Spend a day in the French countryside exploring World War I history on a day trip to Verdun and Meuse-Argonne from Paris. These two important battlefields help make history come alive, with assistance from a knowledgeable guide. Hear about these famous battles and visit notable landmarks and cemeteries. See the Douaumont Ossuary and Fort of Douaumont, the Romagne War Museum, the Battlefield of Verdun, the Trench of Bayonets and the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial. It's the largest cemetery for fallen American soldiers in all of Europe. Tour group size limited to 18 to ensure personalized attention from your guide.

Highlights

  • Day trip from Paris to WWI sites in Verdun and the greater regions of Meuse and Argonne
  • Hear stories about the Battle of Verdun and Meuse-Argonne Offensive as you visit the actual battlefields
  • Visit other famous WWI sites including Douaumont Ossuary, Fort of Douaumont and the Trench of Bayonets
  • Pay your dues at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, the largest US cemetery in Europe
  • Learn all about the history of WWI from your guide, who’ll answer any questions you have
  • Small-group tour limited to 18 people ensures a more personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group WWI Day Trip from Paris: Verdun and Meuse-Argonne Battlefields

See the London Trench on your tour of the Verdun battlefields

Depart from central Paris and head east toward your first stop in the Meuse region. Along the way, note some of the lasting marks on the landscape that the war left behind.

Your first stop is the Battlefield of Verdun, site of a 300-day-long World War I battle in 1916, known today by its nickname of 'The Hell of Verdun.' Hundreds of thousands of soldiers died here, and your guide will help conjure images of the past to give you an idea of the cost and impact of the battle.

Travel past the London Trench, a point where British Troops delivered medical assistance and much-needed supplies, to your next stop at the Ossuary of Douaumont. The memorial contains the remains of more than 100,000 unknown soldiers – both French and German – who died at the Battle of Verdun.

Next, visit Fort Douaumont, one of the 19 defensive forts circling Verdun built in the 1890s. It's the biggest and tallest of the 19, and during WWI the Germans managed to gain control of it. Listen as your guide explains how this strategic move turned the French military's plan on its head and set the stage for the Battle of Verdun.

Continue your tour to the Trench of Bayonets. A line of 12 bayonets was discovered after the war, sticking out of the ground in what used to be a trench of French soldiers. It's now believed that the Germans bombed the trench, burying the French soldiers where they stood with their bayonets ready.

Take a midday break in Argonne for lunch (included) after leaving the landscape of Verdun, and then visit one of the key points of the 1918 Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Here, you'll see the battlefields where the American Expeditionary Force led by General Pershing first got involved, and how the Meuse-Argonne Offensive was part of the Allies' final push along the whole Western Front.

Visit the Romagne War Museum nearby to see exhibits of war artifacts, the majority of which came from with 2 miles (3 km) of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon. Learn about both the American and German troops who fought here. Enjoy some free time in the museum's gift shop for souvenirs, including battlefield relics.

The last stop on your tour is the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial. More than 14,000 soldiers are buried here, making it the largest US cemetery in Europe. The cemetery is near Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, and the majority of the soldiers buried in it died during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

Return to Paris with a newfound understanding of these key World War I battle sites.

Customer Reviews

Jeff O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A very small group enabled us to ask hordes of questions and learn way more than i was expecting. It also enabled us to be more agile and focus on the aspects of the tour that were most interesting to us. Sebastian was incredibly knowledgeable, he wasn't reciting any script, he knew anything and everything about the events that happened in the area. Will definitely do another tour next time we're in France.

jimcwhit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour guide, Sylvian, was excellent, knowledgeable, perfect English. Van was comfortable with good viewing. The lunch/museum stop was very interesting. We experienced a lot of the tragedy of WWI. We had plenty of time at each location.

Mark L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The Verdun/Meuse Argonne tour was excellent. It covered everything I hoped to cram in in one day. Our driver/guide, Sylvain, was terrific, knowledgeable, engaging and very flexible. If you only have a day to visit these sights, this is e way to go.

Mary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Bertrand was absolutely great. This man know his history.

HOWARD S E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

VERY MOVING EXPERIENCE AT BOTH VERDUN AND THE MEUSE-ARGONNE BATTLEFIELDS. TOUR GUIDE WAS SUPERB AND OUTSTANDING. HE WAS EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGABLE, ARTICULATE AND AN EXCELLENT DRIVER. HE WAS A COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL.

Phillip E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour guide was excellent !!

Ron N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

This was a last minute booking and turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Bertran, our tour guide, was extremely knowledgeable of World War I and the battle sites. Climbing the hills and walking through the trenches gave us a slight idea of what the soldiers went through.

Randy S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Excellent excursion, well-informed leader (Sebastian) with sense of humor and perspective. French and American cemetary sites visits were especially moving.

James M W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

Even though the drive from Paris is over 3 hours, the site is immensely interesting with several stops of great importance to those interested in military history, particularly the first World War. There is no substitute for being on a battleground even after 100 years when little trace remains. The ground is hallowed and you easily can see trench works as well as shell fragments and imagine how devastated it all was after billions of shells were expended here. The cemeteries and ossuaries are a clear reminder of the cost. Our guide, Sebastian, was able to describe much of the strategy and tactics and mistakes made in this long battle as well as the larger war, too. I look forward to my Somme visit in a few days.

Julius R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

This was an excellent tour led by a guide, Sebastian, who had an academic speciality in military history. The French combat zone around Verdun was especially well done, as was the American combat area in the Meuse-Argonne region.

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