April 18 - Mai 1
Bruges - Reims
Oct 9 - 22, Reims - Bruges
Discover te Western Front
Flanders Fields, Somme, Chemin des Dames, ...
Special interest for Australian and New Zealand memorials
A World War I remembrance tour to the Western Front, combined with some art, culture and relaxed cruising.
Retrace the footsteps of your father, grandfather, uncle or other relative that fought in the Great War in Belgium and France. Discover the places that are engraved in our memories: Ypres, Passchendaele, Fromelles, Bullecourt, Villers-Bretonneux and many, many others. Memorials stand as silent witnesses to past battles where now are meadows and cornfields. There are graveyards with rows and rows of white stones, engraved with the names of thousands of young men that gave their lives on foreign ground.
Where once was fierce battle, we can now enjoy the arts in the Louvre Lens, bustling Lille, the quiet berth at Ruyaulcourt or simply relax on deck with a beautiful view of the passing landscape.
Lest we forget.
Battlefield Cruise Route
On all our cruises, you have a choice of things to do and places to visit, according to your preferences. Below is just a selection of what you can expect.
Day 1, Bruges
Welcome on board Johanna, moored near the ramparts of this historic city.
Day 2, Bruges – Deinze
After the morning sailing, our minivan will be waiting for you to visit the city of Ghent. On request we make a first tour to Flanders Fields with the Trenches of Death in Diksmuide and other memorials.
Day 3, Deinze – Wervik
Sailing on the river Lys, passing our first locks. Afternoon visit of Flanders Fields with Hill 60, Polygon Wood, 5th Div. memorial, Tine Cot Cemetary, Ypres and the Last Post at the Menin Gate.
Day 4, Wervik – Lille
We are leaving Belgium entering France. Visit Fromelles with VC corner and Memorial Park. Or discover the bustling city of Lille.
Day 5, Lille – Douai
Today we can see the work of the New Zealand diggers at the Wellington Quarry in Arras. Nearby is Vimy Ridge with the Canadian National Memorial and the remains of Mont St Eloi abbey.
Day 6, Douai – Ruyaulcourt
Sailing on the Canal du Nord, we go from the Scheldt to the Somme valley. First visit to the Somme area: Bullecourt, Pozieres, Mouquet Farm, Thiepval, …
Day 7, Ruyaulcourt – Péronne
Afternoon visit to the Hindenburg line, Mont Saint Quentin, Bellenglise, 2nd and 4th Dividion memorials.
Day 8, Péronne & Villers-Bretonneux
At sunrise, ANZAC ceremony at Villers Bretonneux. Don’t forget to register your free tickets! Afternoon tour of Somme battlefield: Le Hamel, Sailly-le-Sec, Lochnagar crater,…
Day 9, Péronne – Noyon
Excursion to the hill city of Laon
Day 10, Noyon – Guny
Lange Max and the “Pariser Kanon” near Coucy-le-Chateau-Aufrique.
Day 11, Guny – Braye en Laonnois
Visit of Soissons, Compiegne armistice wagon
Day 12, Braye en Laonnois – Berry au Bac
Dragon’s cave, California planes, Tank memorial
Day 13, Berry au Bac – Reims
Reims city and optional Fort de la Pompelle
Day 14, Reims
Farewell after breakfast.
Option: Add a few days in B&B on board Johanna in Bruges or Reims at the start or end of your cruise.
In autumn (early October) we offer the cruise in opposite direction.
Other dates on request: June 27 – July 10 and July 14-27 (if available).
Contact us with your cruise requests and wishes, we’ll send you a quote and availability as soon as possible.
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