Three Countries tour 18 days
The bike ride from Maastricht to Paris will take you along (small) country roads, towpaths, paved forest trails and occasionally a cobblestone road.In Belgium we will cycle through the Ardennes, a beautiful green and slightly hilly country side in the Eastern part of Belgium
In the French countryside we will follow the country roads and the occasional bike path. Towards Paris the terrain will get more hilly and there can be more traffic. The bike route takes us from Maastricht in Holland, to Liege and the Capital city Namur through the coal basins of Charleroi in Belgium. We’ll sail on to Strépy-Thieu where the ship will be lifted by a special ship lift, as big as a football field, Ca 80 metres into the air across to the other side.
We’ll dock at Historical old cities such as Maastricht, Liege, Huy, Namur, strepy - Mons, antoing - Vallancienne, Péronne Noyon, Compiègne - Creyl - Auvers sur Oise - and Pontoise, gorgeous garden cities where the various Napoleons and kings built their country Castle -lodgings. We’ll bike over the Somme (The Great War 14-18 and Flanders Fields) de gorgeous River Oise and lastly the magical Seine and beautifull Paris.
Along the route you will encounter numerous beautiful and interesting attractions, such as chateaux the Chantilly, the world war 1 museum at Peronne ,Chateaux Versailles and a taste of an extra ordinary premium Belgium beer straight from the brewery tap.
Overall, the tour is rated easy to moderate. 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 is 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.