WWI & WII Battlefields- France 2014
12 Day Tour
Monday, April 28th- Sunday, May 11th
*Flight not included
What's included in your
- Personal Group Pick Up at Arrival from Paris Airport
- Travel Information Packet upon arrival
- Sightseeing by Private Deluxe/Luxury motorcoach
- Professional Driver
- 2 Guides/Hosts
- Double Occupancy rooms with private bath or shower for 12 Nights
- 11 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners
- All taxes (VAT) and service charges
- Newsletters via email
- We Transfer you to the Paris Airport for Departure
- ALL Tour Visits Listed below (unless noted OPTIONAL)
*You will LEAVE the USA on Monday, April 28th
Arrive in Paris on Tuesday, April 29th- TOUR START DATE
*Travel date back to the USA is Sunday, May 11th
you arrive home on same day.
Departure airport is Paris
World War I
The first American Battles of WW I
Exploring the first actions undertaken independently by the newly arrived American forces in France.
Belleau Wood Battlefield
American and German Military cemeteries.
Chateau-Thierry The American memorial on Cote 204.
American and French battlefields of WW I
the French battlefields of 1916 and the sectors either side from which
the American forces launched their major attacks in the last year of the
war in the Meuse-Argonne and St Mihiel.
Butte De Vauquois. Hilltop
village destroyed by underground mine warfare. With French Memorial
and preserved French and German trenches and large craters caused by
The Kaisers Shelter. Remains of extensive trench system and contains many preserved intricate german bunkers.
The city of Verdun.
The Citadel in Verdun.
The first and most Important fort captured during the battle of
Verdun. It was taken by a handful of German troops and was subsequently
the scene of great actions as the French sought to recapture the fort.
One sealed corridor contains the remains of up to 900 german soldiers
who were killed in an accidental explosion.
Fort De Vaux.
Scene of heroic siege. The defence of the fort by the French garrison
was marked by great heroic acts and incredible endurance and sacrifice.
The Fort was eventually captured by the Germans when the French ran
out of water.
Fort Souville. Its
successful defense was the turning point in the battle of Verdun. At
one stage almost 2 million gas shell were fired at the main entrance
over a 2 day period.
Trench of Bayonets. (Tranchee
des bayonnettes) Preserved trench containing the remains of French
soldiers believed to have been covered by an massive artillery barrage
and whose location was only found after the war by the bayonets which protruded
through the surface. The trench was covered by a massive concrete
memorial to preserve it and you can still see rifle barrels sticking out
of the ground.
The Ossuary and the main French Military Cemetery for Verdun. The Ossuary is a massive memorial to those who died for France in the
battles around Verdun. It contains the remains of thousands
of French soldiers the bones of whom can be seen in small windows at the
rear of the memorial.
The remains of
emplacements, personal shelters and trenches around Thiaumont and the
fortress of Froidterre which are located close to the Ossuary.
The destroyed village of Fleury Devant Douaumon
captured and recaptured more than 16 times by French and German
forces. The remains of 20 French soldiers where discovered here as
recently as last June.
The Museum at Fleury. This museum covers all aspects of the Battle of Verdun.
The Bois Des Caures.
Trenches, bunkers and memorial to Col. Driant as well as his command
bunker. It was here that the German army first attacked Verdun and the remains of
the trenches dug by the French troops the night before the attack can
still be seen.
Mort Homme and Memorial. Scene of numerous battles to capture this important high point. This plateau saw some of the worst fighting around Verdun.
Important high point overlooking the Verdun battlefield, it has many
preserved trenches and a memorial to those who fought and died there.
Sergeant York won his Medal Of Honor. The hill retains trenches and
the machine gun locations which Sergeant York had to overcome when
winning the Medal of Honor.
Montfaucon dArgonne American Memorial and preserved German posts overlooking
American battlefields of the Meuse-Argonne offensive.
The WW I Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery.
near Romagne-sous-Montfaucon. It is the largest American cemetery in
France. The cemetery contains 9 Medal of Honor winners.
Cunel. Location of Medal of Honor action.
Tranchee de la soif . Trench of thirst and memorial near St Mihiel.
The site of the Lost Battalion in the Argonne Forest and Memorial.
Private Museums in Nantillois and Romagne located at the historical site of the US offensive of 1918.
Visiting Airborne and glider landing sites
and related scenes of action which aimed to secure the causeways
leading from Utah beach allowing troops to
disembark and progress inland without facing
St Mere Eglise.
Where airborne forces landed off course from their drop zone into the
middle of the town square which was already surrounded by german troops
assembled there to guard locals as they attempted to put out a fire
in a house beside the church. The house where the fire was is now the
location of the Airborne Museum. A mannequin dressed in full paratroop
gear still hangs each summer from the church tower where 70 years ago
John Steele landed and watched as the carnage unfold below him.
Bullet marks can still be seen on the railings around the square.
St Marie du Mont. Captured
by the 101 airborne. Several bullet holes can be seen on the door of
the one of the church confessionals indicating where one german sniper
attempted to hide unsuccessfully from the airborne troops sent to oust
him from the church tower. Rommel during his inspections of the
Atlantic wall stayed in a manor at the edge of the town.
The Pratt Memorial. Marking
where Brigadier General was Pratt killed when his gilder crashed on D-Day.
We will visit the site of the crash and see the memorial.
General Taylor Commander of the 101st airborne divisional headquarters in a farm house near the town.
101st Memorial commemorating the first allied field hospital in the castle of Colombieres,
Saint Come Du Mont and Dead mans corner. Where the 101st fought a crack German paratroop regiment.
Brecourt Manor. Where
Easy company led by Dick Winters captured 155mm guns firing on Utah
beach. This action was recreated in an episode of Band of Brothers.
La Fiere Bridge. A crucial battle took place at this little bridge. It was vital to
capture this bridge over the Merderet as the vast areas around the drop
zones were flooded by the germans. General Gavin of the 82nd airborne
was tasked with its capture. The site of the battle is dominated by
the Iron Mike paratrooper monument. Further up from the memorial is a
foxhole commemorated as having been the one General Gavin used during
Nearby is the site where Charles DeGlopper of the 82nd airborne won the Medal of Honor.
Gueutteville. The memorial to Fr. Frank Maternowski of the 82nd
airborne chaplain and paratrooper, who was killed by a german sniper
beside where the memorial stands while tending to wounded Americans.
Picauville. C47 memorial to those who perished when their C47 crashed near the village.
The Landing Beaches and German Defences.
Utah Beach Museumand
divisional memorials along the Landing Beach as well as German
pillboxes and bunkers. The museum was built on top of the German
defense point blockhouse W5.
St Marcouf Battery, Crisbecq. German
battery constructed by the Todt organization. It was part of Germanys
atlantic wall fortifications and was one of the most powerful
batteries in the region.
The Azeville Battery
Longues sur Mer. This battery was subjected to heay bombing the night before the
landings. Despite this it fired throughout the day, firing on the ships
situated off Omaha and Gold beaches.
Pointe Du Hoc.
Rangers memorial and German bunkers. Scene of the remarkable action
where the Rangers scaled the high cliffs against strong German
opposition and captured the position only to discover that the heavy
guns had been replaced with dummy guns and the real ones were situated a
few Kilometers inland.
Omaha Beach. Big
Red One memorial, 1st division memorial,The Braves monument. American
landing forces on D-Day suffered their worst casualties here. The
beach was well defended and rough seas and the failure of the DD tanks
to land almost led to a complete disaster.
Omaha Beach Private Museum. An excellent museum with unique finds compiled over years by its founder who only passed away this year.
American Cemetery St Laurent sur Mer.
3 Medal of Honor winners are buried here. Other notable interments
are Theodore Roosevelt and WW1 aviator Quentin Roosevelt both sons of
Teddy Roosevelt. Also 2 of the Niland brothers whose story inspired the
film Saving Private Ryan are buried here.
Arromanches-les-Bains. Where the remains of the Mulberry Harbour can still be seen.
Port en Bessin. Where an underwater pipe was laid between England and France. The pipe
brought fuel to France in the days after the landings. The Underwater
Museum located here contains many items recovered from the sea bed over the years
including tanks, personal belongings, guns and even a torpedo.
La Cambe German Cemetery. One of the largest german cemeteries in France and contains the graves
of many of those killed on the first day of the landings and throughout
the campaign in Normandy. One notable internment is Michael Wittman
the german tank ace who in one day destroyed single handedly an entire
British armoured column at Villers-Bocage.
Normandy Cider and Calvados tasting at a local farm.
Lisieux Visiting the Basillica and the childhood home of St.Therese of Lisieux.
Monets Gardens. Visiting the famous gardens and waterlilly pond in Giverny and explore Monet's house and studio.
___ Optional Tour 1- Belgium.......................................... $77
While located in Verdun there will be a day trip to the Ardennes, in Belgium. Visiting Bastogne held by American forces during the Battle of the Bulge and besieged by german forces until relieved by General Patton. Along the way we will visit Overage La Ferte. It was the first fort of the Maginot Line to be captured during the invasion of Germany into France in May 1940.
We will also visit the Bois Jacques where we will see the original fox holes dug by E company, 2nd battalion of the 506th of the 101st airborne and will visit town of Foy which they attacked from this wood. (Band of Brothers)
We will visit Malmedy crossroads the scene of a massacre of American POWs by German forces during the battle of the bulge.
___ Optional Tour 2- Bayeux...................................... $50
Visit to the medieval town of Bayeux home of the Bayeux tapestry
___ Optional Tour 3- Ouistreham and Pegasus Bridge................$70
A drive down the coast passing Gold, Juno and Swordbeaches and visiting Ouistreham once home to the German E-boats which attacked merchant ships in the English channel. Then onto visit Pegasus bridge captured in a daring attack by troops flown in by glider at night and landing within 100m of the bridge. Also the Merville battery captured against all odds by a depleted and ill equipped glider force.