Private Two Day Tour of Lorraine
Lorraine is where much of World Wars I and II were fought. We begin this private tour with a TGV ride to the Champagne/Ardennes railway station outside of Reims, where we switch to a rental car and drive to Verdun, where you will inspect the fields of battle of the first world war, in the company of a personal bilingual driver/guide who is adept in its history.
This is where nearly 800,000 soldiers lost their lives during an epic battle that lasted almost 20 months. You will visit the Faubourg Pavé Cemetery, Maginot Monument, Tavannes Monument, Vaux Fort, Verdun Memorial, Douaumont Fort, Douaumont Ossuary and the Bayonet Trenches. Crossing over to the west bank of the Meuse River, we will visit the Dead Man Monument, Cote 304, Montfaucon Butte, and the American Cemetery at Romagne-sous-Montfaucon.
Our first day concludes in the city of Metz, where we will spend the night, and, perhaps after a stroll through the old town, we will sample some Lorraine cuisine at the one star Maison Dufossé – La Table restaurant, located in a 17th century building. The next morning we will visit the St. Étienne Cathedral with its remarkable stained glass windows. If you happen to be an archaeology buff, we can also visit the extraordinary Gallo-Roman collection at the Musée de la Cour d’Or.
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Then we drive on to Nancy, the capital of the Dukes of Lorraine, where you will see the Place Stanislas, the Ducal Palace, and dine at the Excelsior Flo brasserie, which is remarkable for its Art Nouveau furnishings and traditional cuisine. An attractive dining alternative is the Michelin-starred Transparence Restaurant. Nancy was strongly influenced by the Art Nouveau movement, and we will later visit several remarkable buildings in that architectural style.
Our tour of Lorraine finishes in the late afternoon with a visit to the ancient 14th century Porte de la Craffe, after which we will check in the rental car at the Nancy railway station and take the TGV back to Paris.
Just a quick note to let you know how much we enjoyed the tour of the Loire Valley [Custom Loire Valley Day Tour from Paris of 2 chateaux and 1 wine estate]. Let me start by saying the best part of the trip was meeting you and listening and learning about the history of France and specifically Chenonceaux. Your comments and guidance throughout the day made the experience far more than just a sight-seeing trip. Lunch was great and so were Amboise and the wine tasting. I can’t thank you enough for putting this tour together for us, we will enjoy the memories for years to come.
Stephen Kelly – San Francisco, CA