All Quiet on the Western Front: Exploring World War I
October 20 – 28, 2019
In Flanders Fields the Poppies Blow
Join us as we venture into the lovely countryside of northern France that stills bears the marks of the past. Uncover the unique culture of smaller French cities like Reims, Verdun, and Ypres (Belgium), while learning about the desperate struggle on the Western Front that shaped history, arts and literature, and the psyche of nations in its aftermath. Powerful and moving stories will unfold on location. We’ll also find ourselves in the heart of Champagne, where this region’s gastronomical delights are never too far away.
- The famous Reims cathedral – destroyed in the opening stages of the Great War by German artillery; and brought back to life in the mid-20th century
- The forts and memorials to American, French, and British soldiers in famous sectors of World War I’s Western Front
- The Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery at Romagne-sous-Montfacon, final resting place of numerous Americans, including South Carolina’s Freddie Stowers
- Champagne’s warm hospitality, culinary specialties, and the region’s bubbly namesake
Trip price: $3685 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $750); price includes all touring per the itinerary by comfortable chartered coach; accommodation and breakfast for 8 nights in well-reviewed, good-standard hotels; 4 lunches and 4 dinners (i.e. breakfast plus one additional full meal each day). Price does not include international airfare, other meals, alcohol, or optional trip insurance.
Chumley’s take: The beautiful rolling countryside of Picardy, Champagne, and Lorraine seems far too beautiful to stage the world’s most destructive war. Today that same beauty, unsuppressed, hallows the ground.
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