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Verdun 1916 and Meuse Argonne 1918 including U.S War Cemetery in Romagne

HIGHTLIGHTS

Day trip from Paris WW1 sites in the greater regions of Champagne and Meuse Argonne.

Discover the 19th Century french bastion « Fort Douamont » and walk through the fort deeps underground galleries

See traces of battle as you explore the WW1 spots of the deadly Battles fought by the « Doughboys » including : « Montfaucon en Argonne and Romagne».

Pay your respects to fallen American Soldiers at the US Meuse Argonne American Military Cemetery

Browse thousands of war-objects collected by « Jean Paul » at the ROMAGNE 14-18 Museum in Romagne

per adult from

$367

AUD

Duration

13 to 14 hours

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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Lunch - Light Lunch (Sandwishes with salad), Soft drink , Coffee
    • Entry/Admission - Fort Douaumont
    • Entry/Admission - Romagne 14-18
    What's excluded :
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Fort Douaumont, 55100 Douaumont France

    Fort Douaumont was the largest and highest fort on the ring of 19 large defensive works which had protected the city of Verdun, France since the 1890s. By 1915, the French General Staff had concluded that even the best-protected forts of Verdun could not resist bombardments from the German 420 mm (16.5 in) Gamma guns .

    The fort, occupied by some 60 French soldiers, was taken without combat by the Germans on February 25, 1916, four days after the beginning of the Battle of Verdun. This event is then celebrated as a great victory in Germany. It will be occupied for 8 months by the German army, which will make it a shelter for its troops and an essential support point on the right bank of the Meuse to continue its offensive.

    Despite several attempts to win back, the fort will only be taken over on 24 October 1916 by french colonial troops (the Morocco Colonial Infantry Regiment and the 43rd Senegalese Tirailleurs Battalion).

    French General Pétain said that it has cost the life of 100000 french soldiers to retake Fort Douamont !

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: L'Ossuaire de Douaumont, 55100 Fleury-Devant-Douaumont France

    The Douamont ossuary is a memorial containing the remains of both French and German soldiers who died on the Verdun battlefield. Through small outside windows, the skeletal remains of at least 130,000 unidentified combatants of both nations can be seen filling up alcoves at the lower edge of the building.

    On the inside of the ossuary building, the ceiling and walls are partly covered by plaques bearing names of French soldiers who died during the Battle of Verdun. It was built on the initiative of Charles Ginisty, Bishop of Verdun. It has been designated a "nécropole nationale", or "national cemetery".

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Stop At: Trench of the Bayonets, Verdun-sur-Meuse, 55100 Verdun France

    Bayonet Trench is a war memorial, however, an unusual memorial.

    The monument consists of a massive concrete slab supported by massive pillars.

    It indeed honours the memory the French soldiers, who were buried alive in their trench after a shell explosion during the Battle of Verdun on June 12, 1916.

    The only clue that led to the discovery of their bodies was the tip of their bayonets sticking out of the ground!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Montfaucon Monument, Rue d_Amerique, 55270 Montfaucon d'Argonne France

    The second part of the day will focus to the « US Meuse Argonne Offensive » led by General of the Armies « John Pershing » (and Commander of The American Expeditionary Forces) from September 26, 1918 until the Armistice of November 11, 1918.

    Impressives war memorial sites such as the «American Monument in Montfaucon » where traces of the war (ruined buildings and shell holes) are still visibles today.

    The Meuse-Argonne American Memorial (Montfaucon American Monument) is an American World War I memorial commemorating "the brilliant victory of the American First Army in the Meuse-Argonne offensive.

    This memorial was built by the American Battle Monuments Commission, a government agency in the USA which also maintains it.

    It has an overall height of 60 metres and is topped by a statue symbolising liberty. It stands opposite the front line occupied by the First American Army on the morning of 26 September 1918 when the attack was launched.

    Visitors can climb up to the observation platform (opening times are displayed outside) from which there is a magnificent view of almost all the ground captured during the offensive, the largest battle in American history at that time.

    Duration: 40 minutes

    Stop At: Romagne 14-18, 2 rue de l Andon, 55110 Romagne-sous-Montfaucon France

    Arriving in « Romagne » After a light lunch you will visit the private war museum and amazing huge collection or war objects (rusty helmets, weapons, glass bottles, soldiers personnal effects, trench tools) found by « Jean Paul » in the fields surrounding his farm in Romagne.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, 55110 Romagne-sous-Montfaucon France

    To end this very moving day and pay tribute to the Fallen soldiers, you will visit the beautiful and very well maintained « Meuse Argonne American Cemetery » which is the largest US Military Cemetery in Europe with more than 14000 graves.

    WW1 American Cemetery

    Within the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial in France, which covers 130.5 acres, rest the largest number of our military dead in Europe, a total of 14,246. Most of those buried here lost their lives during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I. The immense array of headstones rises in long regular rows upward beyond a wide central pool to the chapel that crowns the ridge.

    While walking along row upon row of white grave headstones, your historian guide will share with you stories of soldiers who fought in the vicinities and then were awarded for gallantry the highest miltary decorations.

    Duration: 2 hours

  • Departure Point :
    25 Rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris, France
    Return Detail :
    Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris, France
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

8

Organised by ADRIAN ROADS

Activity ID: V-142334P3

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