Charles de Gaulle
Non. Le bateau suit une autre route que vous. Naturellement, vous pouvez toujours décider de rester à bord pour une ou plusieurs journées.
We follow the Seine downstream to Conflans, where the river Oise flows into the Seine. We continue to follow the valley of the river Oise with its varied scenery. After that we cycle through the valley of the Somme (a battlefied in WWI) in a northerly direction via Compiègne to Noyon. From the Middle Ages on, this part of France used to be the center of the French kingdom. .
Once in Belgium we visit Oudenaarde and Tournai, which was an important cathedral town for pilgrims during the Middle Ages. We pass Ghent where we breathe in the atmosphere of the old days in the town center with its impressive Belfort and St. Baaf’s Cathedral, where you can admire the famous triptych of painter Jan van Eyck. We continue to cruise north on the river Scheldt and finally arrive in Bruges, with its picturesque town center; it is probably the most beautiful of the historical Flemish cities with many museums, churches, and famous for its chocolate and hand-made lace.
Saturday Paris, Bike tour16km
Upon arrival on board in Paris, the crew will welcome you with a nice cup of coffee or tea. After an introduction to the crew, there will be a short program explaining the rules on board and information on the program. After the introduction, there will be a short tour trough a cycle friendly part of Paris. This is a perfect time to get comfortable with the bike and make necessary adjustments.
Sunday Paris - Versailles - Conflans39km
The day will start with a boat tour that sails right through the very heart of Paris passing the Notre Dame Cathedral, musee D’Orsay, the Eifel tower, and many other remarkable structures. These sights, as seen from the river Seine, are a remarkable and different experience. The cycle tour leads to the Palace Versailles, one of the biggest in the world. This unbelievable Palace, once inhabited by French kings like Louis the 14th, has a “must see” free admissible garden. After Versailles, the tour continues to St. Germain en Laye where you can say goodbye to Paris from the stunning lookout point that offers a magnificent view over the city. Afterwards, there will be a short decent to the river Seine where the barge is waiting.
Monday Conflans - Creil35km
Very early in the morning, the barge will start sailing to the next place of interest namely Auvers-sur-Oise. This small town has been the residence of many great artists; among them the great Vincent van Gogh. He spent the last few months of his life here in this town painting many of his great works. The barge will wait further up stream to take you the start of your first bike ride to Abbaye Royaumont. After a visit to the Abbey, the tour will continue to Chateaux the Chantilly; a beautiful castle with its world famous stables nearby.
Tuesday Creil - Compiègne50km
Through the park regions Pays de France, the cycle tour continues to Compiègne. This park belongs to a “community” of 45 parks all over France. The parks are a mixture of natural and cultural sites combined with local community life. So, along today’s tour, forests, hills, small towns, and rivers will accompany you. The town of Compiègne is a town that has a beautiful shopping center with an Imperial palace with a free admissible garden.
Compiegne - Pont l'Évêque (Noyon)45km
After a nice, relaxing ride through the forest, you will arrive in Pierrefonds. With its ferry tale atmosphere, this town is a highlight of the trip. It lies on the foot of a very impressive castle. You will get to explore the area before continuing on. Through the forests d’Ourscamps and de Laigue, the tour will continue to the second goal of the day, the railway carriage where the first world war was ended and Nazi Germany forced France into an armistice treaty. The First World War will be a common theme throughout the next few days to come. Noyon, which is about 1 mile from Pont L’Évêque where the barge is moored, can be visited. It is the birthplace of Calvijn and famous for its enormous Cathedral with free admission open to visitors. Noyon bares the scars of WWI and WWII as you can see if you look at the walls of the Cathedral damaged by many bullet holes.
Thursday Pont l'Évêque - Péronne45km
Early in the morning the barge will pass its first two locks before you will start your bike ride. Through the slightly hilly countryside and little villages the tour will find its way to the town of Péronne. Along the way you will notice quite frequently the graveyards of WWI. You can hardly imaging that these surroundings have once been the stage of a devastating war. Being aware of this tragedy, in great contrast, you cannot imagine a more peaceful countryside. A very enjoyable ride before a well deserved day of rest in Péronne.
Today is the perfect day to make your own plan as the we will stay in the charming and interesting town of Péronne. Péronne has a lovely town center, a big park, and a very interesting museum. Situated in a 21st century castle, you will find the museum of the Great War right in the middle of town. Together, with the cities Albert and Bapaume, Péronne formed the triangle in which the battle of the Somme took place. Therefore Péronne, and its museum, have been appointed by the French government as a historical monument in the military history of France.
On this day, there will be no dinner on the boat so there is no need to go back to the barge. If you want to stay a little bit longer in another town and enjoy a French meal in one of the local restaurants, you will not miss one of the chef’s meals.
Saturday Péronne - Marquion20km
The morning you can spend in St. Quentin. To the north of the town the ship has to cross the watershed. The canal is in a shorter and a longer tunnel. In the long one the barge is drawn by an electric tug: but no service on Sunday, so we have to pass it on Saturday. Cycling (part of) the distance, one notices the road is rising. Somewhere underneath is the hidden canal. Near the southern entrance of the second tunnel is a small museum dedicated to the history of the tunnel. From there we follow nice country roads, some serious slopes but not very long. The source of the river Escaut is near now. After Cambrai the barge will follow this river all the way to Gent in Belgium. The village of Honnecourt will be our mooring place.
Sunday. Honnecourt – Cambrai55km
Very nice cycling in rolling countryside but most of the itinerary follows the canal. You will see several locks and in some of the villages we can have a stop. Cambrai for a while was the southernmost town of the Low Countries (16th century). The barge will be moored on walking distance of the centre with its big square and impressive townhall. Several café’s are to be found there too.
Monday: Arleux – Valenciennes50km
A day in the north of France. The name of Arleux is connected with garlic, important ingredient used in the French kitchen. Between the English Channel and the German Ruhr
– area in a relatively narrow belt there was a major coal-mining industry in the 19th and the first three quarters of the 20th century. This is still visible in the landscape. Red brick
buildings are abundant here. Option: visit to a coalmine-museum. Bouchain has an old fortress and a small museum. Valenciennes is a bigger town with all facilities belonging to
that (museums etc.).
Into Belgium. We leave Valenciennes towards St. Amand-les-Eaux with its impressive tower is a nice place for a stop. East of this town is a lovely forest with immense beechtrees. Time for lunch! Towards Tournai we can take the longer ride in a beautiful forest area, cross the river Escaut and find our way on quiet country roads towards the Belgian border. Along the Escaut-river we cycle into Tournai. If necessary, we can take a shortcut after St. Amand.Tournai is famous for its historic town centre. Highlight is the cathedral with its five towers. Mooring near the city centre, at walking distance.
Cycling to Oudenaarde is easy, just following the river Escaut. After crossing the language-border(coffee stop), the river is called Schelde. An alternative with just a few slopes a bit further away from the river is an option. Near the lunch place the hill-lovers have a chance to prove their climbing capacities! Nearby are two of the (in!) famous cobblestone covered roads up to the hill (12 and 20 % slope. A beautiful bike path on a former railroad track leads us to near Oudenaarde. Highlights in town: townhall with tapestries, bicycle centre Tour of Flanders, church, beer brewery. On the market-edge you’ll find several café’s. Mooring ca. 1 km. from the market square. Walk in town.
Thursday: Oudenaarde- Ghent45km
The ride to Ghent is nice. First part is along the river, with visit to the former location of an abbey and castle of Ename (3 km’s from Oudenaarde). Quiet roads, patches of forest, some villages and nice bike paths lead us to Merelbeke (lunch). We are near Ghent already. Via bike-friendly roads we cycle into the centre where you will have time to visit some of the highlights (St. Baafs Cathedral with the famous triptych ‘Mystic Lamb’, the castle,museum of fine arts etc. You will like Ghent! It is a very lively town (more than 250.000 inh.) partly because of its many young inhabitants (university students). Well lit Ghent in the evening is another experience. Dinner in town this evening.
Friday: Ghent- Bruges55km
Between Gent and Bruges you will experience the typical landscape of Flanders.Fields with all kind of crops, winding country roads, small towns, some forest. After Nevele (coffee stop) Poeke, with its castle and park and two café’s on the square near the church is a good place to have lunch. On our further way towards Bruges we will find some villages and patches of forest and of course a café to have a teastop. Then we will encounter the canal and follow it into Bruges. The mooring place is at the very beginning of town, so no ride in busy traffic necessary. At the end of the afternoon the guide can show you some of the highlights of town.
Saturday: Bruges, end of tour
After breakfast your bike-and-barge tour comes to an end.
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You are expected at the barge on Saturday afternoon, between 11.00 AM and 14.00 PM. You can bring your luggage earlier to the barge, but not
before 10.30 AM. We are busy cleaning the barge, but we can provide you with suggestions to have a nice walk into town.
The mooring place of the barge Feniks in Paris Bassin de la Villette, Quai de la Seine, Paris.
The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Paris Charles de Gaulle By train it is about 30 minutes from the airport to the railway station Gare du Nord A taxi from the airport to the mooring place will take about 60 minutes and costs about € 65
From Gare du Nord by Metro it will take about 13 minutes to the metro station Stalingrad, after arrival the barge is in walking distance, about 12 minutes. The tour ends two weeks later in Bruges, so another possibility is to fly to Brussels Airport From Bruges you can take the train to the airport. Travel time is about 1.5 hours.
Should you arrive by car, we strongly advise to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. More information on parkings in Paris can be found at the following site www.Parisinfo.com
End of the tour
The tour ends two weeks later in Bruges on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Bruges. The mooring place of the barge in Bruges: ‘Buiten Katelijnevest’ near the Bargeweg (nearly 1 km/ 0.6 miles from the train station). There is a good train connection to Paris .Travel time is about 2.45 hours and a one-way ticket (2nd class) costs about € 75
Non. Le bateau suit une autre route que vous. Naturellement, vous pouvez toujours décider de rester à bord pour une ou plusieurs journées.
Oui, vous pouvez choisir votre propre itinéraire à vélo, en dehors du groupe. L’accompagnateur se tient à votre disposition pour vous proposer un itinéraire alternatif.
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Yes, you may. On most tours this has no bearing on the total cost of the trip, however, please mention this at time of booking. Sometimes an additional charge may be requested for the bicycle when transferring from one place to another.
On our guided tours a tour guide will accompany the group during their cycling route.
When mentioned ‘self-guided’, the tours are on an individual basis and no guides are provided. We will provide you with a thoroughly detailed and comprehensive description of the routes, enabling you to follow the route correctly without problems. Furthermore, these route descriptions are frequently accompanied with information on the main tourist attractions that you will come across.
Originally the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French waters. In 1992 the Feniks was reconstructed to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for several sailing holidays. On board you will find a comfortable and well lit saloon, where you can relax and have a good meal. Outside on the deck you will find various seats to take the best views over the great landscapes. There is a sundeck to relax on; or you can sit under the awning which give you shelter from the sun. If the weather allows, the meals will be served outside on the deck.
All cabins have an individual bathroom with sink, shower and toilet.
3 cabins with beds on the floor and 6 cabins with bunk beds.
Cabins are equipped with central heating and 220 volt sockets.
Washer and dryer available, as well as a hair dryer, shampoo, soap and everything else you need for a comfortable stay a board of the Feniks.