Emily was our guide and driver. She picked us up right on time and drove us to our stops. She was an excellent tour guide, providing much information about the D-day battle and about the area around the Normandy beaches. The lunch we had at Port en Bessin was wonderful (scallops - a local specialty - and D-Day Beer). She took us to the Bayeux Museum to see the Tapestry and while we were there, we explored the charming small town. I highly recommend this tour.
This was an amazing experience and the highlight of my week in Paris. Emilie was excellent and provided a lot of great detail. She was extremely pleasant to be around and we had great conversation. The tour is powerful and truly gives you a deep respect for what happened for both the Allies and Germans. The towns around Omaha beach truly embrace their history and have tried to remember it in every way. We were deeply moved at both the American and German cemetery. You could honestly spend 2-3 days there because there is so much to see. I cannot recommend it enough and thank Emilie for her time. In addition, Deborah helped me book everything and was excellent. Her customer service is amazing. Thank you for a great tour.
My wife and I, plus another couple, just spent a week in Paris, and our private day-trip Normandy tour was the signature highlight amongst a week of highlights. Our guide was Emilie Silva, a professional with years of experience in the tour industry and a deep knowledge and love of history. Doing this well requires a number of critical skills - navigation and safe but efficient driving over a very long day serious tour planning to incorporate and sequence many important Normandy sites profound knowledge of the WWII history around D-Day and the entire Normandy Campaign great sensitivity in understanding one's guests and getting quickly tuned into their views and needs and warm and seamless communications abilities in multiple languages. Emilie was not just 'with us' for approximately 12 hours, she became a dear and beloved member of our party from the start with warmth, engagement, interest in our varied perspectives and backgrounds, and beautiful command of the moment. She choreographed visits starting with the German cemetery, then Pont du Hoc, then Omaha Beach east end...then slipped in a wonderful respite with a stop at a local apple farm making Calvados and Apple Vermouth...then back to the western end of Omaha Beach on to a lovely lunch spot nearby on to an extended tour of the day's spiritual and emotional centerpiece, the American Cemetery then on to Arromanches and finally back to Paris. Emilie had put together over many years her own large notebook filled with special original photos of people, places and events, filled with all kinds of poignant or fun or penetrating side stories. We were all blown away by the experience. I have no idea if all the folks Viator works with are at Emilie Silva's level of grace and talent - it's hard to imagine there are many such people on the planet frankly - but It was a simply indelible experience, and any organization that provides such magnificent talent is doing the stuff that matters right. Thank You Emilie, and Thank You Viator. --Chuck Ellis and Sally Jenks
We had a party of 6 in very comfortable Mercedes mini van. It was about a 3 hour drive from our hotel in Paris with a stop along the way. Pick up was as scheduled. The driver, Jozef, was exceptional, both fun and educational. We made stops to the German cemetery, Pointe du Hoc cliff, Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery and the small town of Port en Bessin for a great lunch. This specific tour was very moving and one not to miss. Our group fully recommends this service and would use them for other day tours in the future.
As a side note, I had done the regular bus tour with 50 others on board 4 years ago and recommend the smaller group tour as the way to go.
Awesome trip having a private tour guide and driver was definitely worth the modest extra cost for our group of four. Jozef tour guide is excellent we visited the normal tour sites Point-Du-Hoc, Omaha beach, etc., but also some off road places that had various military items that were strategic to the German defenses. He took us to a local cafe that his friends own we had an excellent lunch. We stayed at a hotel near the CDG airport in Paris it is a 3 hour drive to Normandy. I wish I had stayed in one of the villages nearby this would add more time to tour the area. I plan to return soon and bring my two grandsons it is a great experience for anyone interested in D-day history.
Joe is very knowledgeable of the Normandy area. He is also very personable. He took us 3 couples to the popular tourist stops and to some parts of Normandy that a tourist would typically not see/visit. Excellent restaurant for our lunch stop. We very much enjoyed our day with Joe - Highly Recommended.
I had a special reason for our visit to Utah Beach, which is where my father landed on D-Day. Jozef, meet every expectation that I had set for my bucket list trip. He was very knowledgeable of the events that took place leading up to, D-Day itself, and the events and effects after the landing. We saw so much and was able to enjoy so much on this private tour. We have done the bus tours before, and this was by far the best tour we have ever taken. THANKS, Jozef
From Hubert and Phyllis