In need of a private tour guide for 6 adults for the entire day on July 23rd, 2015. Have tried everything in the books and all are booked (seems I waited too long). Any suggestions? Our cruise ship docks in Honfleur and they are charging $300 per person! Would appreciate any and all suggestions.
A tour is 70 pp from Bayeux. You have the added problem of finding someone who will drive to Honfleur twice in one day, to get you and again drop you off. I'd go down the list on Trip Advisor at this point checking both Caen and Bayeux based companies.
I just used "Normandy Sightseeing tours
We used them for both Normandy and Mont St. Michel - our guide was a young man named Adrian for both days and he was wonderful . Very knowledgeable about both places,
He picked us up at our hotel both days and I'm sure they could arrange to pick you up at your ship.
It was about $80 per person - private mini-van, taken into wonderful places for lunch (we paid for our own lunches)
There were 8 people in my goup.
We went with Bertrand. Absolutely fantastic. He came in our car. My two boys and my wife and I would not want to go in a van.
I bet he would come meet you in Honfleur or meet you half way
Rent a car and go at your own pace. It's fabulous and easy!
Renting a taxi for 8 hours (about €450) can be cheaper than tours, for this many people, but without much commentary. In his Nothern Tour Ports book, Rick particularly mentions this for Le Havre; wwwradiotaxilehavre.com. For Honfleur, see links at the bottom of http://en.ot-honfleur.fr/professional/cruises/.
A regular car rental will probably cost less than €450, but you would have to book ahead to secure a large vehicle (or get two cars for the same price).
I agree with the rent a car crowd. We drove it all ourselves & especially with Rick Steves' guidebooks, you'll have all you need for info! I'd bring a phone with an active plan so you can use the Maps app, OR for the money you'll save, buy a GPS with Europe coverage to bring with you - it will make it so easy to get around! And you can stop wherever you see something that catches your eye! Honfleur is totally charming by the way. Allow time to browse there.
We just booked an all-day tour with Overlord for June; they offer a cruise ship option that includes transporting you to/from Honfleur. http://www.overlordtour.com/overlordtour-from-ports.html
Looks like you would have to put together a group of 8 to make their tour economical, though. Surely you could find some other cruise passengers interested in joining you?
Overlord has fantastic Trip Adviser reviews and many people in this forum have recommended them.
My husband and I have been staying in the Normandy area for the past two weeks and extensively toured the battlefields, cemeteries and museums on our own before encountering NavyandCO. He is the real deal and taught us so much more, despite having already toured on our own. A recently retired Royal Marine Commando with 26 year's experience who has served in various combat operations (with expertise in amphibious operations), he brings a very relevant perspective with regard to being in battle. Additionally, having been a Normandy local for the past few years, he has taken care to spend time with local civilians who lived in the area (as children) during the battle of Normandy and can share the stories as told to him by them- things you would not get from a museum or history book. Although we do not have children, I understand he also has a knack for keeping children entertained.