As the 100th anniversary of World War I approaches, CroisiEurope, Europe’s largest river cruise operator, is offering three cruises to commemorate the Great War.
These new cruises will tour historically significant sites in France and Belgium to pay homage to the beginning of “the war to end all wars,” which redrew boundaries, reshaped the political landscape and forever changed the way wars were fought.
During the excursions on these three all-inclusive cruises, guests will explore the war’s historical impact during memorial visits, battlefield tours, war museum excursions and cultural immersion experiences.
CroisiEurope’s Commemorative Cruises, each of which is seven days, are:
*A Great War – A Commemorative Cruise (Ostend to Lille): Spend time exploring the historic sites of Belgium and France. Walk through the “Trench of Death” in Diksmuide, visit the largest memorial for commonwealth forces, the Memorial to the Missing in Kotrijik and finish with a tour of the underground tunnels used during the war at the Carrière Wellington.
*A Great War – A Commemorative Cruise (Lille to Ostend): This journey begins in France with tours of the historic cities of Lille and Comines. From there, the cruise will explore the Memorial of the Missing, Passchendaele Museum, Yser Tower Memorial and attend the Last Post Ceremony before ending the trip in Ostend.
*The Great War – Cruise on a Hotel Barge in Champagne: This cruise combines historical significance with local culture. Beginning in Paris explore the battlefields, museums and memorials dotting the Marne before enjoying champagne tastings in Chalons-en-Champagne.
Established in 1976, CroisiEurope is based in Strasbourg, France.
(Photo of MS France courtesy of CroisiEurope)