I have enjoyed 18 years of touring and it has allowed to me to meet lots of wonderful people, spend my working days outdoors breathing fresh air and earn a living. But it was time to move on to pastures new. In August 2019 I launched my YouTube hosted WW2 video/film service called WW2 TV. I invite you to visit this project's website and read all about this exciting venture.
The tours I take on these days are of places beyond the regular touristy stops. If you have seen the main sites before and are looking to get inland and look at some of the battles that took place after DDay - such as Carentan, Saint Lo, The British Airborne sector, the Falaise Gap and Mortain for example please contact me. Or if you have been to Normandy previously and want to return to a particular site for a more in-depth experience, I may be able to help. I have written about DDay and the Battle of Normandy, appeared in numerous documentaries and am used regularly for organisations like the BBC as a talking head / pundit, including on BBC World News on June 6th and again in September talking about the 80th anniversary of WWII commencing.
I also still tour occasionally for VIP guests including families of WWII veterans and historian colleagues.
However this is only when I have availability. If you wish to ask about this please contact me, but please don't be offended if I cannot be your guide - I will have very little spare time with my new venture. For alternative outstanding tours of Normandy I encourage you to contact the other guides I have listed here on my links page.
My old selection of Battlefield Tours
Here are a selection of my most popular tours: These are for touring days of 9 hours - 8.30am to 5.30pm. I can customise these itineraries if necessary, but cannot work miracles - I cannot for example combine two or three days of itineraries into a single day.
Please remember that I only offer private tours, I do not offer per-person priced group tours. Read about my tour prices and how to book here. There are many guiding services in Normandy for all interest levels and budgets/
For over a decade I have been running my highly rated two day tour of the American landing beaches and Airborne sector. This tour features an interesting range of sites - both famous and little known in a variety of terrains and locations. The narrative I provide is detailed but also exciting and moving, focussing on the roles of small units and individual combat participants - many of whom I have personally interviewed. We debunk the Hollywood myths, examine the successes and failures and celebrate the prowess of the GI and Paratrooper. To assist my presentations I call on "Paddy". My Ipad Pro. I carry it with me on all my tours (not just the American Experience) and It is packed with thousands of WWII images and short video clips. In addition to hearing my voice during your day, you will hear and see some of the men who took part in films unique to my tours, together with rare footage of the invasion.
My 1 or 2 day tour covering sites made famous in the TV show and book. This tour is an excellent choice for visitors perhaps on a second trip to Normandy who want to see the American Airborne sector in more detail.
A tour encompassing the August battles in Normandy - an excellent addition to a regular DDay tour. This tour covers the roles of the Canadian, Polish and British forces and of course the German retreat.
A wonderful day tour covering the Canadian beach landings and the push inland towards Carpiquet airport over the next few days. This tour can also be modified to include the role of the Canadian Parachute Battalion. For Canadian travelers the Falaise Gap tour would make an interesting second day of touring.
A single day tour that covers the most important sites in the British Airborne sector together with Sword and Gold Beaches. This itinerary is especially aimed at visitors from the USA, who have perhaps already visited the American landing beaches. The noble and valiant efforts of the British Army in Normandy are under-appreciated by visitors.
A two day tour including an overnight stay in Saint-Nazaire in Brittany. This tour covers the famous Greatest Raid of All from March 1942 where a British destroyer packed with explosives smashed into the dry-dock gate to deny the Germans a port in France large enough to take their battleship the Tirpitz. It also includes visits to the incredible U-Boat pens, a nearby German blockhouse, follows the route of the British Commandos through the old town and visits to both British and German cemeteries. It's even possible to visit a 1960s French submarine.
Personal tours for family members tracing the routes of their relative or for visitors with a particular interest in a specific unit. These tours are custom planned for each client.
The Battlefield The Normandy battlefield is vast and covers several thousand square miles. Some visitors want to explore all the D-Day landing beaches, the Airborne drop zones and also the inland battlefields where the fighting continued through June, July and August 1944. Essentially I can offer you a tour of whatever you want to see. But the biggest mistake people make when planning a visit is misjudging the size of the battlefield and the sheer variety of sites, museums, cemeteries and memorials there are to visit.
What I won’t do Let me be upfront about something. I won’t take on any tour that (in my opinion) tries to cover too much ground in one day. If you want to see all 5 beaches, the Bayeux Tapestry and enjoy a relaxed 3 course lunch in a single day, then there is really no point booking with me. I am at the point in my career that I don't need to bother doing touristy and rushed tours that just point out memorials.