Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges
Cycling in Belgium and France!
This incredible Bruges to Paris bike and boat tour (or v.v.) goes along rural country roads, towpaths, and paved forest trails and occasionally, a short distance on the quintessential cobblestone road.
You will bike in Belgium and France and curiously, through Holland too, as Belgium and the French part above the Somme River once belonged to Holland. This can be seen in the flags of the Belgian and French provinces that still carry the Dutch national symbol (the lion).
Picardie, as the northern province of France is called, was once the cradle of the Gothic period which can be seen in the various places you will visit. Picardie and especially the area around the Somme River carry the scars of the great war.
Biking in Paris, you will enter through the 'banlieues' as the suburban cities are called. Cycling in Paris has been made easier throughout the years thanks to the efforts of cycling enthusiasts and the development of the many bike paths.
- Auvers-sur-Oise and the grave of Vincent van Gogh
- Splendid chateau of Chantilly
- Pérrone and Grande Guerre Museum
- Oudenaarde, the town of the tapestry weavers
- Ghent and the "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb" by Jan van Eyck
- Bruges and the Unesco World Heritage listed center
On the Feniks, you can actually book an 8-day tour!
Be sure to check out our full list of Bike and Barge tours in France.
Fly to Paris CDG, Brussels BRU, or Amsterdam AMS. Depending on your tour start, you could fly to one airport and out of another.
In your final travel information, we will provide details regarding mooring assignments and how to arrive to the boat from closest international airport.
Generally, for tour starts in Paris and arrival to Paris CDG, you can arrive close to mooring location by train. There are two train stations (Gare) at CDG airport, ‘Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 1’ near Terminal 3 within the ‘Roissypole’ complex, for the RER regional trains into Paris and ‘Aeroport Charles de Gaulle 2 - TGV’ within terminal 2 ( located between Terminal 2 E and 2 C) for both regional (RER) trains and TGV intercity trains.
For tour starts in Bruges, both Brussels (BRU) and Amsterdam (AMS), there are train stations in the lower level of the airport.
Please check local weather before departure. A good website to explore regional weather conditions including average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more is weatherbase.com. Average high/low temperatures for the region in degrees Fahrenheit are as follows: April, 59/40°, May, 66/47°, June, 71/52°, July, 77/55°, August, 76/55°, September, 69/46°, and October, 60/45°.
Please be aware you will be part of an international group of people, but your tour guide and crew members will always speak English.
Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.
*Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.
Each boat has a slightly different itinerary so be sure to look at daily mileage. Overall, the tour is rated easy to moderate, and is offered as both guided and self-guided. The route is varied, flat with rolling hills - some days being slightly hillier than others. You may always choose to stay on board ship for a day if you do not want to bike. Cycling experience and good physical condition are required. It is important that you have recent cycling experience on roads with traffic and with the distances mentioned in the tour. On all tours, guided or self-guided, you will participate at your own risk.
Where You’ll Stay
On the Comfort boats: Fleur or Zwaantje or the Standard boat, the Feniks
What’s Not Included
*All distances are approximate. The planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.
Bruges to Paris or Paris to Bruges Boats + Barges
Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Standard Class Boat Originally, the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French inland waters. In 1992, the Feniks was converted to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for various sailing holidays. Since then, she has undergone several renovations to keep up-to-date with all modern facilities.
Fleur France, Netherlands Comfort Class Boat The Fleur was first put into service in 2002. The previous owner, had the beautifully-lined barge converted into a comfortable passenger ship, according to her own design. Her female touch is definitely recognizable by the tasteful interior and her sharp eye for detail. The whole barge radiates a homelike atmosphere. In 2018 Steffie Kranz and Evert Jan Muurling, have taken over ownership.
Zwaantje France, Netherlands, Belgium Comfort Class Boat The MPS Zwaantje, which means "Little Swaan", is a wonderful comfort plus barge. The boat has 10 cabins with twin beds and 2 cabins with double beds. A nice and cozy salon with heating, air conditioning, large panoramic windows, a restaurant area, lounge corner and a small bar are on the upper deck.