Dates: September 10 - September 17, 2017
Total Duration: 8 days
Cost: $6,895 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,500
Activity level: Moderately Active
Tour Operator: Academic Arrangements Abroad
Region: Western Europe
World War I began in June of 1914 with an assassin's bullet, and ended four years later with more than ten million soldiers lost and three royal houses in ruins. Join Jay Winter, Charles J. Stille Professor of History and the author of six books on the war, on a journey through Belgium and France commemorating the centennial of the United States' 1917 entry into the conflict.
Professor Winter looks forward to sharing his love of European history with Yale travelers: "Look on the landscape of war and return different," he says. "That is what I have done for 50 years, and I hope you can join me in this moving tour."
Begin with two days in Brussels to admire its UNESCO-designated Grand-Place and the exquisite Hôtel Solvay, an Art Nouveau townhouse designed by Victor Horta. Then drive to Ypres, site of a famous battle, to visit the excellent In Flanders Fields Museum and witness the deeply moving Last Post ceremony, a nightly bugle tribute to the fallen. Continuing to France, walk through the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial, the largest U.S. military cemetery in Europe. See the trenches left behind on the Somme battlefields, and view the ossuary that holds the remains of 130,000 unknown soldiers who died at Verdun. In Reims, the heart of the Champagne region, discover the magnificent 13th-century Gothic cathedral and enjoy a special champagne tasting and dinner in the caves. Visit the Museum of the Great War in Meaux en route to Paris, where you overnight before returning home the following morning.