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Panache - World War One Cruise

Panache - World War One Cruise

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€44,000 Per Charter

Luxe Class

 

Learn the tragic history of World War One with our commemorative cruise in Belgium and France.

  • Country / Region
    Belgium & France /
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    PANWW10816
  • Itinerary
    Courtrai to Béthencourt-sur-Somme
  • Cabins
    6
  • Max Passengers
    12
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Up to €5,650 per charter*
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From
€44,000 Per Charter

Luxe Class

 

Learn the tragic history of World War One with our commemorative cruise in Belgium and France.

  • Country / Region
    Belgium & France /
  • Duration
    7 Days/6 Nights
  • Cruise Code
    PANWW10816
  • Itinerary
    Courtrai to Béthencourt-sur-Somme
  • Cabins
    6
  • Max Passengers
    12
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Up to €5,650 per charter*
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Description 
  • Cruise Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or double bed) with en-suite bathroomActivityActivity Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary MealsMeals All meals included - authentic French cuisine and regional specialities plus a selection of fine winesDrinksDrinks Open bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinksInclusionInclusion Sun deck with spa poolTransportation Transportation Vehicle for transfers and excursions ActivityActivity Use of bicyclesItineraryItinerary Cruise between Courtrai and Béthencourt-sur-Somme.InclusionInclusion WiFi on boardActivityActivity Wine tasting sessions

Summary

Our memorable World War One commemorative cruise will take you to the signifcant key places during the war. Excursions include sites in Lille, Ypres, Flanders, battlefields, war memorials and museums. 

 

Receive a free signed copy of French Odyssey, one per cabin booked.

 

Cruise Highlights

  • Visit sites in Ypres including the Cloth Hall, the Christmas Truce Cross and the Pool of Peace. 
  • Attend the moving Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial. 
  • Visit the VC Corner Cemetery at the Australian Memorial Park, the Cobbers statue and the battlefield of Fromelles.
  • Explore the battlefields of Arras and Vimy Ridge.
  • Visit the Somme battlefields, the Thiepval Memorial and Newfoundland Park.
  • Explore the town of Pozieres.
  • Visit the village of Villers-Bretonneux, the location of the annual ANZAC Day ceremony. 
  • Visit the Australian National Memorial and Le Hamel. 


Inclusions

  • Local transfers to and from the hotel barge
  • Luxury 6 night cruise
  • All meals on board catered for by the on board Master Chef
  • Open bar 24/7 with a large range of alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks. All wines served throughout the cruise
  • Excursions and admittance fees as per the itinerary
  • Services of 6 crew 
  • Use of barge facilities which includes bicycles and spa pool
  • Library of books and maps
  • Collection of board games
  • Electronic piano
  • Nordic walking sticks (on request)
  • TV with built-in DVD in each suite

 

Pick-up & Drop Off Points

All transfers on Panache are approximately 1 hour with the exception of the WW1 cruise on 29 May 16 which is 2 hours.

WW1 - Belgium to Picardy, France

For cabin bookings: 

  • Pick up point: Choice of location in Bruges at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off point: Hotel Westminster in Paris at 12:00  noon


For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: Choice of location in Bruges at 4:15 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the groups choice in Paris by 12:00 noon


WW1 - Bethencourt-sur-Somme to Paris

For cabin bookings:

  • Pick-up point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 3:00 pm
  • Drop-off point: The Hotel Westminster, Paris at 10:00 am


For charter bookings:

  • Pick-up point: One location of the group's choice in Paris at 3:00 pm
  • Drop-off point: One location of the group's choice in Paris by 10:00 am

Cruise Cuisine

Regional Specialities
Medallions of Veal with a Girolles and Truffle Sauce, Roasted Duck a l’Alsacienne, Magret de Canard aux Mirabelles, Le Baeckeoffe d’Alsace, Crepes Suzette with Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Wine Cellar
Riesling Grand Cru, Chassagne-Montrachet, Chablis Premier Cru Pouilly Fuisse, Gewurztraminer,
Cremant d’Alsace, Florimont Riesling

 

Cheese Board
Munster, Brie de Meaux, Fourme d'Ambert, Chaource, Tomme Fermier d’Alsace, Gouda; Leyden, Maasdam, Brokkel Ould, Limburger

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Itinerary 

Courtrai to Béthencourt-sur-Somme

Day 1, Sunday
Meet at your choice of location in Bruges and transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Panache for a Champagne welcome and an introduction to your crew and barge. Time perhaps for a walk or cycle ride before dinner on board.

Day 2, Monday
This morning, cruise to Lille along the beautiful River Lys near Ypres which the Australian troops called “Wipers” and the centre of intense, sustained fighting between German and Allied forces in WW1. After lunch, we visit sites in and around Ypres, including the medieval Cloth Hall that now houses the "In Flanders Fields" museum - a moving pictorial comment on the futility of the conflict. We will also visit the Christmas Truce Cross, the Pool of Peace crater and the site where Lt. John McCrae wrote the moving poem “In Flanders Fields”, the Essex Farm dressing station. Early dinner ashore at 6.30pm in a traditional Belgian restaurant, then afterwards we attend the moving daily Last Post ceremony at 8pm at the Menin Gate Memorial.

Day 3, Wednesday
This morning, we drive to Fromelles, to visit the VC Corner cemetery at Australian memorial park, where 400 unidentified soldiers lie. The cemetery was situated in no-man's land between the Australian and German lines in 1916. This was the first scene of Australian involvement on the Western Front and you will learn just why it was so disastrous. We will also see the famous Cobbers statue and battlefield of Fromelles, and the Pheasant Wood New Cemetery Extension, opened in 2010 after 200 soldiers’ bodies were exhumed there. This afternoon we cruise to Arleux and the beginning of the Canal du Nord. Dinner on board.

Day 4, Thursday
After breakfast, we head off to visit the battlefields of Arras and Vimy Ridge. We then return to the barge for a cruise under the New Zealand Engineers Bridge, amazingly built in a week in 1918 under continuous German fire. The canal itself was the scene of the Battle of Canal du Nord in September 1918. Being located in the heart of the battlefields, it was substantially destroyed and no attempt was made to reinstate and complete it until the early 1960s. After lunch back on board, we continue cruising on to our evening mooring at Ruyaulcourt. Dinner on board.

Day 5, Thursday
This morning, we pass through the 3 mile Ruyaulcourt Tunnel and cruise on down towards Péronne. Later, we head to the Somme and the site of the first day of the Battle of the Somme, where 23,000 men died in one day on July 1st, 1916. We visit the moving Thiepval memorial: a monument to 75,000 “missing” from this battle, and the visitor centre has wonderful archival film footage and photographs from the era. Afterwards, we move on to the Newfoundland Park memorial where the Newfoundland Regiment of 700 men was wiped out in just 40 minutes. We will also visit the famous little town of Pozières to see the Gibraltar bunker, the ancient Windmill monument and infamous Tommy Café. Return to the barge for dinner on board

Day 6, Friday
The liberation of Villers-Bretonneux in 1918 claimed over 1,200 Australian soldiers’ lives. Every year, the ANZAC Day ceremony is held at the town’s memorial where over 10,000 Australian servicemen are commemorated. This morning we visit this incredible village, which remains a living tribute to the Australian soldiers who liberated it. Highlights are Victoria School (this was built by money raised from children in Victoria after WW1), a fascinating and moving visit and pictorial museum in the town centre, the Australian National War Memorial and Le Hamel, memorial site of General Monash’s astounding 93 minute victorious battle over the Germans. After lunch we cruise the final leg of our journey along the Western Front to Béthencourt-sur-Somme. Gala dinner aboard.

Day 7, Saturday
After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to the Hotel Westminster in Paris.

Barge Details 

Panache Deck Plan

Panache deck plan

  • 128 feet long
  • 12 passengers
  • 6 crew
  • 6 twin/double state rooms with en-suite facilities
  • Air-conditioned
  • Centrally Heated
  • CD player/iPod dock
  • Piano
  • Sun deck with spa pool
  • 12 touring bikes/1 tandem on request
  • 2 Air-conditioned minibuses
  • WiFi (Subject to reception)
Dates & Prices 

Rates for 2018

10% off per cabin on March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29; May 6, 13, 20 & 27

Departure Dates Region Junior Suite per person Single Supplement Book Before
March 25 Holland 4,041 Euros 1,600 Euros 5 January 2018
April 1, 8, 15 Holland 4,041 Euros 1,600 Euros 5 January 2018
April 22, 29 Holland 4,671 Euros 1,850 Euros 5 January 2018
May 6, 13 Holland 4,671 Euros 1,850 Euros 5 January 2018
May 20 Holland - Belgium 4,041 Euros 1,600 Euros 5 January 2018
May 27 Belgium - Picardy 4,041 Euros 1,600 Euros 5 January 2018
June 3 Picardy - Paris 4,490 Euros 1,600 Euros
June 10, 17, 24 Champagne 5,190 Euros 1,850 Euros
July 1, 8 Champagne 5,190 Euros 1,850 Euros
July 22, 29 Alsace & Lorraine 4,490 Euros 1,600 Euros
August 5, 12, 19 Alsace & Lorraine 4,490 Euros 1,600 Euros
August 26 Alsace & Lorraine 5,190 Euros 1,850 Euros
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Alsace & Lorraine 5,190 Euros 1,850 Euros
October 7, 14, 21 Alsace & Lorraine 4,490 Euros 1,600 Euros

Charter (Whole Barge)

10% off per charter on March 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29; May 6, 13, 20 & 27

Departure Dates Region Charter 8 ppl Charter 9 ppl Charter 10 ppl Charter 11 ppl Charter 12 ppl Book Before
March 25 Holland 39,600 Euros 40,860 Euros 41,850 Euros 42,840  Euros 43,830 Euros 5 January 2018
April 1, 8, 15 Holland 39,600 Euros 40,860 Euros 41,850 Euros 42,840 Euros 43,830 Euros 5 January 2018
April 22, 29 Holland 45,810 Euros 47,340 Euros 48,510 Euros 49,680 Euros 50,850 Euros 5 January 2018
May 6, 13 Holland 45,810 Euros 47,340 Euros 48,510 Euros 49,680 Euros 50,850 Euros 5 January 2018
May 20 Holland - Belgium 39,600 Euros 40,860 Euros 41,850 Euros 42,840 Euros 43,830 Euros 5 January 2018
May 27 Belgium - Picardy 39,600 Euros 40,860 Euros 41,850 Euros 42,840 Euros 43,830 Euros 5 January 2018
June 3 Picardy - Paris 44,000 Euros 45,400 Euros 46,500 Euros 47,600 Euros 48,700 Euros
June 10, 17, 24 Champagne 50,900 Euros 52,600 Euros 53,900 Euros 55,200 Euros 56,500 Euros
July 1, 8 Champagne 50,900 Euros 52,600 Euros 53,900 Euros 55,200 Euros 56,500 Euros
July 22, 29 Alsace & Lorraine 44,000 Euros 45,400 Euros 46,500 Euros 47,600 Euros 48,700 Euros
August 5, 12, 19 Alsace & Lorraine 44,000 Euros 45,400 Euros 46,500 Euros 47,600 Euros 48,700 Euros
August 26 Alsace & Lorraine 50,900 Euros 52,600 Euros 53,900 Euros 55,200 Euros 56,500 Euros
September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Alsace & Lorraine 50,900 Euros 52,600 Euros 53,900 Euros 55,200 Euros 56,500 Euros
October 7, 14, 21 Alsace & Lorraine 44,000 Euros 45,400 Euros 46,500 Euros 47,600 Euros 48,700 Euros


Terms & Conditions

Prices shown in Euros and will be converted in Australian Dollar (AUD) at time of payment using a daily ROE. An initial deposit of €800 is payable at the time of booking. The balance must be paid within 90 days as per our terms and conditions and as specified in our confirmation invoice, which will be despatched when the booking form has been processed. Cancellation policy applies to all bookings.

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