Eiffel Tower all aglow in beautiful Paris, France! Biking in the City of Light, woohoo! Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn
Moulin Rouge in Paris. Photo via Flickr:Moyan Brenn

Gardens at the Palace of Versailles. Photo via Flickr:Panoramas
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Around Paris

France Bike + Barge Tours

Biking the Seine River

Paris, City of Light, is the focus of this bike and boat adventure in France. As you pedal along the banks of the winding Seine and Oise Rivers, you cycle through some famous forests like the dense and lush Compiègne, famous for its oak and beech trees, flora and fauna, and home to a varied array of animal life.

Biking through the picturesque villages of Auvers-sur-Oise and Moret-sur-Loing, you will experience first hand why the painters Van Gogh and Sisley were so inspired here and able to produce their great works.

You will enjoy one full free day in Paris. Explore on your own the famous sites such as the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Coeur, Arc de Triomphe, museum Centre Pompidou, the Versailles palace and much more.

Highlights:

  • Fontainebleau Castle
  • Evening cruise through Paris
  • Villages of Auvers-sur Oise and Moret-sur-Loing
  • Free day in Paris

Tour runs in opposite directions. One week tour will begin in Compiègne and end in Moret-sur-Loing. The next week, the tour will begin in Moret-sur-Loing.

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Where You’ll Stay

On board the standard plus vessel, Clair de Lune

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 8 days/7 nights
  • All meals including breakfasts, packed lunches, and 6 x dinner
  • 24 gear hybrid bicycle with pannier
  • Guided cycling itineraries
  • Several city walks
  • Info booklet and maps
  • Visit to Castle Fontainebleau
  • Transfer by bus between Paris/Gare du Nord and Moret sur Loing (day 1 or 8 depending on direction of tour)
  • Wine and Cheese tasting

What’s Not Included

TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From915 Rates
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Tour Dates

Compiègne to Moret-sur-Loing: May 13, May 27, June 10, August 19, September 2, September 16, 2017

Moret-sur-Loing to Compiègne: May 20, June 3, June 17, August 26, September 9, September 23, 2017

Skill Level

This is an easy guided bike and boat tour.

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

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Day 1: Moret-sur-Loing (or Saint Mammès), 4 mi. (7 km)
Day 2: Moret sur Loing - Melun,  28 mi. (45 km)
Day 3: Melun - Vigneux s/Seine - Paris,  31 mi. (50 km)
Day 4: Paris, free day
Day 5: Paris/Bassin La Villette - Bougival, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 6: Bougival - Auvers s/Oise - l'Isle Adam, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 7: l'Isle Adam - Creil - Compiègne, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 8: Compiègne

 *All distances are approximate. The above-planned itinerary is subject to change due to changing wind and weather conditions and other unforeseen circumstances having to do with mooring requirements, etc.

Day 1: Moret-sur-Loing (or Saint Mammès)
Meeting time at approximately 2:00 PM at Paris Gare du Nord for transfer to mooring location of the barge. Arrival at approximately 4:00 PM. Medieval Moret is located on the edge of the Fontainebleau Forest and is a town of indisputable charm with its unparalleled location on the banks of the Loing. It boasts Roman and medieval architecture and history and a rich impressionist artistic legacy. The painter Sisley made his home here.

In the evening, you'll make a short cycling ride to Saint Mammés, a traditional barge village at the confluence of the Seine and Loing rivers.

Day 2: Moret sur Loing - Melun, 28 mi. (45 km)
Today begins with a bike ride to the impressive castle and beautiful gardens of the Château de Fontainebleau. The Seine passes through Héricy and Samois-sur-Seine, ending in the small charming provincial town of Melun. An easy walking tour is on the agenda for you to enjoy several beautiful bridges, historic buildings and old churches.

Day 3: Melun - Vigneux s/Seine - Paris, 31 mi. (50 km)
By bike, the route leads through the forests of the vast Domaine de Senart to Vigneux-sur-Seine. The boat awaits here and after boarding, sails on the Seine to Paris. The boat will moor in the historic Bassin de Bastillelocated in downtown Paris! What better way to be immersed in the Parisian life.

Day 4: Paris, free day
In the morning, there’s a cruise by barge from Bassin de l’Arsenal to Bassin la Villette. This impressive sailing trip on the Canal St. Martin (appr. 2,5 hours) takes you through a tunnel, along romantic bridges, and through historic locks. At approximately 10:30 am, you are free to explore Paris and its highlights such as the Eiffel tower, museums (Louvre, Centre Pompidou), do some window shopping, etcetera.
Today is a free day so that you can explore Paris. You can visit the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Centre Pompidou, or perhaps you would just like to shop.
In the early evening, the boat motors from the Bassin de l'Arsenal to the Bassin la Villette on the Canal St Martin, 4.5 km long, of which more than 2 km is underground, and a drop of 25 meters. Inaugurated in 1825, the Saint-Martin canal has 9 locks and swing bridges.

Day 5: Paris/Bassin La Villette - Bougival,  25 mi. (40 km)
Starting in downtown Paris you make an easy-going cycling tour mainly on bicycle paths following the river Seine, partly across the famous Bois de Boulogne to the village of Bougival, your peaceful mooring-place for the night.

Day 6: Bougival - Auvers s/Oise - l'Isle Adam ,  25 mi. (40 km)
Your cycling trip passes the château St. Germain-en-Laye, leads through Conflans Ste Honorine, the French Barging capital, to the village of Auvers s/Oise. Here Vincent Van Gogh used to live and work. In the late afternoon, you embark the barge for a sailing trip to l’Isle Adam, a charming village situated on the banks of the river Oise.

Overnight is in St. Leu d'Esserent, a village situated on the banks of the River Oise.

Day 7: l'Isle Adam - Creil - Compiègne, 25 mi. (40 km)
In the early morning, you sail to the town of Creil. Here you start a scenic cycling trip alongside the river Oise that leads to the imperial city of Compiègne. There are several options for a visit: the beautiful park, the Napoleon 3rd palace, the St. Jacques church (13th century). In the evening, your tour leader may take you for a walk in the town center.

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, your tour officially ends. The station of Compiègne is located near the ship to access trains to Paris-Gare-du-Nord and Charles-de-Gaulle Airport.

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Customer Feedback

  • Janet Ashley 2 weeks ago

    We took this trip from Compiegne to Moret-sur-Loing in September. It was just perfect in every way. There were eight in our group and Marco made us feel like family. The bike ride along the Seine was just beautiful with views one would never see from a car. There is so much activity along the river and in the evening we were guided around the towns where the barge was moored for the night. The bike ride through Paris was personally terrifying for me, but was also a thrill. I would probably do it again. Our guide Yought was full of stories and also very supportive. I could not have done it without him. WE all appreciated Kim who prepared wonderful meals with great variety and was always there to welcome us back at the end of the day. This was the perfect bike/barge trip. We are now thinking about taking a trip in Holland with the Clair de Lune.

  • Michael 4 months ago

    This was our first bike/barge tour and we loved it. Riding through the French countryside was wonderful and it felt like we were in a Van Gogh painting. The boat was nice and the crew was great, with a welcoming attitude and GREAT meals! The bikes were perfect and I'm a bike snob. We made new friends from around the world. Do it, you won't regret it!

    Boat: Clair de Lune

  • S. Bingham 5 months ago

    This was the first Bike and Barge experience for my husband and I, and we feel very lucky to have had our initiation into this traveling experience with Marco, and the crew of Claire de Lune. What a fabulous way to see the sights so very few visitors get to see! The barge accommodations were tight, but efficient, and as advertised. Be sure to pay attention to the packing instructions sent out ahead of time! Our tour leader was extremely knowledgeable and very flexible with our small group of 7. Highlights were definitely riding through Paris, and "barging down" the tunnel under the Bastil. However, riding through the picturesque little French villages, countryside and forests were also what made this trip so special. We would highly recommend this tour, and hope to travel again on this barge, or one very much like it, on our next Bike and Barge trip.

    Boat: Clair de Lune

  • Gary Koolhof 12 months ago

    The staff was very friendly and they made our trip outstanding!

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  • Helen Belletti 1 year ago

    It was a great trip. There were only 3 of us on the tour so they gave us each our own private cabin which was very much appreciated. Marco, the captain was one of the best boat captains. He shared a lot of information with us and really made the trip fun and interesting. Our guide was great too, and tailored each day to our needs because our group was so small. The food was good too, and a good variety. I only rated the food as "satisfied" because I toured the year before on the Zwaan, the Mosel and Saar tour, and the chef was soooooo good, that he spoiled me for future tours! If you have any questions on my experience on any tours, please let me know. And I hope to book one of your tours again ~~

    Boat: Clair de Lune

  • John Geraerdts 1 year ago

    Overall trip came up to expectations. Crew was friendly and capable. The glitches to be expected on a new boat-new tour were minimal. Daily itineraries seemed to be well planned. Highlight was riding to Eiffel Tower and on to Notre Dame. Enjoyed tunnel cruise and free day in Paris. Meals on board were very good. Small group made dining fairly intimate. Bikes good but not excellent. Mine had a shifting problem that was a minor annoyance. Cabin accommodations were fine given the nature of the bike and barge experience. While this barge was in general less luxurious than those on our prior trips, (Mantova-Venice and Avignon-Comargue) it was fairly advertised as a ""Standard"" and priced accordingly. We thought that riding to the Eiffel Tower was pretty nifty and it became our main bragging points upon our return home. This was our third bike and barge with Tripsite. We recommend this type of experience and Tripsite to all.

    Boat: Clair de Lune

  • Lynne Newville 1 year ago

    We had the best time and have recommended the Around Paris trip to many friends. Loved the small tour group and guides. Two nights rather than one in Paris was a bonus on our tour. We would have liked more time in Arles. Guides and staff were excellent. Tiny berths but we like each other so it worked.

    Boat: Clair de Lune

  • Karen Picard 1 year ago

    This was the first trip of this type that we have ever done and my first time to France. It was a great way to experience the country and it was nice to see rural areas, historic small towns, castles and the big city of Paris. The crew was wonderful-- friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and thoughtful. The trip price was a great value for all that we received and experienced. It was great to get so much exercise while on vacation-- walking and biking makes it possible to see and do so much in the fresh air and to burn off the great food and wine we enjoyed. I highly recommend this trip!

    Boat: Clair de Lune

  • Lynne 1 year ago

    This Paris Tour exceeded our high expectations. Highlights included a madcap ride through Paris stopping at Notre Dame and the Eiffel tower and visiting Auvers with the Van Gogh sights. Professional multilingual staff, experienced tour guide and wonderful accommodating cook made us welcome. We quickly became friends with the other 14 riders who were all fun adventurous travelers. The bikes were sturdy and well designed for the changing terrain of cobblestones, gravel. dirt pack through forests, city streets and local roads. Bring layers of lightweight clothes for changing weather and bike shorts or liners for riding comfort. The ride could be challenging for inexperienced riders so it is helpful to do training of rides to 15-20 miles in preparation.Cabins are small in this canal boat but adequate especially at this price point. We loved it and look forward to our next bike barge tour.

    Boat: Clair de Lune

  • Dave Reinarz 1 year ago

    I give this tour the highest possible recommendation! I have never been to Europe, and this was the best way to get introduced. Of course, Paris was fabulous! I enjoyed even more the time cycling in the countryside along the rivers and through the small towns. The crew on the boat was outstanding, professionally competent in their duties as well as friendly and intent on taking care of our every need. The cycling was relatively easy for the people who cycle regularly, but not too hard for novices. We rode on a wide variety of surfaces from pavement to gravel to dirt. The terrain was mostly flat. The bikes we rode were sturdy Dutch hybrids which were perfect for the task. Beautiful scenery, exercise, great food, many new friends! All this for a very low cost. Don't miss this tour!

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Clair de Lune France Standard Plus Class Boat In May 2014, Marco Pouw and his wife Astrid assumed ownership of the ship Clair de Lune. In the winter of 2014, the ship was renovated and made ready for a new bike and boat adventure in and around Paris, launching in the spring of 2015.Marco has great experience as a skipper on freighters in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany and looks forward to this venture with great anticipation and enthusiasm.

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