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Belgium & Northern France

© JohannaCaptain Kris © Johanna© Johanna - Living room







Cruise in Belgium, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Picardy, Paris, Upper Loire and Champagne


The motor-ship Johanna is a recently beautifully converted hotel-barge operating in Belgium and France. On her different routes, she cruises on meandering rivers and calm canals visiting Flanders Fields in the West or the Unesco world heritage art cities like Bruges and Ghent, discovering the French Champagne region or arriving in Paris the unusual way. The different sailing routes are sure to cater to each liking, whatever it may be. Even those who are looking for a sportive holiday, will find everything they need in the bike and barge concept offered.

Traveling on board the Johanna is experiencing peace and tranquillity as you pass through the quiet countryside, picturesque villages and historic towns. It also means enjoying delicious regional cuisine, daily prepared on board by Patsie with fresh local ingredients and served with renowned Belgian beers or French wine.

The owners Patsie & Kris, and their cat, will gladly welcome you aboard the Johanna and provide you with a service you will not likely forget.



Johanna © Sonia JonesFeatures:

– 31.9 m in length
– 5.10 m width
6 passengers
2 crew (the owners)
– 2 queen or twin and 1 double cabins (each 10m²) with en suite bathroom (with shower, washing basin and toilet)
– 32m² dining room with saloon and demonstration kitchen
– 34m² sun deck with easy chairs and al fresco dining area

 © Johanna - Yellow cabin

Johanna is one of the largest barges that are able to cruise almost every Belgian and French waterways. The ship provides very comfortable accommodation for up to 6 guests in 3 spacious twin or queen-size bedded cabins with en-suite bathrooms, complete with shower, washing basin and toilet. One window and two portholes ensure a pleasant light filled ambiance in each room.

 © Johanna - Picture windows

The barge is furnished in a contemporary style, creating a bright and airy atmosphere. She has a large dining room and saloon where picture windows offer a superb view on the surroundings. There is also a demonstration galley allowing guests to see the chef at work, CD/iPod sound system, internet connection for guests’ use and reversible air conditioning throughout.

© Johanna - Deck


She has a spacious sun deck (34 sq. m.) with alfresco dining area. The relaxing deckchairs allow you to bask in warmth of the sun and take in the surrounding landscape. Six bikes are available to be used at any point during your cruise.

 Johanna - Wheelhouse © Sonia Jones


In the wheelhouse, a couch invites you to join the captain and watch as the world glides by. The headroom in the wheelhouse is limited to 1m85. However, all other spaces are over 2m10 in height.



Johanna floorplan

Location map

Belgium:  Flanders Fields or Chocolate & Beer
Belgium & France: marker-anchor-blue Bruges to Paris
France: marker-anchor-lime Upper Loire / marker-anchor-red Champagne


Photo Gallery

Itinerary: Chocolate & Beer in Belgium (6 nights / 7 days)

Westie beer © Johanna


Cruising from Veurne to Bruges while tasting the best Belgian beers and chocolates on board, in breweries and factories.





Day 1: Veurne, welcome on board.
Did you taste the Veurne babelutten or visit the Cho-Ka-Tee shop?

Day 2: Veurne – Ypres
Last post at Menen Gate (20h). Dinnner at local restaurant.

Day 3: Ypres
– Option 1: Cycle to the Hopmuseum in Poperinge, taste the best beer in the world at the Westvleteren abbey and visit the Jules Destrooper biscuit factory in Lo.
– Option 2: Day trip with minibus to Ypres Salient, Poperinge and Westvleteren.
– Option 3: Plan your own day with all the information available on board: walking on the Ypres ramparts, biking to the Flemish hills, visit musea of World War I, etc.

Day 4: Ypres – Diksmuide
Visit Van Nevel chocolate factory and brewery de Papegaai. Explore the small city on a marked walking trail Yzer tower and Trenches of Death commemorate World War I.

Day 5: Diksmuide – Nieuwpoort
Explore the Belgian coast, the Nieuwpoort pier and the fish market. Relax on a terras and taste a trappist wih fresh gray shrimps. Take a view on the locks and country from high on the Albert I monument.

Day 6: Nieuwpoort – Bruges
Make a horse drawn carriage ride through the historic city.

Day 7: Bruges
Farewell after breakfast.

Itinerary: Flanders Fields in Belgium (6 nights / 7 days)

Passendale New British cemetery, a soldier of the great war © Johanna

No one will dispute the fact that a territory as small as the West of Flanders, played quite an important role in the Great War of 1914-1918. Up to this very day, the province of West-Flanders still pays homage to the hundreds of thousands who died on both sides of the lines. This Flanders Fields route will allow you to discover every important corner of this strategic territory during the Great War.


Day 1 : Bruges, welcome on board
Did you visit the photo-exhibition and guided walk in the city about “Bruges in the first world war” ?

Day 2 : Bruges – Nieuwpoort
Visit the locks that flooded the area King Albert I monument…

Day 3 : Nieuwpoort – Diksmuide
Visit Ysertower and Trenches of Death.
Option: helicopter flight above the war area.

Day 4 : Diksmuide – Ypres
Flanders Fields museum. Last Post at Menin gate (20h). Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 5 : Ypres
Biking through the war region. Optional minibus battlefield-tour.

Day 6 : Ypres – Veurne
Visit the experience center “Life of the Belgian soldier behind the frontline”.

Day 7 : Veurne
Farewell after breakfast.

Itinerary: Bruges to Paris (13 nights / 14 days)

14 days of leisure and peace. What better way to travel in France then by bike and barge, visiting many small villages and historic towns, not to mention the WW I Somme area.


Bruges © JohannaDay 1 – Brugge

Welcome aboard. Visit the historic city center of Brugge, UNESCO world heritage.

Day 2 – Brugge to 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.

© Johanna - Cycling the tow pathsDay 3 – Deinze to Wervik

On the river Lys, we pass trough Kortrijk and Menen and take berth in the “Flemish Tobacco” village of Wervik. Visit the local Tobacco Museum or cycle trough the countryside discovering the small tobacco fields. Biking distance of 48km (30 miles).

Day 4 – Wervik to Lille

We enter France into the Lille Metropole area. Sail the 26km (16 miles) with us on the rivers Lys and Deule or cycle and make a detour via the city of Armentières with UNESCO belfry tower. Deinze © JohannaThe 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 to 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?

© Johanna - CyclingDay 6 – Douai to 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.

Day 7 – Ruyaulcourt to 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 venturemore away from the canal. Peronne © Sonia JonesIn 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 to Noyon

Cycle along the Somme and the Canal du Nord or make a detour via the city of Saint Quentin.

Day 9 – Noyon to Compiegne

Everybody knows the name Compiegne for the woods where the Armistice was signed in 1918. © Johanna - CyclingYou can still visit the location just outside town.

Day 10 – Compiegne to Creil

From Compiegne to the small village of Creil, passing trough Pont-Sainte-Maxence. In Creil, we might be able to visit the last working factory of nails “Clous Rivierre” with it’s +100 year old machinery, producing some 2800 different sorts of nails.

Day 11 – Creil to Pontoise

© Johanna - PontoiseThere 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 to 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.

Paris © Sonia JonesDay 13 – Bougival to Paris Bercy

Entering Paris on the Seine river, we pass the Eiffel tower, Louvre, Notre Dame to arrive at our mooring near Place de la Bastille or Bercy.

Day 14 – Paris

Farewell after breakfast.

Itinerary: Champagne (6 nights / 7 days)

Champagne © Sonia Jones




From Châteu Thierry via Epernay to Reims. Seven days of easy biking or just relaxing on board. Enjoy the view of the vineyards, stop at a champagne farm to taste the bubbles.





Day 1 – Reims: Welcome on board.
Pick-up at central meeting point and transport to our mooring place in Reims. Welcome on board. Evening visit to Reims’ illuminated cathedral.

Day 2 – Billy-le-Grand:
After breakfast, we sail to the tunnel of Billy-le-Grand. Guided visit amidst the vineyards of the Reims mountains to the Phare de Verzenay and the dwarf beeches of Verzy (Les Faux de Verzy).

Day 3 – Condé-sur-Marne
Today we descend into the Marne Valley, going down the 8 locks to Condé-sur-Marne where we arrive shortly after midday. Afternoon excursion to Châlons-en-Champagne with its collegiate church Notre-Dame-en-Vaux with a 56-bells carillon, the covered market and the XVII century Sainte-Croix gate.

Day 4 – Cumières / Hautvillers / Epernay
Today your floating hotel barge cruises to Epernay, capital city of the Champagne region. Here the big companies have their cellars. Excursion to Cumières and Hautvillers where Dom Perignon invented the bubbly drink. Visit one of the big cellars and a small champagne house for a personal tasting in a family environment, presenting you very special wines.

Day 5 – Dormans
We sail on the river Marne with the vineyards visible above us. At the foot of the statue of pope Urbanus II, who called for the first crusade, you have a wonderful view on the river Marne with the Reims mountains in your back. At Dormans, we visit a local snail farm and the memorial for the battles of the Marne.

Day 6 – Château Thierry
We enter the Picardy region, following the meandering Marne to our final destination Château-Thierry. To the West is the American WWI Monument. More to the North is the Belleau Wood memorial site. Or you can choose for an excursion to Condé-en-Brie with its historic castle, halles, church and old washing facilities.

Day 7 – Château Thierry
Farewell after breakfast. Return to central drop-off point in Reims.

Itinerary: Upper Loire - Sancerre region (6 nights / 7 days)

Sancerre © P. Forget - CRT Centre Val de Loire



One week from Briare to Nevers trough the vineyards of Sancerre and Pouilly along the EuroVelo6 cycling route. A beautiful landscape with the wild river Loire and the calm canal latéral trough the Val De Loire nature reserve.



Day 1 – Briare: Welcome on board.

Day 2 – Belleville sur Loire
A beautiful stretch of the Loire. At Mantelo, lock by 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
Farewell after breakfast.


“Imagine a comfortable bedroom that also has windows onto a watery world. Welcome to life on a river/canal barge.

Relax in comfort in the stateroom area, reading or playing games – real or virtual! On the upper deck you can lie on cabanas and watch the riverbank flow past you. Enjoy coffee and local pastries for morning tea or have a glass of something stronger in the afternoon, as you sit and watch the local villages come and go.

Go touring in the accompanying minivan to interesting and historical local sights at each mooring place. Discover a different aspect of European life in the many stops you encounter. Take plenty of storage space for your photos – you will need it!

Breakfast on board with fresh breads, traditional European meats and cheese, a choice of cereals, fresh tea or coffee. A languid start to the day, but you may choose to be active and ride a bicycle to a nearby village or further afield, and be collected at lunchtime at the midday mooring site.

Lunch and dinner present you with fine cuisine prepared by Patsie, a very accomplished and inventive cook. She and Kris are your hosts and travelling companions in this world of adventure and discovery. Practise your Dutch/Flemish and French with them and trade jokes and travel stories as well.

Learn about the world of canals and barges, both commercial and private. See the mighty engines that run the barge and watch Kris and Patsie as they smoothly manoeuvre through the locks and canals.

Whatever the weather, there is always something to see and do. Remember, you don’t have to do a thing, except to enjoy yourself!”

Julie & Russell, B. – May 2016

Cruise Fares

Johanna cruise fares for 2018:


 Private charter – ¾ board: from €3,125 per person based on 6 passengers
• Open week – ¾ board – Twin/double cabin: from €2,900 per person
Single supplement: from + €2,100

Included in the 3/4 board fare:

– Six nights accommodation
– All gourmet meals prepared by your private chef (excluding 2 dinners at passengers’ expense)
– All wines, bar, and refreshment drinks aboard
– Transfers to and from the barge from the designated meeting point
– Daily excursions with your tour guide in private vehicle
– Use of on-board bicycles, library and sound system




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