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15 Day Cruising and Biking Adventure from Netherlands to France

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 day(s)
Group Size: 6 - 10 people
Destination(s): Netherlands   Belgium   France  
Specialty Categories: Boating and Sailing   Bicycle Touring  
Season: September - October
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1998.5 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1998.5 Euro (EUR)

This Beautiful Ship is fully equipped for the adventurous route to France, and is well-able to ensure that you get to enjoy the most scenic of routes as we progress. We’ll take more than 160 long tunnels, Locks and bridges,and of which most Locks are automatic. But sometimes it’ll be expected of us to lend the Lock Master a helping hand! Along the route are delightful cycling opportunities and possibilities to enjoy some (Nordic) walking, and we’ll have the new E-Bikes ready for you on the deck. So be sure to help yourself and feel free. If you disembark, make sure to drop into one of the many delightful villages that you’ll pass to buy a deliciously crusty baguette: you’ll enjoy the soup at dinnertime that much more!

The route takes us from Maastricht in Holland, to Liege and the Capital city Namur through the coal basins of Charleroi in Belgium. We’ll sail on to Strépy-Thieu where the ship will be lifted by a special ship lift, as big as a football field, Ca 80 metres into the air across to the other side. We’ll sail through kilometres of long tunnels where a small locomotive will pull us through the dark corridors. A truly unforgettable experience! We’ll dock at Historical old cities such as Maastricht, Liege, Huy, Namur, strepy - Mons, antoing - Vallancienne, Péronne Noyon, Compiègne - Creyl - Auvers sur Oise - and Pontoise, gorgeous garden cities where the various Napoleons and kings built their country Castle -lodgings. We’ll sail over the Somme (The Great War 14-18 and Flanders Fields) de gorgeous River Oise and lastly the magical Seine and beautiful Paris.

In Paris, we’ll dock in the middle of town so that you will have more than enough time to discover this enchanting city. Your skipper knows Paris like the back of his hand, and the cook on board is a real Belgian Chef who uses his experience and knowledge of the region to ensure a fabulous gastronomic experience, together with a delicious French wine and some renowned French cheese to accompany. Life on board is just like that of the old Dutch saying: comparable to that of God in France. The trip Paris - Maastricht will be the same as the first leg, naturally in the opposite order. Our motto is Vacation with Friends, and as such: the Captain and staff Heartily welcome you on board.

This delightful river cruise and Boat and Bike Holiday is the ideal way to discover the gorgeous Old landscapes between Maastricht in Holland and Paris France, whether it’s by ship, bike or walking. It’s all entirely up to you! There is ample time to relax and wonder at delightful old historical cities we will dock at along our route. Resign yourself to the care of the crew, enjoy the luxury and fun on board and take pleasure in an unforgettable Biking and sailing adventure through three countries.

Day 1: Maastricht - Liege.
At 12:00 will see you embarking the boat and be enjoying a chilled glass of Champagne, meeting the cast and crew adjusted to meet your own personal preferences. There will also be time for a short test "drive" so that you can get used to the feel of your bike. We’re delighted to serve you a delicious welcome dinner on board, before you embark upon a lovely Boat or bike tour to Liege.

On the way, you’ll pass the Maas’s highest Locks whereby the boat will ascend 18 meters – an impressive experience. During the Citywalk a guide will show you all the hidden delights of this wondrous city: you’ll follow In the footsteps of legendary writer George Simenon and his equally famous Commissary Maigret. The guide will be please to tell you all about the city of Liege, including the rich history of this important southern town. And he’ll also be more than happy to join you for a Fine Belgian beer on the very Old and famous Cafe Chantant Le Jardin des Olivette.

Day 2: Maastricht - Namur.
At 8:00 you’ll be enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, and we visit the renowned Sunday market La Batte. This is the largest market in all of Belgium, and it is literally a treasure trove of everything you could possibly imagine. The Bike tour (34 km) will bring you to Namur, where the Miro will dock in the very heart of the city. Which is also the capital of the Wallonia State. From where we’ll be docked you’ll have a beautiful view of the fairytale castle high above the city and the city ramparts, built centuries ago to protect against marauders. Namur has an enchanting city centre. We will be pleased to serve you dinner at around 18.00, leaving more than enough time for you to spend you evening hours discovering Namur’s enchanting secrets, romantic streets and cozy bars for yourself.

Day 3: Namur - Pont de Loup - Charleroi.
Today We Cruise while you enjoy breakfast, and enjoy the vistas of all that we pass as we make our way. Once in Floreffe, we will have ample time to visit the imposing Cathedral and the impressive abby, and to have a look around this lovely town all by yourself. Floreffe is also the starting point of the Bike route to Pont de Loup (32 km), which will take you along gorgeous country panoramas with a number of unforgettable spots.

Day 4: Charleroi - Strepy.
As you enjoy another sumptuous breakfast, the Miro will already be progressing on to Streppy and you’ll see in the landscape the vestiges of the once-booming mining and steel industry for which the region was famous for centuries. Today’s tour will take us to Strépy Thieu (35 km) to the new ship elevator in the Canal du Centre. This gigantic ship lift is as big as a football field and bridges a span of ca 80 meter. The fantastic engine room and adjoining museum are open to visitors so that you can learn more about this marvelous feat of engineering. Dinner will be served on board and afterwords you can enjoy the beautiful nature and the wonderful panoramic views.

Day 5: Strepy - Mons.
Today we’ll breakfast at 8:00 to fortify you for the tour planned. This one is 37 kilometres long and takes you from the Canal Historique du Centre, where you can visit three smaller antiek ship elevators, one of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. From there, the route will take you to Mons and you’ll cross the French border. After dinner you’re welcome to take a break, and recover from your active day of biking or walking.

Day 6: Mons - Antoing.
A new bike tour awaits you after a delicious breakfast, and this one takes you to Antoine a Beautiful tour along the Old Canals.

Day 7: Aintoing - Vallancienne .
The ship will follow on it’s course along the Boven Schelde.

Day 8: Vallancienne - Bouchain - Arleux.
From here, we’ll sail in a convoy, in typical French fashion: with wine and delicious food. Because what we don’t finish today, we can always do tomorrow or the day after, right? At any rate, there’s more than enough time to catch up on relaxing and taking walks, and simply enjoying the delights of the unique countryside.

Day 9: Arleux - Peronne - Noyon.
We will dock at Souterrain du De Ruyaulcourt. Here you’ll come back on board to continue through the dark shipping tunnels These tunnels are 4.354 meters long and cross right through the hilly countryside. You’ll sail through the Canal du Nord that ends in the Souterrain du Pannetrie, a total of 1.601 meters of tunnels! The bike tour scheduled for today takes you all the way to Peronne (War museum 14 - 18) and Noyon. It’s not a short one - between 35/40 kilometres – but since you’ll be tracking the boat anyway you can jump on at every sluice to take a break.

The trip takes you through storybook French countryside and past picturesque villages that are primarily rural in nature. Noyon is an old city, dating to the period 600 BC. The town offers many worthy sight-seeing highlights and monuments that have survived the impact that both WWI and WWII had on the region. In the evening you’ll once more enjoy a sumptuous dinner and with a crisp wine on the aft deck, you’ll realize that life just doesn’t get any better.

Day 10: Noyon - Chateau Pierrefonds Compiegne.
Following a Fine breakfast you’ll proceed to the fairytale Chateau Pierrefonds and the City off Compiegne (appr 42 km), while the ship keeps it’s lazy river pace alongside you. You can jump on again at any of the delightful riverbanks that you’ll pass. Compiegne is known as a regal village because every French king of old had a summer dwelling here, and once you see it you’ll know why. It’s also the city where Jeanne 'd Arc was captured. In short, a delightful city of rich history that you’ll love discovering for yourself, dotted with many museums to while away your day in. We’re happy to let you wander around to your heart’s content for the rest of the afternoon.

Day 11: Compiegne - Creil.
After breakfast Port off Compiegne (There you’ll begin your bike trip to Creil) and a Beautiful Tour allong the River Oise, the Miro will sail on to Creil. The tour will take you along tiny villages to 'l Isle - Adam. This is where Parisian’s come to play.

Day 12: Creil - Auvers Sur Oise - Conflance .
We sail on to the Castle of Chantilly and Auvers sur Oise (Vincent van Gogh) to Conflance This is the main city of French inland sailing, and you’ll wonder at all the beautiful boats, big and small, docked here peacefully. The town has a lovely ambiance and you won’t be surprised to learn that many skippers retire here to enjoy their twilight years.

Day 13: Conflance - Bougival - Paris.
Today in the Afternoon you’ll make your entry into Paris! Biking to Bougival is optional today but the Seine offers the perfect foreground for the wondrous city of Paris. You’ll love seeing the approaching skyline of Paris while you slowly make your way into the City of Lights. In Paris we’ll look to dock at Grenelle or in the Port de la Vilette This Evening you can take a walk to the romantic Eiffel Tower. You’ll fall sleep in it’s incredible shadow.

Day 14: Paris.
After breakfast, the city of Paris awaits you! If you’d like to know more about this world-renowned city, our guide will be happy to accompany you on your travels. He’ll take you to see all the highlights by bike or by public transport if you so wish. And a twilight boat ride on the Seine is yours for the asking. What an unforgettable way to end your holiday!

Day 15: Home.
You’ll enjoy one last breakfast on board before saying goodbye to your new-found friends. We’ll be sad to see you go and hope that you’ll leave with only the fondest memories! Return trip by TGV or Airplane.

Supplemental Tour Information:
- You’re free to bike (or walk) during your vacation but nothing is obligatory, and shorter or longer bike tours are also very much a possibility. We’re here to tailor-make your vacation in accordance with your wishes!
- The Hotel Yacht has 5 luxuriously appointed 2-person Comfort Class Cabins, finished in the finest cherry wood, each containing a separate bathroom with shower, lavatory and so forth. There is a cosy seating area, satellite colour TV, a safe-deposit box 220 volt electricity network, fax, telephone. The yacht is also equipped with internet access, as well as heating for those cooler nights and air-conditioning for warm summer days. You’ll also fin don board a BBQ, various games, darts, Jeux de boulle, bikes and so forth.
- It’s also possible to cut the trips down somewhat if you have less time at your disposal. Please feel free to inquire about the possibilities. The return trip Paris - Maastricht covers the same ground as outlined above, except naturally in reverse order.
- Dinners: 12 evenings we prepare for all guests a fine 3 or 4 course traditional dinner on board. The other 2 evenings you can make your own choice, we either go with all the passengers to a local restaurant, or if you prefer to go individually? this is also an option. This way you have more time and privacy to explore the beautiful city's where we anchor.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Prices: 15 days: 1998,50 € p/p + 250 € p/p for localtaxes - Bike insurance, Harbor fee and guide.

Price Includes:
- Champagne Welcome.
- Comfort class de Luxe outside double-bed cabin.
- Full board 12x fine 3 or 4 course Fine Diner.
- Every cabin his own separate badroom.
- Everyday Breakfast - packet Lunch + drink.
- Everyday Afternoon tea and coffee - fruit.
- Towels and Bed linen.
- Everyday Room cleaning.
- Maid service.
- First Class 7 gear super E- Bike.
- Long distends Battery,s - full service and 100 % complet.
- Road Maps tour info.
- Full Guided Bike Tour with profesional Bike guide + GPS E- Guide.
- A welcoming family atmosphere.
- Harbour duties + Tourist Tax , Bike insurance.
- Sailing duties + Energy tax.
- Laundry service.
- Historical City Walk at Liege.
- Guided City Bike tour in Paris.
- River city tour by Boat.
- Canal and Tunnel Tour at Paris.

Price Excludes:
- Own purchases.
- Extra Bar and table drinks.
- Staff gratuity.

- The trips are 15 days based on full pension Breakfast + pakket / lunch + Afternoon tee/ coffee - fruit + includes 12 x Fine 3 and 4 course diner on board ,and a Great personal service with a maximum of 10 guests.
- Your travel agent can advise you on the best way to get to and from your point of embarkation.

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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