- Cruise HighlightsAccommodation Cabin accommodation (twin or bunk beds) with en-suite bathroomItinerary 8 to 15-day bike and boat trip between Bruges to ParisMeals 7x breakfast, 7x lunch and 6x (3 course) dinner per week. Gluten and lactose free diets are welcome, other diets at request.Guide Multilingual tour guide
Explore the beautiful and historic cities and towns of France and Belgium on board the charming barge of Feniks. Feniks offers 9 comfortable cabins with en-suite facilities, cosy lounge, library with a collection of CDs and DVD and a spacious deck with tables and chairs where you can relax. The ship's friendly crew consists of a captain, general assistant and a bike guide.
This tour starts in famous medieval Bruges and leads you into the heart of Paris. It offers you a two-week bike and boat 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 ship follows the river Oise downstream to Conflans. Sailing the Seine river with big loops it finds its way to Paris. Only near the capital you will have to climb some serious hills, but that's after two weeks of daily exercise.
- Explore Bruges, a medieval town with many monuments and museums.
- Visit Gent, a medieval town with historic treasures.
- sightseeing Schelde river valley – Oudenaarde (magnificent town hall/museum)
- Tour of Flanders centre
- Visit the World War I museums in Peronne
- Discover the Castle of Pierrefonds, Abbey of Royaumont or castle Chantilly and more.
- Cruise along the Seine River.
- Plenty of cycling opportunities during the tour.
- Cabin accommodation in a twin or bunk beds with shower/toilet ensuite
- Multilingual tour guide
- 7x breakfast, 7x lunch and 6x (3 course) dinner per week. Gluten and lactose free diets are welcome, other diets at request. Coffee, tea and biscuits
- Afternoon snacks
- Daily check and cleaning of your cabin
- Care of your personal laundry
- Non-alcoholic beverages aboard and ashore. Soda, beer and wine are available at reasonable prices, cork fee of €5 if you bring your own wine.
- Entrance fees
- Gratuities (at your own discretion, avg. €50 per cabin/week)
- 24 speed bikes with helmets, pannier, lock and water bottle (€65 p/w, excl. 21% VAT) electric bikes €115 p/w (excl. 21% VAT)
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Dates & Prices
Price Per Person
1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks Luxury cabin 1,335 Euros 2,465 Euros 3,065 Euros Low Bed 1,125 Euros 2,140 Euros 2,565 Euros Single 1,125 Euros 2,180 Euros 2,565 Euros Bunk Bed 915 Euros 1,830 Euros 2,210 Euros
Bike Rental per person/per week
Hybrid bike 90 Euros Electric bike 135 Euros
Bruges to Paris
Day 1, Saturday - Bruges (ca. 18 km)
After arrival and welcome at the ship on the mooring place, try out a bike ride into the countryside near Bruges. Guided walking tour of the own in the evening.
Day 2, Sunday - Bruges - Gent (ca. 60/40 km)
A variated ride 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 250.000inh.) 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 famoustriptique ‘Mystic Lamb’, the castle, museum of fine arts etc. You will like Gent!. Well-lit Gentin the evening is another experience. Option: cover first leg by ship and join later.
Day 3, Monday - Gent - Oudenaarde (ca. 45 km)
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 (ca. 45/55 km)
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. Diehards 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 (ca. 50 km)
Today,we can start our tour with an early sailing. The ship 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 (ca. 50 km)
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 countyside 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, Friday - Hermies - Peronne (ca. 20/45 km)
A short ride to the town of Peronne, following the canal, with at least one serious slope. In the afternoon, there is an option of another ride with a nice stay halfway.
Day 8, Saturday - Peronne
The Historial, the war museum in the castle is worth while 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 inititiative (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 (ca. 50/65 km)
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 ship will be moored near Pont l’Eveque, some 3 km. from Noyon.
Day 10, Monday - Pont l’Eveque – Compiegne (ca. 40 km)
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, Compiegne – Creil (ca. 40/50 km)
A nice ride 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 bikepath along the river bring us to Béthisy-St. Pierre. From here we cycle to the river to meet our ship for the last stretch to Creil, mooringplace on the Oise river.
Day 12, Wednesday - Creil – Pontoise (ca. 50 km)
Today is a ride in a wooded area with nice bikepaths. 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 mooringplaces 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 ship brings us to the town of Pontoise.
Day 13, Thursday - Pontoise – Bougival (ca. 20/45 km)
Sailing downstream the river Oise and upstream Seine is one of the highlights of the tour but cycling near it too! 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 - Bougival – Paris ca. 40/45 km
Today, we are already in the suburbs op 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 and see Paris from the river.
Day 15, Paris
After breakfast, your bike-and-boat trip comes to an end.
Or cruise in opposite direction. Changes in route or mooringplaces might occur by local conditions.
Paris to Bruges
Day 1, Saturday - Paris
After arrival and welcome at the ship on the mooring place, you can start for a short try-out bike ride. (Guided) walk in town.
Day 2, Sunday - Paris - Bougival
Depending on the mooring place, you will traverse Sunday-morning Paris with relatively less traffic, following the Seine-river. This first day has some serious slopes to conquer (Paris is not flat!). We will go through parks (Bois de Boulogne) and forest to Versailles (lunch) where we will visit the park. Through Sunday-afternoon quiet suburbs we will find our way to the Seineriver. Option: visit to chateau/museum of Malmaison (Napoleon and Josephine). Mooring place near Bougival.
Day 3, Monday - Bougival - Auvers-sur-Oise (ca. 30/35 km)
In the morning, we follow a bikepath along the river to nearby St. Germain-en-Laye. From the bridge to the castle is a ca. 1 km. slope. The French kings had many luxurious dwellings in and near Paris. From St. Germain the court finally moved to Versailles. In the castle houses a fine prehistoric museum. Coffeestop. We follow the river more or less and will have lunch in the next town. End of this Seine-day is in Conflans Ste. Honorine, a once busy riverport. From here the ship will sail upstream the Oise river to Auvers. This nice little town is connected with the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, who spent his last months here, producing a large number of paintings. Guided walk.
Day 4, Tuesday - Auvers-sur-Oise – Creil (ca. 35/50 km)
An early sailing brings us quite a distance upstream. The bikeride leads us to the forest around Chantilly. Here an impressive chateau (art) can be visited. In case it is closed (Tuesdays off season) a good altenative is a visit to the former abbey of Royaumont. After Chantilly the longer ride-option offers you a nice ride to the historic town of Senlis (Roman traces, cathedral) and a beautiful wooded landscape back to the river in Creil.
Day 5, Wednesday - Creil - Compiegne (ca. 40/50 km)
Another early sailing on the Oise River starts your day. Cycling away from the river you’ll hardly experience the very moderate slope. After coffeestop we are heading for the immense Compiegneforest. On our way to there, you’ll see a ruïn of a chapel and impressive Roman excavations. Lunch in a village in the forest. Pierrefonds castle is a must-see! All the way back to the river is in the forest. Compiegne is waiting for us. It’s a nice town. Palace-museum. You can join a guided walk in this historic town (Joan of Arc).
Day 6, Thursday - Compiegne – Noyon (ca. 45)
An open space in the forest of Compiegne is connected with two truces of two World Wars (Clairiere d’Armistice). There is a small museum to be visited. After the coffeestop we enter a lovely wooded valley on our way to the north. In one of the villages we can have our lunch. In the afternoon we are heading for the old town of Noyon with it’s immense cathedral. At it’s foot there is a nice historic museum. Another nearby little museum is dedicated to the reformer Calvin who was born here. Mooring near Noyon.
Day 7, Friday - Noyon- Peronne ca. 60 km
Because of the distance the first leg of this daytrip is often covered by sailing. We are entering the wide agricultural area of Northern France, also site of fierce fighting in the war of 1914-1918. You’ll encounter military cemetaries in this vast area. Coffeestop and lunch in a small town and village. In the afternoon we are heading for the Canal du Nord. Near one of the locks we might meet our ship. If not, the last stretch is a nice ride with a stop near the river Somme to our destination today, Peronne. Dinner in town today.
Day 8, Saturday - Peronne - Mosilins (ca. 20 km)
Day in Peronne. The Historial, the war museum in the castle is worth while 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 inititiative. Ask your guide for information at the beginning of your journey.
Day 9, Sunday - Moislains – Arleux (ca. 55 km)
The sailing towards the end of the canal near Arleux takes a long time because of the ship traffic and many locks. The captain might leave on Saturday afternoon already to make the next day easier for guests and crew! The bikeride starts near Moislains and you will encounter only a few minor slopes. Coffeestop in a village and lunch probably in Cambrai. For a while (16th century) this town was part of the Netherlands! Easy cycling afterwards to the end of Canal du Nord near Arleux.
Day 10, Monday - Arleux – Valenciennes (ca. 50 km)
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 coalmining 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.)
Day 11, Tuesday - Valenciennes-Tournai ca. 60 km
Into Belgium. The town of Escaudin has an monday-market. Good place to stop for a while! After the coffeestop in another small town we’ll enter St. Amand-les-Eaux with its impressive tower. 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 countryroads 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 towncentre. Highlight is the cathedral with its five towers. Mooring near the citycentre, at walking distance.
Day 12, Wednesday - Tournai – Oudenaarde ca. 45/55 km
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 place ca. 1 km. from the market square. Walk in town.
Day 13, Thursday - Oudenaarde – Gent (ca. 45 km)
The ride to Gent 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 Gent 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 Gent! It is a very lively town (more than 250.000 inh.) partly because of its many young inhabitants (university students). Well lit Gent in the evening is another experience. Dinner in town this evening.
Day 14, Friday - Gent – Brugge (ca. 60/40 km)
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.
Day 15, Saturday - Brugge
After breakfast, your bike-and-boat trip comes to an end.
- Capacity: 20 passengers
- Length x Width: 39 x 5.4 meters
- Cabins: 9 total (2 cabins include an extra bunk bed to become triples, 3 cabins with 2 standard beds and 6 cabins with bunk beds)
- Shower and toilet
- Central heating and 220 volt sockets
- Laundry service available
- No Wifi available on board
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