Here is a selection of the most recent reviews of the Normandy Battlefields Tour - Canadian World War II Sites submitted by actual travelers. Read what travelers liked, what they loved, and what they thought could be improved.
Our Bayeux tour was a complete success. I can't speak highly enough of Mathieu, our guide for the day.
We were looking for a short and focused tour that focused on the Canadian role in WWII and visiting relevant historical sites. Specifically, we wanted to visit Bény-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, where my great uncle was buried. This tour fit the bill perfectly.
Mathieu picked up our small group of eight Canadians at the train station and we immediately set off into the countryside. Mathieu speaks English well and has a fun personality, and we all got along well. We fit a lot into our five hours together, including a stop at the Bay of Arromanches, time walking along Juno Beach, and a visit to the Juno Beach Centre, admission to which was included in the cost of this tour. (Advice: be sure to manage your time inside the centre.)
I was thrilled to visit the cemetery where my great-uncle is buried. I had looked up the location of his tombstone on the web, so quickly found it upon our arrival. That was a touching moment for the tour.
In terms of logistics, given our tight travel schedule, we wanted a tour short enough that we could do it as a day trip from Paris. This one worked quite well - we took an 8:45 am train out of Paris, which arrived in time to allow us to walk into town (under 10 min walk) for lunch. Mathieu picked us up at the train station at 1 pm and we were back shortly after 6 pm. As we had booked a 7:22 pm return train, we had plenty of time to head to a pub in town for dinner and a beer, before heading back to the station and Paris.
We'd like to return to Bayeux one day and spend more time there, but for now, this tour was exactly what we wanted. The registration process was easy and the experience was professional. We highly recommend this tour - a highlight of our trip to France.Reviewed by: Darren C, October 2013
Our experience on our Canadian World War 11 Sites was more than we could have dreamed of and then some. Our tour guide, Mattiew, was extremely knowledgeable and very accommodating to our small group. Our uncle is buried in the Canadian Cemetery at Beny-Sur-Mer and we were able to pay respects and give thanks. I would highly recommend this tour if you are visiting Paris and suggest that you request Mattiew if that is possible. The train ride was about 2 1/2 hours and was very comfortable.Reviewed by: teresa c, October 2013
Great tour! The guide picked us up promptly from the Bayeux train station and was extremely knowledgeable about all of the Canadian WWII sites. We liked that it was a small group, as it was more personal. We enjoyed the Juno Beach Museum and learning about the area's history. I'd recommend this tour to anyone who wants to learn more about Canadian WWII history.Reviewed by: Rachel S, October 2013
We had limited time, and came from Paris by train. The tour was all we hope for such a short period of time, our guide was excellent, knowledgeable and provided us rich details about the sites and the events.Reviewed by: Roberta F, October 2013
The Canadian tour was excellent. Our guide really got into the details, she was dedicated to making this visit to the Canadian sector memorable. Juno Beach Centre provides an excellent introduction to the role of the Canadians on that day. The visit to the cemetery shows the price of that endeavor.Reviewed by: tomas d, October 2013