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“Normandy/D-Day Tour Extrordinaire”

Best of France Tours
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4 hour Sightseeing Tour in Paris
Ranked #54 of 580 Tours in Paris
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Owner description: We offer since 2007 private day tours from Paris with premium guided tours to the following destinations: Paris museums, Paris walking tours, Versailles & Giverny, Champagne tasting tours in Reims/Epernay, D-Day Normandy private tours, Louvre, Orsay museum tours, Loire castles tours, World War One Tours, Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte tours, Auvers/Van Gogh tours.
Reviewed 24 November 2012

I was referred to Phillipe by Lisa at ParisPerfect (a great personal concierge service), who recommended Phillipe over any other tour guide giving D-Day Tours. Our expectations (my son and I) were very high, given that I'm an avid reader and student of WWII, European Theater, and we went on the Stephen Ambrose Band of Brothers tour back in 2008. We wanted to return to Normandy on our vacation this year to Paris, and Lisa thought Phillipe was the man for the job.

Phillipe arrived right on time, was very friendly and accommodating, and made the long drive to Normandy (~2.5 hours) a pleasure. Because Phillipe heard that I had some knowledge of Normandy/WWII, he was concerned he wouldn't have anything new to present on this tour. Nothing could be further from the truth: Phillipe has gone to great pains to learn about the D-Day landings, even going as far as reading German books (in German) to get a different point of view on D-Day from the Allies. As much as I've read on the subject, and in spite of the tour we took in 2008, Phillipe was a wealth of information on things I had not known.

But in addition to his encyclopaedic knowledge of D-Day, what was equally impressive to me was how he tailored the trip to be special to us. He went out of his way to take us to locations that were important to us, and made us feel as if we were his VIP clients. I can't say enough about his level of accommodation and customer service.

Finally, I was equally touched by how Phillipe interacted with my 15-year-old son, answering his questions and engaging in conversations on everything from WWII to why there are a disproportionate number of beautiful women in Paris (there are). Phillipe's demeanor and engaging personality made us both feel like we were longtime friends of his that he was showing around for the day.

We will be returning to France, and I can assure you, we will definitely use Phillipe's services again.

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Reviewed 18 November 2012 via mobile

On our 3rd trip to Paris, we were referred to Best Of France Tours from a good friend that has used Phillipe Brimont for many tours over the last 6 years.

We were 3 couples and after breakfast in our hotel, we walked outside and found Phillipe waiting in a van perfect for the 6 of us. He had the van equipped with a sound system so his voice was projected throughout the van so those of us in the back could hear his voice, as he provided us with many interesting facts about the Palace Of Versailles and of Paris in general.

Versailles speaks for itself and as anyone who has been there would say, we would highly recommend.

We were looking for a no stress tour and wanted to feel like we were in good hands. This is exactly what we recieved. Everything from the pickup to drop off was top notch. Phillipe is very friendly, speaks 4 languages which amazed us, and seems very passionate about his work.

We are glad we were referred to his company and we will continue to do the same for our friends that travel to Paris.

Highly recommend

11  Thank FiAngel
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Reviewed 17 November 2012

Our initial email, in fact all our emails, with Philippe Brimont were very professional and his pricing for a group of six to Giverney/Versailles in line with other tours. We selected this tour because of the Trip Advisor reviews. Based on the reviews I really wanted Philippe to be our tour guide, but he was booked and this was at least three months in advance. The car picked us up on time, seemed fairly new and clean. We were greeted by our guide, Stephanie, who we were assured by Philippe was well trained and knowledge. Perhaps she was having an off-day, but we drove most of the way with absolute silence from Stephanie. She did give us the facts and history of Giverny/Versailles, but very dead-panned and uninteresting. She answered any questions we had but did not offer any ancedotes or interesting facts. Giverny was beautiful and not to be missed. Versailles is something you should see once, although I would recommend spending time at the Marie Antoinette Village. We had a wonderful lunch in Giverny at Les Nymphaes, highly recommend.

19  Thank panter
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bestoffrance, Owner at Best of France Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2012

Dear TripAdvisor user, thank you for taking the time to leave your comments about our services.
Obviously you can't please all the people all of the time, although we come pretty close as one can tell by all of our previous reviews. We always try to give our best, hence the name of this company. Stephanie is actually one of our best licensed tour guides. She has been working with us for more than 10 years and we have received nothing but positive feedbacks from satisfied clients ever since, who were very happy of her tours and gave it 5-stars (we litterally received hundreds of letters and emails years before Tripadvisor even existed). If you would have asked me to give you this tour personally, even one year ago, I would have answered you that I only give three tours myself: Paris sightseeing tour, Normandy D-Day tours and private Champagne tours. The rest of the time I take care of the planning, emails, phone calls, accountancy, etc and believe me, there is already enough to do there!. We have great passionate tour guides who are specialized in Versailles and Giverny. As for your points of criticism related to Stephanie’s energy and enthousiasm, Stephanie always focuses on great storytelling on her tours and since our licensed guides are driving as well, they also have to focus on the traffic on the highway (thank God!) and can not talk to you all the time. In one of your other reviews while in France, you mentioned as a top TA contributor that you loved your experience in a restaurant on the second floor of a famous monument in Paris. Believe it or no, over the years, most of our clients complained about it, telling us that they found the food average and the prices way too high, so you see, we are all different, and I respect your points of view even though I don’t agree with them.
We would have appreciated a personal feedback sent by email to our company instead of just writing an anonymous review on TA.
Wishing you the best, Sincerely, Philippe Brimont owner of Best of France Tours

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Reviewed 13 November 2012

Friendly, polite, professional, have great knowledge and an enjoyable experience; you wont be let down.

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Reviewed 12 November 2012

This past September we toured Normandy with Best of France Tours company. I can honestly say that Philippe Brimont provides a unique Normandy D-Day tour experience. We discussed and planned the day in detail as we nneded to be back in Paris beforew 8 pm for a tour of the Eiffel Tower. Philippe was very prompt answering our emails.

Philippe picked is up at our hotel in Paris at 7 am as planned. He drives a very nice & comfortable Mercedes van. On the way to Normandy we stopped at a service station where we purchased great pastries and breakfast items. Philippe speakes flawless English, Spanish, French and German. He has a binder full of photos and documents that expand on his significant knowledge of the Normandy area and many facts about WWII and the Normandy invasion.

The first place we visited was Pointe du Hoc. We were one of the first groups to arrive, by the way our group consisted of 2 couples. The information that Philippe conveyed to us provided a pretty good idea of the events that occurred on June 6. 1944. His knowledge of the D-Day events is outstanding.

Our next stop was not scheduled, we just happened to ask Philippe if he could recommend a place to get some french caramels and he told us that he knew of a place not too far of our way. We stopped in D'Isigny at a caramel shop and it was awesome. We purchased several pounds of delicioius caramel and other assorted french candies.

We continued to Utah Beach and walked around several of the monuments took a quick glance to the museum. After leaving Utah Beach we drove thru several out of the way small roads to see the beautiful countryside and then see several German batteries that were placed further inland. One is called Batterie D'Azeville and another one is Batterie De Crisbecq. This fortifications are in very good shape,well worth the visit.

We continued to visit a church named Sainte Mere Eglise. This is the church with a steeple that became famous for the landing of a paratrooper named John Steele during the beggining of the invasion. The stained glass inside the church is interesting as it depicts that event. Very near the church is the Aiborne Museum. This is one of the best museums dedicated to D-Day. You can peruse all the exhibits and spend several hours. They have a glider and a C-47 used during the invasion. Lots of detailed information for history buffs.

Our next stop was Omaha Beach. It is hard to imagine how this beautiful pastoral place had several days of carnage in 1944. Philippe took us to the exact spot where a 19 year old German soldier manned a machinne gun from dawn to dusk. From wikipedia: "Heinrich Severloh was a soldier in the German 352nd Infantry Division stationed in Normandy in 1944. He is sometimes referred to as The Beast of Omaha. He rose to notoriety when he claimed in his autobiography that as a machine gunner in a simple foxhole he inflicted 1,000–3,000 casualties to American soldiers landing on Omaha Beach on D-Day."

Our last stop was the American Cemetery. It is a breathtaking and solemn place. Hard to describe the emotions that you feel at the sight of thousands of white marble crosses. Our world had a profound change due to the events that occured in Normandy in 1944.
On the way to Paris we visited the town of Bayeux. Very beatiful village. Next time we will visit the Cathedral and see the famous tapestry. We got back in time and Philippe dropped us off right next to the Eifffel Tower. During our travels to and from Normandy Philippe pointed out many other historical places and answered many questions about life in France. We covered politics, taxes, art, food and travel in general. We did learned a lot about French culture!

We thanked Philippe for providing us with a incredibly enjoyable day! Best tour bar none. This tour is moderately expensive and well worth every penny (or euro). Philippe is very professional with a very good sense of humor.

6  Thank Febco57
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