Paris and the Champagne Region: Voyage into World War I History a Century Later
Immerse yourself in the history of WWI from Paris to river-side ports, as you explore museums, battlefields and the beautiful landscapes of the Marne Valley and Champagne regions.
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Program No. 21739RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

Almost 100 years ago, near the ancient city of Reims, the German army launched a major offensive known as the Second Battle of the Marne. When the Germans were overwhelmed by a fierce Allied counterattack, it marked the “beginning of the end” of the Great War. On this river voyage, delve into the history of World War I’s Western Front. Plus absorb the stunning natural environments and cultures of the Champagne region and delight in the urban grandeur of Paris.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day; some stairs, cobblestones and other uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Learn about the Battle of Verdun, the Second Battle of the Marne, American heroism at the Battle of Belleau Wood and more.
  • Explore the historical heart of Paris and visit Les Invalides, a former hospital for soldiers that now houses the Museum of the French Army.
  • Discover picturesque vineyards along the famous Champagne Wine Route and hear the story of the French monk Dom Perignon.
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Amale Bourhim
Born in France, Amale Bourhim holds a master's degree in art history from the Sorbonne in Paris. She is a top-rated certified expert in national museums and monuments in France and can speak six languages. Having lived in the U.S. and Australia, Amale has lectured on art extensively and once enjoyed a career as a journalist for Australian publications. She is the author of a book on art appreciation and created a kit on the art of the Louvre museum for kids.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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