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Every five star review written on Trip Advisor is correct - Rudy’s tours really are that good. Time for a mea culpa - I’m really picky. I mean really picky. The amount of vacation time granted in... more »
There toward the end of the day, we were walking along the rows and rows of crosses and Stars of David, when, hauntingly, Taps began to play in the distance. It was flag-lowering time, but it felt... more »
My dad and I have been talking about going to Normandy, France since I was just a wee lad. To see the landing beaches, battlefields, & “Bocage” country where so much violence took last century and pay our respects to the American men (many just boys really) at “Colville-se-Mur”. Finally in May 2018 we put or trust in “American Normandy Heroes” and they absolutely hit a home run with a tour package designed just for us. My wife made the travel arrangements on the U.S. end and Mr. Steve Judd could not have been more accommodating and professional to work with (my wife would know: she is a 25 year veteran F/A for a major airline and a “travel expert” par excellence). The real fun began once we got to Arromanches and then Bayeux for we were in the hands of an expert historian & tour guide named “Rudy Passera”. My dad and I spent (5) incredible days with Mr. Passera who satiated our thirst for all things history not only the events of June 6, 1944 and the Normandy Campaign but World War II, World War I, French and History in general! I myself am passionate about history in particular World Wars I & II (my grandfather, uncle, and a good number of friends were WW2 ETO Veterans and I’ve had a deep, life long desire to understand the “why” of such a cataclysmic event). It was sublimely refreshing to have someone like Mr. Passera who could add so much depth and color to the sites we visited. Mr. Passera was able to elaborate in detail the experiences of many American soldiers who are buried at Coleville-se-Mur” above “Omaha Beach” and the day we drove out to Falaise - Argentan (and the superb “Montremel Museum” which should not be missed by any serious WW2 enthusiast) where the “Normandy Campaign” ended in August of 1944 was utterly humbling to say the least. To say that Mr. Passera brought history “alive” would be an understatement! My only complaint was the fact that we spent (4) days in Great Britain (after Normandy) at the “Imperial War Museum” which was fantastic but we should have spent our entire time in Normandy. One could easily spend a lifetime exploring all the history that abounds in France. I am certain we will return very soon and we will definitely once again put our trust in “American Normandy Heroes” as they truly helped bring history “alive” and the experience of a lifetime! Thank you American Normandy Heroes!
This was the highlight of our trip. Rudy kindly put all that he could into one day, while doing everything so perfectly to engage my three boys, who have 3 totally different levels of interest in history (from completely obsessed to why are we here). All 4 of us returned to our hotel happy and exhausted- this tour was amazing and so much more than a tour. Rudy engaged us with stories about D-day set in place, introduced us to french farmers, told us about the men and boys who took part in the action that day in a way that made us feel that we all cared about what happened to them individually. Even lunch was fabulous. I know that this is an experience my teens will draw on when they return to school, and never forget. Neither will I.
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