Bruges to Paris
“La douce France”, a country created for holidays! Be it the Light City of Paris or the picturesque rural villages, Johanna brings you to all these places and more. You can bike and discover the region meeting your floating hotel at the next mooring place, or lazily stay on board enjoying a cool drink on the sundeck while admiring the passing landscape, visiting the next village upon arrival. In the evening, you can savour a freshly cooked 3 course dinner with local ingredients.
DAY 1. Bruges:
Welcome aboard. Visit the historic city center of Brugge, UNESCO world heritage.
DAY 2. Brugge-Deinze:
Travel on board to Deinze where you can visit the museum of the “Latemse School” painters or cycle along the old meandering Lys river to Sint-Martens-Latem or the Castle of Ooidonck. Cycling all the way from Brugge to Deinze along the canals (43 km, 27 miles) is also an option.
DAY 3. Deinze-Menen:
On the river Lys we pass trough Kortrijk and moore in the border city of Menen for the night. Biking distance of 42km 27 miles.
DAY 4. Menen-Lille:
We enter France into the Lille Metropole area. Sail the 32km (20 miles) with us on the rivers Lys and Deule or cycle and make a detour via the city of Armentières with UNESCO belfry tower. The historic city of Lille is nowadays bustling with life and modern art. Wherever you go, there is something to see or visit, enjoy a coffee or listen to street musicians…
DAY 5. Lille-Douai:
45 km (28 miles) of sailing or cycling along the river Deule bring us to the old university city of Douai with it’s famous belfry tower and carillon. From Douai it is only 28km (17 miles) cycling along the river Scarpe to Arras. When cycling from Lille to Douai, why not make a detour to visit the World War I area with the Canadian memorial at Vimy ridge?
DAY 6. Douai-Ruyaulcourt:
While the Johanna follows the 37km (23 miles) on the Canal du nord to the tunnel entrance of Ruyaulcourt, you can cycle via Cambrai and then across the Hindenburg Line to rejoin the ship for a hearty dinner.
DAY 7. Ruyaulcourt-Péronne:
After we have gone trough the tunnel of Ruyaulcourt, it is only some 20km (12 miles) to Péronne. Cyclists can follow the 14-18 memorial route or venture more away from the canal. In Péronne you can visit the memorial of the Great War or cycle along the beautiful meandering Somme river to Frise, Éclusier-Vaux or Cappy (direction Amiens).
DAY 8. Péronne-Noyon:
Cycle along the Somme and the Canal du Nord or make a detour via the city of Saint Quentin.
DAY 9. Noyon-Compiegne:
Everybody knows the name Compiegne for the woods where the Armistice was signed in 1918. You can still visit the location just outside town.
DAY 10. Compiegne-St-Leu d’Esserent:
From Compiegne passing trough Pont-Sainte-Maxence and Creil, we arrive at a very quiet mooring place in St-Leu d’Esserent. Those that cycle the route will certainly want to visit Creil.
DAY 11. St Leu-Pontoise:
There is so much to see in Pontoise that we would need a whole page to describe it all… Take your time to cycle the 43km (30 miles) from Creil to Pontoise and enjoy a fine afternoon discovering the town and surrounding area.
DAY 12. Pontoise-Bougival:
From Pontoise to Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (where our ships horn was made). Here we come on the river Seine which we sail upwards to Bougival on the outskirts of Paris.
DAY 13. Bougival-Paris:
Entering Paris on the Seine river, we pass the Eiffel tower, Louvre, Notre Dame to arrive at our mooring near Place de la Bastille.
DAY 14. Paris:
Farewell after breakfast
Rate includes: 6 nights, breakfast, lunch, dinner (3 courses) on boat (1 dinner on shore on your own), beer and wine with meals, bike rental (with helmets) for cycling the area around the barge and listed excursions below.