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Bruges to Paris

Flanders, Somme Valley & Versailles

Brussels Aiport

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Paris Charles de Gaulle or Orly

One of the most famous bike and barge tours in Europe! From the Middle Ages of Bruges to the City of Light in two weeks. Most of our guests from Australia, Canada and New Zealand experience this tour as a journey through their own history because of the memories of the Great War.

In Péronne, where ANZAC day is commemorated each year, the Feniks halts for a day to offer you the possibility to make a guided tour along the War Memorials of the First World War, like Villers-Bretonneux, the Victoria School and the 4th Division Memorial of the Australian Army Corps in Bellenglise. From there you will continue along Compiègne, the castle of Chantilly, to Auvers sur Oise (where Vincent van Gogh lived and painted the last months of his life). The last day you will sail along La Défense, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and the Notre Dame while ending your tour in the midst of Paris.

  • Type of tour Guided
  • Level 2
  • Duration 15 days
  • Distance 48 km, average per day
  • Picturesque Bruges
  • Canals and countryside
  • The 'Lightcity' of Paris
  • Auvers-sur-Oise

Daily Program

1 km = 0,62 miles
Day 1

Saturday: Bruges


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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  
5/1/2021 - 5/15/2021 Available Bruges Clair de Lune Comfort Plus Book now
5/8/2021 - 5/22/2021 Available Bruges Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
6/5/2021 - 6/19/2021 Available Bruges Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
8/14/2021 - 8/28/2021 Available Bruges Feniks Comfort Plus Book now
9/11/2021 - 9/25/2021 Available Bruges Feniks Comfort Plus Book now

Tour prices

Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin 0 0
Feniks Luxury twin cabin € 4980,- 0 0
Feniks Twin cabin € 4320,- 0 0
Feniks Cabin with bunk bed € 3700,- 0 0
Feniks Bunk bed cabin for single use € 2650,- 0 0
Accommodation Room Price Children 0-2 years Children 3-11 years
Prices are per cabin 0 0
Clair de Lune Split level bed cabin € 4460,- free of charge 30% reduction
Clair de Lune Double bed cabin € 4460,- free of charge 30% reduction
Clair de Lune Single cabin € 2450,- 0 0
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Feniks Luxury twin cabin € 4980,- 0 0
Feniks Twin cabin € 4320,- 0 0
Feniks Cabin with bunk bed € 3700,- 0 0
Feniks Bunk bed cabin for single use € 2650,- 0 0

Rent a bike

Image Name Type Price per week
Feniks: 24-speed hybrid bike, price for 2 weeks Feniks: 24-speed hybrid bike, price for 2 weeks Gazelle Fuente, incl. bike helmet €190
Feniks: Electric bike with 24 speeds, price for 2 weeks Feniks: Electric bike with 24 speeds, price for 2 weeks Incl. bike helmet €285
Clair de Lune: Hybrid bicycle, 24 -gears 2 weeks Clair de Lune: Hybrid bicycle, 24 -gears 2 weeks Batavus Boulevard, incl. helmet €185
Clair de Lune: Electric bicycle, unisex 2 weeks Clair de Lune: Electric bicycle, unisex 2 weeks Van Dijck Eris, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €350
Image Name Type Price per week
Feniks: 24-speed hybrid bike, price for 2 weeks Feniks: 24-speed hybrid bike, price for 2 weeks Gazelle Fuente, incl. bike helmet €190
Feniks: Electric bike with 24 speeds, price for 2 weeks Feniks: Electric bike with 24 speeds, price for 2 weeks Incl. bike helmet €285
Clair de Lune: Hybrid bicycle, 24 -gears 2 weeks Clair de Lune: Hybrid bicycle, 24 -gears 2 weeks Batavus Boulevard, incl. helmet €190
Clair de Lune: Electric bicycle, unisex 2 weeks Clair de Lune: Electric bicycle, unisex 2 weeks Van Dijck Eris, step-through bicycle incl. bike helmet €360


  • All nights on board, cabin in booked category
  • Use of bed linen and towels (change of towels possible)
  • Full board, 14x breakfast, 13x self-made picnic lunch for bike tours; on Clair de Lune 14 x three course dinner; on barge Feniks 12x three course dinner with wine and cheese
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide cycles with the group
  • Free WiFi available in lounge and on deck
  • Road book, 1x per cabin

Not included

  • 24 speed bicycle rent with pannier, lock and water bottle
  • Reservation fee of € 20,- per booking
  • (non) alcoholic beverages aboard and ashore
  • Personal and cancellation insurance
  • Entrance fees

Special details

  • Please take good notice of our Terms & Conditions.
  • •If you have special meal requirements we ask you to mention this when booking, but at the latest until 14 days before arrival. Diets which need a special preparation or special ingredients can only be offered in limited form. We will do our best to meet your needs, but we also ask for your understanding as due to limited logistic possibilities on a barge we are not able to prepare complete specialized menus. In case of Celiac; gluten free diet; vegan meals there is an additional charge of € 50, – per week.
  • Cycletours Holidays reserves the right to cancel tours with fewer than 12 participants up to 21 days prior to the date of departure
  • 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).


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,-.


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.


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

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?

    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.

  • 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 including  air 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. Some of the the tour guides speak German 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 on the Bike & Barge tours starting and/or ending in the Netherlands and along the Mosel & Saar:

    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 in April and October. It can be chilly in the morning)
    •    good solid shoes/ sneakers
    •    sunglasses/ cap/ swimming costume
    •    shower gel (available on the barge Sailing Home)
    •    shampoo (available on the barge Sailing Home)
    •    insect repellent
    •    sunscreen

    The final packing list we suggest for your tour will be included in your travel documents.

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Price starting from € 1850,- * * There are no extra's included in this price


Clair de Lune
Clair de Lune

About  the barge

History Clair de Lune: The Clair de Lune was originally built in 1936 as a freight ship in Belgium.  In 1982 the barge was built into a passenger ship, first named ‘Steile Bank’ and ‘Summerjazz’.
Since May 2014 we named the ship ‘Clair de Lune’. Aboard there is a big and cozy salon with big windows for a perfect view. The barge is 34.15 meters long and 5.05 meters wide, which makes it possible to boat in France with its narrow locks.

Cabin Plan

Below, the "Clair de lune" has  9 Cabins: 3 with a 2-persons bed, 5 with a split level bed and 1 with a single bed. All Cabins have their own shower, toilet & sink and air-conditioning.

  • Offical name Clair de Lune
  • Length 35 m
  • Width 5 m
  • Capacity 17 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

About the barge Feniks

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, central heating and 220 volt sockets. Washer and dryer available, as well as hair dryer.

• 2 Luxury cabins: twin beds, wardrobe, table.
• 3 Low bed cabins
• 2 single traveler cabins with bunk bed (double occupation possible)

  • Offical name Feniks
  • Length 39 m
  • Width 5.4 m
  • Capacity 14 persons
  • Electricity 220 Volts

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