Within the first 15 minutes it was clear to me why Dale's is #1. His knowledge of WWII and the area, and his passion for providing a quality tour is evident from the start. We were a family group of 6 - my wife and I and 4 children ages 15 to 23 (2 girls and 2 boys), and while I knew my wife and I would keep our interest at a high level throughout the day, I set what I thought were realistic expectations regarding all the kids who are easily distracted. All my kids (and my wife and I) were captivated by Dale and the way he presents the information for the entire day. We were all left wanting to see more - as there is too much to see in a single day. But still if you only have a day as we did - do it - and let it up to Dale - he will absolutely get you to the right places and you will not feel like you have missed out on anything. We all agreed that our tour with Dale was the highlight of the trip which surprised me a little only because I thought the London nightlife would have the been the highlight for a couple of the older kids. We hope to be back in Normandy again, and will definitely work any such trip around Dale's availability.
Also, just as important - he is a great, fun, and personable guy!
One additional note - we we're originally going to do a one day tour starting with the morning train from Paris and returning to Paris in the evening the same day. In order to avoid the stress of getting everyone to the train station early in the morning, we decided to take the train to Bayeux the afternoon before and have Dale pick us up from our hotel the next morning (as suggested by Dale's wife though her responsive email correspondence). Absolutely way to go! Bayeux was a beautiful and charming town with great cuisine!!
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