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Belleau Wood & Chateau Thierry: Visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery & Memorial | Blue Fox Travel

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USA in WWI : Belleau Wood from Paris

with Champagne cellar visit & tasting

Small Group Tour

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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.

Oise-Aisne American Cemetery
Oise-Aisne American Cemetery

Visit the fallen; remember their bravery

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.

Champagne cellar & tasting

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.

Champagne cellars
Champagne cellars

Belleau Woods and the US Marines

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.

Belleau Wood US Cemetery
Belleau Wood US Cemetery

Good to Know:

  • Our Paris meeting point is easy to find. You’ll get an email with details once you book.
  • Restrooms will be available several times during this tour.
  • The legal drinking age in France is 18 years old. That said kids can still visit the Champagne House on this tour.
  • Your lunch is not included in our tour price. We want you to have the freedom to eat what you want and spend your money where you see fit. The lunch break will be one hour long in the town of Chateau-Thierry where a dozen local restaurants and bakeries are available.
  • Gratuities (aka “tips”) are never an obligation but they are happily accepted by our guides.
WWI USA Belleau Wood

Group size

Max. 8 pers. per tour


All of our tours are commented in English


All day
Back in Paris around 7PM

Dates & Times

April to October

Monday + Saturday at 7AM

What's Included

  • Transportation by luxury A/C minibus
  • Knowledgeable & friendly guide
  • All entrance tickets

Meeting point

1 Place Saint-Michel

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Reservation required

Frequently Asked Questions

How many people are in the group?
We keep our group small in order to give you a better service. Only 8 people in the group.
What is the Cancellation Policy?

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.

How far in advance should I book?
You should book your spots on this tour at least 3 weeks before the date of the tour you want to take.
Can kids join this tour? What is the legal drinking age in France?

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.

The tour that I want is full, is there a waiting list?
No, sorry but we do not keep waiting lists. You can always send us an email and see if we can open up another group for you but we can’t promise that any of our guides will be available on the date you want to join.
I have a special dietary restriction (vegan/gluten-free/kosher), what is there for me to eat?
On this tour we stop in the town of Château-Thierry where you can choose form a bunch of different restaurants, cafés and bakeries. We’re sure you will find something that fits your dietary needs.

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