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Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges

Belgium, France Bike + Boat Tours

Cycling in Belgium and France!

This incredible Bruges to Paris bike tour (or v.v.) goes along rural country roads, towpaths, and paved forest trails and occasionally, a short distance on a cobblestone road.

You will bike in Belgium and France and curiously, through Holland too, as Belgium and the French part above the Somme River once belonged to Holland. This can be seen in the flags of the Belgian and French provinces that still carry the Dutch national symbol (the lion).

Picardie, as the northern province of France is called, was once the cradle of the Gothic period which can be seen in the various places you will visit. Picardie and especially the area around the Somme River carry the scars of the great war. In almost every little town you pass, there are memorials erected that commemorate the soldiers and civilians that died in the war. If you love history, you will have the oppurtunity to visit the war museum in Peronne where you will spend a whole day. You can also take a tour around the area and pass the big memorials erected in honor of the soldiers of France, Great Britian, Australia, America and South Africa.

Biking in Paris, you will enter through the 'banlieues' as the suburban cities are called. This part of the suburban area around Paris is very green and inhabited mostly by Parisians that can afford to flee the city and live on the slopes outside Paris. Cycling in Paris has been made easier throughout the years thanks to the efforts of cycling enthusiasts and the development of the many bike paths.

For a full list of options for cycling in France or cycling in Belgium, follow the links!

Tour Dates

2014

Bruges to Paris
On the Standard Plus boat:
Feniks: August 23, 2014

Paris to Bruges
On the Comfort Plus boats:
Fleur: October 11, 2014 **Now being offered at a discount!**

​On the Standard Plus boat:
Feniks:  July 19, October 4, 2014

2015

Bruges to Paris
On the Comfort Plus boats: 
Fleur: April 18, 2015
Elodie: June 21, 2015

Paris to Bruges
On the Comfort Plus boats: 
Fleur: October 17, 2015
Elodie: July 5 and September 27, 2015

Where You’ll Stay

On the Comfort Plus boats: Fleur or MSP Zwaantje or on the Standard Plus boat: Feniks

What’s Included

  • 14 nights’ accommodations on board
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, and 3 course dinners (12 dinners on the Feniks and 13 dinners on the Fleur)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide (2 guides on the Fleur)
  • 21 speed hybrid bicycle
  • Helmet rental (Fleur)
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Bicycle protection ( Fleur and Feniks only)
  • Air-conditioned cabins (Fleur & Zwaantje only)

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • 2 x dinner on the Feniks
  • Train ride to/from Paris to Bruges, if needed
  • Museum entrance fees
TourBike + Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length15 days
From1655 Rates
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Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate, guided bike and boat tour with average daily distances of 26 miles. The route is mostly flat with some rolling hills - some days being slightly hillier than others. You may always choose to stay on board ship for a day if you do not want to bike.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges Map

ON THE FLEUR:

Paris to Bruges

Day 1: Arrival in Paris
On arrival day in Paris, the Fleur will be moored in Port d’Arsenal located in the middle of the city, next to the Place de la Bastille. On board you can enjoy a welcome drink, crew introduction, and a lovely dinner on board. Following dinner, there will be plenty of time for a city walk.

Day 2: Paris - Auvers-sur-Oise, 29 mi. (48 km)
During breakfast, the boat cruises across the center of Paris past many famous points of interest like the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, and the Eiffel tower. The cycling tour begins shortly after breakfast to la Défense and St.Germain-en-Laye. There you climb to the palace and from the palace garden you have a splendid view over Paris. Later you pass Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, where the Oise and the Seine merge. Since the 19th century, Conflans has been an important center of navigation in Northern France. Today's final destination is Auvers-sur-Oise, where Vincent van Gogh spent the last days of his life and where he is buried in the local cemetery. This region was loved by many Impressionist painters. After dinner on board, enjoy an evening walk to the van Gogh cemetery.

Day 3: Auvers-sur-l'Oise - Creil, 33 mi. (55 km)
Starting at Auvers, you ollow the Oise upstream. On today's bike tour, you'll pass the abbey of Royaumont and then Chantilly, with its famous castle. The castle is also well known for the horse-racing circuit and royal stables. Today’s destination is Creil, a country town, which in the 19th century was famous for its fine pottery.

Day 4: Creil - Compiègne, 33 mi. (55 km)
During breakfast the barge cruises to Pont-st-Maxence, town of kings and merchants, where today's bike tour begins. Soon you pass the abbey of Moncel, which in 1309 was founded by King Philips de Schone. Before reaching Compiegne, today's destination, you cycle through the forest south of the city. This beautiful town owes its architectural wealth to the proximity of Paris and the enormous woods in which the French kings loved to wander. The Chateau de Compiè with its magnificient gardens is well worth a visit.

Day 5: Compiègne - Chauny, 36 mi. (60 km)
The river Oise is soon left behind to continue your trip by way of the canal system connecting France and Belgium. The cycling tour goes through the forest of Compiegne and the “Clairière de l’Armistice”, the place where the French and German generals signed for the end of WWI. Here you can visit the small but interesting museum. Later you cross the river Aisne and cycle through the forest of Ourscamp. You will meet the Fleur once again in Chaunygne, with its magnificent gardens that are well worth a visit.

Day 6: Chauny - St. Quentin, 24 to 33 mi. (40 to 55 km)
Today you continue the cruise on the old canal of St.-Quentin. Built in the Napoleonic era, the canal still breathes peace and quiet and is a reminder of a rich shipping history. The cycling route leads through the Somme-region, a quiet countryside with small villages. Today's destination is the ively provincial capital of the Aisne,St. Quentin, which rose in the 2nd century on a junction of Roman roads. Highlights here are the Gothic basilica and the 16th century Town Hall with its flamboyant Gothic   façade.

Day 7: St. Quentin, rest day
Today the Fleur stays in St.-Quentin. You can participate in a day excursion by bus to the battlefields of World War I in the Somme valley. It is also possible to use the day for exploring the city of St.Quentin.

Day 8: St. Quentin - tunnel of Riqueval - Honnecourt, 24 or 39 mi. (40 to 65 km)
The Canal de St.-Quentin was dug under the government of Napoleon. Because the differences in height were sometimes big, it was necessary to dig tunnels. The longest one is the tunnel of Riqueval, which is 5670 meters long. Today, the barge goes through this tunnel. Boats are still pulled through by an electrically driven towboat and it takes approximately two hours to pass through. Above the tunnel there is the watershed between rivers Escaut (Schelde) and Somme. Either just before or right after this tunnel the cyclists disembark. At the tunnel is a little museum. From there the route is downhill and ends in a little village called Honnecourt.

Day 9: Honnecourt - Cambrai - Pont Malin, 21 or 36 mi. (35 to 60 km)
After breakfast, you begin cycling to the ancient abbey of Vaucelles (which can be visited) and later continue to the city of Cambrai, once a roman provincial capital and an important destination for pilgrims. First in 1677, Cambrai became French. Worth seeing are the impressive and restored buildings of the city fortress, built under Charles V. The old city gate dates from 1300. In the afternoon, you leave the old canal de St. Quentin and continue on the Canal du Grand Gabarit to Pont Malin, where you spend the night.

Day 10: Pont Malin - Doornik, 27 mi. (45 km)
Today the barge follows the canal du Grand Gabarit for a few hours passing through a former industrial area of France. Old mines and steel sites border the canal. The bike ride follows the route to Santiago de Compostela. The Fleur crosses the French frontier in Mortagne and a little later, in Bleharies, it crosses into Belgium. We sail through the so-called ‘white land’. The charming little fortress town Antoing lies at the heart of this region and since the Roman days limestone has been mined here. Today’s destination is Doornik (in French: Tournai), one of the oldest cities of Belgium. Here we are in Wallonia, where all towns and villages have both a French and a Flemish name. Up until the beginning of the 17th century Doornik was ruled by the French. Here, tapestry weaving gained in importance, while the cloth industry became less important. In the various museums of the town, excellent examples can be seen. In 1940 the entire city center was destroyed after a German air-raid. However, the town has been renovated and rebuilt. The cathedral the Notre Dame (12th and 13th century) is worth seeing, as well as the Belfort, which was built at about 1200.

Day 11: Doornik (Tournai) - Oudenaarde, 27 mi. (45 km)
The barge cruises downstream on the Scheldt River and enters the Flemish region. Today's destination is Oudenaarde. In former days, this little town was situated on the border of the French and German Empires and as a result it was involved in wars frequently. In the first half of the 16th century, the city hall was built of sandstone in Brabantine late Gothic style and it is one of the most beautiful city halls in all of Flanders. Oudenaarde is also known as the town of the tapestry, whos weavers and their wares are know throughout the world. There may be time today to visit one of Belgium’s famous beer breweries called Liefmans.

Day 12: Oudenaarde - Ghent, 21 mi. (35 km)
The barge continues cruising on the Scheldt in the direction of Ghent, a lively university town with a rich history. The town developed on the spot where in Roman days, the rivers Leie and Schelde merged, a favorable location which meant prosperity in late 13th and early 14th century. The cloth industry was a source of great riches. In the city many patrician residences have been preserved. In the Lakenhalle (1425) the cloth traders gathered. The most important church is St. Baafs cathedral, which was constructed in different centuries and in different styles. In the cathedral several masterpieces of medieval painting are to be found. “The worship of the Lamb of God” by Jan van Eyck is the most famous of all. You might want to take a city tour by boat or visit the old castle

Day 13: Ghent - Bruges, 15 or 30 mi. (25 to 50 km)
Today your bike tour goes through the pleasant countryside of Western Flanders to Bruges.  Bruges, also called the Venice of the North, may be one of the most beautiful of all Flemish cities. Its old center, which dates from the Middle Ages, is almost completely preserved. 

Day 14: Bruges, rest day
The boat stays in Bruges giving you time to explore this lively city.

Day 15: Departure
Individual departure following breakfast.

Bruges to Paris

Day 1: Arrival in Bruges                      
Day 2: Bruges - Ghent, 15 or 24 mi. (25 to 40 km)    
Day 3: Ghent - Oudenaarde, 15 or 27 mi. (25 to 45 km)           
Day 4: Oudenaarde - Doornik (Tournai), 21 or 25 mi. (35 to 42 km)               
Day 5: Doornik (Tournai) - Pont Malin (Bouchain), 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Pont Malin - Cambrai - Honnecourt, 17 or 36 mi. (28 to 60 km)
Day 7: Honnecourt - St. Quentin, 16 or 39 mi. (26 to 65 km)
Day 8: St. Quentin
Day 9: St. Quentin - Chauny, 19 or 29 mi. (32 to 48 km)
Day 10: Chauny- Compiègne, 21 or 30 mi. (35 to 50 km)
Day 11: Compiegne - Creil, 27 or 36 mi. (45 to 60 km)                 
Day 12: Creil - Auvers s Oise, 20 or 32 mi. (33 to 54 km)              
Day 13: Auvers - Conflans - Paris, 22 or 29 mi. (36 to 48 km)       
Day 14: Rest day, Paris                 
Day 15: Departure

ON THE ELODIE:

Paris to Bruges

Day 1: Paris, 3 to 6 miles (5 to 10 km)
After arrival on board the Elodie in Paris, the crew will welcome you with a nice cup of coffee or tea. Following will be an introduction to the crew, explanation of the rules on board, information on the program. After the introduction, is a short tour through a quiet part of Paris so you can get comfortable with your bike and make the necessary adjustments.

Day 2: Paris - Versailles - Conflans, 25 miles (40 km)
The day begins with a boat tour that will take you right through the middle of Paris passing the Notre Dame, musee D'Orsay, the Eifel tower and other remarkable architecture. Seeing this from the river Seine is quite the experience.

Today's cycle tour takes us to Palace Versailles, one of the biggest palaces in the world. This unbelievable Palace once inhabited by French kings like Louis the 14th has a "must see" very impressive garden (admission is free). After Versailles, you'll continue to St Germain en Laye for one last magnificent view over the city of Paris before saying goodbye to this beautiful city. After this,  you'll “descend” to the river Seine where the Elodie will be waiting for you.

Day 3: Conflans - Creil, 22 miles (35 km)
Very early in the morning the Elodie will start sailing to the next place of interest, Auvers sur L'Oise. This small town has been the residence of many great artists, among them Vincent van Gogh. He spent the last few months of his life in this town and painted many of his great works. The Elodie will wait for you to take you a little bit further up stream to start your first bike ride to Abbaye Royaumont. After a visit to the Abbey you will continue to Chateaux the Chantily. A beautiful castle with its world famous stables nearby.

Day 4: Creil - Compiegne, 28 miles (45 km)
Through the park regions, Pays de France, you'll cycle to Compiegne. 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. Forests, hills, small towns, and rivers will accompany you today.

In the town of Compiegne, you can do some shopping and visit the Imperial palace with a free admissible garden.

Day 5: Compiegne - Pont l'eveque (Noyon), 28 miles (45 km)
After a nice ride through the forest, you will arrive in Pierrefonds with its fairy tale atmosphere. It lies on the foot of a very impressive castle. Through the forest of Dom D'ourscam and dom de Laigue, you'll continue to your second goal, the railway carriage where the first world war was ended and Nazi Germany forced France into an armistice treaty during the second world war. You can also visit the town of Noyon which is about 1 mile from Pont L'eveque. It is the birthplace of Calvijn and famous for its enormous Cathedral which offers free admission. Noyon also bears the scars of WWI and WWII that are evident when looking at the walls of the Cathedral that have been damaged by many bullet holes.

Day 6: Pont l'eveque ( Noyon ) - Peronne, 34 miles (55 km)
Early in the morning, the Elodie 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 Peronne. Along the way, you will notice quite frequently the graveyards of WWI. It is hard to imagine that these surroundings have once been ravaged by a devastating war. You'll enjoy a very enjoyable ride before a well deserved day of rest in Peronne. 

Day 7: Peronne (rest day)
Today is the perfect day to make your own plans as the Elodie will stay at the nice and interesting town of Peronne. Peronne has a lovely town center, a big park, and a very interesting museum.

Situated in a 12th century castle you will find the museum of the Great War right in the middle of town. Together with cities like Albert en Bapaume, Peronne formed the triangle in which the battle of the Somme took place. Peronne and its museum have therefore been appointed by the French government as a historical monument in the military history of France.

Today there will be no dinner at the boat so there is no need to go back to the Elodie. Take your pick from the numerous lovely restaurants in town.

Day 8: Peronne - Marquion 34 or 40 Miles (55 or 65 km)
Early in the morning the Elodie will start heading for the locks and as you are enjoying your breakfast the first locks will be passed. The small and narrow locks at the "canal du nord" are an interesting experience if you pass them by boat. This day the Elodie will pass 12 locks and a 3.5 mile tunnel to get to Marquion. Each lock will take the Elodie about 11 meters higher. At one of the locks you will cycle away from the river and head for Marquion. Before reaching Marquion, you'll visit Arleux, a town famous for its smoked garlic. Depending on the time of year, you will be able to see the craftsmen at work and have a taste of the many products that can be made of smoked garlic.

Day 9: Marquion - Valenciennes, 28 miles (45 km)
From Marquion, your bike ride begins towards the town of Cambrai, a nice typical northern France town where you'll stop for lunch. Your bike tour continues to take us to the Elodie that this time will be waiting for you to bring you finish the day with a boat tour ending in the town of Valencienes. In the evening, you can enjoy a walk around town with your guide.

Day 10: Valenciennes - Tournai, 30 miles, 48 km
In the morning the Elodie will bring you just a little bit further up the river so you can start your bike ride without the morning traffic. Along an old railroad track you will be heading for Wallers hill

This is a very famous hill in the Paris Roubaix cycle course. One of the hardest courses there is an especially this track has taken its toll from the runners. Don't worry because you can "by pass" this track quite easily. But if you can't resist to "get the feeling" go for it! This day you will pass the Belgium - France border and get into Walonie. The part of Belgium that speaks French.

Tournai where we will spend the night is the oldest city in Belgium and considered to be one of the most important cultural sites in Belgium. The mixed Romanesque- and Gothic- style cathedral of Notre Dame de Tournai and the belfry, the oldest in Belgium, have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Day 11: Tournai - Oudenaarde, 28 miles (45 km)
The cycle path to Oudenaarde follows for a large part the tow paths that we are already used to. We will now enter , the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. The difference in culture will be immediately noticeable. The Flemish not only speak the Dutch language but have also adopted the Dutch culture.

Oudenaarde is the capital of the Flemish Ardennen. Centuries old it is famous for its beer breweries and wall carpets. In the town of Oudenaarde you will find a bicycle museum runner by the two times tour the France winner Freddy Mertens. In this museum you can admire the efforts it takes to be a successful runner and even have an physical experience of the runners bike.

Day 12: Oudenaarde - Gent, 28 miles (45 km)
From Oudenaarde we will continue downstream on the Schelde/Escaut to the north and With the exception of Gent and Oudenaarde, the river towpaths that we follow lead us through farmland with the occasional nature preserve or harbor. The route is essentially flat the whole distance, with the occasional lock (there are six in all) having in most cases a rise of only about a meter. The route is mostly a well paved towpath, with short sections of street riding into Gent

Gent, also called the pride of Belgium honors, and its title walking through the medley of intimate and grotesque architecture. A university town with a great atmosphere! There will be plenty of time to visit this interesting city.

Day 13: Gent - Bruges, 28 or 34 miles (45 or 55 km)
Your first tour day begins along towpaths, green pastures and picturesque little towns of the Flemish countryside. It is also part of the Santiago the Compostela pilgrims route that you have more or less been following that started already in Compiegne. Along our path we will encounter one of the most remarkable "museums" of Belgium. We have named it the Museum of funny bikes because it has no name. The very enthusiastic owner has made a series of bikes that can be ridden ,if you have the skill, that will give you a bike experience that you have never had before and probably will never will again. Not because you don't want to but more because these bikes are unique and cannot be bought in any shop.

Day 14: Bruges (rest day)
Today you can explore Bruges at your leisure. In the evening there will be no dinner on board the Elodie so you can take your time without having to come back to the boat. Take your pick from one of the many lovely restaurants in Bruges.

Day 15: Bruges
Individual departure following breakfast.

Bruges to Paris

Day 1: Bruges, 10 miles (16 km)
Arrival on board the Elodie in Bruges where the crew will welcome you with a nice cup of coffee or tea. Introduction to the crew, explanation of the rules on board, information on the program. After the introduction we will make a short tour to Damme, a small historical town in the area of Bruges. Now you can get comfortable with your bike and make the necessary adjustments. Bruges can be considered an open air museum in every aspect. An evening stroll through this beautiful town is worthwhile.

Day 2: Bruges – Gent, 28 miles (45 km)
Your first tour day begins along towpaths, green pastures and picturesque little towns of the Flemish countryside. An excellent track to warm up the muscles for the days to come. It is also part of the Santiago the Compostela pilgrims route that we will more or less follow all the way to Compiegne where this route takes another course.

Gent, also called the pride of Belgium honors, and its title walking through the medley of intimate and grotesque architecture. A university town with a great atmosphere!

Day 3: Gent – Oudenaarde, 25 miles (40 km)
From Gent we will continue upstream on the Schelde/Escaut to the south and southwest With the exception of Gent and Oudenaarde, the river towpaths that we follow lead us through farmland with the occasional nature preserve or harbor. The route is essentially flat the whole distance, with the occasional lock (there are six in all) having in most cases a rise of only about a meter. The route is mostly a well paved towpath, with short sections of street riding in Gent and Oudenaarde

Oudenaarde is the capital of the Flemish Ardennen. Centuries old it is famous for its beer breweries and wall carpets.

Day 4: Oudenaarde – Tournai, 13 or 29 miles (20 or 46 km)
The cycle path to Tournai follows for a large part the tow paths that we are already used to. We will now enter Wallonie, the French speaking part of Belgium. The difference in culture will be immediately noticeable. The Wallonians not only speak the French language but have also adopted the French culture.

Tournai, the oldest city in Belgium is considered to be one of the most important cultural sites in Belgium. The mixed Romanesque- and Gothic-style cathedral of Notre Dame de Tournai and the belfry, the oldest in Belgium, have been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Inside the cathedral, that can be visited until 6 pm, the Châsse de Notre-Dame flamande, a beautifully ornated 12th-century reliquary, gives witness to Tournai's wealth in the Middle Ages.

Day 5: Tournai – Arleux, 34 miles (55 km)
Straight through the national park, you'll cycle towards Denaing. The park was created in an old coal mine area. As you cycle through this park it is hard to imagine that after WWI this was a black and desolate country with no trees left.

We are passing the famous cycle race tracks of Paris – Roubaix and the notorious Wallers – Arenberg trench. This tour is called “the hell of the north” because of the extremely bad conditions of the road the race was held on. Of course we will let our wheels touch the grounds of this famous race but we will not follow the paths that gave the name to this tour. A little bit further down the river at Arleux we will find the Elodie.

Day 6: Arleux - Peronne, 22 miles (35 km)
Early in the morning the Elodie will head for the locks. The small and narrow locks at the "canal du nord" are a special experience.

This day the Elodie will pass 12 locks and a 3.5 mile tunnel to get to Peronne. Each lock will take the Elodie about 11 meter higher. At one of the locks you will cycle away from the river and head for Peronne, today's final destination.

Day 7: Peronne
Today is the perfect day to make your own plans as the Elodie will stay at the nice and interesting town of Peronne. Peronne has a lovely town center, a big park, and a very interesting museum.

Situated in a 12th century castle you will find the museum of the Great War right in the middle of town. Together with cities like Albert en Bapaume, Peronne formed the triangle in which the battle of the Somme took place. Peronne and its museum have therefore been appointed by the French government as a historical monument in the military history of France.

Today there will be no dinner at the boat so there is no need to go back to the Elodie. Take your pick from the numerous lovely restaurants in town.

Day 8: Peronne – Pont l'eveque, 19 or 35 Miles, (30 to 55 km)
Cycle along the canal du Nord and the countryside towards Noyonne, the French capital of the red fruit. Follow the valley and the towpaths as the country surrounding gets more hilly. Noyonne has also been the birth place of Calvijn, a clergyman that has been of great influence particularly in Holland. Picardie has been the cradle for Gothic art and architecture. In Noyon you can find a beautiful example of this period in the form of a Gothic Cathedral that can be admired and visited.

Day 9: Pont l'eveque – Compiegne, 23 miles (36 km)
Through the forest of Dom Dourscam and dom de Laigue the route continues through a more hilly terrain. Our first goal is the railway carriage where the first world war ended and Nazi Germany forced France into an armistice treaty during the second world war. The Armistice site was demolished by the Germans on Hitler's orders and the carriage was taken to Berlin and destroyed by SS troops. A replica of the carriage can be seen together with the restored site.

From here, it is not very far to our second and final goal for this day, the interesting town of Compiegne. This town is famous for its horse races and its Castle, a preferred summer residence for French monarchs, built for Louis XV, and restored by Napoleon. 

Day 10: Compiegne – Creil, 10 – 33 miles (16 – 53 km)
In the morning, you'll begin cycling towards Chateaux Pierrefonds to pay a visit to this remarkable Castle. Continuing the tour, cycle through the park regions Pays de France. 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.

Day 11: Creil – Auvers sur l’oise 34 miles (55 km)
A "hilly" day lies ahead but the reward will be great. Chateaux de Chantilly is one of the most beautiful castles you'll will visit during this tour. The castle as well as its surrounding terrains are very scenic and sometimes even breathtaking. Tonight will be spent in Auvers-sur-l’Oise. Throughout the 19th century a number of painters lived and worked in Auvers-sur-Oise, including Paul Cézanne, Charles-François Daubigny, Camille Pissarro, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot and of course, Vincent van Gogh. Vincent made a number of his famous paintings here and spent the last days of his life in this town. After his death he was buried in the local graveyard that can be visited.

Day 12: Auvers sur l’oise – Bougival, 23 miles (36 km)
Getting closer to Paris you will find a “green” path that will leads to our next stop in Bougival. Along the way, you'll pass St Germain en Laye, the birth place of the famous composer, Debussy. A glimpse of the great city that lies ahead can be seen from a terrace near the chateaux de St Germain en Laye (the national museum of archeology). Enjoy the panoramic view over Paris with its remarkable Eiffel tower before getting back to the river and the little town of Bougival where we will spend the night.

Day 13: Bougival – Versailles – Paris, 13 miles (20 km)
Today's route leads uphill to Versailles. This unbelievable Palace, once inhabited by French kings, is now a museum. If you do not want to go inside you can visit the magnificent garden and admire the palace from there. After Versailles, you'll “descend” to the river Seine to embark on the Elodie for a boat tour to the center of Paris, an absolute highlight of the tour.

Day 14: Paris 
Today you are free to explore the wonderful city of Paris. 

Day 15: Paris
Individual departure after breakfast.


ON THE FENIKS:

Paris to Bruges

Day 1: Paris
Day 2: Paris - Bougival/la Defense Paris
Day 3: Bougival/la Defense Paris - Conflans/Auvers sur l’Oise
Day 4: Conflans/Auvers sur l’Oise - Creil
Day 5: Creil - Compiègne
Day 6: Compiègne - Noyon
Day 7: Noyon- Peronne
Day 8: Peronne
Day 9: Peronne - Bouchain/Arleux
Day 10: Bouchain/Arleux - Tournai
Day 11: Tournai - Oudenaarde
Day 12: Oudenaarde - Ghent
Day 13: Ghent - Bruges
Day 14: Bruges
Day 15: Departure

Bruges to Paris

Day 1: Bruges
Day 2: Bruges - Ghent
Day 3: Ghent - Oudenaarde
Day 4: Oudenaarde - Tournai
Day 5: Tournai - Valenciennes
Day 6: Valenciennes - Perrone
Day 7: Peronne (Marquion)
Day 8: Peronne - Pont léveque
Day 9: Pont léveque - Compèigne
Day 10: Compiègne - Creil
Day 11: Creil - Auvers sur l’Oise/Conflans
Day 12: Auvers sur l’Oise/Conflans - Bougival
Day 13: Bougival/la Defense Paris - Paris
Day 14: Paris
​Day 15: Departure

*Average daily distance is 25 miles per day.

**All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc. 

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Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges Boats + Barges

  • Elodie Photo

    Elodie Netherlands, Belgium, France Comfort Plus Class Boat The Elodie was built in 1931 and has been completely refurnished into a luxury holiday ship. The ship has a saloon and sundeck and all of its cabins come with air-conditioning. The saloon of the Elodie is furnished in ship-style by using various types of wood in the finishing.

  • Feniks Photo

    Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Standard Plus Class Boat

  • Fleur Photo

    Fleur France Comfort Plus Class Boat The Fleur was first put into service in 2002. The owner, Jossie, had the beautifully-lined barge converted into a comfortable passenger ship, according to her own design. Her female touch is definitely recognizable by the tasteful interior and her sharp eye for detail. The whole barge radiates a homelike atmosphere.

  • Zwaantje Photo

    Zwaantje France Comfort Plus Class Boat

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