Aslaug - somme - picardy
Canal Barge in France
Visit WW1 Battlefields from a barge
somme battlefield cruise
Aslaug will cruise the beautiful Canal de la Somme and arrange visits to the battlefields, war cemeteries and memorials closely connected to the river and canal. The 1914 - 1918 war cost the lives of more than 16 million young men and wounded double the number. Visiting the Battlefields from a barge is a new concept offering visitors to discover the Historical Somme Battlefields while enjoying the unique and relaxing cruising atmosphere on board a comfortable floating hotel-barge
THE 4 PASSENGER BARGE Aslaug
Aslaug is a new-built, owner-operated barge. She welcomes 4 guests in two well insulated cabins, each with two single beds (80 cm x 200 cm), wardrobe and drawers. Stow-room for extra luggage is available. Each cabin has a ventilation hatch and solid opening brass portholes, its own ensuite bathroom with toilet, shower, washbasin and hair dryer. The interior is fitted out in Danish design and cherry-wood furniture. Hardwood parquet and natural materials give a very healthy interior climate. Breakfast and lunch are served in the saloon or on the aft terrace if the weather is fine, and guests may use the spacious wheelhouse as a lounge. There are two sun decks, both equipped with teak furniture. 4 folding bikes are available for guests.
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WW1 battlefields Itinerary
Our 5 day - 4 night round trip cruise starts and finishes in Amiens. This cruise dedicated to WW1 sites allows you to discover the natural beauty of the Somme as well. For Anzac, the cruise will be 6 days instead of 5 to allow time to attend Anzac ceremony. Below you will find a typical cruise program but itinerary is flexible. The captain will be happy to modify the route according guests’ wishes. You can use the bicycles on board to explore the nature and the many sights along the canal, at leisure.
Amiens - Amiens (5 day round trip)
Sunday, Day 1, Amiens.
We will meet you at the train station in the afternoon and accompany you to the mooring, a nice stroll along the
pedestrian street. Free time in the afternoon and evening to discover the city : Notre-Dame
Cathedral, UNESCO World Heritage site, the largest Gothic church in France, twice the size of Notre-Dame in Paris; the hortillonnages -stunning floating gardens- , the botanical garden, Jules Verne’s house, several art museums, the old town. In the evening, choose one of the many restaurants
in town and watch the amazing night-show at the cathedral in the evening which converts the huge
grey building into the colorful sight it once was. (mid-June to 3rd Sunday of September)
Monday, Day 2 .Battlefields guided Tour.
Today, a comfortable air-conditioned minibus driven by one of our outstanding battlefields expert guides will come and pick you up at the boat for a full day battlefields tour. This excursion is optional and you will have to confirm your participation at time of booking. We have built this all cruise itinerary around this tour, unanimously appreciated by Australian visitors – read feedback – and it would be very sad to miss such an opportunity to hear the true story of those dreadful days.
Battlefields tour option: 130 Euros / person. Click here for details.
While on tour, the boat will cruise from Amiens to Corbie where you'll return after the Tour. A buffet dinner will be served on board.
Tuesday, Day 3, Corbie - Froissy (3.5 h. cruising)
From Hamelet, close to Corbie, you can take a horse-carriage ride to the trenches around the memorial of Le
Hamel. It gives a good impression of the landscape and the conditions of the WW1 soldiers. We have lunch aboard
and sail to Froissy, passing the beautiful little château in Méricourt. The comprehensive narrow-gauge train
museum in Froissy is open July and August (and some special days in Spring) and offers the possibility of a short
train-ride in the old wagons that were used to carry ammunition and soldiers to the front (and wounded soldiers
back). “Captain’s Dinner”on the boat.
Wednesday, Day 4, Froissy – Corbie (3.5 h. cruising)
After lunch on board in Corbie, you can visit the the memorial of Le Hamel with its very comprehensive explanatory
tablets. There is a good view across the Somme river valley and the hills the soldiers had to climb. You can put our
folding bicycles in a taxi and cycle back downhill to the canal. Dinner at the “La Caroline”, a local restaurant serving
traditional French food.
Thursday, Day 5, Corbie – Amiens. (4 h. cruising)
We have lunch on the way at the renovated lock-keeper house in Lamotte-Brebière and afterwards pass the
“hortillonnages” (vegetable gardens in an old moor area) and admire the quaint entrances to the small lots. Arrival
in Amiens late afternoon. Departure on foot or by taxi to the station.