Arrival at the barge, cruise on the Seine upstream to the confluence of the rivers Seine and Marne.
Sunday: Paris - Lagny
We leave Paris near the Bois and chateau of Vincennes.
Monday: Lagny - La Ferté sous Jouarre
The region of Brie today, famous around the world for its soft cheese. We ride into Meaux, with its unfinished Gothic cathedral.
Tuesday: La Ferté sous Jouarre - Chateau Thierry
Countryside with some hills. First vineyards of the Champagne-region.Visit Chateau Thierry.
Wednesday: Chateau Thierry - Dormans
A ride along the river today with a few hills. Visit to park and memorial World War I.
Thursday: Dormans - Isse
Through Champagne vineyards to Epernay, the center of the Champagne industry, and visit one of the many Champagne houses for a guided tour in the cellars.
Friday: Isse - Reims
To the ancient town of Reims. Until 1825 the coronation of all kings took place in the cathedral of Reims.
Saturday: Reims - Courcy
New guests arrive. After boarding you get your bike leaving Reims for a small bike ride in the afternoon to the mooring place near Courcy, a little village not far from Reims.
Sunday: Courcy - Bourg et Comin
Area with vineyards northwest of Reims. Passing picturesque villages and sloping hills covered with vines we gradually leave the Champagne region.
Monday: Bourg et Comin - Soissons
Bourg-et-Comin into the Aisne valley, quiet country roads, hardly hills on our ride near the river Aisne and then to Soissons, a historic town with medieval church and abbey ruins.
Tuesday: Soissons - Verberie
Visit of Pierrefonds, cosy town with an impressive castle. Through forest of Compiègne to historic site of Clairière de l’Armistice, used for the armistice signing ceremonies in 1918 and 1940. Then Compiègne, where Louis XVI and Napoleon Bonaparte used the palace as a summer residence. Joan of Arc was captured here before turned over to the English.
Wednesday: Verberie - Creil - Pontoise
To Chantilly, center for horse racing or visit of the Chantilly castle. Then to Auvers sur Oise. Walk in the village in which the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh lived the last few, but very productive months of his life and where you will find many of the scenes he painted, as well as his grave.
Thursday: Pontoise - Bougival
From Pontoise along the river past several spots which inspired many 19th century painters. Continue to St Germain-en-Laye (beautiful view over Paris) to Bougival. Possible visit to the lovely chateau and park of Malmaison, residence of Napoleon and Joshephine.
Friday: Bougival - Paris
Visit to the park of Versailles. Beautiful river cruise along the Eiffel Tower, Musée d’Orsay, the Louvre museum and the Notre Dame, before entering the Port de l’Arsenal.
Tour ends in Paris after breakfast.