There are a number of hotel barge cruises now being offered to commemorate the outbreak of the Great War 100 years ago. The Canal du Nord and the Canal de la Somme – traversing the lands that saw appalling fighting conditions and devastating loss of life – will be the routes for the cruises.
From various points along the waterways guests will take excursions to some of the most significant sites and memorials, including:
- The Menin Gate in Ypres for the very moving Last Post ceremony
- Vimy Ridge, site of the Canadian National Memorial, Canada’s largest overseas memorial
- The Thiepval memorial, a heart-rending monument to 75,000 missing soldiers who fell during the Battle of the Somme
The forest clearing at Compiegne where the Armistice was signed on November 11, 1918
For full itineraries, departure dates and details of how to book please contact clare@PondersTravel.co.uk and quote ‘french-waterways.com’.