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Neil from United States, San Francisco
Michael was everything we could wish for! We had a fair amount of email exchanges prior to our arrival, and his responses were always done in a timely manner. He spent the majority of his career as a hotel concierge and as such was completely familiar with Belgium and Luxembourg. We were a party of three, one arriving earlier by air than the other two. Michael met us each at the airport and gave us separate Brussels city overview tours on the way to our hotel. For the next four days he was waiting for us each morning and we spent the full day (sometimes as long as 12 hours) together seeing Ghent, Bruges, Antwerp, Waterloo and many other locations. At his suggestion we also included an overnight in Luxembourg City for which he booked our hotel right on the central square. His car was spacious and very comfortable for our long rides. He had us all laughing at his wry sense of humor but also was full of answers to our many, many questions. We let him decide our itinerary each day with a slight bit of input from us. Since none of us had been in Belgium or Luxembourg before we were more than willing to let him take the lead. We could not have asked for a better experience.
David from United States, The Villages
EXCELENT! That is the only word that we know to describe the experience that we had with Michael! He took us on a grand tour of Belgium, north and south; The Netherlands, Luxembourg and parts of Germany. He picked us up in Amsterdam and we spent the day touring through some small towns all the way to Brussels. Day 2 we toured Brussels and up through to Antwerpen. Day 3 Bruges and Gent, the two churches where the Nazis had taken artifacts during the war that were returned by the "Monuments Men" were beautiful. Day 4 We went through some small towns and to the Bastogne Museum and other Battlefield sites and monuments, with a late arrival in Luxembourg and a great dinner and lovely hotel. Day 5 we toured Luxembourg and the old medieval center of the city (started in 961 AD). We went to the Luxembourg American Cemetery where General Patton and about 4,000 other Americans are interred. After visiting some other villages we went on to Clervaux which was heavily damaged during the Battle of the Bulge. We continued to the site of the Malmedy massacre where 87 American POW's were murdered by the Nazis. We then retired to another beautiful hotel and wonderful dinner. Day 5 started in Monschau with a craft market where we found some beautiful handmade glass items we could not live without (we also saw the craftsmen making glass items). We continued down the hill to a wonderful little cafe (one of MANY on the tour) and had some cappuccino and wonderful pastries. From there we visited remnants of the Siegfried Line (fortifications built by the Germans at the start of WWII). Then we went to the Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery where many thousands of American GI's is interred. The cemeteries we visited are very thought provoking. We then returned to Brussels to our hotel where we had a fond and sad farewell to our new friend Michael. He made all of our hotel reservations and guided us on the Journey of a Lifetime! We can never thank Michael enough for the experience that he gave us. His prices are extremely reasonable for the great value we received. Dave and Kathi Schue
Patty from United States, Westfield
We recently returned from a one-week vacation in Brussels. One of the highlights of our trip was the two days we spent touring Normandy with Michael Eyns. In one of the initial emails we received from Michael he said that the Normandy trip would be an “unforgettable journey”. And it certainly was that! He met us at our Brussels hotel at 7:30am and we set out for France in his Mercedes. During the 550km drive to the first location in Caen, Michael shared with us much of his knowledge of both Belgium and Normandy. We savored our lunch at the Pegasus Bridge Café and we thoroughly enjoyed each stop we made along the coast of France on our first day with Michael. Some of the other stops on the first day were the German bunker at Caen (General Richter’s Headquarters), Sword, Juno and Gold Beaches, and Arromanches. Michael had booked our overnight lodging at the most wonderful bed and breakfast near Omaha Beach. Le Chateau Saint Pierre, a former castle, is now a stunning inn where we had beautiful rooms and a delicious breakfast of tasty breads, cheeses and coffee. On day two with Michael, the highlight of our tour was our visit to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial. The Visitor Center was a fantastic tribute to those who sacrificed their lives, and was exceptionally informative for all of us. We continued our tour to Omaha Beach, Utah Beach and Pointe du Hoc. Along the way Michael stopped at numerous other statues, monuments, and memorials, as well as multiple sites of German defenses and bunkers. At no time did Michael rush us along any of our stops, in fact we did not return to our Brussels hotel until midnight on our second day even though he had thought we would be back by 9:00pm. Michael was a wonderful driver and private tour guide; I do not know how we could have experienced so much of Normandy without him. We thank him for sharing his knowledge with us and we highly recommend his services to anyone travelling in and around Brussels.
Marilyn from United States, Great Neck
I had a wonderful tour with Michael through Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. Michael has a lot of patience and is very knowledgeable and accommodating. I toured Brussels, Antwerp, Gent, Brugges, and the battle sites of Waterloo, Flanders Field, and Bastogne in Belgium. Michael also took me to Delft, der Hague, Amsterdam and many other places in the Netherlands. We spent an entire day in Keukenhof and saw acres of tulips and other flowers. It was an amazing journey and I saw and learned so much. Michael has a very comfortable car and is an excellent driver. I highly recommend his services.
Hallie from United States, California
I love this guy. Seriously, one of the best - if not THE best - tour guides I've ever contracted. All I requested was a pickup in Bruges, a tour of Ypres and Flanders Fields, then a drop off in Ghent. What I got was soooo much more. It's like ordering a cheeseburger and being served filet mignon - that's the feeling you get when you put yourself in Michael's hands. He drove me to Damme and explained not just when and how the canals were built but why. He took me BACK to Bruges and gave me the history of the town and why it was important. I had already spent a day there but looked at it in a whole new light because of Michael. We visited the Tyne Cot cemetery where he gave me some space (it was unexpectedly profound and moving, so I was grateful to be alone at that moment) then took me to the Passchendale museum so I could learn more about the battle, its circumstances and its horrible cost. He took me to a lovely restaurant in Ypres and helped recommend traditional Flemish dishes (beef Flemish stew - oh yeah) and when he heard I loved beer he got excited to take me to Westvleteren, sadly however it was closed on the day of our tour. As we wandered around Ypres he told the story of how the whole city was bombed to rubble but they rebuilt it exactly as it was - you'd never know. And he pointed out a number of statues that survived the war and were put back in their original niches. He took me to the private museum and preserved trenches of Hill 62 where we wandered and pondered. Never, at any time, did I feel rushed. I figured we'd be done at five sharp but at 7:00 we were just pulling into Ghent and he insisted on touring me around, even though I told him emphatically he had already exceeded every expectation. Thanks to him I didn't just see St. Bavo cathedral but walked down into the crypt to see the remains of the church that was there before the cathedral was built. Maybe I'm nuts but he seemed to enjoy the trip as much as I did! He was a very safe driver and a brilliant conversationalist. He knew so much about the history of the area (he even gave me lesson about Belgian cows) I came away with a far more intimate understanding of Belgium than I ever could have learned on my own. Michael is such good company (he even got my sense of humor, which I appreciated) and I was so sad when the day ended. I hope he never retires. They just don't get any better. Michael - every time I have a Belgian beer I will lift a glass to you. Thank you for a fantastic day. Visited October 2015
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