Paris sunset. Photo via Flickr: Moyan Brenn

Auxerre and the Yonne River. Photo via Flickr: Nelson Minar
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Auxerre to Paris and Paris to Auxerre

France Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat tour in the Burgundy region of France

  • This bike tour in France takes you through Burgundy, one of the country's most fascinating regions, and often labeled as the land of fine art and living. This area is well-known for its easy pace of life, mild climate, and friendliness. It has a rich royal history, but you may know it now for the delicious wine and cheeses. By bike and boat you will explore historic towns, imposing castles, and quaint villages.

    Wine is a mainstay and the pride of Burgundy. The Romans introduced grapes, here but the production was mastered by the local monks, whose monasteries and medieval churches mark the landscape. Miles of towpaths and routes through the vines and honey-colored villages make for a perfect cycling and gastronomic adventure!

    Highlights on the Elodie include:

    • Paris
    • Auxerre
    • Sens and many other towns, villages and cities.
    • Escolives Chablis winery
    • Medieval town of Moret-sur-Loing
    • Fontainebleau
    • The painter's village of Barbizon

    Highlights on the Feniks include:

    • Paris by bike
    • Fontainebleau, the artists village of Barbizon
    • The rocks of Nemours
    • The medieval cities of Ferriéres and Chatillon Coligny
    • The complex of locks in Rogny
    • Pont Canal de Briare
    • Bien Sancerre wine
    • Chavignol cheese

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  • Elodie
    Twin/double: £ 1686 $ 2,689 1785 NOK 17701 kr 16340 $ 2,124 Feniks:
    Twin: £ 987 $ 1,574 1045 NOK 10363 kr 9566 $ 1,244 Bunk bed: £ 954 $ 1,521 1010 NOK 10016 kr 9245 $ 1,202

    extra options

    Elodie:
    Mandatory bike protection (for both hybrid and e bike): £ 14 $ 23 15 NOK 149 kr 137 $ 18 Electric bicycle rental (two per departure): £ 203 $ 324 215 NOK 2132 kr 1968 $ 256 Single cabin on request: 50% surcharge
    Bicycle helmet rental: Please ask!
    Feniks:
    Bunk bed cabin (single use): £ 1114 $ 1,777 1180 NOK 11702 kr 10802 $ 1,404      Electric bike rental per week: £ 49 $ 78 52 NOK 516 kr 476 $ 62

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

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  • Travel

    Fly to Paris Charles De Gaulle.

    Local Travel

    From the airport, there are regional trains to Auxerre.

    Climate

    Check local conditions prior to arrival. Average high/low temperature for the area in degrees can her found here: Weatherbase.com


Tour Dates

Elodie, 11 day tour
Paris to Auxerre:
August 19, 2018
Auxerre to Paris: October 4, 2018
 

Feniks, 8 day tour
Paris to Auxerre: August 4, 2018
Auxerre to Paris: August 11, 2018

Skill Level

This guided bike and boat tour in France is rated easy to moderate. The itinerary is mostly flat with some hills on rural paths and country roads. Cycling experience and good physical condition is expected.There are some hilly stretches but you will be able to walk if necessary. It is important that you have recent cycling experience on roads with traffic and with the distances mentioned in the tour.

Where You’ll Stay

On the comfort plus boat, the Elodie or the standard plus boat, the Feniks

What’s Included

  • Elodie
  • 10 nights accommodations
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches and 9 x three-course dinners
  • Coffee and tea on board
  • Tour guide
  • 24-speed hybrid bicycle with pannier, water bottle, and lock
  • Harbor dues and tourist tax
  • Maps if requested to plan personal itinerary
  • Feniks
  • Accommodations for 7 nights
  • Breakfast buffets, packed lunches, and 6 dinners
  • Coffee, tea and biscuits
  • Tour guide
  • 21-speed bicycles with pannier, lock and water bottle
  • Route program with city maps
  • Afternoon snacks
  • Cabin with private bathroom including bed linen and fresh towels
  • Shampoo, shower gel and soap
  • Daily check of your cabin, once a week extra cleaning
  • Service for personal laundry
  • Ferry fares

What’s Not Included

  • Elodie:
  • All beverages other than those mentioned
  • Obligatory bike protection: €15
  • Evening dinner on Saturday night
  • Entrance fees to museums or attractions
  • Helmet (rental possible)
  • Trip insurance
  • Feniks
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel or cancellation insurance
  • Meals other than mentioned
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8–11 days
From1335 Rates
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Auxerre to Paris and Paris to Auxerre Map

Aboard the Elodie:
Day 1
: Auxerre, 9 mi. (14 km)
Day 2: Auxerre.
Day 3: Auxerre - Joigny, 20 mi. (32 km)
Day 4: Joigny - Villeneuve, 15 mi. (24 km)
Day 5: Villeneuve - Sens, 13 mi. (21 km)
Day 6: Sens - Saint Mammès, 12 or 26 mi. (20 or 42 km)
Day 7: Saint Mammès - Nemour - Saint Mammes 28 mi. (45km)
Day 8: Saint Mammès - Melun, 21 mi. (34 km)
Day 9: Melun - Ablon - Paris, 12 or 25 mi. (20 or 40 km)
Day 10: Paris
Day 11: Paris

Day 1: Auxerre, 9 mi. (14 km)
Embarkation begins at 2 pm. Upon your arrival, the crew will welcome you on board the Elodie with coffee or tea. Once acquainted with the crew, you will be given an explanation of the rules on board and information on the program. After this introduction, a short tour along the cycle paths of Auxerre will follow providing you a chance to get comfortable with your bike and make the necessary adjustments.

Day 2: Auxerre.  
We will explore the area of Auxerre and cycle along the Yonne River to visit a winery where you can taste the centuries of wine craft wine in cellars from the 12th and 17th century. The area of Auxerre has a lot to offer. If you feel like relaxing and just want to stroll around Auxerre please do and enjoy this beautiful city with the Abbey St Germain, the Cathedral St Etienne and the clock tower.

Day 3: Auxerre - Joigny, 20 mi. (32 km)This is a ride along the quiet riverbanks and small lakes. Along the banks you can see the "salmon stairs", a special passage for the salmon to pass the locks. The final destination for the day is Joigny, a picturesque little town, overlooking the Yonne River, with several historical monuments, ancient churches, and also unique townhouses from the 16th-17th centuries, with carved renaissance facades. There are also medieval ramparts still standing. In the evening, the music cafe L'Escargot de Sab is a good place to relax and enjoy.

Day 4: Joigny - Villeneuve, 15 mi. (24 km)
The first part of today’s ride is to Villeneuve-sur-Yonne, a great place for lunch. The ride is hilly, but ever so rewarding with forest paths, nice little villages, and beautiful scenery. The second part to Sens is less challenging. The Elodie will moor in the center, on a little island. The gothic Cathedral Saint-Etiennes, the first of the great Gothic cathedrals in France and inspiration for many others, dominates the town with the main points of interest radiating out from here. Traditionally, this was a fishing community and important religious center.

Day 5: Villeneuve - Sens, 13 mi. (21 km)
From Villeneuve, you follow the riverbanks interspersed with many locks all the way to Sens.  Leaving the riverbanks at Pont-sur-Yonne, the farmland terrain that follows is hillier and dotted with lots of small villages. Montereau lies at a crossing where the Elodie will leave the river Yonne and start following the river Seine all the way to Paris.

Day 6:  Sens - Saint Mammès, 12 or 26 mi. (20 or 42 km)
Today's destination is Saint Mammès, with a stop in Moret Sur Loing. If you opt to remain on board this day, you will have opportunity to cycle within the town of Moret sur Loing, a medieval town well worth visiting. If you opt for a full day of cycling, you will enjoy a rural landscape, passing through lovely French villages. A short visit to a goat farm is on the agenda. 

Day 7: Saint Mammès - Nemour - Saint Mammes 28 mi. (45km)
Today can be a day of rest or you can choose to join the bike ride....
We bike along the Loing to visit the beautiful medieval fortified town of St Moret-sur-Loing. The Impressionist painter Albert Sisley lived and worked here and you can find many of the subjects he loved to paint. At about the half-way point, we will find the medieval town of Nemours with its 12th century castle and art museum. After Nemour we follow the nice paths along the river Loing to St Mammes and the Elodie.

Day 8: Saint Mammès - Melun, 21 mi. (34 km)
From St Mammes we continue to the UNESCO world heritage site of Chateaux Fontainebleau. Depending on the time we arrive it may be possible to visit a "brocante". These typical French flee markets have a nice, quaint atmosphere and often have a wide variety of the most interesting things, pleasing to either see or purchase. Through the forests of the chateaux de Fontainebleau where pretty little red squirrels can be spotted we will ride to the artist village of Barbizon. This was the home town of many famous painters like Millet and Rousseau. At the end of the day we will find the Elodie in Melun.

Day 9: Melun - Ablon - Paris, 12 or 25 mi. (20 or 40 km)
The day begins with a cycling excursion to Vaux le Vicomte Castle, along the river Seine, on relatively easy and flat terrain. Today's destination is the Ablon sur Seine, where the Elodie awaits for a beautiful cruise on the Seine into the heart of Paris! 

Day 10: Paris
A day to visit and enjoy the lovely and charming city of Paris. Of course one day will not be enough to see everything but your guide can help you decide what you would like to visit, given the many options. This day we will not have dinner on board the Elodie so you can feel free to pick any restaurant you like as you are strolling the streets of Paris.

Day 11: Paris
Individual departure from Paris.

Paris to Auxerre:

Day 1: Paris, 9 mi. 
Day 2: Paris - Melun, 12 or 25 mi.
Day 3: Melun - St. Mammes, 21 mi. 
Day 4: St. Mammes - Nemours - St. Mammes, 21 mi.
Day 5: St. Mammes - Montereau - Sens, 28 mi.
Day 6: Rest day 
Day 7: Sens - Villeneuve, 13 mi.
Day 8: Villeneuve - Joigny, 15 mi.
Day 9: Joigny to Auxerre, 20 mi. 
Day 10: Auxerre – Escolieve – Auxerre  15 or 20 Miles
Day 11: Today marks the end of your journey. You may enjoy one more breakfast on board before departure 

ABOARD THE FENIKS

Paris to Auxerre

Day 1: Arrival to Paris
Day 2: Paris - Evry (by boat)
Day 3: Evry - Melun, 19 or 29 miles (31 or 46 km)
Day 4: Melun - Moret sur Loing - St. Mammes, 26 miles (43 km)
Day 5: St. Mammes - Montereau - Sens, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 6: Sens - Joigny, 24 miles (40 km)
Day 7: Joigny - Auxerre, 30 miles (48 km)
Day 8: Departure

Day 1: Arrival to Paris
After your arrival and check-in on board, there will be a city tour.

Day 2: Paris - Evry (by boat)
In the morning, you start your cruise to Evry. The incredible views along the Seine river will accompany you. Arrival will be in the late afternoon, after which you'll have a chance to test the bikes. 

Day 3: Evry - Melun, 19 or 29 miles (31 or 46 km)​
Setting off in the morning, your destination for the day is Melun. Along the way, you'll make an extended visit to the Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte. This majestic estate was purchased by the young parliamentarian Nicolas Fouquet in 1641, who transformed it into a masterpiece whose château and gardens still feature among the most beautiful in France. You'll end your cycling in Melun. This historical town regularly welcomed the Kings of France and the court until the mid-15th century. Two exceptional reminders of the 11th century are still preserved in Melun: the Collegiate Church of Our Lady and the Priory of St. Saviour. 

Day 4: Melun - Moret sur Loing - St. Mammes, 26 miles (43 km)​
Today you will bike through the famed forest of Fontainebleau. This forest is spread over 25,000 hectares and remains a popular destination for nature lovers due to its dense and varied flora and fauna. It contains more than 1600 km of forest routes and pedestrian trails for walking and running, including 300 km of signposted trails. Eventually, you will reach incredible Fontainebleau castle. This gorgeous chateau was once used by the kings of France from the 12th century as a medieval royal hunting lodge. You will also pass through Moret sur Loing before ending your day in St. Mammes. This little town was made famous by the English painter Alfred Sisley who lived and painted here all his life. 

Day 5: St. Mammes - Montereau - Sens, 28 miles (45 km)​
In the morning you will sail from St. Mammès to Montereau where you'll begin your bike tour to Sens. Sens is most famous for it's gothic Cathedral Saint-Etienne that dominates the main square. The building is especially important as it is first gothic cathedral built in France and acted as a model for many other gothic style cathedrals built later in France and elsewhere in Europe.

Day 6: Sens - Joigny, 24 miles (40 km)​
Today's route follows the Yonne river. Before reaching your destination of Joigny, you'll make a stop to the quaint town of Villeneuve.

Day 7: Joigny - Auxerre, 30 miles (48 km)​
Joigny is a lively town with a good market, contemporary art museum, and plenty of waterway activity. Leaving here, you will make your way to Auxerre. Situated on the River Yonne, Auxerre is a very pleasant town with an relaxed air about it. Auxerre is the capital of the Yonne 'département' and home of the government offices and administration for the region. There are plenty of interesting shops and casual restaurants for you to explore. 

Day 8: Departure
Depart after breakfast. 

Auxerre to Paris

Day 1: Arrival to Auxerre
Day 2: Auxerre - Joigny, 30 miles (48 km)
Day 3: Jtoigny - Sens, 24 miles (40 km)
Day 4: Sens - Montereau - St. Mammes, 28 miles (45 km)
Day 5: St. Mammes - Moret sur Loing - Melun, 26 miles (43 km)
Day 6: Melun - Evry, 19 or 29 miles (31 or 46 km)
Day 7: Evry - Paris (by boat)
Day 8: Departure

Please ask us for the detailed Auxerre to Paris itinerary! 

Itinerary subject to change without notice.  

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Customer Feedback

  • Bruce C. 1 year ago

    Barge was great, crew was excellent, could use more air conditioning, bikes need new pedals with more grip, very slippery especially when wet, boat could review policy of not letting riders use their own pedals.

  • Robert O. 1 year ago

    The best part of this trip would be a toss-up between the ride in light rain from Joigny to Sens, the cruise up the Loing to Moret sur Loing, and the arrival at our mooring in Paris with Place de la Bastille in the background.
    Linde, our guide, was very good. The roads/trails were a bit rougher in some places than we anticipated. We anticipated cramped quarters and they were as expected but quite serviceable. The bike worked well but a mountain bike with suspension would have been nice in some spots.

  • Pat T. 1 year ago

    The boat was great and food wonderful. All staff couldn't have been nicer.

  • Janet E. 1 year ago

    I am a tag-along non-bicycler, but I was really happy on the barge reading, drinking coffee and watching the enchanting scenery.

  • Jim E. 1 year ago

    Another great bike and barge trip on the Elodie!

    • Mirjam 1 year ago

      Thank you Jim, hope to see you back in May on our Tulip tour.

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Auxerre to Paris and Paris to Auxerre Boats + Barges

Elodie Photo

Elodie Netherlands, Belgium, France Comfort Plus Class Boat The Elodie was built in 1931 and has been completely refurnished into a luxury holiday ship. The ship has a saloon and sundeck and all of its cabins come with air-conditioning. The saloon of the Elodie is furnished in ship-style by using various types of wood in the finishing.

Feniks Photo

Feniks Belgium, Netherlands, France Standard Plus Class Boat Originally, the Feniks was built in 1928 as a freighter on the Dutch, Belgium and French inland waters. In 1992, the Feniks was converted to a hotel passenger ship and put in service for various sailing holidays. Since then, she has undergone several renovations to keep up-to-date with all modern facilities.

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