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Luxembourg - Lorraine, France 7 day Bike & Barge Tour (LBF)
Journey through the green countryside of the Lorraine District in France. Often called the Pays de Trois Frontieres - the land of three frontiers, as it shares it's borders with Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. The bloodiest battle of World War I - the Battle for Verdun - took place on Lorraine's unfortunate soil. 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.
Journey and accommodation on board 7 days/ 6 nights (Saturday –Friday)
6 x breakfasts
6 x lunch packet
6 x dinner 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
Wasserbillig is on a regular train line from Luxembourg central station. A train runs from the airport to central
Toul is near Nancy on the direct train line from Paris to Strasbourg.
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 tour available as guided August 29 and September 26 2020
Bike insurance €10,- (to be paid on board)
Slow Tours offers a number of other Bike & Barge Tours in Europe
Wasserbillig - Cycling Distance 15 km
The crew of your barge welcomes you on board around 3.00 pm in the border village of Wasserbillig. The start of your journey is a short bike trip along the River Sauer.
Waserbillig - Remich - Nennig - Cycling Distance 35 km
After breakfast, you will cycle towards the town of Remich regarded as "The Pearl of the River Moselle". A small, European town encircled by an unbroken view of forests and vineyards. Along the way cycle to the Roman Villa Nennig . Here you will find the most beautiful and largest examples of 2nd and 3rd century Roman mosaic art.
Nennig - Schengen - Thionville - Cycling Distance 40 km
Today you will visit the small yet famous village of Schengen. Famous for the Schengen Agreement. Signed in 1985 to abolish many EU borders and enable passport-free movement. From Schengen you will continue your journey through the narrow Moselle Valley that becomes flatter and wider as you begin to leave Luxembourg and ride towards France. When it is coffee time, the crew of your barge will expect you in Thionville - a city made rich from a bygone metal industry. A city of historical and beautiful buildings left behind by Romans, Luxembourgers and the Spaniards after several conquests.
Thionville - Metz - 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. As you ride along the Moselle River down shady bike paths you will also enjoy the natural beauty of the region until you reach the very well-known city of Metz. Once in Metz you will be taken on a guided walk through the city squares and terraces that Metz is so proud of. Admire the Centre Pompidou, the Cathedral and so much more.
Metz - Pompay - Cycling Distance 55 or 25 km option
Now it’s time for a somewhat more adventurous trip. The old towpaths of the Moselle River take you to the picturesque Pont-à-Mousson. You can choose to stay on board the barge and start your bike tour at Pont-à-Mousson if you wish. Pont-à-Mousson is a city situated on both banks of the Moselle. Cycle through an old canalled part of the Moselle and soak up the magical scenery of the area. Eventually you will arrive at the quiet little French village of Pompey.
Pompey - Liverdun - Cycling Distance 30 km
Today the cycle path leads you along the connecting channel between the Moselle and the Meurthe to Nancy. After a visit to this metropolitan city the tour continues to the old fortress-city of Liverdun. There, your barge will await you at an idyllic spot.
Liverdun - Toul - Cycling Distance 17 km
From Liverdun we cycle in the direction of Toul. A small, charming fortress-city with a rich history situated at the Moselle’s riverside. After a cup of coffee in the afternoon, the boat crew says goodbye.
NOTE: 2019 Guided Tours: 24 Aug and 7 Sept / Self-guided tours 21 Sept and 5 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]