aslaug - somme picardy


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aslaug - somme picardy

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Aslaug - somme - picardy

Canal Barge in France






"We certainly enjoyed our trip to France, and the time on your barge was the highlight of it! A totally relaxed week, cruising on the Somme, delicious breakfast and lunch buffets and a very tasty welcome dinner." - S. & L.F., Canada



Cruise the unspoilt Canal de la somme
and
Visit WW1 Battlefields from a barge



somme battlefields 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.





canal de la somme

As an antidote to the war scenario, the wonderful nature on the Canal de la Somme offers peace and true relaxation on board the boat while cruising leisurely at 6 km/h on the winding canal. Away from stress, you will enjoy Saint-Valery with its vast tidal area, the seals in the bay and its bird reserves. On shore, you will admire beautiful cathedrals and castles along the waterway.




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.


on board


  • 2018 season
    6 nights all inclusive

    April to September

    3000€
    per cabin (2 people)

    3800€
    Private charter for 2 people

    5000€
    Private charter for 3 / 4 people



  • 2018 season
    4 nights all inclusive

    April to September

    2000€
    per cabin (2 people)

    2500€
    Private charter for 2 people

    3300€
    Private charter for 4 people



  • 2018 anzac cruise
    5 nights all inclusive

    25 April 2018

    2500€
    per cabin (2 people)

    5000€
    private charter 2 to 4 people



Price for Aslaug includes:

- 7 days, 6 nights,(or 5 days, 4 nights), breakfasts, lunch buffets, tea, coffee, beverages, one “Captain’s dinner”. Other onshore restaurants are at passengers expenses. In case Aslaug is moored away from any restaurants, dinner will be served on board. - The use of the ship's 4 folding bikes and helmets.
Aslaug offers B&B accommodation, guests are requested to take responsibility for their own cabin and bathroom during their stay.



These rates do not include:

- Air or ground transportation to and from the boat, but we will arrange transport from the nearest train station to the mooring.
- Excursions and tours are at passenger's expenses.
- Your personal Liability, Property, Medical and Travel Insurance.



To avoid currency exchange fees,
• Australians can pay in Australian dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• New Zealanders can pay in New Zealand dollars by direct deposit or credit card.
• US citizens will be charged in US dollars using credit card.



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Itineraries

For a One Week Cruise (7 days/6 nights) we have two itineraries : Amiens to Péronne and Amiens to Saint-Valery. We also offer a Roundtrip (5 days/4 nights) which starts in Amiens and goes via Corbie and Froissy back to Amiens, featuring both WW1 commemoration sites and beautiful nature. A special (6 days, 5 nights) ANZAC Day roundtrip cruise starts and ends in Amiens. Below you will find typical cruise programs, but we are flexible and can stay for a longer time at any given mooring depending on our guests’ interests and wishes. You can take the bicycles and explore the nature and the many sights along the canal, at your leisure. Enjoy going from sight to sight on the boat without having to pack and unpack your luggage. Your cabin and private en-suite bathroom will follow.



itinerary 1 - from Amiens to Peronne


Sunday, Day 1, Amiens.

Arrival in the afternoon by train to Amiens. We will meet you at the station and accompany you to the mooring, a nice stroll along the pedestrian street. Settle down and have a welcome drink, then go sightseeing in this interesting university town : Notre-Dame Cathedral (the largest Gothic church in France, a UNESCO World Heritage site, - the Notre-Dame of Paris can be contained in there twice), the hortillonnages, the beautiful botanical garden, Jules Verne’s house with its observatory, various art museums, the old part of town Saint-Leu etc.). Have dinner in one of the many restaurants in this pulsating town and enjoy the amazing light-show at the cathedral in the evening which transforms the huge grey building into the colorful sight it once was (mid-June to 3rd Sunday of September).

Monday, Day 2, Amiens – Lamotte-Brebière. (2 h. cruising)

Lunch aboard. In the afternoon we leave Amiens and on the way we pass by the “hortillonnages” (vegetable gardens in an old moor area) and admire the quaint entrances to the small lots. We stop at the renovated lock-keeper house in Lamotte-Brebière. You can walk or cycle on the tow-path in the beautiful nature. As it is Monday, most French restaurants are closed, and we have “Captain’s Dinner” aboard. You will enjoy the silence of the night (apart from the rushing river Somme close by and the occasional coot or duck).


Tuesday, Day 3, Lamotte-Brebière – Corbie. (2 h. cruising)

After breakfast we continue on the winding canal where the river Somme enters from time to time adding current to the canal (we go upstream). Lunch aboard. From Corbie, a visit to the Australian memorial and cemetery close to Villers-Bretonneux, site of the ANZAC Day commemoration, is an emotional experience, and a subsequent visit to the Australian museum in the Victoria school in Villers-Bretonneux gives additional information on the Battle of the Somme. You can walk up to the memorial (2.5 km), - another possibility is to put our folding bicycles in a taxi. You can cycle back downhill on a pathe among the fields.


Wednesday, Day 4, Corbie – Froissy. (4.5 h. cruising)

From Corbie, we continue to Froissy passing the beautiful little château in Méricourt. Lunch aboard. 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). Take a short taxi-ride to visit the town of Albert and the impressive underground WW1 museum. Have dinner in a restaurant in Albert and come back to your peaceful floating cabin.


Thursday, Day 5, Froissy – Eclusier-Vaux. (1.5 h. cruising)

Next morning you can walk from Froissy to the small village of Bray-sur-Somme close to which the (in)famous Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, was shot down in 1918 (Australians and French still dispute who had the honour) and visit the small museum. Then we continue to Eclusier-Vaux and you walk or bike to the village of Suzanne where you have lunch at the “Auberge de Suzanne”. Afterwards you can walk up to the Belvédère from where you have a breathtaking view of the entire Somme Valley with all its lakes. On the way back to the boat you can visit the eel ponds close to the mooring. Dinner buffet aboard.


Friday, Day 6, Eclusier-Vaux – Péronne. (3 h. cruising)

We leave the winding Canal de la Somme and enter the large Canal du Nord with its busy commercial traffic. We moor at the commercial quay and have lunch aboard. You walk to Péronne center, where you can admire the old fortifications and visit the “Historial”, the amazing WW1 museum.


Saturday, Day 7, Péronne.

Departure around 11 am by taxi to the TGV station Haute-Picardie.



On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


itinerary 2 - Amiens to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme


Sunday, Day 1, Amiens.

Arrival in the afternoon. We will meet you at the train station and accompany you to the mooring, a nice stroll along the pedestrian street. Settle down and have a welcome drink, then go sightseeing in this interesting university town : Notre-Dame Cathedral (the largest Gothic church in France, a UNESCO World Heritage site, - the Notre-Dame of Paris can be contained in there twice), the hortillonnages, the beautiful botanical garden, Jules Verne’s house with its observatory, various art museums, the old part of town Saint-Leu etc.). Have dinner in one of the many restaurants in this pulsating town and enjoy the amazing light-show at the cathedral in the evening which transforms the huge grey building into the colorful sight it once was (mid-June to 3rd Sunday of September).

Monday, Day 2, Amiens.

Lunch aboard, dinner in a restaurant of your choice.


Tuesday, Day 3, Amiens – Picquigny. (2.5 h. cruising)

We leave Amiens and stop at Samara and have lunch aboard, after which you can visit this pre-historic theme park. We will continue to Picquigny where you can admire the medieval castle ruins and the church. Dinner at the “Les Oliviers” restaurant.


Wednesday, Day 4, Picquigny – Long. (3 h. cruising)

We continue on the winding canal and have lunch aboard in Long. In the afternoon you can visit the beautiful Château de Long and its huge, well-kept park. Another unique sight not to miss is the museum of the old Hydroelectric Power Plant. The village of Long got rich from the extraction of peat and became one of the first towns in France to install electricity and drinking water in each house, - an unheard-of luxury at the time. Dinner at the “Le Comptoir Bleu” restaurant.


Thursday, Day 5, Long – Abbeville. (3 h. cruising)

On our way to Abbeville, you will again observe that the Canal de la Somme is an angler paradise. We pass many quaint small angler huts and several beautiful manor houses. Lunch aboard before reaching Abbeville. In Abbeville, a medium-sized town, you can visit the old Belfry containing the archeological Boucher de Perthes museum. Also interesting are the Saint-Vulfran Collegiate and the Saint-Sepulcre church with its beautiful stained-glass windows by Alfred Manessier, one of the biggest non-figurative artists, inspired by the light of the Bay of Somme. Dinner at the “Etoile du Jour”, a restaurant in a beautiful old half-timbered house, or in another restaurant of your choice.


Friday, Day 6, Abbeville – Saint-Valery-sur-Somme. (2.5 h. cruising)

The canal from Abbeville to Saint-Valery is a long straight line, but we will be going through four mobile bridges and through the big sea-lock out into the tidal sea-port. Lunch aboard. The Baie de Somme is one of the most beautiful bays in the world, with vast tidal waters, dunes, a rich bird life, a seal reserve and the famous “prés-salés” (salty marshes). It was from Saint-Valery that William the Conqueror sailed to conquer England in 1066, and Jeanne d’Arc has been kept prisoner in the castle in 1431. Dinner at one of the many restaurants in this seaside resort..


Saturday, Day 7, Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

You will leave the boat before noon and go by the narrow-gauge steam-train to Noyelles-sur-Mer from where you can take the regular train back to Amiens.



On alternate weeks the cruise will be in the reverse direction. This is a sample itinerary and is subject to change.


itinerary 3 - Amiens - Amiens / WW1 cruise (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.



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