Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges
Cycling in Belgium and France!
This incredible Bruges to Paris bike and boat tour (or v.v.) goes along rural country roads, towpaths, and paved forest trails and occasionally, a short distance on the quintessential 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.
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.
- Auvers-sur-Oise and the grave of Vincent van Gogh
- Splendid chateau of Chantilly
- Pérrone and Grande Guerre Museum
- Oudenaarde, the town of the tapestry weavers
- Ghent and the "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Jan van Eyck
- Bruges and the Unesco World Heritage listed center
On the Feniks, you can actually book an 8 day tour!
Be sure to check out our full list of Bike and Barge tours in France.
April 20**, May 4**, September 21, and September 28: £ 1945 $ 3,920 € 2250 NOK 21563 kr 19904 $ 2,588 May 18*, June 29*, July 27*, and August 24*: £ 1984 $ 3,999 € 2295 NOK 21994 kr 20302 $ 2,639
*Discounted departures for bookings after January 21 (regular price is 2529)
**Second person in twin bed cabin receives 50% discount.
September: £ 2109 $ 4,250 € 2439 NOK 23374 kr 21576 $ 2,805 Discounted price for reservations after January 21: £ 1915 $ 3,859 € 2215 NOK 21227 kr 19594 $ 2,547
Feniks - 1 WEEK Luxury cabin £ 1215 $ 2,448 € 1405 NOK 13465 kr 12429 $ 1,616 Low beds £ 1042 $ 2,100 € 1205 NOK 11548 kr 10660 $ 1,386 Single cabin £ 1042 $ 2,100 € 1205 NOK 11548 kr 10660 $ 1,386 Bunk bed cabin £ 895 $ 1,803 € 1035 NOK 9919 kr 9156 $ 1,190 Feniks - 2 WEEKS Luxury cabin £ 2244 $ 4,522 € 2595 NOK 24869 kr 22956 $ 2,984 Low beds £ 1971 $ 3,973 € 2280 NOK 21850 kr 20169 $ 2,622 Single cabin £ 1971 $ 3,973 € 2280 NOK 21850 kr 20169 $ 2,622 Bunk bed cabin £ 1721 $ 3,467 € 1990 NOK 19071 kr 17604 $ 2,289
Electric bicycle rental
Zwaantje: April 20, May 4, and September 21: £ 277 $ 558 € 320 NOK 3067 kr 2831 $ 368
Zwaantje: May 18, June 29, July 27, and August 24: £ 164 $ 331 € 190 NOK 1821 kr 1681 $ 219
Fleur: £ 164 $ 331 € 190 NOK 1821 kr 1681 $ 219 (Only two electric bikes are available on the Fleur on first come first serve basis. Additional bikes may be rented but will incur an additional supplement)
1 week: £ 39 $ 78 € 45 NOK 431 kr 398 $ 52 2 weeks: £ 78 $ 157 € 90 NOK 863 kr 796 $ 104
If single supplement is not noted, single supplement is on request only.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
† Currency exchange rate set 90 days before travel.
Fly to Paris, Brussels, or Amsterdam.
Train from the airport to the center of town where your boat will be. Time of travel depends on connections.
Check local weather before departure. Average high/low temperature in °F for Bruges: April 57/42, May 58/49, June 63/54, July 66/58, August 68/59, September 64/55, and October 58/51.
Please be aware you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members will always speak English.
Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveller's responsibility to insure proper documentation.
Bruges to Paris
On the Comfort Plus boats:
Zwaantje: April 20*, May 18*, July 27* and September 7, 2019
On the Standard Plus boat:
Feniks: May 11, August 3, and August 31, 2019**
**The Feniks offers the 8-day option of this tour - Bruges to Péronne or Péronne to Paris - or the full 2-week version Bruges to Paris**
Bruges to Péronne: May 11, August 3, August 31, 2019
Péronne to Paris: May 18, and August 10, 2019
Paris to Bruges
On the Comfort Plus boats:
Zwaantje: May 4*, June 29*, August 24*, & September 21, 2019
Fleur: September 28, 2019*
On the Standard Plus boat:
Feniks: June 22, August 17, September 14, 2019**
*Dates in bold above are now being offered at a discount for reservations on or after January 21, 2019. Please see pricing for details.
**The Feniks offers the 8-day option of this tour - Paris to Péronne or Péronne to Bruges - or the full 2-week version Bruges to Paris**
Paris to Péronne: June 22, August 17, September 14, 2019
Péronne to Bruges: June 29, August 24, September 21, 2019
Each boat has a slightly different itinerary so be sure to look at daily mileage. Overall, the tour is rated easy to moderate, and is offered as both guided and self guided. The route is varied, flat with 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. Cycling experience and good physical condition is required. It is important that you have recent cycling experience on roads with traffic and with the distances mentioned in the tour. On all tours, guided or self-guided, you will participate at your own risk.
Where You’ll Stay
On the Comfort Plus boats: Fleur or Zwaantje or the Standard Plus boat, the Feniks
What’s Not Included
*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.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges Boats + Barges
Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Standard Plus Class Boat Originally, the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French inland waters. In 1992, the Feniks was converted to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for various sailing holidays. Since then, she has undergone several renovations to keep up-to-date with all modern facilities.
Fleur France, Netherlands 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 France, Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Plus Class Boat The MPS Zwaantje, which means "Little Swaan", is a wonderful comfort plus barge. The boat has 10 cabins with twin beds and 2 cabins with double beds. These cabins also have a bunk bed but cannot be used as a triple. Each cabin has private facilities.