Barbara GulloneUnited States
Marianne was friendly, polite, and very knowledgeable on the Omaha Beach tour. She keep our group of four to a tight time schedule so we were able to have plenty of time at each of our three stops. Marianne also recommended a great local pub for lunch. Our group was most impressed at the American cemetery when Marianne ask three different groups to be quieter and show respect to the men who gave their lives. I would highly recommend Marianne.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Barbara. Thank you so much for your great review. It was a real pleasure to spend that day with your party. And I really appreciate your review. Thank you so much! It was my pleasure to share my passion with you Have a great summer Kind regards Marianne
This was an excellent tour and I recommend it to anyone interested in the Canadian contributions to the war. Marianne is a knowledgeable and informative guide. She and her husband made the experience absolutely wonderful. My teenagers have never been more proud to be Canadian!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Maria I have no words to exoress my feelings ! Your words are just wonderful and I am so happy to have been able to share my deep émotions! Your children are wonderful and I was so moved to see your daughter cry in your arms after we watched the movie Thank you so much again to have taken the time to give me this fabulous rating. Your words sound like gold to me My best wishes to your family And I apologize for answering so late July was a very busy month! Your guide on Juno beach. Marianne
Brian SteinUnited States
Marianne was an outstanding and extremely knowledgeable guide. Her husband was a very safe and obliging driver. The twin days spent with them in Normandy were enlightening to say the least.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dearest Brian We dont know how to express our gratit use for this wonderful rating Your words make us so happy. We are really in tune! We would have loved to keep you as long as possible. You are all very special! Thank you again and have a great summer! Hugs and kisses from Marianne and Gu
Keith KlingenbergGrand Rapids, MI, United States
Marianne is a classy Parisian, now living with her husband Guy (and excellent driver!) near Normandy. She recommended the Hotel Mathilde in Bayeux and it was fantastic. Marianne is extremely knowledgeable about D-Day and specifically about history from 50 years ago and back. She also taught us so much about the US Cemetery. As an inactive US Army officer and Company Commander, I now understand D-Day and how the Allied Forces tactically achieved a significant victory - a turning point of the war.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Keith I cant find the words to exoress my feelings . I had such a wonderful time with you and Kathy Is was an honour for me to be your guide. And what you said about my knowledge is the best compliment I ever had. Thank you so much for making these 3 days à real treat. I will never forget you. All the best Marianne
Todd FaberUnited States
Great tour guide and very passionate! Very much enjoyed the conversation...even had opportunities to discuss WWII history on our drive. Highly recommend. The only dislike from the tour was the requirement to pay the entrance fee to Mont Saint Michel. I do realize the ad indicates this requirement but, for the high cost of such private tours, an 8 Euro/person entrance fee shouldn't be an unreasonable expectation to be included in the tour price.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello Todd Thank you for your rating When you booked the tour , I put as an extra your lunch and the entrance
Ronald ReiszUnited States
Marianne is amazing! She is super knowledgeable in many subjects and places!! She set up a very specific and special culinary tour and cooking class that was absolutely great!! Marianne is so lively, warm and a lot of fun!! She made everything work out perfect!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Ron You also amazed me with your knowledge and opened mind, your kindness and your generosity as well as your great sense of humour and your art of life. Jacob is a darling and I enjoyed your company tremendously!. Best wishes from Grandma and myself We Kiss you both Marianne
Elaine JohnsonUnited States
Marianne was a very good tour guide, and her husband Guy was an excellent and efficient driver. She had a good, positive manner, was easy to understand, and had good knowledge of the areas we toured. We liked her point of reference that her parents were part of the French resistance. There was absolutely no confusion as to where we were going, what we were seeing, where we should park, etc. A nice day with pleasant people and a good tour! Thanks, Miss Marianne!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Elaine for your rating. We wish you a pleasant summer Marianne and Guy
Marianne and Guy gave us a tour of Normandy and the beaches. They picked us up from our river cruise ship and took care of our every need. Marianne was extremely knowledgeable and interesting (her father was in the French resistance). Her English is easy to understand, and she is very kind and friendly too. If we ever return we will book with her again. I feel like we hit the jackpot when these two were available for our tour! Nina and Charlie Lucy
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ninà Thank you so much for your great review. I had such à great time with both of you, sharing so many feelings and your curiosity and kindness really touched me. You both are a bless Take care With love Marianne and Guy
William C.United States
Marianne is a wonderfully knowledgeable and passionate tour guide. We hired her and her husband, Guy, to drive us from Caen, to the DDay beaches, to the Bayeux tapestries, and to Giverny to see Monet's Gardens. She also recommended 2 great hotels to stay. As a history buff, I was really interested in Marianne's stories about her father, a French Resistance fighter during World War 2. She was always very prompt and was always available by email and phone as needed. I strongly recommend Marianne.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much William for such a great review. I also enjoyed sharing my passion for this period with you . Your curiosity and your interest were wonderful! Thank you again Kind regards Marianne
Ashli BlainUnited States
We had a great time with Marianne and her husband. They are very kind people and the tour was excellent!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Ashi We also enjoyed your company ! You are a great family.We were quite impressed by you! Best wishes for the future Marianne and Guy
Cynthia FarmerUnited States
Marianne was an excellent tour guide! She customized our tour to accommodate a request to visit a memorial to the father of one of our party which was located inland and away from the typical tour sites, as well as being able to visit Omaha Beach and the American Cementary. She has an amazing knowledge of the history of the area. She is also very entertaining. She and her husband Guy (our driver) gave us a very special day, one we will never forget.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Cinthya We were so honored and proud to spend that very special day with your party. Believe me, we will never forget this wonderful day . We share with you émotion and deep feelings. Thank you so much for this unforgettable day Marianne and Guy
Marianne met us at the port, with my name clearly displayed, she was on time, actually early, and the car comfortably fit 6 people. Marianne was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. We saw everything that we wanted to see in Normandy, and never got the feeling we were being rushed. It was a great day, and Marianne is a lovely lady. Her husband was very pleasant, but his job is to drive safely, which he did. It was a long day, but very rewarding.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ann Thank you so much for this great rating. I also enjoyed this day with all of you. I am really happy if I could share history as well as great emotions with you. I wish you the best Marianne
Samuel HunterUnited States
Highly rate Marianne with extensive personal as well as scholarly knowledge of 20th century wars and especially the details of the Battle of Normandy. Her English is very good. She fielded numerous questions from our group patiently, and placed events and history of Normandy if a very clear historical frame of reference. We saw Ponte du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American cemetery, and the Bayeux Tapestry and provided transportation from Caen Rail Station. It was an 8+ hour tour. Walking tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Samuel! I never had such à quick feedback! How amazing! I was just thinking of you, remembering our wonderful day and our lunch when Dan said "the only 2 people who are eating pork are Jewish!" I love you all, take care and have a great time in Paris! Marianne
Nadav SharirRaleigh, NORTH CAROLINA, United States
Marianne is the best tour guide we ever experienced. She was very knowledgeable about showing the beautiful Normandy and this regions part of France. She showed us much more than we were expecting. Her enthusiasm was infectious. We certainly recommend her as your guide to this region of France. Thank you Marianne for the warm welcome.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Nadav! Your wonderful comment goes beyond my expectations!. I will never forget what you told me at the end of the tour: "at 9.00 AM we met our guide, at 5.00 PM we left à friend!" I wish you and your dear wife a great fall! Marianne and Guy
Harry DillardUnited States
Excellent knowledge. English proficient. Flexible. We had a fun and informative experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Harry for your nice review! We also had a great time with you!. Our warm regards Marianne and Guy
Nancy ShelmonUnited States
Marianne is fantastic! She is so funny and has so many stories. Totally let us go at our own pace.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Nancy for your lovely comment. It was a pleasure to spend the day with both of you. Warm regards Marianne
Our guide, Marianne S., provided us with a moving and insightful tour..."Revenge of the Canadians" on 9-9-17. We were impressed not only with her knowledge of the history surrounding the battles of 1944, but with her passion in describing those events in human terms. We were privileged to spend the day with her and her husband...it was a very emotional experience. We would highly recommend her services to any Canadian interested in this piece of our history. Gary & Liz Barker
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Liz and Gary How can we Thank you for such a great review! We enjoyed your company tremendously and it was a real pleasure to share my knowledge( still limited!) With you. We also shared emotions and tears and harmony, without forgetting the wonderful lunch you offered us. Love from Marianne and Guy
Elizabeth RonnieUnited States
Marianne was one of the best tour guides, we've ever had....She has extreme knowledge of the region and is extremely easy to work with. Our custom tour of Normandy, Bayeux and surrounding areas and beaches was a highlight of our 8 day trip. We had quite a large group of 15, and we were all interested in various things...which she managed to accommodate us all. We all loved Marianne!! If you have an opportunity to travel to this region, please book with Marianne, you won't be disappointed
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh my God! Dear Elisabeth , how magic these words sound to me! It was my pleasure to make you all happy and you were all so easy going and interested in everything, that it was really wonderful for me. You also made my day ! I could have kept you one week! Have a great fall and kiss everyone for me! Warm regards Marianne
Joe NiegoUnited States
We LOVED our experience with Marianne. From the minute we met Marianne & Guy, we had an instant connection. On our tour, we wanted to have fun, learn, and be entertained. Marianne gets a "FIVE STAR" rating in all three areas. She was extremely knowledgeable and relevant. She delivered a perfect balance of stories and facts. Her reverence for the Normandy sites was impressive. When we come back, we'll definitely be calling Marianne!!!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Wouah Joe! A great rating so quickly! You are just wonderful and I thank you so much! I spent one of my best time with you and your lovely sons! We were in tune! Warm regards. Marianne
Gary JacobsUnited States
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Marianne. She was not only knowledgeable in the subject but seemed well versed in so many areas and was able answer the many questions my family had for her. She was a pleasure to spend time with and had us all laughing at her anecdotes and jokes. We travel all the time and have had many tour guides and agree Marianne was one of the best we have had.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello dear Gary I cant find the words to thank you enough for your wonderful review! I had such à great time with you and you inspired me so much! I will always remember you ! That was the very first time I laughed so much in a tour! I kiss you all and wish you a great summer Warm regards Marianne
Kathryn BeesonUnited States
Marianne is an excellent guide. She has so much knowledge of the region and the battles along with excellent historical knowledge of architecture and the arts. We enjoyed her personal stories as well. Our 1 complaint (which we conveyed to Marianne) was her husbands driving. He didn't always make it easy for my elderly mother in law for pick up and drop off points (which is the purpose of paying for a driver). And drove so fast we couldn't see the scenery and sometimes felt quite unsafe. Marianne we love
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Kathryn for your wonderful comment. You realized how bad I felt with my husband's driving. Especially this year. I really think he must stop working with me. I will certainly find another driver because it is getting very stressing for me. I appreciate your honesty and anyway I do agree with you. I kiss you all ! Marianne
John HarsonUnited States
A great trip and guide. In hindsight, the price was a bit excessive.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for your rating. But concerning the price, we drove 600 kms during the day! The gas is unfortunately very expensive in France, and my expertise justifies the price that you accepted when you booked the tour. Sorry if you were not completely satisfied.
Marianne and her husband Guy were excellent. They drove from their home 90 minutes away to meet us at the cruise ship terminal. Marianne is extremely knowledgable and flexible, and organized. When the Juno Beach museum was not open, she took us to the Canadian cemetary which was very meaningful to us. Her husband is an excellent driver and we really enjoyed the experience.
Sarann KraushaarUnited States
Our day at Giverny with Marianne and Guy could not have been better. He took care of getting us there and being exactly where we needed him to be when we needed him, and she seemed to know everything about Monet and the Normandy area of France - both present and historically. Their charm and sense of humor made the day all the more enjoyable.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Sarann and (I forgot the name of your adorable husband) you have no idea how much we enjoyed your company! It was just à magic day! Guy and myself were just under your charm and your kindness as well as your class! We kept on talking of you on the way back home! We wish you the very best And thank again for a great lunch in your lovely company! Marianne and Guy
Cecelia TehScarborough, ON, Canada
Marianne explains thoroughly all of the tours in Paris. As she was born and live in Paris, she could give us detailed history, events and save our times as she planned carefully to avoid traffic so that we were able to cover all the places we intend to explore. She was very punctual and responsible. We will definitely recommend all our friends to her who will be visiting Paris.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Cecelia! It was such à wonderful day we spent together. Iam very happy to know that You enjoyed it too! Best wishes to all of you Marianne
James McMahillUnited States
Marianne gave a 5 star performance on a 1 star weather day. Though cold, windy and raining ,she told the story of D-Day events with great perseverance. She was very well versed in not only the historical details, but with insights from her own families experiences. With the aid of her husband who was the driver, we were able to accomplish a lot in the time allotted. I would highly recommend this tour and Marianne. J. McMahill
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hello James How nice to read such à great comment! We are so happy you had à great time with us. I also appreciate your sense of humour. Yes indeed the weather was very similar on June 6 th! Your lovely comment encourages me to Lear more! Thank you again and have a great end of the year as well as a great beginning of the next one! Our best regards Marianne and Guy
Bc GibbonsUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for the 4 stars but I guess you expected more. If you could tell me what you missed I could improve my next visits. Thank you for your kindness Marisnne
Gary WestwaterUnited States
We have done several Tours By Locals tours, and this tour of the landing beaches was by far the worst. We saw only Omaha Beach, spent far too long at the cemetery (although it was a solemn experience) and were driven by the guide Marianne's husband, "professional driver" Guy who drove like a maniac. Marianne and Guy engaged in several what sounded like loud arguments in French. While Marianne seemed well versed in WWII history, the tour was over priced and and an overall bad experience. Not recommended.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I'm sorry for your experience. Over the years, this tour has received only high ratings and I delivered it as usual.I adjusted the tour due to your limited mobility & skipped the pointe du hoc as it was to dangerous,I added Arromanches instead.Le Havre is far from the landing beaches & we possibly couldn't do more.This is the first we have been made aware of my husbands driving,we will consider it moving forward.I am sorry if you felt we were arguing, my husband is hard of hearing so I must shout
Stuart LeibsohnUnited States
Marianne could not have been better or more accommodating. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable, but also so personable. Our tour of Normandy Beaches and American Cemetery was very moving and when we asked for a lunch restaurant that served fresh seafood she took us to a small fishing village on the water and a wonderful restaurant where we were the only Americans and the food was fabulous. Cannot recommend her more. She deserves a 6+.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Stuart How wonderful it is to hear this lovely comment!We are so happy to know that you both enjoyed this day with us , sharing the beauty of great sites as well as good food and wine. Thank you so much! Marianne and Guy
Ronald BaxterUnited States
We really enjoyed Marianne. We learned so much but also laughed a lot. She had so much knowledge to share about D-Day and all the countries involved. And while teaching us about WWII she also taught us about the people and customs and the beauty of France. We would definitely recommend Marianne to our friends.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Ron and Pat Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. You know how much we enjoyed your company and Gabe is a bless! Unforgettable memories with you! We shared the best and the worse ( at the airport ) we just dream to see you again in Nebraska! We love you and are proud you chosed us Marianne and Guy
Daniel R.United States
this was the tour of a life time..best guide ever..dont hesitate to contact her she knows EVERYTHING about d- day and Normandy..she is soo friendly and pleasant always asking about your comfort and needs..and if your have any questions..her husband driver is great...in the shadows great driver and always there to help even repaired my sunglasses while on tour with Marianne..what a fine couple call now....don't even look at anyone else..especially if your dad or relative was there...we are friends for life
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh my god! Daniel! It is the best comments ever had! How wonderful you are. We enjoyed your company tremendously and you are also the best! I will send you the pictures I promised! Hugs from us
Kurt SchakeUnited States
We had an incredible day touring D Day beaches with Marianne and her husband, Gilles. She was incredibly well read and filled the day with historical facts, interesting anecdotes and a fascinating personal history of her father in the French resistance and Nazi arrests and escapes. The most moving part of the day with the American Cemetery. The field of white crosses and stars was humbling and sad. My 15 year old loved the Point Du Hoc bunkers and the IMAX movie. Wonderful experience. 5 of 5 stars.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Heidi and Kurt I do t known how to thank you for such a great comment! We are so happy to have been able to make this day memorable for you. We enjoyed your company and deeply appreciate your interest and curiosity. Have a great summer. A special hug to Ethan ! Marianne and Guy
Minta K.United States
In three trips to Normandy, I had not seen Azeville or the new tribute to the paratroopers. Highly recommend both. My daughter, friend and I found the battery at Azeville to be absolutely unbelievable. Thanks to Marianne for her extensive knowledge.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Minta Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. Guy and myself enjoyed so much your company and are really happy to hear that you had a great time with us. Kiss the girls who are fantastic! You were the bless of our year. Marianne
Minta K.United States
My teenage daughter, her best friend and I spent three days touring with Marianne and Guy in Normandy and through Calvados. We had an extraordinarily memorable experience. Marianne and Guy were very flexible and focused on our interests. Marianne took us to portions of the Normandy beaches area I had not seen on three prior trips. Guy designed a countryside tour through Calvados that had us touring through beautiful single lane roads, finding local market celebrations and having a great time. Great!
Steven WalkerUnited States
Marianne was a great guide, very knowledgeable and with a great deal of information to depart concerning the D-Day invasion. Her recommendations for sites to see were spot on. It was a wonderful one-day tour for our teenage grandson for whom we booked the tour.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Steven Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment. It was a real pleasure for me to share my modest knowledge with you and I am very happy if you enjoyed the tour and your grand son looked really interested. I hope you had a safe trip to Reims and I am sure Robby will be impressed by the WWI sites. My best regards to all of you Marianne
Neal WeinsteinScotttsdale, AZ, United States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Lory! We really enjoyed the day with you. We are very impressed by your courage and you gave us a beautiful lesson. Take care Marianne and Guy
Jenine WechUnited States
Marianne is excellent!!! We had only 1 day to see as much as possible and she exceeded our expectations. The transportation to each site was comfortable and valuable to provide context for each site we visited. Marianne even took us off the traditional tourist route where we gained even more insight to the D-Day operations. Highly recommend booking a tour with Marianne for a wonderful experience.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jenine You have no idea how happy I was when I read your comment! . As you could see, I love to share my passions and emotions. And I was so lucky to spend this day with you and your family. Thank you so much! We are definitily in tune! Have a great summer Marianne
Clarene McCartneyUnited States
This was the second day that we spent with Marianne & Guy and they did NOT disappoint. Lots of sightseeing through small villages and a lovely lunch in Beuvron en Auge with a little shopping, too. We went to Cambremer where we saw some stunning gardens. We taste tested Calvados and took a tour of the gardens there. Lots of beautiful and memorable countryside. Great stories of Marianne's family during the war and their part in the Resistance. Amazing photo ops all day. Thumbs up to Marianne and Guy!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Clarene and Mike We have no words to express our emotion reading tour comments! You are so special and generous! We were really bless to have you 2 days and we felt so well in your company Sharing all these beauties with you has been our greatest joy. Thank you so much We just love you Marianne and Guy
Clarene McCartneyUnited States
Marianne was our excellent guide and her husband, Guy, was our expert driver for the day. Marianne gave us a behind the scenes walking tour of Honfleur. She knows the area backwards and forwards; we even got to peek into a couple of bed and breakfasts and gardens there. We had a delightful lunch at Entretat and did the 2 hour Entreta coast boat ride. Suggest you only do that if you are fluent in French. We did a lot of sightseeing along the way, too. Marianne & Guy were both great. Thumbs up!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: We were definitely in tune! We have the same passion for beautiful and simple things. We enjoyed every minute spent with you and we'll never forget these 2 days! We hope you had a safe trip back home and wish you the best for the future! And we keep on thinking of you! Hugs and kisses from Marianne and Guy
Roger BrislawnUnited States
Good guide - able to contact bus driver when it was time to leave, making for a short waiting period.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Carolynn. That's very kind and I appreciate your rating Have a nice summer Marianne
Roger BrislawnUnited States
Marianne was very knowledgable and make our visit to the Normandy Beaches very worthwhile. She is very respectful of the American Cemetery and the value it is to American citizens. Our Group of 13 really glad to have her as our guide for our two days in Normandy.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Carolynn I really enjoyed to spend these days with you. My best regards to you and Roger Marianne
Highly recommend Marianne as a tour guide. She is informative, caring, punctual and a pleasure to be with. Our tour was everything we anticipated and more...well worth the cost. Her husband Guy was an excellent driver. They make a great team.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Kathy! You know how much we also enjoyed your company. And it was wonderful to share our passion with both of you! Have a great summer Sincerely Marianne and Guy
Monica FuquaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again for the 5 stars and your very nice company. Marianne and Guy
Monica FuquaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! We hope you have a nice cruise! Marianne and Guy
Linda T.United States
Marianne was a very informative guide and seemed to make the history of the region come alive. A very enjoyable trip
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: So sorry for the delay! I was sure I responded to you very nice comment! It was a real pleasure to spend that day with you and hope you will keep a good memory of your short stay in Normandy Marianne and Guy
Donna GinsbergUnited States
Out tour guide Marianne was an excellent source of information. We enjoyed the entire day with her husband Guy driving the car that took us from the train station to Normandy beach, Pont di Hoc, the visitor center and Cemetary.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Donna and Chris! It was a real pleasure to spend that sunny and quiet day with you. As I told you ,you were our first clients of the season and we are sure you will bring us good luck! All the best Marianne and Guy
Dennis KleinUnited States
We can't say enough positive things about Marianne, who could not have been more accommodating, thoughtful and helpful...giving us one of the most memorable days of not only our trip, but of our lives. Marianne researched the landing of my wife's father prior to our visit and tailored the tour to show us the section of Omaha Beach where he landed. Thank you so much!!! We are indebted to you forever. Patti and Dennis Klein
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Dennis and Patty I am so touched by your beautiful comments. It was a very special day for me too. And I definitely shared my emotions with you.We were blessed with rathe weather too and I will never forget that day believe me. Don't forget that I will send you the book in English about the bunker WN62 We visited. We had no crowd and you could see Omaha beach as nobody amongst my other clients saw it We keep in touch you are a wonderful and special couple and we were in tune. Kisses Marianne
David (scott) LowrieUnited States
Marianne's voice is very low so it would be good if some sort of microphone were connected to the van's radio. Marianne did try to face each person as she talked in the van but each person only heard the part of the sentence that was said while she was facing them. Not hearing clearly took away from the information she was sharing with our group
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I am sorry that my voice was low I was recovering from Bronchitis and this affected my vocals. I did my best to keep your group close to me in order to hear, in the future I will reconsider providing a tour when I am ill as this affected the experience of the tour and I apologize for that.
Randy McComisUnited States
Marianne is a wonderful guide and I cannot imagine a better experience. Excellent English speaking skills but most importantly, she was totally focused on our experience. I can recommend Marianne without reservation. Thanks for making our time in Normandy a day we will always remember.!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Randy for your wonderful comment. I am so happy to know you enjoyed the tour with me and your words touch me more than I can say. You definitely encourage me to learn more and more. I really appreciate and thank you so much. Marianne
Roger FreidlineMidland, TX, United States
Our tour to Utah beach where my father in law landed on D-Day was excellent. Marianne has tremendous knowledge of D-Day as well as the Normandy area. This was a tour from a cruise ship, so Marianne and her husband/driver met us at the pier in Honfleur and we left for a very full day since Utah Beach is the furthest away, but the time went by so quickly with Marianne discussing history and points of interest along the way. It was an excellent tour and I highly recommend it!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Roger Thank you so much for such a great comment! You were such a great audience that it was easy for me to share my expertise. And I am so happy to know you enjoyed the tour with me. I really appreciate as you took the time to write it and even gave me 5 stars. Thank you so much again The best to you Marianne and Guy
Evans SismansonUnited States
Marianne was very good. WE did everything we wanted. Her knowledge of D Day was excellent.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you dear Evans! It was such a pleasure to share my little experience with you ! Your comment will encourage me to learn more! Thank you again Best regards Marianne
Randy WillilamsUnited States
Our Omaha Beach and American Cemetery tour with Marianne was fantastic. We met Marianne at the Caen train station where we picked up our rental car--she directed our travel out of town and into the countryside beautifully. We enjoyed an information filled morning/early afternoon with Marianne, learning fascinating stories about the area, WW II, French resistance fighters. Our stops at Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery were very moving. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: I really apologise to answer you so late. I was certain I did! What a shame after you sent me such a great feedback! Thank you so much ! WE HAD A GREAT TIME WITH YOU. And I perfectly remember you. Sorry again for my silence! I usually respond very quickly! Kind regards Marianne
Nicholas PoulosUnited States
Our in-depth walking tour of Rouen with Marianne brought history to life. Her highlights of the town left you feeling a part of history. To finally see Monet's beloved cathedral in the flesh was remarkable.The pleasant drive to Giverny which followed was filled with anything/everything Monet and did not disappoint. Again, our driver Guy, was superb. The charming stops and French lunch, in a charming cafe afterwards, made the day one to remember for a very long time. Marianne is as thorough as she is fun.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you again dear Nicholas! You have no idea how much we are touched by your lovely words. As you can see, we are very passionate and so you are. We felt so well with you as if we have been friends for ever. Remember that Guy loves surgeons! So I do too! Our best regards Marianne and Guy
Nicholas PoulosUnited States
We had been anxiously awaiting this tour ever since we booked our trip to France. Marianne did not disappoint. The drive out (by an excellent driver, Guy) was filled with an in-depth history of the area and of our intended tour. The tour was thorough and well thought out (avoiding tourist groups) while allowing us time to savor the beauty of the Mont.The return to Rouen and subsequent tour was more than fascinating. Marianne brought us back in time. We highly recommend her especially if you love history
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely comment! You are just adorable. Guy and myself enjoyed yor company so much. Your curiosity, your patience, your kindness were a bless for us.Sorry to respond so late but we were awfully busy and I guess that with your rating we might have more clients! We wish you the very best Marianne and Guy
Jeffrey P.Chicago, IL, United States
Marianne was an absolute joy with whom to tour Normandy. She is knowledgable, interesting, patient, and has a great sense of humor. I have used Tours by Locals many times in the past and Marianne is one of the top 2 guides I have used. I encourage anyone going to Normandy to consider Marianne.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jeffrey Thank you so much for this fabulous comment! It was so pleasant to spend that day with your party.And you were all such a great audience. I think that when I have clients like you I am a much better guide and more motivated. So I felt so well with you that you had the best of myself. I should also give you a rating and it would be *****! Thank you again! You make me so happy! Marianne
John WhippUnited States
We were on a cruise and had one day in Le Havre so I booked a tour of the Normandy beaches for our group of six people. Marianne was our guide and it was an incredible day. She allowed us to customize the tour to our interests. Marianne was extremely knowledgeable of each of the landing sites and their significance. She was with us the entire day to explain and answer questions at each site. I would highly recommend Marianne as a tour guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear John for such a great comment. I shared my passion with your party and you were a great audience. We enjoyed that day and loved your constant curiosity. Thank you again for the 5 stars. Our best regards Marianne and Guy
Rodney MargolUnited States
Outstanding guide. Extensive knowledge of Normandy invasion. Delightful personality. Highly recommend!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Oh my god! Dear Rodney it is the best comment I ever had! I am going to be overbooked! Thank you so much! I really enjoyed your company. I spent a splendid day in spite of the nice cold! Both of you are so interested and curious and very friendly. I almost felt as a member of your family! Have a wonderful time in France. You are going to see great places. My best regards Marianne
Cheryl DillardUnited States
Marianne had researched the possible locations where my paratrouper uncle might have landed near Ste. Mere Eglise. Her preparation made the day very special for us. Plus, she is incredibly informed on all aspects of D-Day. We went to Utah beach, the amazing museum there and ended the day at the American Cemetery. Marianne is an outstanding guide and we highly recommend her.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Cheryl for this great comment It was a great honour to be with you as well as a privilege. I am really touched an also encouraged to learn more I can imagine how proud you can be of your uncle Roy The best to you Marianne
Fernando CapablancaUnited States
Mariane is excellent historian and guide in addition to being a very caring human being, as I learned when I got sick. Could not ask for better helper. Only wish I had not had to drive so that I could concentrate on the scenery and not on the traffic.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Fernando. Hope you feel better. To have a driver is of course a great advantage. Anyway you were heroic under the circumstances Kind regards Marianne
Michael RichardsUnited States
Marianne picked us up at our hotel in Bayeux, France right on time with a smile and wonderful disposition. Our special itinerary took us to Honfleur and Rouen for tours and lunch. Then Marianne dropped us off in Giverny where we were to visit Monet's Gardens the next day on our own. Marianne was fantastic! An historian and professional guide all wrapped up in one. Marianne took us down fascinating back alleys and corridors we would have never found on our own. This was a day to always remember.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michael I am very touched by your lovely comment. It was such a pleasure to share history and art with your party. Your interest and curiosity definitely inspired me! Thank you so much for your rating which encourages me to keep on learning. My best regards Marianne
Patricia LimbergUnited States
Marianne, Thank you for your expert guidance on our day trip from the pier pick-up thru Normandy to Omaha Beach and the American Cemetery. It was a day I will remember forever. Thank you Guy for safely driving us to all the sites. I want to also say how much Jim and I appreciated your making this tour possible by matching us up with another couple. Best Regards, Pat
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you dear Pat! We are so happy to have made this day possible and enjoyable. And Guy thanks you for your nice appreciation. It was a real pleasure to help you. You are so nice and so easy going! Our best regards to both of you Marianne and Guy
Nancy MarcussiUnited States
Marianne was terrific...Funny, well informed and a great guide
Richard FarrierUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Mr Farrier It was a real pleasure tout guide you on the landing beaches Best regards Marianne.
Robin SnyderUnited States
We spent the entire day with Marianne, and she did a wonderful job. She took us to all the places on our bucket list, and gave us all the background and history behind them. She also found us a local place for lunch that was excellent, and shared family stories of her parents' time during WWII. Truly an outstanding day...
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you DEAR Robin! It was a real pleasure to spend this day with you all. Your curiosity and interest were very stimulating! I am really touched by your comment. My best regards Marianne
Marianne did an amazing job, knew the area and history very well, took my wife and I to all the areas in Dieppe we wanted to see and added others along the way which only made the tour that much more enjoyable. Great job, many thanks to Marianne and her husband Guy, we very much appreciated all that the both of you have done.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much! What a lovely comment! It was a very enyoyable day for us as well. And a great pleasure to share our passion with you Thank you so much again Marianne
Brian EvansUnited States
Marianne was a superb guide, effectively blending sophisticated historical knowledge about the Norman Conquest and the Normandy Landings with her poignant personal perspective on the French Resistance in the Second World War.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Brian Thank you so much! I am devouring your books and to morrow I go back to the cemetery and will think of you. It was a treat to spend that day with you and lorry I will definitively remember you as a great knowledgeable gentlemam! Marianne
Marianne was a wonderful guide, very friendly and informative. Our tour of Juno Beach on Aug. 5/14 was more then what we expected. It was a lovely day, even though the sights made us sad. A long day, but well worth it.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Dina. I am very moved and being with you all was a bless! You are right it is sad but we are here thanks to this generation which gave their lives for our freedom. We really enjoyed being with you all and share our emotions Msriannr
Evelyn J.Suffolk, VA, United States
Our tour of Normandy with Marianne was excellent. Her knowledge of the Landing and the area was outstanding. Marianne went out of her way to make our visit the greatest. We disembarked our cruise ship a day early and she made arrangements to pick us up, take us to Normandy and get us on a train to Paris--including her husband taking us up on the sidewalk at the train station and Marianne taking us all the way to our seat to make sure we were on the right train! The Nixons and Joneses
Walter SartorUnited States
Marianne was great- she was very helpful and customized the tour to our needs. Thank you!!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mr Sartor It was a pleasure to spend that day with you. Marianne
The ratings of tour guides tend to be uniformly very positive. I am not given to hyperbole, but our experience with Marianne at Juno Beach exceeded our expectations - and then some. She is a wonderful warm person who managed to make the tour an exceptional experience for us (4 adults and a 4-year-old). Her kindness and caring approach to veterans at Pegasus Bridge was genuine and moving. And, on top of all of this, she is knowledgeable and informed. We will remember Juno Beach and Marianne.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr Fleming Thank you so much for this wonderful comment. Your family is so great and friendly that it was more than enjoyable to be your tour guide. I just loved to share my passion for history as well as my empathy for the veterans. I wish I could stay with you a whole week! My best wishes to your dear family and a special kiss for my darling Rory. Marianne
George OverendUnited States
Marianne is a great guide and we couldn't have been more pleased. We had visited the area twice before, once in great depth, therefore we appreciated even more her depth of knowledge and the enthusiasm with which she guided us. We recommend her without hesitation!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear George and Carol! This was such a pleasure to spend that day with you who also have so much enthusiasm. Your lovely comment really touches me more than I could say. Thank you again for your kindness! Marianne
Mary BurnettUnited States
We had the BEST day with Marianne! If we spent a month with her we would still be learning. The weather was magnificent as was the tour, Normandy was the highlight of our visit to France. Marianne is a gem!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: How wonderful you are! Thank you so much Mary for your lovely comment. It was a real pleasure to spend that day with you and your friend. Kind regards Marianne
Muriel ConverseUnited States
Marianne was spectacular! She was knowledgable,interesting, fun,and focused on our interests all the time. I highly recommend her without any reservaton.
Rouen was better than we hoped for because Marianne was so knowledgeable, funny, energetic, passionate & easy to be with. We got a good sense of the city, its history & unique charm. Then on to Giverny, arriving in time to see Monet's gardens, house & hear Marianne's delightful stories about Monet's life & art. Over the years, we've had many guides all over the world. Marianne is among the best in terms of her perfect English, knowledge & the pure enjoyment we experienced in being with her! Superb!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Michelle your comment is so wonderful that I can't find the words to thank you. I enjioyed your company so much and your curiosity and deep interest inspired me to give the best of myself.. Thank you again to make me proud to be a guide Marianne
Josip PanijanUnited States
Cannot say enough about Marianne. She was the greatest of great guides. We learned so much from her. This is rating #2. We give her 5-STARS!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Mr Panijan Thank you so much for your wonderful comment and 5 stars rating. It was a great pleasure to meet you and share so much with you and your dear wife. We hope you could rest after your long ydriving back to the airport. Guy and myself wish you the best. Thank you again! Marianne
Joel RichardsUnited States
Marianne was a very good tour guide. Her knowledge of what was happening in France at the time of the invasion was very interesting (her father was in the French resistance) My group had hoped to learn more about the actual landings and what took place. Our original guide (Richard) was supposed to be very knowledgeable on the actual landings-from a military perspective. He canceled pretty much at the last minute so we did appreciate Marianne's willingness to fill in for our group.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Sorry if you did not get as many informations on a military point of view. I am more an hiistorian that's true. But thank you for your nice comment anyway.
Sybil KlugUnited States
An enjoyable day visiting the landing beaches. Marianne was a knowledgable guide. We learned many important facts while touring the normal sites. The convenience of being picked up by our guide and taken home was very important for us. Thank you for the exciting day.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you Sybil for that nice comment. I am happy to have contributed to make that day as enjoyable as possible for you. Marianne
Susan HughesUnited States
We found Marianne to be extremely knowledgable and thorough and really enjoyed the day with her. Her background and life stories were a huge plus. We would highly recommend her!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you so much Susan! I really enjoyed your company. It was a great pleasure to share my stories with you and your husband as well as your dear friends. Marianne
Brenda PriceUnited States
Very lovely and giving person wanting to please clients...only small negative--Too much continuous talking at times. Well presented and fun to be with...would recommend her--knows her history and very compatible and accommodating.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi Brenda Sorry but I don't understand "too much continuous taking at times." Thank you for explaining that to me so I can improve in the future. I wish you all a great cruise. Marianne
Marianne was very friendly, easy to get to know and went out of her way to get information for us regarding our family history which was the object of our booking.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: thank you Elaine. I'll keep on investigating!
Our private guide, Marianne S. and Guy as our private driver were very nice and knowledgeable about the areas we visited. We did Pegasus Bridge, Juno beach, the Canadian cemetery, the American cemetery, Pointe du Hoc and 3 museums where Marianne came in with us. They both went out of their way to make us feel welcome and listened to our needs. They picked us up at the Caen train station and brought us to the ferries for our departure. We strongly recommend them to anyone. We learned a lot.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much for your lovely comment! We enjoyed your company and it was a real pleasure to spend these 2 days with you! Marianne et Guy
Charles BylerTucson, AZ, United States
Marianne was a terrific guide. This tour of the small villages she put together was most interesting and unique. We visited small villages mostly overlooked by the larger bus tours. She was also most helpful to my handicapped wife. She knew all the places my wife could and could not go and adjusted the tour to meet those needs
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Mr Byler! I am so happy you both loved this tour less touristy rhan the others. Thank you for your wonderful comment which really touches me. My best regards to you and your wife. Marianne
Edward ZaltaUnited States
excellent guide and one that had in-depth knowledge of memorial, site and complete with historical facts.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Hi DR Zalta Thank you so much for your rating! And your comments! It was a real pleasure to spend that day with you and your friends! I hope you had a nice trip back to the states! Marianne
Edward ZaltaUnited States
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you for Raphael and the bus company! Marianne
Rory DowdUnited States
Marianne was a joy to spend a day with! She was quite knowledgable on Mont St Michel and very accommodating to our comfort and ease. My son and I both were pleased and satisfied with her service!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much Mrs dowd! It was a real pleasure for me too ; I call your hotel to morrow to give you some good adresses of retaurants in Paris. Have a wonderful tour in July! Marianne
Melissa MatthewsUnited States
What a fabulous day! Marianne was such a great guide. She had so much information to share! She was really able to "set the scene" for us and what it must have been like for all of those soldiers that stormed the beach. She made sure the tour was very personalized! I would highly recommend this tour and tour guide! Thanks Marianne for making our visit so memorable!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: What a wonderful comment! Thank you Melissa, I am really touched by your words and so happy to have shared great emotions with you! The very best to your family and the other charming one who spent that splendid day with me.
Jane McLaughlinUnited States
My husband and I, plus our son, and his family had the pleasure to have Marianne from Tours By Locals, as our guide for a five hour tour of Normandy. We found Marianne to be extremely knowledgable and we all agreed the DDay Tour experience would not have been as impressive without having her as our guide. She was wonderful with the adults and our granddaughters. We highly recommend Marianne as a guide for a memorable tour of the DDay Sites.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Jane How sweet! I did not expect so many compliments! It was a real pleasure for me too, you are all so kind and well educated. Thank you so much for these wonderful words which make me feel soy happy to have been able to share my passion with you. I wish you all a great summer Thank you again Marianne
Jon HartUnited States
Outstanding tour. Guide personally tailored the tour to our wishes and modified the tour to do so.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you so much dear Mr an Mrs Hart,you are great clients too, and it was a real pleasure to spend that day with you! I really appreciate your rating! So kind of you! Marianne