An early-season short break cruising the River Somme and visiting local birdlife attractions in the company of a professional nature guide.
★★★ Holiday Inn Express in Amiens, including breakfast and evening meals
- Executive Coach Travel departing from Ashford and Folkestone
- Assistance with booking taxi connections and/or hotel stay pre-departure
- Eurotunnel or Ferry crossings
- Free time in Amiens
- 2 Nights Hotel stay at the 3* Holiday Inn Express in Amiens, with breakfast
- Daily cruise itinerary with on-board lunch
- Tea, coffee and drinks from the bar during cruising
What's Not Included
Depart Folkestone on a Eurotunnel crossing around 10am, then a journey of under 2 hours from Calais to Long, where we board for an afternoon cruise, with lunch, as far as Picquigny. This is an especially rural stretch of the Somme valley, with the river flanked by woodland for much of its route. If you don't know the French inland waterways this will be quite a revelation - the Somme is just part of a 10,000 km river and canal network!
We will then arrive in Picquigny and make the short hop into Amiens where we check-in to our hotel to relax for the evening. Plus, you can explore the cities finer highlights and discover local specialities in small restaurants and bars that are dotted around.
Check out spectacular shopping in Amiens and visit the Friday market (coach transfer needed as it's a bit out of the centre). You can also take some time to appreciate the UNESCO-listed Cathedral of Notre-Dame, which is a once in a lifetime experience with the morning sunshine glowing throughout. At Noon we rejoin the coach for the transfer to Picquigny, and for this afternoon's cruise, we head back into Amiens, with the cathedral making for a spectacular skyline as its profile lines up perfectly with the canal heading. Enjoy local specialities while admiring breathtaking views and ample company as you discreetly traverse through the wonders of the Somme.
Today we sail onwards towards the small town of Corbie. This morning's cruise takes us through the fascinating network of island gardens known as the Hortillonnages. These islands once prospered as commercial market gardens, and although that activity has declined in recent times many of the islands have been taken on as second homes and are emerging as beautiful gardens.
Corbie will bring our canal and river journey to a close after around 55 km with a total of 10 locks, three of them double chambered. Once again we enjoy lunch on board Natalia before we depart for home, and we will return crossing departing Calais around 19:00 for our early-evening return to Kent.