It is just over 100 years since the outbreak of World War One (WWI), which ran from July 1914 through November 1918, and we will be offering a number of 6-night, all-inclusive, World War One commemorative cruises each spring over the next few years.
In May 2016, these cruises will be aboard the superb 12-passenger hotel barge, Panache, along the Canal du Nord and the River Oise. There will be excursions to sites in Flanders, including the Menin Gate in Ypres for the moving Last Post ceremony; the battlefields, memorials and museums of the Somme, such as Thiepval and Belicourt; the forest clearing at Compiègne where the Armistice was signed in November 1918.
There will be tours of other significant places during the conflict, such as Vimy Ridge and Villers-Bretonneux, site of the Australian National War Memorial and and a place of deep meaning to Australians and New Zealanders;
The excursion program for the cruises will have some flexibility built in to allow, where possible, guests of different nationalities to visit sites of particular significance to their own countries. In addition, there will be interesting cruising through the Spring Picardy countryside.
Cruise weeks for Panache's 2016 WWI cruises (availability as of November 22, 2015):
- May 22-28, 2016 (Courtrai to Bethencourt-sur-Somme) - Open for private charter or individual cabin bookings
- May 29-June 4, 2016 (Bethencourt-sur-Somme to Paris) - Open for private charter or individual cabin bookings
Pananche would love to welcome you aboard for one of these fascinating voyages through the landscapes of Belgium and Northern France that witnessed events a century ago that changed the course of history.