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Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges

Belgium, France Bike + Barge 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 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. 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 opportunity 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 Britain, 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.

    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.

  • 2017 Prices

    Elodie
    August 6:   £ 2135 $ 3,321 2205 NOK 22418 kr 20693 $ 2,690 October 1: £ 2028 $ 3,155 2095 NOK 21299 kr 19661 $ 2,556

    Fleur:
    Sept 30:  £ 2295 $ 3,570 2370 NOK 24095 kr 22242 $ 2,891 Single supplement: on request

    Zwaantje
    May and July departures: £ 2090 $ 3,252 2159 NOK 21950 kr 20261 $ 2,634 September departures: £ 2087 $ 3,246 2155 NOK 21909 kr 20224 $ 2,629

    Feniks:
    8 day tour 

    Low bed cabin:  £ 1012 $ 1,574 1045 NOK 10624 kr 9807 $ 1,275 Bunk bed cabin: £ 978 $ 1,521 1010 NOK 10268 kr 9478 $ 1,232

    Discounted price September 2 and 16 departures
    Low bed cabin:  £ 874 $ 1,360 903 NOK 9181 kr 8474 $ 1,102 Bunk bed cabin: £ 845 $ 1,315 873 NOK 8876 kr 8193 $ 1,065

    15 day tour
    Low bed cabin: £ 1932 $ 3,005 1995 NOK 20283 kr 18722 $ 2,434 Bunk bed cabin: £ 1859 $ 2,892 1920 NOK 19520 kr 18018 $ 2,342

    Discounted price September 2 and 16 departures
    Low bed cabin: £ 1595 $ 2,481 1647 NOK 16745 kr 15456 $ 2,009 Bunk bed cabin: £ 1532 $ 2,383 1582 NOK 16084 kr 14846 $ 1,930

    2018 Prices

    Zwaantje
    May and June: £ 2352 $ 3,658 2429 NOK 24695 kr 22795 $ 2,963 Twin cabin single use (one per departure): £ 3078 $ 4,788 3179 NOK 32320 kr 29834 $ 3,878 September departures: £ 2087 $ 3,246 2155 NOK 21909 kr 20224 $ 2,629 Twin cabin/single use (one per departure): £ 2813 $ 4,375 2905 NOK 29534 kr 27262 $ 3,544 Fleur
    May 26 and June 9: £ 2352 $ 3,658 2429 NOK 24695 kr 22795 $ 2,963 September 29: £ 2255 $ 3,508 2329 NOK 23678 kr 21857 $ 2,841 Twin cabin/single use: on request
    Elodie
    Bruges to Paris, May and August: £ 2179 $ 3,389 2250 NOK 22875 kr 21115 $ 2,745 Pairs to Bruges, June and October: £ 2072 $ 3,223 2140 NOK 21757 kr 20083 $ 2,611 Feniks:
    8 day tour 

    Low bed cabin:  £ 1012 $ 1,574 1045 NOK 10624 kr 9807 $ 1,275 Bunk bed cabin: £ 978 $ 1,521 1010 NOK 10268 kr 9478 $ 1,232 15 day tour
    Low bed cabin: £ 1932 $ 3,005 1995 NOK 20283 kr 18722 $ 2,434 Bunk bed cabin: £ 1859 $ 2,892 1920 NOK 19520 kr 18018 $ 2,342

    extra options

    Mandatory bike protection on the Elodie (for both hybrid and e bike): £ 29 $ 45 30 NOK 305 kr 282 $ 37

    2017: Electric bicycle rental
    Fleur
    (two bikes available per tour date): £ 213 $ 331 220 NOK 2237 kr 2065 $ 268 Zwaantje (limited number available): £ 290 $ 452 300 NOK 3050 kr 2815 $ 366   Elodie (two bikes available per tour date): £ 290 $ 452 300 NOK 3050 kr 2815 $ 366

    2018: Electric bicycle rental
    Zwaantje
     
    May and June: £ 165 $ 256 170 NOK 1728 kr 1595 $ 207 September:  £ 339 $ 527 350 NOK 3558 kr 3285 $ 427 Fleur: £ 165 $ 256 170 NOK 1728 kr 1595 $ 207 Feniks:
    8 day tour: £ 50 $ 78 52 NOK 529 kr 488 $ 63 15 day tour:  £ 101 $ 157 104 NOK 1057 kr 976 $ 127  

    please note

    If single supplement is not noted, single supplement is on request only.  

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Paris, Brussels, or Amsterdam.

    Local Travel

    Train from the airport to the center of town where your boat will be. Time of travel depends on connections.

    Climate

    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.

    Remarks

    Please be aware you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members will always speak English.


Tour Dates

2017 Dates
Bruges to Paris

On the Standard Plus boat:
Feniks:  September 16*, 2017

Paris to Bruges
On the Comfort Plus boat:
Elodie: October 1, 2017
Fleur: September 30, 2017

On the Standard Plus boat:
Feniks: September 30*, 2017 (only bunk bed cabins are available)
*Now being offered at a discount!

2018 Dates
Bruges to Paris
On the Comfort Plus boats:
Zwaantje: May 12 and September 1, 2018
Elodie: May 20 and August 5, 2018 
Fleur: May 26, 2018
On the Standard Plus boat:
Feniks: May 12, June 9, and September 15, 2018

Paris to Bruges
On the Comfort Plus boats:
Zwaantje: June 9 and September 15, 2018
Elodie: June 24 and October 14, 2018 
Fleur: June 9 and September 29, 2018
On the Standard Plus boat:
Feniks: May 26, September 1, and September 29, 2018

*Elodie requires a minimum age of 16 to go on this tour

Skill Level

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, Elodie, and Zwaantje or the Standard Plus boat, the Feniks

What’s Included

  • On the Zwaantje
  • Accommodations for 14 nights on board
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, and 3-course dinners (see What’s Not Included for excluded dinners)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Guide support for cycling tours (In 2018, accept for departures in September, there will be two guides for minimum of 18 cyclists. In this case, on certain days, longer or shorter itineraries are possible)
  • 1 x guided full day in Paris (walking/public transportation)
  • 21 speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bag
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Air-conditioned cabin
  • On the Elodie
  • Accommodations for 14 nights on board
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, and 3-course dinners (see What’s Not Included for excluded dinners)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • 24 speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bag and water bottle
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Air-conditioned cabin
  • On the Feniks
  • Accommodations for 14 (or 7) nights on board
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, and 3-course dinners (see What’s Not Included for excluded dinners)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • 21 speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bag
  • (Hybrid 24-gear bicycle with pannier bag, helmets and water bottle 2018)
  • Bike protection
  • Route information
  • Ferry fares en route
  • On the Fleur
  • Accommodations for 14 nights on board
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, and 3-course dinners (see What’s Not Included for excluded dinners)
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide (in 2018, there will be two guides)
  • 11 speed hybrid bicycle with pannier bag, water bottle, and helmet
  • Bike protection
  • Route information, printed instructions and detailed maps (one set per cabin)
  • Ferry fares en route
  • Air-conditioned cabin
  • Entrance Clairière de l’Armistice (2018)
  • Entrance Chateau Chantilly (2018)
  • Entrance City hall Oudenaarde (2018)

What’s Not Included

  • Beverages (incl. alcohol), available on board
  • 2 x dinner on the Elodie
  • 1 x dinner on the Fleur, Zwaantje, and Feniks
  • Train ride to/from Paris to Bruges, if needed
  • Museum entrance fees
  • Zwaantje - helmets available on request, reserve at time of booking
  • Bike protection on the Feniks and the Zwaantje
  • Mandatory bike protection on the Elodie: €20
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length15 days
From2095 Rates
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We are now busy updating our site for 2018. Therefore, an itinerary that you have booked in 2017, may be slightly different  from what you now see on our site. If you have any questions at all, please contact us and we will provide your detailed itinerary.

2018 Paris to Bruges on the Zwaantje
Day 1: Paris
Day 2: Paris, city center
Day 3: Saint Germain and Laye, Conflens and Auvers sur Oise, 24 miles (40 km)
Day 4: Beaumont sur Oise, Royaumont, Chantilly, Creil, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 5: Pont St. Maxence, Pierrefonds, Compiegne, 34 miles (55 km)
Day 6: La Clairière, Tracy, Ourschamps or Blérancourt, Noyon, 24/34 miles (40/55 km)
Day 7: Noyon - Ham - Péronne, 40 miles (65 km)
Day 8: Day in Péronne
Day 9: Bapaume, Ruyaulcourt, 27 miles (45 km)
Day 10: Cambrai and Arleux, 27 miles (45 km)
Day 11: Lewarde, Montigny, Marchiennes, Saint Amand les Eaux, Tournai, 40 miles (65 km) 
Day 12: Kluisbergen, Ronse, Oudenaarde, 31 miles (50 km)
Day 13: through Nazareth, Ooidonk, Sint-Martens-Lathem, Afsnee, 31 miles (50 km) or directly to Ghent, 21 miles (35 km)
Day 14: Bellem, Hertsberge, Moerbrugge, Bruges, 25 miles (50 km)
Day 15: Disembarkation

All distances are approximate. Itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen circumstance, including but not limited to weather, last minute mooring changes, and restructuring of locks or bridges.

Day 1: Paris
Embarkation begins at 4 pm on board the Zwaantje at the Port d'Austerlitz, close to the eponymous station. In the evening, stroll to the Ile Saint Louis, a distance of about 3 kilometers. It is possible to put your luggage on board as early as 9:30 am.

Day 2: Paris, city center
During breakfast, the boat will navigate on the Seine River  through the center of Paris. At around10:30 you will be able to go ashore to visit the city at your leisure or you can go on a city walk of around 5 kilometers through the beautiful green areas of Parc de la Vilette, Buttes Chaumont and Belleville. The ship will continue on to moor outside the city.  You can reach the boat, using public transport (day tickets not included, around €3) and will be able to board at around 17.30 for dinner.

Day 3: Saint Germain and Laye, Conflens and Auvers sur Oise, 24 miles (40 km)
After breakfast you will cycle along quiet towpaths along the river Seine, climbing to St. Germain where the gardens of Le Nôtre provide a magnificent view over Paris. Next you will go through the woods to Conflans for a picnic on the pier amongst the terraces. After a short stop at the Pontoise Bridge, you cycle further across the picturesque Chemin des Monts to the church of Auvers, famous for Van Gogh’s paintings. You will visit his grave during an evening walk.

Day 4: Beaumont sur Oise, Royaumont, Chantilly, Creil, 31 miles (50 km)
After a short stop in Beaumont, you will enjoy a picnic at the Royaumont abbey; one of the best preserved abbeys from the 13th century. During the afternoon, you will visit the splendid Chantilly; a luxurious castle with an impressive art collection and horse dressage. After dinner there will be a stroll through the lively provincial townof Creil.

Day 5: Creil Pont St. Maxence, Pierrefonds, Compiegne, 34 miles (55 km)
Once again, you will enjoy a breakfast cruise as the MS Zwaantje navigates to Pont Saint Maxence. From there you will cycle through little towns and have a short stop in Verberie and then through the forest to Castle Pierrefonds; the leading restoration project by Viollet le Duc. In the evening we will be exploring the historical center with its medieval market and many alleyways.

Day 6: La Clairière, Tracy, Ourschamps or Blérancourt, Noyon, 24 or 34 miles (40/55 km)
First on the agenda is l’Armistice de la Clairière to the forest clearing and the carriage where the First World War armistice was signed. Then through Tracy and the Our-champs abbey with its charming ruin then on through rolling woodlands to Noyon and its imposing cathedral. You can extend the route by cycling to Blérancourt, where there is a lovely town hall from the 17th Century and a charming palace with flower gardens to be admired.

Day 7: Noyon - Ham - Péronne, 40 miles (65 km)
Today we will embarking on a long bike ride leaving at 8.30 for a ride through gently rolling, open countryside, the art deco town of Ham and along the river Somme lined with  picturesque villages.

Day 8: Day in Péronne
The MS Zwaantje will be moored just outside this charming town with its lovely square and church as well as a castle, and the fascinating Grande Guerre museum. Explore and enjoy dinner this evening in town at a restaurant of your choice (not included but recommendations available on board).

Day 9: Bapaume, Ruyaulcourt, 27 miles (45 km)
We will continue cycling along the river Somme and then through the sparsely populated open and rolling landscape to Bapaume which was re-built after the First World War. We will then go on to Canal du Nord in Ruyaulcourt. Here the MS Zwaantje will pass through the divide between the rivers Somme and the Scheldt through a tunnel; the original border between Flanders and France. Mooring is in an outer area.

Day 10: Cambrai and Arleux, 27 miles (45 km)
Today you will visit Cambrai, a lively provincial town with historic monuments and a beautiful park to picnic in and then past the marshlands of Chantraine on to rural Arleux.

Day 11: Lewarde, Montigny, Marchiennes, Saint Amand les Eaux, Tournai, 40 miles (65 km) 
A long day of cycling through former mining towns with beautifully preserved heritage from around 1900, and past the Scarpe-river through Marchiennes and St.Amand where there are monumental remains of baroque abbeys. Just across the border with Belgium lies Tournai, where we will take an evening walk through its historic center.

Day 12: Kluisbergen, Ronse, Oudenaarde, 31 miles (50 km)
North of Tournai, you will cycle across flat farmland with a few hills to the wooded Kluisberg, known for its cycling tours. The church in Ronse has a beautiful crypt from the 13th Century and Art Deco-villa’s and a crypt from the 11th Century. In Oudenaarde you will find the splendid town hall with a magnificent collection from the 16th and 17th Century as well as the Tour of Flanders Centre. After dinner you can enjoy a Belgian beer at the atmospheric Market place.

Day 13: Through Nazareth, Ooidonk, Sint-Martens-Lathem, Afsnee, 31 miles (50 km) or directly to Ghent, 21 miles (35 km)
First you will cycle along the River Scheldt, then on through the idyllic Ooidonk landscape, the artists' village of St. Martens-Lathem, the small ferry of Afsnee and the bustling Gent-South. There is the option of cycling directly along the River Scheldt to Ghent to speand an afternoon in this lively university town. Of Romanian origin and situated at the merging point of the Scheldt and Leie Rivers. Between the 14th and 16th century, Ghent was a wealthy trade and textile city. The town center is a great place to be in the evening. There is an option to join a canal tour to the center and return to ship by taxi (not included.)

Day 14: Bellem, Hertsberge, Moerbrugge, Bruges, 25 miles (50 km)
During breakfast the MS Zwaantje will take us to Aalter where will get on our bikes and cycle through wooded areas and fields, past quiet villages and castles to the Hertsberge estate where there is an interesting agricultural museum to visit. Timely arrival in Bruges, the most picturesque city in Flanders and from the 14th to the 16th Century renowned as one of Europe’s most important centers of banking and art, and during the romantic period rediscovered for time travel in the Middle Ages.

Day 15: Bruges:
Disembarkation by 10 am.

2018: Short itinerary Bruges to Paris / Zwaantje

Day 1: Bruges
Day 2: Bruges to Ghent, 24 mi. (40 km)
Day 3: Ghent - Oudenaarde, 15 or 27 mi. (25 or 45 km)
Day 4: Oudenaarde - Doornik (Tournai), 21 or 25 miles (35 or 42 km)
Day 5: Tournai - Arleux, 27 or 36 mi. (45 or 60 km)
Day 6: Arleux - Ruyaulcourt, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Rualcourt - Peronne, 27 mi. (45 km)
Day 8: Peronne, day of rest
Day 9: Peronne - Noyon, 30 mi. (50 km)
Day 10: Noyon - Compiègne, 24 or 36 mi. (40 or 60 km)
Day 11: Compiègne - Creil, 27 or 36 mi. (45 or 60 km)
Day 12: Creil - Auvers-sur-l'Oise, 20 or 32 mi. (33 or 55 km)
Day 13: Auvers - Conflans - Bougival, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 14: Bougival - Paris
Day 15: Departure

2017 Short itinerary Paris to Bruges /  Zwaantje:

Day 1:  Paris
Day 2:  Paris, city tour
Day 3: Paris – Saint Germain – Bridge of Pontoise – Chemin des Monts – Auvers
Day 4: Auvers – Beaumont sur Oise – Creil
Day 5: Barge: Creil – Pont St. Maxence | Bike: Pont St. Maxence – Compiegne
Day 6: Compiegne – Noyon
Day 7: Noyon – Ham – Péronne
Day 8: Rest day Péronne
Day 9:  Péronne – Bapaume – Ruyaulcourt
Day 10: Ruyaulcourt – Cambrai – Arleux
Day 11: Arleux – Tournai
Day 12: Tournai – Oudenaarde
Day 13: Oudenaarde – Ghent
Day 14: Barge: Ghent – Aalter | Bike: Aalter - Bruges
Day 15:  End of the tour in Bruges

2017: Short itinerary Bruges to Paris / Zwaantje

Day 1: Bruges
Day 2: Bruges – Ghent
Day 3:  Ghent – Oudenaarde
Day 4: Oudenaarde
Day 5: Tournai – Arleux
Day 6: Roundtrip  Arleux
Day 7: Arleux – Peronne
Day 8:  Rest day Peronne
Day 9:  Peronne – Noyon
Day 10:  Noyon – Compiègne
Day 11: Compiègne – Creil
Day 12:  Creil– Auvers-sur-l’Oise
Day 13: Auvers – Conflans – Suresnes
Day 14:  Paris
Day 15:  End of the tour in Paris

2018 ON THE FLEUR:

Paris to Bruges

Day 1: Arrival in Paris, Paris - Bougival
Embarkation at 2 pm. The Fleur will be moored in Port d’Arsenal located in the middle of the city, next to the Place de la Bastille. At 2:30, you will enjoy the crew introduction. At 3 pm, the boat will navigate right across the center of Paris, along several famous points of interest, like the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay, and the Eiffel Tower. At 5 pm, you will have a safety presentation and at 6:15, a welcome drink. At 6:30, you will enjoy a lovely sailing dinner to Bougival.

Day 2: Paris (Bougival) - Auvers-sur-Oise, 22 or 29 mi. (36 or 48 km)
The cycling tour begins shortly after breakfast to 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. Dinner will be served at 6:30 on each evening. After dinner on board, enjoy an evening walk to the Van Gogh cemetery.

Day 3: Auvers-sur-l'Oise - Beaumont | Beaumont - Creil, 21 or 33 mi. (35 or 55 km)
You will enjoy a breakfast cruise to Beaumont. Starting in Beaumont, you follow 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 cirNormalcuit 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 - Pont-st-Maxence | Pont-st-Maxence - Compiègne, 21 or 33 mi. (35 or 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 magnificent gardens is well worth a visit.

Day 5: Compiègne - Chauny, 23 or 36 mi. (38 or 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 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 or 33 mi. (40 or 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 lively 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 or 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 or 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 in 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 of Notre Dame (12th and 13th century) is worth seeing, as well as the Belfort, which was built around 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, whose weavers and their wares are known throughout the world. 

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 or 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.

2018 Short itinerary Bruges to Paris/ Fleur

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 - tunnel of Riqueval - 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)
Day 2: Paris - Versailles - Conflans, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 3: Conflans - Creil, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 4: Creil - Compiegne, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 5: Compiegne - Pont l'eveque (Noyon), 28 miles (45 km)
Day 6: Pont l'eveque ( Noyon ) - Peronne, 34 miles (55 km)
Day 7: Peronne (rest day)
Day 8: Peronne - Marquion 34 or 40 Miles (55 or 65 km)
Day 9: Marquion - Valenciennes, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 10: Valenciennes - Tournai, 30 miles, 48 km
Day 11: Tournai - Oudenaarde, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 12: Oudenaarde - Gent, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 13: Gent - Bruges, 28 or 34 miles (45 or 55 km)
Day 14: Bruges (rest day)
Day 15: Departure Bruges

Bruges to Paris

Day 1: Bruges, 10 miles (16 km)
Day 2: Bruges – Gent, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 3: Gent – Oudenaarde, 25 miles (40 km)
Day 4: Oudenaarde – Tournai, 13 or 29 miles (20 or 46 km)
Day 5: Tournai – Arleux, 34 miles (55 km)
Day 6: Arleux - Peronne, 22 miles (35 km)
Day 7: Peronne
Day 8: Peronne – Pont l'eveque, 19 or 35 miles, (30 to 55 km)
Day 9: Pont l'eveque – Compiegne, 23 miles (36 km)
Day 10: Compiegne – Creil, 10 – 33 miles (16 – 53 km)
Day 11: Creil – Auvers sur l’oise 34 miles (55 km)
Day 12: Auvers sur l’oise – Bougival, 23 miles (36 km)
Day 13: Bougival – Versailles – Paris, 13 miles (20 km)
Day 14: Paris 
Day 15: Departure Paris

ON THE FENIKS:

Paris to Bruges

Day 1: Paris
Day 2: Paris - Bougival
Day 3: Bougival - Pontoise
Day 4: Pontoise - Creil
Day 5: Creil - Compeigne
Day 6: Compiegne - Pont 'l Eveque
Day 7: Pont 'l Eveque - Péronne
Day 8: Péronne*
Day 9: Péronne - 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

*End of week 1 and departure, beginning of week 2 and arrival
Distances aboard the Feniks average approximately 28 mi. (45km) per day or an average of approximately 4 to 5 hours biking. 

Bruges to Paris

Day 1: Bruges, 11 mi. (18 km) 
Day 2: Bruges - Gent, 37/25 mi. (60/40 km)
Day 3: Gent - Oudenaarde, 28 mi. (45 km)
Day 4: Oudenaarde - Tournai, 28/34 mi. (45/55 km)
Day 5: Tournai - Bouchain/Arleux, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 6: Bouchain/Arleux - Hermies, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 7: Hermies - Peronne, 12/28 mi. (20/45 km)
Day 8: Peronne*
Day 9: Peronne - Pont 'l Eveque, 31/40 mi. (50/65 km)
Day 10: Pont 'l Eveque - Compeign, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 11: Compeigne - Creil, 25/31 mi. (40/50 km)
Day 12: Creil - Pontoise, 31 mi. (50 km)
Day 13: Pontoise - Bougival, 12/28 mi. (20/45 km)
Day 14: Bougival - Paris, 25/28 mi. (40/45 km)
Day 15: Departure Paris

*End of week 1 and departure, beginning of week 2 and arrival
Distances aboard the Feniks average approximately 28 mi. (45km) per day or an average of approximately 4 to 5 hours biking. 

*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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Customer Feedback

  • Diane C. 1 month ago

    Wide range of scenery and experiences especially going on the barge through the tunnel and excellent guiding by Fred.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Michael & Cynthia K. 1 month ago

    The overall experience of the barge & bike tour through wonderful countryside, villages & towns was excellent. The barge skipper/owner & staff were very good & most pleasant. The meals were of a high standard & variable throughout the two weeks.
    The bikes were also very good. I had ordered an electric bike with our booking but the order did not go through. However, the ordinary hybrid bike provided did the job so I happily stayed with that.
    We were also to have a double bunk, but that request did not get through either, but that was OK.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Trent A. 2 months ago

    Most memorable part: Going through the locks. Tip would be to practice cycling up hills.

    Boat: Elodie

  • Madeline N. 3 months ago

    Two items that were not as expected.
    The literature states two guides but there was only one guide. This means there could only be one guided ride per day. So provide two guides or change the description of the trip to say only one guided ride per day.
    Our pre-trip information provided a location for the where the barge would be moored in Paris. We selected a hotel near this location and planned activities based on this location. The boat did not dock at this location. We were not told that the location was changing. The boat docked. We didn't know where we were at and our guide also didn't know where we were at. Guide was very good. This was an issue with the boat captain.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Deborah P. 3 months ago

    Needed the second guide as group unwieldy for one. Unlike prior trips, guide gave little info on trip sites/locales, despite being quite personable.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Christine C. 12 months ago

    This was a fun trip full of historic sites. Would have liked to have maps so we could go off at our own speed sometimes. The side trips for additional mileage were great. Got to ride some of the "Tour de Flanders" route with cobbles and hills. Chantilly was fantastic! Also took a side adventure to a roman ruin, something we weren't expecting in that part of France.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Tony Davies 12 months ago

    We did the bike barge trip from Bruges to Paris on the Zwantjie. We would absolutely recommend the trip. Our comments are:
    1. While the cabins are small, they are still adequate and good layout in the bathroom ( each cabin has it's own) . They are kept very clean. They all have AC as the porthole does not open.
    2. The rides was rated easy to moderate. It was MUCH harder than Bolzano to Venice so be prepared. I would say it should be rated moderate. The second week is easier than the first - perhaps due to improved fitness but also l think there are less hills.
    3. Meals were good and wholesome.
    4. Staff were incredibly obliging. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you Martyn ( the Captain ), Michael ( mechanic ), Chris ( chef/cook ), Gosha ( amazingly efficient at serving meals/alcohol and cleaning the cabins ) and our great guides, Christain and Elia.
    5. Size of about 24 riders is excellent. For us, better than say 30-40 as on the Ava Maria. You get to know all the riders are we had a great group of people, Australians, Americans and Poms.
    6. When we stayed in Perrone we went to Villers Bretonneux. This is particularly relevant to Australians - whose troops saved the town from the Germans in WW1. A stunning memorial site -very moving. We also rode through a number of memorials to WW1 victims. Also quite moving.

    Boat: Zwaantje

  • Gloria S. 1 year ago

    Accommodations were too small. The rest of the journey made up for lack of space. No room to put our belongings.

    Boat: Elodie

    • Jehiel 1 year ago

      Hello Gloria,
      Sorry to hear the Elodie was too small in your opinion. France is known for it's narrow canals so as a result the ships have to be smaller in order to navigate the waterways. We provide information including dimensions and note "... storage space is limited in the cabins". You can find more information on the Elodie Boat Page.

  • Jim S. 1 year ago

    What stands out is the friendly competent crew - Coba, Marianne and Petra, the gourmet chef - Franco, the experienced knowledgeable guides - Piet and Wouter. Together they made the two week journey both comfortable and memorable.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Jen Herold 1 year ago

    We had a fantastic trip on the Fleur, It was well above our expectations.
    The crew were fun and helpful in every way. ( food was excellent )
    Bikes were easy to ride, i would take a gel seat cover for extra comfort.
    Cabins were bigger than expected and the bathrooms clean with a instant hot water.
    Our guide was informative, she took us into places that you would not normally enter.
    We had a fun team of riders, thanks guys from the Smurfs xxx

    Boat: Fleur

  • M. McDonnell 1 year ago

    Nearly everything excellent. The only downside was the cycling was promised to have the option of two different rides each day i.e. a long or a short ride with two different guides. There was only one guide so both options were compromised into one medium length ride each day. Many on the tour would have preferred a longer ride most days.

    Boat: Fleur

  • S. Mather 1 year ago

    It was well above our expectations in every way, cabins, staff, cleanliness and the gourmet meals all the time. Fantastic experience.

    Boat: Fleur

  • B. Milroy 1 year ago

    Everything exceeded expectations. I would definitely recommend the Fleur and trip

    Boat: Fleur

  • Paavo Kivisto 2 years ago

    Issues related to the boat: bad smell, cabin room was cozier than we would choose in the future. Laundry facilities were inadequate. We really enjoyed the trip, the guide and the experience!

    Boat: Feniks

  • Wendy Hallinan 2 years ago

    Outstanding cuisine, wonderful smiles and life long memories. We have already recommended our trip to many people. Fantastic Elodie!

    Boat: Elodie

  • Linda Harve 2 years ago

    Our second bike and barge trip with Tripsite. What a lovely way to spend a vacation!

    Boat: Elodie

  • Alica Kline 2 years ago

    Food was great, would have liked more flexibility on cycling.

    Boat: Elodie

  • Gayle Carter 2 years ago

    We had brand new bikes and the guides had to spend most of their early evening time adjusting the bikes (Brugge to Paris trip) but in the end got all the bikes adjusted so they all ran well. All the boat staff and guides were fantastic.
    Love your trips-must do more.

    Boat: Fleur

  • Gordon Maze 2 years ago

    We highly recommend the Paris to Bruges bike and barge on the Elodie but one must be a strong cyclist as there are hills. The food was really excellent. Comradery among the group was high, and that's one of the great aspects of the trip.

    Boat: Elodie

  • Raylee Flick 4 years ago

    We had an absolutely fabulous time in September this year on this trip. Cycling was fantastic-Francien an excellent guide, Inma a wonderful gourmet cook. The crew was always helpful and cheerful. The group of fellow cyclists were great fun - lots of laughs. Thank you, we will be back!!

    Boat: Fleur

  • Jim Elkan 4 years ago

    Our Kansas City biking group just got back from our annual European bike ride..This year it was a Bike and Barge trip: Paris to Bruges..It was a great trip..The Elodie was as pleasant as advertised, the food, prepared by Chef Sander, was excellent..Our guide, Ono was very good and patient with us..Michael, our Captain, couldn't have been better..

    The countryside was beautiful..It was a memorable trip and we'll see you again next year..

    Jim and Janet Elkan

    Boat: Elodie

  • Darcy 5 years ago

    I recently enjoyed the Paris to Bruges bike & barge tour and I loved it. The crew were fantastic, the service was excellent and the daily ride with a wonderful guide was great fun. It was one of the best travel experiences. Thanks to everyone on the Elodie for the ideal holiday. (I was on the 30th Sept 2012 trip)

    Boat: Elodie

  • Beth Ridenour 5 years ago

    This was the best way to enjoy Europe combining bicycling through painting-like landscapes on a well balanced tour of culture, history and fun with a fantastic caring crew and fabulous food! The addition of a dozen Australians made it even better; and barging into Paris on a sunny afternoon with a glass of wine was divine. We're booking again in 2013!

    Boat: Elodie

  • Robert Burns 6 years ago

    Fantastic-had a great time, food was great and bike tours were very good. Comraderie on the Fleur helped make the trip and the guides were fun with all the grief they received from us. Many sites were visited you would never see on a "packaged" tour

    Boat: Fleur

  • Barb Tiffany 6 years ago

    This was a fantastic tour. The guide, captain, and cook were all wonderful. Great way to see the country, on small roads and bike trails. We saw an amazing amount of varied things in 14 days.

    Boat: Fleur

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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 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 Photo

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 Photo

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.

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