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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.
Excellent excursion, well-informed leader (Sebastian) with sense of humor and perspective. French and American cemetary sites visits were especially moving.
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.
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.
Tour guide was great. We learned a great deal. american Cemetery was moving!!
Bertrand, our host and tour guide, should be a designated French national treasure. Our knowledge of the Great War improved ten-fold before we even arrived at Verdun due to his careful scene-setting in terms of the geo-political history of the region, the local culture, and the every-day lives of the French people during that era. And the passion and insight he shared throughout his tour of the various sights helped us understand the impact of the war in a deep and personal way. Bertrand managed all the details of the day, leaving us to enjoy the ride and rich, deep dialogue he engaged us in. We spent nine days in Paris, and this day is arguably the one that leaves us with the longest-lasting impression.
The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He made the trip interesting. There was more walking than expected, I would not recommend this trip for anyone with mobility issues. We had 6 on our tour in a small van which was very crowded, I feel the trip was over-priced for what was received.