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Ossuaire de douaumont in Verdun, France

WWI Battlefields of Verdun

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Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM - Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2:30 PM (PDT)

WWI Battlefields of Verdun

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Ticket Type Remaining Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Early-bird 25 Tickets Ended €80.00 €5.22
Adult ticket: regular 25 Tickets Ended €95.00 €5.98
Children ticket: regular 10 Tickets Ended €55.00 €3.97
Lunch (€22 to be paid directly to the restaurant) 25 Tickets Ended Free €0.00

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As long as there are tickets available you can book your tickets for this amazing history trip. For participants, you can click here to find all information for the trip.

Verdun, a 2000-year old small city in Northern France on the river Meuse, is often called the Capital of the Great War. In the words of Guy Pedroncini, a French historian: “Verdun is the symbol and the apogee of World War I. It is undoubtedly the only name that will still be remembered in centuries to come.” During the Battle of Verdun in February 1916, over a period of just a few months more than 300,000 French and German soldiers died on the front lines.

Just like the Somme Valley and West Flanders, Verdun suffered years of heavy fighting between the Allied and German forces. During this full daytrip we go back 100 years in history to learn about the sacrifices that were made on these battlefields by the French, American and Commonwealth armed forces, as well as the German soldiers.  We discover how one century later the memories to those who gave their lives for freedom are still kept alive.

We depart from Place Schuman at 7h00. We know this is very early, but for such a trip the only possibility. It is a long drive to this part of Northern France and we simply don’t want to miss any of the major sites. We make a second stop close to Metro Delta. We travel with a 4* luxury coach, with reclining comfort seats, foot rests, lots of leg space, a DVD system with several flatscreens and an on-board toilet. During the trip you will be served some drinks (juice and water) and some snacks. To comply with E.U. regulations two professional drivers are with us for the entire day. After a short restroom- and coffee stop on the highway we continue to our first destination in Romagne-sous-Montfaucon.

In this little town we visit the final resting place of over 14,000 American soldiers, who died mostly in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive, at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, the larges U.S. cemetery in Europe. The graveyard includes two Medal of Honor awardees. An official guide from the American Battle Monuments Commission shows us around and tells us about the history of the cemetery and the final deadly offensive in the fall of 1918. We also make a quick stop at the Montfaucon Memorial that is just a few kilometers down the road. Behind the monument there is a famous ruined church.

At noon we head for the memorial sites around Douaumont. We first have a nice and affordable group lunch. This is optional but strongly recommended as there are no other lunch options here (no restaurants, no supermarkets). We meet here with a professional local guide for the afternoon program and start with a visit to the Bayonets Trench, a mass grave of the French 137th Infantry Regiment. We learn about the bone chilling story behind this eerie place.

Our next destination concerns the imposing Ossuaire de Douamont that contains the remains of over 130.000 unidentified French and German soldiers. Right in front of the memorial lies the Douaumont cemetery, the largest French World War I cemetery and final resting place of 16.142 French soldiers.

Not far away we find the Fort Douaumont, the highest of the many defensive forts in the area around Verdun. We enter the fort with our guide to learn about the easy fall of this concrete structure in 1915 and the recapturing in 1916. And finally we visit the ghost village of Fleury-devant-Douaumont to get a visual idea of the destruction that took place on these battlefields.

After our battlefields tour we finally arrive in Verdun. You have some time to look around this small town, have a drink in a bar or a bite before we return to Brussels. Our scheduled arrival time is estimated at 23h30 (last year we arrived at this time on the dot!).

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Verdun

Verdun
France

Friday, June 12, 2015 at 10:00 PM - Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 2:30 PM (PDT)


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