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Bruges to Paris

Flanders, Somme Valley & Versailles

Bruges
Brussels Aiport

  • Start
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Paris
Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly

This bike and barge tour starts in famous medieval Bruges and leads you into the heart of Paris. It offers you a two-week bike and barge trip in two countries. History is abundant on this tour. You will visit several historic towns, museums and castles. The first week you will experience riding along rivers and canals and in forests.

The landscape is almost flat! After Noyon, in the second week, you will encounter hills but with moderate slopes and in more wooded areas. The barge follows the river Oise downstream to Conflans. Sailing the Seine river with
big loops it finds its way to Paris.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 15 days
  • Distance 25
  • Picturesque Bruges
  • Canals and countryside
  • The 'Lightcity' of Paris
  • Auvers-sur-Oise

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Bruges

18KM

After arrival and welcome at the barge on the mooring place. Tryout bike ride into the countryside near Bruges. (Guided) walk in town in the evening.

Day 2

Sunday: Bruges - Ghent

40KM

A variated ride 60 or 40 km in the typical Flanders countryside with small villages, patches of forest, rich fields and pastures into thriving Gent, one of the biggest towns (more than 250.000 inhabitants.) in Belgium and with a rich history, still visible in layout and buildings in the centre where you will have time to visit some of the highlights (St. Baafs Cathedral with the famous triptyque ‘Mystic Lamb’, the castle, museum of fine arts etc. You will like Gent!. Well lit Gent in the evening is another experience.  Option: cover first leg by barge and join later.

Day 3

Monday: Ghent - Oudenaarde

45KM

Another nice ride in the countryside of Flanders, partly along the river Schelde. Our goal today is Oudenaarde, famous for its town hall, church, beer breweries and the Tour of Flanders centre (cycling). Walk in town.

Day 4

Tuesday: Oudenaarde - Tournai

48KM

We can visit the centre this morning while museums are open now. We continue our tour in the Schelde river valley. After crossing the language border (Flemish/French) the river is called Escaut. To the left hills appear on the horizon. Ancient cobblestone roads on some of these are (in)famous because they are part of Tour of Flanders speed cycling race. Die hearts can try one or two of them! In a small village we can have our lunch. Goal in the afternoon is Tournai. Watch how big ships sail through the gate of the medieval watergate.The town centre is on the UNESCO world heritage list. A visit to the immense cathedral (5 towers) is not to be missed! Walk in town after dinner.

Day 5

Wednesday: Tournai – Bouchain/Arleux

50KM

Today we can start our tour with an early sailing. The barge has to cover quite a distance today because the river makes a big loop. Nice riding in forest and visit to St. Amand-les-Eaux with its abbey-tower. 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. The mooring place will be either Bouchain or Arleux.

Day 6

Thursday: Bouchain/Arleux – Hermies

50KM

Arleux is on the beginning of the Canal du Nord. Following this canal takes a long time because of the shipping traffic and many locks. The captain might have to moor halfway ‘in the middle of nowhere’ in case of heavy traffic. But a night in the quiet countryside has charm of its own. We are planning to moor near the village of Hermies. We are entering agricultural Northern France with its large fields. You might encounter some minor slopes today. The town of Cambrai (part of the Netherlands in the 16th century) is nearby. Depending on the starting point today we might visit it. Our goal today is Peronne.

Day 7

Hermies – Peronne

20KM

A short ride 20 km to the town of Peronne, following the canal, with at least one serious slope. In the afternoon there is an option of another ride 45 km with a nice stay halfway.

Day 8

Saturday: Peronne

The Historical, war museum in the castle is worthwhile visiting. There is another small local museum in the centre. Participants who are even more interested in the history of the Great War ‘14-’18 could use their day off for a visit to one or more places connected with the 1st World War. To the west, direction Amiens, was the Australian sector. Visit on your own initiative (by taxi for example, or organised by yourself before; it’s not included in our tour). Ask your guide for information at the beginning of your journey.

Day 9

Sunday: Peronne – Pont ‘l Eveque

60KM

An early sailing or one in the afternoon will be part of the itinerary. Between Peronne and Compiegne there are some hills to be conquered. It’s the typical landscape of Northern France with undulating fields and small villages. Noyon has a very old interesting cathedral. The barge will be moored near Pont l’Eveque, some 3 km. from Noyon.

Day 10

Monday: Pont l’Eveque – Compiegne

40KM

Nice ride in the forest, one serious slope, passing through the lovely valley of St. Crépinaux-Bois. Visit to the Clairiere de l’Armistice (armistice place 1918/1940 in the forest) and continuing along the river Aisne and Oise, into Compiegne. After arrival in Compiegne you have time to spend in town (Palace-museum). You can join a guided walk in this historic town (Joan of Arc).

Day 11

Tuesday: Compiegne – Creil

40KM

A nice bicycle ride 40 or 50 km in the immense forest to the east of town, including a visit to the castle of Pierrefonds, restorated and rebuild in the 19th century by the famous architect Violet le Duc. Nice cycling in the forest. Visit to the village in the forest St. Jean-aux-Bois and Roman ruins just south of it or a short ride on a new bike path along the river bring us to Béthisy-St. Pierre. From here we cycle to the river to meet our barge for the last stretch to Creil, mooring place on the Oise river.

Day 12

Wednesday: Creil – Pontoise

50KM

Today is a ride in a wooded area with nice bike paths. There are a few options for visits: town of Senlis, Chantilly-castle and Royaumont abbey. Part of the distance will be covered by sailing because of the distance between the mooring places today. On our way to Pontoise we will make a stop near the little town of Auvers is connected with the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, who spent his last months here, producing a large number of paintings. Guided walk. From Auver the barge brings us to the town of Pontoise.

Day 13

Thursday: Pontoise – Bougival

20KM

Sailing downstream the river Oise and upstream Seine is one of the highlights of the tour but cycling near it too! 20 or 45 km. Many interesting things to visit in a short distance. We can start our bike ride in Pontoise or Conflans, old riverport where Seine and Oise meet. Between Conflans and Bougival the distance is less than 30 km. Centre of horse-riding is Maisons Lafitte. The next town, St. Germain-en-Laye has a museum with an impressive collection of human artifacts from early manhood until the early Middle Ages. Not far away from Bougival (4 km. mainly on bike paths), is the chateau-museum of Malmaison with its beautiful park, the dwelling of Napoleon and Joséphine, his first wife. It’s a very good alternative for the grand but busy chateau at Versailles.

Day 14

Friday: Paris

Today we are already in the suburbs of Paris, but with quite some green parts. Some serious hills are part of the day-trip. First goal is the terrain of the Palace of Versailles. We can visit the park. A visit to the chateau itself will take several hours. A private reservation for this or the next day is an option. Also rides in some nice parks are part of the itinerary today. We will see highlights of Paris. Of course the traffic will be more intense as you experienced in the two weeks before! An option is to stay on board of the barge and see Paris from the river.

Day 15

Saturday: Paris

After breakfast your bike-and-barge tour from Bruges into the capital of France comes to an end.

Travel Dates

Date Availability Departure Accomodation Category  
5/13/2017 - 5/27/2017 Fully Booked Bruges Feniks Standard Plus/Comfort
6/10/2017 - 6/24/2017 Fully Booked Bruges Feniks Standard Plus/Comfort
9/16/2017 - 9/30/2017 Available Bruges Feniks Standard Plus/Comfort Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Feniks 2-berth cabin with bunkbed € 3710,- 0 0
Feniks 2-berth cabin with bunkbed, for single use € 2504,- 0 0
Feniks 2-berth cabin comfort low beds € 3869,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Hybrid, 24-gears Hybrid, 24-gears Batavus Galibier €170
Electric bike Electric bike Batavus Ventoux easy €140
Image Name Type Price per week
Electric bike Electric bike Batavus Ventoux easy €160

Included

  • 24 speed bicycle with pannier, lock and water bottle
  • Multi lingual tour guide
  • Route program with city maps
  • 14 x breakfast, 14 x lunch package and 12 x dinner a week served with wine and cheese
  • Coffee,  tea and biscuits
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Cabin with private bathroom including bedlinen and fresh towels shampoo, shower gel and soap
  • Daily check of your cabin, once a week extra cleaning
  • Use of washer/dryer
  • Internet access available in Holland
  • Ferry fares
  • Bicycle insurance

 

Not included

  • 24 speed bicycle rent with pannier, lock and water bottle
  • Reservation fee of € 20,- per booking
  • Other drinks – available for a reasonable price on the boat
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Entrance fees

Special details

This tour is operated by our partner.

It is possible that we have to make some changes to the program, because of local conditions. To try to avoid this we have ONE EXTRA DAY open in the program. We will use this day along the way to get everywhere in time or if we are lucky we have an extra day in Paris or Bruges.  We will always do the best we can to give you a great holiday.

Please take good notice of our booking conditions.

No bike insurance available for this tour.

The program is subject to change without notice.

Arrival info

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 in Bruges: at the ‘Buiten Katelijnevest’ near the Bargeweg (nearly 1 km/ 0.6 miles from the train station).

Airport

The nearest airport to the embarkation point of the barge is Brussels Airport (BRU).  By train it is about 1½ hours from the airport to the railway station in Bruges. Walking distance from the train station to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes. A taxi from the airport to the mooring place will take about 25 minutes and costs about € 35,-.

Train

The nearest train station to the embarkation point of the barge is the Bruges railway station. Walking distance to the barge is about 10 to 15 minutes.
By taxi it takes about 5 minutes to the barge.

Car

Should you arrive by car, we strongly advise to arrive earlier to unload your luggage. More information on parkings in Bruges: www.bruges.be.

End of the tour

The tour ends two weeks later in Paris on Saturday morning after breakfast at 10 AM. You will spend the night from Friday to Saturday on board in Paris. The mooring place of the barge in Paris:

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Frequently asked questions

  • Does a guide accompany us?

    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’ll come across.

  • What insurances does Cycletours offer?

    Cancellation insurance (insurance company Unigarant)

    Holidays usually are reserved and paid weeks or even months in advance. If you need to cancel or abort the tour, that always leaves you with financial consequences. Therefore we recommend to arrange a cancellation insurance.
    This insurance reimburse cancellation costs due to a serious impediment such as an accident, illness or death of relatives in the 1st or 2nd degree.

    Cancellation insurance incl. flight:

    when paying 1% extra over the travel sum of your Bike & Barge tour + flight ticket, then the cancellation expense is insured should you need to cancel or should one of these components unexpectedly be cancelled. This on the condition that no alternative arrangement can be made, so the trip cannot be taken.

  • What is the average age of the participants?

    The ages vary between 35 and 75, but of course we have younger and older guests. During school vacations there are more children on board.

  • What languages do the guides speak?

    All tour guides speak English and Dutch. Some of them speak Germand and/ or French. We also have a few guides who speak Spanish and/or Italian. We try to match the guide’s linguistic abilities with the nationalities in the group.
    The common language on board is English.

  • What packing list do you suggest?

    What you need to bring with you

    Specialised cycle clothing may be handy but not strictly necessary. What you do need (among other things) is the following:
    •    shorts/ long trousers/ track suit/ legging
    •    shirts/ sweater/ rain clothing
    •    gloves (in case you booked a tour for April and October. It can be chilly in the morning)
    •    good shoes
    •    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
    •    extra towel
    •    soap/ insect repellent
    •    hairdryer (220V)

More questions

Price starting from € 1950,- * * There are no extra's included in this price

Accommodations

Feniks
Feniks

About the barge

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.

Cabin plan

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.

  • Offical name Feniks
  • Length 39 m
  • Width 5.4 m
  • Capacity 20 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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