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Angela T wrote a review Jul 2019
2 contributions3 helpful votes
I’m a 13 year old American and Mike Van den dobbelsteen was very friendly and knew a lot about the war and history he improved my knowledgeable it but in a fun way 100% recommended
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Connie M wrote a review Apr 2019
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The friend we are traveling with had been on a tour with Roel 4 years ago. She enjoyed her experience so much she wanted us to be on the same tour. Roel is a knowledgeable and entertaining host. Not only did he guide us through the invasion sites we took side roads back to Bayeux. He is well versed in WWII, places of interest in and around Normandy. I recommend booking a tour with Roel, and May you be lucky enough to have Pia drive you! She also is a gracious host. Thank you, your tour was an exclamation point on our trip to France.
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Date of experience: April 2019
TravelRules14 wrote a review Aug 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota172 contributions104 helpful votes
We were so grateful to be able to take our kids, ages 10 and 7, on the same tour that we took with Roel 10.5 years ago. While it’s impossible to really appreciate what happened in France 1944-45, Roel will do his best to help you do just that. Roel was great with the kids. He kept the tour at an adults level but made sure he had their attention, complimented them on their listening and knowledge, and made sure to highlight things that they would enjoy, like climbing on a tank or running up and down the walls of a bomb crater. He has his facts and stories ready. Listen. Hold off on the pictures until he is done - he will give you time to take them. If you can make it work, take a private tour. You won’t regret it. My favorite is the specific history that Roel knows from taking many veterans that were there on DDay on tours. They are stories that are not easily forgotten, even heard second hand. Seeing the WWII sites is not meant to be a checkbox on your sightseeing list. It’s an experience that hopefully changes you a little. You leave with a deeper and more keen knowledge that freedom is precious and tenuous and worth fighting for.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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SWSal wrote a review Mar 2017
Minnetonka, Minnesota79 contributions54 helpful votes
We had a wonderful experience during our day with the knowledgeable, personable Roel Klinkhamer for a tour of Normandy D Day landing beaches. He has so much interesting information to share. Over the years he has gleaned more information from the vets he has taken on his tours and has added their stories to his narrative. The pace was perfect. We were lucky with the weather so enjoyed a picnic along the way. He asks what family connections you might have with the landings and customizes what he talks about to include pertinent information. A truly good humored gentleman. I learned so much! Highly recommend Victory Tours.
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Date of experience: February 2017
carefreegrandma wrote a review Nov 2016
Carefree, Arizona5 contributions
Did you know the beaches of Normandie extend for 55 miles. For two full days we toured with Victory Tours, solely owned and operated by Roel Klinkhamer. From Arromanches to Ste Mere Eglise we relived D-Day and the days following. At Omaha Beach we truly felt we were on hallowed ground. His many years of leading tours provide all participants with unique stories...none more moving than Angoville au Pain and the American Cemetery. One will have "picnic stops" and food is purchased at little shops along the way...nothing fancy, but really this is not a food tour. We would not have given up one minute for restaurant fare. You will be in and out of his 8 passenger van all day. Sturdy shoes are recommended as you traverse different terrains. We were there in October and the weather was sunny but cool and winds along the beach made dressing with layers a recommend. You will want to take photographs, but don't let photos interfere with listening.
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Date of experience: October 2016