I can't say enough good things about Stuart Robinson and Normandy Battle Tours. (normandybattletours.com) Our experience was everything promised on the website and more. Stuart was prompt and thorough in answering all questions while we planned our trip and this attention to detail continued. They have thought of everything. Stuart and his wife, Jenny, picked us up at Cherbourg Harbor and drove us back to 1 Le Port, their B&B outside of Ste. Mere Eglise and drove us back to Cherbourg Harbor for our return ferry trip to Portsmouth at the conclusion of the tour.
We spent 3 days touring the American and British sectors and 3 comfortable nights at the B&B, a renovated 17th century farm cottage. Wifi is available. We enjoyed a substantial breakfast every morning, freshly prepared by Jenny, before setting off with Stuart for a day packed with visits to battlefields and museums in their comfortable mini bus. The days were full, yet well-paced. Stuart is extremely knowledgeable about the events of the D-Day invasion and the history of the area, plus he has the rare gift imparting that detailed knowledge through fascinating and impassioned story telling. He has met many veterans and weaves their personal stories into the narrative. Our tour was personalized, with my husband and I the only ones on the tour. Stuart suggested an itinerary and made changes to include places that we wanted to see. We also spent half a day in Bayeux visiting the tapestry and a renaissance faire that was on that weekend. Stuart's vast knowledge and numerous personal contacts allowed him to include several out of the way museums that turned out to be our favorite sites. Watch for his forthcoming book, due out Fall 2013.
Stuart and Jenny gave us suggestions for good places to eat dinner, made restaurant reservations for us each evening, and transported us to and from the restaurants. We enjoyed Calvados, a liquor of the area, and pleasant conversation upon returning from dinner. The price includes everything except lunch and dinner each day and is a bargain in providing an unforgettable experience. Highly recommended!
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