with Champagne cellar visit & tasting
Small Group Tour
Take an unforgettable day trip from Paris and retrace the steps of the U.S. troops who fought in France during WWI. On this tour you’ll visit the famous Belleau Woods where the US Marine Corps forged its reputation as Devil Dogs, sip some Champagne, explore the little country town of Chateau-Thierry, and pay your respects to many fallen heroes at two important US cemeteries.
On this tour you’ll learn all about the US involvement in France during WWI. Your expert guide will share details about the training of the troops, their deployment in France, and all of their most important battles. You’ll visit notable memorials and hear the personal stories of the brave men who fought in the trenches and fell in France. You’ll also be able to attend the Taps ceremony at Belleau Woods cemetery.
The US portion of the western front was located in the beautiful Champagne region of France. There, winemakers have been making their famous sparkling wine for over 300 years. It would be a shame to visit this lovely region of France without experiencing its local charm. So our day trip also includes a visit to a local Champagne house. There you’ll learn about the process of making Champagne and, of course, taste some of this famous sparkling wine.
Meet with your guide in central Paris and take a drive through the French countryside to the Champagne Region. You’ll ride in comfort in our brand new, luxury, minibus with leather seats and A/C. You’ll enjoy the scenery as you get to know your guide and the other people on this small group day trip. The drive itself will last about an hour and twenty minutes.
Your first stop of the day will be at the Oise-Aisne American Cemetery. Here just over 6000 Americans rest in peace. During your tour of the cemetery you’ll learn about why WWI broke out, how it became “the war of the trenches”, and why the US joined the war in 1917. Not far from the cemetery is the crash site of Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest son, Quentin Roosevelt. We’ll make a special stop at his crash site to commemorate this remarkable young man.
For lunch there will be an hour long break in the charming little town of Chateau-Thierry. There you’ll be able to wander the little streets and choose to eat at one of the dozen great cafés, restaurants, or bakeries that suit your taste and budget. After lunch there will be a visit to a famous house of Champagne where you will tour the grounds and learn about the Champagne making process!
Your guide will give you a good introduction to Champagne, how it differs from other white wines, and why it tastes so good. After a full visit of the13th century wine cellar you’ll participate in a tasting of their most famous cuvée. If the weather allows it your guide will then take you onto the dirt paths of the vineyards while on your way to the Château-Thierry American Monument that overlooks the Marne river.
The impressive Chateau-Thierry American Monument (also known as the American Aisne-Marne Memorial) stands high on the “Hill 204”. From this vantage point you’ll see many important battle sites and learn about them as your guide shares detailed maps and attack plans with you. Inside of the monument itself you’ll visit a newly opened museum that highlights the history of those who fought in the Second Battle of the Marne.
Afterwards, your guide will lead you to the site of the U.S. Marine Corps most fiercely fought battle; Belleau Woods. You’ll walk through Belleau Woods seeing what remains of the trenches they fought in and visit the humble US Marine Monument. Then you’ll visit the tranquil Aisne-Marne cemetery at the bottom of the woods where you will participate in the Taps ceremony before heading back to Paris.
Max. 8 pers. per tour
All of our tours are commented in English
Back in Paris around 7PM
Dates & Times
April to October
Monday + Saturday at 7AM
1 Place Saint-Michel
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For the USA in WWI : Belleau Wood Day Trip from Paris, you will meet with your driver-guide outside of 1 Place Saint-Michel in Paris.
Frequently Asked Questions
We allow you to cancel, for any reason, up to 24 hours before the start of your tour. It’s easy to cancel just send us an email then we’ll give you a full refund.
If you fail to email with your cancellation at least 24 hours before the tour starts then we will not be able to provide you with a refund.
We accept children that are at least 7 years old on this tour. While this tour’s content was not planned out with kids in mind we do allow children that are aged at least 7 years old to join it with one of their parents. Kids younger than 7 years cannot join this tour as we do NOT have the suitable baby/child seats for them to ride in that are required by European law.
There is no legal drinking age in France for minors who drink under the supervision of a parent. It is illegal to allow a minor to become inebriated (drunk). The legal age to buy alcohol is 18.
We are committed to giving you the best experience possible, in case the tour you took with us didn’t meet your expectation we are happy to give a full refund as long as you participated in the entire tour and tell your guide at the end of the tour.
2 different tours added to shopping cart = 10% OFF
3 different tours added to shopping cart = 12% OFF
4 different tours added to shopping cart = 14% OFF
5 different tours added to shopping cart = 16% OFF
Each tour added to a single cart must have the same number of participants.
Discount applied automatically to your entire shopping cart.
We understand that unexpected events can change your travel plans; for this reason Blue Fox Travel offers a full refund, for any reason, if you cancel more than 24hrs before your reserved tour is scheduled to start.
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These are the Terms & Conditions that apply to any tour run by BLUE FOX TRAVEL in France under the brands BLUE BIKE TOURS or BLUE FOX TRAVEL.
In this document, BLUE BIKE TOURS might be abbreviated as BBT and BLUE FOX TRAVEL as BFT.
BLUE FOX TRAVEL is a registered SARL (Société à Responsabilité Limitée - Limited Liability Company) at the Paris Chamber of Commerce under the number : 534 151 576
BLUE FOX TRAVEL is a registered French Travel Operator under the licence : IM075160040
BLUE FOX TRAVEL is a registered Public Service Vehicle Operator under the Licence : 2016/11/0007784
Because BLUE FOX TRAVEL is a registered French company, and all of our tours take place in France, only the French Law will apply in the case of any conflict.
Last updated : January 2019.
Valid until : the end of the world.
I - Cancellation Policy
BFT offers a 100% refund if a reservation is cancelled more than 24 hours before the scheduled start of the tour. The notification must be made by email. No refunds are given for ANY reason once within the 24 hrs prior to the scheduled tour.
All of our tours run Rain or Shine. We do not issue refunds if you choose to skip your tour because the weather doesn’t suit you. You can always wait until the last minute to book your tour to ensure the weather suits you that day. BFT reserves the right to cancel any of its tours last minute in case of an Act of God or crazy act from a large group of people. Flooding, hail, dangerous weather conditions, riots, etc. In such instances full refunds will be given to anyone who had their tour cancelled.
II - Satisfaction Guarantee Policy
If the tour you took with us didn’t live up to what we promised you on our website and failed to meet your expectations, we will be heartbroken. We will also give you a 100% refund so long as you do all of these things:
You remember that we we are in no way responsible for the weather and that our guides actually have to give 110% of themselves to you on days when the weather is not as nice in order to help you enjoy the tour.
You participate in the entire tour from: being on time at the meeting point until the “goodbyes” at the very end of the tour. You can’t leave a tour half-way and ask for your money back.
At the end of the tour you tell your guide, in person, that you were not satisfied with the tour you took.
You provide your tour guide with the reasons you were not satisfied with the tour itself.
III - Payment Policy
A valid credit card is required to secure your booking. All reservations must be prepaid online prior to the tour. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. None of your personal credit card or billing information is stored by BFT.
We are committed to protecting your privacy. Your personal informations will never be disclosed to any third parties.
V - Child Policy
All reservations made for children under the age of 18 years old must be made by an adult and we must be informed at the time of booking exactly how many children are in your party and their ages. This is vital information as it allows our guide to prepare the proper child sized equipments for the bike tours and the booster seats for all day trips/excursions that use one of our vans.
All reservations made for a minor under the age of 18 years old must also include the reservation for an adult who will be 100% solely responsible for the safety and well being of the child while on the tour.
Every child, under the age of 12 years old, partaking in a bicycle tour will be required to wear a helmet and a reflective vest as per French Law.
The adult who accompanies the child agrees to the responsibility of choosing a properly sized helmet, adjusting the helmet, and keeping the helmet on the head of the child during the whole tour. Blue Fox Travel has helmets in multiple sizes for you to choose from at no cost.
Don't forget: Children who will be riding in a baby/child seat, on a tandem attachment bike, or in a booster seat in one of our vans absolutely MUST have their seat reserved beforehand. We NEED to know exactly what your child will need before they show up. Please make it clear in the “Special Requirements” section of our booking form.
VI- Child Bike Policy
Children who will be riding on their own may be subject to a very short test run before the tour starts in which they will be expected to demonstrate: that they are well suited for their bike’s size and settings, that they know how to brake properly and that they are, in general, good cyclists who can be trusted to follow their tour guide in a safe manner.
We own 20” and 24” kids bikes (size of the wheel). Adult bikes are 26”. If the guide, or manager, finds that the child is not, for any reason, a good enough cyclist then the guide, or manager, has the right to refuse to let the child follow the tour on a personal bike.
This means they will either be asked to ride on one of our ‘tandem attachments’ which is attached to the back of a parents bike OR asked to ride in a child seat attached to the back of a parents bike. If the child refuses the change, then the guide or manager has the right to cancel the reservation, and not allow you and your child on the bike tour.
Refunds will not be issued if your reservation is cancelled because of your child not being able to cycle and their refusal to ride attached to you. Baby seats are for kids that are between the ages of 1 and 3 years old (max weight 22 kg (48 lbs)).
We also have some cool Burley™ tandem attachment bikes that are suitable for little kids who are too big for the baby seat but too small to cycle on their own (max weight 38 kg (85 lbs) - max height 137 cm (4 ft 6 in)).
VII - Damages to Blue Fox Travel Property
If you or anyone in your party damages a vehicle, a Blue Bike™, a vehicle, a child's bike, a helmet, a baby/child seat, a tandem attachment bike, any bike attachments, or a booster seat in such a way that it becomes badly disfigured, broken, or unusable, then BFT reserves the right to claim a fee of up to the cost of repair of the damaged bike/vehicle or object.
VIII - MiscellaneousYou and everyone in your party will be kind and respectful of your guide. You and everyone in your party will do their best to follow the safety instructions given orally by the guide before the start of the tour and during the tour.