The Great War Cruise

German trench ruins in Vauquois France
Sprawling vineyards of France
Gothic cathedral entrance
Monument Butte de Vauquois France
Adventure Life
The gothic Notre-Dame Cathedral towers over the streets of Paris
Relax on the MS Raymonde as she sails the canals of France
Modern decor on the MS Raymonde
Explore the reaches of the First World War on this 7-day France Canal cruise. Begin in Paris, the City of Lights, and sail for Lagny Sur Marne, Saint Jean les Deux Jumeaux, and more. As you sail, stop to explore vineyards and attend wine tastings, then visit Epernay, known for its overgrown trenches and historical part in the war. As you sail, admire the lush rolling hills and charming port cities which line the interior waterways of France.

Day 1

    Paris

    Board the MS Raymonde in Paris at 6 PM and settle into your cabin. Attend a welcome briefing and meet the crew before sitting down for dinner. The ship stays in Paris overnight.

    Day 2

      Paris / Lagny Sur Marne

      Enjoy breakfast on board before leaving by coach for a walking tour of Paris - The City of Lights. Visit Les Invalides and the Musée de l'Armée, which retraces history from 1871 to 1945, including the two World Wars. The museum has over a thousand objects showing the diversity of its collections: French and foreign uniforms, including some having belonged to illustrious military leaders (Foch, Joffre, de Lattre, Leclerc) and objects used by ordinary soldiers in daily life. While in Paris, the ship will cruise to Lagny-sur-Marne. Rejoin the ship there and enjoy lunch before cruising towards Meaux. Arrive in the evening and enjoy dinner on board.

      Day 3

        Meaux / Saint Jean les Deux Jumeaux

        In the morning, tour the Battlefields of the Marne and the Museum of the Great War. The circuit of the Battlefields of the Marne takes you through several of the most important combat areas. Follow the events in chronological order and the direction of the troops as they advanced during the war. The Museum of the Great War houses one of the most unique collections in Europe and proposes an innovative vision of the Great War through modern techniques. Consisting of approximately 50,000 objects and documents, the collection allows visitors to appreciate the worldwide dimensions of the conflict, including 200 complete uniforms. Return to the ship for lunch and continue cruising towards Saint-Jean-Les-Deux-Jumeaux.

        Day 4

          Saint Jean les Deux Jumeaux / Chateau Thierry

          Cruise through the morning and enjoy breakfast and lunch on board as you pass by Champigny and Drachy. Int he afternoon, travel by coach for a visit to the Remembrance Museum of Belleau. Encounter the permanent exhibition presenting the American Military Cemetery and the chapel built on the site of the trenches (Belleau Wood). In another room, find temporary exhibitions about the First World War. Continue on to visit the Aisne-Marne Cemetery at the foot of the wood, where 2,289 soldiers fell fighting during the summer of 1918. Return on board for dinner and remain in port overnight.

          Day 5

            Chateau Thierry / Dormans / Epernay

            Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and lunch on board as the ship cruises towards Dormans. In the afternoon, join a tour on the famous Champagne Tourist Route. Partake in a guided tour of the village of Hautvillers, once home to the famous Dom Perignon, the legendary Benedictine monk who is frequently (but erroneously) credited with having invented sparkling champagne. Pay special attention to the unique 140 wrought iron signs hanging through the village; they tell a story about the inhabitants. Continue to a prominent champagne house and enjoy a tasting. During this time, the ship will cruise to Epernay. Rejoin the ship in the evening for dinner on board.

            Day 6

              Epernay / Chalons en Champagne

              Take in the scenery as you cruise the Marne throughout the morning. Arrive in Chalons-en-Champagne in the early afternoon and leave by coach for a tour of Verdun. Begin the tour with a visit to Fort Douaumont, the largest and highest fort on the ring of 19 defensive forts protecting the city of Verdun up through 1915. Continue on to the Douaumont ossuary, where the bodies of 130,000 World War soldiers from each side are at rest together for eternity. Finish the visit with the "Tranchée des Baïonnettes" (bayonet trench), a monument financed by the American George Rand. In the evening, return to the ship for a gala dinner.

              Day 7

                Chalons en Champagne

                Enjoy one last breakfast on board before disembarking the ship at 9 AM.
                 Lower Deck
                2015-May-28
                2015-Jul-08
                2015-Sep-17
                $2,781
                Includes:
                *All meals on board
                *Drinks including water, wine, beer, fruit juices, tea, and coffee
                *Drinks served at the bar excluding champagne and wines on the wine list
                *All excursions
                *Welcome cocktail
                *Onboard entertainment
                *Gala dinner and evening
                *Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
                *All port fees

                Excludes:
                *Drinks on the wine list
                *Champagne at the bar,
                *Drinks served during excursions or transfers
                *Cancellation and baggage insurance
                *Personal expenses

                Deposit & Payment

                Initial deposit is 25%, and most travelers will call our office and pay the deposit with a credit card. Alternatively, you can register online here.

                Final payment is due 100 days prior to departure by bank transfer, check or credit card. All final payments by credit card may be subject to a surcharge and maximum of $20,000 charge.

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                Cancellation Policy

                Days Prior to departureFee
                90+ days$200
                89-6055%
                59-3075%
                29-0100%