Champagne, Argonne & Verdun

About the tour: Champagne, Argonne & Verdun

Tour Introduction

Discover the story of the French Poilus and American Doughboys on this tour which looks at three of the great battlefields of WW1. Starting in the Champagne region, we take a look around Navarin Farm, before moving on to see the American memorial at Sommepy. Moving into the Argonne forest we look at the early stages of the war and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in the area. We complete our tour by looking at the Battlefields of Verdun , visiting Fort Douaumont, with its tunnels, bunkers and shell damage.

Tour Includes

  • 4 nights hotel with continental breakfast
  • Specialist Battlefield Guide
  • Battlefield visits as described
  • Convenient joining points
  • Entrances to museums and places of interest (extra cost)
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Regional departure by coach, then to our hotel in Reims, where we stay for four nights.

Day 2 - Battlefields of Champagne

We travel to our hotel in Reims and start on the battlefields of the Champagne. We visit the area around Navarin Farm, looking at the French attacks here in 1915.

At Sommepy we see the American Memorial and remains of trenches where American forces fought in September 1918.

After lunch we visit the Champagne Museum and visit the amazing trench system at Main de Massiges: this large area of trenches have been reconstructed around original mine craters using experimental archaeology. They offer arguably the most realistic impression of what a WW1 battlefield once looked like.

Included meals: Breakfast

Navarin Farm Memorial

Navarin Farm Memorial (3)

Key Visits

  • Navarin Farm Memorial
  • Sommepy
  • Massiges

Day 3 - Argonne

We travel to the Argonne forest today, looking at the French attacks in this area in the early stages of the war.

After lunch, we see the superb Romagne War Museum, which houses more than 30,000 objects recovered from the nearby battlefields.

We then look at the American Meuse-Argonne Offensive in this area in September 1918 seeing the huge war cemetery with more than 14,000 American graves.

We end at the impressive Montfaucon American Memorial, seeing the battlefield ruins here and looking out the area where America launched its first major battle of the Twentieth Century.

Included meals: Breakfast

Montfaucon American Memorial

Montfaucon American Memorial (3)

Key Visits

  • Romange War Musem
  • Meuse Argonne American Cemetery
  • Montfaucon American Memorial

Day 4 - Verdun

Today we visit the haunting battlefields of Verdun where more than a thousand shells fell per square meter and there were more than 600,000 French and German casualties.

We start at the superb Fleury War Museum and then visit Douaumont French Cemetery and the Ossuary, where the bones of over 120,000 men are laid to rest.

After lunch in Verdun we visit Fort Douaumont, always at the heart of the battle, walking the galleries and tunnels within and going on top of the fort to see the shell damage and bunkers.

We then travel across to the ‘Left Bank’ of the battlefield, seeing the high ground at Mort Homme and Cote 304.

Included meals: Breakfast

Fort Douaumont

Fort Douaumont (5)

Key Visits

  • Fort Douaumont
  • Fleury Museum
  • Douaumont Cemetery
  • Douaumont Ossuary
  • Mort Homme
  • Cote 304

Day 5

Return home.

Included meals: Breakfast

Specialist Battlefield Guides

All of Leger’s battlefield tours are accompanied by specialist guides. Their individual in-depth knowledge of warfare will be informative, as well as enhance your overall experience, as they recreate a fascinating perception of the history and factual events of each battle. Discover the actual catalysts for war, the strategies employed and the final, inevitable outcomes, as well as experiencing the emotional human side of the front line.

Please note: On certain tours, you may get tour guides other that the ones listed below.

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You will stay for four nights at the 3-star Ibis Reims Tinqueux. The hotel is located approx. 3 miles from the centre of Reims. The hotel has 74 comfortable, air-conditioned rooms that have been fully renovated, offering you a stay in a peaceful green setting. The hotel has a small Courtepaille Restaurant and there are numerous dining options within walking distance and the bar, serves snacks and light meals. 

Travel Options

All our coaches and transfer vehicles operate a 'no smoking on board policy'. The use of electronic cigarettes is strictly forbidden.
In the interest of fellow guests, do not take hot food or ice cream on board.
alcohol can only be taken on board our vehicles at the discretion of your driver.

When it comes to getting to the Battlefields, Leger Holidays make it easy, with a selection of travel options for you choose from.

Travel Extras

With an overnight stay or the option to meet us at the interchange, our travel extras allow you to create a travel experience to suit your needs...

Stay overnight near Dover

Why not go the night before your tour for a relaxing start?

You can park for FREE for up to seven days at the Holiday Inn Ashford North and enjoy an overnight stay with English breakfast from just £38 per person (Based on 2 sharing a twin/double room on a B&B basis, subject to availability. Single supplements and terms and conditions apply.) We’ll then collect you from the hotel on the day of departure and return you there at the end of your holiday.

To book this package, please call the hotel on 01233 713333, quoting ‘Leger Holidays’ and your booking reference. If your holiday is longer than seven days you can pay for additional days’ parking. Ask one of our friendly reservations team for more details when you book your holiday

Join coach at Interchange

Join your tour coach at the interchange.

On most tours if you’d prefer to join your tour coach at Stop 24 services, you can park your car in the car park which is accredited by the Park Mark safer parking scheme and is monitored 24 hours a day by CCTV. Payment for the parking is made on arrival using the self-service machines.

Excludes tours to Ireland and the U.K. and tours travelling via Brittany Ferries.

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Call our friendly advisors on: 01709 385 624