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day trip from Paris by train to Battlefields of Normandy, suggestions?

I have 2 1/2 days in Paris and want to go to Omaha Beach and the surrounding areas of DDay Invasion in Normandy. I have a train pass(Eurail) so the journey to the closest city would be by train. Anyone made the trip recently? Can you recommend a local tour guide? I walk with a cane. Caveats?
  • Laurel
     asked this on April 11, 2012 at 08:12 AM
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I asked my brother, who is in the British Army and has taken some tours of the battlefields, for some advice, and he suggested maybe looking at the British tour company, Holts (http://www.holts.co.uk/). However, their tours may be a little long and structured, plus are confined to certain dates. Another option might be Viatour, which aggregates local tours and offers a couple of Normandy WWII outings here: http://www.viator.com/normandy-tours/d183-ttd?pref=02&aid=g1285. These include a two-day trip that leaves from Paris and a daylong private tour from Bayreux (sounds like they customize based on interests, accessibility, etc.). Lastly, a Web search will throw up any number of tour options. This guy looks to offer a pretty interesting set of itineraries: http://www.ddayhistorian.com/, plus comes quite highly recommended.
  • Alistair
     answered this on April 19, 2012 at 02:07 PM
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