It was the second time to the Normandy Beaches for my wife and me, but my brother, who had not been to Normandy and his daughter were accompanying us.
My brother and I are history buffs and have read quite a lot about WWII.
We engaged Jules for two days. Jules arrived on time at our hotel in Bayeux for the first day of our tour. He drove a multi-passenger van that was quite comfortable for all four of us.
Our tour included the American section beaches of Omaha and Utah, as well as the American Cemetery at Omaha beach and a German Cemetery. We also visited St. Mare Eglise, St. Marie Du Mont, Point Du Hoc, the Brecourt Manor Battle site (Band of Brothers) , the Musee De L’Occupation, and several other sites.
Jules was an excellent guide, very personable and friendly, well versed and knowledgeable. He accompanied his narrative with a variety of charts and pictures that enhanced the very detailed tour. Since we were somewhat familiar with the details of the D-Day Landings, Jules gave us an even more detailed explanation of what occurred on the beaches that was most interesting. The tour was well paced with ample time allowed at each site. We never felt rushed
We would definitely recommend Jules. However, if you just want to see the basic highlights of the beaches and do not want to hear a lot of the detail of the battle or if you have specific sites that you want to visit, you need to make that clear to Jules when you make your reservation. You should also note that the beaches and the pertinent inland battle sights cover over a 60 mile stretch of the Normandy coast. As such you may want to be as specific as possible if you want a customized tour from Jules.
One note, we were admittedly a little taken back when Jules took us to lunch upstairs at the Musee De L’Occupation in St. Marie Du Mont. What a pleasant and wonderful surprise. If that area is on your list be sure to stop by and see ‘Jack”, the owner, enjoy a wonderful lunch and see his amazing and awesome museum. It is indeed a treasure and an amazing walk back in time.
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