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Visiting World War I Battlefields From Paris

Visiting World War I Battlefields From Paris

Many travelers go to Normandy to see World War II sites, but taking in World War I battlefields and memorials is also a popular option from Paris. Whether you choose a single-day introduction or an in-depth multi-day tour, here are your options.

Small-Group Day Trips

These tours offer a personalized experience when touring historical World War I sites near Paris. Day tours visit several locations in one region, such as Somme, Aisne, and Marne in Picardy, Verdun in the Meuse department, or Ypres across the border in the Flanders region of Belgium. You can expect a two- to three-hour scenic drive to reach the sites, a midday break for lunch, and informative commentary from your guide throughout the trip. Special tours take place for commemorative events such as ANZAC Day, an Australian day of remembrance.

Multi-Day Tours

Spending two or more days visiting World War I sites allows you to take your time touring each site for a more immersive experience. An overnight tour in the Belgian city of Ypres includes a visit to Menin Gate for an evening Last Post ceremony honoring military heroes from the Great War, while longer multi-day tours head all over northern France and Belgium to visit a range of sites and offer free time for travelers to explore on their own.

Things to Know

  • The main WWI sites near Paris are between 60 miles (100 km) and 170 miles (275 km) away by road. 

  • Ride in a comfortable minivan or bus through the countryside of France to reach the sites, a journey that can take from one to three hours depending on the destination.

  • Full-day tours generally last between 10 and 13 hours, so prepare for a long day. 

  • Tours stop regularly for rest breaks and photo ops, with most also including an hour or more for lunch.

  • Bring clothing that can accommodate variable weather conditions and suitable walking shoes.

Sites to See

  • In theSommedepartment, visit the Danger Tree at Hamel, the immense Lochnagar Crater, and the Somme Trench Museum, which features wartime tunnels that display war artifacts such as uniforms and photographs.

*Verdunis home to the Romagne War Museum and the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, where more than 14,000 US soldiers are buried, making it the largest American cemetery in Europe.

*Aisne and Marnehouse the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery, the Museum of the Great War in Meaux, and Belleau Wood, one of the war’s most famous battlegrounds.

  • In theYpresarea in Belgium, you'll find the Flanders Field Museum, the Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial, John McCrae's Essex Farm site, the Langemark German Cemetery, and Vancouver Corner, a memorial to Canadian soldiers.
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WWI Small-Group Day Trip Somme Battlefields with John Monash Centre from Paris

WWI Small-Group Day Trip Somme Battlefields with John Monash Centre from Paris

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Pay your respects to French and British military history on a full-day tour of the Somme battlefields. Walk on the sites where one of the bloodiest battles in history was fought during World War I, while learning about the battle’s causes and repercussions from your historian guide. See the Delville Wood cemetery where thousands of fallen soldiers were laid to rest, and visit several war memorials and the Historial Great War museum in Peronne. Numbers are limited to eight for a personalized and informative tour.
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  • 11 hours
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WWI Small-Group Day Trip with Verdun & Meuse-Argonne Battlefields from Paris

WWI Small-Group Day Trip with Verdun & Meuse-Argonne Battlefields from Paris

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Spend a day in the French countryside exploring World War I history on a day trip to Verdun and Meuse-Argonne from Paris. These two important battlefields help make history come alive, with assistance from a knowledgeable guide. Hear about these famous battles and visit notable landmarks and cemeteries. See the Douaumont Ossuary and Fort of Douaumont, the Romagne War Museum, the Battlefield of Verdun, the Trench of Bayonets and the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial. It's the largest cemetery for fallen American soldiers in all of Europe. Tour group size limited to 18 to ensure personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 12 hours
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WWI Private Day Trip with Belleau Wood & Museum of the Great War from Paris

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

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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.
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  • 10 hours
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$568.79
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WWI Private Day Trip with Ypres Salient Battlefield in Flanders from Paris

WWI Private Day Trip with Ypres Salient Battlefield in Flanders from Paris

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Travel to Belgian Flanders on a day trip from Paris to explore the Ypres Salient, site of many World War I battles. Pay your respects at the Tyne Cot Cemetery and St Julien Memorial, where thousands of soldiers who died defending the area were laid to rest. Tour the well-known battle site at Hill 60. Visit the Menin Gate Memorial and then enjoy time to discover the town of Ypres on your own.
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  • 12 hours
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$853.19
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Somme and Ypres Battlefields WWI 2-Day Trip from Paris

Somme and Ypres Battlefields WWI 2-Day Trip from Paris

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Explore World War I history on location in Belgium and northern France on a 2-day tour from Paris. Visit important battlefields, war memorials and national cemeteries during a tour from Paris to the Ypres Salient and Somme, in which some of the war's deadliest battles occurred. Travel with a knowledgeable guide to battle sites such as Pozières and Hill 60, the Tyne Cot Cemetery, the Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial and the Lochnagar Crater. Attend an evening Last Post ceremony in Ypres. Spend the night in a 3-star Lille hotel, breakfast included. Group size limited to 12 for a more personalized tour.
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  • 2 days
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