• Location: Paris, France
  • Duration: 12 hours (approx.)
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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.

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

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.

Customer Reviews

Vic J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

David O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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!

Gerald E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Amazing and knowledgeable guide, with a thorough understanding of WWI history. Wonderful way to spend a day!

Bob

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 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

Joannpoduska United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

I would give this tour 10 stars! Small group is the best way to experience it. Nicola was a great guide and very knowledgeable. She took the time to help me find my great great uncle's grave and found more information on him for me. She went the extra mile for us when she returned items to our hotel we left on the van.

Barbara G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Fantastic history lesson for a day. Worth every cent

Kevin D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

We had an incredible experience on this tour. First our tour guide Bertrand was highly engaging and extremely knowledgeable. He shared detailed insights about troop movements and where specific items on the battlefields occurred, as well as, background on this region and how it has been critical in European geo-political events. We visited several amazing places such as the former village of Fleury, the Fort of Douamont, the Douamont Ossuary, the French soldiers cemetery, the American soldiers cemetery, and the remains of the village of Montfaucon. I highly recommend this tour.

Daniel C. P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

tour guide was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the subject matter.The tour was very well planned

Josh United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour guide did an outstanding job taking us to the WWI battlefields near Verdun and Meuse-Argonne. Her knowledge of French history and the history of WWI was evident as she explained the context for the sites. It was very moving as an American to see the memorial to the U.S. Army victory at Meuse-Argonne as well as the cemetery. I would certainly recommend this tour to others and would not hesitate to hire this guide again if we decide to visit more battlefields in France. By the way, to answer a question she had for us, the memorials in the U.S. do say 1914-1918, even though we came into the war only at the end. Thanks again!

ecfine

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Our tour, led by Nicola, was an informative and moving experience. Nicola was quite knowledgeable and did a great job putting the various sites in perspective. She also helped me locate my grandfather's grave in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery most efficiently. Nicola also interacted quite well with two small children who were accompanying their parents on the tour. The lunch, in a small village cafe that also displayed WWI artifacts, was delicious, and the site itself was intriguing. I highly recommend this tour to anyone seeking to know more about WWI. It was terrific!

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