About the tour: Champagne, Argonne & Verdun

Discover the story of the French Poilus and American Doughboys on this fascinating tour which looks at three of the great battlefields of WW1. Visiting the battlefields of Champagne, Argonne and Verdun, we will visit haunting memorials, vast cemeteries and thought-provoking museums alongside your specialist guide.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient joining points
  • Entrances to museums and places of interest (extra cost)

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Tour Itinerary

Certain excursions are included in the price of your holiday. If you choose not to go on an included excursion, for whatever reason, no refunds will be made.
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    Regional departure by coach, then to our hotel in Reims, where we stay for four nights.

    We travel to our hotel in Reims and start on the battlefields of the Champagne. We visit the area around Navarin Farm, looking at the French attacks here in 1915.

    At Sommepy we see the American Memorial and remains of trenches where American forces fought in September 1918.

    After lunch we visit the Champagne Museum and visit the amazing trench system at Main de Massiges: this large area of trenches have been reconstructed around original mine craters using experimental archaeology. They offer arguably the most realistic impression of what a WW1 battlefield once looked like.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Navarin Farm Memorial
    Navarin Farm Memorial

    Included Highlights

    • Navarin Farm Memorial
    • Sommepy
    • Massiges
    We travel to the Argonne forest today, looking at the French attacks in this area in the early stages of the war.

    After lunch, we see the superb Romagne War Museum, which houses more than 30,000 objects recovered from the nearby battlefields.

    We then look at the American Meuse-Argonne Offensive in this area in September 1918 seeing the huge war cemetery with more than 14,000 American graves.

    We end at the impressive Montfaucon American Memorial, seeing the battlefield ruins here and looking out the area where America launched its first major battle of the Twentieth Century.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Montfaucon American Memorial
    Montfaucon American Memorial

    Included Highlights

    • Romange War Musem
    • Meuse Argonne American Cemetery
    • Montfaucon American Memorial
    Today we visit the haunting battlefields of Verdun where more than a thousand shells fell per square meter and there were more than 600,000 French and German casualties.

    We start at the superb Fleury War Museum and then visit Douaumont French Cemetery and the Ossuary, where the bones of over 120,000 men are laid to rest.

    After lunch in Verdun we visit Fort Douaumont, always at the heart of the battle, walking the galleries and tunnels within and going on top of the fort to see the shell damage and bunkers.

    We then travel across to the ‘Left Bank’ of the battlefield, seeing the high ground at Mort Homme and Cote 304.

    • Included meals: Breakfast
    Fort Douaumont
    Fort Douaumont

    Included Highlights

    • Fort Douaumont
    • Fleury Museum
    • Douaumont Cemetery
    • Douaumont Ossuary
    • Mort Homme
    • Cote 304

    Return home.

    • Included meals: Breakfast


    If you prefer, then you can join the tour at the hotel. To do this, we will require a copy of your passport for identification purposes and you must advise us at the time of booking.

    No reduction will be given if you should choose to do this.

    All hotel rooms benefit from private bathroom facilities.
    Some hotels have tea and coffee making facilities. Please check the tour pages for more information or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Most hotels have a lift, please call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333 for more information.
    Some hotels have ground floor rooms. Please email for information on individual hotels or call our Customer Service Department on 01709 830333.
    Your hotels will supply towels in your room.

    We are unable to guarantee that the hotel will be able to meet your dietary requirements. We find that the majority of European countries do not generally cater for vegetarians and that the meal supplied may well be what everyone else is having minus the meat.

    We will of course endeavour to arrange for a vegetarian meal at the hotel. We do however suggest that you advise us of your dietary requests at the time of booking and recommend that you speak to the receptionist on arrival with regard to your request.

    You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis Reims Tinqueux. The hotel is located approx. 3 miles from the centre of Reims. The hotel has 74 comfortable, air-conditioned rooms that have been fully renovated, offering you a stay in a peaceful green setting. The hotel has a small Courtepaille Restaurant and there are numerous dining options within walking distance and the bar, serves snacks and light meals. 

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