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Battle of Normandy Tours

#10 of 61 Tours in Bayeux
Bayeux, France
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A Private Military Tour Guide service for Personalized tours of the D-Day Landing Beaches and other Second World War Battle sites in Normandy
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Bart wrote a review Aug 2021
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I asked for a tour that would focus on US troops, and cover not just the landing but also the weeks that followed. My nine year old called it her "best day in France" (including all her pool days!). Ed is an interesting man himself: tour guide, expert bee keeper, formerly Irish military (sharpshooter), studied forensic ballistics... and an encyclopedic knowledge of military history ( he discussed battles in Manchuria with ease...!). The tour was expertdly organized. Ed has clearly put great effort into his research of pictures, locations, details of persons and battles, etc and seemingly effortlessly pulls it together chronologically while driving you in his comfortable and spacious van. Ed took us across Omaha beach, and really opened our eyes to what happened (not quite like in Saving Private Ryan), but no less unteresting. Ed brings along picturs taken at the time and asks you t stand a certain place, and face a certain location. With the photos and his excellent storytelling, he takes you back to 1944 in a way that you will not forget. When we went inland, it was no less interesting. Ed took us from the beach, following several events that led to the capture of Saint Lo. Ed shows the country side and locations, tells the stories, but we also went looking for shrapnell which was surprisingly easy to find - once Ed told us where to look... It was truly a wonderful day, and I highly recommend!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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kruidkoek wrote a review Oct 2020
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Went on a tour with Ed. My friend and i were impressed by his knowledge. Great tour. Very much recommended. A five star tour. Niek Hendrix
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Date of experience: September 2020
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DocVoyageur22 wrote a review Nov 2019
Louisville, Kentucky6 contributions4 helpful votes
I'm a little late writing my review, but even 2 summers later, our tour of the Normandy area has stayed with my family & made a huge impact on us. My kids were 14, 11 & 6 at the time of our trip, and my uncle & cousin traveled with us (his father fought in the second wave at Normandy), and my husband & I. Edward & I communicated several times before our trip & he was able to find information about my great uncle & his unit, including photos of my great uncle that we had never seen before! He took us to the primary beaches at Pont du Hoc & Omaha as well as several surrounding areas that told the story of the day (spoiler alert: it isn't what you think. Spielberg didn't present it accurately!). He also took us to an area where my great uncle's unit was, which was quite an emotional (and lovely) surprise for us all. Edward was very entertaining--he told the story in an engaging way that kept all of our interest. My kids still talk about things they learned along our tour & my middle child has become a huge history buff since our Normandy visit. There were many somber moments; there were some tears shed; and we all laughed quite a bit too. It was a wonderful tour, and I would highly recommend Edward as your tour guide.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Christopher P wrote a review Nov 2019
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We spent two days with Ed (4 Adults) and my only regret is that we did not book the entire week with him! He really worked hard to work in our entire itinerary ... which was ambitious to say the least. Moreover I thought I knew about D-Day and Normandy but Ed made me realize just how little I really UNDERSTOOD about DDay and Normandy. One cannot really know about the battlefield until you walk the battlefield and you need a very knowledgeable guide to help with that or you are wasting precious time. Ed take you to where you really need to go. He then walks the land with you and will thoroughly educate you while entertaining you. He really made our entire trip! We are already trying to plan a trip back just for the experience to spend more time with this fantastic guide... he was simply that good!!!! Ed has earned our highest possible and enthusiastic endorsement as a first rate Military historian and guide!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Joe S wrote a review Sep 2019
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Ed provides and extremely comprehensive, on the ground experience. It's not only his knowledge and depth of understanding but he is extremely entertaining with period photos and maps and stories of individual contributions we hadn't read about. Our only regret is we could not spend more than the two full days we had reserved.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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