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Advance Warning - Summer 2018 I&i Northern France


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Bumping this as we are getting to the point where early flight and hotel bookings pay off.

 

The big question is whether to do self guided tours or arrange something like the one Allen posted earlier. There are a variety of guided tour operators, and most offer both day trips and multi-day tours. Several will also offer customized itineraries for small groups.

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I'm in.

 

Need to fix the exact dates.

Next, let's agree on an itinerary, and then on accommodation(s).

I rather liked the object-orientated, local guided tours, such as we had for the Maginot Line and Westwall. Obviously, where offered.

[Alternatively, we can read the book, wander around aimlessly, and just enjoy the sights and company.]

 

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Leo

 

PS

I personally feel that a roll call for "who's out" would be excessive. :P

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Since no one else has complained I have decreed the exact dates are to be all of or some portion of June 13th-24th. I'm planning on the full range, but I understand some folks may only be available for a smaller chunk.

 

Edited to add the tentative Itinerary.

 

June 13-15 Paris*

16-19 ww1 Battlefields
19 travel to Caen*
20-21 Normandy
22 Cherburg
23 Saumur
23 Back to Paris*
*Hotel locations
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Looks good. I will probably arrive on the 13th in Paris and I will depart for London on the 23rd in the evening or the morning of the 24th. Going to spend 4 nights in London and try to fit in another visit to Bovington.

 

Where in Paris do we want to stay? Transportation wise, I would be happy to contribute to renting a vehicle.

 

Who's in?

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Looks like I could be in. Currently looking hotels around Montmartre, at about $100/night (have some discount through hotels.com), and somewhat near the ring road. Could rent a car in my name, as mine is too thirsty.

 

Alternatively, we could hire Durandal's services, at market rate. I think Tony met with him recently in Paris.

 

Also, Saumur is in the Loire Valley. WAGs could be interested in some castle touring instead on some of them grate steal baests.

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Looks like I could be in. Currently looking hotels around Montmartre, at about $100/night (have some discount through hotels.com), and somewhat near the ring road. Could rent a car in my name, as mine is too thirsty.

 

Alternatively, we could hire Durandal's services, at market rate. I think Tony met with him recently in Paris.

 

Also, Saumur is in the Loire Valley. WAGs could be interested in some castle touring instead on some of them grate steal baests.

 

How thirsty? :)

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Looks like I could be in. Currently looking hotels around Montmartre, at about $100/night (have some discount through hotels.com), and somewhat near the ring road. Could rent a car in my name, as mine is too thirsty.

 

Alternatively, we could hire Durandal's services, at market rate. I think Tony met with him recently in Paris.

 

Also, Saumur is in the Loire Valley. WAGs could be interested in some castle touring instead on some of them grate steal baests.

 

How thirsty? :)

 

 

9-10 l/100km. Old Nissan SR20DE engine, and CVT transmission.

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Nah, 1999 Lexus GS300. It's a city consumption, exceptionally high because I drive fast when I can and it's mostly very short distances (~3 min to work when the traffic lights are nice to me and 6 min when they aren't), so the engine sometimes won't even have time to warm up properly. On a highway it's 12-14/100 usually.

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I'm good for 19-22 June, will bring Genevieve unless her work conflicts.

 

Last time in Paris, we found good rates/value at this one in the Campanile chain:

Hôtel Restaurant Campanile Paris Montparnasse
146 Avenue du Maine, 75014 Paris, France
+33 1 53 74 60 00
Nearest pt of interest: Musée du Général Leclerc de Hauteclocque et de la Libération de Paris – Musée Jean Moulin is a museum located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris at 23, Allée de la 2e DB, Jardin Atlantique, Paris, France.
We also liked this one a year or two earlier:
Hôtel Median Paris Porte de Versailles
1 Boulevard Victor, 75015 Paris, France
medianparisportedeversailles.com
+33 1 40 60 16 16
Basically, if you stay out around the Peripherique [beltway] you get more value for the dollar/euro. The Metro system then delivers you to almost any point of interest.
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I've emailed a couple of companies that do WW1 battlefield tours and I am waiting to hear back on pricing and availability. I get the feeling however that self-guiding may be the way to go because of the flexibility it offers us. If we go the self guided route, this looks like a pretty good itinerary to follow:

 

https://www.ghardytours.com/battlefields

 

We really do need to know who's coming before we can make firm plans. Speak up people!

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I'm in. 13th to 23rd is fine. I'm on holliday until July 2nd.

 

 

How do I get there? By car? If I had a Skoda maybe but I don't. Furthermore maps suggests a route through central Belgium.

Well that is the traditional route.

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Got a reply from Canadian Battlefield Tours. See below:

 

Hello Allan,

 

Thanks for the enquiry. The cost of a 3 day tour, which includes 4 guests is 2,250.00. for 8 guests, cost is 3,600.00.

Hope this helps in your decision making.

 

Cheers,

 

Gary

 

Based on these prices, Im thinking that self-guided would be a better option and give us more flexibility.

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Got a reply from Canadian Battlefield Tours. See below:

 

Hello Allan,

 

Thanks for the enquiry. The cost of a 3 day tour, which includes 4 guests is 2,250.00. for 8 guests, cost is 3,600.00.

Hope this helps in your decision making.

 

Cheers,

 

Gary

 

Based on these prices, Im thinking that self-guided would be a better option and give us more flexibility.

 

It could be a good price if it includes lodgings, transport, and meals.

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