Paris sunset. Photo via Flickr: Moyan Brenn

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

France Bike + Barge Tours

A bike and boat tour in the Burgundy region of France

  • We are pleased to offer you this unique and exclusive eleven day bike and boat tour in France on board the Elodie, a boat known for her hospitality and professionally prepared cuisine. By day, you cycle the Burgundy region, experiencing architecture, beautiful scenery, local delicacies and rural tranquility, and by night; enjoy the atmosphere and food on board, followed by evening strolls through picturesque towns.

    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!

    Upon arrival in Montereau, in the Loire Valley, the Elodie will begin to sail north, following the Seine River to Paris. There are those who say that to capture the real essence of Paris, you should follow the river! On this bike and boat tour in France, you bike the river into the very heart of Paris.

    Highlights 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

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  • 2017:

    Price £ 1661 $ 2,583 1715 NOK 17436 kr 16095 $ 2,092

    2018:

    Price £ 1714 $ 2,666 1770 NOK 17995 kr 16611 $ 2,159

    extra options

    Mandatory bike protection (for both hybrid and e bike): £ 15 $ 23 15 NOK 153 kr 141 $ 18

    Electric bicycle rental (two per departure): £ 208 $ 324 215 NOK 2186 kr 2018 $ 262

    Single cabin on request: 50% surcharge

    Bicycle helmet rental: Please ask!

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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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


Skill Level

This is an 11 day guided bike and boat tour that is rated easy to moderate. The itinerary is mostly flat with some hills on rural paths and country roads. Total miles cycled are 161 with an average of 23 miles per day. Cycling experience and good physical condition are required. 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

What’s Included

  • 10 nights of accommodations on board ship
  • 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

What’s Not Included

  • 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
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length11 days
From1715 Rates
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Tour Dates

2017 Dates
Auxerre to Paris:
September 21, 2017

2018 Dates
Paris to Auxerre:
August 19, 2018

Auxerre to Paris: October 4, 2018

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Auxerre to Paris Map

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 

Itinerary subject to change without notice.  

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Customer Feedback

  • Bruce C. 11 months 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. 12 months 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. 12 months ago

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

  • Janet E. 12 months 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 11 months ago

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

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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.

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