• Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 10 hours (approx.)
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Visit the sites of some of the most pivotal American battles in World War I with a day trip to the Picardy region of northern France. Departing from Paris, travel to the historic western front locations of Aisne and Marne with an expert historian guide. Walk among trenches in the Belleau Woods and honor fallen soldiers at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Learn more about the causes and repercussions of the conflict at the Museum of the Great War in Meaux.

Highlights

  • WWI day trip from Paris to Aisne, Marne and Meaux in France’s Picardy region
  • See traces of battle as you explore the site of the deadly Battle of Belleau Wood
  • Pay your respects to fallen American soldiers at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
  • Browse thousands of war-related artifacts at the Museum of the Great War in Meaux
  • Private tour exclusive to only your group

What You Can Expect

Private WWI Day Trip from Paris: Aisne-Marne Battlefields, Belleau Wood and Museum of the Great War

Small-Group WWI Day Trip from Paris: Cote 204 Monument at Château-Thierry

The towns of Aisne and Marne in northern France’s Picardy region were important locations along the western front during World War I and the site of several crucial Allied victories, including the First and Second Battles of the Marne. Your full-day history tour begins with morning pickup at your Paris hotel and an approximately 1.5-hour drive north in a comfortable mini-coach.
Visit the sprawling Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to pay respects to fallen troops, many of them American. Reflect on the human cost of the war as you walk along row upon row of white grave markers and read the names of missing American soldiers at the Memorial Chapel, built atop historic battle trenches.
At nearby Belleau Wood, your historian guide will share stories from one of the deadliest American battles of the war, when US troops fought to prevent the advance of German soldiers toward Paris. Take a walk through the now-serene woods that still bear evidence of the war such as trenches, shell markings and destroyed structures.
Stop in Château-Thierry to visit the Cote 204 Monument commemorating friendship between the United States and France and the contribution of US forces during the war. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant of your choosing (own expense).
Continue on to the town of Meaux, where you’ll delve deeper into WWI history at the Museum of the Great War. Learn more about the causes, costs and outcomes of the conflict and browse more than 50,000 wartime artifacts.
Relax and reflect on the return drive to Paris, where you will be dropped off at the Opéra Garnier in the early evening.

Customer Reviews

Pat E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

We took this tour in June of 2017. It was EXTRAORDINARY. The tour guide was spectacular, gave us a real sense of what it was like on the battlefields. He was a great conversationalist--we loved out time with him--so much so that we have currently reached out to Viator to see if we can book another tour with him, specifically, for 2018. Although, I must say, we are not getting much assistance with this....

Highly, highly recommend! If you truly want to experience the battlefields of the War to End All Wars, a private tour is a must.

grunt3381

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

We were apprehensive to pay private but must say we made the right and most rewarding choice1.This is a trip from the heart! my husband is a retired Marine it meant a lot to us. Our outstanding guide Nicolete was amazing and time was well worth it. He got the key, drank from the fountain, visited the Church, walk thru the Battlefield, and pay respect. History is beyond words, the trip itself is comfortable and the guide well knowledgeable. we got pickup at West Western Hotel and drop at the museum where we had an amazing time at the Museum of the Great War. Both my son and husband was a dream come true.. I will highly recommend it!

Joyce M United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Excellent guide and transportation!

vgbsr

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Excellent trip. Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Walking in Belleau Wood was special. Visiting of the cemeteries for the four different countries was a nice touch.

Jody United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

Wonderful tour and guide. If you can fit this tour into your stay, you will not be disappointed!

Edward P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Excellent tour by Bertrand, a very knowledgeable and helpful guide. May need to return to see other WW I sites in the future. Time well spent!

Brucey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

This tour was amazing! My guide took me everywhere that I personally wanted to go to as well many hidden gems off the tourist track. Definite five stars from me. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!

Alan W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Although Paris and its environs were experiencing singular nonseasonal flooding..our trip came off without a hitch. Bertrand is a warm, humorous, and VERY knowledgeable guide, not to mention an excellent driver. He was great with our 4.5 year old, too - not easy for most tour guides. My wife and son and I were joined by one other gentleman who was on his honeymoon, but took a day while his wife haunted the Champs d'l Eysess to see one of the most famous battlefields in U.S.Marines history....a perfect small group...which allowed a great deal of time to interact with Bertrand and learn from him. Belleau Wood is still filled with shallow trench lines and shell holes, and the monument to the AEF at Chateau-Thierry is spectacular. The day ended with two hours at the WWI museum, which has the largest collection of arms and uniforms in France. All in all, this was a wonderful day!

M.EILER

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour was excellent and the guide was well informed. I was pleased that Viator and its Paris operators allowed the trip to materialize even though I was the only client. I think there should be more marketing of these wonderful tours in the hotels.

william S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

We had a wonderful experience due to our guide ,Bertrand .He made history come alive. His love of his job and his pride in doing the BEST job was clearly evident. Keep Him !

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