From the very first year of it's inception and for each of the previous eight years, up to and including the year 2018, Normandy Battle Tours have been awarded the coveted Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor. As of December 2018 we have received 259 testimonials on TripAdvisor - 258 of these reviews rated our tours as the maximum five star standard - whilst there are many companies with many more reviews that we have - bear in mind that we offer no more than 18 tours a year, some tour companies listed on TripAdvisor offer this number of tours each day - of any D-Day tour company it is Normandy Battle Tours which receives the highest percentage of reviews expressing maximum satisfaction.
Having frequently guided on the Rick Steves 11 day 'Paris and the heart of France' tour, more than eight out of ten tour members stated that their tour of the D-Day beaches with Stuart was the highlight or 'wow moment' of their entire tour of France.
In 2018, for the third year running, Normandy Battle Tours won the Luxury Travel Guide's (as sponsored by United Airlines) award for either 'Best Tour Operator' or 'Most Authentic Specialist Tour Experience'.
Below are testimonials sent direct to Stuart from previous tour groups which do not feature on TripAdvisor.
Stuart, I give you my full support in your venture. It is so important that people visit the battlefields and remember the events of 1944.
Lord Montgomery - The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, Son of Field Marshal BL Montgomery, (House of Lords)
We recently returned from a 5 day, 4 night Residential tour of Normandy with Stuart Robertson. It was the highlight of our European vacation. Stuart and his wife Jenny picked us up at our Paris hotel and transported us out to Normandy in their comfortable, modern mini-bus. On the way, we toured the Abbey at Mont St. Michel. We found the accomodations at 1 Le Port charming, comfortable and very peaceful. Jenny was a most congenial hostess and served a hearty breakfast daily. Stuart was an excellent guide whose encyclopedic knowledge of the Normandy campaign is humanized by his passion for this history and his genuine reverence for the servicemen who fought here. The accuracy and detail of his descriptions satisfied those in our party who already knew a great deal of this history, while his depiction of the human drama of the fight captivated those who came with less knowledge. Both the adults and the teenagers in our group were enthralled. He has had the opportunity to meet a lot of the veterans of this campaign and is able to relate their stories as he has learned them first-hand. Stuart tailored the itinerary to meet our specific areas of interest. The pace of our tour was brisk, but even with the amount of time we had, we left wishing we could have spent more time. Each evening our hosts made reservations at a local restaurant for us and transported us to and from the establishment. We were able to experience some wonderful (and some exotic) authentic French cuisine. On return to 1 Le Port, we capped off our evening with coffee and Calvados. Our rooms were comfortable, quiet and immaculately clean. At the end of our stay, we were again transported back to Paris for our flight home from Charles De Gaulle. Considering all that we received in terms of transportation, accomodation, food and an extremely knowledgeable and personable guide, we feel the cost of the entire package to be a very good value. With all there is to see, we would definitely recommend spending at least several days in Normandy and couldn't think of a better way to do this than with Stuart and Jenny at Normandy Battle Tours.
Melanie Remple, (Hutchinson, MN USA)
My wife and I stayed at Le Port and toured with Stuart for four days during September of 2012. As a retired Major General of the US Marine Corp, I was totally impressed with Stuart's knowledge of strategy, tactics, and the various commands involved in the Normandy campaign from the airborne and glider operations through the amphibious assaults on all 5 beaches, to the end of the campaign at the Falaise Pocket. As a professional historian, Stuart has gleaned heretofore unpublished insights from his interviews of campaign veterans ... insights that lead to a far better understanding of what occurred at Normandy and the major impacts of unknown and unrecognized individual soldiers and young officer leaders. History comes alive at the hands of a man whose passion, military history, has become his profession. It should also be noted that the accommodations were impeccable, the breakfasts outstanding, and the driving service to and from local restaurants in the evenings, both timely and efficient. These top drawer factors were the responsibility of Stuart's better half, Jenny, a gracious hostess by the most demanding of standards. Our time spent with Stuart and Jenny was indeed, perfection.
Major General Jarvis Lynch (Rtd) , (formerly of the US Marine Corps)
My family and I just returned home from a six day tour of Normandy. We stayed with Stuart and Jennifer Robertson in their wonderful B&B just outside of St Mere Eglise. Words are hard to find in describing how comfortable our stay was and how outstanding the daily tours of the entire area were. Stuart's knowledge and passion for the events of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy made this trip an "once in a lifetime memory". Each day included visits to sites in the area not seen on the more commercial tours. From the time we started planning a long awaited family trip to Normandy, I expected it to be a wonderful experience. To say it far exceeded our expectations somehow fails to do it justice. Our family put the entire visit in the hands of Stuart and better hands would be very difficult to find. From the moment Stuart picked us up at the airport in Paris, to our arrival at their B&B, to Jenny's daily breakfasts, to our trip back to Paris days later, every aspect of this trip was a once in a lifetime experience. Stuart is a remarkable and knowledgeable guide who brings the events of the Battle of Normandy alive in a way that will be long remembered. Each and every destination and site visit was made so much more meaningful by Stuart's ability to share the story of the heroes who made history by their sacrifices during the summer of 1944. My family will for years to come be thankful to Stuart and Jennifer Robertson.
Jim Hammond, (Poughkeepsie, NY)
It is an honor to endorse such a fine young man who has given so much in keeping the memory alive. Only because of men like you are we still tall and free. Thanks. Be Happy.
Jake McNiece. Sgt 'Filthy Thirteen'. , (101st Airborne Division; D-Day / Holland)
It was a pleasure to spend four days with Stuart and Jennifer Robertson of Normandy Battle Tours. The assistance we received before the tour, all issues regarding transport and accommodation were dealt with and provided in an ultimately professional manner and the battlefield tour itself was just incredible. Thank you Stuart and Jenny for providing us with a memory which will last a lifetime.
Mrs Judy and ex- Mayor Richard Vinroot , (Charlotte, North Carolina)
I travelled to Normandy with my 19 year old nephew. We spent 4 days with Stuart and cannot imagine having a better experience with anyone else. Stuart made World War II come alive for us. The personal stories and all of the details made us appreciate what happened there even more than we already did. I would highly recommend Stuart's tours and his accommodations!
Kathy Rhode , (Humboldt, Iowa)
Stuart, thank you so much for the wonderful tour you provided my wife and I with. I have always wanted to visit Normandy. Your tour made the visit exceed what were already high expectations.
Charlie Gibson, (ABC News)