Western Front Explorer 2021 APT River Cruise

Delve into World War I history as you explore the battlefields, shrines and memorials found along the Western Front. Lose yourself within Ghent, Antwerp and Bruges, and explore The Netherlands, where cuisine, culture and art take centre stage.

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Ghent

Itinerary

Fly from the UK and be met on arrival. We’ll transfer you to your ship – your luxurious floating hotel for the next 15 days – where you’ll have time to unpack and get ready for everything that’s about to come.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Perhaps admire Amsterdam’s canals from a glass-top boat as you glide past 17th-century homes, churches and merchant houses. Otherwise, gourmet lovers will enjoy a culinary journey through Jordaan and visit a fishmonger, bakery and cheese store.
Choose your sightseeing. We have left the afternoon free so you can get out and explore more on your own. Tonight, enjoy a gala wel£\xADcome dinner.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Enjoy a guided exploration of The Hague and see the Dutch Parliament building and the Peace Palace. Alternatively, visit the cheese mecca of Gouda to sample the region’s finest varieties, or stay on board and partake in a fun Dutch language lesson.
Choose the sightseeing that suits you. Afterwards, discover Rotterdam on a guided tour, or maybe head off and explore on your own. Later, enjoy dinner on board.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Stop in Willemstad, where we have prepared something special for you, an incredible private organ recital at the oldest Protestant church in the Netherlands.
Visit World Heritage-listed Kinderdijk, known for having the country’s greatest concentration of 18th-century windmills. Then enjoy your Signature Experience.

Cruise into the region of Zeeland, home to one of the world’s most complex modern engineering projects, the Delta Works, a series of flood protection systems including storm surge barriers that took more than 30 years to complete.

FREEDOM EXPERIENCE: Explore the Somme Battlefields, including the 1st and 2nd Australian Division Memorials and the John Monash Centre. Alternatively, enjoy a guided discovery of Ghent, including a canal cruise.
Today presents two very different but equally tempting sightseeing choices. Afterwards, return to your ship for dinner.

FREEDOM EXPERIENCE: Enjoy a full day visiting the Battlefields of Fromelles, including the Flanders Field Museum, Pheasant Wood Cemetery and the VC Corner Australian Cemetery. You will also have the opportunity to view The Last Post at Menin Gate. Alternatively, enjoy a full day to soak up the historic wonders of Bruges, including Markt Plaza and Belfry.

Today presents a great opportunity to recharge the batteries halfway through your journey, with a full day at leisure. The canal-side architecture offers numerous medieval and classical wonders. You may wish to take one of the onboard bikes out for a spin and explore the town on your own. Or you may wish to do nothing at all and relax.

Arrive in Antwerp where you can join a culinary walk to sample Belgium’s renowned waffles and chocolate, and taste for yourself as to why they’re considered the world’s finest.

A visit to the Belgium battlefields takes you to Tyne Cot Cemetery, Polygon Wood and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele. You also have the option to take it easy with a full day at leisure. Perhaps take your APT Concierge app for a spin and explore on your own.

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCE: Savour a Michelin-starred lunch at Château Neercanne, which commands impressive vistas across the Jeker Valley from its terraces.
Enjoy your Signature Experience. Later, tour Maastricht, renowned for its maze of tunnel caves, Roman history and historic architecture. Afterwards, take some free time to either do a little more exploring, or maybe relax on board with a drink at the bar.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: Visit the Kroller-Muller Museum and discover its sculptural art collection, including masterpieces by Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso. Or maybe visit the residence of the last German Emperor Wilheim II, Huis Doorn. After the German defeat in World War I, Wilheim II fled to the neutral Netherlands, where he lived on this estate in the Utrecht province from 1920 to 1941.

FREEDOM OF CHOICE: In Arnhem, history buffs will love the Airborne Museum, which depicts the Battle of Arnhem in which the Allied Forces attempted to form a bridgehead on the northern banks of the Rhine river in September 1944. Or discover The Netherlands Open Air Museum where a number of Dutch houses, farms and windmills have been expertly recreated to appear as they were centuries ago.

On spring departures, visit the Keukenhof Gardens, encompassing more than 70 acres of renowned gardens and parklands. Relish the chance to admire the spectacular display of bulb flowers in bloom, including colourful tulips. Tonight, sit down to the captain’s farewell dinner.

Sadly today, your journey draws to a conclusion. Say your farewells, disembark your ship and be transferred to the airport.

Price Guide

Date Fares from (pp)
12 April 2021 £3,695
29 September 2021 £4,195

What's Included

  • Savings of up to £1,500pp - book by 30 September 2020*
  • Return scheduled flights from the UK
  • 14 nights on one of APT’s luxurious Concerto River Ships
  • Home-to-airport transfers by Private Car†
  • Unique cultural experiences
  • Enriching Signature Experiences and Freedom of Choice Sightseeing
  • Includes 40 meals: 14 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches and 14 Dinners
  • Complimentary beverages served at your discretion on board
  • APT Cruise Director and expert local guides
  • Butler service, room service, complimentary laundry service and champagne on arrival in select suites