Battlefields tour

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Itinerary Highlights

Following our morning arrival in Paris we’ll board our private coach. Traversing the beautiful French and Belgian countryside we’ll visit…

  • Belleau Wood – site of famous U.S. Marine Corps battle in 1918

  • Franco-American Forces Memorial (Hill 204) overlooking the River Marne

  • Castle ruins of Château de Fère (XIIIe)

  • Grave of American poet, Sgt. Joyce Kilmer (Trees and Rouge Bouquet), killed in action in 1918

  • Crash site of Lt. Quentin Roosevelt, son of President Theodore Roosevelt, killed in action in 1918

  • Reims Cathedral – coronation site of the kings of France

  • Argonne Forest front-line trenches and bunkers

  • American “Lost Battalion” site, Sgt. Alvin York memorial, German Crown Prince headquarters

  • The lost village of Vauquois and site of Capt. Harry Truman’s Western Front service

  • Meuse-Argonne Cemetery – wreath laying at America’s largest military cemetery in Europe

  • Front-line trenches and shell craters at Morte-Homme (Dead Man) Hill

  • Front-line trenches and bunkers at Bois de Caures and Fort Douaumont

  • The hallowed Ossuaire housing the unidentified remains of 130,000 French and German soldiers

  • Newfoundland Memorial Park front-line trenches and memorials

  • Thiepval Ridge and British Memorial to Missing (73,000)

  • The Lochnagar mine crater, Delville Wood, and High Wood

  • Grave of Lt. John Kipling (Irish Guards), only son of Rudyard Kipling, killed in action in 1915

  • Ploegsteert Wood – site of Winston Churchill’s ‘Western Front’ service in 1916

  • Trenches, bunkers, tunnels, and mine craters at Hill 60, Sanctuary Wood, and Messines Ridge

  • Essex Farm – site where Col. John McCrae wrote his famous poem, In Flanders Fields

  • Tyne Cot – largest British military cemetery in the world and Memorial to Missing (35,000)

  • Menin Gate British Memorial to Missing (54,000) – Last Post and wreath laying ceremony

  • Arromanches – Mulberry Harbor, German gun batteries

  • Omaha Beach pill-boxes, memorials, and museum

  • Omaha Beach American Cemetery – wreath laying ceremony

  • Cliffs at Pointe du Hoc; Utah Beach; and Ste.-Mère-Église

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