Francis P (Frank) CarolanUnited States
We toured with Andy C on the 20th and 21st of September of this year. Andy was extremely knowledgeable of the events occurring on and during the "D" Day landings, establishing the beach heads, linking of the landing and airborne forces and the ultimate break out of the Allied forces from the hedgerow country. We also enjoyed the non-"D" Day history of the area and Andy's presentation of that history from William the Bastard to Joan of Arch, et. al. All in all an educational and enjoyable experience
John RuggieriUnited States
My wife and I have used tours by locals on numerous occasion with a high degree of success. Andy was about the best we've ever encountered. Polite, flexible, and a real expert on the areas we visited. My highest possible recommendation for him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks, it takes great clients to get the best out of a guide! Come and see me again sometime.
Terrance FlynnUnited States
Andy was one of the best guides we have eve had. Knowledgeable, Flexible, and very cooperative. He was one of the best guides we have ever had. I would take the same tour again with Andy. We was that good.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Terry, I enjoyed the days with you too. And you were indeed "that good"!
Sheldon RamsayUnited States
Andy was prompt, pleasant and well informed. Would highly recommend him
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm pleased my explanations of the D-Day landings were appreciated and that you had a pleasant day. Many thanks.
Roselle AbyadUnited States
This tour was everything we hoped it would be. Andy was an excellent tour guide and host. From the start of the day at 8:30 am until the end at 5:30 pm Andy provided unlimited, detailed information on every significant point we drove by and every important city, beach, and monument we visited. We were relaxed that we were in capable hands within about 5 minutes of meeting him and proceeded to have the most informative, moving experience imaginable of this historic site.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Roselle, I'm pleased I could give you the tour you were hoping for - that's exactly what I aim to do! Many thanks for the great company and easy conversation during the day.
Graciela SpivakUnited States
This tour is a must. Andy is very knowledgeable and makes history so interesting and alive. The sites are breathtaking, sad and beautiful at the same time. I am not a history buff, was not born or educated in the US, but I am so glad I had the opportunity to fully appreciate seeing the enormous effort that the Allied troups undertook to liberate Europe from the evil unleashed by Hitler. I highly recommend Andy, it was a pleasure sharing the day with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the comments, it's nice to know that you enjoyed the tour! Come back to Normandy again soon!
Andy deserves a 10*! rating Flexible, knowlegable, friendly, always smiling, knows people as soon as he sees them and knows what we would like. Never in a hurry, never pushy, and very very helpful!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for that amazing feedback! I certainly try to be all those things, so it's quite nice that I actually achieve some of them sometimes!! Many thanks.
This was the first time we have used Tours by Locals and I can say with great ease that it will not be our last. Our experience with Andy was great. He is knowledgeable, accommodating and was really great with my boys. We were on our first family trip to Europe and had a very aggressive list of things to see and do. During our two days with Andy he took us around to everything on our list for Normandy and we all agree that this time was the highlight of our 16 days. Thank you for a first class tour!
Victoria FowlerUnited States
Andy was simply AMAZING! He has a great outgoing personality and his knowledge and passion for WWII history really shows. We all agreed that in one day with Andy we learned more about WWII than a full credit class. He also took us to a great place for lunch. The food was tasty and very well priced. I strongly recommend spending your day in Normandy with Andy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your generous comments - I'm pleased you learnt a lot! Come back and see me again sometime soon.
Patricia BakerUnited Arab Emirates
Andy was the perfect guide for our day. He was on time and very knowledgeable. He was also flexible and able to think on his feet. We had to change our plans at the last minute (he didn't know until he met us) but he seamlessly adapted to our needs. Everyone had a great time and we all learned quite a bit. We went to well-known spots and out-of-the-way locations and were absolutely never bored. I would take a tour with Andy any time.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for your comments Patricia, it's always good to know people enjoyed the day. I hope to see you again in Normandy one day!
Michael CahillUnited States
Excellent Guide. Very well informed, and fun to be with!!! My wife and I had a spectacular day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind comments; a good guide is only as good as the clients he has! Thanks for making the tour fun for me too!
Steve RayUnited States
Dieter FranzUnited States
Andy was our tour guide for two days in the Normandy. On the first day we visited Mt. St. Michel, a fabulous site no one should miss. Along the way, Andy introduced us to an excellent fish restaurant, helping us to better understand the local culture. The second day was spend to visit the sites of D-Day, including the cemeteries. These were unforgettable sites. We hope they will be preserved for future generation with the hope that they will help for such battles never to happen again.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the comments and I hope to see you again in Normandy one day!
Georgia BrogdonUnited States
Andy was fantastic! He is extremely knowledgeable and did a fabulous job in covering the details of the 506 Parachute Infantry Regiment all around Normandy. He took us to places we could never have found on our own and his in-depth knowledge of everything that happened taught us so much more than we already knew. Thank you!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the generous words - I had an enjoyable day with you both. Come back to Normandy again soon!
Lauren FloccareUnited States
Andy was awesome. My father-in-law showed up with a long list of sites he wanted to see and Andy managed to hit them all and add in a few extras even though our train to Caen in the morning was delayed almost an hour. The whole family really enjoyed the day, Andy was knowledgeable and interesting as well as accommodating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Lauren, I'm pleased I could tick all those places off your Dad's list! It was great spending the day with you all. Many thanks.
Steve WitteUnited States
Andy was outstanding. He was very knowledgeable and excellent at explaining what took place both prior to and after the landings. He was very personable and it was clear that he's passionate about history and the Normandy area. We had a family of 5--2 adults and 3 20-something sons and all of us were impressed by Andy. I would highly recommend both Andy and the full-day tour. There is so much to see and a shorter tour can't do it justice.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the generous comment Steve, I had a great day with all of you!
Jan WrightUnited States
Andy was an amazing guide and had a thorough knowledge of Normandy and the surrounding areas. From start to finish, booking through Tours by Locals was easy and help a phone call away. Andy promptly returned all emails and went above and beyond as a guide. Our entire group would highly recommend Andy, and he will work with you so you have the best private trip ever! A++
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the kind comments and I hope to see you again in Normandy one day!
Herb RoperUnited States
Andy is a very knowledgeable guide and provided us with an enjoyable day filled with detailed information on the D Day invasion. He talked with my husband to assess his level of knowledge, and then set about filling in blanks and providing additional information we had not known. He tailored the tour to us and ended at Allamanches -- which should be the culmination of any tour. It was very moving. thanks, Andy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the review - I'm pleased you enjoyed the tour! Come back to Normandy sometime soon!
John StueveUnited States
Absolutely fantastic tour! Andy is very knowledgeable and was able to make history come alive. We are greatful for the insides he offered not only of history but the French people and their Normandy. We appreciated Andy's interest in personalizing the tour and looking out for our comfort. In short, Andy is a personable, knowledgeable and considerate person for whom a 5 star rating seems inadequate.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the nice comments John, I'm glad I was able to give you a memorable and enjoyable tour. Come and see us again in Normandy sometime!
Dean PeytonUnited States
Andy was outstanding. We did a full day tour of the American beaches at Normandy. Andy had the facts and great stories to share, we learned a great deal and had a very enjoyable day. We would highly recommend Andy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Dean, I had a great day too!
Debra PodgurskiUnited States
My husband and I and our friends thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Andy. He was everything that we could have hoped for in a guide to the Normandy Beaches. We were picked up on time at our hotel in Bayeux in his comfortable vehicle. He made us feel welcomed right away. He organized a well thought out tour and was very knowledgeable about everything concerning D-Day, WWII and the region. I would highly recommend Andy to anyone interested in this tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind comments Debra, I'm glad you all enjoyed the tour. Hopefully you'll come back to Normandy again sometime soon!
Jack MillerUnited States
A+ thanks !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Jack, I enjoyed the days we spent on tour! Come back to Normandy again sometime.
Noreen M.United States
Andy was a terrific guide, good driver, comfortable vehicle. Could not imagine a better D DAY experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks, I enjoyed the day I spent with you!
Dan DeYoungUnited States
Karl StingilyUnited States
Andy did a great job and made it a very pleasant day in spite of the rainy weather. He was there exactly on time, friendly but also extremely knowledgeable and clearly had a customer service mindset to ensure that he set the itinerary based on what we were interested in seeing versus a canned approach. Great day and thoroughly enjoyed. Highly recommended.
Jim WolfeUnited States
Andy C's knowledge and passion for Normandy and the D-day beaches left my family with vivid and lasting memories. Our tour with Andy C was unhurried, relaxed, comfortable and very informative. Andy willingly extended the length of our tour so we could visit all of the important D - day sites. I would recommend Andy C to anyone interested in a D-day experience. The Wolfe family, Oklahoma, USA
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the generous words: I certainly try to give everyone a lasting memory of their trip to Normandy. I hope you come back to see us again sometime!
Heather JohnsonUnited States
My parents, my sister and I enjoyed our day-long tour of the Normandy region with Andy. A lifelong history buff, my 80-year-old father always wanted to see this WWII D-day site. This dream was fulfilled on our trip and enhanced by Andy's expertise; my father enjoyed talking with Andy because they both know so much about WWII. My mother, sister and I joked that we had two tour guides that day--Andy and my father. Thank you, Andy, for being part of our dad's "bucket list" trip to Normandy.
Ross WilsonUnited States
Andy was a fantastic tour guide for the D-Day beaches. He took us on a very full day that included both Utah and Omaha Beaches, Pont du Hoc (fantastic!), the German and American cemeteries, St. Mere-Elise, and Arromanches. We did several things I did not expect to like as much as we did, based on Andy's suggestions. We probably would not have stopped at the German cemetery for instance if not for Andy's comment on the benefit of seeing the contrast with the American cemetery. Thanks Andy!
Catherine IrvineUnited States
Andy was very knowledgable about the Normandy area and did a great job educating us on our way to the beaches. He explained all the tour options available within our alloted time and adjusted his set tour when we asked. A very positive experience for us!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind comments - I'm glad you enjoyed your day!
Bobbi CopeUnited States
Our Normandie tour with Andy was just right for our group (4 Americans). He was knowledgeable, amiable, professional and timely. He took us to Utah Beach, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Pointe du Hoc, the German Cemetery, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery, all the while narrating and advising us of interesting details. I am happy to recommend him without hesitation. As an extra courtesy he mailed the shirt home that one of our party left in the van!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the kind comments Bobbi, I'm glad I was able to show you the D-Day sights!