7 to 14-night half or full board cruise and discovery of the historical Paris to Bruges route

Travel from Paris to Bruges along this historic route, discover cities, towns and wildlife

Excellent! 4.9/5 (8 reviews)

River trip highlights

  1. Discover the historic cities; Bruges, Paris, Lille
  2. Discover towns rich with history, Compiegne, Menen, etc
  3. Cruise along the memorials of 1st and 2nd WW
  1. Visit an abbey from the 12th century
  2. Discover the ingeniosity of canal navigation
  3. Do a variety of activities all along the route

River trip summary

Cruise 1:

  • From Bruges to Peronne (Mid April to Beginning of May)
  • From Peronne to Bruges (from the end of September to beginning of October)

On this route, you will have the highlights of the cities of Bruges and Lille, discover their museums, city centers, and history. Then, you will discover a series of small villages in Belgium and France.

 

 Cruise 2:

  • From Peronne to Paris (Mid April to Beginning of May)
  • From Paris to Peronne (from the end of September to beginning of October)

On this route, you will have Paris and navigation in its hyper center as an incredible experience. If you chose, there will be the possibility of staying longer in and around Paris. You will also discover a variety of little villages on your way to Peronne.

 

  • Along these 2 routes, you can choose programs of 7 or 14 nights. The full 14-nights will take you from Bruges to Paris (spring), or from Paris to Bruges (autumn). Excursions to memorials and interesting sites of the Great War may be organized if desired.
  • Aboard our barge, this tour takes you through Belgium and France. On every tour your guide and crew will show you the famous attractions as well as taking you to the undiscovered treasures of each country and region.

 

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River trip description

 

Cruise 1:

  • From Bruges to Peronne (Mid April to Beginning of May)
  • From Peronne to Bruges (from the end of September to beginning of October)

 

Day 1 or 7: Bruges and welcome aboard our barge  

 

  • Visit the historic city center of Brugge, UNESCO world heritage.

 

Day 2 or 6: Deinze, and cruising along the beautiful canal to Aalter

 

  • Your guide awaits you for a trip to Ghent.
  • Visit the Saint Bavo Cathedral with the Mystic Lamb of Van Eyck and other historic sites.
  • Return to the ship in Deinze via picturesque Sint-Martens-Lathem on the meandering Lys.



Day 3 or 5: Menen and its surroundings

 

  • On the river Lys we pass trough Kortrijk and moor in the border city of Menen for the night.
  • Day excursion to Flanders Fields. Visit of Passendale, Tyne Cot Cemetary and Ypres with the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate.


Day 4: Visit Lille and soft cruise

 

  • We enter France into the Lille Metropole area. 
  • Sail with us on the rivers Lys and Deule and moor in the city center. The historic city of Lille is nowadays bustling with life and modern art.
  • Morning excursion to Armentières and Fromelles (on request).


Day 5 or 3: Visit Douai and beautiful surroundings

 

  • The river Deule brings us to the old university city of Douai with it’s famous belfry tower and carillon.
  • Depending on your interests, we visit the WWI memorials of Vimy, or the city of Arras with the Wellington Quarry, Memorial of the Battle of Arras.
  • Or why not visit the new Louvre museum in Lens? There are plenty of activities to be organized to fit your envies.


Day 6 or 2: Cruise and visit Ruyaulcourt

 

  • Today, our barge cruises on the Canal du Nord to the tunnel entrance of Ruyaulcourt. Meanwhile, you visit the city of Cambrai and the Cistercian abbey of Vaucelles founded in 1132.
  • Optional visit to the Matisse museum at Le Cateau Cambresis before returning to the ship for a hearty dinner in our quiet mooring place.


Day 7 or 1: Cruise and visit the historic town of Péronne

 

  • After we have gone through the tunnel of Ruyaulcourt, we reach our next port of Péronne.
  • Visit the memorial of the Great War, explore the beautiful meandering Somme river on the afternoon excursion to Pozières, Thiepval, Villers-Bretonneux, and Amiens for evening dinner.

 

 Cruise 2:

  • From Peronne to Paris (Mid April to Beginning of May)
  • From Paris to Peronne (from the end of September to beginning of October)

 

Day 1 or 7: Cruise and visit Péronne

  • After we have gone through the tunnel of Ruyaulcourt, we reach our next port of Péronne.
  • Visit the memorial of the Great War, explore the beautiful meandering Somme river on the afternoon excursion to Pozières, Thiepval, Villers-Bretonneux, and Amiens for evening dinner.


Day 2 or 6: Cruise and visit Noyon

 

  • After a short morning cruise, the afternoon excursion brings you to the hilltop city of Laon and Coucy-le-Château-Auffrique before rejoining the ship in Noyon.
  • Explore this circular town of Gallo-Roman ramparts and Medieval walls where Charlemagne was crowned, Hugo Capet was consecrated, where Louis XVI married Marie-Antoinette and where Calvin was born.


Day 3 or 5: Cruise and visit Compiègne and its castle

 

  • This beautiful flowered city has a rich history. Here Joan of Arc was captured by the Bourguignons on May 23, the year 1430.
  • The 1918 Armistice was signed in the woods nearby ending the first World War.
  • The Palais of Compiègne is the 3rd most important royal and imperial residence in France after Versailles and Fontainebleau.

 

Day 4: Crusie and visit St-Leu d’Esserent

 

  • From Compiegne passing trough Pont-Sainte-Maxence and Creil, your floating hotel brings you to the very quiet mooring place in St-Leu d’Esserent with its beautiful abbey and church.
  • Guided excursion to nearby Chateau Chantilly with an equestrian demonstration.


Day 5 or 3: Cruise and visit the religious sites of Pontoise

 

  • We sail to l’Isle-Adam where we start an excursion to the impressionist village of Auvers-sur-Oise where Vincent Van Gogh painted his last 70 works. At the local castle, we can experience the time of the impressionists.
  • At our Pontoise mooring, you can look up at the old ramparts and the museum of the impressionist painter Pissarro. The North and South wings of the cathedral of St Maclou have been restored in 2014 and 2015 to their former beauty.


Day 6 or 2: Cruise and discover Bougival where Monte Cristo might have come

 

  • Today your hotel barge cruises on the meandering river Oise from Pontoise to Conflans-Sainte-Honorine. Here we come on the river Seine which we sail upwards to Bougival on the outskirts of Paris.
  • Visit the Castle of Monte Cristo, built by the famous French writer Alexandre Dumas.


Day 7 or 1: Entering Paris on the Seine river and first visits

 

  • We pass the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Notre Dame and the Canal St.-Martin to arrive at our mooring at the Bassin de La Villette.
  • Either we will drive you to the departure of your next adventure, or we will visit the city during the afternoon and show you around.
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Payment policy

Cancellation policy

Security deposit

Not required

Check in/out time

Check in between 11:00 and 17:00.

Check out before 12:00.

Bedrooms

3 Bedrooms, 6 Sleeps

Number of double beds: 2
Number of sofa beds: 1

 

All bedrooms with twin or double bedding, central heating, air conditioning and ensuite bathroom with shower, sink and toilet.

Bathrooms

Number of en-suite: 3
Number of toilets: 4

Type Of Experience

Rural / Countryside
Historic / Sightseeing
Nightlife / Party
Town / City

Romantic
Artistic
Gastronomy / Foody
Nature / Wildlife

Outdoor Facilities

Terrace / Balcony

Sun Loungers

Services

Chauffers / Minibus Service 24/7

Airport Collection Available

Heating / Cooling

Air Conditioning

Central Heating

Languages Spoken Onboard

French
English

Dutch

General

Shower
Pets Allowed

Baby Car Seat

Due to stairs between the decks and gangway to go on land, this ship is not recommended for disabled persons, sorry.

Activities

Walking / Hiking

Cycling / Mountain Biking

Amenities

Dining Table & Chairs
Linen Provided

Towels Provided
Hair Dryer

Entertainment

Internet Access
Books And Magazines

Board Games

Location

River trip owner

Kris

Since 2015, we are offering bespoke cruises in the Champagne area on our ship Johanna. She was converted in 2013 from a cargo vessel to a modern and comfortable 3 bedroom cruise ship.

Response time
Normally within 24 hours
Language spoken
English, Dutch, French, German

8 Reviews - 7 to 14-night half or full board cruise and discovery of the historical Paris to Bruges route

Excellent! 4.9/5

  1. Eddy & Linda - Belgium

    16 Sep

    Bedankt voor het receptje hoor!

    Dag Patsie & Kris
    Bedankt voor het receptje hoor! Zal dit zeker uit proberen! (ik kook graag) We hebben echt genoten bij B&B Johanna! We vertellen onze verhalen in geuren en kleuren (net zoals Kris) We duimen voor jullie toekomst en hopelijk horen we nog iets van jullie, want jullie waren in zo een korte tijd onze vrienden! Groetjes.

  2. Marty and Carol M - the United States

    15 Sep

    We all had a wonderful time and memories of a lifetime.

    We all had a wonderful time and memories of a lifetime.


    Anytime you talk about a trip with friends, they ask a lot of the usual questions. What did you see, did it cost a lot, how was the weather, etc. However, one friend asked only two rather simple questions about the trip, what were the highest and lowest points? No one had ever asked me those questions before.

    Anyway, without hesitation, my answer for the highest point was the Eiffel Tower; we have made it to France. It is the iconic representation of Paris and France, at least from an Americans' point of view. Paris, no doubt, is one of the great cities of the world. So the question about the lowest point - I said leaving the ship. I especially had just a great time aboard your vessel. You were the best hosts anybody could ever imagine.

    You provided fabulous food, refreshments, conversation, transportation, everything. You really opened your hearts to us.


    Marty and Carol, Kansas city, Missouri, USA. Sept. 2017

  3. Lucienne D - Belgium

    15 Aug

    This cruise from Bruges to Paris was by far the most relaxing one

     Van de talloze reizen die ik in mijn leven reeds heb gemaakt, was deze cruise van Brugge naar Parijs de meest rustgevende en ontspannende ooit.

    Of the countless voyages I made in my lifetime, this cruise from Bruges to Paris was by far the most relaxing one.

  4. Gary and Meredith - Australia

    20 May

    This has been the most relaxing and enjoyable time

      This has been the most relaxing and enjoyable time. The barge is amazing. The meals and wine were absolutely delicious and the tours very informative. It was great to share your company the whole time. A very memorable holiday!

  5. Paul and Maggie M - the United States

    15 Aug

    Discovery of West Flanders

    Thank you for a perfect voyage of discovery of West Flanders.

    Forever in our minds will be the magic of floating down the canals and watching the sun-dappled countryside.

    Your boat is beautiful, the food is sumptuous and the company delightful.

    Best of luck!

  6. Russell and Julie - Australia

    19 May

    Just a fantastic time!

    Just a fantastic time! - and made all the more pleasurable by your great approach and companionship. Thank you so much for a great time.

  7. David and Denise - England

    27 Mar

    We had a FAB-U-LOUS time aboard your ship

    We had a FAB-U-LOUS time aboard your ship. The Strépy Locks had to be the Highlight for us. You both looked after us so well. Thank You.

  8. Florence M - Belgium

    14 Jan

    A brilliant concept that allowed us to spend a wonderful birthday for Nicolas

    Merci encore pour votre accueil et votre sympathie lors de notre passage ce week-end. Ce fut un enchantement de découvrir votre péniche admirablement bien décorée et dans laquelle nous nous sommes très bien sentis. Un concept génial qui nous a permis de passer un admirable cap pour Nicolas. Au plaisir de vous revoir, en Belgique ou lors d'un voyage au fil de l'eau en France.
         Free translation: Thank you again for your welcome and sympathy during our visit this weekend. It was a delight to discover your barge so beautifully decorated and where we felt very well. A brilliant concept that allowed us to spend a wonderful birthday for Nicolas. Hope to see you in Belgium or while traveling on the canals in France.

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