I found D-Day Battle Tours through Rick Steves’ travel book on France. After several email exchanges and a mailed deposit check, the arrangements were set. I was travelling with my mother and stepfather and wanted to have a personalized experience so I requested a private tour without any other people joining us. Although it would have been cheaper to have others accompany us, the extra expense was worth having the individualized attention. Ellwood met us at the train station in Careton right at 937 after our trip in from Paris on March 27. He immediately took us to his historic home where he provided us with a lecture of sorts about what we would see later in the day. It was very useful in prepping us and helped us appreciate the sites far more than we otherwise would.
Ellwood is a master storyteller that gives the tour a personalized touch. His stories make even the biggest simpleton pay attention. In addition, he carries a book of photographs that shows the people and places as they were during the war. This is a great touch that makes the sites come alive. As we moved from site to site, I also noticed the other tour guides and listened in. I must say, it was a good feeling to know we were with the best after hearing bits and pieces of their tour.
Some commentators made note that he rushes through the sites. The reality is the sites throughout Normandy are far apart and an 8 hour tour simply isn’t long enough. He recommends the 2 day tour but if you only have a day Ellwood will make the most of every minute. My family and I highly recommend him.
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