The first cruise (May 22-28, 2016) has a World War One theme, with an itinerary that includes excursions to Ypres and the Menin Gate, Somme battlefields, and memorials.
For the second cruise May 29-June 4, Panache offers a choice of excursions, with or without a WWI theme. These can include:
- The Armistice Clearing in the forest of Compiegne where the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918
- The Thiepval Memorial, a monument to 75,000 "missing" from the Battle of the Somme
- Château de Chantilly, a superb example of 16th-century Renaissance architecture with wonderful art treasures and gardens
- Auvers-sur-Oise, Van Gogh’s resting spot and a place of pilgrimage for art lovers
- Monet’s home and gardens at Giverny, when the gardens should be looking at their best
- Château de Malmaison, a delightful country house and home to Napoleon’s Empress Josephine
Availability and pricing as of February 17, 2016:
- May 22-28: Courtrai to Bethencourt-sur-Somme - 5 cabins open, 1 booked
Discounted rate: $2500 off/cabin
- May 29-June 4: Bethencourt-sur-Somme to Paris - 6 cabins open, 0 booked. Open for either a private charter or individual cabin bookings.
Discounted rates: $12,000 off 12-person private charter rate, i.e. $45,000 for up to 12 guests.Panache 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.
=== Here's Another Option For This Spring ===
There is also some space available for a few dates in Holland this spring. Discounts are valid for new bookings confirmed by March 29, 2016:
- April 3-9 (Holland): 3 cabins open, 3 booked - $2500 off/cabin
- April 24-30 (Holland): 1 cabin open, 5 booked - $2500 off/cabin
- May 15-21 (Holland-Belgium): 3 cabins open, 3 booked - $2500 off/cabin
Panache cruises the French region of Alsace-Lorraine in the summer and autumn. Contact Paradise Connections to book your barging trip.