Many families of D-Day veterans have asked me to help them discover the places where their loved ones fought and the sobering facts about their lives in Normandy.
I moved from Moscow to Caen in Normandy in 2012 as I have a great passion for the history and culture of Normandy. I started my career as a Tour Guide with 5 weeks of theoretical and practical courses at the Caen Memorial Museum after which I worked for the Museum for almost 3 years as a tour guide on the D-Day beaches.
Starting my own business was my big dream as "knowing the history of this place I have an almost an irritating desire to share it with people all over the world". Specializing mostly in Private Guided tours of the D-Day Landing Beaches and the Battle of Normandy, I also provide other tours and suggest other options to my clients so they can better understand the historical importance of this region.
For me, Normandy has become my second home. This region is like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle - sprawling across France's northwestern corner. Normandy with its surprising charms, beautiful coastal landscapes, pebbly beaches, excellent museums, quiet pastoral villages and architectural gems was the perfect destination to start my career as a guide. I love traveling and have a passion for showing people from all over the world the beauty of Normandy. I am very enthusiastic and know how to communicate well with everybody, and I understand the importance of listening and respecting the others.
With my tours you can spend an unforgettable time visiting the major tourist destinations in Normandy: Caen, with the spectacular Abbeys for Men and Women, St. Peter's Church and even the Castle of William the Conqueror; Bayeux: with it's splendid Cathedral of Notre-Dame, and the beautiful untouched medieval buildings; Lisieux, a town that is world-famous thanks to Saint Therese of Lisieux; and the stunning Mont-St-Michel, one of the greatest sights in all of France.
Ready to taste something new and special? Book the "Tasty" Tour and let me take you to the best restaurants and local farms producing Camembert cheese and cider, the makers of homemade chocolate and biscuits, and sample the local fresh fish and seafood at local stalls.
I came to Normandy as a foreigner, I started discovering it as a stranger but now I am enthusiastic and happy to be able to show you this magnificent region with all its authentic beauty! I am ready to share my knowledge and my passion for my tours with you - are you ready to join me?!
A Recent Review of this guide
There were two couples. The men are D Day buffs and the women just went along to be supportive. By the end of the day all four of us were D Day buffs. Svetlana is an amazing guide. She senses the interests and attention spans of each member of the group and plans the day accordingly. Very flexible and focused on the group. She has a very impressive mind. There was no detail, date, or interesting story that she could not remember. The day was informative and very enjoyable.
- Professional Tour Guide Card delivered by the state of France as the prove of my skills and experience
-3 years as a local guide in Normandy for the museum "Mémorial" of Caen
-Special training classes of 5 weeks studying the DD landing, the Second World War history and the local history of Normandy
- Special training courses in History of Art
-Second Master's Degree in the Cultural Mediation
-Master's degree in foreign languages