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  1. Lucie – I will gladly post this review on Tripadvisor, but I couldn’t find your listing!

    Lucie Hoffmann of Cap Normandy – One of Our Best Guides Ever!

    We hired Lucie Hoffmann from Cap Normandy as our private tour guide for our six-day trip to Normandy in August of 2017. I found Lucie listed online on a few websites, and our Bayeux hotel (Villa Lara) also recommended her. (She was once even listed in a Rick Steve’s guidebook.) I sent out lots of emails to many Bayeux guides, but most were on holiday for the month of August, some were already booked, and still others only had one or two of our desired six days available. We were pleased that Lucy had availability to guide us, and we were extremely pleased with her abilities.

    Lucie arranged for her friend William to be our driver for the six days, and he was prompt for each pickup, with a clean vehicle, the car running, doors open for us, water bottles available, and a handshake greeting. William was an excellent driver, and although he does not describe himself as bilingual, he certainly seemed so to us. (Perhaps he is not fluent, but he was more than able to hold an extended conversation.) William also showed initiative because he was interested in learning more about the sites that we visited. And we never worried about getting lost, what with the car GPS, a portable GPS unit, and his cell phone map for guidance!

    We emailed back and forth with Lucie many times in the months preceding our trip. She required a third of our total bill as a deposit, which we made using an international bank transfer. (This was difficult for us. In the past, we have used a credit card or PayPal to reserve our guides. Because our regional bank does not permit international wire transfers, we had to open an account at a larger bank that did. We could have also used a third-party service like Western Union, with which we could have used a credit card, but we decided that the new bank account would also be useful to withdraw funds when we traveled since it did not charge a foreign ATM usage fee. ) At the end of our tour, we paid the remainder of our balance to Lucie in Euros (which we withdrew from the ATM machine at the Bayeux Post Office using our new bank account).

    Private guides/drivers are much pricier in France than in other places we have traveled – the going rate averages about $550 Euros per day, more if you are traveling greater distances that require more petrol and road tolls. William and Lucie picked us up each morning at 9:15 am at our hotel, and we returned in the late afternoon by 6:00 pm on most days. Lucie was truly one of the best guides that we have ever had – knowledgeable, intelligent, sociable, and funny. She organized a great program for us, and she constantly monitored the weather forecast to make sure that we visited the most appropriate sites on specific weather days. (We had two days of brilliant sunshine, three days of partly sunny/cloudy/small passing sprinkles, and one day of rain.)

    Over the course of six days, we visited (1) Caen and Bayeux, (2) Rouen and Giverny, (3) Mont St-Michel, (4) D-Day sites including St-Mere-Eglise, Utah Beach, Pont-du-Hoc, and Le Cambe, (5) D-Day sites including Arromanches, Longues-sur-Mer, Omaha Beach, and the American Cemetery, and (6) Honfleur, Deauville, and Trouville. We were pleased with what we had chosen to see and do (it was just the right mix of Impressionist sites, history, and D-day), and we would not have omitted anything that we did, nor did we feel that we required more in-depth time on any specific site if we had to do it over. (Of course, with unlimited time, we would gladly have spent a few days and nights in each of these cities to explore them more completely.)

    We highly recommend Lucie Hoffman of Cap Normandy – she was one of the best private tour guides we have ever had!

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