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  • Location: Paris, France
  • Duration:  12 hours (approx.)
Immerse yourself in the history of World War I on this day trip from Paris to Verdun and Meuse-Argonne, the sites of two major WWI battles. Your professional guide will teach you about the tragic, brutal Battle of Verdun and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. Listen to these stories as you visit famous WWI battlefields, cemeteries and landmarks including the Battlefield of Verdun, Douaumont Ossuary, Fort of Douaumont, the Romagne War Museum, the Trench of Bayonets and the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, the largest US cemetery in Europe.

Numbers are limited to 18 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.

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

You’ll be picked up from your Paris hotel in the morning for a drive 2.5 hours east to the region of Meuse to visit Verdun. When you arrive, you’ll see the profound marks that World War I left on the landscape.

Visit the Battlefield of Verdun to learn about the massive Battle of Verdun in 1916, now known as The Hell of Verdun. The human cost of this 300-day battle was horrendous, leaving hundreds of thousands of soldiers dead. Your guide will conjure stories about the battle to give you a real sense of what happened here.

Drive past the London Trench to see where British troops delivered supplies and medical help, and then arrive at the Ossuary of Douaumont, a memorial containing the remains of soldiers who died during the Battle of Verdun.

Then head to Fort Douaumont, the largest and highest fort on the ring of 19 defensive forts protecting the city of Verdun. Your guide will explain how Fort Douaumont was taken over by German troops, shocking the French Army’s structure and setting the stage for the rest of the Battle of Verdun.

The most chilling place among the eerie landscape of Verdun is the Trench of Bayonets, which you’ll visit next. After the war, a line of a dozen bayonets was found protruding from the ground. Experts believe that a German artillery bombardment collapsed the trench, burying the French soldiers.

Leaving Verdun behind, head to the Argonne region for lunch (included) before visiting one of the sites where the infamous Meuse-Argonne Offensive took place in 1918. Discover the part of the battlefields where General Pershing's American Expeditionary Force got involved in the fighting. As you’ll learn, this offensive was a part of the final Allied offensive of WWI that stretched along the entire Western Front.

Nearby, visit the Romagne War Museum to learn about the American and German units that fought in the area around Romagne-sous-Montfaucon during the war. Most of the collection comes from within 2 miles (3 km) of the village, providing an fascinating, intimate up-close look at war’s remains. Afterwards, you can browse the small museum shop for battlefield relics and books.

Your last stop is the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, the largest US Cemetery in Europe with more than 14,000 graves. Located just east of the village of Romagne-sous-Montfaucon, the cemetery contains the largest number of American military dead in Europe, most of whom lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive.

This tour is a sobering and moving experience, giving you a new, enlightened understanding of the plight of American, French and German troops during WWI. At the end of the day, hop back in the minivan and head back to Paris.
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