Learn about the key stories, the course, the battles, the impacts of the generals' strategy, their interactions and issues, the weather conditions, the equipment of the French soldiers vs. the German troops, the Parisian "taxis of the Marne" episode etc. plus a few figures and indications of who is who, leaving time for some silence to reflect.
You will be able to spend the day visiting WW1 memorial sites and cemeteries or we can select the most important one or those of your choice and including a champagne house visit and tasting in the middle and possibly at the end of the day depending on where we are dropping you off, for example if we drop you off in Reims you have the choice of visiting the Surrender Museum or Saint Remy or the famous Cathedral de Notre Dame.
This tour theme can be adapted to a 5hr highlights around Chateau Theirry or an overnight tour covering more sites and more champagne producer visits.
▸ Dormans to see the Battles of the Marne Memorial
▸ Belleau Wood/Cemetery Aisne-Marne
▸ American Cemetery
▸ Oise-Marne cemetery(in Seringes et Nesles
▸ Memorial Quentin Roosevelt's Fountain
▸ British/German Cemeteries near Chaumuzy
▸ The Surrender museum in Reims, Saint Remy, Cathedral
▸ Tasting Visit - Single Tasting around 10€pp / Multi Tastings around 18-20€pp
Your guide Isabelle is an expert in World War 1 Memorials of the Marne Valley as well as a champagne tour guide. In addition to classical information source your guide Isabelle has gathered from local sources and families.
Isabelle will adapt your tour according to your origin country, perspective, expertise and the context of your visit. She can also provide this tour in English French and German.
The distance between each site is used as an opportunity for additional stories about the champagne producers' experience of the war, the specific experience of each village, and for to answer specific questions you may have.
▸ 09:30 Pick Up Reims or Épernay
▸ 10:00 Memorial of the Battles of the Marne & Chapel
▸ 11:30 Champagne Cellar Visit and Tasting at Dom Caudron
▸ 13:00 Lunch
▸ 15:00 Belleau Wood OR WW1 Aisne-Marne cemetery
▸ 16:00 American Monument Château-Thierry
▸ 17:00 Options depending on drop off point
▸ 17:30 End of tour
We find a visit to champagne producer is a nice way to break up the day and have tour-head our partner Dom Caudron as they offer mutiple tasting options from triple tastings, champagne and chocolate or a 6 glass tasting to compare a wide range of styles and still wines.