France by bike and boat
If you're looking for variety and adventure, then a tour by bike & boat through France is just the right thing. Floating hotels on the Rhine, the Marne, the Loire, Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde are perfect for seeing how varied France is - from a different perspective.
The romantic of the timber-framed houses in Alsace, lively Paris, the sparkling wines of the Champagne, the fairy-tale castles of the Loire and the world-famous wine-growing region of Bordeaux are just some of the highlights of a tour by bike & boat through France. And in between all that? Small, dreamlike villages, historic little towns and picturesque vineyards all with their own very special charm. Go for it - and let your tour by bike & boat become a unique experience.
A tour by bike & boat through France is also an experience thanks to the variety of the French cuisine. Dishes such as tarte flambee or Baeckoeffe from Alsace, onion soup from Paris, "Kuttelwurst" from Champagne, tarte Tatin from the Loire or Canelé from Bordeaux are waiting to be tasted. A glass of wine with your meal? In the wine cellars and restaurants you could well find a pretty fine wine waiting for you!Show more Show less
France's eastern region, the Alsace can also be explored well by bike & boat. With the MS Andante, your tour takes you on a river cruise from Basel to Mainz. Before you reach Speyer and Mainz, you'll have enough time to get to know Colmar, capital of Alsace's wines. Neuf-Brisach designed by fortress builder, Vauban, and Strasbourg's Petit France are some of the highlights on your 8-day tour.
From the capital city of love to Champagne, the world-famous wine-growing region. Experience Paris' joie de vivre - you'll find it on every street corner! A whole host of architectural masterpieces, the Seine bridge and countless cafes make Paris an exciting start to your bike & boat trip in the Champagne region. Follow the course of the Marne to Meaux, well-known for its Brie - the queen of cheeses! Pedaling up and over the green hills of the Marne valley you reach Champagne. The self-named capital of Champagne, Épernay, is perfect for going on a tasting tour. In Chalôns-en-Champagne, just a few kilometres away, you'll find out why it has its nickname, Venise Pétillante.
The Loire - or river of kings, is also great for a bike & boat tour. While your hotel boat, the MS Anna Maria IV, is always slightly ahead of you, you can relax and take everything at your own pace. Your tour takes you to Nevers. This lovely little town is well known not only for its important porcelain manufacture but also for its exquisite Négus - caramel sweets with a sugar coating. Try one (or two!) You cycle through Pouilly Fumé, famous for its white wines, cross the canal bridge at Briare and go on a detour to the magnificent Gien Castle, which, today, is a hunting museum. In Paris, your place of arrival and departure, the pace is a more turbulent, but no less exciting. On this tour, enjoy the idyllic landscape all around the Loire and be inspired by the French lifestyle.
Travel to Bordeaux, which has the largest continuous wine-growing area in the world. Thanks to ideal conditions, the vineyards in Bordeaux produce internationally-known red and white wines. Get to know Bordeaux by bike & boat - from both sides: on well established cycle paths and from your floating hotel. Along the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde rivers you cycle through miles of vineyards, passing dreamy villages and magnificent castles. When you're not in the saddle, the tours by boat give you the opportunity to become familiar with Bordeaux's pretty countryside from the waterway. An absolute highlight of this tour is one of France's most beautiful wine villages - Saint-Émilion. Not to forget the town of Bordeaux itself with many historical and also modern sights.Show more Show less