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Johanna

Bruges to Paris 14 Day Cruise

The six passenger Johanna was converted in 2013 into a luxury hotel ship furnished in a contemporary style, full of light and views of its surroundings. The Johanna has three cabins with en-suite bathrooms, a spacious living room with lounge, a gallery kitchen and a large sundeck offering comfortable and relaxing cruises on the rivers and canals of France and Belgium. The Johanna itineraries offer themed cruises in Belgian and cover the Upper Loire regions, the Champagne region, the Somme Valley and a 14 Day cruise from Bruges to Paris where guests can immerse themselves in the history, culture and natural surroundings. The barge has six bicycles on board which allow you to explore the region and enjoy cycling the canal paths which run parallel to your cruise routes. Cycling maps and a mobile GPS are also available. Guests can enjoy daily delicious meals using fresh local ingredients prepared by your onboard chef and served with a selection of Belgian beers and French wines.

 

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Embark

Embark the ship in Bruges.

Day 1: Bruges

Arrive in Bruges and board the luxury hotel barge, Johanna. Settle into your cabin and meet your fellow guests. Later enjoy your first dinner on board.

Day 2: Brugge - Deinze

Arrive at the small town of Deinze where you may visit the museum of the "Latemse School" painters or cycle along the old meandering river Lys to Sint-Martens-Latem or the Castle of Ooidonck. It is also possible to cycle from Brugge to Deinze along the pretty canal paths some 27 miles ride. 2017 itinerary includes a trip to Ghent to see the Saint Bavo Cathedral and the Mystic Lamb of Van Eyck.

Day 3: Deinze - Menen

The barge will gently glide along the river Lys passing through Kortrijk and moor in the border city of Menen for the night. If you opt to cycle this route, it is a distance of 27 miles.

Day 4: Menen - Lille

Today the barge sails into France into the Lille Metropole area some 32 kms on the rivers Lys and Deule. You can also opt to cycle and make a detour via the city Armentières which features a 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

Today you may either sail or cycle the tow paths along the river Deule, some 28 miles, bringing you to the old university city of Douai with its famous belfry tower and carillon. You may wish to detour off route to the World War I area with Canadian memorial at Vimy ridge.

Day 6: Douai - Ruyaulcourt

Today the Johanna gently glides along the Canal du nord to the tunnel entrance of Ruyaulcourt. You can cycle via Cambrai and then across to the Hindenburg Line to rejoin the barge for a hearty dinner. 2017 itinerary offers a visit to the city of Cambrai and the abbey of Vaucelles.

Day 7: Ruyaulcourt - Péronne

After sailing through the tunnel of Ruyaulcourt, it is only some 12 miles to Péronne. Cyclists can follow the 14-18 memorial route or venture inland 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

Today the barge sails to Compiegne , an attractive town just north of Paris. The town boasts a little known Chateau bursting full of antique furniture and paintings and wonderful gardens at the rear. Compiegne Forest was the spot, where, on 11th November 1918, Marshall Ferdinand Forch signed an armistice with the Germans on behalf the Allied Forces, ending World War I. It was also in this forest that Joan of Arc hid before her capture in Compiègne in 1430. There are also a number of interesting museums in the town depicting the history of the area.

Day 10: Compiegne - St-Leu d’Esserent

Today the Johanna will be passing through Pont-Sainte Maxence and Creil, finally arriving at a very quiet mooring place in St-Leu d’Esserent. Guided excursion to nearby Creil.

Day 11: St-Leu - Pontoise

Today the barge sails from St Leu to Pontoise, a distance of 30 miles if you choose to cycle. Arrive in the afternoon and explore this historical city brimming with wonderful architecture.

Day 12: Pontoise - Bougival

Depart from Pontoise and begin sailing along the River Seine upwards to Bougival on the outskirts of Paris. 2017 itinerary offers a visit to the impressionist museum Fournaise or the Castle of Monte Cristo, built by Alexandre Dumas.

Day 13: Bougival - Paris

Enter the French capital along the Seine river, passing the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame to arrive at the mooring near Place de la Bastille or Bercy. Spend the rest of the day exploring the cosmopolitan city brimming with art galleries, museums, flea markets, cafes and restaurants.

Day 14: Paris

After your final breakfast onboard disembark the ship in Paris.

Disembark

Disembark the ship in Paris.

Includes

  • 13 Nights' accommodation on board the Johanna
  • Half Board (from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 14, not including two on-shore dinners) From 2018 cruise will be Full Board with two on-shore dinners.
  • Full crew
  • The use of bed linen and towels, internet when in range
  • Bicycles, helmets, gps and bike network maps

Excludes

  • Travel expenses to and from the ship
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Drinks from the minibar
  • Meals taken ashore. (See itineraries)
  • Optional excursions if not booked at reservation
  • Entrance fees ( museums, exhibitions…)
  • Personal expenses
  • Gratuities
 

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