
| Feedback on 28/04/2014 from Jay|
My daughter and I took the D-Day Tour on April 17. Our guide, Pascal, was outstanding: knowlegeable, courteous, and engaging. The entire experience was well worth the investment of time and money.
| Feedback on 28/04/2014 from Denise|
we had an excellent time, our guide was knowledgeable and friendly, gave us plenty of time to see the main sights, picked us up at our hotel at the appointed time and dropped us off happy and tired after the tour! Would definitely recommend to anyone! Thank you, Denise Gillis
| Feedback on 01/04/2014 from cindy|
This is a great way to get to Normandy and see the D Day beaches. WHile i am sure there are more intensive tours, and for real history buff who want that "insider" perspective this tour is not for you. But for me and my son it was perfect. We were picked up from our hotel early in the morning and drove out to the Normandy and saw the many Normandy beaches, American Cemetery and the fabulous War museum with a fabulous black and white film with actual footage of D Day.. Seeing first hand where these landings took place brings the entire event into focus more than reading any account possibly could. It is just so incredible to see the beach, and the impediments that the Germans used to make the landings so difficult. Our guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant.
It was a great trip. and I highly recommend it to anyone.
| Feedback on 28/03/2014 from Bob Burnett|
Lucille was an excellent guide. She was pleasant, happy and smart in explaning what had led to World War 2. The tour itself was great! 5 stars!
| Feedback on 15/03/2014 from Michael|
The day tour from Paris to Normandy, was one of the best days in my life. The tour was professionally run. The guide was knowledgable, very nice, & went out of his way to create a pleasant experience. I did not feel rushed. The sites were outstanding. The tour guide added so much info, that at times, it almost felt like you were in the middle of the battle. I learned a lot. Loved hearing the inside info that I wasn''t aware of. Our tour guide injected some humor at times. I would highly recommend this tour & the tour company!
| Feedback on 17/11/2013 from Dale W.|
This is an outstanding tour. My day started off by being picked up at 6:05am at my hotel, as promised, and ended by being dropped off at the train station near my hotel, per my request. Our guide, Lionel, is very, very knowledgeable, not only about WWII and events surrounding it, but also about many aspects of French culture and life. It is a long drive out to Normandy from Paris, but Lionel kept us entertained and interested the whole way, pointing out various sights along the way. I have read many books about WWII and the Normandy landings and thought I had a pretty good grasp of what happened, but this tour, especially with Lionel''''s commentary and insights, greatly deepened my understanding of the events on that day and the challenges facing the troops. There were several small "D-Day" museums that would have been fun to visit but, alas, there wasn''''t time. However, the visit to the Caen Peace Museum more than compensated for missing the smaller ones. If you could only do one war museum in Normandy, this is the one that is a "must see,"; and the ticket is included in the cost of the tour. This trip was a life-long dream come true for me and going by small van, being picked-up at my hotel, and the excellent guide service provided by Lionel made it extra special.
| Feedback on 03/09/2013 from C. W.|
My husband and I took the Normandy Battlefield tour in August, 2013 and thoroughly enjoyed the entire day. It was simply amazing to be able to stand on the cliffs and beaches where history took place. Our guide, Mary, was very good. The small tour was especially nice. The group was perfect to travel with and spend the day together. Getting picked up and dropped off at our doorstep was another big plus. We would definitely recommend your company to anyone we know visiting Paris. The welcoming, personal attention was fantastic.
| Feedback on 30/08/2013 from Amy|
We took the Normandy DDay tour from Paris. Sebastian picked us up promptly from our hotel. We joined 3 others couples also from the US. We all asked Sebastian many questions and he was very knowledgeable about all things French. We thoroughly enjoyed spending the day with him - he was a fantastic guide. I don''t have any recommendations for improvement. Our day was awesome!
|Management response :|
Thank you Amy. Paul
| Feedback on 30/08/2013 from Andrew|
Meg was wonderful! We had a fabulous tour and felt that the tour was a great value - We were quite overwhelmed with emotion as all three of my husband''s uncle had active duty on Normandy''s beach so the battle field was quite real to us! The war museum was amazing! I would recommend Meg''s tours as she is a delight!
| Feedback on 30/07/2013 from Laura|
I monitored the reviews, from the time I booked until we took our tour, and was so happy to see the continual 5 star ratings, and I have to agree. Our tour guide, Julian, was knowledgeable and friendly. The tour was well planned, and the sights of course, are awe-inspiring. It was a reverent day, and I can''t recommend this tour, guide and company enough.
|Management response :|
Thank you very much for Julian who surely is knowledgeable and friendly and for the entire team at Paris Trip who is doing its best every day to deserve such nice notes. MERCI, Paul
| Feedback on 29/07/2013 from Evan|
Wonderful trip--Pascal was excellent--very informative. Will recommend to others
| Feedback on 22/07/2013 from Jill Owen|
My brother and I immensely enjoyed our Normandy Tour with Ricardo. He really went out of his way to make sure we saw and did everything we could and he was so helpful and knowledgeable about the area. We spent a total of 10 days in Paris and this Normandy day trip through ParisTrip was definitely one of the highlights of our vacation. We would highly recommend your tours to anyone! Thanks so much for such a great trip!
| Feedback on 13/07/2013 from William|
Wonderful trip. Out guide was very well-informed, and communicated with clarity and insight.
| Feedback on 13/07/2013 from Jeanne|
We toured the Normandy beaches. Our tour guide Jullian picked us up at our hotel at exactly 6:30 am, and our tour could not have been any more perfect. Jullian was an excellent tour guide, giving as much information as possible. He was very informative, answering all of our questions. He even advised us as to our lunch plans! Excellent choice of restaurants! We arrived at our hotel as planned, and I want to especially thank Jullian for returning our daughters cell phone!! When we arrived at our hotel, it was raining, we all were tired, and our daughter left her cell phone in the van, loaded with all of her Paris pictures?!? Our concierge at our hotel quickly call the tour company and explained what had happened. Jullian had told us he lived near our hotel, and he drove back and dropped her phone off!! She was so thankfull and never got the chance to thank Jullian personally! If it not were for him, she would have lost all of her photos from a once in a life time trip!! I would HIGHLY recommend this tour company. Very knowledgable and professional! Ask for Jullian!!
| Feedback on 13/07/2013 from Barbara|
This was a first class tour. Our driver and guide Fabrese knew his history. We were given a fair amount of time at each stop. it''s a long drive-almost 3 hours-but Febrese and our fellow tourists helped pass the time as we drove through the beautiful French countryside.
made it enjoyable.
| Feedback on 01/07/2013 from Gregg VanHelmond|
We were lucky enough to have Bertron as our guide for a full day Normandy tour. Our party consisted of two adults with a deep understanding of military history and 2 four year olds. Not only was Bertron able to keep the adults busy with military history discussions ranging from ancient Greece through Genghis Khan to the current day, but he interacted with and showed special attention to the children traveling with us - ensuring that they understood the importance of history. I would recommend this tour (especially with Bertron) to anyone at any age.
| Feedback on 06/06/2013 from Alicia|
Very knowledgeable guide.
| Feedback on 05/06/2013 from jami|
Julian was our guide and he was amazing. My son is a WWII buff and Julian answered all his questions and made the whole group feel welcome. One person ended up being late and instead of leaving him, he waited and asked the group if he could just make the tour longer so we didnt miss anything. He recommended a great restaurant to eat lunch and his information on D Day, Normandy and Paris are endless. I would do the tour again in a heartbeat. Well worth the money. My son still talks about it, as do I..Thank you Julian!!
| Feedback on 04/06/2013 from Christine|
Our trip to Normandy was incredible. Our van picked us up right on time. The driver was very nice and extremely knowledgeable. We were able to stand on the cliff at Pointe du Hoc where the first D-Day landings took place. We visited Omaha Beach and walked on the beach where so many young Americans lost their lives. We then visited the American Cemetery and were able to walk among the thousands of white crosses. We ended our tour at the Normandy Museum. Awewome experience. I would highly recommend this tour. It was incredible!
| Feedback on 04/06/2013 from Justine|
Our tour guides were fantastic, they were very very helpful and very polite. The small group tour was excellent and we really enjoyed our time in the city because of this. Highly recommend!
| Feedback on 04/06/2013 from Del Dausman|
Our trip to Normandy with Francis was great. I love history and Francis was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting and fun. I high recommend this tour and we thought the price was reasonable as well. Best, Del Dausman Sewickley, PA USA
| Feedback on 22/03/2013 from Josh I.|
Went on the Normandy D-Day tour with my father while on a week long trip to Paris with the family and I must say it was my favorite part of the trip. I have a passion for history and the trip did not dissapoint. The trip was made by our tour guide Bertram. He was friendly and was very knowledgable and I learned a number of things I did not know previously. I am a student of history and this trip was a wonderful memory for me. A great day to spend with my father and an unforgettable day. Thanks Bertram for doing such a great job and being passonate about your work.
| Feedback on 05/02/2013 from Bruce|
Our Tour guide Francis was very knowledgable on the subject matter of our tour. He picked us up at our hotel as scheduled and made this full day trip very enjoyable. I would recommend this tour.
| Feedback on 28/01/2013 from Laura Cook|
We had a wonderful time- so intresting and the weather was fabulous!
| Feedback on 28/01/2013 from Elizabeth|
The trip to Normandy was absolutely wonderful. It was the highlight of my week in France. It was very educational and very emotional. I recommended the trip to a friend and their family will be booking with you in the near future. Thank you (and thanks to my hotel who recommended your company).Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful in answering any questions we had.
| Feedback on 19/11/2012 from Pam Reiland|
I cannot recommend the Paris City Normandy tour highly enough. Our tour guide, Ricardo, was extraordinary -- his knowledge of French and European history from the earliest times to WWII was so helpful to our understanding of the sites we saw. The tour was very well ordered progressing from today''s quiet Omaha Beach to the cemetery to the museum. An incredible day that stands out as one of our best vacation tour days ever! Thank you!!!
|Management response :|
Thank you very much Pam. I am sincerely glad to read that Ricardo succeeded in providing you with a memorable day in Normandy. Paul
| Feedback on 09/11/2012 from Sally|
In spite of some not so great weather, we had a fabulous day with Bertrand, who was extremely knowledgeable. Well worth the investment and the time.
|Management response :|
Thank you Sally. Bertrand will surely appreciate your nice note. We look forward to welcoming you again on one of your next trip. Paul
| Feedback on 26/10/2012 from Jay Farrell|
The trip was great. Ricardo, our tour guide and driver was just fantastic. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
| Feedback on 26/10/2012 from Bradford|
Pierre, was on time and enjoyable. Very important qualities on a long trip like this one. He had great knowledge of the battlefields and operations that occured there.Having served in the Army for 12 years this was an important visit. He helped create a very memorable day for me. Well done.
| Feedback on 17/10/2012 from Martha|
Excellent tour, excellent driver and guide (Ricardo). I would highly recommend this tour. It renewed my interest in WWII history and I will definitely return to this area in the future. I want to have much more time in the Peace Museum in Caen than this tour allowed.
| Feedback on 14/10/2012 from James|
Our trip to Normandy was outstanding, the van was comfortable, and our driver/guide was incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. It was a full day event with door to door service that was worth the cost.
| Feedback on 05/10/2012 from louann|
I couldn''t add anything to help you improve the tour it was above what I expected, the day was great.Tour operater was very excellent.
| Feedback on 02/10/2012 from Anne|
Our day with Fabrice (spelling??) was terrfic.
He was pleasant, knowledgable and a good driver!
The tour was a good blend of sites visited, and the small van, rather than a cumbersome coach was great for the back roads.
And we very much appreciated being seated in the front of the van, as I had requested. Nice that a request was honored!
| Feedback on 01/10/2012 from Edward|
Julian was a fantastic guide/driver. Incredible knowledge about the battlefields. Also had a variety of informational items that he had collected that he showed us that gave us visual reinforcement of what he was describing. Nice personal touch. Great recommendations regarding restaurants and other site seeing options. Highly recommend this trip with Julian
| Feedback on 01/10/2012 from Shawn oneil|
Went to normandy with our guide francis on 9/20/12. Tour was outstanding and guide was very knowledgable. Great time amazing.
| Feedback on 06/09/2012 from JeanBerry|
Marvelous tour and most informative tour guide, Pierre. Pace was good, with great attention to making sure we saw and understood everything. We would have liked even more time at the museum, but there was alot to see all through the day, so appreciated the great information we were given all along.
| Feedback on 23/08/2012 from Catherine|
While visiting in the French Open Paris in early June, my wife and I decided to spend a day touring the Normandy Beaches. After doing our homework online, we selected a minivan tour conducted by Paristrip.com. Although, we are seasoned world travelers, I must say that we were impressed with the quality of the minivan and the extraordinary information their guide, Henridetailed during the 7am-7PM trip. Henri made it highly educational and he was simply a fun guy that kept us laughing along the way. The beaches and surrounding Normandy countryside are breathtakingly beautiful. My wife''s father landed on the beaches at Normandy at D-Day+6; we were able to see where he had landed. It was a moving experience. I would certainly recommend this tour company. They are highly professional and we had a wonderful, memory filled day. We hope to revisit Normandy again and to spend a few days next time for further exploration. We would not hesitate to use their firm again.
| Feedback on 15/08/2012 from Tom|
I was so happy to find that Bertrand was going to be our guide. I had read a great review about him. He did not disappoint. He provided a very informative and friendly tour. The tour was worth the expense in our group''s opinion. Bertrand was on time, meeting us at the hotel earlier than expected. Highly recommend this trip to anyone!
| Feedback on 10/08/2012 from Pedro|
Tour was informative and very enjoyable. I was a late booking, so I had to ride up front in the van. It was a little tight, but our tour guide Bertrand was excellent. He was friendly and knowledgable. Pick up and drop off at hotel......No hassle.
| Feedback on 09/08/2012 from Allan Monks|
I went with my wife in a mini coach tour of the Normandy landings.
I found it very informative and moving at the same time. The driver was
unbelievably knowledgeable about this area. I would recommend this trip to anyone going to France.
| Feedback on 08/08/2012 from Nancy|
WE HAD A WONDERFUL DAY. OUR GUIDE WAS INFORMATIVE, FUN, AND COURTEOUS. PICKED US UP IN PARIS EXACTLY ON TIME AND EVERYTHING WENT PERFECTLY ACCORDING TO SCHEDULE. HAD A LOVELY LUNCH AS SUGGESTED BY OUR GUIDE IN A VERY QUAINT TOWN. IT WAS A MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE.
| Feedback on 24/07/2012 from Scott|
We did the day trip up to the Normandy beaches and the trip couldn''t have been better. We even had weather like they experienced 70+ years ago which seemed appropriate. Our driver/guide Rupert knew his stuff and delived us back to our hotel on schedule. I would recommend the trip to anyone with an interest in history as well as anyone with even a shred of national pride.
| Feedback on 22/07/2012 from Tom Atkins |
This was an excellant tour and very informative. Although a student of history I learned some new an interesting facts. The American cemetary was the highlight along with Point Dehoc and the museum
| Feedback on 21/07/2012 from Stan|
Wow!! The trip to Normandy was one of the most moving experiences I have ever had. I would not have missed this for anything!! Our tour guide was fantastic and the tour of the cemetary at Omaha Beach brought out emotions only veterans like myself could understand. Every American visiting Paris must spend a day (or more) at Normandy. I would recommend this tour to anyone.
| Feedback on 21/07/2012 from Frank|
Although on the surface the cost may seem expensive, the end result proved the validness of my choice. The trip to Normandy and the landing beaches was a long full day and the the minibus is definitely the way to go. Our driver, Pasgual, was well informed and appeared to like what he was doing. He patiently answered our group''s questions and pointed out many interesting facts as we drove. He was patient when some of us lingered at the various stops, but still kept us somewhat to schedule. I was picked up when promised, and then dropped off at my hotel''s doorstep as he expertly made his way through Paris traffic. Because there was a chance of rain on the coast, after I was seated in the van he ran back to my hotel to borrow an umbrella (which fortunately I did not need as the rain waited for our return ride to start). Highly recommend!!
|Management response :|
Thank you very much for your note. Yes a day trip to Normandy by minibus "is definitely the way to go" as it allows more flexibility. As you experienced it our tours are run in small group with up to 8 participants which explains the cost that may seem expensive at first. However compare to other Coach Tours (up to 50 participants), our offer ends up beeing not that costly. I am glad you enjoyed your day with Pascal and we look forward to welcoming you again on one of our tours. Paul
| Feedback on 21/07/2012 from Marie|
The tour was excellent! Our guide was interesting and informative, and we saw exactly what was promised. It couldn''t have been eaiser being picked up and dropped off at the hotel. The size of the group was perfect too.
| Feedback on 06/07/2012 from Catherine|
It was a wonderful tour with an incredibly knowledgeable guide!! We saw so many interesting sites and the whole day was very well organized!
| Feedback on 13/06/2012 from Harold|
D-Day tour by Mr. Honore was excellent.
| Feedback on 09/06/2012 from Susan Leafman|
Our trip to the WWII battlefieds was great. Our tour guide was Bertrain (sp?) who was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and personable. He really made the trip. My husband and I would have liked a little more time in Arromanche and the WWII museum but taking the time to eat lunch with our group was fun. Also we were picked up on time and although it was early (6:30 AM) Bertrain made sure that we stopped for coffee before driving to Normandy. I highly recommend this trip.
|Management response :|
You are right, this tour is quite an experience not to be missed. It surely leaves early in the morning which explains why we do schedule a stop on the way to Normandy. I am glad to read that Bertrand made the trip as he surely is a nice person and I thank you very much for letting us know about it. We look forward to serving you again on one of your next stay in Paris. Paul
| Feedback on 07/06/2012 from Morrill|
The trip was excellent. Our guide was knowledgeable, had a good sense of humor, and gave us insight into the political sitution in France during the occupation. We were able to visualize the tremendous challenges the Allies faced at Point du Hoc and the beaches. American cemetary was awe inspiring. Every American should have the opportunity to make this journey. Interestingly, most of our group was in their thirties....a great way for them to understand the sacrifices of the "greatest generation".
| Feedback on 05/06/2012 from Vaughan Hinds|
This tour was absoulutly the best. My tour guide Riccardo was nothing but totally professional and freindly .
Everything from early france history to world war 1 and 2 history that was nothing but flawless .
I would recommend this tour and company to anyone anywhere .
| Feedback on 30/05/2012 from Tom (and Jean)|
Normandy/D-Day sights-This was an incredibly memorable trip. We were fortunate to have Julien who was so knowledgeable, communicative, personable, good humored and thoughtful. We went on one of those rare, Normandy sunny days and had the extra benefit of passing through some small Normandy villages. This trip was one of the highlights of our Paris experience.
Two suggestions even though the entire experience was 5 stars: provide air-conditioning in the car for the rare hot days and reapportion the time so more time is spent at the American cemetery and less time at the Caen Museum. As an added note, we extend our praise to include Jackie (Jacqueline) who was helpful and attentive in every step along the way. Again, thank you for an outstanding tour group.
| Feedback on 24/05/2012 from Joseph|
Excellent tour. Tour guide was very knowledgable. Good driver. Helpful ordering lunch at French restaurant.
| Feedback on 08/05/2012 from David Hemingway|
David,is a Vietnam Veteran and this was very emotional for him and he was very impress and the van driver was very helpful.thank You
| Feedback on 08/05/2012 from Ralph|
Our tour to Normandy was awesome, plus we had great weather!! Our guide Francis was terrific. He was very informative and kept the pace moving so we were able to stay on schedule! Great experience all around!!
| Feedback on 07/05/2012 from helena|
Was an awesome tour!! We all agreed it was a highlight of our trip to Paris. Although it was pricey, it was worth every penny. The extremely knowledgeable driver spoke perfect English and the hotel pick up/drop off was seamless and stress-free. The small group size was conducive to a friendly atmosphere and enabled us to not feel rushed (like you do on those big bus tours where you are herded on/off the bus and in/out of the sites). Thanks for the truly fabulous day!
|Management response :|
Thank you, Paul
| Feedback on 05/05/2012 from Stephanie Haley|
Our trip to Normandy was fantastic. Bertrand was a wonderful, kind and informed guide. I teach history and I learned so much from this trip. When I am in France again, I hope Bertrand is still with your company. His helpfulness and eagerness to assist made the trip one of the best parts of my visit to France. Thank you.
| Feedback on 04/05/2012 from Jane|
We highly recommend the minibus tour we took in March from Paris to Normandy. Our guide/driver, Francis, was so knowledgeable about French history and narrated much of the trip to Normandy. He arrived at our hotel at just the assigned time. Our group consisted of only 6 people in the van with Francis and we felt like we had a personal tour guide to show us the highlights of the Normandy beaches, cemetery and museum. This trip was well worth the money we paid!
| Feedback on 09/01/2012 from Kenneth|
Excellent experience. Our guide was superb. He knew the history of the landing as well as the events leading up to the invasion.
| Feedback on 06/12/2011 from john|
Loved the tour and our tour guide. Was all so enriching! Timing for everything was perfect. Would recommend this tour to all my friends! Thanks
| Feedback on 25/11/2011 from Jenny Loran-Woodcock|
What a fantastic tour. Our host was accomodating, knowledgable and lots of fun. What a moving day, to realise all those young lives lost. Was a wonderful experience, thouroughly enjoyed by myslef and my husband.
| Feedback on 14/11/2011 from Lisa|
The Normandy beaches and Museum Tour was great. We were picked up on time as promised. I wish I could remember the name of our guide. He was wonderful! He knew so much history (answered all of our questions) and had a wonderful sense of humor too. We were able to see some of the countryside along the way as well as the important sites. We loved the museum with all of its artifacts. It was great to tour with a small group. We had an opportunity to meet some interesting people. I would definitely recommend this tour and this company.
| Feedback on 05/11/2011 from Michael|
Our guide was Francis. He was very knowledgable and very friendly. He spoke about four languages and his English was great. Hotel pick up service was on time and so convenient. I would definitely recommend this over trying to navigate on your own via train or car, especially if you want to get a lot in in one day. It saves so much time. It''s a 2-hour drive to Normandy from Paris so it''s a very early morning start--but definitely worth getting up early for. Visiting the beaches and memorial was incredibly moving! Seeing the D-Day Beaches should be on everyone''s bucket list! I highly recommend this tour!
| Feedback on 03/11/2011 from Marcelo|
My sugestion is that the D day tour spent too much time at the cemetery and too few time to lunch and so scarce time at the Caen museum. I would take 2/3 of the time from the cemetery and divide it between Arromanche (where we had a quick lunch) and the museum at Caen. The guide was OK, the tour was a good experience, for people like me who likes history.
| Feedback on 27/10/2011 from linda|
Our Normandy tour was excellent. The van picked up up promptly at 6:30 AM and we headed to the coast. The guide was very well informed on D-Day and WWII, making our trip insightful. I would highly recommend this tour.
| Feedback on 26/10/2011 from Kay|
It was wonderful. I regret that I have forgotten our guide''s name. He was great. Made each of us feel special. There was one young lady on the tour who had been away from her home in Australia for weeks and seemed to be missing her family. Our guide seemed to make sure she wasn''t alone as the rest of us paired off to wander the sites where we stopped. Very thoughtful of him!
|Management response :|
Thank you very much for your note about Honore. Will pass your remark on to him ! Paul
| Feedback on 26/10/2011 from Eric|
It was a memorable, moving trip...a sort of Lourdes for non-believers. P. Ryan
| Feedback on 06/09/2011 from Arthur|
Sebastian was great. The tour was was very good and interesting. The village @ Swords Beach was perfect.
The only complaint...the van was too small!
I''d definitely do the tour again, Thank you.
| Feedback on 05/09/2011 from Maggie|
We considered taking the train to Normandy and hiring a tour guide once there, but ultimately the Paris-Trip option was the best choice, both logistically and economically. It was so convenient -- we were picked up at our hotel in Paris and traveled with a small group of only three other couples. Our tour guide grew up in Normandy and was extremely knowledgeable of the area, including its current culture as well as its historical role in WWII. I plan to recommend this tour to any friends and family traveling to Paris!
| Feedback on 02/09/2011 from Bobby Holleman|
The Normandy trip was wonderful. The guide we had was really good and made the trip enjoyable
| Feedback on 23/08/2011 from Bruce|
Our trip to Normandy was great. We enjoyed it very much. Our tour guide (Rupert) was very informative and took the time to answer all of our questions. I would recommend this trip for any first time vistor to the D-Day beaches.
| Feedback on 19/08/2011 from Rick|
Paschal was great, very knowldegable. I would have also liked to visit St. Mereglais to see the church steeple.
|Management response :|
Merci for your feedback and your word about pascal.
Regarding Sainte Mère Eglise, it is not included as it would add almost 60 kilometers to what already is a very long day. But you're right a stop there would be nice. Thank You, Paul
| Feedback on 11/08/2011 from michael|
We approved of every aspect of our tour to Normandy and the beaches. The driver was pleasant, polite and with a good sense of humour. He was a good driver, with a good vehicle that put us at ease with his ability and care. He considerately included Juno beach for us when he learned that we were Canadian. He took us to a very good restaraunt for lunch where we enjoyed fresh mussels. He was flexable in seting the itinery as much as possible and returned us to our hotel in a timely fashion. I will give the tour a five star rating.
| Feedback on 10/08/2011 from Jack Johns|
Our tour to Normandy was outstanding. The driver Claudio Salinas was very knowledgeable and extremely professional in the manner he presented the history, etc. We would definitely recommend your company to anyone making plans for a tour.
| Feedback on 08/08/2011 from Lorraine|
Our trip to Normandy was great Rick was so good.He amde the trip go so fast from the pick up in Paris thast we didn''t realise that it was a 2 1/2 hour trip.Would recomend it to anyone that would like to see Normandy and the beaches where the battles took place.
Lorraine & Bob Douglas
| Feedback on 03/08/2011 from Nathanl|
We went to normandy D-Day tour our guide(Lionel) was excellent It was a somber educational and thoroughly enjoyable day
| Feedback on 21/07/2011 from Barbara|
The D-Day landing sites tour was a beautiful and emotional experience, the fulfillment of a dream. Our guide, Richardo, was very knowledgeable and informative and it was a day of rare beauty weather-wise. Many people showed interest in this particular tour upon my return home and I find myself sharing my pictures with relatives, friends and even my dentist! I will recommend your tour without hesitation to anyone interested in visiting these special sites. Thank you and I hope to take more of your tours in the future.
| Feedback on 20/07/2011 from Edward|
Enjoyed this trip. Rupert was very good. Pointed out interesting sites as well as answered all our questions.
| Feedback on 30/06/2011 from The Timura Family|
We loved Pierre our guide. He was informative and very friendly. The tour was perfect. We saw everything we wanted to see and felt that the tour met our needs.
| Feedback on 22/06/2011 from Silas Dufrene|
The tour to the Dday Normandy beaches and
Museum was great. The guide was punctual and very
Informative at all stopping points. Getting around Normandy
Can be difficult and having our guide personally driving
Us to each point of interest was an additional
value. Getting to the dday beaches was a fulfillment to
A lifelong wish. Thank you.
| Feedback on 23/05/2011 from Robert|
We loved our tour of the Normandy Beaches. Our guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. The views and scenery were breathtaking. The different historical sites we visited invited a variety of emotions - from surprise to reverence. We definitely recommend it to anyone remotely interested in WWII and/or the great significance of that battle. Be prepared for a long day and make sure to confirm your pick-up time the day before - don''t assume it''s the same as what was printed on the confirmation since schedules change slightly based on the number and location of tourists.
| Feedback on 20/05/2011 from Zackary|
Our guide gave us a lot of good information about the sites and tips on what to look at while we were at each place.
| Feedback on 19/05/2011 from Charlotte|
My husband, son, and I all loved our trip to Normandy. One main reason was our guide, Julian. His knowledge and passion for Normandy made our trip very interesting. We also really enjoyed seeing the country and small towns as we traveled to the sites on the tour. We''ll never forget our day in Normandy and also will always appreciate all the nations'' troops who fought there.
| Feedback on 28/04/2011 from cindy|
We had a great day. Ricardo was an enthusiastic and informative guide!!
| Feedback on 16/04/2011 from Ross|
Pierre was very knowledgable. We really enjoyed this experience. The battlefields and the cemetary were most impressive. We ate where he did, and it was very enjoyable and a good recommendation. the other members of the tour were enjoyable also. The trip back was time for a nap!
| Feedback on 14/04/2011 from Michael|
We had a fantastic time on our Normandy tour with Rupert. Rupert west friendly and informative. We had plenty of time to visit the sights and we never felt rushed. I would highly recommend this tour package.....Best value for the money.
| Feedback on 13/04/2011 from Robert|
Good tour. Includes the important sites. Sufficient time at the sites - did not feel rushed. Knowledgeable tour guide. Door to door service.
| Feedback on 04/04/2011 from Carla Javier|
Our guide was wonderful! He was on time, courteous, displayed interest in everyone on the tour and showed compassion to a couple from Japan about the earthquake there. He was very knowledgeable and we appreciated his unhurried and interesting presentation. The tour was more thorough than we even expected. We would definitely book with you again.
| Feedback on 31/07/2010 from Robin Bouchard |
Our Normandy Tour was exceptional. The guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining (Ricardo). Not only did he tell us about Normandy but he also told us much of the war history of France. It is a long tour but well worth it. He was also kind enough to take us Canadians to Juno beach. Thank You
| Feedback on 15/09/2014 from Lynn|
Even though it was a long day, We would have liked more time at Point du Hoc. Overall a very good trip.
| Feedback on 26/05/2014 from Merrilee|
Trip was good. Only problem was the museum was not about D-Day. Would have preffered more D-Day. Perhaps the D-Day museum where we had lunch...by the British beach.
| Feedback on 25/05/2014 from Jerry|
Nice tour, very informative.
| Feedback on 23/05/2014 from Patrick Ryan|
Our tour of Point du Hoc and the Normandy beaches was truly a memorable experience. Lionel provided an outstanding door to door tour and English narrative from start to finish. I do consider the price to be a bit high however.
| Feedback on 19/04/2014 from karen|
Hi. We had a fantastic day with Bernard (hope I got that right). His knowledge was in depth. his appreciation of the war and impacts across the world not just France was admirable. He was charming as well. His writing in the sand description of the event helped me understand it. My only suggestion is that it''s a long day. And we were rushed. Could be an option to provide lunches and eat rg while in bus that would give more time as various locations. This may not suit all clients but I have been in tours that do this and it''s good idea. Doesn''t give the driver a break though.
| Feedback on 13/08/2013 from Richard & Jane Meltzer|
We enjoyed the tour very much and felt the tour guide was great. It was rainy that day ( the guide said it often rained in the area), and although we brought an umbrella, the rest of our party as well as the other family on the tour were drenched. Since it is a very small tour , it would cost next to nothing for your company to have a small supply of umbrellas and ponchos for members of the tour group. Also, the tour was a little rushed, and should be extended an hour or so.
|Management response :|
Thank you Richard. Paul
| Feedback on 31/07/2013 from Theodore|
The vehicle used was really too small for the number of people that went. You had to use the 2 seats next to the driver, and there were several people on the trip who were of a plus size which made the vehicle even more uncomfortable. The guide was good and knew the information but sometimes talked a little too quickly considering he had a little bit of a French accent. We had taken a "skip the line" Versailles trip on our previous visit and were very pleased so we did this one. The vehicle used on that one was much bigger and more comfortable.
| Feedback on 29/07/2013 from John & Susan Caruso|
Perfect weather for the trip and the historical information given throughout was incredible. Just driving through the French countryside was so beautiful. Lionel did, however provide a little too much of his personal political opinions on several occasions.
| Feedback on 18/11/2012 from Ralph|
Excellent tour, excellent, knowlable guide. Able to see enough, good lunch. Would have liked more time in museum but was satisfactory.
| Feedback on 30/10/2012 from Lynn|
Really enjoyed the tour. I do have one suggestion, though: there needs to be MORE TIME at the American cemetary and museum. One hour is not enough. There could be less time at the Caen museum in order to give more time to the other one.
| Feedback on 05/10/2012 from Roger|
Great tour, good value and the pace wasn''t too fast or too slow. Rupert our guide did a fine job explaining the significance of locations and history of the invasion. He did well driving in the rain the entire way there, also. We were given plenty of time at the American Cemetary to walk around and appreciate where we were and the sacrifices made. My one disappointment is that we didn''t see St. Mere Eglise. LD
| Feedback on 02/10/2012 from James|
Fantastic trip. Pick up at our hotel was right on time 06:40 by our private guide Julian. We were two couples and stopped at one other nearby hotel and picked up two other couples and proceeded out of the city to Normandy. The van was tight having the eight seat capacity. We made a stop about an hour out had some coffee use the restroom and received a briefing as to the days agenda where we were going and how they related to the events of the actual invasion of June 6th 1944. Julian was pleasant and a very good driver navigating the highways and even the smallest streets along the trip. We went to all the stops and he provided excellent and knowledgeable descriptions of the events that occurred. Overall a very good day, well planned out and executed. There are other ways to do the trip but the convenient and private start to finish aspect is well worth the price. A must do and back at your hotel in time for dinner and continue to enjoy the city of lights for the rest of the evening.
| Feedback on 30/09/2012 from Mary |
Tour was informative and guide was friendly. Would have preferred to spend more time at the American cemetery and grounds and less time at the French museum.
| Feedback on 29/09/2012 from William|
We enjoyed the trip and the guide very much.
| Feedback on 25/09/2012 from Linda|
| Feedback on 05/09/2012 from Michael|
Great tour. Knowledgable tour guide who spoke excellent English. Hotel pick-up was on-time and the drive to Normandy was very educational. I learned more about French history in 2 hours than in a semester of school. The only problem was too little time was actually spent on Omaha Beach. would have enjoyed some time to walk the beach.
I would highly recommend this tour.
| Feedback on 03/08/2012 from Casey|
We enjoyed this tour. Our guide was knowledgeable and answered our questions with ease. He was also a very safe driver, which I appreciated! It was rainy the day of our tour, which took away some enjoyment, but that was completely out of your hands. Thank you!
| Feedback on 03/08/2012 from wendy|
great day. It was very moving and our guide was knowledgeable.
| Feedback on 21/07/2012 from Bonnie|
Our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. He easily conversed about the little towns/villages we traveled through and navigated the tight roads like a pro. Seeing Point du Hoc and the beaches brought to life the realities of what the soldiers faced that fateful day. American Cemetery was sombering but a beautiful tribute to all those who gave their lives. We did not dawdle there, but there was simply not enough time to see the site. Drove by Omaha Beach and only stopped for 2 minutes to get some pictures. Caen Peace Memorial was inspiring but there was too much time allotted for it that could have been better used on the beach sites. All in all it was a good day.
| Feedback on 05/06/2012 from Randy Dempsey|
The tour was excellent. Our guide, Francis picked us up timely at our apartment. The min-tour was 4 couples, a nice size to be able to communicate with the guide. Francis was very knowledgeable about the content of the tour and expressed himself well. The sites were of significant historical events and the time at the American Cemetery was something I had wanted to do for sometime. It is beautiful, serene, and moving.
| Feedback on 24/05/2012 from Dorie|
We spent about a week in Paris and wanted to visit the D-Day Beaches while in France. The mini-van tour provided an efficient and stress-free adventure. Our guide, Fabrese, was energetic, knowledgeable, and pleasant. We stayed on schedule without being overly rushed. He provided a running commentary during the drive and included a nice rest stop on the way. I would agree witho other reviewers that, unless there are members of the tour who request extra time at the Cemetery, you might allow more time at the museum. The lunch at Arromanches was excellent! We loved the drive through the country too. I don''t think we could have accomplished as much if we had tried to do this on our own in a day. Worth the cost!
|Management response :|
Thank you Dorie. Paul
| Feedback on 22/05/2012 from Gabe Immordino|
EXCELLENT!! Bertrand, our guide, was both informative and entertaining. A good grasp of history, military tactics, and an honest assessment of both French and Allied roles during the war and the Occupation by the Nazis. I would highly recommend Bertrand as a tour Guide. good sense of humor,also!!!!
|Management response :|
Thank you very much for your precious feedback about Bertrand's informative and entertaining job. He surely will be glad to read about your experience. We all look forward to serving you again on one of your next stay in Paris. Paul
| Feedback on 21/05/2012 from Richard Steege|
Pierre was our tour guide, who we feel could have been more personable to entire tour group. He seemed to be in a hurry all day and made the statement that he needed to get back to Paris for his girlfriend''s surprise birthday party that he was planning that evening. Other than our guide, we enjoyed the Normandy tour.
| Feedback on 18/05/2012 from Leigh|
The Normandy trip was most enjoyable. Our guide was flexible and allowed the group to make decision on how long to stay at the different stops and when to stop for lunch. The size of the group worked well for a day trip. I would definitely recommended to others. The pick up and drop-off at our hotel was so convenient.
| Feedback on 09/01/2012 from Rachel|
The tour was great, the guide was very knowledgable. I would have liked to spend more time at the American Cemetery. One hour was not enough time to appreciate and take in everything the visitors center had to offer and to walk the grounds.
| Feedback on 06/11/2011 from Alan|
Pierre was an excellent host and guide.He was very knowledgeable and the tour was well conducted. It allowed enough time to see the main sites although we felt too much time was devoted to the Caen peace memorial to the exclusion of maybe some other beach sites. Apart from that we had a thoroughly enjoyable day and would recommend it to any one. Thank you also for turning on the beautiful weather for us!!!
| Feedback on 03/11/2011 from Judith|
Thank you for accomodating me regarding car sickness if way in the back of the minivan.
| Feedback on 03/11/2011 from joan m moffatt|
Loved the tour and the driver was excellent. Only suggestion was that more time could have been spent at Normandy and no time really necessary at the Caen Peace exhibit. Better to go to the town of Caen or a real site of interest, such as the Bayeaux tapestry.
| Feedback on 07/07/2011 from vincent Pistolessi|
I and my daughter enjoyed the trip greatly. For me, who lived through the WW2, this was a moving and emotional experience.
I was not pleased however that you were unwilling to pick me up at my hotel and required that I go to the hotel where my daughter was staying. This cost me 25 euros by taxi because of the need to pre-arrange the taxi for the early morning trip. I cannot understand your unwillingness to pick me up at my hotel something you would have done if another person from that hotel would have wanted to go on the trip to Normandy.
|Management response :|
First let me thank you for taking the time to share with us about your experience with Paris Trip. I was glad to read that you enjoyed your trip to Normandy. It is indeed a moving and emotional experience to walk in the steps of those who took part in the landing. As far as the extra pick-up is concerned, I do understand your feeling, however you should rest assured that we would not have added an extra pick-up for anybody else willing to book the tour - if we had had extra seats available-. We try not to add too many pick-up for 2 reasons, driving time for the driver/guide and our guests' comfort. I thank you again for your time and I hope you'll grant us another opportunity to serve you on your next visit to Paris.
| Feedback on 01/07/2011 from Philip|
Thought the the normandy tour was great the only issue i had personally was the lack of time to do other things other than that the trip was quite good
| Feedback on 28/06/2011 from Janie|
We had a wonderful and informative trip with Julian. There was only my husband, myself and one other man, so it was like having a very personalized tour. Our only complaint was we wished he had not driven so fast in the little villages. They are so beautiful and we would have enjoyed seeing the scenery in a little bit slower pace.
| Feedback on 27/06/2011 from Rick Vergin|
We went on the D Day tour. Honoray (spelling) did an excellent job. He was very friendly and provided information on topics other than WWII. I would recommend to others. Thanks
| Feedback on 19/05/2011 from Otis|
The tour was very well done. Your driver, Rupert, was friendly, courteous and well-informed. He is also an excellent driver. The stop for lunch was fine. The only draw-back was that we had to leave Paris so early in the morning (6:30AM). I understand the need because of the two-hour drive but there must be some way it could start a bit later in the day. It was difficult for me as I am 82 years old .
|Management response :|
Thank you very much for your note. I'll make sure to let Rupert know about it. As far as the early departure is concerned, I do understand that 6.30 AM is an early start. As you said this is a little bit more than 2 hours drive to get to Caen, then an extra 45 to 50 minutes to reach Point du Hoc which is the furthest point on our itinerary. That's why we need to leave early, but above all this is to beat the traffic. After a certain time (after 7.00 am) the circulation conditions around Paris are very bad. I am glad you had a nice day and I hope we'll have the opportunity to welcome you again. Best Wishes
| Feedback on 17/05/2011 from Robert|
We were picked up at the hotel on time, the day was well scheduled, and the guide was well versed. I would definitely go on another tour by your company. The only downside thing was that the driving was irratic and I would have gotten car sick had I not been sitting in the front seat. It was a trip worth taking and I would recommend it to anyone.
| Feedback on 12/05/2011 from Alfred|
I enjoyed the tour very much. The driver was early at the pick-up point. I did not have to wait at all. The pick-up point was a little far from my residence. I stayed in Vanves. The pick-up point was at the Hotel Scribe. The driver was very friendly and knowledgeble. He got us in and out of the resturant quickly. We had time to do our own thing. I had a great time.
| Feedback on 10/05/2011 from Jane|
The trip was very good and the guide knew a great deal about the country and the battles. I wish we could have stayed longer at the American cemetery. It was a very good day, I enjoyed it tremendously.
| Feedback on 05/05/2011 from Jill|
Wonderful tour of the Normandy D-Day Beaches for our small group by Francis. It was an early start (pickup at 6:20 am!) but worth it to get out to the countryside. Francis was very knowledgeable and receptive to questions. We made several stops at various landing areas and the American Cemetery, and spent the afternoon at the memorial museum at Caen, where we could have spent the whole day! But, it was just enough - Francis pointed out the "must see" areas before he dropped us off at the museum and we were just able to get through them to meet him on time. An unforgettable day!
| Feedback on 15/04/2011 from Bethany|
Tour was great. Our guide Francois was very knowledgeable about the history of D-Day. I learned a lot more about France''s role in WWII and how it got to the point where the U.S. needed to liberate France. I enjoyed learning the French perspective, since growing up I only learned the U.S. perspective. Trip was hard to fit into one day, but if you''re going to do it this is the company to choose.
| Feedback on 03/04/2011 from Andrew|
Enjoyed the tour very much. The guided was excellent. keep the tour on time but gave us plenty of time to enjoy. Would use again,
| Feedback on 10/12/2010 from david|
The Normandy tour was very good and the guide also was good the place where we stop to eat was not to good. Over all we would use this tour service again
| Feedback on 21/05/2014 from David and Jo Werda |
We did 4 tours with Paris Trip and this was the most disappointing. We still don''t know the name of our guide, he gave a lot of regurgitated historical information but seemed loathed to engage with the tour group of 8 on any other level, he did give specific instructions when to return to the bus at each stop however. We wouldn''t class this tour as value for money.
| Feedback on 06/05/2012 from Malvina|
Normandy is an amazing place. The tour was well organized not as informative as I would have liked. The musee at Caen was one of the best collections relating to world war II and full of artifacts and video presentations. overall it was a very good tour.
| Feedback on 10/11/2011 from Lee|
Our guide, Ricardo, was very informative and cordial. In order to accomodate everyone in the van we visited Juno Beach as well as the Canadian cemetary, which left us feeling a bit rushed at the other sites, especially Pointe Du Hoch.
| Feedback on 03/11/2011 from Alan|
Our guide was very efficient but cold and somewhat boring. He had a habit of talking to the group while walking away from us making him hard to hear, often when thr full group was not present.
| Feedback on 28/07/2011 from Paul|
The tour was good, but for us, there could have been more guided detail at the sites.
| Feedback on 21/07/2011 from Leslie|
Based on recommendations I had read, we chose to take our granddaughter on a Paris-trip.com trip to Normandy, but we were sorely disappointed with the guide Pasquel. He acted irritated if we asked him any questions, and he did not make the trip at all kid friendly except to show our granddaughter a picture of Omaha Beach when the tide was out. He spoke in a monotone with little emotion. He acted as if he resented taking the eight of us in the minivan on tour. It was really disappointing, especially since it is VERY expensive. We expected a lot more for 485 euros. The one positive thing he did do was stop at a German cemetery for 15 minutes on my request so I could point out how different the aura of the two cemeteries is. He did it, but all of us agreed that he acted irritated by the request. Some of the reviews I had read before choosing this tour pointed out how some guides really make an effort to interact with the kids. Heck, Pasquel didn''t even interact with the adults. More time at the cemetery and a faster, less expensive place for lunch would also improve the tour. We were not alone in feeling this way. All eight of us felt Pasquel''s humorlessness. The logistics - being on time, supplying a reliable van, seeing the sights we were supposed to see - were all fine, but his interaction with us was not good and did not make it an enjoyable experience.
| Feedback on 16/04/2011 from Ross|
Pickup and delvery service is the best. The non-guided tour lets us skip around, and that was good. Too many groups of kids blocked our views of some important parts of the exhibits. The guides should stand off to the side so we can see the exhibits also.
| Feedback on 22/09/2012 from David Hunerberg|
Frankly, we were very disappointed in the transportation, and thus the experience. Putting six large people in a van that clearly was not large enough was just wrong. Accordingly, when our two spouses saw what they were going to endure for six hours of auto time they opted out.
You need to address the accommodations for your clients. we were quite willing to pay for a good experience, but not pack into a can.
The driver, who seemed to be bored with the whole day, and let us know that he was just a day contractor, was not accurate in MANY of his comments.
The weather was fine, however!
|Management response :|
Dear Mr Hunerberg,
Thank you very much indeed for taking the time to share with us about your experience. Your feedback is valuable to us. Unfortunately I was really sorry to hear about your complaint as well as read your comments regarding the transportation. Most of our fleet of vehicles are 9 seaters (1 seat for the driver guide and 8 seats for the clients). We have been running our tours with the following vehicles (Volkswagen Caravelle as well as Mercedes Vito) for many years and the space allocated in the vehicles do respect international standard. Most companies in France run tours with similar vehicles and the different feedback we do receive about this specific tour (Normandy D-Day) as well as other tours comes from guests who were transported in these vehicles. I am really sorry to see that you felt like beeing packed in a can but please note that at the end you were only 6 in the van and not 8, you spouses having cancelled the tour on the spot. As far as the guide is concerned he is an asset to our company but I will make sure to address the matter with him. He is not just a day contractor and has been working with us for more than 5 years. He does speak good english and is a fully licenced guide. I am sure though that he will do everything to fix his comments to make them more accurate for future tours.
I am glad to read that the weather was fine.
Thank you very much again for having taken the time to tell us about your day with us.
Best Regards, Paul
| Feedback on 12/06/2011 from Jon|
Our day trip to Normandy was saved by the location. The 2+ hr ride with 8 adults plus driver in a minivan was less than comfortable. (3 200+lb adult males in the farthest back seat!!) The driver gave some background on the way, but at the sites, we were pretty much left on our own, whereas we saw other groups with guides and a narrative. Also, there were too many stops, making each individual stop seem rushed. A shame, considering the importance of D-Day.
| Feedback on 16/03/2011 from Carol|
Poor trip. Our guide was awful, very quiet, hard to understand and acted like he was disinterested and did not want to be there. Would not recommend him for any trip. Not nearly worth the money we spent. Next time we will request Julian, our guide for Versailles who was excellent. We were so looking forward to this trip and it was a waste of money, could have been so much better.
|Management response :|
Thank you very much for your feedback Carol. I am sincerely sorry to hear about your bad experience of your Normandy D-Day Tour with our guide. I will let him know about it and will talk to him about this matter to avoid this to happen again.
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"The Pointe du Hoc"
"The Pointe du Hoc was a vital position on the Atlantic
Wall manned by the troops of Fiel-marshall Rommel ; its casemates
of concrete several feet thick, contained six 155 mm guns, capable
of firing on Omaha Beach and, even further away on Utah Beach at
the foot of the Cherbourg Peninsula.."
"On 6th June, at 7:10 am, 225 Rangers, quite unexpected, landed and heroically scaled the cliffs 90 feet high.."
"The Rangers struggled on for two long days and when these heroes were finally reinforced by troops which landed
on the night of 7th and 8th June, only 90 of them remained, many of whom were wounded.."
Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial"
"The Normandy American Cemetery is one of 14 permanent
American World War II military cemeteries on foreign soil. The government
of France granted use of this land, in perpetuity, as a permanent
"The graves area contains ten grave plots, five on each side of
the main mall. interred within them are the remains of 9,387 servicemen
and women. Three hundred and seven of which are unknowns (whose
remain could not be identified).. The Precisely aligned headstones
against the immaculately maintained emerald green lawn convey
an unforgettable feeling of peace and serenity." "Overlooking
Omaha Beach, this place is conducive to meditation and remembrance.
A chapel and a memorial add the finishing touch to this moving scene."
Caen Peace Memorial is a unique site dedicated to the history
of the 20th century, from the Second World War through to the end
of the Cold War, and a reflection on the challenges of the 21st
century, including peace, geopolitical stakes, the environment."
"Caen Peace Memorial"
extract from The D-Day Landings and The Battle of Normandy; Normandy
American Cemetery Documentation; Pointe du Hoc Rangers Museum Documentation