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Paris & the Heart of France - Normandy visit questions

One of the areas I have long wanted to visit is the Normandy D-Day Beaches. I was wondering if anyone who has taken this tour can offer their opinion of the visit the tour made to the beaches. Did you think they spent enough time in the area and at the sites? Was the local guide informative? Any other comments about the tour?

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We took this tour several years ago. I felt we had a good amount of time visiting the beaches, museums and various sites. It certainly brought history to life for our group. Our local guide was fantastic! This was a great tour with lots of variety - enjoy!

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We took this tour last year. The local guide was a DDay specialist and was fantastic. We had plenty of time, starting out early in the morning from our hotel in Bayeux and ending up at the American cemetary just in time for the sunset flag ceremony, which was a moving experience.

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Hi Bill, I took this tour in 2009 and enjoyed it very much. Our local guide (Ellwood Von Siebold) was wonderful. We spent an entire day touring the beaches with him. Also enjoyed the night we spent on Mt. St. Michel. Great tour!

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So I am scheduled to take this tour in May. I was wondering if you actually walk on the sand? Does the tour take you along sidewalks or should we wear shoes that may possibly get wet and sandy? I'm trying to pack light and that means an extra pair of shoes. Thanks for your help!

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I was on this tour last summer in June/July. Weather was pretty cool and somewhat rainy. For part of the day on the beaches, it poured and even Gore-Tex and umbrellas could not keep us dry. Yes, you go on the sand and have some time to walk around and explore. This was not part of the tour I was especially looking forward to. I quickly changed my mind. The guide and tour was fantastic, very engaging, offering many tidbits to research and explore after the tour. Enough time? It was for me as an introduction.