D-Day tours from Caen museum

Old May 4th, 2006, 11:07 PM
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D-Day tours from Caen museum

Considering the half-day tour offered on the museum Web site. One post in an earlier string rated it as so-so and a bit rushed. Would appreciate other opinions. Most of the highly recommended guides are already booked on the date we must do this. We do want a guided tour. Thank you!
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Old May 5th, 2006, 01:57 PM
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we used

D-DAY TOURS
http://www.d-daybeaches.com
Bayeux, France
02 31 51 70 52
1/2 day afternoon tour US Beaches 45 Euros
Ask for Vincent to be your guide.

we left from Bayeux, but they also picked up a few people from Caen before they got us.

The 1/2 day tour was quick, but well worth the money and was all the time we had.

You can see pics from the tour on our website if you are interested:

http://www.kimncris.com/travel/

-cris
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Old May 5th, 2006, 04:58 PM
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used www.victorytours.com

Also a 1/2 day, but I wished I had taken a full day.

Awesome!!!
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sorry, just read your original email. Roel picks up from the train station in Bayeux. May not work, but he was great.

He's originally of Dutch descent and the pictures that he shares are from non-US history books. My favorite was Rommel inspecting the defenses on the Atlantic coast. Something which you would never see in US history books -
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Old May 5th, 2006, 10:35 PM
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Hi Kim and Surfmom,

Thank you both for the advice. Unfortunately, Roel is booked on all three of the half-days our guests can do this. Will cross my fingers, phone D-Day tours and ask for Vincent. If this does not work, has anyone used Taxis du Bessin? One Web reference suggests they do guiding as well as transporation to the D-Day sites. Yikes! Should have organized this sooner.
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Old May 6th, 2006, 04:03 AM
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Dave, some other links I found when researching last year:

www.battlebus.fr
www.normandy1944.org.uk
www.d-daytours.com
www.overlordtour.com

I found the best information for finding places at Rick Steves Graffiti Board - go to World War Battlefields section. There are some options listed there.

Good luck Dave!
(btw, your rec for Madame Giaglis B&B in Honfleur was one I will always thank you for!)




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Does anyone know of a tour that goes to the Canadian Beaches as well as the Vimy Memorial?
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Old May 7th, 2006, 05:41 PM
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Photobear: Are you thinking of a conducted tour from Canada which would include Juno Beach and Vimy? If so, there are several tour operators who have that kind of tour. Verstraete Travel is well regarded: http://verstraete.com/id31.htm as are Connection Tours: http://www.connectiongrouptours.ca/
and The Maple Leaf Forever: http://www.themapleleafforever.com/




On the other hand, are you simply looking for a day tour of the Canadian sites?

If you are looking for a tour of the Canadian sites in Normandy, Battlebus is a well recommended operator, and one of their tours is a full day of the Canadian sector: http://www.battlebus.fr/tours/page6.html


I doubt that you will find any tours based in France that include both Juno and Vimy (they are quite distant from each other), but there are many British companies that include Vimy on their tours of the First World War battlefields. There are guides at the Vimy Visitor Centre who give tours of the tunnels there. While in the area, you should also visit Beaumont-Hamel, where there is also a Visitor Centre with tours of the trenches.
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Old May 7th, 2006, 08:17 PM
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Thanks everyone. I booked an afternoon tour from Bayeux with Normandy Sigthseeing tours. This is the D-Day tours company that Kimncris suggested. Battlebus and Victory tours look great, but neither was available for a half day on the one date our guests could do this, the day after their arrival in France. We know that a full day would be better if possible. We may try one of the other companies' full day tours ourselves one day.
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