After much planning, we decided to book Private Tours Paris for a day trip to Normandy since we didn't want the hassle of taking a train and other forms of transportation to visit historic D-Day sites in Normandie. Our tour guide and driver Richard, picked us up promptly at 7am in the morning. We stopped at a nice rest stop along the way for breakfast. Our tour guide shared many facts of the different sites Pont du Hoc, Omaha Beach, the American cemetery in Normandie and a beautiful town called Port en Bessin. The tour started off a bit too scripted for our liking and the lunch suggestions were initially poor since they consisted of overly tourist crammed lunch spots. The advantage of private tour is that you get a guide that is familiar with the local region and will select places to visit that are usually off the beaten path and not overly touristy. Even though we started off a bit disappointed with the tour since it felt more like a regular tour but paid twice the price, our tour guide did provide some flexibility in the end and catered to our interest. He suggested an early dinner st Port en Bessin, a quaint town and we enjoyed a fantastic dinner and a bit of souvenirs shopping around town. It was a great way to end the day after spending all morning and afternoon reflecting on the incredible sacrifice of so many men and women that fought as part of the Allied forces to liberate France. Quite an emotional day. My only suggestion to Private Tours Paris is to spend some time looking for better local restaurants for lunch options (not the spots where large tour groups go to), along with a few stops for shopping and additional unplanned stops. The only reason people choose private tours too being with despite higher cost is to avoid any stress and enjoy the flexibility of having a private driver and tour guide that will be responsive to customer needs. While we enjoyed the D-Day sites, I didn't think it surpassed our expectations as other private tours have.
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