Day Trip To Highlights Of Alsace & Strasbourg In France
Culture, History, Sightseeing
English, French, German
Begin a journey to discover the beautiful monuments that stand as a witness to its bygone era in this French town. Emerging from a tumultuous past, the city has rebuilt itself with the treasures that it was blessed with.
Cecil toured us in English for 9 hours around the Verdun battlefield, incl Fleury, Douamont, Ossuary, Mort Homme and Cote 304. He drove miles, and we really got a better feel for the landscape and chronology of the battle. He was also an invaluable source of information on other visits in the area. He also took us to Butte de Vauquois, which I HIGHLY recommend. I didn't realize how close it was, and it's and Butte de Montfaucon's role in the later Meuse-Argonne offensive of 1918. BTW, first Sunday morning of the month you can tour B. de Vauquois underground tunnels.
Cecil was a great guide and driver. Polite, prompt and informative. He was able to suggest a very interesting alternative when our plans changed at the last minute. He was also very knowledgeable about French culture and politics. Highly recommended.
Cecil took good care of our group of 15 people from Finland, all interested in history. We saw many WWI battlefield sites and the Douaumont fort in Verdun. He was well liked by the people. He gave us good information of the places we saw, and let a specialist guide show us around in the fort. He was a little uncertain about timing as it concerns the meal timing of a large group, but we managed to catch up, without sacrificing content. All in all, a very good job. I recommend him.
Two of us spent a day with Cecil touring the WWI sites around Verdun.
Cecil was easy to work with in coordinating the day and very flexible in scheduling. Communication was excellent throughout the process. Excellent English skills!
Cecil quickly got a sense of our level of familiarity with the history of the battles in the area and adapted his information appropriately. It was truly an informative and rewarding day. Cecil is personable, highly knowledgeable & we enjoyed the time spent in his company.
I would use his services again & highly recommend him to anyone looking for a guide in the Verdun area
Cecil picked up our family of four adults at the TGV Meuse train station 9:00 a.m. on 3 September 2019. His vehicle is comfortable for four adults and provides good views while driving. He had us back in time for our 6:54 p.m. return train to Paris. In between we had a fantastic day touring first Verdun and then the Argonne battlefields. Cecil will customize your visit, but we did his standard tour which hit all the key spots we were hoping to see. Cecil is quite knowledgeable about the battles (I had read Alistair Horne's: The Price of Glory, Verdun 1916 a few months before), tells the basic story well, and illustrates many key visual elements along the way, all while professionally guiding the sites. The last stop of the day was Vauquois which was a fascinating unexpected gem! We highly recommend Cecil!
We found Cecil thru our hotel and booked him far in advance and were delighted we did so. He picked us up in car at the hotel and the adventure began. His English is excellent and his knowledge of the battles of Verdun is unsurpassed. He recalled that on the first Sunday of each month, we could tour the Butte de Vacquois. We had not heard of this site and it was absolutely fascinating. The volunteer guides were also very professional and Cecil was an excellent translator. From there, we saw as much as we could cram into the space of one day, stopping for lunch in a private museum to WWI that also served wonderful sandwiches. At the end of the day, we shared a drink with Cecil to review our day. If you plan on touring the battlefields of Verdun, be sure to get Cecil!
If you want to tour Verdun, you simply must book Cecil now. My wife and two sons, age 20 and 13, thouroughly enjoyed Cecil's tour. We all became freinds instantly. We hit the main spots and also a few places off the beaten path. Cecil has a lot of knowledge of the area and his enthusiam for history is apparent. I would book this tour again.
Cecil was very knowledgeable answering all off our questions and also debating with us about our thoughts on the area also giving us a great laugh coming from Northern Ireland and he had never met anyone from there getting to grips with our accent gave us a great laugh all day
We also had our own planned agenda that was different to his normal tour and there was no problem for him letting us go to some places not planned spending as long as we wanted looking round
Can’t recommend Cecil highly enough when we go back he will be our guide 100%
Cecil was an amazing guide who showed us a large amount of the critical battlefield sites at Verdun. Friendly, knowledgeable, and a pleasure to travel with- my wife and I totally enjoyed our time with Cecil learning about the environs of Verdun.
Cecil was a great guide! He was very knowledgeable and knew exactly where to go and the best places to take me so we could make the most out of our tour. The hills of Vauquois was a particually amazing thing to see, and I would highly recommend Cecil to anyone looking for a great tour of Verdun!
We had a great day with Cecil touring the less visiting battlesites of the west bank. Cecil is a friendly, knowledgeable and had done his background research on the sites we went to visit. We loved his humble attitude about not possibly knowing every single details about every single site. He was immensily flexible and his fluent English helped us make the most of our visit.
We had a great day touring WWI sites with Cecil. He is friendly, knowledgeable and committed to providing an extensive tour. We would have seen only one-tenth as much on our own—and wouldn’t have fully comprehended what we were seeing. We highly recommend Cecil.
When planning travel there are always certain unknowns. Taking a chance on booking a tour guide is one of those unknowns. However, it is with the utmost confidence and support that I write this review concerning Cecil Graf and his work in the area at Verdun, France. He promptly arrived at the arranged time and location fully prepared with maps and explanations to ensure our needs were met. His working knowledge of the area is extensive, and he provided deep coverage of this most historic location that both an expert (my husband) and a novice (me) could appreciate. He was enjoyable to be around, willing to listen, looked for ways to enhance our day together, and was all-around a fantastic guide. I encourage anyone interested in this historic location to consider booking time with Cecil. You will NOT be disappointed. He works to continuously add to his knowledge thus providing more information to his clients. This event was not only informational, but also enjoyable, and Cecil had a great deal to do with it.
On 19 Apr 19, under outstanding weather, I fully enjoyed an excellent tour of several areas of the Verdun battlefield area. The group consisted of myself, mainly english speaking and my son-in-law, mainly french speaking. Cecil was informative, friendly, and an excellent guide. knowledge still has some holes in his overall knowledge, but is obviously eager to learn. Can certainly recommend Cecil.
Wow, there was so much to see and do around the Verdun battlefields. I am so very glad we took the tour as we saw much more than we would have on our own and some of the sights wouldn't have been understandable without an experience guide. I especially was fascinated by Vauquois & would never have realized how much of the hillside was exploded from mines so that the hill was almost cut in half by the two sides digging through the hillside and emplacing bombs!
My family of 4 (husband and 2 adult children) spent a cold December day w Cecil and I’m so glad we did. He picked us up at the Meuse train stop and dropped us there at the end of a busy day. We tramped around the site at Vauquois where soldiers on both sides camped in trenches for months. We went to the German Cemetery; the American Cemetery which had a very informative small museum; a Verdun fort site; the affecting Ossuary of Douaumont, and more. We had a lovely lunch. It simply would not have been possible to do this on our own in one day. Cecil drove us on country roads, to many small sites, determined to show us as much as possible, despite the weather. He shared his rich knowledge of battles, strategy, historical context, and impact of the war on French citizens. We enjoyed his company immensely. It was a moving day for us and we will never forget our special Cecil.
Cecil was a wonderful guide. He took us to many different battle sites and put you in the shoes of the soldiers that fought in them. He was informative, knowledgeable, entertaining, and went above and beyond the call of duty.