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The Great War - a commemorative cruise in Belgium

OSTEND - BRUGES - KORTRIJK - COMINES - LILLE

   


Days: 7 Days
Code: OLI Ostend to Lille - OR - LIO Lille to Ostend
NOTE: 2017 CRUISES INCLUDE THE "CLASSIC" SIGHTSEEING PACKAGE

This evocative 7 day commemorative cruise in Belgium will give you a deeper understanding of the impact of WWI in this area.  Whilst on your cruise through Belgium you will visit Diksmuide and a preserved WWI trench, the 84 m high Yser Memorial Tower, the British War Cemetery at Tyne Cot, the Passchendaele Museum, take a walking tour of Ypres and visit the Flanders Fields Museum, the military cemetery and hospital at Lijssenthoek and the Arras Battle memorial at Wellington Quarry.



ITINERARY
   
DAY 1   OSTEND
   

Board in Ostend starting at 6 pm.  Welcome cocktail and crew presentation.

     
DAY 2       

OSTEND - BRUGES


 

Morning spent cruising followed by a guided visit of Bruges (The Venice of the North).  The visit ends with a trip along the town's canals on board little motor boats.

     
DAY 3  

BRUGES - KORTRIJK


 

After a morning cruising join an afternoon excursion to Diksmuide, the site of a bloody confrontation during WWI which totally destroyed the town.  The visit includes a preserved trench setting from the era.  This site aims to preserve details of the Defence's historic heritage.  After a stop at the German cemetery of Vaslo you will have a chance to visit the 84 m high Memorial at Yser Tower with its museum of war, peace and Flemish emancipation.

     
DAY 4  

KORTRIJK


 

Today there is a full day excursion beginning with a visit to the British War Cemetery at Tyne Cot, and continuing to the Passchendaele Museum in Zonnebeke Castle for an overview of the battle of 1917.  An underground path gives an idea of what a British soldier experienced.  After a cheese tasting and lunch at a local restaurant the tour continues to Ypres for a 3 km walking tour of the ramparts, followed by a visit to the Flanders Fields Museum where you will learn more of the history of WWI in the region.  After a stop at Hill 40 (an Australian Memorial) attend a "Last Post" before re-joining the boat.  A fitting and final farewell to the dead.

     
DAY 5   KORTRIJK - COMINES
   

This morning visit Poperingen (one of the only towns not occupied) before continuing to the military cemetery and hospital at Lijssenthoek.  The visitor centre explains the history and importance of this site.  An afternoon at leisure is followed by crew entertainment and dinner on board.

     
DAY 6
  COMINES - LILLE
   

Today a morning tour of Arras, with its rich history and architectural heritage, before visiting Wellington Quarry – used during the build-up of troops for the Allied offensive.  Descend 20 m in a glass lift to learn about the memorial to the 1917 Battle of Arras.  After an afternoon cruising enjoy a Gala Evening on board.

     
DAY 7
  LILLE
   

After a last breakfast disembark at 9 am.

     
   

This itinerary is a guide only. For reasons of navigational safety, the captain and crew of the boat alone may decide to modify the itinerary.

Please note Croisi cruises are bilingual with on board commentaries in both French & English. Sightseeing tours are guaranteed in English with either bilingual guides or audiphones.

                        
   
INCLUSIONS:





 

This offer includes: The cruise on full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final day, local wine, beer and fruit juice at lunch and dinner (on board meals only), Open bar including a variety of French and regional wine and spirits  (excluding Champagne and premium drinks),  accommodation in a twin air conditioned cabin with shower and WC, entertainment, the assistance of our hostess on board, the welcome cocktail, the gala evening, port taxes and pre-paid English sightseeing (subject to minimum numbers)

     
EXCLUSIONS:

 

This offer does not include:  insurance, personal expenses, Drinks - wine selected from the premium drinks list and those purchased on shore excursions, shore excursions.

     
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