Andrea CookUnited States
If we could give a 50 star rating, it still wouldn't be enough to describe Richard! We had a 2 day Normandy tour, and from the moment we stepped into Richard's van, we knew we were truly in the hands of a consummate professional. He was a walking "Google", but far more interesting. He pretty much ruined it for all the other tour guides that we had on our 14 day trip in Europe, because he set the bar so very high. We loved, Loved , Loved him!
Robert BaileyReno, NEVADA, United States
The Best..Excellent..used a headset in the car so my wife could hear clearly in the back seat
Ron SwansonUnited States
Richard provided an excellent tour along with comfortable accommodations. (other tours were a bit crammed for 4 people; but not Richard's) He has great knowledge of history, and provided lots of interesting information while showing us sites of greatest interest.
Robert KwellerUnited States
Exceptional guide. Very,very knowledgeable and prepared from the moment you get in his van to give you non stop commentary. Very personable-but not overly familiar.
Lynne LeveyUnited States
Richard was a superb guide. His knowledge was very extensive yet he framed the events leading up to WW2 and the war very simply and clear for all to understand and retain. We had our three kids with us (13, 13 & 11) and they were able to follow along and able to apply some of their school learnings too. We had some severe weather but Richard was still able to get us to where we wanted to go and he did not miss a beat! Thank you for our favorite day in France!
Joel JamesUnited States
Richard is very knowledgeable and has excellent English. He was well versed in how the history of the region and the D-Day operation unfolded. We used his vehicle and he drove and guided. We were planning a future tour and he was able to get us into sites and museums for inspection which was great. He is well known to the sites and museum staff. Thank you Richard for an excellent tour and for your assistance.
Holly DunnUnited States
Richard was a great guide to Mont St Michele. He was full of information and we greatly enjoyed the day. Couldn't have had a better guide.
Sarah HeydelUnited States
Richard was fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable as a historian on entire history of Normandy, as well as detailed account of WWII history. I was already a WWII enthusiast, but Richard opened up so much more for us, and tied it all together with the 1,000+ years of Normandy/France history. We toured Mont St. Michel, Omaha, Utah beaches, Pont du Hoc, St.-Mere-Eglise, Arromanches, Bayeux city tour cathedral and tapestry, and many other sites in 3 very busy and full days. Highly recommend Richard!
Debbie GreenbergUnited States
Richard was an absolutely outstanding tour guide. One of the best we've experienced! He was very knowledgeable and explained D-Day in an expert way. He took us to all the important places, in addition to places that the big buses don't go. The day was truly memorable.
Victor BabinUnited States
We had Richard for the Normandy beaches and it was outstanding. Richard is very knowledgeable and professional. We had 2 kids with us and he was very patient. It was the best tour we had in our lives. Richard was excellent. He made the trip more than worthwhile.
Catherine BaldwinUnited States
Laura RubinUnited States
It was clear that D-Day beaches are Richard's passion! He picked our family of 6 up at our VRBO and we were off! We communicated with him in advance so he had an idea on what we wanted to see. We fined tuned that when he arrived. My husband is quite a history buff so Richard's knowledge was quite impressive. The American Cemetery was very moving. Our kids liked climbing around the German bunkers. He helped us order lunch and even helped us pick up our rental car as we do not speak French. Great tour!
Laura LaverdiereUnited States
We highly recommend Richard as tour guide for anyone wishing to get to know the Normandy area. With limited time and multiple areas of interest for sites to see, Richard did a phenomenal job of mapping out time and sites so that we saw more than we expected. Driving with him was a pleasure...he explained historical events as would a storyteller; even tucked in a few sites we would never have considered. Staying in the countryside with no car-no problem- he was there each morning...no worries, no stress!
Catherine HinesUnited States
Richard was excellent. He's extremely knowledgeable and personable. We no sooner got into his van when he began the history of WWI which led to WWII. He didn't stop talking for the next 1 1/2 hrs. He made the history fascinating and the time flew by. He answered all questions thoroughly. He took the effort to find my Uncle's gravesite and about his division during D-Day. I would highly recommend him.
Michael GilletteUnited States
Richard was extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the D-Day landings and the details regarding the taking of France by Allied Forces. He also had a wealth of knowledge of Normandy's history dating back to Roman times. A most refreshing aspect of our tour: On the rare occasion when Richard was asked a question and did not know the answer or was not sure of the answer, he would say so. Many guides will provide their best guess as a fact. Not Richard! He was honest.
Jane CastorUnited States
Richard is a remarkable guide. We wanted a tour of the D-Day beaches and cemetery and we got that and so much more! The information he gave us throughout the day made the sights we saw that much more meaningful. Several people we met along the way wished they were part of our tour!! He showed us the charming, picture-perfect town of Honfleur. We also took advantage of the opportunity to see a tapestry from 1067 of William conquering England in 1066. It was a very unexpected bonus. Great day!
We had a wonderful day with Richard exploring the Canadian WW2 sites. Richard was one of the best guides that we have ever had. He arrived on time with a comfortable vehicle (water provided) and used a microphone so all could easily hear his explanations of how the war started and what occurred. He was easy to understand and made history come alive. Richard gave us exactly what we had asked for plus more. Richard made excellent use of our time to give us maximum value for our money. Recommend him highly.
Mark JonesUnited States
WOW! Richard was fantastic, we have traveled to many places in the world and Richard one one of, if not the best, guides we have ever had. If you are a history buff, hire Richard, you will not be disappointed.
John CaffreyUnited States
This was quite likely the best tour I have ever booked. He was knowledgeable and taught us how to analyze art. He knew the perfect small French cafe to eat. Above and beyond!
Bryan GreenUnited States
We had an amazing three days with our guide Richard. He was one of the best guides! He was kind, courteous, and Professional and extremely knowledgeable and a true gentlemen! We would highly recommend him to anybody!
I was on the tour guided by Richard on or about April 21 to the Canadian beaches of Normandy, beginning from our ship, the Crown Princess. Richard was incredibly knowledgeable and we could not have been more satisfied with the tour. Absolutely outstanding! And the others I believe felt the same. Thank you
Candi ReynoldsUnited States
Richard H was most knowledgeable and made us all realize how little we "baby boomers" knew about Normandy and D-Day. I would highly recommend him.
Rachel DevereauxUnited States
Richard was an amazing guide. He was very professional from the moment we stepped off the train to the moment he dropped us off in Bayeux. We were overwhelmed at the extent of his knowledge. As we visited various sites we could envision the events at Normandy as they happened by the detailed descriptions and accounts he provided at every location. There is no way we would have been able to grasp the magnitude and depth of the events at Normandy without Richard as our guide.
James McMahillUnited States
Richard was our guide on this trip as well as 2 years ago. If he was available everywhere we travel he would be our private guide. His knowledge of the history of the particular tour is astounding and he is able to present it in ways that are interesting and entertaining. Richard could easily teach at the University level. My wife and I highly recommend Richard and we look forward to our next experience with him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the good rating and the nice comments.I always find it very easy to guide such interested groups, as James and his friend, as with their interest to WWII history they help me to show the best of one of the major American WWII historical site.
Marion MillerUnited States
Richard gave us a fabulous tour. He knew exactly how to guide us to optimize our ability to see everything of importance. He was extremely knowledgable and made the events come alive. He accommodated the wishes of our group and made the day one we will not forget.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marion and her group, are very enjoyable group. Their enthusiasm was communicative and made me bring the best out of myself. Their interest for WWII history is real and strong, so it made the guiding even more interesting also for me.
Barbara FleischerUnited States
Richard was an amazing tour guide. He was knowledgable, friendly, and very accommodating. Our group of six all agreed that this tour was the highlight of our cruise vacation. Thank you Richard!!
Robert CharlotteUnited States
Richard was excellent! He is extremely knowledgable and did a wonderful job of engaging the kids.
John AdamsUnited States
Our guide was top of the charts!! Very professional, knowledgeable and his explanation added incite to what we experienced. He pointed out key points and was very good at directing us "around" the not critical points that can be observed in the location we visited. We would & will recommend our guide to anyone visiting these sacred locations in Normandy, France.
Larry KingsleyUnited States
Richard was very informative and meant us at the train station on time and got us back to the train station to catch the last train on time. Our group very much enjoyed his tour and it will be part of memories forever.
Iwona TrybusUnited States
Richard took our group, which included 2 teenagers, and was able to keep us informed and entertained through the day- we saw the major sites, enjoyed the local food and had a great day learning about WW2. Highly recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a real pleasure to guide Iwona's group. Not only where they interested in WW II history, but they also enjoyed discovering the local food. All members of the group, including the teenagers where actually really listing to my explantations which is very encouraging for a guide.
Joseph S.United States
My wife and two children, ages 15 and 13, spent a half day tour with Richard in June and had a wonderful time. Richard is very knowledgeable and passionate about D-day history. While the entire tour was great, I wanted to highlight the time we spent at the German cemetery where we reviewed a wall map and learned so much about the different invasion paths. Also, his van microphone set up was very helpful as we talked history while we traveled to the different locations. Overall we had a great tour.
Beth SalatoUnited States
Our day with Richard at Normandy was very pleasant and informative. He was a wealth of knowledge and flexibility with the weather and traffic conditions ( possible strikes led us through the most beautiful back roads which we would have never seen!) which all made for a very comfortable day for us. We recommend Richard for all groups!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I enjoyed guiding Beth and her group. We had a pleasant day and I always enjoy guiding such interested groups trough Normandy.
Chris AllenUnited States
Richard was an essential part of our successful Normandy visit to understand and appreciate the events of June, 1944. He is a patient, knowledgeable, well educated guide and a very worthwhile resource to get the most out of a limited-time visit. We highly recommend him intellectually and for his comfortable driving skills and language fluency to anyone wishing to get questions answered and receive a good background in history, tactics and operations for the Normandy landings. Chris and Carol Allen
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Chris and Carol where very enthusiastic listeners, so it was a pleasure to guide them on the D-Day beaches.I always enjoy guiding enthusiastic visitors and I hope to br able to bring over the courage all those young men had on June 6th 1944.
Steve ZagorskiUnited States
Richard was a fantastic guide from start to finish. Before we docked he emailed us regarding a dock strike and stayed in touch until we finally met. He was very knowledgeable and kept us informed for a ten hour tour. He gave us many options to suit our interests. He is very good. He has a nice van that was quite comfortable.his mix of history art history and of impression and the artists was fantastic. Highly recommended!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a real pleasure to guide art lovers trough Normandy where impressionist painting is born. A enjoyed showing the group some of the places in Normandy where impressionist painters did express their emotions in the world famous paintings we can all admire in the world's most famous museums.
Alan MecklerUnited States
Richard was an excellent tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable, personable and very interesting. The weather was not the best and he still made it a great day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Yes the weather was unfortunately nearly as bad as the young and courageous soldier had when they landed on June 6th 1944. It gave to the tour a much more emotional aspect as Alan and his group where able to understand the enormous difficulties those young men had to win over their enemies. Alan and his group where also a fantastic listener and it's always fun for a guide to have such interested groups when you tour on the D-Day beaches.
Beverley WrightCLarksburg, ON, Canada
This tour was absolutely superb and Richard was incredible. He met us at exactly the right time and gave us a complete tour from the lead up the WWll (the reasons Germany was in dire straights after WWL and then brought us up to date to WWLland Canada's involvement. His stories and history were personal and set the mood for the views of Juno and the surrounding beaches. The Canadian museum at Juno was incredible...we could have spent more time there. Richard brought our Canadaian history to life.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It has been a pleasure to guide Beverly and her group on the beaches, as all where very interested in WWII history.It's always very interesting for me to guide Canadians on the D-Day sites, as I do live in a town, just behind Juno Beach, which has been liberated by the Winnipeg rifles on June 6th around 3 pm.I did really enjoy guiding that day and it reinforced my passion of guiding on the D-Day beaches.
Lynette SmithUnited States
We had a wonderful time with Richard, he is very knowledgeable and professional. We saw and learned so much. The D-Day beaches and cemeteries were very emotional. We had lunch at a small café and the crepes were great. Richard was able to accommodate the four of us, a wheelchair and walker. He was very patient with my husband who is handicapped. We would highly recommend this tout.
Meegan PagliaruloUnited States
We did this tour in April. We are still talking about it. I thought I knew my history about World War II I did not
John FitchUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks very much. I had also a great day showing you around.
Ed HawleyUnited States
Richard met my wife, my 18 year old son and me at the Caen train station as we were staying in Paris (the train ride was 1hr 50min). We learned so much about the land, the people, the culture and of course the history and backstories regarding D-Day. Walking through the places and having a personal history "coach" was incredibly effective in learning/retaining the knowledge and there is no way we would have seen/done as much as we did without Richard. I strongly recommend this incredible experience!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for the compliment. It was a pleasure to guide you around as you were very interested in the history of Normandy and not only in the D-Day events. I always enjoys to guide very interested guest around the D-Day beaches and Normandy.
Sharon G.United States
Everyone in our party was so impressed with Richard. He was personable, knowledgeable, and took great care of our group. I'd recommend Richard to anyone.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Sharon, thanks for the great review. It has been a real pleasure to guide your group trough Normandy, especially as you were really very interested in the D-Day sites.
Zack RiceUnited States
What a fun day! Richard was great! Very knowledgeable on the Normandy area and the Seine River Valley as well as French history. No time was wasted. Highly recommend Richard!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was really fun to guide you to some less know parts of Normandy and it gave me the opportunity to see the changes at Monet's garden since last time. I hope to be able to guide to other beautiful places of Normandy.
Larry GarrettUnited States
Richard really was a pleasure. His half-day tour was well thought out as we efficiently moved from one site to another without disruption and at an appropriate pace. His knowledge of D-Day history is impressive. But what made the greatest impression on us was how he took care to involve our kids (ages 26 and 24) in all of the discussions and made the tour relevant to them. All in all, this was perhaps the most memorable day of a fantastic trip. Thank you, Richard!!
Pearl TickellUnited Kingdom
Richard is a first class tour guide and made our day very special. He had an enormous knowledge of the D.Day beaches but also had the very personal stories that he had gathered over the years of meeting veterans. Richard is also a very good judge of people and was therefore able to customise the tour seamlessly. Our day was not rushed but went by very quickly and was thoroughly enjoyable .
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Guiding you around on the D-day beaches was a really pleasure. Thanks a lot for thé excellent rating.
Devyn DamoreMohnton, PA, United States
Truly 5 stars all the way! Richard was an outstanding guide. Extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I will definitely return to Normandy and I want Richard to be my guide again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the excellent rating. It's always a pleasure to guide very interested guests on the D-day beaches. I really hope to guide you to some other parts of Normandy.
Mike RabbUnited States
Richard,our guide spoke perfect English, gave us options for our tour,was knowledgable on WWII and the Normandy Region. Never rushed us and answered all our questions. Additionally he assisted us in planning other sights of interest ,routes that would give us a feel for the region and a wonderful restaurant to eat. I would recommend Richard and Tours by Locals to all.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the compliments. I also enjoyed guiding you around as you whete very interested in the WWII history. It's always a pleasure to guide interested viditors on the D-day beaches.
Susan CasamassimaUnited States
We don't see how anyone could not rate Richard with 5 stars. His depth of knowledge and enthusiasm were beyond words. He knew all the ins and outs so we didn't wait in line. All the guides at the museums knew him and the funny red hat that he wore. It was a wonderful day. Except for not having bullets shot at us, we thought we were there in WW 2.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Susan,thanks for the compliments.You where such an enthusiastic group, that guiding you around the D-Day beaches was a real pleasure. I also had a great day thanks to you and I wish you a very nice summer.
Elizabeth EvesUnited Kingdom
Richard was very informative, interesting, helpful and spoke perfect English. His knowledge was excellent and our day with him was very enjoyable (not sure enjoyable is the correct word for the respect that should be shown) We saw everything we had hoped to see tailored for our requirements by Richard. Thanks again we would highly recommend these tours.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the recommendation. It has been a pleasure to guide you trough the D-Day beaches and I enjoyed showing it. I'm glad that you have good memories of that day and I wish you a lot of other interesting tours.
Heidi DuncanUnited States
Our group rates tour with the highest rating: 5. Richard exceeded my expectations providing a wealth of information with an enthusiastic attitude. We his attention to detail making history come alive. I learned more in this half day tour than in school! Thanks Richard!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Heidi, I'm very happy, that you like the tour so much. I also enjoyed the half day as you where exceptionally interested guest. It's always a pleasure to guide visitors to The D'Day beaches who show so much interest in World War II history. Thanks again for you very kind comment.
Jean KohutUnited States
What a wonderful day we spent with Richard. I am so glad I booked a private tour of the DDay Beaches and the American Cemetery with Richard. He took time and patience with us and is very knowledgeable. He was so solicitous of my husband and his walking limitations and helped him with his mobility scooter. Thank you Richard for a memorable day in Normandy. I am a student of World War 2 and seeing these historic places meant a lot to me. Thanks for taking us to Ste Mere Eglise. Jean K.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Jean for your praise. It was a pleasure for me to guide you and your husband around the D-Day beaches. Especially it was an honor to guide around a retired Navy officer, so I was able to show him where his comrade fought bravely in World war II. Richard H.
Peter MoseleyUnited States
Richard did a great job. We learned a great deal and were able to see much more than we had expected. Very accommodating. Thank you.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for the great rating. It was a pleasure to guide you on the D-Day beaches and I enjoyed myself guiding you, as you showed so must interest in the D-Day history.
Richard GowenUnited States
I want to give a 5 star review for our tour guide Richard, who gave us a wonderful 1/2 day tour of the Normandy Beach area - Utah and Omaha beaches and the American cemetery. This tour was the highlight of our trip to France in October. Richard is a great historian and very personable. We felt like we were with a family member. We have recommended this tour and ToursByLocals.com to many of our friends since our return. We will use you again. Nancy and Dick Gowen, Rapid City, South Dakota.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Nancy and Dick, it was a real pleasure to guide you a you showed so much enthusiasms on visiting the D-Day sites. I did enjoy as much guiding you as you did travelling with me. I hope to see you again to see more of Normandy.
TOURSBYLOCALS RESPONSE: We're so pleased you had a wonderful time with Richard - and thank you for recommending ToursByLocals to your friends! We look forward to introducing you to many more excellent guides for your future trips.
David EvansUnited Kingdom
Richard was very knowledgeable and extremely helpful. We greatly enjoyed the tour and learned a lot from it. He was always happy to answer questions.Thank you very much
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello David, thanks a lot, it's easy to organize a good day when the visitors is as much interested in the local history as yourself.
Ann DeVoeUnited States
We had a tour of Normandy on Sept 25 with Richard H and he was charming, flexible and energetic throughout the entire day !!!! A 5-star experience !!! We would request him again ! Thank you !!! Ann DeVoe
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Ann, many thanks for the good rating. It has been a pleasure to guide you around, as you where so much interested in the history of the D-Day sites. I also had a great day.
Leslie JandoliUnited States
In all my years of traveling, Richard was unquestionably the best guide which I ever had the good fortune to experience. He was engaging, illuminating, and warm. Our group of four all raved over him. I will certainly recommend him and Tours By Locals to any one visiting Normandy and the D-Day Beaches. By the way, his vehicle was spotless and had more than ample room.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Leslie, thanks a lot for the compliments. It was also for me a very pleasant day as I always enjoy to guide such enthusiastic visitors as yourself through Normandy.
James McMahillUnited States
Richard was a teacher as well as a guide for our day with him in Normandy. I had forgotten a medication in my packing and had called for help from Global Assistance which had provided the name and location of the nearest hospital. Richard called the hospital, set an appointment, took me there, got us in immediately,we received the prescription and filled it all 45 mins and were on our way. The day was a fabulous mix of little out of the way points of interest and the major historical sites. Thank you !
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It's always easy and enjoyable to guide such interested visitors as yourself and your wife. And organizing a missing medication is part of the job of a guide.
Richard I.poway, CA, United States
Our family of 5 (including 3 teenagers) recently toured with Richard. Our entire family learned so much in one day. He is a true historian with not only extensive knowledge but such an interesting way of presenting it. We enjoyed all of the sites, he avoided the cruise ship crowds and his knowledge of D-day and exploring Normandy were outstanding!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the compliments. I also enjoyed to show you around, as it's always enjoyable to help kids and parents to understand the sacrifice of the great generation of US soldier, here on the D-Day beaches.
Kathi ColemanUnited States
Richard was a wonderful guide of the Normandy beaches and other sights. He crafted his tour specifically for us and took us to the places we wanted to see. He is very knowledgeable about WWI and WWII, which made for some interesting discussions during our rides in the car. We covered a lot of ground in a single day and were able to see so many sights with Richard that I am sure we would have missed on our own. We highly recommend Richard and taking the trip to Normandy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Kathi for the compliments. I always enjoy myself the tour, when my guest so interested in history are as you and your family. It was a great day also for me.
Katie ZimmermanUnited States
Richard was great. My husband and I and our three teenage boys took the tour. He was incredibly informative, conscientious of our needs, and helpful at the end of our trip making sure we got on our way properly. We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and felt very enlightened from his knowledge. Thanks again!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks for the compliments Kathie. It was a great pleasure to guide your family and I enjoyed the day guiding you trough the D-Day sites.
Ellen CheekUnited States
Richard is a phenomenal tour guide. He accommodated our needs and interests, was great with our children (ages 9 and 11), and is able to impart his vast knowledge in a manner that is thoroughly engaging and informative. Thank you, Richard, for making our trip to Normandy such an enjoyable and memorable experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot Ellen, for the compliments. It was a great pleasure to guide your family trough the D-Days sites and I was happy to explain some of the events of the 6th of June.
Carol PorterUnited States
We were so fortunate to book Richard for our D-day beaches tour. He has such great knowledge of the history during this period in our history, in addition to the history of Bayeux and the whole of Normandy. It was a day we shall never forget, and we thank him!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Carol, it was easy to make the day unforgettable for you, as you where such charming guests. I really enjoyed guiding you around.
Our group had a wonderful tour of Normandy and the Canadian and British involvement. Richard is extremely knowledgeable about the war and many other historical aspects of this area. He is an enthusiastic individual and we would recommend him highly.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello David, thanks for the compliment. I also had a wonderful day guiding your group on the D-Day sites.
Mark DixonUnited States
Richard was outstanding. Historically very knowledgeable and informed, good communicator. Took us to all the sites we wanted to see for the time allotted. We realized that we got a snippet of the D Day area, especially the American cemetery that was being. Enjoyed lunch with Richard and the opportunity to know him as a person. Highly recommend him and would call upon him again if we make it back.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Mark, thanks a lot for the nice review. I always enjoy guiding guests which are as interested in history as you and your friend are. I enjoyed guiding you and wish you a lot of other interesting tours around the world.
Katherine KoHong Kong
Richard is very patient with our questions as we are a group of seniors and he takes very good care of us. Plus, he is very knowledgeable of what and where he is taking us and we are all very happy with him and would recommend him to any other people visiting Normandy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for the compliments, your where such an interested group, that guiding you was a real pleasure.
Kathleen MoonUnited States
There were 7 in our group, and we could not have been happier with Richard as our guide to the D-day beaches. He was extremely informative and well versed in the area and presented smoothly. He made the day even more enjoyable by going through small towns on our way like Honfleur. What a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this tour, but especially this guide! Kathy Moon
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you very much, it's easy to guide in Normandy when you have so interest and eager to learn visitors as yourself. It was a pleasure to guide you and I enjoyed the day very much. Richard H.
Paula KaufmanUnited States
The tour was great to Normandy;however our tour guide Richard was not well and he was coughing and sneezing in confined quarters . A few of our friends that were traveling with us became ill. Richard is very knowledgeable and knows his history extremely well. Would definitely recommend him . Too bad he was not feeling great
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Paula, yes I'm sorry that was my worst day, since then I'm fit again. It was unfortunately the cold which everybody catches once a year and it had to be on that day.
Anne KingsleyUnited States
Richard was a delight. His knowledge of the history of the war and the actions that led to WWII is in depth. He made a great effort in getting as close to the action as possible, which was great, my husband does not walk well. He also took the time to show us other sights of interest and even took us grocery shopping! We had a full day. I can also highly recommend the service we received from Tours by Locals. I have already shared the website with a number of my friends.
Flor AguilarUnited States
Richard was extremely helpful helping us planning a very successful tour.
Brian GaleUnited States
Thank you Richard! Excellent information and knowledge of the area.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Brian it was a pleasure to guide you trough Normandy and the D-Day beaches.
Robert CoganUnited States
Richard is a great guide! He made D-Day come alive. We saw and expereinced things with him that made the day special. I would highly recommend Richard as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Robert, it was a real pleasure to guide Canadian visitors so much interested in WWII history. Especially as I live in a town liberated by the Canadian forces on D-Day it's always an honor to guide our liberator trough the D-Day beaches.
John MyersUnited States
Richard was knowledgeable and fun. We enjoyed our day tour and learned a lot. He also knows where the best baked cookies in Normandy are. Highly recommend.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello John,it's easy to guide when I have guests so much interested in WWII history.
Judith TrammelUnited States
Richard was a very interesting guide. He was very knowledgeable and we had a good day traveling with him.
Doug EvansUnited States
Richard was great. Really helped our family (my wife and I and 2 teenagers) visualize D-Day and the events surrounding this historic event. He also gave us a wonderful history of WWII. Extremely accommodating and helpful. I use an electric scooter and he was great in helping us get around. THANK YOU!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks Doug for the compliments. It was a pleasure to show you around so you could visualize the D-Day events.
Roger HennekeUnited States
Kimberly PfeilUnited States
We were so happy to have had Richard as our guide - not only is he incredibly knowledgeable, but he is very personable and is not only great with adults but also with children (we had two in our group). I would definitely recommend his services to anyone looking for a tour of the Normandy region! Ours was a tour that will not soon be forgotten! Thank you, Richard!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks Kimberly, you where a wonderful group and it was very fun to guide you and I also enjoyed the day.
Susan ButlerUnited States
Richard was a very informative guide and tailored the day to our priorities. He had a lot of anecdotes to tell us, some moving and others funny. It was a very nice day with him and so glad we did the D Day tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: The day was nice also for me, as you where wonderful guests.
Fred SammisUnited States
pleasant, knowledgeable, covered broad range of topics beside just D Day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot, guiding a visitor so much interested in WWII history is always a pleasure.
Michael IngramUnited States
My wife and I had a full day tour wth Richard on June 5, the day before the 69th anniversary of D-Day. We began at the German cemetary, then toured Utah Beach, Pointe du Hoc, Omaha Beach, and closed our day with a visit to the American Cemetary at Colleville. Richard had fantastic insights and observations throughout the entire day. We could have NEVER seen and learned as much on our own. He also emphasized the 29th Division, since my father was in this unit and landed in the first wave on D-Day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was an honor for me to guide the son of one of the courageous soldiers liberating Normandy. Also it was a pleasure to show you the path your father probably took during those terrible days.
Michael KilleleaUnited States
Spent a great day with Richard, visiting the US beaches, St. Eglises, Pont du Hoc, and many other sites. Richard was fun, interesting and very knowledgeable. Also interacted very well with our kids. Would highly recommend Richard! Mike K - Houston, Texas.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Micheal it was really enjoyable for me to guide you around as you are so much interested in WWII history.
Robert Paul FischerUnited States
Richard was fantastic. He was well informed and engaged and made the trip to Normandy very special. We spent the day with him and he showed us all the major sites and understood the history. He was easy to understand and to talk with. I would highly recommend him and rank him as a 10 on the scale of 1 to 10. thanks Barbara
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Many thanks for the compliments. Visitors as you make it always easy to guide as you are so much interested in WWII history.
Christopher PhinneyUnited States
Richard was excellent! We booked a half day tour of the Normandy D-Day sites and could not have been more pleased! Richard met us as soon as we stepped off the train and had the time well planned with an appropriate pace for everything we wanted to do. His knowledge of the sites is vast and his commentary is exceptional! We saw areas we would not have seen without him. We highly recommend Richard to anyone thinking about a tour in the Normandy region.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Christopher thanks for the compliments, it was really a pleasure to guide you on the D-Day sites. Your deep interest in WWII history made it easy to guide you.
Susan ZellerbachUnited States
I spent 11 hours touring with Richard. He was fantastic! He had such a thorough knowledge of the Normandy region and its' history. He went out of his way to show me everything possible and I felt like i was reliving the history. He made it seem so real and understandable Richard was polite and courteous. I would definitely recommend him to anybody wishing to tour the region!
Jon HartUnited States
Guide was oustanding in every way. Factual, Punctual, & knowledgible Saw more of London in 1.5 days then most tours would do in a week. Great to deal with a true professional.
Ann KasparekMontgomery, TX, United States
Richard was wonderfully informative, delightful and a perfect guide. He deserves more than 5 stars. He was punctual and his knowledge of the Normandy campaign and surrounding areas was extensive. His English was excellent and he is very witty. His knowledge of French history was an added bonus. We recommend Richard without reservation. Anne from Atlanta
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Anne, thanks a lot for the compliments. It's always easy to guide, when I have a passionate listener on my side. I especially liked the fact that you asked so many interesting questions.
Van P.United States
Richard is the ideal guide. He is fun to be with and so knowledgeable about D-Day and the Beaches as well as the entire Normandy region. He is an excellent communicator and story teller. We felt very fortunate to have him as our guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for this excellent rating. It was a real pleasure to pass some of the history of Normandy to you.
Gwen HillisUnited States
Richard was an outstanding guide! Very knowledgeable on the subject of the Normandy invasion as well as the history of the region. Couldn't have asked for more! Would only suggest getting back to the ship earlier.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was very nice to guide you trough a part of Normandy. I hopr to see you once more in here as there is much more to discover.
Robert RhoadsUnited States
Richard was great. Kept us going for 8 hours of non stop history. He was very knowledgeable and descriptive. At the end of our tour, he was even nice enough to help us at the train station to change our train tickets at the ticket window.
Theresa SheffieldUnited States
What an amazing place! I had read about the Mont Saint Michel throughout my life, but nothing prepared me for the reality. It is stunning. Richard, was perfect, explaining the history, the architecture and guiding us through it in a way where we avoided crowds. The climb up looks daunting, but again, Richard knew how to explore it without feeling too tired. It is definitely a must see in France.
Theresa SheffieldUnited States
An incredible place. As a historian Richard is the perfect guide to take you through D-Day and help you explore and understand the Normandy beaches. Richard planned the perfect itinerary, starting at our ship and making our way through the beaches in a manner that allowed us to have an idea of how the historic day and the following weeks unfolded.
Diana HendersonUnited States
We enjoyed our tour with Richard. He was prompt picking us up. He covered all the sites we had requested and stayed focused on the day and covered everything. I would recommend him to other travelers. His english is adequate. He gave us additional info about the area and we felt we learned a lot. It seems somewhat expensive compared to other guides we got quotes from. It was a cold day, raining off and on, but we pressed on regardless. Thank you for the referral. Diana and Gary
Marcia SchultzBlairsville, GA, United States
We are still talking about how great a tour we had. Richard was a walking history book. There were no negatives. Your company was also excellent, returning e-mails quickly. It is always a concern booking with an unknown tour company. You and Richard were great. Marcia Schultz
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Marcia is so much interested in World War II history, that it made it easy for me to explain so much about D-Day and World War II. It was also for me a great Day.
Margaret F HopeUnited States
An absolutely wonderful afternoon. Richard was extremely knowledgable about the history of Normandy and the World War II Normandy invasion. We are very pleased with the experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It has been a pleasure to guide you on the D-Day beaches and to show you some of the most interesting sites.
Donna O'ConnellUnited States
Very informative. A great knowledge of the events and French history beyond D-Day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for the compliment, it was a pleasure to guide you through some of the D-Day sites and to show you a little of Bayeux.
David HillUnited Kingdom
Richard was an excellent guide to have with us on tour. There were eight guys in total in our group who had many questions to ask to which he answered well. We were interested in the British D-Day landings and his insight was very good. Excellent English and would certainly use him again, that is why I give 5 out of 5.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for the compliment. But guiding guest which are so much interested in World War II history is always a pleasure. You were 5* guests.
Excellent tour with a highly professional guide.you can't see more in one day than what Richard showed us.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Walter-Peter, thanks for the excellent comment. It was a pleasure to guide you trough the beauties of Normandy.
Richard went above and beyond for us. He did so much research about the Canadian D Day beaches plus many memorials we didn't know existed. He was very thorough and certainly made our day truly poignant. He was on time picking us up and devoted more time to out tour than we had expected. Merci Richard!
Thomas HydeUnited States
Richard was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and personable and gave us a fantastic tour. We would highly recommend him.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thanks a lot for this good rating. It was a pleasure to guide you through Normandy and to bring to our "Masterpiece" the Mont Saint Michel. I hope you enjoyed the quiet of the empty Mont Saint Michel in the evening.
Barbara EisenbergUnited States
We had a fantastic day with Richard. He customized our tour and we really got to see the French countryside, including the seaside towns of Honfleur and Deauville. Our visit to Bayeaux was amazing. Richard is VERY knowledgeable, personable, and professional. His English is excellent. His recommendations for our tour were great!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: It was a pleasure to guide such wide traveled guests. Barbara and her husband where very attentive and I enjoyed it to help them discover Normandy. Thanks again for this wonderful day.
Vicena PoulsonUnited States
Richard was the perfect great guide to show us the beaches of Normandy as well as the town of Bayeaux!!! We enjoyed all the extra little off the beaten path places he showed us. He was so knowledgeable and interesting to listen to, I wished I could have had him for a history teacher in high school!! He really made WWII come to life!! We also got the chance to see and do everything we wanted and then some!! If I ever get the opportunity to visit Normandy again, I would absolutely use Richard again!!!!!