FLEUR

Casual Barge Biking Cruises in Holland, Belgium, Germany and France

The cruises listed below are for those passengers that are looking for a very laid back experience at an affordable price.  These cruises are multi language.  Your cabin consists of your own private toilet and shower, though you take care of cleaning your room.  You are given clean linens during the cruise and you make your own bed.  Lunch is a packed bag each day.  There is no formal meals such as a Captain's Farewell dinner.  No alcoholic beverages included in the rates.

These are a great value and great fun if the above features appeal to you.  The  20 passenger Fleur (built in 2001), is a Dutch barge,  practical and comfortable with a friendly appearance.

Champagne Region of France

8 Days

Paris to Reim

No availability at this time.       

Individual Booking - $1790 per person

Rate includes:  8 days, breakfast, lunch package, dinner, bed linen, bike rental, tour guide.

You can book this trip as a bike & barge trip or as a cruise. If you book a bike & barge trip, you can make a bike tour of 20 - 40 km per day, accompanied by an experienced guide. If you book a cruise, you sail with the barge and you use public transport, accompanied by another experienced guide.

Itinerary: Paris - Meaux - La Ferte sous Jouarre - Château Thierry - Epernay - Reims

Highlights:  Paris - Brie de Meaux - champagne cellars in Epernay - Reims cathedral

Champagne vineyards along a gorgeous river

During this tour we follow the beautiful valley of the river Marne. Along the way, you have plenty of opportunity to taste the cheese and the champagne this part of France is famous for.

You meet the Fleur in the heart of Paris, not far from the Notre-Dame. From there, we follow the valley of the Marne upstream. The first stay is the city of Meaux, famous for its Brie. Later on we arrive in the real Champagne region and you bike straight across the vineyards on the rolling banks of the Marne.

We visit the immense champagne cellars in Epernay, capital of the Champagne region, as well as small champagne growers, who will be proud to let you taste their best champagne.  We spend a night in Château-Thierry, scene of the American battles in World War I. Destination is Reims, with its beautiful gothic cathedral.

Champagne tour

Bike & Barge / barge only                                                       8 days                   

Itinerary: Paris - Meaux - La Ferte sous Jouarre - Château Thierry - Epernay - Reims

Highlights:  Paris - Brie de Meaux - champagne cellars in Epernay - Reims cathedral

Champagne vineyards along a gorgious river

During this tour we follow the beautiful valley of the river Marne. Along the way, you have plenty of opportunity to taste the cheese and the champagne this part of France is famous for.

You meet the Fleur in the heart of Paris, not far from the Notre-Dame. From there, we follow the valley of the Marne upstream. The first stay is the city of Meaux, famous for its Brie. Later on we arrive in the real Champagne region and you bike straight across the vineyards on the rolling banks of the Marne.

We visit the immense champagne cellars in Epernay, capital of the Champagne region, as well as small champagne growers, who will be proud to let you taste their best champagne. We spend a night in Château-Thierry, scene of the American battles in World War I. Destination is Reims, with its beautiful gothic cathedral.

The cycling terrain is not very easy. We cycle small country roads that go up and down through the Champagne fields.

Day 1 (Sat):          Paris  
                   
16.00 h                Arrival.
                                                            You will find the Fleur at Port d'Arsenal in the heart of Paris, close to the place de  la Bastille.                   
                                  18.00 h                Welcoming drink
                                  18.30 h.               Dinner
                                  20.00 h                Town walk. The guide takes you to Monmartre and the Sacré-Coeur.

Day 2 (Sun):         Paris - Meaux
                    Biking: about 
55 km. Sailing time: 8,5 hours
                   
8.00 h                  Breakfast
                                 9.00 h                 You leave Paris by bike via the canal de l'Ourcq. A bike path leads from the place the la Bastille (close
                                                            to the mooring place of the Fleur), via the basin of la Vilette to the banks of the l'Ourcq. In Trillbardou
                                                           we pass a pumping engine dating from 1865, which had to take care for a sufficient water supply for the
                                                            city.   Destination of today is Meaux , famous for its 'brie de Meaux'. But Meaux also has a magnificent
                                                           cathedral,  the Cathédrale St.-Etienne. The building of the cathedral lasted 400 years, from the 12th until the
                                                           16th century.
                               
18.30 h                Dinner

Day 3 (Mon):        Meaux - La Ferté-sous-Jouarre
                   Biking: about 35 km. Sailing time: 6 hours
                  
8.00 h                  Breakfast
                               9.00 h                  Today we bike through the valley of the Marne into the direction of La Ferté-sous-Jouarre. On the way we
                                                          pass the Châteaux de Montceau, the building of which was started by Catherine de Médicis in the 16th
                                                                            
century.

                                                         In Jouarre, 4 km from La Ferté, the beautiful abbey from the 12th century, with the 7th century crypt st. Paul, is
                                                         definitely worth a visit. In Jouarre we can also visit a cheese dairy and taste brie de Meaux and brie noir.    
                             
18.30 h                Dinner

Day 4 (Tue):        La Ferté-sous-Jouarre - Château-Thierrry
                 
Biking : about 45  km. Sailing time 5 hours
                 
8.00 h                  Breakfast
                              9.00 h                  Today we leave the valley of the Marne. We bike through the hills north of the river while looking for the
                                                         valley of the little Clignon river. Final destination of today is Château-Thierry, which owes its name to the
                                                         castle that once was situated on the slopes above the Marne. You can still see some remnants.
                                                         Here we visit the centuries-old champagne cellars of Pannier. Château-Thierry is also known as the native
                                                         town of the world-famous writer of fables Jean de la Fontaine. The house of his birth now is a museum
                             
18.30 h                Dinner

Day 5 (Wed):       Château-Thierry - Epernay
                 
Biking: about 40 km. Sailing time: 8 hours
                  
8.00 h                  Breakfast while sailing
                                9.00 h                 The bike tour starts shortly before Dormans. In this quiet village on the Marne there are a castle and chapel
                                                           in memory of the battle of the Marne. During World War I this neighborhood was the scene of close battles.

                                                            From here we bike really through the champagne region. We are surrounded by extensive vineyards and
                                                            will pay a short visit to some champagne cellars. We pass Vandiéres, where we look at the Roman
                                                            church. Further along we come across the Châuteau de Boursault. This large castle was built in 1848 by
                                                            the widow of Mr. Cliquot, who gave her name to a famous champagne wine. Finally, we may visit
                                                            Hautvillers on the southern slopes of the Montagne de Reims. According to tradition Dom Pérignon (1638
                                                            1715), who was in charge of the wine cellars of the abbey of the Benedictine monks, was the first to
                                                            succeed in blending various kinds of wine into a wine of superb quality. Double fermentation,
                                                            characteristic for the making of champagne, was introduced also by this monk.

                                                            We meet the Fleur in Ay, shortly before Epernay,
                               
 18.30 h                Dinner

Day 6 (Thu):         Epernay - Sept-Saulx
                  
Biking: about 40 km. Sailing time: 7 hours
                   
8.00 h                  Breakfast
                                 9.00 h                  Our first visit of today is Epernay. Together with Reims, this city is the major wine center of the
                                                            Champagne, where three extensive wine regions meet: the Montagne the Reims, the Côte des Blancs
                                                            and the Vallée de la Marne. Epernay has many town houses dating in neo-renaissance style or classical
                                                            style dating from the 19th century, especially around the avenue the Champagne where prestigious
                                                            champagne houses such as Moët et Chandon are situated.

                                                            After this we bike after the Fleur, still through the valley of the Marne for a little while. We pass Mareuil
                                                           sur-Ay with its beautiful castle, of which in 1830 the Duke of Montebello became the owner. He established
                                                           a champagne house there. After Tours-sur-Marne we definitely leave the Marne and bear off to the north.
                                                           We retrieve the Fleur in Sept-Saulx, a small village on the canal to Reims.
                               
18.30 h                Dinner

Day 7 (Fri):         Sept-Saulx - Reims
                
 Biking: about 40 km. Sailing time: 6 hours
                   
8.00 h                  Breakfast
                                 9.00 h                 Today we bike along the northern side of the Parc Naturel Régional des Montagnes de Reims via Verzy,
                                                            where we can admire the 'Faux de Verzy'. These odd crooked birches owe their curious forms to a
                                                            genetic disorder. Then we bike past old wine villages until Rilly. From there we can see Reims, final
                                                            destination of our tour. This old city on the banks of the river Vesle is especially known for its wonderful
                                                            cathedral, where the French kings were crowned.  The Notre-Dame cathedral is one of the most famous
                                                            cathedrals of the world, because of its unity in style, the magnificent sculpture and its prominent part in
                                                           more than 1000 years of French and European history. But the Basilique St.-Remi is also very much worth
                                                           a visit.  Together with Epernay, Reims is also the center of champagne production and the city has
                                                           numerous cellars, which we can visit.
                               
18.30 h                Dinner
                               
20.00 h          Town walk

 Day 8 (Sat):         Reims
                  
8.00 h                  Breakfast
                               
9.00 h                  Departure

2017 Rates

Fleur
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person 7 night 1790

 

Departure Dates (Saturday) Rate Type Route
Aug 5, 12 7 night Cruising between Montargis and Paris in Burgundy France

2018 Rates

Fleur
Accommodations Rate Type Rate Amount
Stateroom per person 7 night 1790
Stateroom per person 11 Night 2853

 

Departure Dates (Saturday) Rate Type Route
Jul 7, 14, 21, 28; Aug 4, 11; Sep 1, 8 7 night Cruising between Montargis and Paris in Burgundy France
April 7, 14, 21, 28; May 5 7 night Amsterdam to Amsterdam
May 26; Jun 9 (R); Sep 29 11 Night Paris to Bruges

     

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