The Hotel yacht Miro sets sail for the world-renowned City of Lights every year at the end of September, ensuring you a gorgeous Autumn trip to Paris and back. We’ll take more than 160 long tunnels, locks and bridges, and of which most locks are automatic. But sometimes it’ll be expected of us to lend the Lock Master a helping hand!
Along the route are delightful cycling opportunities and possibilities to enjoy some (Nordic) walking, and we’ll have the bikes ready for you on the deck, so be sure to help yourself and feel free. If you disembark, make sure to drop into one of the many delightful villages that you’ll pass, perhaps to buy a deliciously crusty baguette: you’ll enjoy the soup at dinnertime that much more!
The route takes us from Maastricht, to Liege and Namur through the coal basins of Charleroi . We’ll sail on to Strépy where the ship will be lifted by a special ship lift, as big as a football field, 73 metres into the air across to the other side. We’ll sail through kilometres of long tunnels where a small locomotive will pull us through the dark corridors. A truly unforgettable experience! We’ll dock at old French cities such as Maubeuge, Compiègne and Pontoise, gorgeous garden cities where the various Napoleons and kings built their country lodgings. We’ll sail over the Somme de Oise and lastly the magical Seine.
In PARIS we’ll dock in the middle of town so that you will have more than enough time to discover this enchanting city. Your skipper knows Paris like the back of his hand, and the cook on board is a real chef who uses his experience and knowledge of the region to ensure a fabulous gastronomic experience, together with delicious French wine and some renowned French cheese to accompany.
DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1, Saturday – Maastricht to Leige
2.00pm will see you embarking the boat at Port Kanne, near Maastricht, and enjoying a chilled glass of Champagne, meeting the crew and having your e-bike adjusted to meet your own personal preferences. There will also be time for a short test ‘drive’, so that you can get used to the feel of your bike. As the Miro sails for Liege you’ll pass the Maas’s highest locks whereby the boat will ascend 18 metres – an impressive experience. We’re delighted to serve you a delicious welcome dinner on board, before you embark upon a lovely city excursion through Liege In the footsteps of legendary writer George Simenon and his equally famous Commissary Maigret, that evening. During the walk a guide will show you all the hidden delights of this wondrous city:The guide will be please to tell you all about the city , including the rich history of this important southern town. And he’ll also be more than happy to join you the very famous Cafe Chantant Les Jardin des Ollivette, and we invite you on a Candlelight City Cruise at Liege over the Beautiful illuminated River La Meuse .
Day 2, Sunday – Leige to Namur (34km)
At 8.00 you’ll be enjoying a sumptuous breakfast and we visit the renowned Sunday market La Batte. This is the largest market in all of Belgium, We cruise to Namur and you enjoy the vistas of all that we pass as we make our way. The Boat tour will bring you to the Locks off Ampsin- Neuville, Neuville is also the starting point of the bike route to Namur, which will take you along gorgeous country panoramas with a number of unforgettable spots. The tour will end in the impressive city of Namur, which is also the capital of the Wallonia State. From where we’ll be docked you’ll have a beautiful view of the fairytale castle high above the city and the city ramparts, built centuries ago to protect against marauders. Namur has an enchanting city centre and after dinner you can visit the Citadel , and to enjoy a wonderful view over the city, the Rivers Maas and the Sambre.
Day 3, Monday – Namur – Pont de Loup – Charleroi – Grosselies
As you enjoy another sumptuous breakfast, the Miro will already be progressing onwards to the famous Abby and Brewery “Floreffe” , and you’ll see in the landscape the vestiges of the once-booming mining and steel industry for which the region was famous for centuries. Today’s bike tour will take us to Pont de Loup and Charleroi (40 Km) then onwards to Grosselies.
Days 4 Tuesday Grosselies – Strépy – Mons
Boat and Bike tour to Grosselies and Strépy Thieu ( Ca. 40 km.) to the new ship elevator in the Canal du Centre. This gigantic ship lift is as big as a football field and bridges a span of 73 meter. The fantastic engine room and adjoining museum are open to visitors so that you can learn more about this marvellous feat of engineering. Dinner will be served on board and afterwards you can enjoy the beautiful nature and the wonderful panoramic views.
Today we’ll breakfast at 8.00 to fortify you for the bike tour planned. This one is 37 kilometres long and takes you from the Canal Historique du Centre, where you can visit three smaller ship elevators, one of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. From there, the route will take you to Mons and you’ll cross the French border. After dinner you’re welcome to take a break, and recover from your active day of biking or walking.
Day 5, Wednesday – Mons to Antoine
Today we’ll breakfast at 8.00 to fortify you for the bike tour planned. This one is 37 kilometers long and takes you from the Canal Historique du Centre, where you can visit three smaller ship elevators, one of which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. Diner will be served on board and afterwards you can enjoy the beautiful nature and the wonderful panoramic views. Antoine is a small skippers village at the junction with the river Schelde the French skippers call Antoine the gate to Belgium A nice spot with a great medieval castle
Day 6, Thursday – Antoine to Vallancienne
The ship will follow on its course along the Old River Boven Schelde. You’ll cross the French border to the beautiful city of Vallancienne. A beautiful barge and bike tour of 42 km along the canals, old villages and historical landscapes await you today.
Day 7, Friday – Valencienne – Bouchain
This morning we visit Valenciennes, a historical city with its cathedral and the farmers market with local specialty’s . at 13.00 our bike tour to the county of Bouchain. We moor right on the Castle walls .
Day 8, Saturday – Bouchain – Peronne
This tour takes you from Bouchain to Péronne (Ca.35km). The ship will follow on its course along the Upper Schelde and will dock at Souterrain du Ruyaulcourt. Here you’ll come back on board to continue through the dark shipping tunnels. These tunnels are 4,354 meters long and cross right through the hilly countryside. You’ll sail through the Canal du Nord that ends in the Souterrain du Pannetrie, a total of 1,601 meters of tunnels! From here, we’ll sail in a convoy, in typical French fashion: with wine and delicious food. Because what we don’t finish today, we can always do tomorrow or the day after, right? At any rate, there’s more than enough time to catch up on relaxing and taking walks, and simply enjoying the delights of the unique countryside. In Peronne you can visit the beautiful city , the Castle and Park, the historical monument & War museum (1914 – 1918) on the Somme River.
Day 9, Sunday – Peronne to Noyon
The bike tour scheduled for today takes you all the way to Peronne. It’s not a short one – about 55 kilometres – but since you’ll be tracking the boat anyway you can jump on at every lock to take a break. The trip takes you through storybook French countryside and past picturesque villages that are primarily rural in nature. Noyon is an old city, dating to the period 600 BC. The town offers many worthy sight-seeing highlights and monuments that have survived the impact that both WWI and WWII had on the region. In the evening you’ll once more enjoy a sumptuous dinner with perhaps a crisp wine on the aft deck.
Day 10, Monday – Noyon to Compiegne (40km)
After a nice relaxing ride through the forest you arrive at the Chateau of Pierrefond the most beautiful fairy tale chateau of France . The tour will continue to the the Bois de Compiëgne and to the railway carriage where the first world war ended, while the ship keeps it’s lazy river pace alongside you. You can jump on again at any of the delightful riverbanks that you’ll pass. Compiëgne is known as a regal village because every French king of old had a summer dwelling here, and once you see it you’ll know why. It’s also the city where Joan of Arc was captured. In short, a delightful city of rich history that you’ll love discovering for yourself, dotted with many museums. We’re happy to let you wander around to your heart’s content for the rest of the afternoon.
Day 11, Tuesday – Compiegne – Creil
After breakfast you’ll cycle approx. 35km to Creil, while the Miro will sail a lovely route along the River Oise. We moor in the city park in central Creil.
Day 12, Wednesday – Creil – Auvers sur L`Oise – Conflans – St,Honorine
Breakfast and biking to Auvers sur l`Oise The tour will take you along tiny villages to ‘l Isle -Adam. This is where Parisian’s come to play, and the influence of such a big city is obvious. we visit Auvers this small town has been the residence of many great artists ; among them the great Vincent van Gogh he spent the last few months of his life here in this town painting many of his great works we vissit the abbay royaumont and the tour will continue to Chateau the Chantilly You’ll spend the night in Conflans -Sainte-Honorine. This is the main city of French inland barging , and you’ll wonder at all the beautiful boats, big and small, docked here peacefully. The town has a lovely ambience and you won’t be surprised to learn that many skippers retire here to enjoy their twilight years.
Day 13, Thursday – St Honorine- Bougival – Paris
Today in the afternoon you’ll make your entry into Paris! The Seine offers the perfect foreground for the wondrous city of Paris. You’ll love seeing the approaching skyline of Paris while you slowly make your way into the City of Lights. In Paris we’ll look to dock at Port de la Villette and after dinner you can take a walk to the romantic Rotonde. You’ll fall sleep in it’s incredible shadow.
Day 14, Friday – Paris
After breakfast, the city of Paris awaits you! If you’d like to know more about this world-renowned city, our guide will be happy to accompany you on your travels. He’ll take you to see all the highlights by bike or by public transport, if you so wish. You also have the possibility of a bike ride to Chateau Versailles. What an unforgettable way to end your holiday!
Day 15, Saturday
You’ll enjoy one last breakfast on board before saying goodbye to your newfound friends. We’ll be sad to see you go and hope that you’ll leave with only the fondest memories!
Return trip by TGV, airplane, or extend your stay in France
RATING: Easy to Moderate
The total length of the route by bike is about 220 km. Almost all bike paths are level and well-lit. These are lovely bike routes along well-signposted bike routes. Suitable for all levels of cyclist.
You are welcome to take time off and stay aboard ship during the course of the tour.
The best flight options are into Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport and out of Paris. There are highspeed trains from the terminal to Maastricht every hour, at a cost of approx. Euro 25.00. The voyage takes approx. 2 1/2 hours.
If required, a return train from Paris to Amsterdam Airport takes 3 1/2 hours, at a cost of approx. Euro 60.00. Taxis to/from Maastricht station cost approx Euro 12.00.
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 2006.
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 2017: October 7 **
Departure Dates 2018: September 15, October 5 **
** tour operates in reverse
|Per person, double occupancy||CAD||$2980|
This tour includes:
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