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Belgium: River cruises to honor 100th anniversary of WWI

Belgium: River cruises to honor 100th anniversary of WWI
The picturesque town of Bruges, Belgium, is among the stops on CroisiEurope's "Great War" commemorative cruises. (CroisiEurope)

CroisiEurope, Europe’s largest river cruise operator, is honoring the 100th anniversary of World War I with a tour on waterways through Belgium and France.

The seven-day itinerary begins in Ostend, Belgium, with stops at the quaint city of Bruges; an excursion to Diksmuide, where bloody wartime confrontations took place; and the Yser Tower Memorial, which houses a museum dedicated to war, peace and Flemish emancipation.

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Other highlights in Belgium include visits to the Memorial to the Missing in Kortrijk, the In Flanders Field Museum in Ypres, and Poperinge, one of two Belgian towns not to have been occupied by the Germans during WWI.

In Arras, France, passengers will tour the Carrière Wellington museum, named after a network of tunnels used by the British and Commonwealth forces, to learn about the Battle of Arras. The cruise concludes in Lille, France.

Dates: Sept. 10. Reverse itinerary, from Lille to Ostend, is available for travel Sept. 16.
Price: From $1,809 per person. Includes onshore excursions and meals onboard ship.
Info: CroisiEurope, (800) 768-7232

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