Explore ancient battlefield sites and hear stories from the front line on this 2.5-hour First World War tour in northern France. Head into the Argonne Forest, site of fierce fighting between German and Allied forces during WWI. Discover campsites, trenches and tunnels used by the soldiers. Listen as your guide reads diary entries from French and German fighters serving on the front line, and hear tales of their hardships. See hidden communication posts, field hospital sites and canon bunkers, all interconnected during the war of 1914-1918.
WWI battlefield tour in northern France
Walk with a guide to bunkers in the Argonne Forest
Hear tales of soldiers fighting behind the front line
This was not the type of tour we expected with paved paths to the bunkers; monuments, museums, & cemeteries to visit. We hiked in tall grass, up and down hills and walked in the rain. We had mosquito bites and had to check for ticks when we got back to our hotel. Also there was no restuarant nearby to eat afterwards. Our tour guide did read from diaries from soldiers fighting at the time which we enjoyed.
tour of battle of Argonne Forest --sept. oct- 1918
, Jun 2019
Isabelle, our guide, was exceptionally well informed and knowledgeable about the geographic area.. she showed us numerous sites including trenches, bunkers, bomb craters, monuments, and similar. this tour was vigorous and one should be reasonably fit because it requires hiking and climbing, though nothing technical. Isabelle prepared carefully for our tour and ably guided us to the areas about which we were interested. We were very pleased with it. it exceeded expectations greatly.
Beware! this is NOT a easy walking tour. This tour should be sold with a caveat that there is extensive walking, climbing, etc. and meant for those with hearty stamina and energy. The meeting spot was difficult for a US traveller to find - even our hotel in Reims did not know where it was. If you are interested, make sure you phone the guide direct before the tour to learn about the meeting place and the clothes you should wear. Our guide was GREAT, and re-arranged the tour for us when we met, knowing we would not be able to complete the scheduled tour.