3 Country, 15 Day Boat and E-Bike Adventure*
The Hotel Yacht Miro sets sail for the world-renowned City of Lights every year from September and October, ensuring you a gorgeous autumn trip to or from Paris. This delightful river cruise, Boat and Bike holiday is the ideal way to discover the gorgeous landscapes between Maastricht in Holland, and Paris, France, whether it’s by boat, biking or walking. It’s all entirely up to you! There is ample time to relax and wonder at delightful old 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 sailing tour of Holland, Belgium and France.
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 chef who uses his experience and knowledge of the region, and features delicious French wine and renowned cheeses to ensure a fabulous gastronomic adventure.
You’re free to bike or walk during your vacation but nothing is obligatory, and shorter or longer bike or walking tours are also very much a possibility. We’re here to tailor your vacation in accordance with your wishes!
Possible for individuals and charters, 10 person maximum
Route: Maastricht > Liege > Namen > Charleroi > Strepy > Mons > Antoine > Valenciennes > Denain > Peronne > Noyon > Compiegne > Creil > Auvers sur L’Oise > Conflance > Sainte Honorine > Bougival > Paris
Price: $2800.00 per person based on double occupancy plus harbor taxes of 198.00Euro to be paid to the Captain on board.
Ask Nancy about discounts that may apply when payment in full is made at time of booking. Discounts may vary depending upon the tour date as well the current exchange rate.
Single Supplement: Please ask about single supplement.
2016 Dates on the beautiful Yacht Miro:
Maastricht to Paris Sept 17 – Oct 1, 2016 or Paris to Maastricht Oct 7 – 21, 2016
Day by Day Itinerary
Saturday Maastricht- Liege
12pm will see you embarking the boat and enjoying a chilled glass of champagne, meeting the cast and crew and having your bike 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. The Miro will then sail to Liege. On the way you’ll pass the River Maas’s highest locks where the boat will ascend 18 meters – an impressive experience. Dinner is in a small local restaurant in the city, before you embark upon a lovely city excursion through Liege. During the walk a guide will show you all the hidden delights of this wondrous city, including the rich history of this important southern town.
Liege – Namur
At 8 am you will enjoy a sumptuous breakfast and then we will visit the renowned Sunday market La Batte. This is the largest market in all of Belgium. We cruise to Namur and you will enjoy the vistas of all that we pass. The boat tour will bring you to the locks off Ampsin-Neuville. Neuville is the starting point of the bike route to Namur (34 km) which will take you along gorgeous country panoramas with a number of unforgettable spots. The tour will end in the impressive city of Namur, the capital of the Wallonia State. From where we dock you will 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 center and after dinner you can visit the Citadel, and enjoy the wonderful view of the city, the Rivers Maas and Sambre.
Namur-Pont de Loup-Charleroi
As you enjoy breakfast the Miro will be sailing on to the famous Abby and Brewery, Floreffe, and you will see in the landscape the vestiges of the once booming mining and steel industry for which this region was famous for centuries. Today’s bike tour will take us to Pont de Loup (about 38 km) and we sail to Charleroi.
Day 4 & 5
We bike to Strepy Thieu (about 30 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 73 meters. 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 afterwards you can enjoy the beautiful nature and wonderful panoramic views.
Day 5 breakfast at 8 will fortify you for the bike tour planned. This one is about 37 km long and takes you from the Canal Historique du Centre, where you can visit three smaller ship elevators, one of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. From there the route will take you to Mons. We anchor in the old port and visit the medieval city with the beautiful Basilica, the medieval Belfort and town hall with springs. After dinner you’re welcome to take a break, and recover from your active day of biking or walking.
A beautiful boat & bike tour of 36 km along the canals of old villages and a historical landscape. Antoine is a small skippers’ village on the junction with the river Schelde. The French skippers call Antoine the gate to Belgium, it is a nice spot with a great medieval castle.
A new bike tour awaits you and you’ll cross the French border to the city of Valenciennes. We will visit the historical city center, the cathedral and the farmer’s market with local food wines.
This tour takes you to Bouchain and Peronne (35 km). The ship will follow on it’s course along the Upper Schelde and dock at Souterrain du Ruyaulcourt. Here you’ll reboard 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 Souterrain du Pannetrie, a total of 1,601 meters of tunnels! From here we will sail in a convoy, in typical French fashion – while enjoying 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, talking walks, and simply enjoying the delights of this unique countryside. In Peronne you can visit the beautiful city, the Castle, the park and the historical monument and war museum of World War I.
The bike tour scheduled today takes you all the way to Noyon. It’s not a short one, 34 km, 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 B.C. The town offers many worthy sight-seeing highlights and monuments, including the cathedral which survived the impact of both world wars. 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.
Noyon-St. Jean aux bois de Compiegne
After a nice relaxing ride through the forest you arrive at the Chateau of Pierrfonds, the most beautiful fairytale chateau in France. The tour will continue to the bois de Compiegne to the railway carriage where World War I was ended. This tour is about 40 km but again the ship will pace alongside of you and you can again jump back on board 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 will 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.
After breakfast, a biking tour to Creil (35 km) as the Miro cruises on the beautiful river Oise to the old city of Creil. We will moor at the city park.
Creil -Auvers sur L’Oise – Conflance St. Honorine
We start with breakfast, then bike to Auvers sur L’Oise. The tour will take you along tiny villages to ‘I Isle Adam. This is where Parisian’s come to play, and the influence of such a big city is obvious. Auvers, a small town, has been the residence of many great artists; among them Vincent van Gogh who spent the last months of his life here painting many of his great works. We will visit the abbey Royaumont. You’ll spend the night in Conflance St. Honorine. This is the main city of French inland barging and you will enjoy the beautiful boats of all sizes peacefully docked here. The town has a lovely ambiance and you will not be surprised to learn that many skippers retire here to enjoy their twilight years.
Today you’ll make your entrée into Paris! Biking is optional today – the river Seine offers the perfect foreground for the wondrous city of Paris. You’ll love seeing the approaching skyline while you slowly make your way into the City of Lights. In Paris we dock at Port de la Villette and after dinner enjoy an evening bike tour with the Captain. You can also take a walk to the romantic Eiffel tower, and this night you will fall asleep in its incredible shadow.
If you’d like to know more about this world renowned city, our guide will be happy to accompany you on your bike travels in Paris. He’ll take you to see the highlights by bike or public transport if you wish. You also have the possibility of a bike ride to the Chateau Versailles. What an unforgettable way to end your holiday!
Paris – 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!
(subject to changes)
Included in tour:
- Champagne Welcome
- Full size and First Class accommodations on board the Miro
- 2 Person double bed cabin with all the comforts
- Satellite TV and DVD, Air conditioning and central heating in bedroom
- Fine breakfast, packed lunch daily
- Twelve x 3 or 4 course fine dinners on board
- Coffee and afternoon tea, fruit and homemade sweets
- Bed linen and towels
- Laundry service on board
- Every day cabin cleaning as requested
- Bike rental of first-class Gazelle Arroyo Model 2016 Sport Ebikes with a 135 km battery, 2 hydraulic hand brakes, middle motor,2 saddle bags, extra long step-in, 11 speeds, bike computer, rain poncho, repair materials, a double safety lock, bike helmet, reinforced tires.
- Route biking maps, walking maps, route descriptions and multi-lingual travel information for your use and convenience.
- One GPS Bike Navigator (E-Guide) per cabin
- Multilingual crew and guide on board
- Welcoming Family Atmosphere and personal service
- Historical City walk at Liege with a visit on the Famous Cafe Chantant le Jardin des Olivette.
- Guided City bike tour in Paris
Not included in tour:
- Own purchases
- Excursions not noted above
- Gratuities to crew
- Bar drinks
- Taxi and transfers
- Laundry service on board (kilo price)
- 196 Euro to be paid onboard to the captain
- Travel Insurance