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Normandy Tour
D-Day- Mont Saint Michel - Foodie Tour April 13th to 15th 2019.

It is Friday so you are once again in the middle of a tour.
I did a review on “Tours by Locals” and I think you will be pleased.  For your own website, how does the following sound:

We had Igor for three days and they were three great days.  Without Igor we would have been floundering on our own.  With Igor we saw everything, we learned new things, and he was always accommodating and friendly.  Igor goes “the extra mile” for his clients.  I would, and will, recommend Igor Rosen to anyone who would like a personalized, in-depth, Normandy travel experience.

With deep appreciation,
Susan M. Ballati, PhD





DATE: Dec 28/18

Igor is a very mindful and attentive private guide on top of being knowledgeable,he met us at Paris CDG airprort and drove us to Bayeux,did a tour of D Day and Mont St.Michel,both are very enlightening as wel as exciting and very enjoyable,knows everything about where the good restaurants,foods,especially cheese as we were in the Normandy region which is famous for camembert cheese,he knows what wine is best for a meal,i would recommend him anytime.






DATE: Dec 6/18

Igor was the best! We had such a great day with him. Igor is incredibly knowledgeable about the area and really helps tie everything together with stories and photos. Our day was made so much better by traveling with Igor, I can't recommend him enough!


 United States

DATE: Dec 3/18

Igor was wonderful for our day tour of Normandy ! His attention to all the history details, made all the difference in our day. Delightful!! He was So very helpful getting my husband around with all the Wheelchair stuff. Positive, energetic, and Just the best!! Would highly recommend him for the tour, as his understanding and sharing of the details of Normandy were excellent!!


 United States

DATE: Nov 20/18

We just completed a full day tour of the Normandy beaches with Igor. It was fantastic! Igor is like a walking encyclopedia. His historic knowledge is truly impressive. He was able to make history come alive and keep our children captivated throughout the entire day. He managed to do this despite a cold and rainy day on the beaches. His flexibility and creativity are what you want in a guide. We would highly recommend Igor for future tours.


 Custer, WI, United States

DATE: Oct 30/18

Igor was an excellent guide for our travels of France. We were able to see the sights of Paris that interested us and also to wander the countryside visiting Giverny and Monet's garden, Rouen, Honfeur, and Mont Saint Michel's Abbey in Normandy. Closer to Paris we visited the Palace of Versailles and the Chateau de Vaux Le Vicomte. Igor drove us to these sites, giving us personal guided tours, allowing us to spend the time and ask questions we wanted. He tailored site info to our curiosity.


 United States

DATE: Oct 27/18

Igor was everything you want tour guide to be friendly, knowledgeable , organized. He made the tour personal with all the stories of the soldiers and their families. He is very passionate about his job and it shows through every fact and story he tells. Great Job Igor ! Thank you By the way he is also a food enthusiast!




DATE: Oct 26/18

Can't thank Igor enough for the work he did to organize a highly personalized tour. His interest and knowledge of history and the environs of Caen made for a full day tour worth every penny we paid, and more.


 United States

DATE: Oct 22/18

Igor was engaging, completely knowledgeable, adapted the tour to our interests on the spot. Cannot day enough good things about him and the tour. Terrific!


 Laguna Hills, CA, United States


DATE: Sep 29/18

Igor provided a wealth of information. We learned about current culture, agriculture, local economy, en route to the DDay Beaches. The information he provided and time he allowed at each of the stops was well planned. His knowledge of WW II is commendable and the reverence he displays toward all of these historic sights is heartfelt. The experience was one we will long remember thanks to our day with Igor.


 United States

DATE: Sep 25/18

Igor was a superb guide in Normandy. He was extremely prepared and shared an enormous amount of history with us during our drive and at the locations. He was pleasant to work with and was friendly and professional. We truly enjoyed our day with Igor.



 United States

DATE: Sep 23/18

Igor provided my wife and I with an once-in-a-lifetime fantastic tour or Medieval Normandy. His grasp of the history of the region is impressive, and he answered all of my questions, including many on the era of William the Conquer and the first Normans/Vikings. I highly recommend this tour.


 United States

DATE: Sep 15/18

High praise for Igor... We recently took a tour of Mont St Michel with Igor and I would highly recommend him as a tour guide. His knowledge of the history, architecture, topography, and even sea currents was extensive and it heightened the appreciation of this world famous site for us. Igor was thoroughly prepared (even bringing maps, charts and diagrams). He was engaging and humorous and we thoroughly enjoyed the hours we spent with him. He was fantastic and made the day especially memorable for us.



 United States

DATE: Sep 14/18

A very informative tour. Igor was very knowledgeable and congenial.



 United States

DATE: Sep 13/18

We really enjoyed the day with Igor. He arrived promptly, transported us in comfort, and was very pleasant and well informed. The tour was very good and covered a number of interesting and emotional sites.



 United States

DATE: Sep 8/18

Igor did a wonderful job covering the highlights of the Normandy beaches. He was very knowledgeable and charming. Due to time, he brought us sandwiches and Normandy cider, and we ate by Utah beach. He also helped me find my distant cousin's grave in the American cemetery. I have no reservations about recommending this tour.



 United States

DATE: Sep 6/18

Igor was wonderful! He is incredibly knowledgeable about the sites and occurrences of D-Day. We learned so much and had such a wonderful day on his tour. He accommodated our preferences and was truly a pleasure to be around. Our day with him was our favorite part of our trip; truly a once in a lifetime experience. I highly recommend a tour with Igor; you will not be disappointed.


 United States

DATE: Sep 2/18

I'm so glad we chose Igor as our Normandy guide. He was prompt, pleasant and incredibly knowledgeable about the history of the Allied landings and all of the sites. Besides being a great guy with a good sense of humor, he made our tour fun and not just a history lesson. He was totally flexible and was happy to make changes to his itinerary based on our interest. To make the tour even more entertaining, he played videos of the historical sites while traveling to them. Igor's tour was awesome.


 United States

DATE: Aug 28/18

I wish that I could give 10 stars for this tour. Igor is an amazing tour guide! He has a degree in history and was able to share so many wonderful insights to the area. He was so flexible to our schedule and our wishes. We really enjoyed spending our day in Normandy with him. If you are able to book him then you have scored a major treasure! Thanks for a great day!




DATE: Aug 21/18

Excelente TOUR realizado por IGOR por la zona del desembarco de Normandía. Gran conocimiento de la materia, nos dió mucha y buena información. Totalmente recomendable. Muy buen nivel de español. Javier



 United States

DATE: Aug 18/18

Igor was on time, flexible, informative, and patient with my crazy kids. He had great materials and resources and definitely knew a lot of good info. His suggestions were on point. I would definitely recommend his tour to others. The vehicle provided was large and comfy, even had water and M&Ms. Lunch was delicious and all of our locations were good. I liked that he was a local and knew so much about the area.


 United States

DATE: Aug 6/18

My husband and older teen, young adult kids spent the entire day with Igor. He picked us up in Cherbourg and we ended our day in Bayeux, France. He was informative and passionate about the tour! He timed our arrival at different sights to ensure we caught special aspects of each place, such as the lowering of the Flags at the USA memorial cemetery. I would highly recommend him! He also has a nice, safe vehicle and excellent driving skills. I don't know how we would have fit it all in w/o him! Merci!


 United States

DATE: Jul 28/18

Igor was well prepared and very knowledgeable. We learned much about the Normandy beaches and DDay that we didn't know before. We would highly recommend Igor again.


 United States

DATE: Jul 27/18

Igor was the best. He sent me great suggestions about getting to Normandy Area and where to stay before the trip. Because we arrived in Bayeux the night before he picked us up early and we had a full day to do the tour including the Sainte Mere Eglise and the Overlord Museum. Every question we asked he knew the answer and we were amazed about all the details he keeps in his head. His vehicle is very comfy for the drive and he had water and treats. He also told lots of stories of real soldiers.


 United States

DATE: Jul 20/18

My 18 year old son and I booked a private tour of the D-day beaches. Igor picked us up at the Bayeux train station. We left our hotel in Paris so early, we did not have time for breakfast. Igor immediately showed us to a café where we had a quick bite to eat and discussed the plans for the day. The day was fantastic! Igor is extremely knowledgeable about the area and truly has a passion for telling the stories of the men that fought in WWII. Igor is the way to see Normandy!


 United States

DATE: Jul 14/18

Igor is fabulous, we had a great day, he covered everything we wanted to see in just enough details to keep our interest.



 United States

DATE: Jul 12/18

Our group of 7 thoroughly enjoyed our Normandy tour with Igor. He is very knowledgeable and provided a wealth of information about the sites we visited with professionalism and humor, keeping our entire group - including two US Marine Corps veterans - engaged. The van was comfortable, and despite a few dawdlers, Igor kept us on schedule. Both restaurants we ate at were wonderful as well. We had a great day with Igor, and I highly recommend booking your Normandy tour with him!



 United States

DATE: Jul 11/18

Excellent tour guide, knew his history and made the tour very special



 United States

DATE: Jul 6/18

It is hard to put into words how Spectacular Igor was as a guide. Complete command of the subject with more than enough time and patience to answer our numerous questions. Also a delight to Dine with as we had a great Lunch near Utah Beach. He had pity on my totally incompetent attempt to eat Mussels properly and taught me how to use one of the Mussels as a Utensil. Had great Videos in the car to educate us before we hit the destination we were approaching next. Very emotional Tour.



 United States

DATE: Jun 25/18

Igor was knowledgeable, flexible, patient, and fun! He did a lot of driving to help us see the things we wanted to see, and added some fun surprises. He provided snacks and water, and went out of his way to accommodate us. We learned a lot and had four nice days with Igor. We would highly recommend him.



 United States

DATE: Jun 6/18

I would give Igor 10 stars if I could. I have taken a lot of private tours and Igor far far far surpassed every other guide. He safely drives a comfortable vehicle while playing music of the location/period or videos pertinent to what we are seeing. He has tremendous knowledge and delivers it with an easy style. He is organized with visual aids, both hard copy and digital, on the area/topic of study. He went above and beyond purchasing tickets for us for a tour we were taking on our way back to Paris.

































June 5th D-Day Beaches from Le Havre  Mont Saint Michel and Brittany American Cemetery

Dear Igor, Thank you for making our visit to my Father’s gravesite in Brittany a very special one.  We enjoyed meeting you and wanted you to know that June 5th will always hold a special place in our hearts.  Placing my mother’s ashes around his cross/headstone fulfilled all my wishes for them to be together again after 74 years.  We wish you well.

Phyllis Norris Valadie (daughter of PFC Felix J. Norris)




April 24th 2018 D-Day Beaches from Le Havre

Hi Igor,
Four of us had a wonderful day with you on April 24th.  Thanks! Betsy Knott




drea Altholz

Date : September 23rd 2017


Andrea and I want to reiterate what a memorable and informative day we spent with you. we will certainly refer you when possible. (...)....


Thanks again for a day of indelible experiences. Ted



Lawrence Wzorek

DATE: Oct 6, 2017

Igor Rosen was a terrific guide for our Normandy tour, and in particular, the Normandy American Cemetery, where we visited my wife's uncle's grave and received special attention from the Cemetery staff. Igor is extremely knowledgeable about the Normandy area, the beaches where the battles occurred and events surrounding D-Day. He was well prepared with information about our relatives who fought and died in France, including pictures and diagrams which made the tour all the more meaningful.





Dear Igor,
We just wanted to say thank you so much for making our amazing vacation even better! You are an excellent tour guide and a pleasure to be with. We appreciate your kindness in taking the time to help us with our train tickets and calling to check and make sure we made it to Rouen. You are the best! Please, if you ever want to come to our part of North Carolina know that you are always welcome at our home! Thank you again for everything.
Au revoir mi Ami!
Sonya and CJ


September 6th- 7th & 8th 2017




Tours By Locals Reviews




Our six-person group (ages 9 to 70+) had a great tour with Igor. He was insightful, very knowledgeable, and clearly has a love for the subject matter. He also did a terrific job tailoring the tour to our family and working within our time constraints. He is a true local -- his family has been in Normandy for decades -- which comes through in his tour and adds another dimension to the experience. It was exactly what we wanted, down to his help getting us on the right train back to Paris. A+. 
MARK STANCIL August 2017




 DATE: Aug 14/17

Igor was most informative regarding our D-Day beaches tour. He was well informed, approachable in terms of questions that we had, and had a genuine interest in his subject matter.




DATE: Aug 2/17

We had a great day with Igor touring Mont St Michel and Saint Malo. Igor was knowledgeable about each location and its vast and rich history, he was attentive to our needs and very flexible. We saw things we never would have seen on our own or with a typical group tour.




DATE: Jul 28/17

 Igor was a pleasure to travel with he was very knowledgeable about the D Day invasion and sites. He was very well prepared with interesting stories and pictures that really brought the experience to life. He was also able to adjust and tailor the day to the member of party. I would highly recommend Igor






DATE: Jul 22/17

We had a spectacular day visiting Giverny with Igor. He was extremely knowledgeable and able to share many details of Monet, his history, inspiration and art. He was especially good at fielding the many questions from my 3 children. Giverny was a beautiful place, after visiting I have a more profound understanding of Monet's work. I highly recommend Igor as a tour guide for Giverny!!


DATE: Jul 14/17

The tour was emotional and appropriate. Igor was very attentive... from my parents to my grandchildren... he accommodated everyone.


DATE: Jun 29/17

Outstanding experience. Igor has done extensive research and has an amazing collection of photos, old video clips and maps. He even had recorded music from that era which played in the background as we traveled. It was very important for my husband to visit this site and Igor made it a memorable experience. We would highly recommend Igor for a meaningful, personalized tour.


DATE: Jun 19/17

Igor was absolutely wonderful. He met us right on time at Caen's train station with coffee and treats. We had a packed itinerary but he kept us right on schedule and even included a couple of additional sites. He was excellent with my talkative 11 yr old and my grumpy teenage daughter. He kept them engaged and interested. His passionate enthusiasm for the Normandy region and specifically the history of D-day is infectious. Definitely would love to tour with Igor again!



DATE: Jun 1/17

Igor was fantastic. He provided interesting details that made the trip even more special. I would definitely recommend Igor to anyone who is visiting Normandy. I cannot imagine anyone could do a better job than Igor.



DATE: May 17/17

Igor provided a great tour of Mont St. Michel and, at our request, a side trip to Saint-Malo. He Is extremely knowledgeable and communicates the history of these sites very thoroughly. His suggestion that we be transported from the Mont St. Michel parking lot to the site by horse drawn wagon was great. Igor made our visit to both these sites very memorable. We highly recommend him for this tour.



DATE: May 14/17

Igor, was great! very knowable, used several types of media, keep everything moving, not a dull moment. If you want to learn and see Normandy close up, Igor is the man! Would recommend him to anyone.



DATE: May 10/17

We would rate our tour guide, Igor Rosen, a 5 out of 5, and recommend him highly. Igor met us at the train station in Caen, France for two days of touring. Day 1 he drove us around Normond—beautiful country! We saw cheese making, ate lunch at a beautiful hotel/restaurant, went to a cider distillery and drove to the coast where we walked through an open air fish market.

............ and many, many  more from March 2017 to May 2017

Thank you again for a fantastic tour today. We enjoyed it greatly. Have a blessed 2017! 
The Lose family Dec. 26th 2016


Excellent tour, My guide Igor Rosen was very accommodating and able to fit in as many sites as we could given the short December day. He had in-depth knowledge, photos, maps, videos, and painted the picture of D-Day from the allied perspective as well as the Germans.
Peter Miller Dec. 6th 2016


Our tour of Bayeux and the Normandy beach sites was fabulous! Igor took the time to explain little known facts and his interest in the history was evident. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with him and would definitely use this service again!

Elizabeth Lumpkin  Nov. 11th 2016



The trip was wonderful. Jerome is an excellent driver and a very nice man. Sandy was an excellent tour guide and a wonderful person. We enjoyed the day very much. Thank you.

Nancy Masuelli Mont St Michel Tour Oct 26th 



I wanted to thank you again for tailoring my tour so perfectly. It will transform my story for the better in every way. 

I took your advice and bought the cookbook at the Tapestry shop--fabulous source material as well! I further took your advice and explored the crypt at the cathedral--it is pure perfection for the scene of Harold being compelled to swear upon relics! Many more thanks for that!
My other short-term writing plans include posting a a glowing review of your guidance services on Trip Advisor, which is how I found you. (...


Meg Eilidh Greene  0ctober 19th 2016


We really enjoyed touring St. Malo and Dinan with Igor. He is a great guide-very personable and knowledgeable about the area and its history. His English is excellent. He was flexible in putting together an itinerary that met our interests. We would highly recommend him as a guide.


We really enjoyed our tours with Igor R. He is very knowledgeable, pleasant and accommodating. We learned a lot about the history of Mont St. Michele and sampled some great food. We would highly recommend him as a guide.

Nancy Morisson Sep 20 & 21, 2016


Igor was well knowledged and informative.

 Sep 22, 2016  


Outstandingly! This is our third Toursbylocals guide. They have all been excellent, but Igor was exceptional, the very essence of what a LOCAL guide should be. He was truly a font of knowledge.

Larry Marsh  Sep 10, 2016


Wonderful! We loved our day at Mont St Michel!

Larry Marsh  Sep 11, 2016


 Igor is very knowledgeable, interesting and attentive; he arrived promptly at the cruise terminal.

He added a few perks to the tour such as fresh croissants and had us taste some cider and cheeses.

Carolyn Green - 

Sep 4, 2016



We very much enjoyed our tour with Igor and thought he was excellent. It was a very memorable experience.

Mark Thatcher July 26th 2016



This was the highlight of our time in England and France. Igor, our tour guide, was a storehouse of knowledge about WW II. We only had time for the one-day tour. Igor picked us up at our hotel and managed to fit in a comprehensive tour in one day. We ended the day at the Normandy cemetery. I hope we can return one day and that Igor can once again show us even more.

Sybil C July 2016



Igor was knowledgeable and very flexible. He was able to adjust the tour based on the fact we had been in Normandy for two days and had seen many of the sites.

 Jun 6, 2016  Private D-Day Tour from   Caen, Ms Linda Butts





Igor was fun, professional, extremely knowledgeable, flexible, and well prepared. We went round trip from La Havre, Honfleur, Aromonches, WWII Radar and Bunker Museum, D-Day Invasion Memorial, Museum, Video, American Cemetery, and back to cruise terminal all in 9.5 hours, including lunch on the water. This was the best (also moving and enlightening) tour of 10 we took on a cruise around the British Isles. Not to be missed if you are anywhere near Normandy. Thank you Igor for a wonderful experience! 

Steven Seligman Private D-Day Tour from Le Havre Offshore July 7th


 He was extremely receptive to planning a Normandy itinerary off the beaten track. We really appreciated his energy and flexibility to follow the last days before the Germans retreated from Normandy at the end of August 1944 . He has a fine small van and was an excellent driver. His more typical itinerary in Normandy is also excellent.


  May 17, 2016   Private Tour D-Day Beaches from Honfleur  Ellen Boer


Robert C Private Tour D-Day Beaches from Bayeux

4 star rating: Recommended
March 2016






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