Destination Normandy - Normandy Tour- Private guided tours in Normandy
WELCOME TO BEAUTIFUL NORMANDY
Are you planning a tour of Normandy?
Let me be your tour guide for the best Normandy has to offer ! Be it for D-Day tours of the landing beaches, WWII and the Battle of Normandy, the Mont Saint Michel, Bayeux, Rouen, Honfleur, the Pays d’Auge and it’s most finest gastronomy products, in the steps of William the Conqueror or in those of Sainte Thérèse de Lisieux, whatever brings you to Normandy, History, architecture, its scenic landscapes along the coast or its delicious food, I will be eager to share with you the love and pride I have for my beautiful region.
This amazing region is a favorite destination for thousands of people every year. Whatever has brought you to Normandy, you have come to experience the best it has to give, and hope for lasting memories of your visit.
The choice of what to do and where to go, and how to do it, is sometimes difficult to make, and the amount of possibilities can be overwhelming. I can help you decide what is best for you, I can help you understand the different possibilities, there's so much more to Normandy than one thinks at first.
My goal is to make your stay as memorable as possible, and guide you through your journey in my pretty region.
WE ARE SORRY ABOUT ALL CANCELLED TOURS AND HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON
IN THE MEANTIME, STAY HOME, STAY SAFE
We still look forward to great tours in the near future, History awaits !
SEASON 2020 is badly affected, BUT if you are here so are we! I DO take tour requests and will perform under the current regulations of distancing and the use of masks.
Important : if you have booked and paid a deposit for an earlier tour, I will gladly put it towards another date and reschedule your tour for whenever things go back to normal.
DOMINIQUE, YOUR PRIVATE GUIDE IN NORMANDY FOR YOUR ULTIMATE NORMANDY TOUR
Born and raised in Cherbourg, Normandy, France, where I lived until I graduated from High School, I then lived in Paris for 7 years, attending college in Paris, studies mostly focused on oriental languages at INALCO Paris, and hosting & tourism at EIHT Paris.
I then returned to Normandy and after a few years decided to move to the USA where I stayed 5 years, one year in Colorado and 4 years in California.
Well traveled, it’s my passion for languages since childhood (I have studied 9 languages during my school & university years) and strong curiosity about different cultures that had me chose the tourism industry, and the deep connection and affection for my native region and its rich history brought me back « home » to Normandy, and for the first 3 years as a tour guide I was conducting tours of the WWII D-Day Battlefields for a highly reputable company.
Then, as of fall 2014, I have decided to become an independent guide and offer my services for a unique experience in my beloved region.
More recently, I have been dedicating my winters to studying and completed in May 2017 a University Degree in Norman History, Arts & Traditions. I also have completed a Bachelor's Degree in English Language, Literature & Civilization in May 2018. After completing my first year of Masters Degree in Tourism Management & Engineering in 2019 focused on Remembrance Tourism and having succesfully presented my dissertation about "Sainte-Mère-Eglise and Gettysburg, Sister Cities", I am now preparing a Masters Degree in English Literature with the project of a thesis about "Brotherhood-in-Arms".
Why should you pick me and not another tour guide? My knowledge of the history of Normandy, its traditions, and its local differences depending on where you are in Normandy (agriculture, architecture, etc) enables me to provide countless bits of information that you won't get with other guides. Even if you have toured here in the past, I accept the challenge of a new and more enlightening experience. I always adapt the content of the tours to my guests, as well as the lay-out of the itinerary, to make the most of our time together. In regards of the DDay tours, don't be fooled by the fact that I am a woman, I can discuss war and strategy just as well as -and possibly better than- any man, but I'm also seeing the two sides of the coins, those who fight, and those who just try to survive in the midst of the war.
My father and two of my uncles (one uncle in the RBFM -French Commandos- with the French 2nd Armored Division of General Leclerc in Normandy, Alsace and Germany) fought in WWII and my dad was also an active member of the French resistance in Cherbourg, then in August 44 joined the 4th Company of the 3rd Transport Group, formed in Bayeux on the 20th of August, company known later in 45 as the "404" when it was attached to the 4th Régiment Automobile Maine.
My dad's family is from Cherbourg and my mother's family from Marigny (near Saint Lô).
Claude BOQUET, my father & Lucien CADIOU, my uncle
However DDay and WWII are not the only tours that I offer as you can see on my pages "Tours" and I would be dellghted to help you explore other aspects of the Norman history, countryside, traditions, and specialties.
Beyond Normandy : I can help you plan several days in Normandy as well as in other parts of France and be with you every step of the way. Please make sure you check all the tours I can offer.
I am totally fluent in English and you can be assured there won’t be a language barrier when booking my services. I’m looking forward to meeting you !
ANTHONY, TOUR GUIDE, HISTORY MAJOR UNIVERSITY OF CAEN (BA)
Anthony is my son, he was born in 1992 in Santa Barbara, California, he's got dual citizenship, French and American. He has however been raised in Normandy, France since he was two years old.
He's been interested in WWII since he was 5 years old and pretty much learned to read at that age in order to quench his thirst for this subject. History since then has been his passion, alongside with computers and programming. He also has a three year experience as a group leader for children and teenagers (activities, field trips, etc) and is particularly good at explaining history to the younger ones.
He has followed both a BA in History (major) & Archeology (minor) at the University of Caen and a 2-year program in Computer Science at the Caen Institute of Technology.
He has relatives who have been implied in WWII - grand-father and great uncles on his French mother's side, and a grand-father in the Korean war, on his American father's side.
Anthony's dad was born in Fort Riley, Kansas, home of the Big Red One (1st Infantry Division). Anthony's first cousin has served in the US Marines for 17 years.
He's particularly prepared to conduct DDay American tours, and discuss any facet of WWII in a more broader and general way as his knowledge of the worldwide context of that period is extensive.
He also is very well prepared to conduct tours of Caen and anything related to medieval history such as around William the Conqueror.
I am very proud of this mother & son team!
WHO HAS RECOMMANDED ME
Don't hesitate to check my reviews on Trip Advisor (see below) and leave one as well.
- "Dominique Fiquet is without doubt one of the best guides in Normandy. Her passion for history and dedication to her clients is first rate. I have no hesitation recommending her services."
– Paul Woodadge, DDay Historian and Author
- Recommanded by Tim Gray and the World War II Foundation and by Jack Beckett of War History Online.
Last edited: 22/07/2020