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Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; you can use our online currency converter for exchange rate information.

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Dinner in Brussels A famous movie of the late 60s was "If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium".... maybe today is not Tuesday....but you are most definitely in Belgium. So, why not take this chance to try a typical Belgian 3-course dinner with two drinks and coffee, at a traditional restaurant in Brussels?

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Excursion to Antwerp Belgium's second-largest city boasts a historic past, magnificent buildings, and interesting sights. Meet your Local Guide and walk to the Plantin-Moretus Museum with its array of printing presses and the Gutenberg Bible. Admire the Old Town's most important monuments and visit the Cathedral of Our Lady with two of the most important panel paintings by Rubens, and the 17th-century Rockox House, former home of Antwerp mayor Nicolaas Rockox, patron and friend of arts. Time to stroll through the pedestrian area with its many shops.

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Dutch Dinner and Evening Walk in Old Amsterdam Accompanied by your tour director, stroll through some of Amsterdam's oldest streets and view historical 17th century buildings, monuments and the Oude Church. A typical dinner in a cozy restaurant is included.

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Volendam, Its Windmill, Cheese Farm and Dutch Dinner Visit a Dutch cheese farm and windmill, before enjoying a typical Dutch dinner with drinks in a local restaurant in the quaint fishing village of Volendam, where many inhabitants still wear traditional costumes.

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Excursion to Trier and Dinner A short drive takes you to Trier, Germany's oldest city. With more than 2,000 years of history and unique monuments to a glorious past, it is well placed on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage Sites. The guided tour includes Porta Nigra, the cathedral, the Church of our Lady, the Roman Imperial Throne Room, and the Imperial Baths. After time at leisure, enjoy a 3-course dinner in a typical restaurant.

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1 Day Trip to Asterix Park Enjoy a day in this family entertainment park, where children and adults will enjoy themselves on the tracks of Asterix, the hero of the most famous French comic strip. Attractions, merry-go rounds and shows are combined for a day of unforgettable fun. Your children will be thrilled to meet their favourite characters.

Pick up and Drop off to/from the overnight hotel not included.Meeting point Cityrama Agency 2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris.
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1 Day Trip to Provins, Medieval City The city of Provins has preserved its striking medieval appearance. The site is listed on UNESCO'S Wolrd heritage list and has 58 classed or listed historic monuments. This city is a genuine showcase of civil, military and religious architecture. Provins comes to life everyday to take you back to the Middle Ages : discover breathtaking medieval shows (equestrian falconry show and exhibition) and its historical sites and monuments such as la Tour Cesar, the tithe barn (the ancient covered market), and of course the famous ramparts built between the 11th and the 13th centuries.

Pick up and Drop off to/from the overnight hotel not included. Meeting point Cityrama Agency 2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris.
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Castle of Fontainebleau & Vaux Le Vicomte Visit the historic Castle of Fontainebleau, lavishly built and furnished in the Renaissance style, and a favorite hunting residence of French kings. An audio-guided tour inside the castle is followed by free time in the gardens. Travel through the forest and pass by the village of Barbizon, famous since the 19th century, thanks to artists such as Millet, Rousseau, and Stevenson. Continue on to the Castle of Vaux le Vicomte, Nicolas Fouquet's masterpiece and a great source of inspiration for Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles. Enjoy an included lunch in the park followed by an audio-guided tour of the main rooms of the chateau. End the day with free time to stroll through the gardens and visit the Horse-Driven Carriage Museum before heading back to Paris.

Walking shoes are recommended. Final pick-up time will be advised the day before the operation of the excursion.
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Claude Monet's Giverny & Museum of Impressionism Drive along the Seine Valley to the home of Claude Monet, leader of the Impressionist movement. Visit the house, the former studio, and stroll through the garden, a famous source of inspiration for many celebrated artists. Also visit the beautiful new Musee des Impressionisms nearby. Approximately 80 kilometers west of Paris, Claude Monet purchased his home in Giverny in 1890, and built his studio and waterlily pond. His famous works include The Picnic, and themed series such as Rouen Cathedral, Haystacks, Poplar, Japanese Bridge, and the River Thames. Monet donated his beloved Water Lilies paintings to his country and they are housed today in the Orangerie in Paris.

This excursion includes walking, standing, and a long bus ride of approximately 1.5 hours each way (driving time is included in the duration). Commentary is largely given on the coach and includes history, the roots of Impressionism, and Monet's life. Visits of the house, studio, garden and museum are at your own pace. Note: No original paintings are featured, only copies. Water lilies flowering is only on display in June. This excursion is operated by an experienced driver-guide in English, Spanish and Portuguese. Pick-up and drop off at the overnight hotel included.
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Claude Monet's Giverny & Palace Of Versailles Travel to Claude Monet's Giverny with a guided visit of the wonderful gardens. Free time on your own to visit the famous artist's home and studio as well as the new Musee des Impressionisms Giverny (entrance ticket to museum included). Enjoy an included lunch at Moulin de Fourges, located a few minutes away from Giverny, with its country-like charm, relaxing atmosphere and typical regional cuisine. Later visit the lavish 17th century Palace of Versailles built by the Sun King Louis XIV. An audio-guided visit of the Palace's State Apartments and Hall of Mirrors is included. Free time to explore the elegant gardens.

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Cooking Class in Paris: French Market and Tasting Visit a Parisian market and buy fresh typical products for your cooking class and prepare your lunch. At the cooking class, you will prepare a main course and a dessert that you will enjoy during a lunch accompanied by wine and cheese. The chef will also make you discover French wines during the lunch. Simple and original recipes to enjoy an unusual culinary experience in Paris! Included : One way metro ticket, hostess; visit of a typical French Market with a culinary specialist, at the market, purchase of food for cooking class, a one hour cooking class, a tasting lunch (main course and dessert) served with 2 wines and some cheese.

Transportation to/from the meeting point not included. Departure address: Cityrama Agency, 2 rue des Pyramides, 75001 Paris.
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Day Trip to Zoological Parc of Thoiry Enjoy a visit to the Zoological Garden which is an authentic discovery of fauna in a natural setting. Educational games and information alternate to introduce all ages to the concepts and importance of the protection of animal species. Thoiry Chateau is a rare and unique example of esoteric architecture of the Renaissance, created to be a transparent bridge of light, which, with its parterres form a solar calendar on landscape . This agreeable walk around the Zoological Garden's offers many charming and beautiful detours through Thoiry's other gardens. A gigantic maze, Rose Garden, Perfume Garden, Autumn Garden, Bluebell Wood with centuries old trees and rhododendrons, thousands of other rare trees and flowering shrubs, Hydrangea Walk and a Long Border of perennials will enchant you with their colors and fragrances.

Pick up and Drop off to/from the overnight hotel not included.Meeting point Cityrama Agency 2 rue des Pyramides 75001 Paris.
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D-Day: Normandy & Landing Beaches This full-day minibus excursion includes a visit to Pointe du Hoc, known for the WWII assault by heroic Rangers, and the American Cemetery in Colleville, where immaculately kept rows of white crosses and Stars of David commemorate the Americans who died. Also see Omaha Beach, the code name for one of the main landing points for the Allied invasion of German-occupied France on June 6 1944. After an included lunch (drinks included) in the village of Crepon, see the ruins of Arrommanches' artificial harbor, built by the Allies in 15 days, and watch The Price of Freedom at the Arromanches 360 Cinema. Stop at Juno Beach for a guided visit and explore the remains of the Atlantic Wall before returning to Paris.

Walking shoes are recommended. Transfer from/to hotel operated by minibus. Final pick-up time will be advised the day before the operation.
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Dinner & Show At Lido - Menu Bonheur Enjoy dinner and a cabaret show at the Lido, located on the famous Champs-Elysees. Its revues have added sparkle to the City of Light since 1946. Menu Bonheur: Vegetables & crab tartare, herb salad & cream of sea urchin or duck foie gras, sweet wine & peach gelee, medallions of monkfish, marniere-style garnish or pan-seared veal, stuffed vegetables, exotic delight pistachio/pineapple blanc manger, lemon sorbet or crunchy-Lido coated in dark chocolate, 1/2 bottle of champagne Brut Lido Premiere cru or 1/2 bottle of wine.

Your duration includes travel time which is approximately 45 minutes in each direction. Topless dancing. Excursion is not recommended for young children. Formal dress is required. No children under 6 years of age allowed. Minor changes in menu might be possible. Your Local Host will provide more details during your vacation.
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Dinner & Show At Lido - Menu Plaisir Enjoy dinner and a cabaret show at the Lido, located on the famous Champs-Elysees. Its revues have added sparkle to the City of Light since 1946. Menu Plaisir: Half-cooked salmon, preserved vegetables from the south, Henri IV poultry breast, stock flavored with foie gras, chocolate dessert with red fruit flavors, 1/2 bottle of champagne or 1/2 bottle of wine.

Your duration includes travel time which is approximately 45 minutes in each direction. Topless dancing. Excursion is not recommended for young children. Formal dress is required. No children under 6 years of age allowed. Minor changes in menu might be possible. Your Local Host will provide more details during your vacation.
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Dinner Cruise - Marina De Paris Enjoy a romantic dinner "Saveurs Menu" comfortably seated by the window on a glass-covered boat of the Marina de Paris. The 2-hour cruise on the Seine will allow you to discover an illuminated Paris in the evening.

Transfers by minibus. Formal attire required. This excursion is not recommended for young children. "Saveurs Menu": starter assortment, choice of main courses, dessert assortment, half bottle of wine per person. A multilingual assistant will be available.
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Dinner Show At Moulin Rouge - Menu Belle Époque Enjoy an unforgettable evening with dinner and a cabaret show at the famous Moulin Rouge, home of the French Cancan for more than a century. Menu Belle Epoque: Mise en Bouche / Duck Foie Gras with Sea Salt, Mango Vinaigrette, "Roquette" Salad and Grilled Toast or Lobster thin Pie "a la Parisienne", Crushed Tomato and Lobster Chiboust Cream, Herbs Salad / Fried Sea Bass Fillet, Creamy Risotto with Wood Mushrooms, Meadow Mushroom Cream or Sirloin Steak "1889", Small Fried Potatoes with Thyme, French Beans with Fresh Butter, Pepper Sauce /"Saint Honore" with Raspberries, Light Whipped Cream, Crunchy Caramel Pastry or "Moulin Rouge" Opera Pastry, Chocolate Wings, Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce or Gourmandise of Three Chocolates "Echiquier" Pastry, Crispy Chocolate Pearls and 1/2 bottle of champagne.

Your duration includes travel time which is approximately 45 minutes in each direction. Topless dancing. Excursion is not recommended for young children. Formal dress is required. No children under 6 years of age allowed. Minor changes in menu might be possible. Your Local Host will provide more details during your vacation.
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Dinner Show At Moulin Rouge - Menu Mistinguette Enjoy an unforgettable evening with dinner and a cabaret show at the famous Moulin Rouge, home of the French Cancan for more than a century. Menu Mistinguette: Terrine of Duck Foie Gras "Montmartre", Fruit Chutney or "Mistinguett" King Prawns with Smoked Spices, Vegetable Tartar, Vinaigrette with Herbs / "Frou Frou" Sauteed Corn-Fed Chicken Supreme, Morel Cream and Fresh Pasta or "Cabaret" Baked Salmon Fillet, French White Butter, Boiled Potatoes and Grape Tomatoes on the Vine /"Tendresse" of Red Berries, Fruity Marshmallows and Raspberry Sauce or Gourmandise of Three Chocolates "Echiquier" Pastry, Crispy Chocolate Pearls and 1/2 bottle of wine.

Your duration includes travel time which is approximately 45 minutes in each direction. Topless dancing. Excursion is not recommended for young children. Formal dress is required. No children under 6 years of age allowed. Menu can be changed without prior notice. Your Local Host will provide more details during your vacation.
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Dinner Show At Moulin Rouge - Menu Toulouse Lautrec Enjoy an unforgettable evening with dinner and a cabaret show at the famous Moulin Rouge, home of the French Cancan for more than a century. Menu Toulouse Lautrec: "Festival" of Norwegian Smoked Salmon Tarama, Trout Roe and Avruga Grilled Toast or "Feerie" Stuffed Dover Sole Tangy Cream and Young Shoots in Salad / Steamed Gilt Head Sea Bream, Champagne Sauce, Mashed Potatoes or "Valentin" Saute of Veal, White Supreme Sauce Pilaf Rice and Small White Onions / Moulin Rouge Opera Pastry, Chocolate Wings Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce or "Tendresse" of Red Berries Fruity Marshmallows and Raspberry Sauce and 1/2 bottle of champagne.

Your duration includes travel time which is approximately 45 minutes in each direction. Topless dancing. Excursion is not recommended for young children. Formal dress is required. No children under 6 years of age allowed. Minor changes in menu might be possible. Your Local Host will provide more details during your vacation.
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Discovery Of Champagne See the vineyards of the Champagne region as you travel by minibus along the country roads to the historic village of Hautvillers, the birthplace of champagne. Visit the cellar of a local wine grower and sample the vineyards' champagne. Discover the world-famous Moet & Chandon cellars, where you can also enjoy a glass of champagne. Stop in Reims for a short visit of the cathedral, a gothic masterpiece where the kings of France came to be crowned. A traditional Champagne region lunch with drinks is included.

Walking shoes are recommended. Transfers from/to hotel operated by minibus. Final pick-up time will be advised the day before the operation. This excursion is not recommended for young travelers under the age of 18. Participants must be at least 18 years of age to drink alcohol.
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Disneyland® Paris (1 day ticket/2 parks) Make the most of your Paris stay and discover Disneyland® Paris. Enjoy an unforgettable day with memories that will stay with you forever. Meet Mickey Mouse and his friends as he is taking time out to welcome its guests in Fantasyland®. Then enjoy Disney Magic on Parade with all Disney amazing characters. The combined ticket gives the possibility to visit both parks on the same day and to go from one park to the other as many times as wanted.

Walking shoes are recommended. Tour operated by coach. Transfer from/to hotel operated by minibus. Final pick-up time will be advised the day before the operation of the excursion. From November 1st till March 31st pick-up time at 7:30 am.
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Eiffel Tower Dinner and Seine Cruise A global icon of France and the tallest structure in Paris, the Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 and named after its designer, engineer Gustave Eiffel. Take the elevator up to the first floor of the "Iron Lady" where you will enjoy a tasty three-course dinner, including drinks, at Restaurant "Le 58 Tour Eiffel". Later relax and admire illuminated Paris while cruising along the Seine River.

Formal dress required
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Excursion to Versailles Travel out of Paris to the lavish 17th-century baroque Palace of Versailles, built by the "Sun King," Louis XIV, with its magnificent State Apartments, Hall of Mirrors, and Royal Chapel. Your Local Guide will bring its history to life during the visit, then enjoy time at leisure to stroll through parts of the elegant 250-acre gardens. Louis XIII purchased Versailles and its surrounding land to serve as his hunting lodge. His son, Louis XIV, decided to make it his seat of government and in 1682, he installed his impressive court and numerous noble visitors in sumptuous surroundings, a symbol of absolute monarchy. Today, Versailles is preserved as a museum.

There may be long periods of time that may require standing or walking on cobblestones and/or stairs. Walking shoes are recommended. Your duration includes travel time which is approximately one hour in each direction. Pick-up at hotel not included. Your Local Host will confirm timing and departure point. Drop off at the overnight hotel included.
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Guided Visit to Burgundy After leaving the Southern highway, reach the "Serein Valley" at Chablis, surrounded by vineyards. Visit a local cellar and taste the white wine, one of the worlds best. Enjoy lunch in the Bistrot des grands crus (or similar) drinks not included. Continue to Vezelay, the eternal hill, village classified by UNESCO as one of its cultural world heritage sites: guided visit of the basilica dedicated to Saint Mary Madeleine, centre of Romanesque architecture and sculpture, and which still keeps some relics of the saint. Free time to browse around the village and maybe taste some other Burgundy red wines before returning to Paris.

Pick-up from and return to your hotel in Paris by minibus included.
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Loire Castles and Lunch Visit the 11th-century gothic (with renaissance additions) Amboise Castle, a favorite of French kings and where Henry II and his wife, Catherine de' Medici, raised their children. Also see nearby Clos Luce, which is connected to Amboise Castle by an underground passage, where as a guest of the king, Leonardo da Vinci came in 1515 to live and work until his death in 1519. Visit renaissance Chenonceau Castle, built over the River Cher and a gift from Henry II to his mistress, Diane de Poitiers. After his death, Queen Catherine took over this castle as her own favorite residence. Enjoy an included lunch with drinks and stop to view and photograph the largest castle in the Loire Valley, Chambord Castle.

Walking shoes are recommended. Transfers from/to hotel are operated by minibus. Final pick-up time will be advised the day before the operation. From November 1st till March 31st pick-up time at 6:45 am.
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Mont St. Michel Including Lunch Enjoy the landscapes of the Normandy region on a guided excursion to 11th-century Mont Saint Michel Abbey, located on a rocky island in an immense bay with the highest tides in Europe. The first small church was built and consecrated here in 709 at the request of the Archangel Michel to the Bishop of Avranches. During the Middle Ages, it became a great spiritual and intellectual center, and was one of the most important places of pilgrimage for nearly one thousand years. People traveled to the abbey by roads called "paths to paradise," hoping for the assurance of eternity. Enjoy lunch at the restaurant that faces the island and time to stroll around the village.

Normandy motorway to reach the Mont Saint Michel bay. Stop at 12:00PM for lunch at Restaurant Relais St Michel (modern, refined decor with an excellent view of the Mont-Saint-Michel monument).Then, ascension to the monument (by the ramparts or by the village) as far as the Abbey is located on the top. The guided visit covers the interior of the Abbey. Free time then for a walk in the village. Departure from Mont St Michel around 4.30PM. Return to Paris around 9.45 PM. This excursion includes: Pick up Drop off at the hotel in Paris with minibus; Transportation in luxury air conditioned coach; Entrance ticket to the abbey; Lunch with drinks included; Services of licensed multilingual guide. Notes: Warm coat is recommended during winter period, raincoat during summer plus a good pair of walking / flat shoes are suggested to avoid discomfort. Clients with walking difficulties will not be able to reach the Abbey (many steps). An excellent range of creperie restaurants and shops available after the visit to the abbey as well as a good range of souvenir shops to satisfy passengers of any nationality. Lunch at restaurant "RELAIS SAINT-MICHEL"
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Paris Full Day Private Guided Tour Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Paris. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. After all, it is your trip! Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system - whether by metro, bus, tram, train (train de banlieue commuter train or Grandes Lignes main line train), taxi, or even Batobus. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe the choice is yours!

Note: Any entrance fees and travel expenses for travelers and guide must be paid by the traveler and are not included in the price. Meet your local guide at your hotel. Transportation is not included in the price.
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Paris Half Day Private Guided Tour (Afternoon Excursion) Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Paris. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. After all, it is your trip! Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system - whether by metro, bus, tram, train (train de banlieue commuter train or Grandes Lignes main line train), taxi, or even Batobus. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe the choice is yours!

Note: Any entrance fees and travel expenses for travelers and guide must be paid by the traveler and are not included in the price. Meet your local guide at your hotel. Transportation is not included in the price.
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Paris Half Day Private Guided Tour (Morning Excursion) Whether it is your first visit or if you have visited before, a private tour with a professional, fully qualified guide is the ideal way to discover more about Paris. See what really interests you at a pace that suits you. After all, it is your trip! Travel like a local with the help of your guide on the public transport system - whether by metro, bus, tram, train (train de banlieue commuter train or Grandes Lignes main line train), taxi, or even Batobus. Visit famous sites, museums, go shopping, take a break in a cafe the choice is yours!

Note: Any entrance fees and travel expenses for travelers and guide must be paid by the traveler and are not included in the price. Meet your local guide at your hotel. Transportation is not included in the price.
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Seine Cruise & Illuminations (Winter Excursion) Enjoy a 1-hour cruise on the River Seine followed by a guided discovery tour to admire illuminated Paris, including the Concorde, Opera, Madeleine, and Champs Elysees.

Transfer to embarkment pier and return to the hotel are included and are operated by minibus
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Show at Moulin Rouge - 1st Show Enjoy an unforgettable evening at Moulin Rouge, home of the French Cancan for more than a century. Half a bottle of champagne per person will be served during the spectacular "FEERIE" (Fairy) show.

"Your duration includes travel time which is approximately 45 minutes in each direction. Topless dancing. Excursion is not recommended for young children. Formal dress is required. No children under 6 years of age allowed. Your Local Host will provide more details during your vacation.
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The Somme Battlefields - First World War Discover the area which was home to some of the most terrible battles of the Great War. Learn the history of the Battle of the Somme where, during a 4-month period in 1916, approximately three million soldiers were involved in the fighting and some 1,200,000 were killed, wounded or missing in action. See the villages of Villers-Bretonneux, P233ronne, with a guided visit of the Historical Museum, Thiepval with its great Memorial to the missing and Beaumont-Hamel. All locations where the battles took place. Also included, a tasty lunch at a typical restaurant in the village of Peronne.

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