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“Mathias is a wonderful guide and a wealth of knowledge.” 5 of 5 stars
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Dday Guided Tours
1806 Le Bois, 14200 Caen, France
+33 6 10 02 12 32
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Owner description: Based in Caen,private licensed guide and driver proposes private tours in Normandy.Expert on the landing beaches, I also provide services from Paris to Normandy with the visit of Normandy heritage sites as Giverny, Honfleur, Rouen, Mont Saint Michel...I arrange tours on demand to suit you.
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“Mathias is a wonderful guide and a wealth of knowledge.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

A long overdue review for our tour of the D-Day beaches with our wonderful guide Mathias. We were able to tour the beaches on November 11, 2011, and as Canadians being expertly guided through these humbling places was especially meaningful on that date. Mathias is a superb guide, his knowledge is staggering and I can honestly say i learned more from him in one day than in all my years of schooling. We especially enjoyed his personal stories about his family's history during the war. And though i cant recall the name of the wonderful restaurant we stopped for lunch at, i am still thinking about the food!..No need to look anywhere else for a guided tour, Mathias is the best.

Visited November 2011
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“Great tour and guide - Thank you Mathias!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

We booked a full-day tour with Mathias for July 24, 2012. Before we arrived, Mathias asked what sites we wanted to visit and said he would tailor the tour towards our interests. After he picked us up at our B&B in Bayeux, we went to a German cemetery that wasn't on our list of expected sites. Mathias thoughtfully included the German cemetery because he thought we would like to compare it to the American and Canadian cemeteries we were visiting later in the day. In addition, there was a large wall map at the visitor's center at the German cemetery that he used to show the locations of the the Allied and German forces at various times during the D-Day operations. As another reviewer said, Mathias uses photos and maps during the day to show what the landscape looked like long ago compared to what we were seeing now. That touch was very helpful, especially when we visited Pointe du Hoc, Omaha and Juno beaches. The American and Canadian cemeteries were breathtaking, and the respect that the workers (& Mathias) show the Allied forces is tremendous. Mathias' knowledge of the war and the Normandy area was impressive and showed his passion for his work. We wished we would have had another day to visit other sites with Mathias. The tour was well worth the time and price. (Tip: bring comfortable shoes--you'll do some walking on unpaved trails if you're going to the beaches)

Visited July 2012
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New York City, New York
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“Amazing Day and Fantastic Guide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We booked a one day tour with Mathias for June 23, 2012. There were 3 of us, and we had our own rental car. We weren't really sure what to expect but Mathias did not disappoint! His knowledge of and genuine passion for Normandy and the historic events surrounding was absolutely impressive.

We met him promptly at 9 am and began our tour. He offered to drive, which was hugely helpful as he knew the area/roads well and we were able to take in all of the sights. We only had a day and we wanted to cover a lot of ground, which Mathias did perfectly. He tailored the tour to specific sites that we wanted to see, both in Utah and Omaha beach and the US Airborne landings and subsequent battles in and around Normandy (La Fiere, Carentan, etc.) and added additional places that he thought (correctly) that we would find interesting (including Arromanches harbor, at which he spent over an hour with us after the tour was supposed to end).

I cannot impress enough how awesome Mathias was. We considered ourselves fairly well-read on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, but Mathias more than proved his mastery of the history and events of WWII in Normandy. We loved his ability to show us and give detailed explanations of how specific events unfolded made this truly an unforgettable experience (eg "this is where General Cota landed, and up through these shrubs was where he led the first assault")

After the day was over we wished we had booked 2 days with Mathias. He made the day a truly unforgettable experience, and I can't wait to return for another day (or 3!) with Mathias at some point in the future.

Visited June 2012
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“Thank you Mathias!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Took a full day tour with Mathias. As we had only 3 pax, the price per pax was rather steep. Nevertheless, I must say that the guided tour was one of the bet i've had. As with other reviews, Mathias was very knowledgeable about DDay. He brings with him photos and maps of WWII to aid in explaining. Honestly, the tour was only limited because we ran out of questions to ask! Mathias was accommodating regarding which spots we want to cover in the tour. Towards the end, he also drove us to a local pharmacy for my travel companion because she was unwell. Thank you for your hospitality!

Visited April 2012
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Should of stayed longer!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Had a great day with Mathias. Had I know how much there was to see we would have extended our trip! He kept us interested and informed and was very good with our two boys. We loved it and will go again. Anyone interested in that Normandy will benefit from his tours!

Visited July 2012
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