A beautiful Bike and Barge tour through the provinces of Limburg, Flanders and Wallonia, all on the best prepared bike paths in Europe.With our luxury Hotel Barge Miro you start a wonderful and varied bike holiday through the Maas Valley – the Valley of the River Ourthe and the three Limburg regions: the Haspengouw, De Hoge Kempen, and the Maasland. Limburg is the ultimate biking and walking paradise with more than 1800 kilometers of car-free superior quality bicycle tracks, with excellent signposts and outstanding cuisine. It is famous for its numerous Limburg and Belgian types of beer, delicious fruit pies and chocolate pralines.
A day that you don’t want to bicycle, or walk? Then stay on board and sail away with the luxurious Miro and enjoy the ever-changing and picturesque landscape.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1: Lovely cruise to Liège-Angleur. (27 km.)
You arrive in Maastricht via your own transportation. Boarding is at 12.00 noon at Port Kanne, just over the border in Belgium, 7km from Maastricht. On board we start with a warm welcome, a welcome drink and a briefing about the tour. The bicycle briefing takes place at 1 p.m, during which the bikes are adjusted for every individual. After this, we sail with the MIRO through the locks of Lanaye (18 meters fall) towards Liège, Angleur. The locks of Lanaye are the highest locks in the River Meuse and are an impressive event. We continue our tour through the locks of Visé through the beautiful valley of Visé to Monsin. We moor in Liège Angleur, right in the centre of the historical Old Town. We enjoy a fine dinner in Liège and in the evening there is an opportunity to take a city tour with the skipper. He takes you to the famous Café Chantant Le Jardin des Ollivette*, where the atmosphere is determined by the Liègois folk music and French Chansons.
Day 2: Angleur – Eijsden – Neer Kanne appr. 45 km.
Early in the morning we enjoy a pleasant Skippers breakfast. After breakfast there is an opportunity to visit the famous Sunday market, La Batte, the oldest market in Belgium. Here the bikes are offloaded and after discussing the tour,
we start our bike tour through the beautiful valley of the Voer to the wonderful town St Pieters Voeren and the delightful Castel of Eysden.
The Skipper guides you on the right track, so you don’t have to search where to start. We take a beautiful rural bike tour along the Maas Valley and the Voer. When we arrive back in Kanne , we have afternoon tee /coffee. Here we have dinner and spend the night at the city quay. You are free to spend the rest of the evening as you please, with the opportunity to visit the marl caves.
Day 3: Bike tour Lanaken – Maasmechelen – Bree appr. 45 km.
A delicious breakfast cruise and Briefing of the day’s route. The skipper has already taken your bike from the boat and checked the pressure of your tires.
Our bike tour leads us through an enchanted world of legendary castles, miraculous legends and a mysterious past. The Land of the Haspengouw has you in its spell and will never set you free again. We visit the splendid medieval castle of Alden Biezen, the pearl of Limburg, and the biggest castle between the Loire and the River Rhine. Here we reach the junction of the Albert canal and the Canal of Neerharen. We board the MIRO again in Maasmechelen. We moor beneath the castle and here we enjoy dinner and spend the night. In the evening it is a real treat to stroll the streets of this small picturesque town.
4th day: From Maasmechelen to the Abby Achel and Fort Stevensweert. Distance appr. 42 km
We start out with a delicious breakfast and a discussion of the tour. The Limburg National Park Hoge Kempen surprises you with beautiful bike routes through large woods, impressive land dunes, mysterious pools. We visit the Old Benedictine Abby and brewery of Achel with the famous Abby beer and cheese.
There are some very good bike cafés along the route, and if you don’t want to go too far today, no problem! You simply shorten the route and enjoy a shopping tour in the fashionable Maasmechelen Village Outlet Center. Our guests receive a special V.I.P. invitation with special offers and extra discounts. Afternoon cruise to Fort Stevensweert and we will have dinner in this small historical city and spend the night on the wooded canal banks.
Day 5: Thorn – Maaseik – Thorn. Distance appr. 33 or 45 km.
After breakfast the MIRO sails through small picturesque canals with beautiful scenery to the small historical Museum City of Thorn. On the way we discuss the tour and at appr. 10 o’clock the bikes are taken from the boat. We start the bike tour by beautiful old farmhouses via the Meuse route along the beautiful old river and the splendid Limburg lakes and farmland to the cities Maaseik. Don’t forget to taste the excellent cuisine and the famous Belgian chocolate!
The bike tour continues to the famous white town of Thorn. Here you meet the Mirò again; your sailing hotel that has moored at the landing outside the city walls. We will spend the night in Thorn. This evening, you can enjoy taking a walk through this wonderful little medieval town – the view is breathtaking.
Day 6: Thorn – Port Kanne (Maastricht). Distance appr. 45 km.
During a delicious early breakfast we sail towards the sun across the beautiful Limburg lakes to the industrial sailors town of Maasbracht. Here we pass the impressive lock-complex at the beginning of the Juliana canal to the locks of Born, where our bike tour starts. The skipper has already checked your bike and taken them from the boat. Through the rural village of Stein we ride along beautiful apple orchards to the little village of Elslo with its magnificent castle. Here you can enjoy a delicious lunch or have a cup of coffee.
We continue our tour through a splendid wooded Limburg scenery to the historical city of Maastricht. In the afternoon the Miro takes us to the old historical centre of Maastricht. On Thursday evenings all shops and museums are open until 9 p.m. Maastricht shows you its unequalled, delightful Burgundian side. As we return to the Miró, we sail to Kanne and we enjoy a drink on the Candlelight deck, looking back on a wonderful day.
Day 7: End of Tour.
After a delicious breakfast we disembark by 10 o’clock. An extra nights accommodation is possible if pre-booked.
RATING – Easy
The total length of the cycling route is about 185 km however there is a choice of longer or shorter routes each day. Almost all bike paths are level and well-lit, but longer alternative routes and local roads are also a possibility. These are lovely bike routes along well-signposted paths. Suitable for all levels of cyclist.
The best flights are in/out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. There are trains from the terminal to Maastricht every hour, at a cost of approx. Euro 25.00. The voyage takes approx. 2 1/2 hours.
A further option is Paris or even Frankfurt, both a 3 to 4 hour train ride to Maastricht.
Taxi’s to & from Maastricht train station are approx. 16 euro.
MS MIRO 5*
The Miro has 5 luxuriously appointed 2-person Comfort Class Cabins, finished in the finest cherry wood, each containing a separate bathroom with shower, toilet and so forth. There is a cosy seating area, satellite colour TV, a safe, 220 volt electricity network, fax, telephone.
The yacht is also equipped with internet access, as well as heating for those cooler nights and air-conditioning for warm summer days.
The interior reflects the luxurious style and decadence of the 1920’s, though was totally refitted in 2012-13.
The spacious salon with open fireplace and fully-equipped bar has expansive windows allowing panoramic views. The yacht also has a protected back deck area, to keep stiff sea breezes at bay, as well as roomy
stairwells and wide gangplanks. A fabulous sunning area with ample seating completes the picture.
SCHEDULE & PRICE
Departure Dates 2018: Every Saturday from April 28th to September 14th. Most dates are sold out however we still have space on June 16th, and August 11th only.
|Per person, double occupancy||CAD||$1195|
|Single use of a double cabin||$2390|
This tour includes:
Dinner may be served on board or in a well-established local restaurant. This is the choice of the passengers each day. A 4 course traditional dinner prepared by the chef aboard the Miro costs 26 €. There is also a snack service and fully stocked bar on board .
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment