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Biking and Cruising from Netherlands to France

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 10 people
Destination(s): Netherlands   Belgium   France  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring   Boating and Sailing  
Season: April - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 795 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 795 Euro (EUR)

The tour begins in Maastricht (Holland) in the Historical harbor, Bassin close to the congress center, the historical city where the EURO treaty was signed. The route takes you through the breathtaking and welcoming  Walonian river Maas Valley, a gorgeous historical landscape situated between the Netherlands and France. ”Italy begins in Maastricht”, claim the Limburgers, because the sun shines here twice as much as in the rest of the Low Countries. The tour takes you through beautiful old cities, villages and scenic landscapes. You’ll bike through the Route Ravel, an adventure-filled, almost completely flat, well-signposted and lit bike - and walking route with first-class bike paths.

The historical City Liege, also known as “Little Paris on the Maas” twinkles at you from the horizon. A City full of parks and gardens with a rich and Old history and the world-renowned Sunday market La Batte. The tour takes you via the City of Huy and it’s impressive fort ”Li Tchestia” to the capital City of Wallonia, NAMUR, a breathtakingly pretty city with a rich heritage. Namur is situated at the junction of the River Sambre and the River Maas. Don’t forget to climb the very grand and mighty Citadel and make sure to pay the chocolate makers in the center of town a visit! The trip follows the mighty Maas (also known as la Meuse) in a southerly direction and treats you to gorgeous vistas and fairytale castles along the riverbanks. On your way to Dinant, you will pass sights that are well worth a visit, such as the many Old abbeys and cloisters, coppersmith’s workshops and the medieval castle ruins of Poilvache.

Once in Dinant you cannot miss the marvelous citadel, a wondrous crowning glory. This military bulwark offers you an unparalleled historic perspective. Also the nearby stalactite caves are well worth seeing. On the way to Givet in France you pass the early Roman church of Hastiere and the famous Château Freyr, also known as Versailles on the Maas. The salon yacht Miro, your luxurious floating Hotel, accompanies you on all your travels and is your comfortable home away from home for the duration of your travels – packing your suitcases every day is simply not necessary! You can spend your days walking or biking and meet your ship again at the end of your day at the agreed place and time. Of course you can skip a day of walking or biking, and spend your morning sleeping in and your day enjoying the sailing and lazing on board, sunning and reading in a deliciously comfortable chair on deck. And of course there is always time for a visit to a museum during the day, or for painting the town red at night.

Day 1: Arrival - Cruise to Liege.
A hearty welcome on board and a cruise to Liege. Upon your arrival in Maastricht, you’re expected at Port Kanne at 12.00 (the harbour has reserved parking places). Once on board, we’re pleased to offer you a welcome Champagne or Café Complet and let you know a little bit more about the planned tour. The bikes will be personally adjusted for your biking comfort. We set sail with the Miro towards Liege, via the locks of Vise

With their 18 meter drop, these are the highest locks in the Maas and it makes for a pretty impressive event. Upon arrival in historical centre of Liege, we’ll dock at the aquarium museum Du Liege. Dinner will be served in Liege in the local restaurants and in the evening there will be ample time to visit the lovely city highlights – the captain will be happy to take you to the renowned Café Chantant Le Jardin des Olliviette, where the music of the region and the famous French “chansons” create a wonderfully unique atmosphere.

Day 2: Liege - Namur (cca.36 km).
We’ll begin the day early with a hearty Captain’s breakfast, after which you’ll be more than fortified for a visit to the famous Sunday market La Batte, Belgium’s oldest market. The Miro will then set sail for Namur via the Route-Ravel, along the mighty steel mills that underline the industrial importance of the Maas. The route is ever-changing: wild, wooded glens and cultivated areas all compete for your attention along the winding river. We’ll also see many ancient castles, straight out of a fairy tale.

Above Amay you’ll disembark for a bike ride to the to Namur, a rich old city and also the capital of Wallonia, situated on the junction of the Sambre and the Maas rivers. In the evening hours you’ll visit the enchanting castle of Namur and wonder at the sights of this lovely city. And you’ll fall asleep under the romantic canopy of lights that illuminate the imposing walls of the Chateau Namur.

Day 3: Bike tour to Dinant (cca 29 or 52 km).
The bike route takes you from the Maasdal, or Maas Valley, From Namur to Dinant. On the left riverbank you can admire the strawberry town of Weppion, while on the other riverbank you’ll have a great views of Profondeville en Riviere with it’s fabulous vantage point ‘Sept Meuse’, which offers a breathtaking view over seven Maas valleys. on the right bank the Famous les jardins du Annevoie. The route travels along the typical Maas-style village Dave-Frenes en Godinne with its beautiful 17th century Spanish manor house called Yvoir and the lovely abbey-brewery of maredsous and Maredred.

Small, welcoming villages where the delights of the famous Belgian beer await surround you on your sailing adventure. Shortly before Dinant you can wonder at the old fortresses of Poilvache to your right and Crèvecoeur to your left, directly opposite each other and each guarding its own riverbank. Today you’ll also be rewarded by the gorgeous natural beauty of the region. The Miro will be waiting for you again in the centre of the picturesque city of Dinant.

Day 4: From Dinant to French Givet (cca 34 km).
Breakfast tour to Woulsort. The valley disappears after Dinant, and the villages get sparser and the cliffs more steep. They give this landscape a wild and untouched flavour. On the right bank you’ll pass Anseremme, and then via the locks to the Château of Freyr, also known as little Versailles on the Maas. We start the bike tour in Waulsort towards Hastière. Here you can visit the old Roman abbey church, before continuing onto Givet, a city known as the port of France.

The return route is an alternative one to the one just taken. On the fourth day you’re welcome to rest or you can also take a short bike ride through the lovely scenery surrounding Dinant. At 16:00 there is a romantic afternoon River cruise planned to Riviere/provondevile (optional) with the traditional Captains Dinner. This is also where we’ll spend the night, in a quiet place alongside the picturesque banks of the river. If you’ve still got any energy reserves, the skipper will be happy to take you for a lovely walk to see the charming watermills or the renowned Sept Meuse.

Day 5: Riviere-Huy (cca 34 km).
During your breakfast at the Miro will be sailing through gorgeous mountain scenery to La Plante. And from La Plante we’ll take a bike tour via Marche-les-Dames (the place where in 1934 the Belgian King and mountaineer Albert I met his death while climbing the steep cliffs) to Huy. Here we’ll dock at the beautiful city piers for the night. Huy is a lovely peaceful city with windy streets and alleys and an ancient tradition in metal work. The golden treasure of the Cathedral Notre Dame is unique, crafted by goldsmith Godefried von Huy in the 13th century. The Citadel allows unforgettably breathtaking views of the plateau of Sarte.

Day 6: Huy-Maastricht (cca 30 km).
While enjoying yet another sumptuous breakfast, we’ll already be sailing towards the sun to Liege, where we’ll begin a bike tour of harbor sides and iron works. Via the country towns of Monsin and Visé, we’ll cross the border and bike past gorgeous apple orchards to Castle Eijsden, and then through lovely Limburg country to Maastricht. We’ll be sure to stop at the famous Mergel Caves for your sightseeing pleasure. We’ll end the day with a visit to the delightful historical city of Maastricht . And for those who enjoy a spot of shopping, all shops and museums are open till 21.00 on Thursday evenings.

Day 7: Return Trip.
Enjoy a last delicious breakfast on board; disembark at 10.00. Your crew will be sad to see you go and will hope that you have had an unforgettable experience! Please note that booking an extra night of accommodation either at the beginning of your trip or the end is sometimes possible. Please inquire with your travel agent, or ask your crew. Dinner (Not Incl )is either in renowned local restaurants or on board the Miro. We’re here to meet your needs and are happy to make all arrangements as you wish. We’ll be happy to help you make reservations during your trip. It is also possible to bring your own bike, if you so wish.

Supplemental Tour Information:
Only possible For groups max. 10 pers and Fam. charters
- Departures Route Ravel at Maastricht Holland.
- possible From April Til November.
- Total length of the route by bike: 175 km.
- Total length of the route by boat: 170 km.
- Grade of difficulty: I/II.

- We’ve made sure to include all route maps and sightseeing information on board, but the very best tips come from the skipper, who knows the area like the back of his hand and can give you endless insights into the best sightseeing and the best tips for fine dining. For drinks, you don’t have to look any further than our well-stocked bar, with a beer tap that you can use to serve yourself the coldest brews and Finest Belgian beers.
- We’re happy to serve you a delicious captain’s breakfast every morning, including all the trimmings, and you’re also welcome to make yourself a picnic lunch from the fixings. Dinner is served in the Local restaurants, according the finest Belgian and French traditions: we’re proud of our award-winning Belgian Cuisine.
- Biking: Brand new, first-class, lightweight aluminum E -Bikes are always on board for your biking enjoyment. The New Victoria e-Trekking is an 7-speed E- bike with a 140 Km Battery - extra shock absorption also in the comfortable gel saddle, rollerbreak breaking system, extra low step-in, and easily adjustable sports handlebars. This bike is simply the best way to discover the landscape and comes complete with saddle bags, bike computer, helmet, reinforced tires, a safety vest and rain gear.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

- 795 € p/p for a week + 98,50 € p/p taxes, 7 days 6 nights (2 person in a double cabin) 

Price Includes:
- Welcomes Champagne or Cafe Complete
- First class E-Bike rental 7 gears Victoria e-Trekking Luxury, Bike, Helmet, Poncho, Bike and tour service, Bike comp, 2 saddlebags
- 2 persons luxury outside Cabin with doublelbed, Airco, Sat TV/DVD/Radio, Safe
- Every cabin bedroom an suite with shower toilet hairdryer
- Towels, Bedlinnen-Maid service
- Every day room cleaning
- 6 x Fine captains Breakfast + 6 x package Lunch
- 6 x Afternoon coffee / tea
- Multilingual tour guide and staff on Board
- Every day tour briefing and tour info
- Historical City walk and Visit Cafe Chantant in Liege
- Fine Fam. atmosphere

Price Excludes:
- Diners - extra bar drinks - staff gratuity.

Note: The 98,50 € pp fee is for the Harbor tax, Energy tax, Tourist Tax, Bike insurance, water taxi Miro - Maastricht City - Miro.

About This Supplier
Location: Netherlands
Joined InfoHub: Dec 2007

Our company is a fine traditional family business established in 1916. We are more than 100 year Fleet owners and we have 47 Years experience in first class Charters , Boat and Bike Tours in Holland, Belgium and France. We are The Owners of 2 First Class Classic Hotel Boats (Max. 10/12 persons). We are a Fine...

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