This program examines how the First World War was fought and how it has been remembered. Visits to major sites on the Western Front in Belgium and northern France highlight the scope and impact of the war on this region, which has experienced a sustained peace since the Second World War. Historically reputed for its wine production, the area is also enjoying a culinary resurgence.
Begin with two days in Ypres, Belgium, the heart of the Western Front battlefield, and visit the site that inspired John McCrae’s iconic poem “In Flanders Fields.” From there, cross into Northern France to witness first-hand the scale and devastation of Verdun and the Somme, which are often seen as having inaugurated and defined modern warfare—and even the modern age itself. While the military history of World War I is fundamental, you will also learn about the experiences of common soldiers and civilians—the ordinary people who were swept into the conflict. World War I inspired fabled literature, art, and poetry, and had a formative impact on the world that followed.
As you explore the region, take full advantage of your location in Reims, the main city in the Champagne region, with its beautiful boulevards, Roman remains, and superb fine dining scene—along with visits to vineyards and samplings of its most famous product.
Schedule by Day
- Jun 20: Depart U.S.
- Jun 21: Arrive Brussels, Belgium / Ypres
- Jun 22: Ypres
- Jun 23: Reims, France
- Jun 24: Reims
- Jun 25: Reims
- Jun 26: Reims
- Jun 27: Reims
- Jun 28: Return home
To be announced
- 2 nights at Ariane Hotel
- 5 nights at La Caserne Chanzy Hotel & Spa
Busy pacing may include multiple hotel changes plus internal flights or long drives. May involve exposure to the outdoors, full days of touring, and walking up to two hours.