Small-Group WWI Day Trip From Paris: Aisne-Marne Battlefields, Belleau Wood And Museum Of The Great War

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Immerse yourself in World War I history with a day trip from Paris north to France’s Picardy region. Visit Aisne and Marne, two major parts of the western front where some of the deadliest American battles occurred. See trenches and other traces of battle as you explore Belleau Wood, and pay your respects at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery. Head to nearby Meaux to visit the Museum of the Great War, a moving testament to the scope and tragedy of WWI. Numbers are limited to 18 on this small-group tour, ensuring comfortable mini-coach transport and personalized attention from your guide.


  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Youll 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 Frances 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.
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.
Continue up the hill to Belleau Wood (Bois Belleau), where one of the deadliest battles for the US Marines took place in 1918. This important battlefield is where American soldiers fought valiantly to stop German soldiers from reaching Paris. Take time to walk through the woods to see the traces of the battle, like the trenches, shell holes and ruined buildings that resulted from the heavy fighting.
Your next stop is the Cote 204 Monument at Chteau-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.
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.

Inclusions for Small-Group WWI Day Trip From Paris: Aisne-Marne Battlefields, Belleau Wood And Museum Of The Great War

  • Private tour
  • Transport by Air-Conditioned Vehicle
  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions for Small-Group WWI Day Trip From Paris: Aisne-Marne Battlefields, Belleau Wood And Museum Of The Great War

  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

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Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities.

Not wheelchair accessible

Comfortable walking shoes are recommended

The duration is approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

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  • 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!

  • Excellent guide and transportation!

  • 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.

  • Wonderful tour and guide. If you can fit this tour into your stay, you will not be disappointed!

  • 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!

  • This tour was amazing! My guide took me everywhere that I personally wanted to go to as well many hidden gems off the tourist track. Definite five stars from me. I would do this tour again in a heartbeat!

  • Although Paris and its environs were experiencing singular nonseasonal flooding..our trip came off without a hitch. Bertrand is a warm, humorous, and VERY knowledgeable guide, not to mention an excellent driver. He was great with our 4.5 year old, too - not easy for most tour guides. My wife and son and I were joined by one other gentleman who was on his honeymoon, but took a day while his wife haunted the Champs d'l Eysess to see one of the most famous battlefields in U.S.Marines history....a perfect small group...which allowed a great deal of time to interact with Bertrand and learn from him. Belleau Wood is still filled with shallow trench lines and shell holes, and the monument to the AEF at Chateau-Thierry is spectacular. The day ended with two hours at the WWI museum, which has the largest collection of arms and uniforms in France. All in all, this was a wonderful day!

  • The tour was excellent and the guide was well informed. I was pleased that Viator and its Paris operators allowed the trip to materialize even though I was the only client. I think there should be more marketing of these wonderful tours in the hotels.

  • My husband, sister, brother-in-law, and I, all in our 60's, were 4 of the 8 people on this trip. From the moment he picked us up at our Paris apartment, the guide Berthold? was rude my sister is plump, and he apparently felt this gave him license to treat our group, and especially her, without any consideration.

    My sister's comments: It was lovely to see the WWI places, which were moving and beautiful, especially the cemetery and the battlefield. However, my experience was very much diminished by the extreme rudeness of our guide he insisted that I could not sit in the front seat, although I told him that I get carsick and we could have fit as easily as the man and woman he chose, who were the last to be picked up. The guide's speech to me when I protested his no seat-changing during the trip policy---in which he said I should be a good citizen--made him sound like Robespierre. He was very knowledgeable about all issues related to WWI warfare, but I couldn't stand being near him the rest of the day, and hence I missed a good deal of the information he offered when cigarettes and coffee put him in a better mood. I have never been charged a lot of money to be treated so rudely, and was rather aghast. Not very good business practice!

    On a lesser note, the guide was cavalier to me when I suggested that he let us stay in the museum longer, even though we got dropped back off in Paris before 4 PM, more than an hour before the advertised return time.

  • Bertrand was very knowledgeable and interesting in discussing the WWI sights. The stop for lunch was below average and a new place should be chosen.

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