Weekend getaway: beaches and battlefields in Normandy

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Looking for a quick getaway and a fan of history? The February edition of Lonely Planet magazine has five history and culture weekends in Europe. We're going share them with you one at a time. First up, a trip to the scene of historic WWII battles on French soil.

Omaha Beach, NormandyPhoto Credit: Agateller

On 6 June 1944, 160,000 Allied troops took part in the sea and air invasion of Nazi-held Normandy – the greatest amphibious invasion in history. The Americans landed at beaches code-named Utah and Omaha (the scene of the heaviest fighting), while a mostly British and Canadian force took Gold, Juno and Sword beaches to the east.

UK-based Battlefield Tours arranges its own and tailor-made guided visits to the beaches, military cemeteries and other key D-Day locations such as Pegasus Bridge. It is also possible to base trips around the experiences of relatives who fought in the campaign.

How to:

For tours, a guide can pick you up from home or a meeting point in the UK, in a six-seater vehicle. Battlefield Tours can also suggest accommodation to your requirements from local farmhouses to châteaux.

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