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WWI History by River Ship
April 15, 2017 – April 24, 2017
During this enlightening 10-day journey, sail through the waterways of Holland and Belgium to discover the picturesque architecture, charming towns, and centuries of history that have formed the area known as The Flanders. Embark in Amsterdam and cruise to Rotterdam, Ghent, and Antwerp. Tour the major Western European WWI battlefields sites of the Somme, Ypres, and Verdun, where thousands of war graves and memorials of the fallen line the rural landscape.
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Program Highlights:
  • Hear lectures from Professor Carl Caldwell. The Origins of World War One: Who Was To Blame? explains three major arguments for why the war started, stressing how the international system had succeeded for years in preventing war yet somehow broke down on this occasion. A New Kind of War in Europe shifts from the origin of the war to the war itself, concentrating on violations of international conventions on war, the transformation of states and societies, and the breakdown of order as manifested in revolutions in Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Russia. The New Politics of World War One looks at the rise of fascism and bolshevism as phenomena coming directly from World War One, and connects the horrors of 1914-1918 with those of Stalinism and Nazism.
  • Dr. Gary Sheffield will offer a British perspective of the Great War to guests.
  • Take a guided harbor cruise of Rotterdam—a charming city and Europe’s largest port.
  • Choose between included excursions: the UNESCO World Heritage site of Kinderdijk and its iconic windmills, or the spring blooms at Keukenhof Gardens.
  • Visit St. Baaf's Cathedral in Ghent, and enjoy free time to explore the city center, including Gravensteen—the "castle of the counts."
  • Join the included, full-day excursion to the regions of Arras and Somme in France for guided tours of the Carrière Wellington Museum, the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, and Vimy Ridge.
  • View the WWI battlefields of Ypres and Eastern Flanders, where thousands of war graves and memorials for the fallen line the expansive landscape, and experience the nightly Menin Gate Last Post Ceremony.
  • Revel in the impressive architecture, vibrant atmosphere, and notable monuments of Antwerp during a guided tour.
  • Explore the university town of Maastricht, with its cobblestoned town center, captivating cathedrals, and lively cafés.
  • Enjoy a guided tour of Namur to take in the medieval squares and relaxing atmosphere, plus see the Namur Fortress—one of Europe's largest.
  • After disembarking, travel by motor coach to Verdun, France, for an included, full-day excursion to visit The Memorial of Verdun, the Ossuary of Douaumont, St. Mihiel American War Cemetery, Montsec American Monument, and the subterranean shafts below Verdun Citadel.
  • What's Included: 7 nights accommodations aboard the Avalon Artistry II and 1 night at Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Brussels; 1 welcome reception, 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 7 dinners served with complimentary regional wine and beer; onboard activities; all gratuities; and airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.