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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.
  • 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
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.
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Verdun Battlefield
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Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery
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Paris Bus Service Tours
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Paris Trip
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Trench of the Bayonets
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Fort Douaumont
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Richard was an awesome tour guide.
GigglesChuck
, Sep 2019
Richard was an awesome tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and made this trip a lot of fun. He gave us a lot of great information about each stop on the tour. He even was able to look up and see where my husbands relative was buried from WWI.
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Good trip
dianerK6881XS
, Sep 2019
Richard did an outstanding job of pivoting our group around the various WWI places we had come to visit. Very informative and interesting. I would recommend this excursion, in particular Richard , for any upcoming trips.
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Amazing tour
Guide47527977383
, Jul 2019
The WWI tour was fascinating and a huge surprise to find that an area of such great devastation is now a beautiful countryside. Richard from Cambridge was a great guide.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
What you are saying is so true! It also always surprised me to see that an area of such great devastation is now such a beautiful countryside, everytime I go there. Thank you for your words and you comment about Richard, who will really appreciate you having taken the time to share your appreciation with us.
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Trip with older teens
Maps08248990368
, Jul 2019
Excellent day trip with our older teens. Younger teen is very interested in WW1 and our tour guide, Richard, did an great job filling us in on the history of Verdun and Meuse-Argonne. Stop in Reims for snacks/break on the way there and back. Lunch was very good too (met a friendly cat). Definitely will recommend this tour to anyone going to Paris.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you very much for your review. I am glad you and your teens have enjoyed your day in Meuse and Argonne as well as your lunch there. This tour surely is a must do for whoever is interested in WW1. We hope seeing you again on one of our other day-trips to WW1 and WW2 Battlefields. Why not our day-trip to Belleau Wood and Great War Museum in Meaux, on you next visit to Paris! Thank you very much again for recommendating us to others. Arnaud
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Compassionate Guide
aj2day2018
, Jun 2019
Our first trip to Verdun. My brother and I were impressed with the knowledge and feeling our guide projected. (Shame on us for forgetting his name!) He took us throughout the Meuse/Argonne sector; Verdun; Fort Douaumont and Ossuary; and finally to the American Cemetery. For lunch, we ate at a small café/museum, whose proprietor had recovered ALL the thousands of artifacts on display. Fascinating!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Thank you very much Alan for your review. Richard was your guide. He is a great guide and we are glad you enjoyed your tour to Verdun with him, as well as the little Café/Museum located close to the American Cemetery. This place is amazing and Jean-Paul, the proprietor is incredible. Thanks again, Arnaud
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Small-Group WWI Day Trip from Paris: Verdun and Meuse-Argonne Battlefields
Quest24548658570
, Apr 2019
The trip was awesome and the tour guide was wonderful and knowledgeable! I would highly recommend this tour!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thank you very much! Your review really matters to us, and is what makes us work even harder to make sure our guests spend a great time with us. Thanks again, Arnaud
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Excellent tour. We were very lucky...
Vic J
, Dec 2017
Excellent tour. We were very lucky that it was a small seven person tour and we had a very knowledgeable tour guide. I would highly recommend this tour if you are at all interested in WW1 history.
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The guide was phenomenal. The...
David O
, Nov 2017
The guide was phenomenal. The experience far exceeded my expectations. He networked with the duty museum to locate scene of my great uncle's death and the was tenacious in finding the site. This tour is much more extensive than advertised. It allows ample time at each site visited and even includes some sites not advertised. I highly recommend that Americans especially do this excellent tour!
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Amazing and knowledgeable guide, with a...
Gerald E
, Sep 2017
Amazing and knowledgeable guide, with a thorough understanding of WWI history. Wonderful way to spend a day!
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Excellent tour! Our guide, Bertrand...
Bob
, Sep 2017
Excellent tour! Our guide, Bertrand, was extremely knowledgeable and provided intimate details of Verdun and the Meuse-Argonne. And he had a great sense of humor. I'd be delighted to take another tour with him. Thank you, Bob Jester

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