Traveler Reviews of Private Tours in Caen-France by Tour Guide Elena B. (Guide #22233)


Lisa Procter

United States
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Tour: #314411, Private Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Oct 1/18

Elena was so knowlegeable of the history and we particularly loved her sides stories. She was on time, warm and very helpful. I would highly recommend her. This was such a wonderful way to see and experience this part of our history. We are so greatful to Elena for making it so special.

Gordon Kruger

United States
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Tour: #313773, Omaha Beach tour and Honfleur from Le Havre, Le Havre, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Sep 29/18

Elana a wonderful very informative, well prepared, guide with many stories of WWII and D-Day invasion. Highly recommended. Would definitely use again.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Gordon, Thank you for you kind review. I'm happy that despite your the second tour of Dday Landing Beaches, I was able to surprise you and you have learnt a new information. Hope to see you again in sunny California.

Dawn Sandquist

United States
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Tour: #314408, Private Dday Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Sep 25/18

This tour was so incredible!! She also suggested the Overlord Museum which we did take afterwards and it was a great experience. Elena was once again so patient with us and knowledgeable and she had a tour right after us but still treated us like we were the only ones that day! It really was impacting on so many levels.

Dawn Sandquist

United States
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Tour: #475368, Dday Utah Beach Tour, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Sep 23/18

Elena was so friendly and SO knowledgeable. We learned so much from her and we all thought we had read a lot of info over the years! We thoroughly enjoyed being with her and interacting with her as a person and not just a tour guide. Left feeling like we had known her for a long time! Sorry it's taken me so long to respond but we had been traveling for 3 weeks and just returned home today. Still processing all we observed in Normandy. Thank you!

Mitch Handman

United States
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Tour: #314411, Private Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Sep 13/18

Elena was terrific! Very knowledgeable and had excellent communication skills.

Winona Golden

United States
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Tour: #313773, Omaha Beach tour and Honfleur from Le Havre, Le Havre, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Aug 28/18

Our tour guide/driver Elena was fantastic! She came prepared with visual materials to help us understand the area. Her knowledge of the D-Day beaches puts us to shame. We enjoyed the entire tour with her and felt like she was an old friend by the end of the tour. We highly recommend her and the company Tours By Locals.

Mike Sarjeant

San clemente, CA, United States
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Tour: #467162, Rouen, Etretat and Calvados tasting tour from Deauville, Deauville-Trouville, France    view tour
Date: Aug 23/18

This was our second tour with Elena. We enjoyed it just as much as the first one. Elena, is very knowledgeable and gives an excellent tour. Even more than that, she is just genuinely a wonderful person and a pleasure to spend a day with. We would highly recommend any of her tours!

Philippa Bruce

Canada
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Tour: #314966, D-day and Juno Beach private half day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Aug 19/18

We really found Elena to be very welcoming, and passionate about the information she was providing. She clearly has researched extensively. Presenting the material with the aid of photos and maps was very helpful especially for the teenagers. Including information about NZ was also appreciated. Thank you Elena for a wonderful tour.

Mark Barnes

United States
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Tour: #314411, Private Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jul 29/18

Elena was great. My wife and i had a great tour of Omaha and Utah beach and american cemetery .Extremely knowledgeable and great facts at every stop Thank you Elana for retracing my dads path from utah beach !!!

Michael King

United States
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Tour: Blood, sweat and tears: the US D-Day Private Tour, Bayeux, Normandy, France
Date: Jul 26/18

Elena was a terrific tour guide and driver. She was knowledgable, considerate of our needs (it was an unusually hot day, and she kept us in shade as much as possible and provided water), and tailored the tour to what we wanted/needed. She answered all questions and knew a tremendous amount about the subject. She even recommended books to read to further our education. She gave a wonderful tour, and our whole family enthusiastically recommends her! It was a pleasure to be with her. Thanks, Elena!

Margaret Miller

United States
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Tour: #311437, Monet and the Impressionism - Private tour from Le Havre, Le Havre, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jul 23/18

The tour could not have been better. Elena was wonderful. She was so knowledgeable and it was a pleasure to spend time with her. We all learned so much and enjoyed her wit and humor. We thank her for a memorable tour.

Ellyn Wrzeski

United States
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Tour: #322200, Private Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux guide only, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jul 16/18

Elena was a great tour guide - personable, knowledgeable and friendly. She provided a thorough history but provided just the right amount of detail. She also knew a great deal about the Normandy area. We recommend her highly!

Robert Hertzog

United States
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Tour: #314411, Private Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jul 10/18

Elena did a fantastic job of explaining so many pertinent details. Her knowledge of D-day, and the history of the area in general made for a very enjoyable day. I highly recommend her!

Lawrence Wilson

United Kingdom
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Tour: #315463, D-Day and Sword/Gold Beach private tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jul 9/18

Elena is a very personable and knowledgeable guide. Her tour was excellent, where she greatly enhanced our understanding of events, and did so in both a professional and enjoyable manner. Would certainly recommend her as your guide.

Sheila Maloney

United States
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Tour: #314408, Private Dday Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jul 7/18

Elena had excellent knowledge of WWII and the Normandy beaches. She was a perfect guide and hostess in her car. Very pleasant!

Lawrence Wilson

United Kingdom
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Tour: #314408, Private Dday Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jul 7/18

An excellent tour. Elena is a very personable and knowledgeable guide, and greatly enhanced our enjoyment of the day and understanding of events. Would definitely recommend her as your guide.

Sondra Jackowitz

United States
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Tour: #314408, Private Dday Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jun 6/18

Elena took on a tour of Omaha Beach with time to go to the American Cemetery. We were there on D Day and observed a moving ceremony at the Monument. Her explanations were comprehensive and detailed. We learned much about the invasion. We then went to the relatively new Operation Overlord Museum. Elena is charming, pleasant and very knowledgeable. We strongly recommend her.

Sondra Jackowitz

United States
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Tour: #314411, Private Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jun 5/18

Elena adjusted our tour to see the 300 Paratroopers drop from their planes. This was for a D Day celebration. After this we went to the D Day Beaches for a thorough explanation of the Paratroopers landing on the morning of June 6th and tour of the Beaches. It was an amazing tour and you can come away with the understanding that they were the Greatest Generation. Her knowledge was extraordinary and I strongly recommend her as your tour guide.

Sondra Jackowitz

United States
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Tour: #314410, Private tour Mont Saint Michel from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jun 4/18

Elena drove us to Mont Saint Michel and took us a detailed tour of the village and Abbey. There are over 400 steps and one person in our party could not do that. We left that person at a cafe and Elena went to get her to join us for lunch after the rest of us did the tour. The information she imparted was unbelievable. She is extraordinarily knowledgeable. I hardily recommend you take this tour with her.

Sondra Jackowitz

United States
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Tour: #313773, Full Day Tour visiting Honfleur, Deauville, Trouville and Pegasus Bridge, Honfleur, France    view tour
Date: Jun 3/18

Elena adapted the tour to include the Pegasus Bridge. She led us through the Museum and explained all the key items. We then went on to Honfleur were she chose an excellent restaurant before giving a tour of the city. She arranged a Calvados tasting which was excellent. We then went to Touville and saw a fabulous seafood market and then on to Deauville and then the Coast road back to our Hotel. She is extremely knowledgeable, well prepared and very pleasant.

Kim Reiff

United States
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Tour: Utah and Omaha landing beaches Tour, Bayeux, Normandy, France
Date: May 28/18

Don't hesitate, book this tour! Voted by the family as the best in our 10 days in France. Elena picked us up at the train station and we were off! Her knowledge and stories about WW2 is mind boggling. When she found out we were in the medical field she took a small side trip to share a story of two medics treating soldiers in a local church. So engaging with our teens, giving them youtube suggestions to back up parts of the day. Such a treat to visit on Memorial Day. What a phenomenal experience!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Kim, thank you very much for so nice review. I was so lucky to have you on my tour. Your words touch my heart and I'm grateful that you came in Normandy despite strike!

Larry Kaiden

United States
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Tour: Private Dday Omaha beach and Utah beach tour from Le Havre, Le Havre, Normandy, France
Date: May 24/18

Outstanding guide. Elena is so knowledgeable about the area. We visited the D_Day beaches. This was my 3rd time, but the most interesting. Elena took us into the german fortifications and showed us exactly what the Allies were up against. She showed us large photographs taken the days during and after the invasion. We visited the beaches, thecliffs, german pillboxes and more. We had lunch directly looking over one of the beaches. We toured past some of the towns involved during that time period.

Debbie Russ

United States
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Tour: #313496, Private Dday tour from Cherbourg, Cherbourg, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: May 18/18

Elena was waiting when we arrived. The vehicle was comfortable. Her knowledge is amazing. Best money ever spent. Such a delightful day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review, Debbie. I wish we had more time to spend together!

Douglas Bye

United States
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Tour: #313496, Private Dday tour from Cherbourg, Cherbourg, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: May 16/18

Elena was the best tour guide we have ever had. She really knew the area and the history of all the D-Day battles. We also learned a lot about Normandy from her. She communicated to all 4 people in a way that kept our interest for the entire tour.

Garth M.

Canada
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Tour: #314966, D-day and Juno Beach private half day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: May 10/18

Elena is very knowledgeable about the area. If you wish to have a tour that is specifically about Juno Beach and the contribution of Canada on the day of the landing and the days to follow, her tour is outstanding. She has family who lived in the area at the time and has personal anecdotes that enhance the value of the experience. You will not be disappointed.

Lois Frederick

United States
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Tour: #406046, American Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Apr 2/18

Elena is charming and an excellent tour guide. She is very knowledgeable, able to answer all our questions, and made excellent suggestions for our second day of touring Normandy on our own. The tour itinerary was perfect and gave us detail as well as a good overview of the events of D-day and beyond. She was able to key in on specific people and how they were able to influence the battles being raged. My husband and I have only positive feedback and would recommend her without hesitation.

Anne Flynn

Netherlands
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Tour: #406046, American Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Apr 1/18

Elena was absent amazing! She is has an incredible knowledge of anything and everything that relates to D Day. She is also a lovely person, we thoroughly enjoyed our day with her and learned so much.

John Flynn

United States
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Tour: #314408, Private Dday Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Mar 26/18

Elena was wonderful; her knowledge of the history was amazing. She was very insightful and attentive to our needs throughout the tour. We highly recommend her!

Iliyas Issatayev

Kazakhstan
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Tour: #314410, Walking tour of Mont Saint Michel, Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Mar 19/18

Mont Saint Michel is indeed one of the best places not only in Normandy but France as well. Elena is a world class guide: very knowledgeable and fun and easy going person

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Illiys, I've just started my season with your tours and I wish I met only people like your wonderful family!!! I do hope to see you&family one day again. Warm regards, Elena.

Iliyas Issatayev

Kazakhstan
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Tour: #313773, Full Day Tour visiting Honfleur, Deauville, Trouville and Chateau de Breuil, Deauville-Trouville, France    view tour
Date: Mar 18/18

Douville is definitely town worth visiting and Elena is a world class guide

Iliyas Issatayev

Kazakhstan
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Tour: #322200, Private Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Mar 17/18

On our day of visit the weather was far from optimal. But Elena made the tour great, finishing in Bayeaux museums. She is one the best guides I have had tour with

Mike Sarjeant

San clemente, CA, United States
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Tour: #314411, Private Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Feb 12/18

Lena is awesome! We thoroughly enjoyed her tour. She arrived early and picked us up at our location. She is truly a very knowledgeable tour guide and very warm and caring person that was fun to be with for this all day tour. When we come back to the area we will definitely go on another one of her tours!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mike and Dana! Thank you very much for so sunny review. I also enjoyed our day and I do hope to see you again with your children in Normandy. Have a great time in France.

Wendy Knox

Canada
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Tour: #314966, D-day and Juno Beach private half day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Dec 9/17

Elena met us at the train station and gave our group of 4 Canadians a customized private tour. She has extensive knowledge of Normandie and added lots of personal anecdotes she's gathered living and touring the area. She has plenty of visual explanation and found us a fabulous spot for lunch. I would highly recommend booking with Elena.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Wendy, Dale, Helen and Tim. Thank you for coming!! We were lucky to have cold but nice weather. I'll remember our tour during many years as it was very special for you and for me.

Steven Sayer

United States
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Tour: #314411, Private Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Nov 25/17

Our guide, Elena, was punctual, thorough, knowledgeable and friendly. My wife and I had been to Normandy before and this time it was only my grandson, son in law and myself. Her timing, visuals set the right tone. Her grasp of the subject was complete. All three were more than satisfied. We highly recommend Elena

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Steven, I really enjoyed our day and I thank you for your attention and your willing to help your grandson understand WWII history. We still have several sites to be discovered. Hope to see you again in Normandy.

Maryanne Lewis

United States
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Tour: #314411, Private Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Nov 20/17

We had an amazing day with Elena B... her thoughtful,informative,intelligent,sincere and compassionate explanation of these historic events made for a memorable experience-"B " stands for best!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Maryanne. I'll see you in US next time.)

Vicki Foley

United States
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Tour: #314408, Private Dday Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Nov 11/17

My tour with Lena was fabulous! Lena has so much knowledge about this history of Normandy, WWII, the D-Day battles. She knew exactly where to take me to optimize our 1/2 day together. I immediately felt comfortable with her, she's a safe driver, and speaks excellent English. I highly recommend Lena! Thank you for a perfect day!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Vicky, Thank you very much for coming. I had so wonderful day and I was happy to spend November 11th on D-day sites. I do hope to see you again with your family in Normandy.

Emile Broussard

United States
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Tour: #314410, Private tour Mont Saint Michel from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Oct 11/17

Our guide Elena, was incredible. She generously adapted to our needs right from the start. Beginning with first contact 6 months ago by email through TBL. Elena informed us as to how we could tour Mon San Michel & the Normandy D-day Beaches in our travel window, Elena's knowledge of the area, the history and details of both sites are outstanding. Elena patiently explain details about St Micheal, Bishop Aubrey, the Abbey, & on D-Day beaches knew battle details @ Omaha, Point du Hoc, & personal details@ cem

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Emile and Sandra for your kindness. All my tours are private and I always respect your pace and needs. Hope to see you in US next time!!!

Paul Sheahen

United States
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Tour: #314408, Private Dday Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Sep 20/17

Elena met my wife and me at our hotel. Since we visited without an automobile she drove. Her vehicle was very comfortable. Elena is very knowledgeable of the DDay invasion. And its history. She was constantly discussing a wide range of elements of the campaign. Do you know why Bayeux was soared but not Caen? Elena guided us on a half day tour and left us off in Bayeux near our next destination. She was extremely courteous and helpful. English was great I would book Elena again if I visit the area.

Jeri Karpinski

United States
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Tour: American related D-day beaches private tour for Jeri, Le Havre, Normandy, France
Date: Sep 9/17

Elena is very knowledgeable on the events both leading up to and during D-Day. The American Cemetery and war museum is well worth the visit. Elena had great timing for us to miss the big bus tours throughout the day. Thanks for a great day.

Kathryn Reid

United States
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Tour: #314411, Private Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Sep 3/17

I can't say enough nice things about Elena! She was so informative, kind, and helpful to me in my journey to discover info about my grandfather's unit. She tought me things And took me to places I would have never known to look for had I rented a car alone. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for a guide. Thank you Elena for a wonderful experience!

Donald MacPhail

Canada
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Tour: #311438, D-day and Juno Beach private tour from Le Havre, Le Havre, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Aug 28/17

Elena gave an excellent tour of the Canadian war sites in Normandy. She is a wealth of knowledge and knows her subject. Thank You very much for giving us an outstanding tour.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Donald, As I told you, it's always a great day when I show Juno Beach. Thank you for coming and your reservation.

Marilyn Emerson

United States
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Tour: American related D-day beaches private tour from Honfleur ports, Honfleur, France
Date: Aug 27/17

We really enjoyed touring with Elena. She is very knowledgeable and made a difficult day (due to subject matter) interesting and informative.

Lauren Kolodny

United States
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Tour: #322200, Private Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux guide only, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Aug 22/17

Elena was fantastic. She has incredible depth of knowledge about D-Day along with wonderful anecdotes to share about individuals who served in Normandy. Her passion for the history and desire to teach/share is palpable. She had legitimate answers to every question we asked. Would definitely reccomend for anyone who is genuinely curious about the history /story of D-Day.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Lauren, Thank you very much for so warm and nice review. Hope to see you again one day.

Kallen Kloefkorn

United States
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Tour: #314411, Private Dday tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Aug 20/17

Loved Elena. She was very knowledgeable about the whole DDay event as well as all of WWII, including Russia. Even learned about William the Conqueror. Loved our whole day with her. Her English is excellent as well as her French and Russian. Highly recommend her!!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kallen, Thank you for so wonderful day. I'm happy to share my knowledge about WWII and Normand history.

Susan S.

United States
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Tour: Private Dday Omaha Beach and Bayeux Tapestry tour, Le Havre, Normandy, France
Date: Aug 12/17

Elena arrived early, she was very helpful myself with my friend because we had a problem with our luggage, and did not mind that we were 1/2 hour late in leaving for my tour. She was descriptive and so knowledable of the places we visited. It was nice, too, that we had lunch in a local restaurant that was excellent. I highly recommend her, I wish all guides were like her!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan, thank you very much for the day we spent together! It was nice driving around Normandy country side and share our day. Hope to see you one day in US.

Julie Blanchard

Canada
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Tour: #322200, Private Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux guide only, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Aug 6/17

We had a fabulous tour with Elena. She was very knowedgeable and informative, with many interesting and relevant stories that we never would have known without her. She was flexible and accommodating and I would absolutely recommend spending your time with her.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Julie, thank you for kind words. I was so happy to be able guiding you and family in Canadian sector that day. I do hope your boys will remember this trip and come back one day again.

Celina Simic

United States
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Tour: Private Honfleur and Omaha Beach tour, Le Havre, Normandy, France
Date: Jun 29/17

Amazing day! Thanks for everything!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for coming. It was great to show you Honfleur and Omaha Beach sector and spend that day with you and family.

Richard Collins

South Africa
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Tour: #313774, D-Day and British sector private tour from Le Havre, Le Havre, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jun 28/17

A very interesting day with a knowledgeable guide, who travelled into the countryside to pick us up at our cottage.

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Richard, I was happy to spend that day with you, DIna and your father in British sector. I'm always grateful when I can pay my respects to fallen British soldiers. Thank you for coming and for your nice feedback.

Catie Miller

United Kingdom
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Tour: D- Day beaches private tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France
Date: Jun 24/17

Elina was a fantastic tour guide! From the very beginning she made us feel welcome. Her knowledge was immense and she took her time to explain in full detail each destination. We didn't have to think as she thought of everything and more. The best part was her attention to detail. Elina put together a beautiful book with maps and imagery that gave a deeper perspective into each destination and story. I can not recommend her more and am so grateful for the time she spent with our family! Thank you Elina. X

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind words, Catie. I was pleased to share that day with you and your wonderful family.

Robert Shuster

United States
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Tour: #322200, Private Omaha Beach half-day tour from Bayeux guide only, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: Jun 16/17

Very knowledge. Very pleasant. Easily understood. Definitely 5 stars!!

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much. I wish we had a full day tour. Hope to see you and family again!

Daniel Reed

United States
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Tour: #315462, D-day and Gold Beach private tour from Bayeux, Bayeux, Normandy, France    view tour
Date: May 26/17

Elena is an amazing guide. Her energy and deep knowledge of the area made our trip. I highly recommend her. Dan (North Carolina, USA)

TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much for your kind review and your visit.