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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

C E M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Two battles not visited by the English speaking world as Verdun was a largely French-German battle but everyone should visit this area to see the scale of the of the longest battle of WWI. There are still clearly visible signs of the war along with the Ossuary and Fort Douamont both being visited. The visit to the Meuse-Argonne area, where the US did the fighting in late 1918 was also poignant especially seeing the dates 9th, 10th and 11th November 1918 as the date of death for many of the men there on both actual tombstones as well as the wall of the missing. The lunch stop was well chosen as a lovely spot in a small village with its own museum.

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

A full day with lots to see. Our driver/guide Sylvain was excellent. With a small group, we had a more intimate tour. 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Verdun so this was an opportune time to see the city of Verdun, the Battlefields, lost villages destroyed by the fighting, and the American cemetery. The lunch stop was in a small village. Although it was a light lunch, the portions of sandwiches or salads were huge. We ate outdoors and were able to visit the small museum while our food was being prepared. Highly recommended!

Shirley F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was a fabulous tour. The guide was excellent for many reasons...he had good knowledge of the area and was not overbearing in his manner. He gave the war and places a human face. The pace was excellent.
The provided lunch and its location was amazing!

Ashley T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

It was incredible. Saw a lot, learned a lot. Our guide was great. Would recommend to everyone.

Lynda T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The trip was both informative and enjoyable. Our guide, Sylvain, was knowledgeable and so willing to answer any and all questions. We would recommend this trip with Sylvain to anyone interested in these WW1 sites.

Jeff O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

A very small group enabled us to ask hordes of questions and learn way more than i was expecting. It also enabled us to be more agile and focus on the aspects of the tour that were most interesting to us. Sebastian was incredibly knowledgeable, he wasn't reciting any script, he knew anything and everything about the events that happened in the area. Will definitely do another tour next time we're in France.

jimcwhit

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tour guide, Sylvian, was excellent, knowledgeable, perfect English. Van was comfortable with good viewing. The lunch/museum stop was very interesting. We experienced a lot of the tragedy of WWI. We had plenty of time at each location.

Mark L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

The Verdun/Meuse Argonne tour was excellent. It covered everything I hoped to cram in in one day. Our driver/guide, Sylvain, was terrific, knowledgeable, engaging and very flexible. If you only have a day to visit these sights, this is e way to go.

Mary L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Bertrand was absolutely great. This man know his history.

HOWARD S E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

VERY MOVING EXPERIENCE AT BOTH VERDUN AND THE MEUSE-ARGONNE BATTLEFIELDS. TOUR GUIDE WAS SUPERB AND OUTSTANDING. HE WAS EXTREMELY KNOWLEDGABLE, ARTICULATE AND AN EXCELLENT DRIVER. HE WAS A COMPLETE PROFESSIONAL.

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