Battlefields And Stories Of The Great War
- Duration: -1 days
- Board Basis: Half Board
- Tour Ref: D2TRIVAMBRB18/SR7A
- Travel Type: Air
One hundred years after the end of the First World War, join our commemorative cruise to explore the stories around the battlefields of the Western Front. Mons is particularly symbolic for Britain as it was where our first and last soldier died, so we take some time to visit their graves and hear about their stories at the Mons Memorial Museum. A guided tour of Antwerp then reveals what life was like for the citizens of this city. We also visit Ypres, which was at the heart of the salient, before exploring the area known to our troops as Plugstreet. And as we walk around these now beautiful places, it can be hard to believe what happened all those years ago; but it’s vital we remember.
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
- Return travel from the UK
- Welcome drink, Captain’s get-together and party night
- En suite cabin accommodation aboard the MS Serenity
- Six nights’ cruise on a full board basis
- Early risers and mid morning tea/coffee
- Entertainment on every night of your cruise
- Visits to Amsterdam, Kinderdijk, Dordrecht, Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent & Rotterdam
- Excursions: Mons and St Symphorien, Antwerp during the Great War, and Ypres and Ploegsteert
- Services of our experienced and friendly Cruise Director and Cruise Manager
Day 1: UK – Amsterdam
We travel to Amsterdam, the vibrant capital of the Netherlands, and enjoy a relaxing evening onboard our ship.
Day 2: Kinderdijk & Dordrecht
This morning we reach the village of Kinderdijk, which is renowned for its 19 beautifully preserved windmills – the largest concentration in the Netherlands. Our optional excursion takes you ashore to visit one of the mills, where we learn about the lifestyle of a miller and the mechanism of a mill. We continue cruising to Dordrecht and enjoy an afternoon at leisure or you can visit the nearby city of Delft on our optional excursion to Royal Delft, the only remaining Delftware factory from the 17th century. Later in the day you can relax onboard as we cruise towards Brussels.
Day 3: Brussels
Today’s included excursion visits the town of Mons, where the first and last British soldiers died in the First World War: Private John Parr on 21 August 1914 and Private George Ellison on 11 November 1918, 90 minutes before the armistice. You can learn more about their stories along with the history of the area at the Mons Memorial Museum where entrance is included. We also visit St Symphorien Cemetery on the outskirts of the town. It was originally a cemetery for German soldiers after the Battle of Mons in August 1914. Today there are 284 German graves and 229 Commonwealth graves, including those of John Parr and George Ellison. In the afternoon we visit Brussels, Belgium’s beautiful capital, which has a stunning medieval old town (a return shuttle is included from our ship to the centre). Later today we begin cruising towards Antwerp.
Day 4: Antwerp
We start the day with an guided tour which looks at the position of the people of Antwerp during the First World War. You are then free to explore the city at leisure (a return shuttle is included from our ship to the centre). The Grote Markt is a great place to while away time, admiring the many guildhalls and the centrepiece fountain, and there are many more striking buildings which remind visitors of the city’s heyday in the 16th century.
Day 5: Ghent
We wake up close to Ghent, a fairytale city filled with medieval buildings, monuments and canals. From here our included excursion takes you to Ypres, which played a key role in the First World War. We visit the Menin Gate, where the names of 54,896 missing soldiers are engraved in its walls, and entrance is also included to the In Flanders Fields Museum. Next we visit the Plugstreet (Ploegsteert) Memorial to the Missing and Hyde Park Corner Cemetery before heading to the Plugstreet 14-18 Experience which details what happened in this area during the war. A packed lunch is included for this excursion. Alternatively you can spend the day in Ghent and later this evening we begin cruising back towards the Netherlands.
Day 6: Rotterdam
Rotterdam is known as ‘Manhattan on the Meuse’ because of its impressive skyline, which showcases cutting-edge architecture. Join our optional excursion to enjoy some of the highlights: take a trip up the Euromast observation tower where you can see as far as Antwerp.
Day 7: Amsterdam – UK
We bid farewell to the captain and his crew after breakfast and set off on the return journey.
This 4 star ship exudes luxury and style together with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, so you can enjoy an unforgettable cruise experience. Accommodation for 190 passengers is split over three decks which are all accessible by a lift. Excellent service and attention to detail are the priority of the captain and crew who are looking forward to welcoming you on board.
Main Deck cabins on the lower deck feature two small viewing windows, twin beds which are folded away during the day, allowing more space. Amenities include air-conditioning, en suite shower with wc, radio, satellite TV, safe and hairdryer. There is also a small desk and chair. Middle Deck cabins feature large sliding windows, two separate beds that are folded into sofas during the day, giving you space to relax in your cabin during the day. Amenities include air-conditioning, en suite shower with wc, radio, satellite TV, safe and hairdryer. Again there is a small desk and chair. Panorama Deck cabins which are the highest standard cabin aboard the ms Serenity are located on the upper deck and boast a French Balcony offering excellent river views. The cabins feature twin beds that are folded away during the day and amenities include air-conditioning, en suite shower with wc, radio, satellite TV, safe and hairdryer. As with all the other cabins there is a small desk and chair.
The spacious and attractive lounge is located on the main deck and ensures much cosiness on board. It’s a great place to meet your fellow guests and relax as you watch the scenery pass by. Lido Bar A unique feature aboard the ms Serenity is the lovely Lido bar situated to the rear of the Panorama deck which leads out to an outdoor terrace. Here you can sit and enjoy the fresh air whilst socialising over a drink or two!
The spacious Panorama Restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy your included meals, where you are looked after by the highly professional and friendly service team. Meals are served at a single sitting and the menus include international cuisine along with traditional local dishes, freshly prepared by your onboard chef. Sun Deck On the Sun Deck you can enjoy commanding views of the river whilst you relax in comfortable surroundings. The area is equipped with furniture including comfortable lounge chairs and awnings. There is also a lift on board which allows access to every deck on the ship.Back to top