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Lorraine France - Luxembourg 7 day Bike & Barge Tour (LBF)
This journey begins in the Lorraine region of France going through the green countryside to Luxembourg. Often called the Pays de Trois Frontieres - the land of three frontiers, as it shares it's borders with Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. Cycle along well maintained bike paths between the rivers of Moselle and Meurthe and prepare to immerse yourself in a truly fascinating cultural and historical region of north eastern France.
The barge was built in 1929 as a freighter of type 'luxury motor.In 1993 the ship was converted into a passenger ship. She was renovated and rebuilt during winter 2011/2012. It is a great ship to relax after a bike ride.
Capacity: max. 19 people Cabins: 9 double cabins. All cabins with private bathroom and central heating. Split-level beds. Elec. 220 V
The ship complies with the strict safety regulations laid down by the Dutch Shipping Inspection Authorities. On board you find a cosy dining room, a sun deck to relax after your bike tour. All cabins are provided with hot and cold water, private shower and toilet, 220 voltage and central heating. There is limited storage space in the cabin.We recommend 1 suitcase p.p. You can slide the suitcase under the bed once you have unpacked.
Do not expect a luxury cruise ship. The Bike and Boat Holidays are for people who really enjoy the physical activity of cycling and who value sociability more than wholesale luxury.
Accommodation on board 7 days/ 6 nights (Saturday –Friday)
6 x breakfasts
6 x lunch packets
6 x dinners on board
Use of bed sheets, towels (daily towel change possible)
Tour guide who bikes along
Guided city tours
Coffee and tea on board in the afternoon
Port and lock fees
Transfer on Saturday and Friday from and to the ship
Drinks on board
Any special diets may be charge extra
Arrival / departure:
Toul is near Nancy on the direct train line from Paris to Strasbourg.
From Wasserbillig there is a regular train to Luxembourg central station where you can get a train to the airport.
Car parks at both Wasserbillig and Toul are difficult to find so not recommended to leave your car for the week
Bicycle rent: normal bike (€80) or E bike (€200) please book through our office at [email protected]
cycling tours - guided tour available September 5 and October 3 2020
Bike insurance €10,- (to be paid on board)
Slow Tours offers a number of other Bike & Barge Tours in Europe
Arrival - Toul
You should plan to arrive on board the barge at 3.00 pm in the charming French and fortified town of Toul. The last time that Toul's defenses were used as a classic fortress was in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian War. 64 guns opened fire at 6:00 a.m. on 23 September, and the fortress surrendered at 3:00 p.m. after 2,433 shells had been fired. There will be time for a guided walk around this historic town. Not just a fortress, Toul is very picturesque with pretty churches, an old government house and streets and terraces to explore.
Toul – Liverdun - Cycling Distance 17 km
Today, cycle along the Moselle River as it gently winds across the valley. You'll see a section of the Moselle that was canalised long ago: large parts of the old canal are not in use anymore because they have become too small for today’s bigger cargo ships. Many of the locks have dried out and some are completely covered with greenery and overgrown. The day ends with a ride to the ancient fortress-city of Liverdun, where the barge is moored in an idyllic spot overlooked by a castle.
Liverdun – Nancy - Pompey - Cycling Distance 30 km
The day's ride takes you to Nancy along a canal connecting the River Moselle and Meurthe. Nancy is a riverfront city in the northeastern French region of Grand Est. The city is known for its late Baroque and Art Nouveau landmarks and it's focal point is the 18th-century Palais de Stanislas. This grand square, decorated with gilded wrought-iron gates and rococo fountains, rests by the ornate palaces and churches filling the city’s medieval old town. From Nancy, continue your cycle to Pompey for an overnight stay in a quiet little French village.
Pompey - Metz - Cycling Distance 55 or 25 km option
Now it’s time for a somewhat more adventurous trip. Today you'll ride beside an old section of the canalised Moselle River until you reach picturesque Pont-à-Mousson - a city situated on both banks of the Moselle. A unique location and well worth visiting. You'll continue cycling, passing the former towpaths of the Moselle, until we all arrive in Metz for an overnight stop. There is an optional guided city walk through the town and it’s many interesting buildings including the Centre Pompidou and cathedral. There is free time here to relax or to take advantage of the great shopping in the city centre.
Metz -Thionville - Cycling Distance 35 km
Today is dedicated to an industrial heritage that made this region so great. Cycle past old steel factories and pumping-stations and witness examples of monumental cultural achievements. The barge will moor in Thionville - a city made rich from a bygone metal industry. Thionville is full of beautiful, historical buildings left behind by Romans, Luxembourgers and the Spaniards after several conquests.
Nennig - Remich - Waserbillig - Cycling Distance 35 km
Your ride today is through the forest of Cantenom. Discover the old bunkers and subterranean army barracks, The Maginot Line - built to defend France from German invasion after WW1. Also visit the medieval castle in the small town of Sierck-les-Bains. Next, you will reach the Franco-Luxembourg border to visit Schengen, made famous by the signing of the Schengen agreement on the ship Princess Marie-Astrid. This agreement led to the formation of a united Europe or the EC. Cycle towards Nennig - an old Roman villa with beautifully preserved mosaics. From Nennig, cross the Moselle to arrive in Remich – “the pearl of the Moselle” where the barge will moor overnight.
Wasserbillig - Cycling Distance 15km
The last day’s cycle is through the many beautiful vineyards of Luxembourg. Continue your ride to the little border town of Wasserbillig where you can enjoy afternoon tea on board the barge and say good-bye to the crew.
NOTE in 2019: Guided tours: 31 Aug and 14 Sept / Self-guided tours 28 Sept and 12 Oct
If you would like to drive yourself before or after your tour, ask us for a quote on any brand new Renault, Peugeot or Citroen vehicle for driving in Europe.
Pick up your vehicle from most capital cities in Europe and return it to your drop off destination. Top insurance cover. Email [email protected] for a competitive quote
Shows in English in Paris: Paris offers a wide variety of shows accessible to English-speakers. One-man shows, classic & modern theatre, musicals, cabarets and more are all performed in the city every night. You can get the full programme of shows in Paris to fit your city break dates by emailing [email protected]