D-Day Battle Tours
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Rene van Oirschot, Monica Baan and Ellwood Von Siebold of D-Day Battle Tours will provide you with one of the most memorable Normandy D-Day tours. D-Day Battle Tours offers you a quality choice of World War Two D-Day tours with Normandy tours tailor made to match your time schedule and level of interest. D-Day Battle Tours is an established tour company located in the centre of Sainte Mere Eglise, Normandy. We aim to provide a battlefield tour experience which is informative, flexible and memorable for you and your group.
Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Basse-Normandie, France

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Jeffrey S
Hemmingen, Germany1 contribution
Oct 2021
I signed up with D-Day Battle Tours in preparation for a trip to Normandy France and specifically Sainte Mere Eglise to trace the invasion parachute drops and routes from the beaches at Utah and Omaha. I was drawn to the D-Day Battle Tours because of the convenience of begging with Saint Mere Eglise where I was staying then for a day tour of the major sites to include the Parachute drop and battle in Saint Mere Eglise, the battle of Saint Marie Du Mont, Pointe Du Hoc, the invasion beaches and other battle sites along the way. My tour guide Monica was very thorough, knowledgeable, entertaining and passionate about educating me on what happened there on June 6th 1944 and days afterwards. The price was inexpensive compared to others and there was no doubt I got my money's worth. This tour company is amazing and so is Monica. You wont be sorry.
Written October 12, 2021
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Joe F
Cary, NC441 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Had a great full day private tour with our tour guide Monica. Although the weather, cold, rain, and windy, wasn’t the best, Monica was able to adjust due to the elements without losing the impact of June 6, 1944. Instead of spending long amounts of time outdoors she added more indoor stops, such as churches, that played a critical role during the invasion. Monica is a history buff with a wealth of knowledge and information, she has many human interest stories. She lives in Sainte Mere l’Eglise so she knows the local area. Looking for a good tour….. look no further than D-Day Battle Tours.
Written April 16, 2022
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Killerkangaroo
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
Monica was clearly very passionate about the history behind the D-Day landings. She even took us to lesser known places that give a very complete feel of all there is to see in Normandy related to WW2, such as an area with bunkers with an amazing view of Omaha beach.

What really made the three day private tour for us was that she was able to provide such personal stories from veterans at the different sites, along with the bigger picture invasion strategies. Having someone who personally knew many of the veterans who fought there really made the tour feel like it was really bringing us as close to the history as possible.

The three day private tour let us go to all 5 landing beaches, and sites in those sectors, Pointe du Hoc, along with many of the airborne sites (which were a personal favorite).
Written August 27, 2022
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Gina
Modesto, CA7 contributions
Jul 2022
Our family of 4, including two 20-somethings, cited our tour with Rene as the highlight of our European vacation. His knowledge and passion for the area and the history came through in every detail he shared. We loved the personal touches and stories from actual veterans. The American Cemetary was stunning and incredibly emotional. We made it in time for taps and the flag lowering.

The towns of Bayeux and Sainte Mere Eglise are charming. We will definitely be back for a longer stay in this region.

Communication and booking with Monica were seamless and much appreciated.
Written August 4, 2022
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J Tot
1 contribution
Aug 2020
I have recently returned to the UK after visiting Normandy. Myself and my wife and our four children aged 15,14,12 and 8 hired Monica Baan to show us around the Normandy battlefields. It was the first time doing this trip and I simply cannot recommend it or Monica enough. Monica's knowledge is second to none and the tour itself is very informative. I have already recommended Monica to my friends and family back home in England. Not only is she clearly an expert on the Normandy invasion but she is a thoroughly pleasant person to spend the day with.
Written August 17, 2020
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AllisonL
2 contributions
Oct 2019
We had an amazing tour with Rene last fall. Rene is so knowledgable of the war, his interest and passion of this time in history runs in his blood. We felt blessed to have had him as our tour guide, we learned so very much and definately part of our high point in our trip!
Written September 29, 2020
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TravelinAjw
Winston Salem, NC19 contributions
Oct 2011 • Couples
This tour was to fulfill a long dream of seeing the sites of which I was fascinated with and hearing stories of those who sacrificed so much for our country and those who endured the occupation of a heinous tyrant. Ellwood's knowledge was indeed profound. , however I didn't care for his drill sargent mentality. Granted you know you are in for this by the website but he was a miserable man who didnt so much as smile once. We took a group tour and he didn't seem interested in taking us to places we were interested in saying " well that wasn't really important".... To me it was and at several hundrered dollars a clip it should have been important for him to show us. He spoke mostly matter if factory of military details but it would have been nice to hear more stories of the actual men. He was swift moving and if you didn't keep up with him he grumbled. I know there is a lot of territory to cover, but he was just not a very nice person. I was shooting photos while he was talking ( I can multitask well) apparently it irritated him because when he was finished he said "I'm finished, now you can take your photos". Then he insulted us by asking us questions about the history and when we didn't know the answers, he told us and referred us to books but then stated " you won't read it anyway" Seriously?!?! He is so abrasive that I couldn't wait to get away from him. It became comical in the end as everyone on the tour statred saluting him behind him back and mouthing "yes sir" The beginning of the day started with a history lesson about the invasion, that was great , but I felt like we sat there so long when we really it wanted to be out there. Then we went to the airborn museum.... Seriously? We had to pay admission and then he left us alone to wander around. I didn't want to waste my tour time on visiting a museum .... That could have done on my own time. The actual time we spent seeing the sites ( and we didn't even see everything we could have- didnt go to mulberry harbor) was only about 2 hours of a full day tour. The American cemetery was sobering.... I wish he would have told us more about some of the people buried there. This is a highly factual tour and if you are looking for that with a guy who runs it like a army company then this is for you. Don't expect him to humanize it because it just wasn't there. This was a group of people who didn't know one another but we all came to this same conclusion. He was all about himself and getting the tour done based upon what he wanted to do even though his website claims it to be personalized. People pay a lot of money for this and his attitude made it not worth it. I learned a lot, but it was sadly painful.
Written April 6, 2012
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At D Day Battle Tours we take customer feedback very seriously, and because our good standing is incredibly important to us, I as owner of the company feel compelled to respond to a review posted on this site as of the 7th April. We consider it appropriate to reply as follows: All types of tours and their destinations are clearly identified on my website, and if any client wants to visit anything not listed, this has to be done by prior arrangement. I can absolutely state that no alternative requests for a different itinerary were received for any tours during October 2011, and Mulberry Harbour- Arromanches is ONLY ever part of the 2 Day Tour. The tour in question here was seemingly for one day. Stories of actual men were most certainly told- here are the names of a few that are talked about during each and every tour: George Marshall, Monty, Rommel, Freddie Morgan, Percy Hobart, Cliff Maugham, John Steel, Rudi Ischer, Teddy Roosevelt, Joe Collins, James Rudder, Norman Cota, and many others.The wealth of comments on Trip Advisor referring directly to my constant telling of personnel stories is there for all to see. Again, as per my website, a visit to the Airborne museum is clearly identified as a structured part of my tour,and is preceded by a detailed explanation of what is to be looked at. The average person does not understand about C47's, the reality of dropping with a T5 parachute, the objectives and achievements of the airborne divisions etc.and every other visitor has appreciated the greater understanding that this experience brings to their comprehension of the victory achieved.Further more, I can state that this person, and all other clients receive on their printed confirmation exact details of the museum visit- ie. fee and duration. On a point of detail,the time taken visiting sites on the ground is approximately 5 hours- the other 3.5 hours is taken up with a briefing, the museum, lunch and travelling- again fully explained on the website. We also find it strange that the party who raised these issues in their review would wait to do so, 6 months after an unsatisfactory tour to post these comments. No other clients have ever approached us with complaints of this nature, and our client relationships are paramount- as evidenced by the 93 excellent reviews that are to be seen on this forum. Naturally we would have welcomed the opportunity of discussing the points raised in the review, but sadly can find no record of any client who reserved a tour with us for October, with an address in Winston Salem, North Carolina. In conclusion, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our loyal clients who have supported D Day Battle Tours over the years, and we look forward to welcoming new friends. Sincerely Ellwood Von Seibold DDay Battle Tours ----- No virus found in this message. Checked by AVG - www.avg.com
Written April 9, 2012
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DTDallas
Dallas, TX3 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
I had read all of the reviews on Trip Advisor and decided to go with D-Day battle tours. It seemed like everyone had good things to say about him although there were, of course, a few negative reviews. I never expected to be writing a negative review. Its not in my character. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately, I can't do that here.

My boyfriend and I had planned to do a full day tour on July 3. We were going to be taking the 7:07am train from Paris and be picked up in Carentan. Ellwood had my checked and had confirmed our reservations for the trip before I left on May 27th. I thought we were good to go. We were in Paris sight seeing on July 2nd. We happened to come back to our hotel to go over what else we wanted to see when I received a message from Ellwood. He was sick and was unable to give our tour. That's all the message said. I called him and he informed me that he was sick and the doctor told him that he couldn't give a tour for 3 or 5 days. Ok, that's fine, I understand that everyone gets sick. I have no problems with that and wasn't specifically stuck on Ellwood giving the tour anyways (as long as I had a tour guide...). So I asked him "Ok, so what do I do now?" His response? "Well I can't personally help you." I was in complete disbelief. I'm sorry, what? I was so baffled that I quickly got off the phone with him. I told my boyfriend and we didn't know what to do. We started looking up other tour companies but they were all booked until October. Of course they were! Its peak touring season! Then we started to look up car rentals to see if we could just drive. It was an absolute mess and we were stressed to the max. My boyfriend had been so excited about getting to go on this tour and now it wasn't going to happen.
We happened to have a stroke of luck. Another tour company called us back and said that they had a half day tour that had literally just been cancelled. The problem was that the tour started earlier than our train could get there (and in a completely different town!). So we made the decision to change our train tickets that night, take the train up to Bayeux, and spend the night in Bayeux so that we could make our tour. I still had to pay for our hotel in Paris as I had paid for it in advance. This whole fiasco completely ruined our time in Paris because we had to leave so suddenly so there were things we didn't get to see.
My whole problem with the whole thing was not that Ellwood was sick. I get it, people get sick. But the fact that he didn't have a back up plan completely blew my mind. My boyfriend was on his R&R from a combat deployment so its not like we were flexible on this or that we would making it back any time soon. It was just crazy that someone could just completely ruin our plans like that with no back up plan. Nothing. So needless to say, I would not suggest using this tour company if its something that you are really looking forward to. I'm sure Ellwood is a great tour guide, but next time, I'll put my money with a bigger tour company where I don't have to worry about the tour being completely called off.
Written July 19, 2012
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Dear Madam, A response to this negative review is very important for the reputation of my company, as it is an attempt to put forward a point of view which is totally misleading. The actual facts as reported are correct in so far that I was stricken with a viral infection of the throat, and had to suddenly cancel a number of tours on the orders of my doctor. The sudden illness, coinciding with a very busy time in the season meant that my associate guides were full, and all other tour companies were fully booked. All parties were contacted instantly, and were offered the phone numbers of the most likely alternative tour operators, and also the idea of them hiring a car,exploring on their own and visiting the most relevant tourist information offices was also put forward. These people were not told that " nothing could be done". Needless to say, my apologies and sympathy was offered to all concerned. The opinion that a bigger company could supply a replacement guide at the drop of a hat is nonsense, and is this is only proved by the reviewer finding all other larger companies fully booked! The reality is that large or small, all tour companies in this field do not have spare guides waiting around to fill in for the unlikely possibility of incapacity, and similar disappointments have been and will be unfortunately encountered in the future. This rarely happens, and statistically my company has only lost seven working days over five years to illness, which means that very few visitors have had to be disappointed. In conclusion, I find it a pity that this reviewer did not react to the circumstances with the same forbearance and understanding that was characteristic of the other clients concerned, and hope that readers will judge and interpret the facts in a balanced and measured way. Sincerely Ellwood Von Seibold- DDay Battle Tours.
Written July 31, 2012
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midwesterntexan
Houston, TX1 contribution
My husband and I took my parents for a week to Paris. My mother had never been across the big pond and my father had only been to southern Italy during his time with the US Navy. Since my father and I are both veterans and he has always said he'd like to visit the site of the D-Day Invasion one day, I said okay than how about the day Monday, March 11, 2008. I searched in the internet high and low and read a few dozen reviews about different options to visit D-Day/Normandy as a one day trip from Paris. I almost booked us on a larger commercial tour of Normandy, thinking it would be easier with my retired parents. Then at the last minute I stumbled upon "D-Day Battle Tours" owned and operated by Ellwood von Seilbold. I kept reading positive reviews about him and his tour. Then I came across an endorsement by Rick Steve's. I appreciate Rick Steve's endorsements. So I took the gamble (because you never really know what to expect unitl you get there) and reserved a private tour for 4 Adults with Ellwood for D-Day Battle Tours out of Sainte Mere Eglise, France.

All I can say is, it was the perfect choice! It was your traditional "out-of-the-can" Normandy tour. Ellwood von Seilbold is personally invested in his tour company. He has a passion for the history and events of D-Day that has taken years to develop and research. I can't imagine experiencing D-Day's history with any other tour. We elected to do a private tour. It was only a few more Euros than a group tour. That way we could customize what we wwnted to learn, experience and visit. the history of D-Day is vast and having the private tour helped us to focus on the aspects that were most important to us as veterans and Americans.

Ellwood had us into his home (first home liberated during the invasion in Sainte Mere Eglise), offered us coffee and proceeded to "teach us something new" during our briefing about the steps leading up to D-Day and the actual invasion day. His personal and private collection of articles, photographs and first-hand stories of the D-Day events is unmatched by any War Museum. you get to handle and touch so many historical items. Ellwood's knowledge and intellect about the events is detailed and thorough. He had just comlpeted a tour for a dozen retired US Colonels the day before we arrived. They left having learned something new as well.

His stories are personal and intimate and not typical. He has had the great fortune to own the home where the first US Solider parachuted into Sainte Mere Eglise. He has met family members who were there that moment. The story is incredible! He drove us to all of the significant beaches (to us) and battle sites. That in it's self was amazing because of the weather. Unfortunately, the weather turned very bad for the day of our visit. A huge storm hit the northern coast of France and parts of England. There were gale force winds of 75-80 mph. I have an amazing picture of my husband jumping into the air and it sweeping him up. Through it all Ellwood knew how far we had travelled for this experience and kept us going along the tour. He did not have to do that.

Overall, you just couldn't choose a better tour for D-Day. We would love to do his two day tour, "Air and Land." My dad loved it! My mom, who does not enjoy war stories, movies ,etc, thoroughly enjoyed it! I recommend D-Day Battle Tours and Ellwood von Seilbold to any one wanting to visit the D-Day Normandy Invasion. Check-out his website: www.ddaybattletours.com
Written March 15, 2008
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jdavis
Los Angeles, CA42 contributions
Aug 2012 • Friends
There were four of us and we contracted with Mr. Elwood for a private d-day tour. The price was high - 600 euros - but we were keen historians and the reviews were excellent. When we arrived in Sainte Mere Eglise we were greeted not by Mr Elwood but by an associate, which was of course unexpected. We were on holiday, we had looked very much forward to this day so we decided not to make a fuss but to go with it.
Our tour guide was an odd sort, a youngish American, who at times bordered on rudeness. He said he had a lot of material to get through so questions were not encouraged, often not allowed. He seemed to have learned much of his material by rote so I thought perhaps if he was interrupted he might lose his place. We passed dozens of little cafes and boulangeries but he took us to eat in a gas station. He sent us off on our own at several junctures to see various memorials, i noticed many guides went with their groups.
On the positive side, his stories were very interesting, he covered all the bases, we saw what we were promised and we learned a lot.
That said it was not a 600 euro tour and Mr.Elwood's non appearance, with no reason given, was unethical.
We loved this day, touring all the d-day sights is a wonderful thing to do and was a high point of our vacation. I would recommend hiring a guide if you can, just not this company.
Written September 13, 2012
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