Eight of us (Americans) contracted with Roel for a day tour in early January of 2013. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him. He was quite knowledgable, humorous, and all of us enjoyed our day and would highly recommend him. He picked us up at the train station in Bayeux (charming town) and took us the major sites, as outlined on his website. Pre trip, he was very communicative via email, outlined all of the instructions for us relative to coming to Bayeax via train from Paris, and was spot on regarding trip cost, weather conditions, and everything else. We'd highly recommend Roel for a day trip or a multi-day trip. We would certainly use him again if given the opportunity.
A couple of notes that might be helpful: Dress warm in the winter months - the beaches are windy and it can be muddy, so wear boots or shoes you don't mind getting dirty. In the winter, some of the normal attractions in town may be closed, so use the bathrooms outside the train station which Roel will direct you to. Watch the Longest Day or Saving Private Ryan pre-trip, particularly the Longest Day. Roel advised us to do this pre trip and it gave us a great perspective on what we were seeing. If you have time after the tour, stop at the cafe in Bayeux where Roel will drop you off. They have great hot chocolate. We warmed up at the cafe and made the short walk to the train station, walking by a beautiful cathedral. I wish we would have made time to stop and see it, but it's a full day as is. We did this in a day trip from Paris and would easy to navigate the trains and well worth it.
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