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WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris

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icon10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
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
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Overview

Visit the sites of some of the most pivotal American battles in World War I with a day trip to the Picardy region of northern France. Departing from Paris, travel to the historic western front locations of Aisne and Marne with an expert historian guide. Walk among trenches in the Belleau Woods and honor fallen soldiers at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Learn more about the causes and repercussions of the conflict at the Museum of the Great War in Meaux.
  • WWI day trip from Paris to Aisne, Marne and Meaux in France’s Picardy region
  • See traces of battle as you explore the site of the deadly Battle of Belleau Wood
  • Pay your respects to fallen American soldiers at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery
  • Browse thousands of war-related artifacts at the Museum of the Great War in Meaux
  • Private tour exclusive to only your group
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Private tour
Transport by Air-Conditioned Vehicle
Professional guide
Food and drinks, unless specified
Gratuities

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: On specific arrondissements, Complimentary pick-up is offered for this tour/activity:

Kindly note that accommodation must be centrally located in Paris with postal / zip code 75001, 75002, 75003, 75004, 75005, 75006, 75007, 75008, 75009, 75010, 75011, 75012, 75013, 75014, 75015, 75016, 75017, 75018.

No pick up or drop off can be accommodated for the for postal / zip code from 75019, 75020

Address: Please note: Complimentary pick-up is offered for this tour/activity. To benefit from this service you must either provide us with the name of your accommodation in Paris at the time of reservation or alternatively contact Paris TRIP at:

• Locally on 01 42 12 86 76
• Internationally on +33 1 42 12 86 76

at least 48 Hour(s) prior to your tour/activity date to confirm the exact pick-up location. If you are not arriving within the specified time frame, please contact Paris Trip prior to your travels, or immediately upon arrival at your destination.

The towns of Aisne and Marne in northern France’s Picardy region were important locations along the western front during World War I and the site of several crucial Allied victories, including the First and Second Battles of the Marne. Your full-day history tour begins with morning pickup at your Paris hotel and an approximately 1.5-hour drive north in a comfortable mini-coach.

Visit the sprawling Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to pay respects to fallen troops, many of them American. Reflect on the human cost of the war as you walk along row upon row of white grave markers and read the names of missing American soldiers at the Memorial Chapel, built atop historic battle trenches.

At nearby Belleau Wood, your historian guide will share stories from one of the deadliest American battles of the war, when US troops fought to prevent the advance of German soldiers toward Paris. Take a walk through the now-serene woods that still bear evidence of the war such as trenches, shell markings and destroyed structures.

Stop in Château-Thierry to visit the Cote 204 Monument commemorating friendship between the United States and France and the contribution of US forces during the war. Take a break for lunch at a local restaurant of your choosing (own expense).

Continue on to the town of Meaux, where you’ll delve deeper into WWI history at the Museum of the Great War. Learn more about the causes, costs and outcomes of the conflict and browse more than 50,000 wartime artifacts.

Relax and reflect on the return drive to Paris, where you will be dropped off at the Opéra Garnier in the early evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Belleau
You’ll be picked-up by your guide at your central Paris Hotel in the morning and get taken on a 1.5-hour drive north to Belleau, a village in France’s Picardy area that, together with Marne, made up one of the major (and now most famous) parts of the western front during World War I. Many important battles took place in this region, including the First Battle of the Marne and the Second Battle of the Marne, which developed into a significant Allied victory.
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Aisne Marne American Cemetery
Start with a visit to the 42-acre (17-hectare) Aisne-Marne American Cemetery to pay tribute to the American troops who fought in the Aisne and Marne area. Wander around the cemetery and visit the Memorial Chapel – built on top of front-line battle trenches, here you can see the names of 1,060 missing American soldiers.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Chateau-Thierry Monument
Your next stop is the Cote 204 Monument at Château-Thierry, which represents the friendship between France and the US and commemorates the achievements of US forces in this region during WWI. This monument stands high above the beautiful Marne Valley and Champagne vineyards, offering beautiful views for you to enjoy.
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Historial de la Grande Guerre
Take a break for lunch on your own before continuing to Meaux to learn more about WWI history. Your guide will take you to the Museum of the Great War to show you fascinating remnants from the war. See 50,000 war-related objects from many of the countries involved in WWI, giving you a deeper understanding of the worldwide dimensions of the conflict. After your time in the Museum of the Great War, board your private (minibus or car) for a calm, reflective ride back to Paris, arriving at your hotel around 5:30pm.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • The duration is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Paris TRIP

If you cancel at least 3 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris.

Traveler Tips


  • "I highly recommend this tour if you can have the expert knowledge of Max." See review

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WWI Belleau wood Battlefield and History
wrah3
, Sep 2019
Our driver and guide, Regis Piteux, was extremely knowlegeable as well as personable. He went over and above our expectations.
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World War I sites
shdrf
, Jul 2019
Our tour leader was Max and he was very interesting. It was a very relaxed day as we visited war sites, cemeteries and museums with United States relevance. Max made the battle fields come alive with his vast knowledge of history. I highly recommend this tour if you can have the expert knowledge of Max.
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Excellent Tour
Wander42866
, Jun 2019
Nicola was an absolutely amazing guide. She was so knowledgeable and friendly. She gave us great information and history and offered suggestions for stops that we hadn’t been aware of. She also recommended a spot for lunch that was fantasic food, (my husband is still trying to find a Croque Madame he likes as much). This is a nice/quiet/peaceful tour. It has great information and museums, under appreciated areas and just an overall great day to be spent in the area. If you appreciate history, I recommend this one.
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Nicola was very knowledgeable and a...
herseymason
, Oct 2018
Nicola was very knowledgeable and a wonderful tour guide. She gave us in-depth knowledge of the areas we visited and provided great insight. We had lunch a wonderful spot that didn't have many tourists. We enjoyed our day very much and it was the highlight of our time in Paris. thank you!
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On August 1, 2018 my sister and I...
Roberts M
, Aug 2018
On August 1, 2018 my sister and I booked a tour of the 2nd Marne World War I battlefields with Nicola. Our goal was to follow in our grandfather's footsteps, an American soldier with the U.S. 4th Division, who was wounded twice during the 2nd Battle of the Marne. This was a private centennial tour and I cannot say enough good things about our tour guide Nicola. She was friendly and very knowledgeable about the military affairs of the First World War. She provided background and explained the causes of the conflict on the drive east from Paris. We visited Belleau Wood and walked through the lines of the U.S. Marines, paid our respects at a small British cemetery and the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, grabbed a quick lunch at Chateau Thierry, and stopped at several war memorials and monuments. Nicola was well versed in the interpretations and answered all our questions. What was most important to us was to locate the positions where our grandfather fought and was wounded. Nicola was very flexible and joined our quest to go off the beaten track a bit and we were successful in finding the two areas where he was wounded. This meant so much to us. We finished the tour at the Museum of the Great War in Meaux. It was a very full and emotionally satisfying day and we have Nicola to thank. We give her our highest recommendation.
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We took this tour in June of 2017. It...
Pat E
, Feb 2018
We took this tour in June of 2017. It was EXTRAORDINARY. The tour guide was spectacular, gave us a real sense of what it was like on the battlefields. He was a great conversationalist--we loved out time with him--so much so that we have currently reached out to Viator to see if we can book another tour with him, specifically, for 2018. Although, I must say, we are not getting much assistance with this.... Highly, highly recommend! If you truly want to experience the battlefields of the War to End All Wars, a private tour is a must.
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We were apprehensive to pay private but...
grunt3381
, Jan 2018
We were apprehensive to pay private but must say we made the right and most rewarding choice1.This is a trip from the heart! my husband is a retired Marine it meant a lot to us. Our outstanding guide Nicolete was amazing and time was well worth it. He got the key, drank from the fountain, visited the Church, walk thru the Battlefield, and pay respect. History is beyond words, the trip itself is comfortable and the guide well knowledgeable. we got pickup at West Western Hotel and drop at the museum where we had an amazing time at the Museum of the Great War. Both my son and husband was a dream come true.. I will highly recommend it!
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Excellent trip. Guide was excellent...
vgbsr
, Jul 2017
Excellent trip. Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. Walking in Belleau Wood was special. Visiting of the cemeteries for the four different countries was a nice touch.
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Wonderful tour and guide. If you can...
Jody
, Apr 2017
Wonderful tour and guide. If you can fit this tour into your stay, you will not be disappointed!
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Excellent tour by Bertrand, a very...
Edward P
, Sep 2016
Excellent tour by Bertrand, a very knowledgeable and helpful guide. May need to return to see other WW I sites in the future. Time well spent!
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