Nourishing the lush vineyards of northeastern France is a soil storied and shattered by two of the 20th century’s most significant battles. Join the National WWI Museum and Memorial in treading through the hallowed forests and hollowed grounds of Verdun and St. Mihiel Salient, their ruins relics of the endurance of Franco-American fraternité. The 2022 Battlefield Tour will be led by Clive Harris and Mike St Maur Sheil.
- Pick up and drop off in Paris (Charles DeGaulle Airport), coach, driver,
- Exclusive Museum and Memorial archival insights and 2 guides throughout tour
- All entry fees to museums
- 5 nights half board accommodation
- 2 evening meals
- Limited participant size (MV: you had better wording… boutique?)
It does not include:
- Flights to and from Paris
- Lunches and dinners unless included on the itinerary
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The tour is limited to a maximum of 30 passengers and will focus on
Verdun & the St Mihiel Salient, initially based in the nearby Hotel Tulipier, after a visit to the French National World War Museum at Meaux, the opening phase of of this tour will feature a detailed study across the shattered landscape of Verdun enabling us to reach areas that are not accessible to traditional coach parties, among the sites visited we will see the Voie Sacre, Verdun centre, Col Driants Command Post, the destroyed village of Beaumont and Fluery alongside the fotresses at Froideterre, Fort Vaux, Fort Douaumont and Fort Souville.
We then move to the St Mihiel Salient area to the south to study the American battlefields of 1918 which are all too rarely visited. Here, the well preserved nature of the bunkers and extensive trench systems enable an appreciation and understanding of trench warfare not generally possible on other sectors of the Western Front where such relics have been erased. They are hugely significant as they show how the determination of the AEF to win at all costs drove its steep and costly learning curve to encouraged extraordinary actions and individual acts of remarkable courage and battle-craft.