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Print Boat Info

The recently converted six passenger barge Johanna, cruises the picturesque villages and historic towns of Belgium. She navigates the small rivers and calm canals visiting Flanders Fields in the West or the Unesco world heritage art cities like Bruges and Ghent. Enjoy comfortable accommodations for up to 6 guests in three spacious twin or queen-size bedded cabins with en suite bathrooms. She is furnished in a contemporary style, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. She has a large dining room and salon with picture windows offering a superb view of the beautiful countryside. There is also a demonstration galley allowing guests to see the chef at work. Enjoy delicious regional cuisine, daily prepared on board with fresh local ingredients and served with renowned Belgian beers or French wine. Your hosts, Kris and Patsie look forward to welcoming you aboard and showing you this magical area of Belgium, which is best seen by barge.

Boat Details

Boat Size: 117 x 16.6 ft
Number of Cabins: 3
Crew: 3
Cruise Length: 6 nights
Departure Day: Friday

Cabin Information

Cabin 1
  • Twin or Queen
  • 113 sq ft
Cabin 2
  • Twin or Queen
  • 113 sq ft
Cabin 3
  • Twin or Queen
  • 113 sq ft
Note: All cabin sizes are approximate.

Boat Amenities

A/C
Bicycles
Multiple Regions
Heater
Books & Games
Open Bar
WIFI
Music System

Cabin Amenities

A/C
Hairdryers
Heating
Opening Portholes

Pickup Location

4:00 PM, To Be Advised

Note: Pickup locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Dropoff Location

10:00 AM, To Be Advised

Note: dropoff locations may be TBD on charter bookings.

Boat Diagram

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Bruges to Paris 
Day 1
Brugge
Welcome aboard. Visit the historic city center of Brugge, UNESCO world heritage.
 
Day 2
Brugge-Deinze
Travel on board to Deinze where you can visit the museum of the “Latemse School” painters or cycle along the old meandering Lys river to Sint-Martens-Latem or the Castle of Ooidonck. Cycling all the way from Brugge to Deinze along the canals (43 km, 27 miles) is also an option.
 
Day 3
Deinze-Menen
On the river Lys we pass trough Kortrijk and moore in the border city of Menen for the night.  Biking distance of 42km 27 miles.
 
Day 4
Menen-Lille
We enter France into the Lille Metropole area. Sail the 32km (20 miles) with us on the rivers Lys and Deule or cycle and make a detour via the city of Armentières with UNESCO belfry tower. The historic city of Lille is nowadays bustling with life and modern art. Wherever you go, there is something to see or visit, enjoy a coffee or listen to street musicians.
 
Day 5
Lille-Douai
45 km (28 miles) of sailing or cycling along the river Deule bring us to the old university city of Douai with it’s famous belfry tower and carillon. From Douai it is only 28km (17 miles) cycling along the river Scarpe to Arras. When cycling from Lille to Douai, why not make a detour to visit the World War I area with the Canadian memorial at Vimy ridge?
 
Day 6
Douai-Ruyaulcourt
While the Johanna follows the 37km (23 miles) on the Canal du nord to the tunnel entrance of Ruyaulcourt, you can cycle via Cambrai and then across the Hindenburg Line to rejoin the ship for a hearty dinner.Péronne, Memorial of the Great War
 
Day 7
Ruyaulcourt-Péronne
After we have gone trough the tunnel of Ruyaulcourt, it is only some 20km (12 miles) to Péronne. Cyclists can follow the 14-18 memorial route or venture more away from the canal. In Péronne you can visit the memorial of the Great War or cycle along the beautiful meandering Somme river to Frise, Éclusier-Vaux or Cappy (direction Amiens).
 
Day 8
Péronne-Noyon
Cycle along the Somme and the Canal du Nord or make a detour via the city of Saint Quentin.
 
Day 9
Noyon-Compiegne
Everybody knows the name Compiegne for the woods where the Armistice was signed in 1918. You can still visit the location just outside town.
 
Day 10
Compiegne-St-Leu d’Esserent
From Compiegne passing trough Pont-Sainte-Maxence and Creil, we arrive at a very quiet mooring place in St-Leu d’Esserent. Those that cycle the route will certainly want to visit Creil.
 
Day 11
Moored in Pontoise
There is so much to see in Pontoise that we would need a whole page to describe it all… Take your time to cycle the 43km (30 miles) from Creil to Pontoise and enjoy a fine afternoon discovering the town and surrounding area.
 
Day 12
Pontoise-Bougival
From Pontoise to Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (where our ships horn was made). Here we come on the river Seine which we sail upwards to Bougival on the outskirts of Paris.
 
Day 13
Bougival-Paris
Entering Paris on the Seine river, we pass the Eiffel tower, Louvre, Notre Dame to arrive at our mooring near Place de la Bastille.
 
Day 14
Paris
Farewell after breakfast
Champagne Cruise from Reims to Chateau Thierry
Day 1
Reims
Welcome aboard. Visit the historic city Reims. 
 
Day 2
Sillery
After a morning visit to the city of Reims, we sail to the nearby port of Sillery. You can even explore the region by bike on a small tour from Reims to Sillery via the villages of Rilly-la-Montagne, Mailly-Champagne and Verzenay.
 
Day 3
Condé-sur-Marne
We continue our journey on the Aisne-Marne canal and after passing the tunnel of Mont de Billy and going down 8 locks, we arrive at Condé sur Marne. Cyclists can follow the towpath or enjoy the vineyards passing trough Verzy, Trépail, and Vaudemange.
 
Day 4
Epernay
Today we sail to Epernay, capital city of the Champagne region where the big companies have their cellars. Don’t forget to visit Hautvillers where Dom Perignon invented the bubbly drink. Many small champagne houses welcome you for a personal tasting in a family environment, presenting you very special wines, standing out from the big mass production houses.
 
Day 5
Dormas
We finaly sail on the river Marne with the vineyards visible above us. Cycling above the river, crossing the quiet villages of Villers-sous-Châtillon, Châtillon-sur-Marne, Verneuil or Vincelles, you might even spot the Johanna on her journey down the river.
 
Day 6
Chateau Thierry on Marne
We enter Picardie region, following the meandering Marne to our final destination Château Thierry. 3km to the West is the WWI American Monument. Some 12km NW is the Belleau Wood memorial site. From Dormans to Chateu Thierry, there is a nice cycling route along the north side of the river. At the south side, the champagne route makes a small detour to Conde-en-Brie with it’s historic castle, halles, church and old washing facilities. Certainly worth a visit.
 
Day 7
Chateau Thierry on Marne
Breakfast and farewell. 
 
Upper Loire Cruise Between Briare and Nevers
Day 1
Briare
The small town developed during the reign of Henry IV who started the construction of the canal of “Loyre en Seine”. Now, Briare-le-Canal is a town which has kept the numerous riches of its cultural heritage.
 
Day 2
Belleville sur Loire
A beautiful stretch of the Loire. At Mantelot lock near Châtillon-sur-Loire, boats once gathered to cross the Loire, before the construction of the canal-bridge at Briare. Lock and canalbridge are both splendid constructions not to be missed.
 
Day 3
Ménétréol sous Sancere
We are sailing along the eastern edge of the old French province of Berry where you can cycle beside the wild Loire and alongside the Canal Latéral. Between Léré and Belleville-sur-Loire, the heritage of centuries of river trade is everywhere to be seen. We encourage you to enter Sancerre’s glorious hilly countryside and taste its famed wines. Here you can mix cycling with gastronomy and oenology. A detour up to the historic town of Sancerre itself is highly recommended.
 
Day 4
Chapelle Montlimard
This day leads you to the splendid riverside town of La Charité-sur-Loire, with its fabulous basilica and strong literary links. L’île du Faubourg, an island at La Charité-sur-Loire, provides an exceptionally scenic view of the Loire, on the frontier between Burgundy and Centre-Val de Loire, both regions famed for their wines. Passing through the heart of the Val de Loire Nature Reserve, enjoy the river’s wonderful shifting light.
 
Day 5
Cours les Barres
The cycling route is easy and offers an inspiring concentration of Loire nature, culture and heritage. There are cycle tracks practically all the way along. Enjoy the exceptional views down on the Val de Loire Nature Reserve.
 
Day 6
Nevers
Near the majestic Bec d’Allier, where the Allier River joins the Loire, Le Guétin’s canal-bridge makes quite an impression. The Canal Latéral à la Loire acts as a link between Burgundy and the Loire Valley.
 
Day 7
Nevers
Breakfast and farewell. 
 

Here is a scrumptios sample of menus from the Johanna:

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Menu 1

Country pâté from Furnes served with West Flemish brown ale

Spring Chicken in lean smoked bacon, stuffed with potatoes and sage

Chocolate ice cream with red and blue berries, whipped cream and Mikado sticks.

Coffee and thee

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Menu 2

Chicory salad with tomato and North Sea shrimps

Poached plaice in a nage of summer vegetables with orange oil

Chocolate moelleux with raspberry granité

Coffee and thee

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Menu 3

Cappuccino of asparagus

Rabbit stew with red beer, sour cherries and mashed potatoes

Iced coffee with belgian chocolates

Coffee and thee

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Menu 4

Hommelbier pate (or Oerbier pate) on a bed of young lettuce leaves

Mussels with chicory and wheat beer

Chocolate mousse

Coffee and tea

2018 RATES
ACCOMMODATION 6 NIGHT Champagne  13 NIGHT Between Paris & Bruges
Stateroom Per Person $4,250 $16,500
Single Supplement TBA TBA
Charter 1 to 3 $13,250 $26,000
Charter 4 Passenger  $16,000 $31,500
Charter 5 Passenger  $19,250 $38,000
Charter 6 Passenger $22,500 $44,500
6 Nights: Includes two dinners ashore in local restaurants    
13 Nights: Includes five dinners ashore at local restaurants    

Cruise cost includes

Six night accommodations, all meals taken on board, drinks during meals (except liquor), free coffee and tea, use of bicycles, WiFi, taxes, mooring fees, all information about the area and points of interest, standard self guided excursions

Cruise cost does not include

Airfare to and from your destination, cancellation insurance and crew gratuity (suggested minimum amount is 5% of the cruise price)

3/4 board option - minibar drinks and one dinner per week taken in a local restaurant are not included
2018 CRUISING SCHEDULE
DEPARTURE DATE     ROUTE RATE SEASON
April 29 Bruges to Paris (13 Nights) Regular
May 13 Upper Seine Regular
May 20, 27 Upper Loire  Regular
June 3 Upper Loire Regular 
June 10  Seine - Marne  Regular
June 17, 24 Champagne Region  Regular
July 1. 8, 15, 22, 29 Champagne Region  Regular
Aug 5, 12, 19, 26 Champagne Region  Regular
Sept 2, 9, 15 Champagne Region  Regular
Sept 16 Reims to Bruges Regular